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.
This story is hilariuos. I don't disagree that 'some' muslims are threatened and that is horrible. However a few does not an epidemic make my friends. The real story that should be being told is the islamisation of europe and the UK. Not extreme but main stream muslims standing in the streets threatening the lives of non-muslims if they don't subject themselves to muslim law and authority.
The truth here is that hate is not acceptable no matter who is spewing it forth from their face hole. And trying to make it look like its occuring just as much against muslims as it is against non-muslims is just dishonest. Every issue isn't exactly 50/50. Not to diminish the harm caused to muslim families, but to report it fairly and remind people that religion isn't the issue. Hate is.
Europe learned the hard way that Islam is incompatible with free societies.
If there are people out there who doubt my statement, then I'd like them to state which of the Muslim-majority nations they'd most like to live in. Okay, Indonesia. Got any more? Nah, I didn't think so.
It really makes me sad as an immigrant coming from another country coming into the United States seeing how many people react to this story. Not every Muslim is a terrorist. or because someone looks Arabic/Indian doesnt even mean that they are muslim. Nor should it matter if they are. Everyone should respect how everyones culture is in every country, thats what makes this world unique right? To me when people act like this, is total racism in a different form.
We are reacting to having Islam shoved in our faces at every turn.
It is some who happen to be Muslims maybe, your very expression of bringing in Islam is ignorance.
sioxan.........That is really a dumb comment. Try reading comprehension.
This world unique? Unique to what? Mars? I can give plenty of reasons to why we are unique.
sickens me that this article is even being posted ion this date...muslims are not victims...they have a faith that is inconsistent with western views...and with civilized society..look at the muslim majority nations...just a train wreck of poverty and discrimination....do you really want that here?
Muslims WERE welcome at one time in the USA. However, when a religion has extremists in this present day that can only think of killing Americans as they immigrate here in the name OF ISLAM, Americans aren't stupid. How many MOSQUES in the USA has been LINKED TO TERRORIST CELLS? I know 2 in El Cajon, Ca where I grew up that just got busted and those mosques were fairly new to our city. Then you will have a Muslim tell about the CRUSADES that happened centuries ago labeling the Christians as murderers even thought it happened so long ago as the current day Muslim sees their members committing terrorist acts throughout the WORLD IN THIS PRESENT DAY. WE AREN"T STUPID and ITS VERY HARD TO TRUST THE MUSLIM RELIGION after seeing all the killings their extremists have done in the last 20 years in the name of ISLAM.
Hate to say it, but cry me a river. I learned as a child I can't even leave the house on Dec 7 unless I absolutely have to, and I'm a 4th generation American, my ancestors arrived here in the late 1800's, and one of my great grandfathers served in the US Army in WWII, but that doesn't change a thing. It might not be right, but get used to it. This country is only going backwards in that regard.
FYI . This opinion is no longer on the landing page. Someone has woken up at CNN.
The fear is that terrorists embed themselves in local America – so, it's normal when you hear oh this guy was arrested in CT and all his neighbors thought he was a regular Joe, but in truth he was plotting to kill Americans. How can you trust a people when their goal is to gain your friendship, fit in like everyone else and then BAM! Next thing you know he's on the cover of the Daily News because explosives were found in his basement along with plans to take out as many of us as he can? I know there are good Mulslims, but unfortunatly you can't tell the good people from the bad people, because the bad people that want to kill us just blend in FOR YEARS waiting for their call to do God only knows what. It's not like they stand out any different than anyone else – they want us to trust them, get comfortable, come to the Saturday BBQ, have play dates with the neighborhood kids – They just....blend in – it's impossible not to trust when the Islamic Radicals act like any other American until it's his time.
So what's the true definition of a terrorist? The following are true definitions of a terrorist...
Right wing Pastor Charles Worley who said Gays and Lesbians should be eletrocuted is a terrorist!
Right wing Pastor Terry Jones who burnt the Quran is a terrorist!
Ted Nugent who has threatened to revolt against our democracy if our President is re-elected is a terrorist!
Judge Tom Head who said he would support a cvicil war if our President is re-elected is a terrorist!
Sarah Palin who painted crosshairs on a map of Congresswoman Giffords district for the Tea Party, inspiring the deadly Arizona shooting rampage is a terrorist!
Rush Limbaugh who preach anti-American sentements each and every day is a terrorist!
