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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. bardaw

    If they are that frightened why don't they return to their motherland!! I am the one living in fear of them being here!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kirpal Singh

    As a Sikh working on Wall St. not too far away from the 9/11 memorial, I was terrified to go into work today.

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

      I can understand Singh saheb...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shalin Shah

    The second largest Muslim population resides in my country of India. Don't be fooled. They are, have been, and
    will be the scourge of the Earth. Their religion preaches violence in every way imaginable. The Muslims who
    think that it does not preach violence do not understand the violent underpinnings of the Q'uran. It is unbelievable
    that America posted this article about Muslim feelings on 9/11. They should all be shipped out of America. The Arab countries would have killed every last American if this sort of event happened on their soil. The Arab countries don't even let other religions practice freely. Why should America allow them on this soil? Get OUT!!!

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

      Thank you for your courage. The day Muslims admit they are violent will never come.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Very good points.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JSmith

    100% Accurate!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CNN

    CNN put out this article not to accuse all of you haters and bigots of your hate and intolerance. You do this all on your own. CNN put out this article to cover ALL of the effects of 9/11. Believe it or not, just as Americans and Christians, some Muslims do things in the name of their religion that end up having negative consequences for other people who "share" their religion. Case in point: American Muslims live in fear. You people are talking about Americans, which happen to also be Muslim. In a very real way, you are being unpatriotic.

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

      This is an absolute INSULT to the victims of 9/11 and their families. Yet another example of politically-correct nonsense from this organization.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Isabella

        I agree with you.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beck

        I wonder if you judge with the same sharpness the statement of Glenn Beck, who ACTUALLY INSULTED the families of the victims of 9/11, as well as those of the Brevik massacre.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      Well perhaps CNN will enjoy their Muslim audience from here on out, because I sure as hell won't be watching. This is an outrageous disgrace!

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

    The sham is over. This article would have worked 10 years ago closer to 9/11 but we were "Educated" in spectacular fashion on that day and for 10 years have seen what the religion of peace is all about EVERY SINGLE DAY, in news articles. Hot tip, if you are afraid in the States try a majority Muslim nation like Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan. Something tells me your level of "fear" would go up by an order of magnitude, particularly as a woman, under Sharia Law. This is a new decade and Westerners are wise to the poison of Islam and Multiculturalism. We are Awake.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sbgirlie

    Unfortunately it goes both ways. Americans in Islamic nations also live in fear. From the front page-
    "Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic emblems."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sal

    As far as the subject of this article.........THEY SHOULD 

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • plz

      Their religion brought this on them. Their own country is corrupted by Islam and they've come here to do a number on ours. They're doing what they're told to do in the quoran/whatever it's called, and their way of life is defended. You do see where this is going right?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    They better live in fear. Or else they won't be ready when we sneak up behind them and cut their throats out.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bob

    "countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide" Name some, give an example. Name a charity supported by Muslims that helps non-muslims. Give an example of a Muslim country sending aid to a disaster zone in a non-muslim country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT

      There are countless American Muslim charities that give only to non-muslims. Umma clinic in So California. CAIR of America.
      Stop being ignorant and stop watching FOXNEWS to get your education.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kulashaker

        I went to the website of Umma Clinic and found the values to be –

        OUR VALUES

        The services, activities and governance of UMMA shall reflect the Islamic values and moral principles which inspired its founders. These include the core values which are universally shared and revered by society at large:
        • Service
        • Compassion
        • Human Dignity
        • Social Justice
        • Ethical Conduct

        I wonder if Islamic values vary for infidels.

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

    Opinion: Saudi Arabian Christians Live in Fear 11 Years after 9/11 - as do local followers of Jesus in most Muslim nations. They are far more likely to be ostracized, tortured, martyred than Muslims are in America. How much are enlightened Muslim Americans doing to lobby nations outside the U.S. to treat non-Muslims in their midst with even 10% of the accommodation and tolerance they themselves get in the U.S.?

    Yes, the U.S. should set a higher standard, but these complaints smack of hypocrisy when it is primarily Muslim-majority nations that are among the harshest on non-Muslims living in their midst.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RexRiley

    And you should learn how to spell.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pozin

    I would agree that there is a lot of anti-Muslim thinking brewing out there. She noted that countless Muslim people have condemned acts by Muslim terrorists I do not recall that many. Perhaps they are not getting the media attention they need to. I can understand keeping a low profile in the Middle East because the crazies there will kill you if you do not agree with them. I do not know what can be done to put being Muslim in a positive light other than continually getting out doing community service. We have some extremist Christians right here that embarrass us all. The only religious extremists I hear of are the Muslim and Christian faiths. People will read and interpret their holy books to suit their needs. May they all rot in hades, if there is one.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    For many of us our negative views of Islam come FROM research and understanding, not due to the lack of it. I dotn work on stereotypes but from personal experience.

    I was in Iraq when Al-Sadar murdered his political rival on the steps of the Imam Husayn Mosque. The same mosque, one of the holly places for Shia, has been a focal point for violence for thousands of years. THe 2006 al-Askari Mosque bombing destroyed another holy site as well as killing Muslims. No American did those things.

    I lived in Saudi Arabia and saw daily the "Mutawa" – religious police – enforce compliance with words, sticks, stones and the blade. Every Friday in Riyadh the people gather in "Chop Chop Square" to witness "heads and hands" being removed. They save the stoning for adultery for the rural areas. No American did that.

    I lived in Afghanistan and secretly visited and aided girls schools where students risked death to learn. We had to go in secret so as not to call attention to the fact that girls were receiving an education and worse, aid from evil westerners. I heard girls with pretty faces and smiling eyes talk about wanting to be doctors, lawyers and teachers but their own teachers faces gave away the sadness that they would just as likely be the first person on Mars. If they managed to survive to adulthood it was unlikely their husbands would "ALLOW" them to receive a higher education, let alone work in a profession. No American imposed that.

