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September 11th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11

Editor's Note: Sumbul Ali-Karamali is the author of The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, and Growing up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam. She is on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and is a member of the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.

By Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Special to CNN

(CNN) - My father always told me never to talk about religion, politics, or other people’s children. He was part of a generation of American Muslims who wanted to stay quiet and assimilate into American life and not rock the boat. Growing up in Southern California, I tried to follow his advice.

But after 9/11, I found that I, along with other American Muslims,  have had little choice but to talk about religion.

Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide, American Muslims became objects of suspicion.

The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders.  Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence.

In the aftermath, amidst the fear and anger, many American Muslims realized that the reason Americans were so quick to believe the worst about Muslims after the horrific attacks of 9/11 was that Americans knew little about even the most basic tenets of Islam.

And we realized that if we didn’t explain our beliefs and traditions, then other people would write our stories for us.

Despite our efforts, that’s exactly what has happened.

Although 9/11 did compel some Americans to learn more about Islam, it also triggered a wave of anti-Islam feeling that has burgeoned.  And though there have been interfaith initiatives, books on Islam, documentaries, education efforts, and shows like "All-American Muslim," polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased.

Such trends cannot help but discourage even the most optimistic of American Muslims; many of us are more fearful now than a decade ago, and entire Muslim communities feel besieged.

Anti-mosque incidents have escalated in recent years. Earlier this summer, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, burned to the ground. Last year, Roger Stockham was arrested with explosives outside the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Michigan. An arson fire seriously damaged a mosque in Wichita, Kansas, last year. And incidents of mosque vandalism have become more common.

Hate groups have been on the rise, too; one of the most horrific hate crimes was the murder of Shaima Alawadi, a young mother who had received anonymous notes calling her a terrorist.

Almost every Islamic studies professor or speaker I personally know - whether they are Muslim or not - receives hate mail and sometimes death threats.

How has this happened in our country? There are many reasons. It is not simply a lack of information about American Muslims, but also misinformation and, in many cases, outright fabrications about what Islam entails and what Muslims believe. An example of one of the most ridiculous is the assertion that Muslims cannot abide dogs; we are so evil, apparently, that man’s best friend is our enemy. (See Muslims with Dogs, a website that flippantly dispels this nonsense.)

The Center for American Progress issued a report in 2011 which documented a small but extremely well-funded network of anti-Islam fear-mongers who have worked diligently to spread misinformation about Islam. Directly or indirectly, these fear-mongers fomented the “ground zero mosque” hysteria, promoted the film “The Third Jihad,” which the New York Police Department showed as a training video - and was strongly criticized for doing so - and have been responsible for Islamophobic advertisements on public buses all over the country.

This anti-Islam rhetoric has been connected to violence, too: Anders Breivik, who murdered more than 70 people in Norway, cited anti-Islam bloggers numerous times in his manifesto, in which his stance against “Islamization” was a clear theme.

It’s not just a lack of information on Islam that American Muslims have had to battle, it is an increasing body of vitriolic myths and tall tales about Islam and Muslims that we continually have to explain or dismiss.

Particularly frightening is the eagerness with which public figures and political officials have leapt onto the Islamophobia bandwagon. Peter King’s “Muslim radicalization” hearings,  Michele Bachmann’s baseless accusations of public officials being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the NYPD’s long-term spying on Muslim communities (which produced no leads) are just several examples of the increasing demonization of every Muslim and, increasingly, the entire religion of Islam.

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and Muslims comprise more than one-fifth of the world’s population. No religion can flourish for 1,400 years  without being flexible and adaptable.

The defamatory rhetoric directed at Muslims and Islam in this country has little to do with the actual religion or its adherents and everything to do with fear of the Other.

For American Muslims, the past decade has been tumultuous. We have emerged from private life to public life, into the public sphere in an effort to aid understanding between the communities of our multicultural country.

We do it not only for ourselves, but because irrational fear of Islam and Muslims is bad for all Americans: it frays the social fabric of our society; it creates divisions between Americans; it affects the health of our democracy; and it affects the wisdom of our policy choices.

In the last decade, I have encountered numerous Americans who understand this and who, despite the fear-mongers, have made remarkable efforts to connect with Muslims.

Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series.  They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women,  and gave me a standing ovation at the end.

They were one of the many moving examples of generosity and openness I have encountered in the past decade. And that, despite the discouragement and fear, is what gives me hope for the future.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

soundoff (2,533 Responses)
  1. Joe Halstead

    The reason that so many people still lump nearly all American Muslims together with the terrorists is precisely because American Islam has yet to effectively divorce itself from the terrorists.

    The author claims that numerous Islamic religious leaders have condemned terrorism, and yet, the actions of mainstream Islam in America and in many European countries says something radically different.

    There are many Islamic leaders who, to this day, proclaim their mission to be the transformation of the United States to an Islamic nation. Already, in Europe, muslims riot in the streets, attack and threaten reporters, and turn otherwise serene neighborhoods into violent, filthy slums. Ask your average Norwegian what he or she thinks of the new Norway, post-influx of muslims.

    In London, muslims already have won minor court cases in which the central question was whether they may use Sharia to govern themselves. In western cities throughout the world, muslim families attack and kill their own young women as honor punishments.

    Muslims have a solid track record of NOT assimilating. They want what they want, and they demand it, and state the alternative to be violence and death to those who deny them their "right" to transform their westernized neighborhoods into New Beiruit.

    Look at their talking heads on the cable news channels, in academia, and in the legal sphere. Do they concentrate on divorcing themselves from the terrorists? No, they concentrate on lecturing Americans about why America should understand the terrorists. They constantly sue cities and employers over bogus claims of religious discrimination. Islamic professors have been known to funnel money to fake charities, who are actually front groups for terrorists.

    These people sit in their living rooms and their mosques, and, amongst one another, praise terrorists and denounce America, all while enjoying the umbrella of peace and safety America provides.

    It is time for mainstream Muslims- if they truly want peace and assimilation- to stop rationalizing for terrorists, stop going on the talk shows and denouncing our foreign policies, and STOP ALLOWING ISLAMIC LEADERS IN NYC TO PROCLAIM THAT THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IS SHARIA.

    You cannot have it both ways. You cannot continue to turn entire neighborhoods into dangerous, trash-ridden Islamic slums, and you cannot continue to threaten the Danes over cartoons, and otherwise wage death and destruction as your first reaction to every little slight, and then whine and cry about how scared you are to live in the United States.

    Throw the violent element out of your social sphere, that would be a good starting point. And then, we can talk.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Subnx

      So right. Well stated.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just another HUMAN

      Many Muslims living currently in the U S are still a first generation. Most of them have ties with the country they were born. They have parents, cousins or some kind of relatives living there. In addition to that, they themselves sometime have to visit their original country because of death, marriage, property etc. With family living in countries that are sometimes defined by their level of radicalism in regards to Islam, it is very dangerous for them to say too much against radical Muslims. As one knows, those fanatics don’t even care about their own life, never mind the life of others! They wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to go after those individuals or their relatives. Just to remind you though, not everybody who lives in those countries is a fanatic either, but a sizable portion is. One may say these Muslims living in the U.S. are cowards, running away from these people, but when their innocent relatives’ lives are involved, they have to swallow their pride and keep their mouth shut. I hope those countries change soon, where freedom of speech will be a given right. It might take a long time but it will change. With Internet, technologies that have become symbols of western culture (such as the cell phone), and global trading and global sports, etc., unification is coming through with knowledge. There’s also some help and encouragement from the western countries which may make the process accelerate. (At least we hope it will come.)
      I immigrated to the US 1984 when I was 18. I was born in to a Muslim family, not practicing much religion ever. I was busy running my own business since 1989 (actually employing many born American citizen) and raising my two boys with my wife. One of our kids is in gifted group of students in school, another one is computer wizard, building his own computer since he was 12, and with them we never talk about any religion. We tell them to get a good education, treat others the way they want to be treated, not to lie, not to cheat, and to treat any living thing with kindness. If there is a god (We are not sure about God’s existence or nonexistence, we find it very hard to prove it either way) he/she will treat you accordingly regardless of your any particular religion. And most of the Muslims that I know off who live in the U.S. are also pretty much like us. Once or twice a year we may attend a Muslim gathering, but that has more to do with a social aspect than a religious aspect. One may get see to an old friend or long lost relative here and there. That’s about it.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anguscat0

    So CNN runs this story that "Muslims live in fear" and now has Breaking News of Muslims storming the US embassy in Cairo. This country is turning into bizarro world with this type of media.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fed Up