The gun toting Christian-Brorther extremists GOT is a terrorist organization!
Yet, none of those individuals actually strap bombs on to their chest and kill anyone... context is your friend here.
And the people who strap bombs to their bodies aren't Muslims! They're radiccal extremists! Muslims are not terrorists, radical extremists are! There's a big difference. Furthermore, GWB didn't strap bombs to his body (wish he did) but he sure as hell kill alot of innocent Americans and Afghans and Iraqi civilians. Adolph Hitler never strap bombs to his body (I'm glad he shot himself in the head) but he sure as hell killed a whole of innocent people!
My Neighbors are Muslims, very kind hearted and gentle family. I have seen passers by throwing racial slurs at them, some swear and I have even seen their front yard vandalized 3 times.... We helped them clean. And while doing it, felt soo ashamed to be called an American. Thiis wasn't the America that I knew. The biased Media misleads us and we are so sensitive and naive to buy any kind of propoganda ... be it political parties for their political gains ... and for votes or ... whatever....
Everybody except you seems to be pretty clear what terrorism is.
Terrorism is highjacking three jetliners full of innocent people and flying them into (a) the ground; (b) the Twin Towers; and (c) the Pentagon.
It's also sawing off people's heads because they're not Muslims and then broadcasting the bloody deed on the internet.
It's throwing acid in the fact of a young woman because she doesn't fancy a particular Muslim man and he feels that he has a right to any woman who catches his eye.
It's burning a church-full of Christians to death on a Sunday morning in Africa for daring not to be Muslims.
You are a F00L.
Terrorism is also defined as suppressing people's right to vote in America and hiding your tax returns while running for office.
Looks like you are one of those paid for propoganda... well funded.... people like you are the ponies, all their job is to keep the hatred alive.......
All of the people you define as terrorists didn't actually "Do anything". They all "Said" something you didn't like, so you labeled them as terrorists. Meanwhile, real terrorists are actually beheading people, burning people, flying planes into buildings, etc, etc.
Do you see the difference here, my little confused friend?
Angry Muslims just attacked the US embassy in Egypt, on 9/11, where is the US Muslim community condemnation of that?
Exactly! There will not be any.
That's EGYPT. What the hell has that got to do with American Muslims? Good God the stupidity must be painful...
Hey, some white Christian guy in Europe shot up a whole bunch of people in Norway last year. When are you gonna apologize?
The US embassy is US property. Where is the outrage of the non-violent Muslims. Oh, wait, there aren't any, so they have nothing to say!
Just in, we are just getting the perspective of a random Muslim guy on the Egyptian assault on the embassy. He has no foreign policy expertness, but we are interviewing him to the the "Muslim" perspective because obviously he isn't a real American. We would interview his wife, but we know she must be oppressed because she is a married Muslim woman. Sad story.
Oh, just in, he is not really Muslim. We just assumed he was because of his skin color. Oops.
We'd be lucky if they don't start dancing in the streets just like they did on 9/11
..Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, whose fault is it? Americans should be tired of trying to please everyone, it's tiresome, you know? If you come to this country then abide by the countries rules and customs. You want to have some customs of your own? fine, JUST DON'T IMPOSE THEM ON US. Wanna get on the good side of Americans, SPEAK OUT against those of your culture who are gang ho about HURTING AND INSTILLING FEAR IN ORDINARY CITIZENS IN AMERICA. Do that, and you will see support from most Americans. But if all you do is hide and don't speak out against those who want to bring harm to the USA, then you're guilty by omission, you implicitly accept what those terrorist do, and of that, we want NOTHING. Stop playing the guilt trip on America like everyone else does, WE'RE TIRED OF IT.
Well said Debbie.
Here, here miss Debbie.
My family has been in the US since the 1790's at least, and I really wish people would stop trying to force their "Christian" values on me. If you are Christian and have your own customs, great... leave the rest of us out of it.
Every Muslim Family that I know is against all these criminal acts. They hate them for using their religion for their personnal goals. They do speak out. But the problem is, they never got the coverage from the Biased Media. I wouldn't blame the Media either Since that is not what American's want to hear, wouldn't sell. Stop blaming and harassing them.. they are a tiny minority... A perfect example is this article.... so many hatefull comments... brings their rating down..
