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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. Isabella

    I am with you.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl

    On the anniversary of 9/11 someone has the unmitigated gall to publish this garbage?

    CNN needs an enema to rid them of their treasonous libelous dribble.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fn0rdz

    Oh great, another "my god can beat up your god" post. Will you folks ever grow up?

    September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    It does not matter what one says about another religion.. People see what happens around them and develop survival instincts and prejudices, no one can change that. The world knows what religious fanatics do. I will do what ever it takes to keep the fanatics awaDy from me and my family's life....
    D

    September 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Duke-

      Is it survival instinct to randomly assault a minority when they fit an image you have decided or have been programmed with as being 'the enemy'? When such an individual is doing nothing that is harmful but yet you just decide to become angry and beat that person to death, is that survival or aggression? I think the individual who is doing nothing harmful is the one who would be targeted unfairly, that's the person who should be in survival mode.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hal

    I live in fear of Muslims! All the world belongs to Allah!

    September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Isabella

    Sarah:

    I am glad you raised the situation about the Christians in Michigan. Muslims are supremacists and very easily insulted.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ColdWarVet75

    Yeah because Islam is so tolerant of woman and people who have a different viewpoint.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom & Grandmother

      Reading multiple news stories about honor killings doesn't instill confidence that Islam is a good religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • want2believe

      Because you are any less intolerant of people with different viewpoints/faith? Replace Islam for Christianity in your statement and arguments could be made for numerous topics.

      Reading multiple news stories about arsons/bombings of abortion clinics and mosques, priests with young boys, and the Westboro Church doesn't exactly instill confidence that Christianity is a good religion either. Should we judge all Christians for that? There are extremists on both sides.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sirhc

    All religions are dumb, and this is precisely why. You are all ignorant, shortsighted, and weak minded. So weak minded, in fact, that you place your "faith" in an impossible deity, rather than in yourself. So go home, Christians, Muslims, Mormons, etc, and pray to whatever god you pray to for something special to happen, only to continue searching for and asking for answers that you'll never receive. In the meantime, us that are smart, and realize it's folly to do such, will actually go out and do something to better ourselves. You've all caused more destruction in the name of your 'gods' than any disaster or plague. I'd tell you all to burn in hell...but, well....

    September 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack out of box

    Oh yes...its the Muslims that are the real victims here...not the thousands of people died on 9/11 or the countless others that suffer in the hands of Muslims all over the world......show me a day where Muslims treat other people with the same respect they demand from others .....dont give me we are not the smae persons who are doing this...we all know pretty much every Muslim supports them financially or in some other form....you are not going to fool anyone in this country...not any more...

    September 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kane

      Jack, you're an imbecile.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruth

      Women and men of muslim faith are not even allowed to pray together,I do not call that equal...When muslim men pull out their rug anywhere they want and disrupt an entire city ,it is time to go home across the water!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        Actually they are allowed to pray in the same mosque, men on one side women on another. Those who do not allow women to pray at a mosque are doing so for cultural reasons not Islamic ones.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phillylady66

    Now I am living in fear of people who post on this board!

    😉

    And I have this GREAT bridge for sale.....

    September 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mick

    I am saddened to hear that Muslims in this country are still afraid and live in fear more than 10 years after 9/11. I live in a moderate political area of suburban Philadelphia, and I am fortunate to have many middle eastern neighbors. They are all good, hard-working, educated people who are respectful and nice. I have not encountered a single hostile Muslim in my life. As in most societies, the extremists are outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1 by the good people. And so it is here in the US.