    Their holy book promises 77 virgins for eternity if a muslim dies while killing a non muslim. My question is: What about the 77 virgins? Don't they have any say in the matter? What kind of 12th century book are these people worshipping?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • anchorite

      I would not advise comparing violent reference in the Quran to the Bible. The Bible is WAY worse.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack 2

      They apparently don't. they stay pure all their lives only to be rewarded with sleeping with a terrorist

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronmexico99

    Muslims live in fear??????? Really???? Tell that to the millions upon millions who have dealt with these poor, scared, "peaceful" Muslims in Mali, and Sudan, and Nigeria, and Yemen, and Tunisia, and Philippines, and Thailand, and Iraq, and India, and Kashmir, and Chechnya, and Dagestan, and Indonesia, and Eritrea, and Ethiopia, and Niger, and Morocco, and so on, and so on, and so on.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T

    If you look at the timeline Mohammad did preach peace in the early books, While the Jews still had him under their finger.Once he had developed an army and had some money then it became death to the infidels.Each book of the Koran was written to supersede the one before it.A non radical Muslim is just not a good Muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billy Offspring

    It saddens me that most all the responses to this very well written article have been filled with hate. As an atheist I don't see much difference in most religions and try to see the person and not faith. The point of this article is people fear the unknown, especially those that appear to be different from us. As children we are afraid of the dark or what might be lurking under our beds as adults we know better. Knowing who your neighbors are is the first step in getting a better sleep and if needed someone close by that can lend a hand when needed. I don't any of this get's through to most of you leaving negative comments but I had the need to say something.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yup

      Bingo... for real.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Your use of the word 'hate' for anyone who does not share your belief that Muslims are peace loving people. It is they who are filed with hate and THEY are te ones who will pray upon your naiivity. When you kneel before them due to your weakness, you will look to us to help you.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat F

    Here is what the peace-loving Muslims are doing to commemorate 9/11:

    "Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down its American flags, replacing them with black flags with Islamic emblems."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • anguscat0

      Bingo

      September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bobby

    Recently, I was at Subway waiting in line to order my sandwich. There were two muslim guys in front of me waiting to order. When the first one got his turn, he asked the subway employee to take of his gloves and put new ones before he handles his sandwich. He placed his order and asked if the subway employee could get sterlized knife to cut his sandwich. When employee replied no, this person wripped his sandwich into two pieces and handed over a piece to his friend. Finding the familiar Indian face, he smiled at me and said, got to be catious about halaal. I asked him what about the $$$ bills that were touched by pork eating folks?? Its not halaal, its cheap mentality. During their conversation while waiting for the sandwich, they were proudly making fun how they fooled their liberal foolish boss. What I found out to my astonishment in their conversation in Urdu is that they work at Navy and had convinced their foolish white boss to allow them to leave from work at 2pm everyday until Ramadaan month gets over. Long Live the USA!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bannister

    Guess what? Muslims living OUTSIDE of the United States live in fear too? Fear of their governments, fear of their religion, fear of the Taliban, etc. Muslim women and gays are TERRIFIED of living in Muslim nations. They have it GREAT in the United States which is PRECISELY WHY THEY COME HERE!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whocares

    When Muslims in this country stand up to the killing of innocent Christians in the Middle East, I may care about what they think. Until then, don't care! We should be thinking more about the victims today instead of a Muslim's so called fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DDSilks

    Let's be real here. My grandmother used to tell me that if you loved cherries and there was a bowl of cherries in front of you, and someone told you that two were laced with poison, would you eat any of the cherries? No. So if there are a few bad Muslims living in a community of good ones, are you going to trust any of them? No.
    Simple. Maybe not fair, but simple.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not real

      Sorry, but if we follow your logic, we could say the same of ANY group, be it religious, political, etc. And if we all live in distrust and fear out everybody just because they belong to any given group, fear and hate would reign in our lives. Yes, what you said is simple, and not only that, dangerously simplistic. Try again being real, for your idea only works in and ideal world where there is one group that has never done something bad.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. biobraine

    I have seen the hate emails circulated and listened to the anti muslim comments. I do feel for the muslums in this country. The ones I have known have been very good people. Of course, I took the time to get to know them and not let the actions of some lead me to judge all. As an agnostic, I don't have the predjudice toward other religions that the religious might have. Remember this: An attack on one of us is an attack on all, united we stand divided we fall

    September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KWS

    Since 9-11-01 we ALL live in fear. What's the point here?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sudhaker chintawar

    Moslems all over world are responsible for fear psychosis in American Moslems. We do not know what Islam teaches but we see how Moslems behave, believe- Ethnic cleansing of non moslems from moslem majority areas asin kashmir. There are communal riots to where ever Moslems in Minority as in Phillipines, India, Burma, Thailand to attract attention of rich middle east coutries and human right activists- un fortunately Human right activists ignore Ethnic cleansing . Moslems punish with death sentence to moslems if they prefer to convert to oher pea e loving religion.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ulame

    Even in most populous muslim country such as Indonesia some muslims live in fear. The mainstream islam (Sunni) thugs killed Ahmadiyah and Syiah followers while wuslim bombers are waiting for their moment to kill as many people as possible to get those imaginary virgins. See the problem here?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Muslim

    Great article....Our thoughts and hearts go out to all the victims and their families, affected directly or indirectly. And we pray that we (or anyone) never have to go through any events like these ever again.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • aMom

      Muslim by choice or by force?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Muslim

        By choice....just like you are a...mom by choice I am sure

        September 12, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. Disappointed

    It's so sad to read the responses to this civil call for intelligence. The irony is that some claim lack of "brains" and intelligence of people who practice the Islamic religion just to turn around and judge with the most simplifying unintelligent rhetoric. More disturbingly, Christians of all types speak of the moral superiority of their own religion when they share many horrible historic periods and have their share of violent, hateful and plain bigoted passages in their holy scriptures. Of course, it'll be years before we can wrap our minds around the most basic religious idea that we are all brothers and sisters under the only creator God who, not only doesn't hate us and punishes us (we do that all on our own), but forgives us and loves us all, whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish or atheist.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jack 2

    Muslims are nice when they're outnumbered. When they outnumber you...look out

    September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. defenseanddeliverance

    Why do they live in fear? They don't have to. All they have to do is loudly voice there clear condemnation for those that planned, initiated, and executed this plan and plans like these. That would go a long way to help people understand that there is nothing to fear from them.

    It is there refusal to call out the improper actions of their brethren that is the root cause of their living in fear. Some of their fear may also come about due to their realization that they do not condemn their brethren because they agree with their actions and fear that others might find out about their condoning of such behavior.

    All they have to do is speak up, speak out, and speak against their brethren conducting 9/11 terrorist type behavior.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Josh

    It seems this article is preaching too much to the wrong audience. Very few instances are given where American Muslims go "preach" this same rhetoric to those whose acts they publicly condemn. I believe that simply trying to "educate" the rest of America about Islam and its actual beliefs is futile while there are still terroristic plots being made. What disturbs me the most is that Ms. Ali-Karamali and the rest of peaceful Muslim Americans should be standing up and "preach" to those who claim to worship the same god you do, but act in totally different ways. Stand up to those who preach violence in the name of your god, not only condemn them, but tell them on their own media networks that they are misguided, that they should be ashamed to have a sacred Muslim name because of the filthy violence they spread. Form alliances against those who wrongfully use your religion as a ploy to establish hate, intolerance, and murder. You've had 11 years and the only thing you can do is complain that YOU are the victims? How about this...I condemn, publicly, every bad thing that has happened to Muslim Americans since 9/11...feel any better?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jack 2

    No such person...American Muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pretty Poly

      You are so right, it is Muslim American.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack 2

        Those two names will never go together

        September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Exactly. It's American or Muslim.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Money in the plate

    If religious leaders were fiery in stating the other religion is just as good and damned be the person who condemns the
    other "team," it would make a profound impact. But, it ain't going to happen that they pro-advertise for the other guys
    thinking their congregation ( bucks) might get too chummy and jump ship or really realize one is as good as the other.
    What religious leader would rather be tarring a roof or digging a ditch?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • defenseanddeliverance

      Do you realize that if they are to be true to the religion they are following, they have to practice particularism (that their religion is the one true religion) because if they didn't, they wouldn't actually be true to their religion... and thus there would be not purpose in practicing?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. db

    Much of the hate speech begins in the mosques. What do you do about that? Again, I am not judging, just pointing out some facts. Freedom of speech has responsibilities.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      Just ask gay Americans. It comes from churches also.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • americano

        You have the choice to follow whatever religion you please in the United States. Stop making it seem like gays are victims.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alice

        What rock have you been hiding under. My gripe was not that I couldn't join whatever church I wanted. I don't want to join any church. They are all basically the same. They all have their boogey men and gays have historically been their boogey men. Hate speech comes from every church and mosque. How in the world do you think Americans were able to put known gay servicemen in Fort Leavensworth, Kansas in the 40's and 50's. How do you think gays were asked to not speak of their private lives while serving in the military. What rights were they fighting and dying for? Yours? Christians have a more nuanced discriminatory streak. They get politicians to do their dirty work so that their hands stay clean. Texas vs. Lawrence was not heard by the Supreme Court because gays can fully participate in life. It was heard because gays could NOT fully participate in life. You need an education.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cary

        Earth calling Americano! Earth to Americano! Gays have been victimized by all religions. Get a clue! Why would they want to join any religion? The ability to join or not join a religion is not their problem. Their freedom FROM religion is the problem.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jake Rockwel

    Simple- There is a reason you came here and we welcome you with open arms. But that's not enough for you.. Tough. You don't like it or its better where you came from GO Back.
    I know, I know... Another Cristian rant.. Nope. Jew.. Nope. Just another person sick of hearing the BS.. You aren't special.