    You decry living in fear and yet you have far less to fear in America than in most Muslim dominated countries.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What a great read. Thank you. And it makes sense.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. liberal disease

    oh please, they have it great here, they have their own President!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marita

      Our President is NOT a muslim. Go get some education before you go posting lies on this web.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Isabella

    You know most people do not believe Muslims are victims. Simple as that.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      I have personally witnessed some really horrible abuses of muslims (in public, in daylight! – there was a unstated policy of spitting on and slurring muslim girls when I was in college in NC) that I was very ashamed of people for committing. There is some major intolerance going on. As a very proud (non-muslim) American woman, I think we can do better.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dm21865

    Honestly, who's running things at CNN? Could you possibly be any more obtuse?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mike

    ...and here is is...Breaking News...Protesters climb walls of U.S. Embassy in Cairo, replace U.S. flags with black flags with Islamic emblems. REALLY!!!!!?????

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • aMom

      I just read the headline and was about to post it too, mike. To the article's author: take your message of tolerance back to your own, Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sioxan

      Good... you guys just take examples of trouble stricken countries like Libya, Iran, Iraq, Egypt.....
      By the way there are 58 Muslim Countries in the World. Muslims are not just Iran or Egypt..

      September 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Wiley Thurster

    Just when I thought the last "Can't We All Just Get Along" screed I read was tops in naivete I see this one. A new champion. Congratulations Ms. Ali-Karamali!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. NYCguy

    I've lived in New York my whole life. What the news failed to show the rest of the world, was the cheering and celebrating that went on in some neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey when the towers went down. And I can tell you first hand that those neighborhoods were predominantly Muslim and Arab. Muslims took to the streets right here in America and cheered for those terrorists. Let's not forget that those terrorists were given help within this country by other Muslims.

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

      That's Bull you talk. I am a New yorker and I haven't seen what you says todate. People like you have filled hatred and misinformation all around. Readers usually tend to believe every word they read as first info, not even once they realize there might be a flip side to the coin. How could I believe anything written by strangers ...??/ think ...

      September 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. dreamer96

    The Tea Party lives in fear too..along with all the NRA members...ops they are almost one in the same...

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

      Especially when the united nation taking our dollars and guns away LOL

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

        Wow! You two are really obtuse!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Captjustice

    Shame on ALi-Karamali and shame on CNN for letting this artical post today. Why try to take away from what this day is suppose to be about and that is to remember the good people that have fallen because of the Muslims. We should not feel sorry for the Muslim people. They should get down and beg for forgiveness for what they have done and what their religion of terror did to this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RJOHN

    My view is they do not want to become Americans. Instead Muslims want Americans to become Muslims. This will not happen so the tension will go on on.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      You are absolutely right, John.

      The basics of Islam are completely incompatible with democracy.

      If anyone disputes this, then please tell us in what majority Muslim country you'd prefer to live. Yes, I know Indonesia. Besides that, any others?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zahra Zadeh

      You see this is the problem when education is not free. First of all American is a nationality. Muslim is being part of a religion like being Christian. Therefor no one is really trying to make a nationality to a religion. I suggest you read and travel more, I do not mean tabloid from super market or travelling to Boise Idaho. I mean out of United Stated, that is if you can get a passport and if the US green back will be worth anything by time you finish your passport application.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. RS

    You want fear? You want terror? You even want death? Try living as a non-Muslim in an Islamic nation.

    I urge ALL free people everywhere to read the Koran, cover to cover.
    Understand what Mohammed commands his followers to do with those who refuse to submit to Islam.
    Don't let anyone tell you what it says, read it. Know it.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      So you are telling me you read the Quran . Funny people cannot read the health care bill , but you read the quran?????

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Zahra Zadeh

        hahahah... well said Sam. Since I have been in the US for work reason, outsourcing the American jobs to India and China I have been baffled by the stupidest of some people. Your government wants to give you people health care so you don’t die of being so unhealthy. Take it and say thank you.

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

      You want fear? You want Terror? Vote for Romni and Rayan. I approve this crap.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mike

    I think this article got it completely wrong. You (writer) assume that americans what to hear about Muslims. The problem is, is that we completely don't care about your religion. Out of all the religions Muslims see this the least. No one like fanatic Jews, or Christians either. As americans we are not a super religious people, but muslims continue to badgers us about how we should learn Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. PatsFanBoston

    We have come so far... and still have so far to go.

    Yet another reason why religion causes so much harm and dis-trust in the world.

    Thank goodness for us Humanists!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Amused

    Those who use the Koran to destroy, hurt or repress others are not real Muslims. Those who use nationalism, patriotism or fear to inspire hatred of followers of a particular religion are not real Americans.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Well, those faux Muslims certainly have wreaked a lot of damage on the world in the last couple of decades.

      YOU may not think they're Muslims. But they KNOW they are. And they would assure you that all of the bloodshed is as a result of their living out their beliefs - as set forth in the Koran.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Barnesje

    Wow. on 9/11, Run an opinion article about Muslims 'Feelings' – unreal. Then, 30 minutes after making this a front page article, a bunch of Muslims desecrate the US Flag at the Embassy in Cairo.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Yeah I saw that link to the Cairo Muslims right after this article, lol. Crazy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. BigBird Johnson

    They should be in fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Joanna

    OMG, WHY this subject TODAY!?? It won't do any good eihter Muslims nor families of victims of 9/11. Where on earth CNN editors lost common sense?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      I think the timing is perfect. We as a nation need to remember that it was religious EXTREMISTS who did this, not the religion as a whole, any more than Tim McVeigh, or the mail bomber represent Americans and/or Christians.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Amused,

        Please don't trot out the Timothy McVeigh chestnut. McVeigh said he was an atheist.