The amount of disinformation in the editorial is very disheartening. Even though "countless Muslims have condemned the attacks" she offers no support. I can easily talk about countless Muslims who gleefully cheered the attacks and could show the video tape of the public celebrations that took place in various places around the world, or I can point out the reluctance of the Muslim community to acknowledge that there was a problem in their midst. If we are going to have a meaningful dialogue, both sides must agree to work with facts rather than generalizations.
Google "Muslims condemn 9/11 attacks." See what comes up. She didn't post sources, so you should look it up yourself.
This is nothing more than Muslim propoganda. There is no mass persecution of Muslims in America such as there is mass persecution of Christians in EVERY Muslim country on earth. Mulsims enjoy great peace and security in this country. If anything, the reason for Muslim fear is because they know that they hate all non-Muslims with a vengeful, blood thirsty hate... and they're afraid we're going to catch on. There's a Proverb that says, "the wicked flea, when no one pursues." That, to me, describes Muslims in America.
Think of this people, if you get rid of all religions, you get rid of the biggest social problem we have in this world. As long as there is religion, there will be war. It's been going on for centuries. Put it this way – "God created the earth and heavens"...no he didn't! Allah did...no he didn't! Buddha did (ok – I know – an absolute creator god is absent in most forms of Buddhism). Let's face it. The earth couldn't have been created by three (or more) different gods. So let's get real. There is no god and the sooner we all accept that, the sooner we'll have one less thing to squabble about. But then, there is the point that my Mom always said as I was growing up – "as long as there are two people on this planet, there will be conflict". So really – even without religion – we're all screwed anyway. My point is this (if you are still reading and not burning an effigy of me), Religion, opinion, personal belief – they are all at the heart of most conflicts in this world and the reason for that is because people either try to push their religion, opinions or beliefs on others when it's not welcomed, or use them to convince their own kind that it's the other guys who are wrong (thus building an army of sorts). Keep those to yourself and let the guy next to you keep his. Then go watch football and get upset about something that truly matters. Otherwise, we might as well drop the bomb, destroy all humanity and let the planet rid itself of that parasite known as Man. It was better off before we were here anyway.
Wow! What a great idea!! Why are there still gangs though? Most are not part of any religion? Why are there border disputes with countries that are both Muslim? Why are their political battles? Hmmmm seems your thoughts are skewed trying to push your own aetheist agenda. Give it up. People will always find something to disagree about.
I demand that all 1+ billion Muslims video record themselves condemning the terrorist attacks and post it online. After all, when I google Muslims condemn 9/11 terrorist attacks, I only see a few hundred thousand articles, and only 9 of the top 10 results describe a great number of Muslims that condemned the attacks. Until we get 1+ billion videos of condemnation, we should feel free to throw out the window the rights of our fellow Americans and feel justified in shredding our bill of rights. Who needs to be a beacon of freedom? We should mail it to Canada.
Give me a break.... They live in fear.... You look at them the wrong way they cry and claim hate crime.. Screw'em.. They did this and they are doing nothing to correct it.... Have sympathy and empathy for the victims.. not the criminal
Sumbul Ali-Karamali: I am sorry that your enlightened effort to reach out to Americans was met with this avalanche of intolerance and hate. I work with, and am personal friends with Muslims, and they are the most honorable, humorous and humane people I would ever want to know. Of course, in every religion there are fanatics. Look at all the war and slaughter perpetrated throughout history on the innocent of all religions by fanatics of other religions. Nobody's hands are clean when it comes to ancient excesses and wars. But we live in an enlightened modern age; we do not have to blame living people either for what their forbears did - or what modern-day fanatics wrought on others in their misguided efforts to be "pure." I am worried about America losing our hard-won tolerance and freedom. And I am also worried about Europe turning on its Muslim residents - and Europeans really know how to do genocide! There is a wave of hatred washing across Russia and Europe towards Muslims, and I worry about a world-wide conflagration. We need to see one another as individual people, all born of the same prehistoric creatures who became human beings. We need to get together and celebrate our accomplishments and stop hating. Life is short. Muslims are not our enemy. Cancer is our enemy. Heart disease is our enemy. Schizophrenia and life-robbing diseases are our enemies. Not one another.
Christianity moved out of the dark ages 1,000 years ago. Perhaps Muslims will someday realize that their religion is the only one left that is filled with violence and hate. And you sir, should read about Islam, and what it actually promotes.