    @CNN- really on 9-11?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Go back to where? Ignoramuses (Ignorami) like you do the same for "Americans" as terrorists do for "Islam"! These people are American, born and raised, often times several generations in, and choose to practice a different religion than you. Big friggin deal, that's not their problem, it's their country just as much as yours. And reminder: you didn't let them in, stop saying that. Immigrants (even though that's not who we're talking about) did more for this country than you and your closed-minded, short-sighted friends have ever done.
      Go get educated on the difference between religion and nationality, and hopefully one day your IQ will flirt with the 3-digit mark that your anscestors once proudly displayed when they identified the need for freedom of religion in the U.S.. I'm sure the last thing they contemplated was some clown like you claiming to own this country and filter which "citizens" can live comfortably in it and who cannot. After all, we're talking about citizens here, does that word not carry any meaning anymore?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. OceanMinded

    "Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series. They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women, and gave me a standing ovation at the end."

    Wonder what would happen if a rabbi spoke at a mosque about Judaism and women? The unfortunate truth is that the author has a lot more tolerance for other religions then the majority of Muslims living here and abroad. It would be nice if Muslim leaders around the world and in the U.S. could be more vocal and condemn Islamic extremists, hate for other religions, and equal treatment for women, but the sad truth is they follow a book that encourages this hatred and rewards you for it.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      Oceanminded, so you personally know what's going on across the country? I attended the convention for ISNA (look them up), they are a leading voice for North American muslims. One of the segments had a rabbi, cardinal and reverend. I grew up with mostly jewish friends. The ignorance from people like you is infuriating.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Oscar

        The ISNA is not a reality check on what will happen if you walk into Iran with a bible in your hand. You are living in a vacuum.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • OceanMinded

        "One of the segments had a rabbi, cardinal and reverend. I grew up with mostly jewish friends. The ignorance from people like you is infuriating."

        Are you saying that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance? I guess I am just ignorant fool for thinking otherwise....

        September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      I hear you. Look at the leaders in Pakistan who are being killed just for suggesting that the blasphemy laws there are insane. If the government doesn't kill you for being found guilty of saying that Mohammad was fake, your neighbors will kill you once you are acquitted. No Jew can walk into Iran and spread the news about their religion. Face the facts.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. denman838

    Religious extremism always scares the heck out of me. However, it sure seems to me that there's a lot more extremism on the part of Islam than all other religions combined. "A peaceful religion?" Please. i am so sick and tired of hearing that. Sorry lady. As it stands now, Islam is simply not compatible with what this country was founded on, because the Islamist agenda requires non-Moslem Americans to surrender their rights so you can move forward. Rather than assimilate into American society as so many millions have, Moslem Americans want to society to change for them. No dice.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnes

      The literacy rate of women in Islamic countries tells me all I need to know about Islam.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. GT.

    We have to pass tons of security checks before boarding a plane, so the entire world is still living in fear because of Muslims, no sympathy for them.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Regina

      You can judge a community by how well they treat their gay populations. How do you think Iran is doing?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elaine

        American Christians don't like to point out how Islamic countries treat their gay populations, lest they be painted with the same brush. Of course the Christian opposition is more nuanced. They simply keep your inalienable rights away from you while the Islamic countries will introduce you to capital punishment.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • GT.

        In Islam, everyone is a slave of god (Abd Alah) Salve of god, and that is the beginning of the religion, why the moderatos keep deleting this?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • judeamorris

      We have security checks because a group of human beings chose to perpetuate atrocities against other human beings using airplanes. We also have security checks in schools because of gang behavior unrelated to Muslims. We have to carefully guard our children from pedophiles (non-Muslim). Now we have to take care in movie theaters (also non-Muslim). Get a grip. Muslims are not the boogey-man. The boogey-man is US.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        In my opinion Jude, they are the embodiment of evil. I would be happy to see a 10% tax on Muslims for whatever they do or wherever they go to offset security costs. They are the main source of problems worldwide.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • GT.

        Have you ever heard of a plane incident in the last few decades that did not involve Muslims? I frankly did not.

        In every Friday prayer in the Middle East, the most common phrase is death to America and Israel (I lived in the middle east for 10 years), every single TV station broadcasts hate to the US, even when they are trying to help others, that is to be Muslim.

        Why American Muslims did not go publicly and condemn that? No, you see them on Middle East TV stations supporting the hate.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Heather

        "Islamic extremist" is not a made up description. They are called that for a reason. Now they have moved their "killing in the name of God" enterprise to East Africa. They seem to be a very wealthy and nomadic bunch.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Henry CA

    If they don't support the Muslim cause, why they have to be fear? They are in fear because they know exactly their cause are the ruin of our country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tacitus Talks

    How many Catholics-Americans of Italian decent fought Italy in the World War 2. Eisenhower was of German decent. How many Italian Americans or German Americans turned their weapons on American soldiers in World War 2. As a matter of fact, How many Nissei turned their guns on other AMerican troops? The answer: zero. How man Muslims-Americans murdered their fellow soldiers? How man of them were born here? There is a problem of loyalty with Muslims that are not found in any other group. That fact is ignored or down right lied about.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • judeamorris

      We do not condemn all Americans for their patriotism DESPITE the fact that SOME Americans have lynched their darker skinned neighbors, shot up their neighborhoods in gang wars, taken out their fellow movie watchers with assault rifles, kidnapped and raped children, looted the vulnerable during disasters. We cannot condemn a religion because of the extreme actions of a few any more than we condemn a country for the extreme actions of a few. Your logic is terribly faulty.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Donna

        I think that what you don't understand is that many Americans believe your religion to be antiquated with or without terrorists screaming Allahu Akbar just before they murder innocent civilians. Without the terrorists, your religion is as foreign and frightening as it is with the terrorists. Even in Syria, they yell God is great each time they shoot someone dead. That is a very foreign concept to invoke God when killing.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Heywood

    As much fear as you think you live in, i am certain it is less then a Christon or Jew in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt< Pakistan, and on and on. The people and the govts there have less then no tollerance for any other religion so forgive me for my lack of sympathy.

    Where was your voice 11 years ago and where has it been since, louder then anyone elses preaching peace and tollerance for other religions and saying that thoose that hijacked your religion were wrong? Tell me!!!!
    Why does your religion want to build a mosqe so near Ground Zero? Why did your religion build a mosque on top of the Jewish peoples holiest site?

    Give respect you get respect.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Volcano0201

    The living environment of a Muslim person is a dangerious 1 in real life where we as United States Of American citizen we cannot fall to sleep with them and even more when we are seeing the kind of acting they do throughout the middle east region ladies & gentlemens

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. John Mann

    The fact that American Muslims live in fear 11 years later makes me sad and mad. But it doesn't surprise me that much since there are so many ignorant hateful racists in this country. Add to that freakin racist cheerleaders (looking at you foxnews, limbaugh and clones) and it's really not surprising. Stop the hate.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. DJ

    Maybe if they live in fear a little longer they'll stop living in the background and step out front and help take out the jihadists / extremists / mujaheddin / martyrs

    September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I hope she is not defending the Palestinians. We watched them dancing in the streets just hours after the second building came crashing down.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    STOP THE MUSLIM BASHING...STOP THE MUSLIM BASHING...