        Don't pretend that there are hordes of violent Christians around the world who are killing and maiming people because the victims aren't Christian. It simply isn't true. You know it isn't true and so does everyone else. It's either a liberal conceit or a humanist conceit.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob G

        Oh geeez, here we go again. McVeigh was a horrible aberration. An isolated incident. Jihadists number in the 1000s and murder innocents everyday. Please STOP with this clarion call from American Muslims who should spend their time condeming the extreme interpretation instead of defending it. NOW THAT would truly go a long way!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob G

      Because that is what CNN does. They are MSNBC lite. Even their president is leaving the the insane asylum to the inmates.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ken G

    Faux and hate radio flogging hate every single day. Shameful what this once welcoming country has become.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Seattle Native

    It is ironic to have this story run alongside a story about Muslims burning the American flag and storming the U.S. embassy in Egypt all because an American film crew is exercising its First Amendment right to freedom of expression. I guess the only people whose rights matter are Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bufkus

      It is pathetic that you assume that all muslims are the same. That's like saying all christians are the same (who would dare equate mormons with protestants or protestants with catholics?). American muslims are completely different from the hateful evil terrorist muslims that live in egypt and the rest of the middle east.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jeffrey G

    From what I've read on line, Islam the religion Of Muslims codons Murder. Kill an infidel and your guaranteed a place in heaven with god. What kind of crap is that! Verified on snopes.com

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      And the Old Testament states that women must marry their rapists. your point?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        MY point is we are talking about murder, on 9/11, not rape.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Dale N.M.

    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 Islamic Koran same as the Bible to Christians, the Koran talks about people who will not convert to Islamic beliefs they are considered as infidels, all good Islamic people are supposed to kill infidels, it is right there in the Koran if that's not violence ?.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saleem

      Because someone told you that it was in the Quran or because you actually read it?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        "When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens." – 47:4
        (different translation: ) When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads, and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      You should probably read a text before commenting on it.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        Ok, how's this text? "Fight unbelievers who are near to you." 9:123 (different translation:
        Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you. (another source: ) Ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers....

        Sorry, sounds like warlike to me.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Meeks

    People need to stop taking 9/11 out on American Muslims who were just as devastated by the tragedy as the rest of the country. We're not Al-queda, just like all Christians aren't the KKK. These terrorists are a small bunch of poor twisted shmucks living in caves and plotting warfare. It's sad that the fear of Islam has been perpetuated in this country, and its obviously a propaganda tool being used to justify two senseless wars that have drained our country economically and resulted in global devestation in both the Middle East and South Asia, not to mention the amount of American soldiers that died needlessly defending their country against an intangible enemy named "terror", which unfortunately comes in all colors, shapes and sizes.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Apologizing

      Atheist here and at first glance, I can safely say that Christian's don't force their women to walk around in cloth bags. So that's a point for Christian's in my book.

      Once moderate Muslims start condemning their extreme counterparts, we can talk.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Meeks

        This "forcing women to wear the veil" BS refers specifically to Wahabism in Saudi Arabia, or the type of Islam that persists in poor, tribal villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The majority of the Muslim world that is not either poverty starved or living in Saudi Arabia have renounced these customs. Even within Saudi Arabia there is a resistance to the Wahabi kingdom, which uses a strict radical intepretation of Islam to oppress and control its citizens.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • TheSchmaltz

        You mean except those compounds where they wear prairy dresses, or the mainstream church leaders who talk about doing that but lack the power to make it happen?

        Plenty of their moderates do condemn their extremist counterparts. I hear them all the time. They've also made the most powerful statement: they voted with their feet. The said "screw these guys" and moved here.

        The difference between Christian and Muslim extremists is degrees of desperation.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Melisssa

        Meeks – I think you are wrong – the Muslim women on my street are covered head to toe – are rarely seen outside of the house and when they do they make sure to not look at anyone. It's freaking creepy.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      The KKK has been contained by the US. You've done nothing to contain the anti-American, anti-west, antisemitic radical hatred prevalent in nearly all Muslim communities. You've never accepted any blame for anything. All you do is deflect. There will be more clashes.

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

        Woah woah woah. First of all, saying that the radical violent anti-semetic, anti-American sentiment is prevelant in nearly ALL Muslim communities is a gross misconception. I have been a part of several muslim communities in the states and not ONE of them harbor resentment towards other nations or religions. Secondly, why on earth should I accept blame for Al-Queda, and why should I have to associate my religion with those nutjobs? You didn't personally stop the KKK, and I wouldn't ask you to take the blame for their sadistic viewpoints.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Larry

    CNN's landing page pretty much says it all. On the left, we see a story of Egyptians storming the US Embassy, desecrating our flag and replacing it with an Islamic flag. One would not be hard stretched to see that the global policy from the majority of Islamic nations is strikingly anti-US. Why would any Muslim – who must put their interpretation of god above all else – even wish to belong to a country that stands for freedom of religion, speech and expression?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jack 2

    I don't get it. they bombed us but they live in fear. i feel so bad for them (sarcasm)

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      They bombed us, but they live in fear."
      No, terrorists from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia bombed us, and your fellow Americans live in fear because you fail to distinguish between them.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meeks

      Idiot. American Muslims did not bomb you. You're thinking of the militant terrorist group Al-Queda. They should live in fear because they're fanatical lunatics. American Muslims, however, have lives and viewpoints about society that are probably similar to yours, but they have to worry about being harrassed every day because of the way they look.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohamad

      As long as you realize that the first "they" is different from the second "they", then things make sense. The first "they" should refer to terrorists, while the second "they" should refer to American Muslims who were twice as devastated as other Americans on 9/11. Twice. One, just as all Americans were, and Two, because of what followed and what the article describes.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  38. No Apologizing

    Tolerance has gotten us right where we are. Third world countries living dark age fashion filled with barbaric, uncivilized people.

    I'm an atheist and not a fan of religion in general but even we atheists can see that Islam is inherently worse and more dangerous than any of it's Abrahamic or Dharmatic counterparts. It has to go.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You limit 1 religion in America and you spit on the entire concept that make up America. Islam is not the only religion to be used in violence.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      You should really study Islam as a religion before commenting on it. The psychos that bombed the trade center were no more representative of the religion as a whole than Tim McVeigh represents Christianity.