While Muslims Extremists here are blowing up buildings, flying airplanes into towers, and abusing their women, the Christian Extremists of our day and age are in every country in the world building schools, houses of prayer, mission houses, orphanages, and providing food\help to disaster victims.
Show me Muslim communities that out-reach in the name of peace and love as other religions do today.
911 is an inside job, a staged terror attack, a government plot, the start of the end of your freedom.
And I can't believe you sheeples are still buying the "official" story of 911.
Some people meant to be slaves and most of the readers on cnn are.
It's leftist logic. Just like when 98% of a race votes for a guy based on their skin color are not the racists but when 50% of the other race votes for the other guy; those guys are the racists, right?
Funny, it's not left wingers walking around with racist signs at protests. You're projecting.
Yeah, all those racists signs. I see them all the time. Which is your favorite?
Looking at CNN lead stories, one is Opinion: U. S. Musllims Live in Fear. Other leading story is Protesters storms U.S. Embassy in Egypt. So U. S. muslims live in fear, but U. S. citizens don't need to fear in the world? Lets get real, the whole world is messed up. How could individuals plan to crash planes, strap bombs to themselves, kill children. Oh, thats right, same way they storm the U. S. embassy in Egypt. I am sorry the individual muslims who are not radical have to live in fear, but look at the big picutrue. Image is everythig.
Maybe if we saw more Muslims and their religious leadership on TV on 9/11 and after CONDEMNING the attacks, and taking steps to distance themselves from the radical nut-jobs that perpetrated the crimes against our civilians, they might have a better life here now. Instead, there has been almost no outcry from the American Muslims against their radical cousins overseas. "All evil needs to flourish is for good men to be silent." "Those who do not condemn evil, tacitly condone it."
As bad as 9/11 was did you seem to think as to why it happened in the first place??? Probably not. Do you even know what the US military does to Muslim countries every day?? On their land??? Probably not. And despite that MILLIONS of Muslims condemn 9/11 and you never hear about it by the Jewish controlled media. HMMMMM. Sounds to me like the U.S. population largely consists of hypocritical ignorants,. No wonder why we as a nation are in decline!!
Chin Tu Fat took the words out of my mouth. Well said.
Go back to a Muslim country and then you Muslims will REALLY live in fear.
The USA is a Muslim country just as much as it is a Christian country in that we accept all religions. It is one of the things that makes our country great. If you don't like that, then you are un-American.
God bless the USA and our religious freedom!
If they don't like it here, they can go home. I, for one, am not a big fan of having my head cut off in the name of a mythical man in the sky.
as long as you include chrisians in that group. they are just as mystical and irrational as the most extreme muslim
Most who live here were born here. This is home, and they are free to worship however they wish...just like you. Your comments are ignorant and un-American.
Number of post-9/11 terrorist attacks in the US by al-Qaeda: 4
Number of post/9/11 terrorist attacks in the US by RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS: 8
There was an FBI report in 2011 that found that right wing terrorism was the #1 domestic terrorist threat.
," 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.
Muslims are besieged in their home countries by other muslims , here they may get a death threat , there they just get death. THey might want to be a little concerned about that issue!!
911 is an inside job, a staged terror attack, a government plot, the start of the end of your freedom
we've already heard that song. nobody is buying it.
Pity. I am quite certain they have less reason to be fearful than Christians and other non-Muslims in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and all the countries who have been throught the glorioous Arab Spring.
Yes, an innocent peace loving people... except... straight from the front pages of CNN:
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.
The incident prompted U.S. Embassy guards to fire off a volley of warning shots as a large crowd gathered outside, apparently upset about the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.
It is not clear which film upset the protesters.
Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag.
An embassy operator told CNN that the facility had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police were called to help secure the area.
The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims - as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."
"Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
The incident occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, as crowds gathered in somber remembrance of those killed.
And what makes you think you deserve to live in the US? :)
More than any Texan, haven't you guys decided to secede yet?
Did you mean you are a Native Indian ?
Muslims in this country are correct to live in fear, given how rabidly anti-religion the left is these days, and how much the left spits vitriol and hatred at anybody who believes in God, such as Romney for his religions beliefs. If the left hate Romney that badly for his religious beliefs, they surely hate Muslims even worse. Do you suppose that Muslim countries include birth control pills and elective abortion within their health insurance plans? Time for rabid hatred from Sandra Fluke and the left toward Muslims and their "war on women."