    Do you right wing Christian-Brotherhood know the true definition of a Muslim? Let me see if I can enlighten you racist right wing domestic terrorist extremists... From my college days, this is what I learned one semester I took a course in Islam and Hunduism...

    First of all, Muslims are not terrorists. A Muslim is an adherent of Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the Quran which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God as revealed to Prophet Muhammad and the teachings and practices of Muhammad. Muslim is an Arabic word meaning one who submits to God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

    The Quran describes many Prophets amd messengers as well as their respective followers as Muslim: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacobs, Moses and Jesus and his Apostles are all considered to be Muslims in the Quran. The Quran states that these men were Muslims because they submitted to God, preached his message and upheld his values, which including praying, charity, fasting and pilgrimage.

    Now, do you want to know what a terrorist is called in the Muslim world? A terrorist in the Muslim/Islamic world is called a Radical Extremist (not Muslim). Radical Extremists promote and support varying acts of terrorism, for example religious terrorism for the purpose of achieving varying political or religious ends. These acts include suicide attacks, hijacking, kidnapping and recruiting of insurgents in the social media to carry out their mission of terror and propaganda.

    Please learn the difference before you go on a Muslim/Islamic bashing!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Habeeb

      Thank you!! At least someone here knows how to read before making statements!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont care

      Dont really care what the quoran preaches. Just stay out of our way and dont blow up buildings. Is that too much to ask

      September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Not every muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a muslim. When that changes you will be right

      September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Saleem

        Every terrorist is a Muslim? Really? So Christians that blow up abortion clinics aren't terrorists? So Anders Breivik wasn't a terrorist? So Timothy McVeigh wasn't a terrorist? Top of the list of the FBI most wanted terrorists is Daniel Andreas San Diego. According to your statement I guess he must be a Muslim......or you are just an idiot.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        What abput timothy mcvay??

        September 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • NadaK

      Gracias Senior....

      September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • denman838

      What you learned in an academic environment is a far cry from the reality of the world today. Wake up and smell the fallafel.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      What is happening with Muslims here in he US is just a small part of what is happening in any Muslim country with Christians. I am a Christian and was born in Uzbekistan. I know first-hand what means to live in Muslim Country and be a Christian. In 1980th all Muslims in Uzbekistan declared "Muslim Country is for Muslims – the rest go away". ANYWHERE I went I was asked "When are you Christians leave ?". Death threats were a norm to any Christian. So I was kicked out of my home and my Country. Stop crying – you are not asked to leave and its only a tiny part of what you do to "infidels" around the globe.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Williams

        My Egyptian (Christian) neighbors here in Florida fled Egypt because of Muslim aggression. Just to add another example.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tacitus Talks

      I see you have been properly brainwashed. Everything you say is based on the "books" you have read and not the reality of the situation. And let us put it this way in answer to your highly "tolerant diatribe" against people you disagree with: the 19 men who flew the planes in the WTC were not Irish Catholics nor were they Evangelical Christians. That is reality – no matter what your idiot professor taught you. What is sad is that you probably have about 50K of student loans to show for your substandard education.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Habeeb

    I am reading a lot of hatred with most of the opinions.

    So lets get this straight:
    – All Muslims are not ARABS. Therefore the suggestion that all of them go back to the Middle East doesn't make sense. Please update your geography lessons to state your facts again!!
    – Stating ISLAM is a religion of violence is grossly INCORRECT. Obviously at this time in the world, religious extremism has taken over the religion and giving a wrong perspective to the religion. Please don't state Qur'anic verses that state violence, if you are not aware of the story behind the revelation of the verses. It's not that hard to gain knowledge in this country. Support your local library, and they do have a copy of the Qur'an for you to read.
    – Of all the religions practicing in the US, only two religions have been subjected to more hatred because of 9/11. They are Sikhism and Islam. The folks who practice and preach these two religions have been subjected to disrespect and lies from the society we call the greatest nation on earth. Really!! So why not have this editorial piece displayed today. It is because of 9/11 that these religions are being subjected to lies. This is the best time for this editorial.
    – I agree with folks who state that Muslims in US are not standing up for violence in the name of ISLAM. I think that Muslims should get more involved within the realms of society if we plan on living here.

    Lastly, Americans including me are not superior to any other human being on this planet. We have people dying in the thousands every year, in all parts of the globe, but there is no media hype, no moment of silence for them, but when it comes to US citizens, our government wants the whole world to rally for us. What nonsense. If we are the greatest nation on earth, have a moment of silence for every human being killed by violent attacks.

    Thanks for your time reading my opinion. Now back to the fear mongering, far right views!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Excellent comment!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      We, Americans are better people then your brothers with no tolerance for any other religion. Is there a church in Saudi Arabia? Yes we are better because we think woman should be educated and are better then dogs or sheep. Yes we Americans are better because we live in the 20th century, not the stone age with stone age laws. Your opinion sounds good, but in reality its just not so.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Habeeb

        well everyone tries to somehow relate Muslims to Saudi Arabia. So should the Muslims also start relating all Jewish people to Israel, since Israel is a JEWISH state.

        Common folks, we are talking here about countries that have secular democracies. A common man can never change the non secular minds of these countries.

        Also, I am sure someone will bring it up, Israel is a Jewish state, but has mosques because some Israelis are Muslims.
        None of the citizens of Saudi Arabia are non Muslims. So the idea of having a church is just not needed.

        As for women, this is just misinformation to an extent that, even an educated fellow now a days think that Muslims keep women as slaves. It is alarming that people don't even notice that a country like Bangladesh, for example, with a 99% population being Muslims, is being run by a women.

        Also, defining religion to match your aesthetics of the 20th century was not part of the plan.

        Education, Education and Education can only move developing countries to the modern era. And unless and until the WORLD understands that, terrorists from every religion will breed and spread like wildfire, that even our great nation USA will not be able to handle.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Williams

        """Education, Education and Education can only move developing countries to the modern era. """

        AGREED!

        September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      All of those words and you forgot to mention "infidels".

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Habeeb

        Infidels is as same as extremists.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. osbjmg

    I lived with a muslim for 2 years and am great friends with him today, but I still tell him to his face that I do not trust his religion and it's true followers. I would never attack anyone that has not personally threatened me, but I will not recognize this as only a religion. It's a system for control and domination, and it is clear about this. If you need a simple example, how can you trust a system that puts women below men? I know people want to show that they are open minded and accepting, but why be open minded and accepting of a religion that is so closed minded on every social issue you could think of?

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIKCgRlwQUA&w=640&h=360]

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • aMom

      Frightening. It grieves me that this is the truth that the media will not report.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Perum

    You didn't address the fundamental issues 1)there are more Muslim terrorists than others. Why this is ?. 2). There is a fear in other religions that the so called 'Muslim should rule the world' could be dangerous, Is there such a thing ?.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Terrorism is not connected to Religion. Terrorism is simple the use of fear to enact change.

      The only truth we can pull from this is that terrorist appear to be doing a good job of scaring American into enacting change. Look at all the freedom we have given up in order to try and preserve our lives a little longer. No one seems to be concerned about ensuring freedom and America are preserved.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Perum

        I think most of the terrorists are made to believe that they are acting in the name of their God. Muslims are used for this, easily diverted to terrorism; the way their religious rules written and the tough religious practices could be main reasons.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Habeeb

      You didn't address the fundamental issues 1)there are more Muslim terrorists than others. Why this is ?. 2). There is a fear in other religions that the so called 'Muslim should rule the world' could be dangerous, Is there such a thing ?.
      Perum,

      Here is a brief answer to your questions,

      1. Lack of education, poverty are the main causes of extremism in any religion. Islam has been spreading across the developing countries for decades, and the right wing extremists even in Islam have taken the opportunity to hire these impoverished people to spew hatred. The leaders of these so called JIHAD groups, has the media ever found out what their families did. Most likely, their families are living abroad, getting a batter education while the poor and uneducated are dying for a cause they have no idea about. Suicide bombers can only be stopped, if illiteracy and poverty can be changed to education, jobs and the vision of a better tomorrow.

      2. Every religion preaches to go and educate people about your religion. Christians have been doing it in South America, Muslims have been in East Asia. Even the Ottoman empire, had to fail eventually. Far Right philosophers are stating that Shariah Law is basically abolishing other religions, death penalty for adulterers and murders, and injustice to women. Not even one statement is true about the Shariah Law. Let's take an example, Jewish followers in the US can marry and divorce a spouse on the teachings of their religion. Same way, Muslims are stating that their Shariah Law states specific guidelines when divorcing a spouse and the state should accept certain parts of the Shariah Law to address these kind of concerns within a religion. Far right fools don't want to learn, read or even think about these facts.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Williams

        """Islam has been spreading across the developing countries for decades, and the right wing extremists even in Islam have taken the opportunity to hire these impoverished people to spew hatred."""