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

      WOW! You say that like the author of this was crying about something with no merit while Muslim / Islamist / Radical Hate Mongers were storming US Embassies in places like Egypt!! Oh wait, THEY ARE... The author must be out of touch with reality to write such a blatantly, head-in-the-sand article calling for "Tolerance" on the National Patriot Day, while the group he his saying is soooo 'mistreated' that they are – ONCE AGAIN!- creating International Hate Acts against the USA... How long before more die for the 'hateful' cartoon of their 'deity'?!? Or Homicide Bombers attacking people who question their "peacefulness" due to their Homicide Bombings?!?!?! But then, he and his ilk – of every creed and ethnicity and race and gender never 'get' that violence is "BAD", while distrust of those who PERPETRATE it is just natural HUMAN reaction...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Leave my country or get with it. No religion is favored, all may be practiced. We went first and Europe followed us, freeing themselves from Mother Church as best they could until most of the world had given up the insane idea of State Religion. I practice no faith but I persecute no one.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  39. bcopenshaw

    CNN, This article is a slap on the face of Americans on the anniversary of 9/11. I'd appreciate if you published an article on the mayhem created on that day, and sufferings of families of the thousands dead that day, instead of talking high about the aggressors.Nice judgement on part of CNN.

    Going by the same judgement, we hope CNN is getting an article ready to be published on November 22, about how Lee Harvey Oswald was inconvenienced after the shooting at the police custody.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Stop the 'victim' mentality. This piece is perfectly timed so that we remember what religious extremism of any creed can do. As was said on another forum at CNN:
      Extremism in science will fly you to the heavens
      Extremism in religion will fly you into buildings.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      The point of the article is that despite Americans like you, who lump all Muslims together and hate them, most American Muslims have come here to join us in a place where you can leave your religion at home and it will still be there when your workday is over. Stop driving them back to their radical uncles when what they really want is to get rid of the burkhas and go clubbing; they are here with us, not over there burning stuff. Ever see "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash? There's your conflict – we are more culturally vital than Islam. They don't have a chance. Justin Bieber is kicking Mohammed's can down the street and I'm loving it. Way too many of those veiled women know they look like Kardashians if they could get away from Daddy long enough to dress down.

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

    You posted this story on September 11th?

    Wow. CNN, I am done with you now. Officially, forever.

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

      CNN, this is completely irresponsible and insensitive to post on 9/11. You couldn't pick any of the other 364 days in a year to spew your anti-American, pro-Islam drivel?

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

      Wow, you don't pick up on sub-text do you? This piece is perfectly timed. American muslims are no more responsible for 9/11 than Christians are responsible for Tim McVeigh.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  41. ISUREHOPESO!!!

    how many middle eastern people have moved to the US vs. how many Americans have moved to the middle east... that number tells a very interesting fact-

    America is a great place to live and have a family, the middle east is a good place to go if you like war and fairy tales about allah and religion

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jspareme

    And so they should – the door into and out of this country swings both ways – use it!!!

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

      take your own advice.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Donald in CA

    Good law biding muslins arnt living in fear of people of color. America knows where the hate comes from.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Bob Loblaw

    I was shocked to have received an update from CNN describing yet another violent takeover of a US Embassy (this time in Egypt) by Islamocists, right after reading this article.

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

      Yes, Now Washington wants to give Egypt a1.3 Billion to help them. REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need to take care of us (America).

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Peik

    US Muslims can go enjoy the Arab Spring. Today 9/11 is storming the US Embassy Day in Cairo.

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

      It's september 12th in Egypt.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Wasn't when the embassy was stormed.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Kevin T

    Really? Ever since 9/11, I had been living in fear and I am not a Muslim. I am afraid to go up tall building or onto a plane. I can't even watch the shows that show people jumping off of the burning towers. That event affected everybody, not just a certain group of people. Stupid article...

    September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Gsmack

    Opinion: US Muslims live in fear

    FACT: US citizens live in fear...of Muslims

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

      If you don't like America feel free to return where you came from. Bye, Bye

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Willie

    Try wearing a "Jesus Saves" T-shirt in Riyadh. Then you will experience true fear.
    Maybe throw on a Star of David necklace in downtown Bagdad and see how far you can walk.
    So stop bashing Americans CNN. We are the single most tolerant society in the world.

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

      Have you been reading this comments section?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  49. deep blue

    There is something wrong with you if you associate your fellow Americans who are Muslim more with Egyptians that took down the flags on our embassy in Egypt than with your neighbors. I say that to Muslim and nonMuslim Americans alike. We are all Americans. Cut the us vs them crap out. We are all Americans.

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

      Sorry to tell you but they all believe the same thing and they want for you to either be Muslim or dead. US, Egypt, Saudi, it doesn't matter they are all the same and will feel justified in doing anything to you because of their vengeful and hateful "god".

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amused

        oh stop it. Muslims no more believe the same thing than all Christians believe that blacks are evil. Grow up.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bcopenshaw

      The problem is NOT that WE do not think Moslems are fellow Americans, but tthat THEY do not think of THEMSELVES as Americans.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. SusieQ

    Not all American Muslims are peaceful (look at videos taken in Dearborn MI). There are VERY few peaceful muslims in the middle east. What did the peaceful muslims in Egypt do today? The very last thing any American wants to hear is your violin on 9/11. If it is so horrible for you to live here I will personally purchase a ticket to send you home, where your rights as a woman will be almost zero, you can then write about REAL fear.

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

      Not all American Christians are peaceful either. Maybe we should buy you a plane ticket back to the country of your origin.

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

      Do you even know how to think for yourself? There are far more Non-muslim americans committing violence against both muslim and non-muslim americans. Do you have any statistics to site in support of your bigotted remarks? NO! Islam is actually a religion of peace. You want to take tha actions of a few extremists and generalize those actions to the whole of Islam. I am a christian by birth, but I am ashamed of hate mongerers like you that espouse hatred for a religion that you know nothing about because you read a story in the news paper about a few extremists. This country was founded by immigrants and tolerence, now you want to step back into the dark ages and spew hatred for the sake of hatred. You should be ashamed, and I hope you do not consider yourself a good christian because christianity preaches forgiveness and acceptance, not you vile hatred that is destroying what used to be a great country.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Stan Marsh

    All religions are cults. The comments on this article prove the ignorance of most people. Give peace a chance.