Wow Joel, you are clueless aren't you? Liberals are not even closely remotely atheist. Moreover, it is the liberals who generally reach out to people whose beliefs are unlike them. AND I am a conservative.
The left does not hate Romney for his religion. The Christian Coalition (a right wing Christian group) are the only ones who care about his religion, oh, and probably Mormons too. Islam is hated in this country for acts committed in it's name. Today in the news some protesters ripped down American flags in our embassy in Cairo and put up "black flags with Islamic symbols". Nick Berg's head was cut off and the video distributed in the name of Islam. The 9-11 attacks committed in the name of Islam. It is not America that is giving Islam the bad name...it is Islam. Any religion who's believers commit such atrocities in its name is not a religion of peace...sorry. Sell crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here.
Really? The comments are astounding.
And, "All anglos are terrorists because Timothy McVeigh was an anglo terrorist." (See, I can play the generalization game too!)
The generalizations commented here are stunning. Do you people really live such narrow-minded, thoughtless, self-serving, self-centered, angry, ignorant, MEAN existences? REALLY?
Last time I checked, there was also this little thing called "The Crusades." Does this make all Christians evil terrorist invaders?
Anglos and Christians of all kinds came out to condemn his acts.........dont be a fool there is a diffeence.
You're really bringing up the Crusades in this debate? You're talking about something that happened close to 1000 years ago when, during that time, Christianity itself has changed. Yes, what they did during the Crusades was horrible. However that is not the viewpoint of modern Christianity. In fact, what is going on in today's radical Islam is the kind of stuff that went on over a 1000 years ago in Christianity. Islam needs to have it's own Reformation, like Christianity did.
Just stop with the Liberal agenda. The party is over. You had a good run. Tim McVeigh was ONE guy, Muslim acts of atrocity happen -every single day- in all corners of planet earth. It is like comparing a BB gun to a nuclear bomb. I'm sure you dim lib brain understands the difference right? And Crusades? really? It is the 21st century, Chrisitans are not forming armies to conquer lands and I hate to break it to you MUSLIMS conquered much of Europe for religious reasons too. This is why I cannot talk to libtards, they have never opened a history book...
During one assault King Richards knights killed 4000 muslim men women and children. Why 4000? They had to stop. That sword got heavy after while. That, like you see in a follow up post was over 1000 years ago. Don't compare incidents with that many years between them.
This is a garbage article, CNN stop lying to the American
How many Muslim in the USarmforce? It is 0
Ah... stop lying... ignorant people like you are the problem.... there are Muslim Chaplin in the military... cos there are demand for such Chaplin. That clearly indicates that there are more than zero, like what you said.
Sean, my reply is "God Bless You" and your loved ones. Have a Blessed day.
Tens of thousands actually. You should put down your crayons and turn off Fox news and learn a little.
No one should have to live in fear; including the Muslims. But our country is changing. Now us Christians have to live in fear also. We are put down in the media, forced to hire people in our private schools who have beliefs that go against the lifestyles we believe in. Crosses are being taken down. Our country is becoming anti-Christian. I'm afraid that freedom of religion is becoming a thing of the past; especially as we move more towards a Socialist government.
America is not a Christian country. It is the United States of America, not the United States of the Bible.
God Bless you. Wish you much peace today.
So much hatred and discrimination coming from the comments section. All of you. Yes, all of you are insulting the memory of those who have ever died protecting the US or died as a victim to such atrocities such as the 9/11 attacks. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for your bigoted ignorance for you all shame the idea that is America.
How sad to live in fear. Muslims should move to Muslim nations so they can live in comfort and free from fear.
How about this; I am in fear of all religions! They all think their right and they all want to push it down our throats. For centuries religion has been killing people in the name of their god. We see families being wiped out by fundamentalist Christianity, women being treated like garbage by muslim nations, religious factions all around the world killing people in other religions. No, we fear you!
Maybe she and other American Muslims should spend less time trying to "educate" us and more time educating their misinformed brethren abroad who cause all the issues such as the Embassy incident today. I remember a video shot shortly before 09/11 showing anti American rally for muslims right here in the USA. It was very open back then., Not anymore, but this lady can not convince me that many of the muslims here do not like the USA. They are simply using us. We are a necessary evil to make a better life for themselves. Sure there are some very good people here too, but the proof is in the pudding.