        Left unstated, Habeeb, is that the spread of Islam across developing companies is directly related to population growth in these very areas, and is not due to acceptance of the ideology by thinking adults.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. RD

    If that's true, then US muslims know what the rest of the world feels: fear of muslims. Pick almost any war in the entire world and I'll bet that over 90% of the time muslims are one of the waring parties. Don't tell me islam is a peaceful religion. One last thing: If muslims feel fear in the US, go back to your own country. Problem solved.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • L.C.

      Crusades, 100 years war, pretty much any war from Medieval Times are religion based and its christian religion Not islamic.

      if you want something more recent; Cold War, Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War, War in Sudan, any civil war, all wars in Africa.

      you have your ratios wrong. 99% wars are not islamic based. the 1% that are have been perpetrated by Western society. Go read a history book.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Williams

        LC, while I'm not arguing he is right, you are wrong about the crusades. Learn about the Golden Age of Islam and why the Christian kingdoms felt a need to defend themselves against Muslim aggression and occupation that spanned centuries.

        The Crusades are infamous for the Christian violence against Muslims – no doubt – but the Muslims were not innocent victims in this series of conflicts.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Skeet-Skeet

    It is disgraceful that CNN put this article front and center on 9/11, of all days. A sob story about Muslim fear? What about non-Muslim fear pretty much everywhere in the 1st world that has to put up with Islamic radicalism – not to mention the huge cost and emotional burden put on all of us due to attacks like 9/11, londing bombings, etc.

    Agreeing witha poster above, what give me hope is when our military rains hellfire on these psychopaths. The American watered-down version 2.0 Muslims may tolerate and assimilate to our lifestyle of freedom, liberity and individualism, but the vast majority abroad in the ME would like to see us burn. You wonder why there is fear??

    This day is to honor those lost on 9/11 and subsequently thereafter who fought for our freedom. End.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • osbjmg

      I agree. This wasn't a religious war, but their religion is putting itself in the spotlight. When there is no flag to fight, but only an ideal – it is uncouth to call out that system of ideals that is designed to put us into submission?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Being a Muslim does not mean one is from the Middle East so it doesn't matter what people from the Middle East think. You can't separate the two for some reason?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Nick Howdy

    Your government is lying to you and claiming victim-hood in much the way Israel does, to commit more and more atrocities worldwide in the guise of securing liberty for US citizens, when in reality, the supposed rights of supposed citizens (especially the working class) are being destroyed..

    The whole populace lives in fear...You need not be afraid of Muslims, be afraid of the big pirate, the big terrorist...That's our own government.

    Happy 9/11 – Bankers/Multi National Corporations: 1 Humanity: a big fat 0

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      That comic is soooooo right, you just cant fix stupid.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    Watch this video about the truth about 9/11 inside job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NyBzLs618k&feature=player_embedded Zionist Jews did 9/11.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. DDSilks

    So if they are so afraid living here, GO BACK!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      "we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining." – President Bush, 2001.
      Are we turning off the bright beacon of freedom? Muslims are not welcome in this country because of their religious faith?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      "They" being Muslim-Americans, who have been in this country as long as you and I – is that the "they" you are talking about?? And, where exactly should they go "back" to?????

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Kevin

    I hear people talking about the violence Christians have committed throughout history. Let's put this in context. I may be wrong but as far as I can remember the last war that was officially sanctioned by The Pope was Invasion of Italian patriots (1867). That was 145 years ago. Since then the Vatican has come out against war and pushed for peaceful resolutions. Let me be clear I am no fan of the Catholic religion. I only use them because they are the oldest of the Christian denominations. They have lots to be ashamed of but in my opinion warmongering is no longer one of them. I don't condemn them for what was done in the past. They can't change that. I do applaud them for making the decision to at least follow the teachings in The Bible concerning the killing of others and attempting to grow as human beings. Yes many died during that time but the organization grew beyond the need for violence. Muslims can't say the same.

    The Author says that Islam has changed and adapted over 1400 years. She says that knowing most Americans are unaware that it HAS NOT changed since the time of Mohammad when it began. It's one of the things they are most proud of. The fact that they worship and practice their religion in the same way as it was given to the prophet so long ago. It's a religion that adheres STRICTLY to the words of The Qur'an. To change it is considered BLASPHEMY!!!! She knows this but is attempting to play on emotions and the common knowledge that Christian religion is constantly in flux and evolving so Islam must be as well. It's understandable but JUST NOT TRUE.

    She talks about being in fear and how many Muslims speak out against atrocities committed by a small few. How most Muslims are peaceful. Well I have a few Muslim friends and I do believe that to be the case but I believe it's also self serving. When 9/11 happened many Muslims were dancing in the streets. I remember watching video of it. Not just radicals but common people celebrating the deaths of thousands. Muslims flooded the streets to welcome home Abdelbaset al-Megrahi who bombed Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland to a hero's welcome. Armed Muslim groups are murdering unarmed civilians in the Sudan and other parts of the world in an effort to take over the population and install Islamic law. My question to the Author...Where is the outrage? I see it from millions of Christians who have organized in order to help stop this from happening but from "moderate Muslims" nothing. The truth is they will stay silent in the shadows and only come out when the world looks at the end result and then looks to them with accusing eyes. Then they will step forward and say " Hey, That's not us! that's not what we're about." but it is. I am my brothers keeper and if he does evil in the name of my family with my knowledge of it occurring it's my duty as a human to stand up and stop it. When you stay quiet you are co-signing every atrocity committed in the name of Islam. Yes we are afraid of The Other as you put it. The Other is YOU and YOU are to busy TELLING ME not to fear YOU instead of SHOWING ME why I should instead trust you.

    Islam is the 2nd largest religion on our planet. There are an estimated 2.1 Billion Muslims in the world and yet a small fraction does ALL of your talking for you. stop blaming the victims for your plight and take charge of your religion. Put all that money to use flushing out this small majority faction and rid yourself of the problem once and for all. They only exist because you ALLOW THEM TO!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Thank you Kevin. I think you hit the nail on the head (or the muslim on the headscarf).

      September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Williams

      Good points, Kevin.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hal T.

    It's been 11 years. GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • UncleSam4Ever

      We will never forget.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. pantagruel30

    Sorry you have to live in fear. You know what else is scary? Being covered in burning jet fuel and leaping out of a building to one's death.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • UncleSam4Ever

      Well said.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Michael

    No, it just goes to show how ignorant our population is and how Americans have gone on a witch hunt and labelled all Muslims as evil. People like you completely miss the point. You realize how many Muslims have been murdered in this coutnry since 9/11 simply for being Muslim? Not only that, but many Sikhs have been ignorantly murdered as well because people are so stupid that they assume they are the same. Not only murders, but Mosques have been burned to the ground in the US. Not too long ago, a Mosque in TN was burned down as a case of arson.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. T

    Obama is a muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      says the idiot who can't use the correct context of "you're"

      September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Doesn't make it any less true though. You are a retard.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. T

    Ms. Ali-Karamali please shut up!
    You did not show sympathy to the 9/11 victims and their families. Can you write another article about "Non-Muslims in the world live in fear before and after 9/11". Please Do Not try to convince us to believe islam is a peaceful religion 'cause it has never been. I read your Q'ran and it made me sick. Please read the Bible and then tell us the differences between the two.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Trick question – there is no difference...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The difference is that Bible is full of fairy tales, but the Holy Quran is full of miraculous facts, scientists have confirmed it.
      Can you tell me one scientific miracle in the Bible?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Good thing that Christianity is such a peaceful religion and that its proponents have never hurt anyone in spreading it to the exclusion of any other beliefs, because that would really put a dent in the point you are trying to make. Oh.... wait....