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

      Stan, it isn't totally a question of religion, but also of culture and history. Blaming religion is too simplistic.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • godisbull!!!

      I agree, no such thing as baby jesus and allal... oh, and no santa clause either...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jon

    If you embrace Islam whole-heartedly, then you can NEVER be an American. Islam is in direct opposition to what the U.S. stands for. You can identify yourself as one, or the other, but not both. Muslims in this country are going to have to choose. The ones that choose to consider themselves American, and live the American lifestyle will have nothing to fear. As for the others... well.... hopefully Allah will protect you.

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

      If you want to get that technical about it, the same holds true for Christians. Your bible advocates stoning adulterers, sacrificing children 'because god says so', and preaches war, violence, and slavery.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BIGUBU

      They need to ligve and embrace the american lifestyle? What the hell is that? So, Bubba, you think the should drink beer and watch Jerry Springer all day like you? Stupid is as stupid does, is that your arguement? the american lifestyle is whatever lifestyle I or anyone else chooses to live. You want conformity of lifestyle you are not an american and should move to China. They will make sure that you live the state mandated Chinese Lifestyle. You should go back to your basement, squirt and generous amount of glue into a paperbag and continue inhaling. Your brain is already mush so if you keep going it will soon liquify and run out of your nose and ears and america will be a better place.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Kulashaker

    See the CNN front page NOW!!!

    'Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo'

    Then they ask why we hate them so much. Losers...

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

      ahhh but they are soooooo peaceful!!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sam, Canada

    It is unfortunate MS Karmali again chose to shed crocodile tears. When Muslim terrorist kills 160 people in Mumbai, there is glee in their faces(thoughly not in public due to fear of world!). She again chose to deny facts. They never tells their wrongdoers to stop. " Islam do not preach violance" Anybody want to check read chapter 4 & 9 on Koran.org. Muslims killed 80 million Hindus in India, this is history. Read Babarnama, Akbarnama, they themswlves wrote it with pride. Allah is merciful to muslims only. What to do to non-believers again read Koran. I have read it and it gives me shivers.

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

      One Word timothy mcveigh can you brand all Christians as killers?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • godisbull!!!

        I can brand all Christians (and all religious people for that matter) as stupid idiots – they believe in fairy tales written 2k years before their supposed god was even born... talk about nonsense!!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Dee

    The distrust of Moslems is more about them joining our military and then shooting our troops in the back or fragging them in thier tents.. It is moslems blowing up moslems and other innocents in many countries arround the world, 9/11 is only one incident, Okay, a big one, but killing innocents is a way of life for some moslems.. terrorzing little girls that want to go to school, throwing acid in their faces or posioning them in school... Waring moslem sects have killed more moslems , before, during, and after we invaded/iberated Iraq and Afghanistan, and they will continue to terrorize each other even if there wasn't a USA.. they did it before there was a USA , Our first foreign war was against the moslem Pirates back in Jefferson's day,.. They were killing infidel innocents back then, and they are still hijacking ships.. they still run a slave trade to this day.. Only a fool would believe all the distrust of moslems is about 9/11 , I mean the second attack on the WTC on 9/11, maybe the aircraft hijacking of the 70's and 80's the first attempt to blowup the WTC might figure into a pattern that could lead to a little distrust.. which do you fear more.. living with the taliban in afghanistan or living here in the USA... By their fruits you shall know them.. Moslems have earned our distrust by a long history of killing innocents. You think we fear you.. not really.. we don't trust you, and we do suspect that given a chance you will shoot us in the back like happen in Texas, or you might try to ignite your underware or blow up a pizza parlor, but thats only because somehing along those lines happens almost daily somewhere in the world.. as far as standing up against the terrorists ,, I hope you do, and I would stand up beide you, if it wasn't for the fact some Iman somewhere is going to put an officially religiously sanctioned hit out on you for speaking against terroism, and there is a pretty fair chance one of your moslem neighbors will be inspired to kill you in the name of honor or your own religion. I don't care what religion you are, even moslems aren't safe from moslem terroists,..if anything moslems have the most to fear from their own, even here in the USA, if you look at the overall situation.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Honest John

    They live in less fear here then they do in Iran.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  57. electric52

    So long as a Muslim, in the name of Allah, can throw women down water wells, cut off their noses, stone them to death, and burn them alive all because they winked at a man or drove a car, ISLAM WILL AWAYS BE A VIOLENT RELIGION of a prehistoric barbarian Neandrethalic proportion. You Muslims do NOT have my sympathy.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Judge lest we be judged

    Our Bible isn't full of love and peace either. Actually, there are quite a few pretty cruel things in there and I'm saying this as a Christian. I do think it's poor taste to have this article run today however.

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

      True Christians don't believe in all of that old testiment mumbo jumbo. Please read the new testement and then you will understand why the Muslims hate us...Jesus said that he is the "New Covenant" and all of that old testiment blather means nothing. The majority of the Muslim worls is still trying to fall for that "virgins in heaven" idiodicy.,

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

      The thing is, it is true that the ancient world was brutal. But, we have EVOLVED and they have not. That is an undeniable fact. We don't stone people or cut off their hands etc.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jboHDrider

    Isn't it great how the Muslims in Egypt took this day to attack our embassy. Didn't we allow them to overthrow a peaceful government during this "Arab Spring"? I am sorry to tell you and any other Muslims that want to listen, we don't trust you, we know you have an agenda to move us back into the stone ages along with the rest of the Muslim world and we don't beleave in your twisted hateful god who isn't real to begin with. We will not let this imaginary spirit in the sky run our lives and don't trust anyone who does. Don't like it? Move.