That already happened during WWII, but people like you wouldn't know that since you lack education apparently.
According to Obama..Islam is a religion of peace and we need to include Muslims in the Nasa's space programs.
Why would we ever want to include them in something we pay for? What does he hope to accomplish?
Oh – well...... in that case, I'll just disregard the advanced notice that my failure to convert will ultimately result in my demise at the hands of Muslims
In speech today, Obama congratulates Muslims on a "job well done."
THANK YOU! I hate how so many people, when faced with a REALITY or FACT that is NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT, they CHOOSE TO LIVE IN A FANTASY WORLD where all religions have equal legitimacy. Umm, no. The flying spaghetti monster is not a legitimate religion, and that's kind of the point of it. To make us wonder, well, maybe ISLAM IS NOT EITHER, AND DOES NOT DESERVE PROTECTION OR RESPECT!
I have many Muslim friends who were impacted on 9/11 just like the rest of us. They live here with their families like the rest of us and are part of the society that makes America great. But what you don't see them doing is silencing the Islamic religious leaders that are still coming out against the US and justifying the attacks and wanting us all to be tolerant and accept the fact that they want to change our system to accommodate their customs like Sharia Law. Besides Dr. Judhi Jasser, find me one prominent Muslim leader who will stand up and condemn Islamic extremism. You can't. Most of them will say it was unfortunate and while it was wrong, they always put a "but" in there, because they have an agenda. Eleven year later they REFUSE to condemn it.
So...here is what you do if you want to fix it Muslims. DEMAND publicly and LOUDLY that your religious leaders CONDEMN the attacks on 9/11. DEMAND that they STOP trying to bring Sharia Law to the US in ANY form. DEMAND that they cut ALL TIES with ANYONE suspected of supporting terrorism and finally, if your mosque teaches any sort of "radical" beliefs, GET OUT AND EXPOSE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE. When non-Muslims see you out there do that, then they will believe that you are AMERICANS...and they will stop seeing you as Muslims. But as long as people see that most Muslims remain quiet, there will always be people that wonder what you are hiding.
"If you go to any Muslim organization..."
What is wrong with you?? SAY IT IN PUBLIC AND IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE!!! Then you'll find out who to truly be afraid of.
They can't condemn them, David. BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE KILLED FOR DOING SO!
I love how this story appears right next to the headline: "Protesters Storm US Embassy in Egypt." I'll tell you who's living in fear: the people inside the American embassy in Egypt right now. Are any of America's Muslims having their houses stormed as we speak? Americans in Egypt are. Christians in Pakistan are. Minorities in Muslim nations around the globe are living in fear of their lives at this very moment. How irresponsible of CNN to post a story that "American Muslims live in fear."
This is sickening. On the annivesary of the attack by Muslims, CNN has a sob story as the main story? Disgusting.
Looks like CNN is taking on the masses of muslims as employees. One more news organization heading the way of Fox.
Islam is not the only religion that claims to be peaceful and is anything but. Any time you have a group of people saying, "My imaginary friend in the sky is the best and ONLY one. Believe in him or else!" there's going to be problems. Christians are hateful, Muslims are hateful...it doesn't matter which "god" you believe in. As long as you have tenets in each faith stating that as a true believer it's part of your mission to "save" or "convert" others to your respective religion, we're always going to have conflict. If only people didn't need myths and gods to explain the workings of the universe that we still don't understand...the world would be much better off. At least the Greeks and Romans had interesting gods, today's gods suck.
This is not true. I am not Christian, but Christianity is not full of hate. I have actually seen a lot of peace in that religion. Islam is hateful.
Thank you for honest statement of the obvious truth, Shah.
There are NOT hordes of Christians around the world committing murder and every sort of atrocity on other people. But there ARE hordes of Muslims killing and maiming people in diverse places around the globe. Every single day.
Good reply, Rebecca! I agree.
Really ! What is the risk of being a christian in Beirut, Iraq, Saudi Arabia ? Who is killing Muslim women and children in Iraq ? How many such attacks occur in the USA ? For those Muslims who are not comfortable in the USA...please leave. Religious tolerance cannot be a one way street.
They should live in fear and, if the US government has it's way, we all will.
The author is obviously a muslim spy whose job it is to promote muslim propaganda with the blessing of CNN.