      September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ronald Teets

    It is normal in a society that if a group of people look differ, act different, and practice different customs, than the mainflow of that society then that group will feel isolated. Majority of or forefathers immigrated here and melted into the society that existed. Majority of new immigrants do not melt in but desire to keep their own beliefs, dress and customs.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • UncleSam4Ever

      It is normal for members of a group that commits acts of terrorism and mass murder against a country to feel threatened in that country.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perum

      I agree.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jolink653

    Honestly I understand what the article is trying to do and I do agree with some of the points made...But you fail to look at it from our point of view...We had close to 3,000 innocent civilians killed because Muslims got on a plane and in the name of Allah flew those planes into a symbol of our country and we're supposed to be tolerant of that? What do you expect us to think about Muslims now? And not only that, we had to watch these animals on TV celebrating in the Middle East in the streets as the buildings came down? Seriously? Then we get Muslims who try to shove a mosque down our throats by making a fuss about putting one by Ground Zero and completely not caring/understanding why Americans would see that as horrendous...Islam is not a bad religion by any means and I have a lot of Muslim friends who are the nicest people you could ever meet but Muslims in this country will be associated with this for years to come (fairly or unfairly) because it was done in the name of Islam...Germans will forever be associated with concentration camps and the Holocaust, but it was a select few that did it and the entire country got tagged as facists...I don't profile people based on their religion/ethnicity/etc. but I have a very hard time feeling sympathy for Muslims here who claim they're outraged over how Americans view them

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  51. NOT MY CHAIR

    i think we should stop fearing Muslims and start fearing all religious people. its a scary thought that people believe hole heatedly in a magical being in the sky. its a scary thought what the atrocities people have committed against their fellow man because somebody said they heard voices in their head and it was god. its scary to think how illogical people because of religion despite the proof of facts! religion allow people to justify doing horrible things to each other and thats scary.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Ben Madison

      It was people who hated traditional religion - Nazis and Communists - who were responsible for more bloodshed in the 20th century than was probably shed in all the previous centuries of "religious wars" put together.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        Most atheist scientific minded individuals of the modern age don't like religion, but you don't see us calling to massacre all of them. Don't use Hitler and Stalin as an excuse to support religion's worth.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • NOT MY CHAIR

        "The German census of May 1939 indicates that 54 percent of Germans considered themselves Protestant and 40 percent considered themselves Catholic, with only 3.5 percent claiming to be neo-pagan "believers in God," and 1.5 percent unbelievers. This census came more than six years into the Hitler era." do some research cause once again a theist is wrong. also communism is a government style not a religious group, and on that matter capitalist America has probable killed just about the same amount of people as any communist state with two bombs, look up Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. allenwoll

    The primary problem with Islam as well as OTHER religions (to greater or lesser degree) is that so many of their believers live FOR religion rather than BY religion.

    As an illustration of this idea - Certain religious philanthropists, missionaries, workers etc, give money and/or effort - some in the extreme - not so much from the perspective of easing or healing human misery out of compassion, but rather from the perspective of gaining "goody points" for their anticipated afterlife. . Their efforts represent a sort of commercial view (What can I buy for myself) on being religious and such practices are to be condemned, notwithstanding any compassionate benefits provided thereby to others.

    Even worse than doing good for personal "goody points" is, of course, the practice of giving for religio-political purposes - which would appear to be a dominant motive in the instance of Islam.

    Bottom-line INTENT is the key ! ! ! : The devil is in the details, as usual ! ! !

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  53. mckinneyman

    Nothing like a white wash, great spin story. The problem is not this writer it the other 400 million Muslins that want to kill every American and Jew in the world. She needs to fear these pepole as much as we do, if she lived in the middle east she would be in a bag when in public. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Islam overran the middle east and almost Europe not by being a nice religon, they killed all the way. This is not my tainted view, this is history and it has not changed.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Curt

    I'm Canadian and we have a much lower Christian population. So on a Canadian news site I'll rarely see more than a couple other people trying to portray the Christian perspective. I have to say that I'm not so impressed with my American Christian brethren! Remember to turn the other cheek and to forgive your enemies and trespassers. Don't get caught up with babbling in Babel! If you feel the inexplicable hostility and necessity to lash back at someone if you don't agree with them, you're giving into the demons and are no better than the non-believers. Please pray about it and share this view, in a kind, understanding and respectful way if you find that you agree.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Accountability

      Galatians 6:1-2

      September 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  55. suzeew

    they are all bad!!!!!! they act like animals get out of this country and go home to your land

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  56. BAinOKC

    This is ridiculous. The muslims in this country enjoy more freedom than ever in their home country... This great country has more tolerance than any other. I really hate that CNN published this on 9/11. Why is it the "moderate" muslims do not condemn the actions of the radicals?? They need to become more vocal about the insane actions of their Islamic brothers.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • draxta

      CNN can publish what they want, even if, in my opinion, it is completely inappropriate. But, post one wrong thing on their boards and they ban you from making comments.
      Nothing like the press, that screams for free speech, suppressing ours.
      This is a useless article posted on a more useless news organization.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bob Sacamano

    You're an idiot

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  58. otherSF

    European Christians live in fear 100 years after 9/11. It will happen. Too bad.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. sam

    The lady writer should go to Saudi Arabia and drive a car. She will be whipped to blood and then she will believe that islam is about terror. You can't drive a car there, and you say islam is adaptable.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  60. salman

    I'm an ER physician, trying to help save american lives; I'm a muslim born and raised in the USA; these replies are an example of how narrow minded people can be and how much hatred is harbored in their hearts. We are not willing to accept other cultures and religions. Such a beautiful article explaining feelings of a people is receiving horrible criticism for no reason; I hope one day people will become more accepting and tolerant of each other.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Then you should speak out against the atrocities of your brethren, especially on a somber day like today. OR you could convert to Christianity.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      Well when the Islamic Religion accepts that they need to respect other religions I will be first in line to shake their hand. Until then they are my enemy just as much as I am their's. When there is no more Islamic Terrorists or Muslim Extremism and they lay down there arm's not in defeat but in wanting peace and respect, I will do the same. Until the Anti-Semitism is gone from this planet not because I like Jews but because everyone has a right to live, I will not be Anti-Muslim. The Muslim Community in this world is bringing this apon themselves, until the muslims stand up and put a Iron Fist down saying we will not accept this in the Muslim World, then Muslims will always be looked down apon as a Violent Religion and People who are power hungry and wanting this entire world in their Violent ways. So I don't have any pitty on them and I don't care how many die over there.

      Now the Islamic World can blame the US and the Western world for all their hardships since the beginning of time but at the end of the day the Western World allows all religions to worship freely and the Arab World does not. If the Arab World would take Religion out of Government the World would be so much better off. There will always be influences from religion don't get me wrong but at least it won't be the governing factor. But thats a fantasy.

      So Muslims can live in fear and I ain't going to shead a tear, Christians live in fear everyday in the Arab World too. So do Jews. Why should they be any different? If they want to play the "Eye for a Eye" game we can play it too.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  61. woodofpine

    My concern...The Islamic relics section of the Topkapi is highlighted by the Prophet and his closest's swords (used in batle). Islam from the outset demanded respect rather than sought to attract followers with the idea of peace.

    On the other hand, when Christians reclaimed Spain by force from the Islamic Moors in th 1300-1400's, the local Jewish population followed the tolerant Muslims out in (justifiable) fear of what the Inquisition minded Christians held in store. A muslim business associate of mine said once, "Judaism teaches what we beleive, Christianity teaches why we believe it, Islam teaches one how to do it."

    Personally, the history of the organized Abrahimic religions is an embarrassment to believers.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  62. NEW WORLD ORDER

    911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB = MUSLIMS ARE NOT TO BE BLAMED

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • OceanMinded

      @New World Order.

      Your tin foil cap has covered your tiny brain.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      awesome.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Flex

    Sorry folks, but you get back what you put in, if these Muslims complaining about fear and security have a legit case, then it is upon them FIRST to handle the bad apples amongst them, sitting down watching and complaining is only for the helpless and advantage takers. Clean your house, as other religions have done before you, then you'll get credibility, until then please do not complain, since you do not have a leg to stand on.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. adam

    You see, Liberals (unlike some republicans) use our common sense and knowledge when being objective, This is a leftist article for sure, but a lot of liberals here are even saying... come'on, stop whining. I couldn't expect you to pick up on something like that though.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Charlie

    Look up the FBI Uniform Hate crime report there are are much more antisemitism in the United States than Anti-muslim, much more in fact.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  66. katolungile

    What would ever cause that to happen... I mean you'd have to murder like 3,000 people for that to happen... Oh, wait a second...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  67. t3chn0ph0b3

    Today's Is1amic power comes from o1l. Once the o1l runs out, the internat1onal bank1ng cart3ls will eat up all of their mon3y and they'll be r3duced to p3lting each other with p3a-sh00ters in the desert. We're only about four or five gen3rations away from the fall of fundam3ntalist Is1am from the global stage.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      Sorry about the numbers in there. There was a word that it wasn't letting me post and I'm still not sure what that word was.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. minority

    are you making open threats?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. GayAtheist