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

      know what scares me jboHDrider? is that we will let them send us all back to the stone ages – that we'll all be so completely committed to being politically correct and committed to tolerance that they'll take us over slowly. It scares the crap out of me honestly. When will we all wake up. I have tried to be tolerant/friendly of/to them – but they could care less. The appear angry and as I've stated in my other comments, their response to my neighborly overtures is disconcerting at best.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  60. wowzerz

    probably because of the article directly to the left of this one on our main page where their muslim counterparts overseas are storming our isht and tearing down our flags protesting us in some random country we have nothing to do with

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Nate

    In other news, an embassy in Egypt is attacked by Muslims. LOL

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Joe Halstead

    put it this way: if the current efforts is all mainstream American muslims can muster, in terms of separating themselves from extremists, that's pretty sad. Muslims' allegiance is to each other. They prove it over and over again. When a Christian bombs an abortion clinic, that Christian is promptly tried and convicted, and otherwise condemned. Muslims, on the other hand, would be rioting in the streets and throwing rocks at the police, and otherwise demanding the release of the criminal, if that criminal were a muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. BLKmanNAmerica

    Wow, all I can state is welcome to the world of American HATE my Muslim bruthas and sisters. We (African Americans) have lived with it for 500+ years.

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

      500 years huh? And you are comparing apples to oranges my friend.

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

      ...and still whining about it I see...have you ever been to Africa?

      The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else......Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      I am not a particularlly racist man, altough I don't trust any religion and Islam the least of all. With that said, I can tell you that you can move to the mideast with your Muslim "Brothers" whenever you are ready. I imagine your on welfare anyway.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Its responses like this that lead people to think your ignorant. If life is better elsewhere move to Africa, then we'll see how long it is before you come crawling back to the good old USA. Muslims that are fearful can move back to the Middle East or France.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ryantorgeson

    The reason OBL failed in his mission is that he ended up damaging islam more than any other person or event in history.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  65. citizenUSA

    They probably should be when their brothers and sisters storm our embassy in Egypt, disrespect our flags, (which should outrage Muslims here since it's the flag of THEiR country too).

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Weatherthestorm

    On the same CNN front page as this opinion piece: "Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic emblems." Americans living in Egypt have a lot more to be worried about than Muslims in this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Islam is Islam wherever you find it.

      Any religion which requires as one of its basic tenets the forcible conversion of all non-Muslims to Islam is inherently dangerous. We have seen examples of the horror of such forced conversions practically every day of the last decade or more.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • In your mind

        Nope, it is not the same. Well, in your mind it is. Thankfully we all out here live unconditioned by bigoted beliefs.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. POLITICALLY-INCORRECT

    what

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Melisssa

    There are several Muslim families who live in my neighborhood and at least 2 on my block. I pass my Muslim neighbors DAILY. Every day I smile and wave. They make eye contact – do not return the smile or the wave – not so much as a head nod. I am making an effort to be friendly, but it does bother me that they do not return this friendliness. I can pass them ON FOOT and smile, say hi and still – the rude stare and nothing of remote neighbor-like or friendly behavior is returned. I would love to know what the reason for this is.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryantorgeson

      It could be fear.
      Look, I have the same issue with my Chinese neighbors but I realize they don't speak english and perhaps their culture is less inclined to acknowledge people on the street. The point is, don't take it personally.

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

        That's a pants load, they are racist who consider us to be "infidels" and they would galdly do away with you if they could get awway with it.

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

        I have chinese neighbors as well, and also hispanic/latin neighbors – most of who speak little to no english. They smile, wave back and even bring me food with nothing but smiles because none of us know each others language. I think it's something else with the Muslim neighbors. It's very disconcerting.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Melissa,

      I have had this experience countless times when out shopping and so forth.

      Non-Muslims have a difficult time getting it through our heads that Muslims DO NOT LIKE US. We are infidels. We are to be shunned or (for the more proactive Muslims), we are to be converted to Islam at s wordpoint.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnotherAmerican

      That's easy – they can say hi to an infidel! If thhey could, they probably buts out a knife and chop your head off. All in the name of allah, of course because that makes it okay.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Cha Cha Brown

    Hey Sumbul, Take a long walk off a short bridge.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Jonab

    I love all the replies of the media blinded left who support all those "good peaceful humble muslims". Ask one, have you read the qu'ran? They bring up Christianity and the Old Testament (modern Christianity uses the New Testament for the basis of it's religion" not perfect but you get the picture) islam uses the qu'ran (modern translations can be fund on the C.A.R.E. website in English). How is Europe doing with groups of peaceful muslims burning cars and buildings, chanting allah ackbar, death to western laws and the west, jews, christians, other muslims who don't follow the cleric of the day. And how about educated westernized muslim men carrying out honor killings. If these peaceful muslims even exist are they really peaceful, kind loving people who have abandoned muhammeds surras of submission and intolerance? Or is there a "newer kinder version" that we infidels arn't privy too?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Islam is a plague on civilization wherever it is found - as you have rightfully pointed out. Europe is learning its lesson the hard way - just as America will when the number of Muslims here is large enough to begin controlling things.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  71. WillH85

    Of course CNN, instead of paying respect to the victims of Islam you post this garbage trying to make Islam out to be the victim. True, all religions have blood on their hands, but Islam's are soaked the the bone with it. Their religion is based in fear, and no matter how many times they try to claim otherwise, the actions of their religion prove them wrong. Maybe if Muslims would acknowledge that their religion has a serious problem and try to do something about it people might think differently. But no, instead they deflect all blame and try to blame everyone else. And what's this, breaking news? Oh, a huge group of angry Muslims are storming the US Embassy in Egypt because something offended their "peaceful" religion. Once again, CNN, you've failed. You've disrespected the victims and their families in order to support the religion that caused their deaths.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gennadiy

      AGREED with you 100%!

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

      Ah yes, more using the story of victims to explain why it is ok to harass people who had nothing to do with it....

      As for blood.. no Christian has any room to talk about the blood on the hands of other religions. Our bodycount outstripps Islam by a wide margin... and you know what? Most Christians are still good people. Just like most Muslims are still good people.

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

        You need to back up your BS filled tirade with some facts. Even if you add up all religouis murders in history, I bet Islam would still be the big winner in killing others. If you count only more modern times, say the last 100 years, it's not even close, westerners become more and better educated, less hate filled and Muslims simply don't. They cling to their evil prehistoric religion and will attack anyone who disagrees with them whenever possible.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBP

      GREAT GREAT GREAT post WillH85!!!