    To all the racists out there making life hard for our Muslim neighbors: Grow up. Get a life. And put away that Southern flag. We've seen enough of it.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Agreed.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deez

      So tell me Mick. How many muslim countries have you been two. I have been too four and muslims treat women like they are less than. Amongst themselves believe me they talk about you like your beneath them. Thats the problem man if you protect what you don't have a clue about and want to show how much knowledge you have and want to protect those that impose Sharia and aspects of killing others then go right ahead and defind them. Why you are at it why not move to one of their nations if you feel so inclined to call the south red necks etc.. I guess your educated right??? Mick really get out of the starbucks and go over to Syria< Jordan and see how you are treated. by the way take your wife if you have one and see if she can walk the streets over there.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        You talk so easily about the Muslim dominated countries like the fact that they are ruled by ruthless dictators have nothing to do with it. Try going to Turkey, a Muslim-dominated (95% of the country) DEMOCRACY. I've been there, I'm Jewish, and I couldn't have felt safer. Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, gender equality – their gender pay gap is smaller than in the US! They even have a higher proportion of women in elected office than we do! Again, 95% Muslim, and a democracy. Indonesia was fairly similar, although they are newer to democracy and experiencing some growing pains as a result.

        Don't talk about "Muslim-dominated" countries like they're one big block. When most are ruled by dictators desperately seeking things to teach their people to hate so that they do not rebel against them, you can hardly judge the people the same way as when they live in a free democracy. In that test, Muslim countries do just as well, if not better.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • want2believe

        So tell me Deez. Do you realize we live in America? Not a middle eastern country? The same America that treated women like they were less than men and in some ways still do. We didn't allow women to vote until 1920 and its currently 2012 and in some states we are forcing probes into them against there will or trying to make their personal decisions for them. That is the problem, you attack what you don't have a clue about and want to show how much knowledge you think you have have without taking a step back and thinking we're only a few decades ahead of them, but in some cases we're turning around. Maybe we should judge ourselves before we judge others or just worry about our own country first.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Lets test your peaceful neighbors. Make a drawing of Mohammed and show it to them. Hopefully you'll survive the experience.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc L from NY

      The problem Mick, is that those terrorists who hijacked the planes on that day were thought of the same way you see your muslim neighbors. They blended in, acted American, dressed American, did what your typical American does so they could infiltrate and carry out their plan. That makes it a little tough to pick out the extremists in the bunch and naturally has you always looking over your shoulder and second guessing them. The truth is, of all the hard working Muslims you see in your neighborhood, some very well could have ties to terrorists and you would never know it.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        or Mark they could just be hard working Americans taking care of their families.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Muslim

        Or mark as you said "they" blended in as if they were "americans"....then I guess no one knew back then they were muslims...so using your logic....any "american" could very well be a terrorist .... hmmmm....

        September 12, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Richard Otto Seidlitz

    If Muslims weren't evil, they wouldn't be building "Victory Mosque" a stone's throw from their greatest triumph, the slaying of nearly three thousand innocent Christians.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabella

      I agree!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kane

      And you both are total fools if you really believe that.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Deez

        Kane yes it is a fact if you really believe the Relegion of so called peace???

        September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Actually it's nowhere near 3,000 Christians, since the number includes hundreds of Muslims who died just as innocent as their Christian co-workers.... And the Mosque is also further away from Ground Zero than numerous churches... and strip clubs for that matter.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cameron

    The "THEY" you refer to are so diverse you probably havent even gotten a chance to wrap your mind around it. If it werent for "THEM", there would be no

    'Greatest' (Muhammad Ali)
    'Shaq attack' (Shaquile O'Neal)
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Hakeen Olajuwon
    Malcolm X
    President Obama (his dad, Obama Sr. was a Muslim)
    Apple Inc (Steve Jobs father was a Syran Muslim)

    These are just off the top of my head. Your understanding of 'THEM' is so foreign, you dont realize a big part of America is 'THEM' (uppercased for absurdity)

    September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Realness

    Your propoganda and simplistic view of Islam is very similar to Mien Kampf

    September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aasim Soomro

    What's your proof that Muslims have to struggle to kill non-Muslims in a non-war situation? I emphasize non-war situation because you can't take a verse that's about war and apply it to everyday life.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kodak

    What a dumb story!!?? Look at what is happening in Egypt right this very minute, as just one example of many...all in the name of "muslim". What am I missing here????