    Islam is a hate group.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      most religions are a hate group if you are not part of their group

      September 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  70. John

    No matter how much Muslims say their religion is peaceful, the very fact that Islam teaches intolerance and the destruction of non Muslims if they do not convert to Islam is something to abhor about the religion. Islam is "Satanic" in this instance. The goal of Islam is to subvert the entire globe to their religion and death to those who do not. Now, try and argue that Sumbul Ali-Karamali!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • judeamorris

      Ridiculous. Christians say anyone who is not Christian is going to hell, is misguided,is "Satanic," etc. How is that any different from what you charge? It is precisely your sort of rhetoric that causes the problem. I am sick and tired of the American penchant for making anyone who is "different" the "Other." We have used "they" and "them" for far too long - against ANY non-Christians, against non-white skin colors, against non-traiditional gender roles.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Henry CA

    It is not appropriate to post this article in this painful day. CNN, you guys are too bad.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Peter Klinedinst

    They should. Whereever they go they cause problems. If they are affraid, let them convert to another religion, just like the way they force others to convert to Islam in their own countries!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Zac Asimov

    "Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide . . . . . . were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leader"

    Who, Where, When. I have yet to hear anyone of significants from the Muslim community speak with any ferver to denounce terrorists who use Islam to carry out their mission. Maybe blame it on the media, but until the Muslim community unites with a HUGE HUGE voice to denounce and separate from these terrorist, your silence will be viewed as compliance.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad

      Mr Zac

      The reason you don't hear from Muslim Community because there is nothing to do with 9/11 and Muslims. Again, Bin Laden wasn't a Muslim leader. If you are talking about apologizing, it should be US for their sordid affairs of telling lie when they are going to invade Iraq without any reason and killed millions of people.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  74. GetOffYourHighHorse

    Draw a picture of mohammed and see what will happen to you.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • GayAtheist

      The United States protects muslims from Islamic law.

      An american Muslim is not a real muslim..a real muslim lives under Islamic Law..Islam is little more than law.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      I feel for your case Sumbul, as Americans in general are pretty ignorant. However, the reason so many Americans live in fear is because there's an estimated 165 million radical Muslims out there. That's half the population of our entire country. There are billions of Muslims, and for some reason, the billions aren't willing to stand up to the clerical leadership. And when they do, you get the Muslim Brotherhood running Egypt. I'm still holding optimism that Egypt will change, but as a Jew, I'm not holding my breath. It's time Muslims starting taking care of one another, and stop blaming others and hating others for their issues.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Batman

    That is right... Why the western world is not up in arms with all the atrocities commited by muslims in the Middle East and other parts of Asia and the Asia Pacific? Have you read of the persecutions and killings Christians are suffering by this cancer call 'muslims'?
    They cannot live in peace with other religions, why would they deserve to live in peace here in America?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad

      Dear Batman

      Just non-sense what you wrote. Sept 11 was not done by Muslims but a terrorist group. Bin Ladan wasn't a muslim leader nor we knew him b4 Sept 11, He is like a person like Terry Jones of Florida are an extremist and only known by few people. Hitler was a Christan and that's why all Christan are not terrorist. Do you know how many Muslim died because of Sep 11. More than 5 million (Iraq, Afghanistan). Now when Bush gone for Iraq war, he lied to American People and there were no WMD found in Iraq. Now still you claim Muslims for Sep 11 then I feel sorry for you.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. TY6502

    Actions speak louder than words. Since 9/11 muslims have continued on a terror campaign around the world, spurred on by their imams, while their mouthpieces keep saying "But islam is a peaceful religion."

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Road Dog

    Muslims are afraid.
    The problem here is...?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. thescogg

    This is rich. When Fred Phelps and the clowns down at the WBC go and protest a soldier's funeral, you Christians all jump out of the woodwork to make sure that we all know that "most Christians aren't like that". As a non-religious person, I believe you all when you say that. I have tons of family and friends that are Christian, and can see very few of them holding derogatory signs at a funeral. But, about half of my Christian friends and family will do what a lot of you all are doing right now. You all are pretty quick to associate ALL Muslims with the fringe lunatics who attacked the WTC on 9/11. Why won't you afford your Muslim brothers the same benefit of the doubt that you afford yourselves?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Your answer is in your reply. Because muslims do not condemn the actions of the radicals in their group. Christians condemn Phelps and his ilk.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisabones

      Maybe because the 'terrorists' come to this country, assimilate into the population, bide their time, 'learn how to fly planes', and then VOILA! ATTACK!!! It's not just some lunatic who claims Chrisitanity is the reason he went nuts with a gun, but people who come here and make it their mission to take out Americans....it just seems a little more diabolical.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Well thescogg. If the vast majority of the followers of the "Religion Of Peace" were to stand up and make VOCAL statements on how their fellow followers of the "Religion Of Peace" are wrong, similar to what us Christians state about the WBC wack jobs, then all the followers of the "Religion Of Peace" would not all be categorized as terrorists or terrorist lovers.

      Scott

      September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • thescogg

        I think they do speak out against terrorism. As I told another poster, the Christians in this country outnumber the Muslims 100 to 1, so of course their voice isn't going to be heard as loudly.

        And, I think it's sad that they have to prove to you that they're not terrorists because there was one attack perpetrated by 19 Muslims over the course of 236 years. Hitler was a Christian, but I don't see Billy Graham jumping on TV to apologize for his actions. And, it would be ridiculous to think he owes that to anybody.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zac Asimov

      You just pointed the main reason why most people have this perception of Muslims. They do not speak out, so their silence is viewed as excepting. Look at other examples across our great country and you will see ordinary people rise to support or protect their beliefs. The Muslim community across the world is silent, so you can not blame non-muslims from being skeptical of their true motives.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • thescogg

        Isn't it a little unfair to say that the Muslims aren't speaking out 'loud enough' compared to Christians, when Christians outnumber Muslims 100 to 1 in this country? It's not like you guys listen anyways when they do try.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • GetOffYourHighHorse

        Wrong again thescogg. It doesn't matter if Christians outnumber muslims 100 to 1 in this country. What everyone is saying is Muslims should speak out against their radical brethren and the atrocities that they have committed. It's not Christian vs Muslim, it's Muslim vs radical violent muslim thugs.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • thescogg

        GetOffYourHighHorse, they do. That's literally what the whole article you're commenting on is about. Do you people even read, or do you just jump straight to the comments to spread intolerance? I'm so sick of you sick puppies.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. minority

    americans want to rule-plain and simple.whoever resists american hegemony,is demonized.according to americans,it is always the other side that is bad.when americans murder people around the world,that is ok.but,when foreigners retaliate,then americans cry forever.americans are very,very bad people.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Randell Crane

    They don't like it then go back to where they came from. They would be much more comfortable and so would we. Just get out!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      I'm a native american and I am getting a kick out of your replies...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  81. doughnuts

    A group of people recently called on the government to start monitoring mosques for radical elements.

    Sounds like a bunch of intolerant "Islamophobes" but the people doing the calling are Muslim scholars, and the mosques they want monitored are in Saudi Arabia.

    Too bad the peace-loving "moderate" Muslims in the U.S. won't police themselves the same way.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  82. milesaustincollie

    I think that the author is Haile Selassie. Get it? Haile Selassie! Oh, I crack me up. And your religion is the pits.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  83. draxta

    Dear,
    You're not going to get much support nor sympathy from Americans. Perhaps the radical Muslims that have brought terror and death to our country should have had more brains and common sense when they set out to perpetrate their vile acts of violence and evil. Had they been blessed with an ounce of intelligence, they would have realized the injustice they have done to Allah, the religion as a whole, and the Americans that practice the faith, which by the way, like all religions, keeps men in the stone ages, unable to think rationally and intelligently.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  84. observer1776

    The writer of this article might be practicing "Jihad of the Pen". We are all too familiar with "Jihad of the Sword", but there is also Jihad of the pen and tongue called for.
    That consists of speeches and writings designed to placate the intended victims of Jihad.
    Will the writer tell us how many Muslims will publicly and firmly denounce all parts of the Quran that call for violent Jihad?
    Will the writer tell us how many Muslims will publicly and firmly denounce all the Imans that call for violent Jihad?
    Will the writer tell out how many Muslims quietly smiled at the carnage of 9-11?
    In denouncing the Jihad call for by the Quran and the many Imans, the writer might start with herself.
    I'm waiting . . .