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

      The Muslims were victimized by this terrorist as well.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jonathan

    I think the bigger issue today is why is CNN devoting any part of this day to defending Muslims?

    This is not their day it is our day and as an American owned company which I thought CNN was this story belongs somewhere below what Lindsay Lohan stole at her latest party.

    Sorry but you don't have a voice you lost it when the planes hit the buildings and landed in the field.

    I'm sorry if I stare a little longer or cast doubt at you with my eyes but I don't trust you or your friends and never will.

    Call me shallow, bigot, racist or whatever term you want just don't call me a murder.

    CNN you should be ashamed not everyone has a seat at the table on this day, this PC garbage has got to stop put the "Muslims have rights" story away fro another time.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 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.
      "You don't have a voice, you lost it when ..."
      Perhaps, the terrorists succeeded in turning off the beacon of freedom after all.

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

      "I think the bigger issue today is why is CNN devoting any part of this day to defending Muslims?"

      Because they were also victims of these attacks. American Muslims died in those towers, and others who didn't support the attacks died at the hands of bigots afterward.

      "Sorry but you don't have a voice you lost it when the planes hit the buildings and landed in the field."

      So the actions of a few dozen unrelated people invalidate every member of the religeon? Do you lose your voice because of the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church or the people who kill abortion doctors?

      "Call me shallow, bigot, racist or whatever term you want just don't call me a murder."

      Why not. You share the same religion with people who have committed murder and other atrocities, and according to you that means your hands are stained.

      "CNN you should be ashamed not everyone has a seat at the table on this day, this PC garbage has got to stop put the "Muslims have rights" story away fro another time."

      You are evidence that this is the exact time this story is needed.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  73. staffsgt7

    I guess we couldn't have a 9/11 rememberance without moslem whining. And that is one strategy of their stealth jihad against us. To make us think islam is not to blame. Why don't islam's "useful idiots" know about history and how those types (useful idiots) have helped totalitarian types of laws (sharia), governments, etc have taken over and sold out their own people? Or how come none of those "useful idiots" have asked: What radicalizes a moslem? OR why they don't know that part of zakat is required to fund the violent jihadists? Or why don't they know that not one moslem group even cares about the real victims of the over 19,000 violent jihadist attacks that have taken place worldwide and only worry that we criticize islam? (it is forbidden for non-moslems to criticize islam per sharia).

    I am ashamed that any news organization, academic, politician, and especially religious leaders don't know islam yet and only listen to moslem whining and oh... deception – something that is made good and holy in islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jude

    dems want a great future for the farm, farmer, spouse, kids granny and granpa and want the farm to be safe and healthy for all, including the animals etc.

    repubs only want a great and very rich future for the farmer....to heck with all the rest, family, land, animals..everything. love and admire the rich farmer, even if the world around him goes down the drain

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      This BS from a TeaOPer with no regard for his fellow mankind, no care for anyone but himself. I guess you are mad because a hungry kid got to eat today, that just shows the level of your intelect and hatefullness.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Dan

    Ironically, here's the the article next to this one on the CNN main page:

    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 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dave Smith

    A pox on your house, and leprocy for you, Joe.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Citizen

    Islam is a violent cult and America does itself a disservice by allowing musliim brain-washed sots to immigrate here and infest our country.

    regards,
    agnostic

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 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.
      Don't turn off the beacon.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheSchmaltz

      Put any other religion (except maybe Buddhism) in that sentence and it still applies.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Brad

    Good, I hope that they do live in fear. They need to know that we will not bow down to Sharia law..however, our President would love Sharia law

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

      Obama Killed more muslim then Bush not taking to account the civilians that were killed in Iraq during the war.
      Please stop the Sharia Law BS

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

      I am constanly amazed that you Teaopers are so prejudice that you make up out right lies. You are a liar. Why don't you try telling the truth to prove a valid point instead of being a LIAR? The disrespect to our President just astounds me.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  79. denman838

    Back during "The Troubles" countless law abiding Ameircans of Irish descent funneled countless millions of dollars to the Irish Republican Army. My opinion then (and I'm an Irish American) was that they were supporting terrorism.
    My concern today is that countless "law abiding" Moslem Americans are doing the same thing, only in this instance, the ultimate goal is the downfall of America as we know it and a move toward becoming a Moslem state.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. grace

    Irresponsible journalism.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  81. racquet21

    No matter what religion, the key is education and an open mind. Unfortunately, most islamic nations are poor and don't have access to global perspective of the world and are easily influenced by islamic extremists who rule these nations with an iron fist. And because of those people, Islam in general is getting a bad name. That's not to say there aren't any educated muslim fundamentalists, or that the religion is not flawed. Almost all religions are.

    I want to sympathize with the author, because I know a lot of wonderful muslim people, but the fact of the matter is people like her need to reach out and spread the positive aspects of Islam to their ignorant kin (since they are not likely to listen to nonmuslim people) and work to stop the extremists. Not all America hates muslims- we are willing to work with them to spread the message of tolerance and acceptance. You need to step up to do that.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  82. GetOffYourHighHorse

    I say let's force them all to eat bacon. Bacon is good.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  83. LOLWHOISTHIS

    Look on the bright side Sumbul Ali-Karamali. You don't live in the Middle East. I know I do. If I did, I probably would have been tolerantly kidnapped, tortured, and killed pretty quickly in some parts. P.S. Cry me a river.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Kim

    I am a huge CNN fan but it was a colossal mistake to post this article today. Today is about the victims of September 11th. It isn't about Muslims or any other religious group. If I had a family member who died as a result of this tragedy this article is the last thing on earth that I want to log into CNN and read on this day. In conjunction with this, if Muslims were truly living in fear they have choices just as we all do in this country. They can continue living in fear or simply leave. We cannot control the actions of others just as we could not control the actions of those who took so many lives in this tragedy.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. nk

    How about an article about white people living in Muslim countries?