CNN has become a joke. How predictable. The terrorists are the victims now. CNN is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.
Terrorists are Muslim, therefore all Muslims are terrorists.
Logical fallacy much?
Guess what Sumbul? Almost ALL Americans live in fear at this point – fear of what's being done to this country, fear of Islamic fundamentalists, fear that Muslims will do to the U.S. what they've done in the Middle East and are now doing in Europe, fear of what our own government appears to be fashioning against us, fear that the next Executive Order will bring us one step closer to a totalitarian state or declare Sharia law, fear for our children's futures, fear that we will lose our job (or will never find another job), fear that we will be attacked in our homes, or fear that we will starve. The United States is as divided as I've ever seen it, due to a vacuum of leadership at all levels and the ridiculous situation we are now in due to "political correctness". Well I for one have had it – how dare you and CNN post something like this on 9/11??? If you or your Muslim brothers are fearful in this country, then by all means, please leave NOW.
I cannot even start to believe how ignorant you are. Leave the US? Are you for real? They BELONG HERE. iF Anyone needs to leave, its people like you who are not only ignorant, but are unwiling to learn.
Muslims DO NOT belong in America.
They don't belong here because their religious beliefs are not compatible with democracy.
Name ONE country which is majority Muslim in which you'd care to live. Okay, Indonesia. Now, name another. You can't.
Interested to know why you feel you belong here? Probably, you do not. I could say the same for many other people, too, of course.
Winston has some points. I blame globalization combined with overuse of oil and too much ignorant Muslim terrorist fringe activity for most of his points. But not all Muslims are ignorant and most are not terrorists. I am far more afraid of the Egyptians and Iraqis than I am of the Muslims I know in Philly. The local ones are sensible and educated and are not extremists.i
Take note of what is going on in Egypt. A MUSLIM country with MUSLIMS protesting against the US. The US that happens to support the equality of MUSLIMS more than MUSLIMS do. Fear as a MUSLIM? Go back to your home land and see how good things are.
Let me tell you something about these people. Their allegiance is to that damn religion of theirs and not to this country!
Fact is Muslims are scared of Non muslims, Blacks, are scared of caucasians, caucasians are scared of blacks and latinos. Latinos are scared of ICE. Sikhs, east indians, Asians are scared of being mistaken as Muslims. Kids are scared of bullies. Women are scared of psychos and guys are scared of stalking ex. Bottomline is everyone is scared of every one. People need to get a grip and should start to trust others atleast non muslims. Pretty hard but that is the only way.
I feel badly for innocent Muslims who suffer for the actions of the few, but I know what they feel, because, during the Bush administration, I was hated in Europe for the deeds of George W. Bush and his administration, actions like the invasion of Iraq which I opposed. All you can do is to work as hard as you can to change the behavior of those working against your best interests.
Then get out of the country, Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Go for it. Go live with your psycho families over in the middle east. Then we will see if you live in fear. Americans have a reason to be angry with Islam. It's constant violence and anger towards the United States from Muslims, even if the source of hate has nothing to do with America.
Know what I hate? All you right wing lunatics constantly complaining about our country. How about YOU leave? The Muslims don't bother me. All those responsible for 9/11 are dead. The fact that some people happen to share the same fairy tale beliefs is of no concern to me.
CNN has reached a new low and thats saying something..
Prove your claims. Quote the relevant verses from the Qur'an. And don't twist their meaning of the words or quote selectively, be honest.
3000 dead innocent victims – that's my proof, you idiot.
You are right!
Annihilate the Kafirs 6:45 / 9:29. Decieve them 6:25 / 86:15. Do not befirend 3:28. Also see 23:97 / 51:10 / 37:18 / 25:55 / 9:28 / 33:60.
Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."
Yes. We can thank the Christian Right, the TEA Party fanatics, and Right-Wing Republicans for the bigotry and hate mongering that has beset our nation. These flag waving bottom feeders are not Patriots. They are parasites and a pox on our America.
You represent YOUR side so eloquently Vic of New York. Kumbaya baby.
Yet it is the left who have occupy movements where they defecate on police cars, and rape fellow participants. Liberals and socialists are the real hate mongers in this country
I wonder if the personel in the US Embassy in Cairo are feeling afraid right now.
What does Cairo have to do with American Muslims? Nothing. Stop trying to justify your idiocy.