    September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • thescogg

      You're insinuating that the author of this article is trying to incite some kind of holy war? I think the author is trying to bring light to a situation that is all to real, as evidenced by the hatred in these comments. You sick puppies...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  85. F.O. Cammuljokey

    "Opinion, US Muslims live in fear"....GOOD!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Phil Stout

    Pets are not allowed according to the Koran. The question is whether "practicing Muslims" abide by it. I've read parts of the Koran, and it clearly states a dog is "unclean" unless it is kept as a hunting dog or watch dog. Does the author deny this? Or simply choose to ignore it.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  87. ME

    For the past 11 years where is the public outcry from US Muslims to their brothers in the middle east telling them to stop and that the support the USA. Please. Zero sympathy.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Stout

      And what about allowing and condoning the hatred of Christians. Saudi Arabia has banned Christian churches. Yet they demand the right to build a mosque in Italy. Iran locks up Christians and persecutes them. The double standard continues. The Muslims want America to let them have their cake and eat it too.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  88. OceanMinded

    "Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series. They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women, and gave me a standing ovation at the end."

    Wonder what would happen if a rabbi spoke at a mosque about Judaism and women? The unfortunate truth is that the author has a lot more tolerance for other religions then the majority of Muslims living here and abroad. It would be nice if Muslim leaders around the world and in the U.S. could be more vocal and condemn Islamic extremists, hate for other religions, and equal treatment for women, but the sad truth is they follow a book that encourages this hatred and rewards you for it.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      Well said

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I as an Muslim speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, I as an Muslim condemn this brutal acts by these wild animals. Makes me really sad because these stupid ppl are defaming Islam. The Noble Quran clearly states "He who kills one man kills the whole humanity". These people follow their own religion, because Islam doesnt allow innocent children and women getting killed, infact If you kill one person you kill the whole humanity.

      Muslims women's right are good, but there are some few people misusing the name of Islam.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. wanda

    sorry charlie... no sympathy for this writer!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ahmed

    The writer said JEWISH TEMPLE.... Shouldn't it be Jewish Synagogue?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kak

      really that's all you took away from this article.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Batman

    What a joke...! They should just ship all muslims to the other side of the world, period!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad

      If you want to see extremist please go and see a mirror. Read about Islam before any comment. Should you spent time googling some point about Islam, then you would not be here.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Basagora

    Well, Barrack Obama does not live in fear! Even though he attended a church (where destruction of america was preached) for twenty years, he was never formally converted by baptism or other similar rituals. So he must have retained the religion of his father, the Islam,

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      Your point? You are only emphasizing the ignorance that the author is speaking of. Those of the Muslim religion that are fanatic in the ways we all detest are a minority. So you judge a larger number by the smaller amount? What of our allies like Saudia Arabia then? Turkey? It's ironic this nation was founded to get away from religious prejudice and here we are doing what the forefathers did not wish.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Icurheinie

    Muslims live in the US in fear? Maybe in Redneck Land. Even then it does not approach the degree of fear that Christians live in over the Middle East. We might have room to improve, but we are still one of the most tolerant nations on earth.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Icurheinie

      The US Muslim population can help itself by being much more vocal in condemning the acts of Islamic Extremists at home or abroad. This has happened, but not nearly enough.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      Agreed....i believe American Muslims live in shame and portray it as fear

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Steve

    I am ashamed of the fear and ignorance that drives Americans against Moslems. There is a total lack of intelligence in the conversations. The terrorists that participated in 9/11 had no more to do with Islam than McVeigh had to do with Christianity.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisabones

      While this is true, you cannot expect Americans to not look at a Muslim and feel the paranoia that they could very well be a terrorist, because, it IS possible! You never know!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • rett

        By that logic, you shouldn't be able to look at a Christian without feeling paranoia either, due to the actions of McVeigh and other Americans who have committed acts of terror against their own. That, too, is equally plausible ... mathematically-speaking, moreso, actually.

        Aren't double standards the best?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer1776

      Steve, Your ignorance (is it on purpose?) of the proven violence embedded within Islam is pathetic.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  95. AvgJoe123456

    Welcome to the club! If you were any good at policing your own maybe none of this wouldn't have happened. Quit hosting radical Clerics to speak in your Mosques in the USA, Quit sending money and support to these upstanding members of your so called religion of peace and take a real stand. Tell your religious leaders that you want to live and let live and that its time to let your religion evolve with the times. After all there are more of you sheep than there are wolves take the power back.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Troy

    Americans live in fear, that's why they refuse to seek truth and would rather just be told that someone is out there protecting them from the boogeyman.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      You forgot to take your meds this morning. pls do

      September 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  97. StanSitwell

    This kind of reminds me about the part where Muslims were responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans. And how Islam is a religion of hatred and bigotry. You want sympathy because you "live in fear"? What about the people that don't live at all anymore because your religion murdered them?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      This is not a fair statement to anyone that was not involved. I dislike Christianity a great deal, which has historically committed as much or more tragedy than all other religions. It comes with the territory. But to blame people OF such an organization for the actions of a few radicals is truly "living in fear". Pull your head out of your ass and take a look around sunshine. The world does not revolve around your ideals.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  98. muffin72

    So the lead article...on the front page of CNN....on 9/11....is about Muslims living in fear???????? CNN YOU SUUUUUUUUUCK SO BAD YOU SUCK LESS THAN SUCKING SUCKS.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  99. singaporebeef

    Writing from a neutral point of view, let us put things into reason. SOME people hate muslim because of the acts of a few bad apples, but when you turn that logic around, you can basically say any religion or any race or any gender is related to terrorism because there are always rare bad Americans or Chinese or insert your own race/religion/gender here that do extremely bad things, and by applying those flawed logic, we can say therefore you're a terrorist or bad person. So that logic is flawed.

    For those who say, look at muslims who do bad things to themselves, you can easily say the same for every religion or race or gender when you stop being bias and retrieve just bias information (unless you're telling me all Americans or all Christians are good people, no, we know for example a few bad apples, again, some of the serial killers were Christians!!!). There will always be good and bad people in every religion, society, culture, etc. We have to accept that's a fact.

    Unfortunately, in reality, the people who makes the most noises are those few people. The good people who think and reasons and do the right thing, they seldom make a fuss unless it's a righteous thing to do. Even if in a room with 100 people, 99 people keep quiet, just 1 noisy idiot will make the whole room noisy.

    Having said that, I look at the comments here and some were really nasty ones. The problem is, when you're being nasty to someone, they will be nasty in return and nasty to all those you stand for, and then it starts a big bad circle of hatred. Is this what we aim to achieve by making nasty comments? Some people like peace, some like to fight over anything really, it's diversity of life, I accept that.

    I also accept that there will always be more good people than bad people on this planet, it's what gives us hope and enables humanity to thrive for so long. I'm sorry but I think we need to be more forgiving, it's extremely difficult to do this, especially if someone has done bad things to you, but I want to break the circle of hatred.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat F

      You know, this philosophy that "everyone is mean once in a while" adds up to nothing. Islamofacism is a major, major threat to world order and this relativistic pablum is really vacuous, and amounts to living in denial.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      I couldnt agree more!! Terrorists are in all cultures. They are called extremists and are very bad people. I for one believe that we can all coexist peacefully if we all learned to listen to each other rather than fight. Maybe learn about and from each other and create a peaceful balance. Ignorance is the first step to hate, which in turn creates violence. People need to educate themselves before they hate someone for what they think they know. I just hope that someday peaceful coexistence will be possible for humanity.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Anthony

    If the Muslim people don't want to rock the boat. The following has to happen:

    Respect our laws of the United States of America
    Respect women as they do men
    Enough covering all up.
    Lastly tell the Extremists enough with the hate or when push comes to shove
    the USA will destroy all of them.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BarbaraInPA

      So Anthony, with the "covering up" nonsense, what do you propose? Wearing tight pants and snug shirts? And who exactly does that benefit? If someone WANTS to cover up, who are YOU to say they cannot??

      I was raised Catholic and embraced Islam in 2004. Before I was Muslim I dressed pretty conservatively, but still....the stares and comments I got from men was sometimes unnerving. Wearing body hugging clothing only benefits one group of people – men.

      Maybe men should be encouraged to wear pants that hug their crotch, so women know what to expect up front. How would men like that?? I think they would hate it, and rightly so.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        When I say cover up, I think it is crazy that Muslim women have to have to covered up from
        head to toe. I would think you as a female would agree with me...But I guess
        not.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      YOUR United States? You do comprehend that some of these American Muslims were born here and are as much an American as you are. Your religion does not make you more American than they are.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        I don't see any where in my initial statement "MY" United States. I was voicing my thoughts
        we live in the United States Of America.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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