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

      I see a lot of people proclaiming what a great place this is to live and in the next breath unleashing bigotry, intolerance, and fear. The only relevant question for them: should any innocent American live in fear?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Rachel

    As far as I am concerned, they can all go to the "furthest sanctuary" - Mars.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Marcos

    "Joe" your obviously not an American. To bad it was not one of your relatives sitting at their desk working to support their family. Maybe your father or even your brother because it would not have been a female relative since they are not allowed to live as commond individuals. Same goes for Rasheed, another ignorant want to be American Muslim. Please leave our country at your earliest convinience. You're the ones making real peaceful Muslim look bad.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Whocares

    Here is the difference between Christians and Muslims.

    Christianity teach peace, love, and turning the other cheek. Islam teaches intolerance and hate. The problem is that Christians don't practice their religion enough while Muslims practice theirs to much.

    No one wants to distrust another religion but when it is used as a sounding board to instigate violence, people need to protect themselves. Being against all Muslims may not be politically correct, but if you know there is one poison cherry in the bunch, you reject the whole bowl as a previous poster mentioned. Muslims shouldn't be surprised by natural reaction people have against them.

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

      Dude. We read you the first time, and you were wrong from the beginning. The article applies directly to you: you are represent the relentless misinformation-conveying Christian caught up in fear and hate accusing Islam of preaching the same fear and hate. Do you even have the pinch of self-reflection to see this? Or are you blind to irony?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  89. alf564

    You know if we have to live with The Patriot Act because of what MUSLIMS did its only fair that they live in fear also!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Rob

    Want fear? Try being a Christian in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, etc. Try being the "wrong" flavor of Islam in any of those countries.

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

      Fear is sitting in a cafe in Jerusalem with your family hoping some lunatic doesn't blow you up. Naal abuk!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      Want even more fear? Try being a muslim apostate, an atheist or agnostic, a gay person, or a jew in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Iran etc. I don't care is muslims live in fear in USA. Most of them chose to come, so if you don't like it then drop Islam (don't tell anyone, else fear being murdered as apostate), or leave the nation.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  91. kotchi

    Dear Sumbul Ali-Karamali....I agree with the comments above and wonder if you are actively pursuing any of the terrorists that purport to belong to your your religion. If not I would advise you to keep your mouth shut and let someone else eradicate them.

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

      They live in FEAR in the US, while Christians in THEIR countries are put to death for no reason. Sounds like we're still the more tolerant ones. Maybe they should meet us half way before judging our reaction their everyday atrocities against anyone who ISN'T one of them!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  92. yah yah

    reading these posts in the majority is why muslims are apprehensive to reach out to the masses,funny i grew up christian taught but saw very little love or forgiveness PRACTICED.Dont make all those people live through these attrocities again it doesnt heal anything.religions dont terrorize people people do.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Be Just......

    Sorry for those people who live in FEAR ......
    come back home guys – there is nothing left in US... it is the most in-Debt state and soon is going to go BANKRUPT. We might have to collect money as Charity for them... it is only few days left that DOLLAR will worth PAPER and people on the streets begging for food..

    September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  94. kblum

    Jewish Temple? There is only one Jewish Temple and it was destroyed and is sitting in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount. To say the term Jewish Temple implies that a synagogue is the new Temple and this will never be. We have the reformed Jewish movement to thank for this misnomer which is used by those that today try to discount the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  95. AV

    They must be having something in their mind and heart that is why they live in fear.
    Anywhere they visit once becomes their holy land.
    Most of other religions and free societies give and vows to give equal rights to women which Islam does not permit.
    They are ready to fight and in war mode if it comes to their religion for believes.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  96. 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.
    When you hate your fellow Americans for nothing more than their religion, when you choose the us vs them mentality, when you fail to distinguish between terrorists and innocents, you destroy the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.
    President Bush was right that no one could take our freedom from us, but it appears that we are fully willing to destroy our own freedom of religion. We have great excuses for why this is justified, why our fellow Americans who have committed no wrong deserve to have their freedoms stripped away. They have the same religious faith as those who have committed great wrongs toward our nation, so we should destroy their freedom just to be safe. Great excuses to destroy the beacon of liberty. Great excuses indeed.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  97. dan

    Which branch of Islam are they, the other branch of Islam is who they should fear since muslims have killed more of their fellow muslims than all others combined over the centuries.

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

      truth

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Al

    It is very easy to make a judgement like this. Quran talked about every aspect of humans life including war and war rules of engagement. As part of war rules it definitely regulates every single detail.For example, you fight agressors. whoever attacks you or your family,whether muslim or non muslim, you have to fight back bravely to stop the aggression. It also tells you not to be an agressor. My point is not to take a sentence out of the context and build a judgement. So, if you say that quran talks about killing, I would answer, yes, but as part of the war rules and it even has more details that talk about that you only fight the person that carries a weapon and tryin to kill you and never harm any one that does not carry weapon and not trying to hurt you. I am still talking about the rules during war when you are fighting back an agressor whoever it could be. So, this is not a subject that does not have very strict boundaries.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Squrl

    "The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders."

    This is so untrue, and is the cause of the animosity towards Muslims. You never hear Muslim leaders condemming acts of violence perpetrated by muslim extremists. Their loyalty has been towards other muslims, extremists or not. If most muslims are not extremists, they should stand united against those that are making their religion into something it is not, and use the voice of the masses. If they dont, then being afraid comes with the territory of not condemming the bully.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Halstead

      ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!! They "denounce" terrorism in something barely louder than a whisper, and even then usually only with qualifications such as ".....BUT America must look at what it did" or something similar. In America, Muslims' primary goal should be the expulsion of violent, extremist types from mainstream Islamic circles, but instead, they put all their efforts into groups like CAIR, whose primary goal is to convince as many Americans as possible to roll over and pee themselves, and otherwise apologize to Muslims for practically everything. Otherwise, their brain power is invested in crooked professors with ties to Hezbollah or in Islamic leaders in NYC, who make no secret at all about their goal to transform the U.S. into an Islamic nation.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ted Ward

    Thanks to what hateful Muslims did on 9-11, we now ALL live in fear...of muslims. Especially when on airplanes.

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