    September 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saud

      Look at who's arming the rebels in Egypt and Syria.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kane

      Yea, uh, those are Egyptians, not Americans attacking the embassy. American Muslims are nothing like the extremists you love to compare them to. Should we compare all Christian Americans to the Spanish Inquisition?

      September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sailor101

        Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition....First the soft cushions and if that does not work; Fetch the Comfy Chair!

        September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      What a ridiculous comment to claim that "this is a dumb story" and base that actually dumb comment on something happening in another country!! In the opening of this article, it's clear that the author highlights the lives, faith and practices of Muslim AMERICANS!!

      But the person who lauched that irrational attack against the article more-than-likely didn't even read the article. At best, they skimmed through it, only saw what they wanted to see and even read into the article. It's people like that person who've gone through the past 11 years with blinders on and fingers in their ears STILL claiming that no significant number of Muslims have condemned terrorism or the 9/11 attacks, if they acknowledge ANY have condemned both!

      This is an excellent article and more Muslims need to continue to make their voices heard. Don't let liars who know nothing about Islam and/or Muslims define who we are and/or what we believe and/or how we carry that belied into practice!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. KG

    All this article is doing is trying to show that American Muslims also suffered as a result of the events of 9/11. They suffered from the attacks because they are humans and American, and they also suffered because of the backlash they continue to face due to the actions of a few extremists. Seems like a timely article to me.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. John

    The 9/11 attacks where against American and Muslims alike. By using the religious pretense, the terrorists used the Muslim religion to start hatred. Unfortunately it seems to have worked. We are all still dance to their evil tune.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ri

      The 9/11 attacks were the dumbest thing ever done by the dumbest people who came from the dumbest country. EVER!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • phillylady66

        I still think DUBYA put them up to it....

        September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dtrane

    There will be plenty of time tomorrow to disagree on religion and politics. Can we for now just remember those who lost thier lives on 9/11?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Bill

    I'm discussed by the Muslim religion. Look at the people protesting in Cairo today (9/11) because of some un-named movie where Mohammed is insulted. How dare they protest the Untied States today! If they do, why not come right out and say they are protesting because of the date.

    I really don't like any formal religions, but this one takes the cake. I have no problem with people from different regions but this religion seems to do way more bad than good.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I am sorry you are discussed. Please let somebody else speak for America next time.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Bill, you might want to look at the movie you mentioned before you get your panties all in a wad; it's pretty disgusting. I've seen part of it. As for being "discussed" by Muslims, you might want to try a dictionary. I don't think any Muslims are really talking about you.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sailor101

        I have not seen any of the movie that is causing the protest but I can assure you that I had NOTHING to do with the filming or production of that movie, no one in the embassy had anything to do with that move, no one in the US government had anything to do with that movie. As American have tried to learn more about Islamic countries, Muslims everywhere need to understand America as well. Our government does not dictate religion to it's people, we do not swallow dogma hook line and sinker so protesting a the US Embassy is pointless. Muslims need to learn about the the US and it's people and maybe a light bulb would turn on and they would realize that we are not the enemy, they don't need to hate us or blame us for the worlds problems or maybe they already know that but they are so used to focussing their hate against us it is to late for them to change.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Brad

    History has proven that this religion is extremely violent and hateful: The Crusades, The Holocaust, The Salem Witch Trials, and countless other atrocities against humanity in the name of its deity.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saud

      Are you talking about Islam or Christianity?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Forward

        Christianity would appear to be the only common thread.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ri

    "The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders." I'm sorry but you all dragged your feet on that one. In fact I have NEVER heard ANY muslim ever get MAD at them on TV or the internet. Muslims have made NO effort to publicize their discontent. It's just a convenient excuse. Maybe comedy central had some persian comics, but they just made fun of everyone. All I've ever heard was "Hey we're not all that way." I'm sorry but if you buy into any religion your half stocked upstairs anyways. You're free to choose religion, but your not free from opinion.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth

      And do you remember the scenes of Muslims all over the world celebrating 9-11? I still do – I watched it live.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Saud

        Actually you didn't watch it live. And those scenes from Palestine were shown to have been over a soccer match. Even if it was to celebrate the attacks....we did kill a ton of Iraqis, pose sanctions that hurt the people, and armed Israel to oppress the Palestinian people. So can you really blame them?