And what does a shooting in Norway have to do with America, which was part of this story.
You know, the Westboro Baptist church claims to be Christian, but everyone doesn't claim all Christian's have those same views. I don't know much about Islam, but I'm sure there's all sorts of sizes and flavors, just like Christianity. Some are probably bat-sh** crazy, like those who organized the 9/11 attacks and the aforementioned WBC, but most are most likely perfectly peaceful, and want nothing more than to practice their religion. I personally think it's all a bit loony, but as long as you're doing it peacefully, and not pushing your beliefs on others, have at it.
Nail on the head. There's nothing exceptional about Islam in terms of extremism. Every religion has its nutcases.
What % of terrorists killings have been carried out by NON muslims in the couple of decades? Muslims commit at least 90% of all terrorist attacks.
Amazing that on a day of remembering fallen Americas of all colors, we have to read an article by CNN about how Muslim American's are scared for their lives because of us. SHAME on you CNN.
Yes, I could not have said if better myself! Shame on You!
Wrong, Joe. The article never said it is because of YOU. It, the fear mentioned, is just another effect of 9/11. So shame on you, for lacking in reading comprehension skills that cause you to have empty meaningless outrage.
Shame on you for being hypocrite by first saying 9/11 is about all colors and then essentially saying American Muslims are not part of those colors. I lost a dear family friend who worked in the north tower, how dare you make this a us vs. them thing.
It is US vs Them. It's all Free Americans of all colors against a religion of violence and hate (and any colors that practice).
The religion of Islam and the Muslims that follow it are the enemy, and have dictated that we are theirs. I don't need to read an article on our #1 Media Source website in the USA on a day that 3,000 + fell to the hands of radical muslims, that the muslims that live here are scared of how the rest of us look at them.
Find a religion that promotes PEACE and LOVE and maybe the world will look at you with PEACE and LOVE. Just a tip to chew on.
Feed Prophet Mohammed to the pigs........
Muslims living here should be living in fear. Where were their voices right after 9/11? Not one muslim said a thing. Silence equals support. And their still silent 11 years later.
Where were their voices? They were cheering when the twin towers collapsed killing thousands of innocents!
Didn't you just read the article?
If they are that frightened why don't they return to their motherland!! I am the one living in fear of them being here!!!
As a Sikh working on Wall St. not too far away from the 9/11 memorial, I was terrified to go into work today.
I can understand Singh saheb...
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!!!
Thank you for your courage. The day Muslims admit they are violent will never come.
Very good points.
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.
This is an absolute INSULT to the victims of 9/11 and their families. Yet another example of politically-correct nonsense from this organization.
I agree with you.
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.
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!
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.
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."
As far as the subject of this article.........THEY SHOULD
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?
They better live in fear. Or else they won't be ready when we sneak up behind them and cut their throats out.
"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.
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.
I went to the website of Umma Clinic and found the values to be –
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:
• Human Dignity
• Social Justice
• Ethical Conduct
I wonder if Islamic values vary for infidels.
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.
And you should learn how to spell.
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.
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.
What a great read. Thank you. And it makes sense.
oh please, they have it great here, they have their own President!
Our President is NOT a muslim. Go get some education before you go posting lies on this web.
You know most people do not believe Muslims are victims. Simple as that.
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.
Honestly, who's running things at CNN? Could you possibly be any more obtuse?
...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!!!!!?????
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.
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..
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!
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.
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 ...
The Tea Party lives in fear too..along with all the NRA members...ops they are almost one in the same...
Especially when the united nation taking our dollars and guns away LOL
Wow! You two are really obtuse!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
So you are telling me you read the Quran . Funny people cannot read the health care bill , but you read the quran?????
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.
You want fear? You want Terror? Vote for Romni and Rayan. I approve this crap.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yeah I saw that link to the Cairo Muslims right after this article, lol. Crazy.
They should be in fear.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Because that is what CNN does. They are MSNBC lite. Even their president is leaving the the insane asylum to the inmates.
Faux and hate radio flogging hate every single day. Shameful what this once welcoming country has become.
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.
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.
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
And the Old Testament states that women must marry their rapists. your point?
MY point is we are talking about murder, on 9/11, not rape.
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 ?.
Because someone told you that it was in the Quran or because you actually read it?
"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.
You should probably read a text before commenting on it.
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.
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