        September 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. T.Mabry

    They should be in more fear of their own husbands and fathers

    September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jack

    OOOOOOH Well, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hidus, Sikhs, Gays, and others live in fear in Muslim dominated countries. Perhap, Muslims should tone down their dress code, and love non-Muslims. I'm just saying, I'm a Buddhist, and I accept and respect others.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ed

    The concept that Muslims "live in fear" in the U.S. isn't backed by the facts. Hate crimes against Muslims have not increased in the U.S. since 911. Yes folks will indeed keep an eye on young Middle Eastern looking men when they fly, just like they do on any young men when in a parking garage at night. That is not making anyone "live in fear' – it is using common sense and being careful. If you want to live in fear then you would have the be a Christian in a Muslim nation. There you will be killed for preaching your Christian faith and harassed without end if you practice your Chiristian faith.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saud

      Actually a simple google search of "hate crimes since 9-11" will disprove your entire post. Try again.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Loyal Northern Democrat

    Good. Live in fear! That is excellent! Hopefully, those that are suppose to be moderates will stop sending money back home to their nests that foster the radicals. Turn in the names of the radicals and lets be done with them. What benefit has any muslum given this planet? Hopefully, they will all gather together and blow themselves up in the desert. Just think of the female employment boost for virgins!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • longtooth

      That was before Mohammed.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  27. phillylady66

    Good luck with all this and let me know how it works out for you, Dr.Music...

    September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. dr.music

    The Deeply islamic Card-Carrying islamic mullah from Pakistan who gently and righteously tore and burnt the Koran is a WorldHero..... guided gently and rightly by allah or moremad-the-dirty-arab he was shown the righteous and islamic way to tear apart and burn the koran. Cool. This is a good start.....allah is gently and rightly showing the world that it's cool to destroy the koran. This Deeply Islamic Card-Carrying Islamic mullah from Pakistan who tore and burnt the Koran should be released from police custody asap and should be given a noble prize and continuous free world travel to show the planet's people how to gently and righteously tear and burn the koran.
    This is the next step of islam...burning after reading the koran whenever one comes across any koran however beautiful and stylishly written....you got to burn it bro...allah guided us so. It has be the right thing to do .......gently guided by allah and moremad-the-dirty arab. Tock tock tock tock your forehead on the ground now and wait for the next revelation from allah...coming soon to any Islamic country near you.

    This Deeply Islamic Card-Carrying Islamic mullah from Pakistan who tore and burnt the Koran is truly a great muslim-man. Factually he should be given a beautiful marble statue that shows his tearing the koran and next to him in a series of 2 there should be a second beautiful marble statue of him burning the koran. It would look so lovely replicated in most town squares all over the globe as a super tribute to the first man after moremad-the-dirty-arab showing the world and all his fellow muslims how to rightly and gently tear and burn all the Korans that they ever come across. There will be strongman shows on tv for and of people claiming they can tear a koran in seconds flat for cash rewards ofcourse. Whatever he did allah showed This Deeply Islamic Card-Carrying Islamic mullah from Pakistan who tore and burnt the Koran rightly and verily so now he must show the world how allah guided him rightly to tear and burn the koran. Everyone and their dogs want to do it too. YESS !!! YESS !!! YESS !!! PAKISTAN IS SHOWING THE WAY OF HOW korans SHOULD BE BURNT properly and allah-guided. This Deeply Islamic Card-Carrying Islamic mullah from Pakistan who allah guided gently to tear and burn the Koran should be invited to the UN for a jam-packed audience from around the world...tribal-heads should be invited too.... we should call this guy moremad-the-dirty arabtoo. Aaahhh......PAKISTAN....The Land of The Pure.....pure muslims....pure thugs......all muslims.
    There are so many mozzys on this planet daily that now you can factually see them from space.....i’m sure.....and the b l o o d-stain too....archealogically the islam-bloodstain has only been around for just a mere 1400 years. Time to can it!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslimainsilence

      II was born in the United States, and educated well. I converted to Islam about 5 months ago. Islam means peace in Arabic. Islam is a very peaceful religion and as a born American I can tell you that Muslims are stereotyped. Why? Because the news here in the United States ONLY posts and report on the negative things Muslims do, instead of the good Muslims do. It has been this way for a VERY long time. For those of you making sick comments on " Because this is America the land of the FREE, free to wear what we want and not HAVE to cover. It is very important first of all, that you educate yourselves more on Islam and our beliefs. Women cover because they choose to, not because we are MADE to. We do it out of respect for Allah. God. Islam beliefs are no different than that of any other religion and ultimately we all worship 1 God. Please get your comments in order and please if you have no idea about what you are posting, I suggest you educate yourself more before doing so. It is not hard. Google it, and stop making yourself look ignorant.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • sandra

        Why? I feel so sorry for you – you have been misguided. I will pray for you to convert back to your original religion. Please re-think on what you have done. Islam is a violent cult, don't be foolish

        September 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      I would burn a Koran and a Bible, they are both being misused and warped into tools of hate and deceit. Just as radical Muslims have hijacked the Koran so have the American Christian Right hijacked the the Bible to spread hate a vitriol in this country. Do I think Muslims have stood up and vocalized their disgust to an appropriate level? NO, but I KNOW that Christians certainly haven't either. I live MUCH closer to the tenements of Jesus than most Christians and I don't even believe in all that cr-ap. I think Gandhi said it best "so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ". Sooo freakin true!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  29. daveinla

    Kinda like the rest of the world lives in fear of Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jorge

    Welcome to Hatemerica, the land that will put you under military control, exploit your labor for sugar or cheap clothes, indenture you into war, send the FBI to persecute you in your own homeland if you say you don't like it and treat you like dirt when you move to any of the 50 states...and that's AFTER they've forced token U.S. citizenship down your throat, just ask anybody in Guam, the U.S.V.I., Puerto Rico, Samoa and the Marianas.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      If you feel that way, head for south of the border...and stay there...

      September 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Already did, and took my trade with me. The people and weather in the Dominican Republic are nicer anyway, and the costs of life/business are MUCH cheaper...

        September 12, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. Hypocrisy Hunter

    Joel, is there anything wrong with the crusades, or the Spanish inquisition or the Salem witch hunts are burning crosses on people's lawns or bombing abortion clinics to demonstrate your love of Christianity by opposing everything that Jesus stood for? Please remove your head from the sand if you think there is any religeon that doesn't have blood on its hands.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sybil

    Today, of all days, CNN decides to run a story about this! And what is "this?" It's a whine-fest about where this guy's name was carved at the 9/11 Memorial. He did not meet the criteria set for "First Responders," so his name was carved on another section of the Memorial. WTH???

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. farmergreg

    We hear the hatred in your voice but you don't understand how we might be displeased; what ever I do my best to never do business with a muslim business, and the muslims might want to be a little scared of me because I won't put up with their nonsense. Label me a racists I don't care. muhammad can kiss my rear.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. O King

    Nothing excuses bigots and haters but that said – I didn't see any Muslims protesting the horrible events. They never stood up as a group and said "We're Americans". Maybe a few did but over all they sat back and did NOTHING. They supported those in the Middle East and not the USA (the country that has given them so much including freedom). The Muslims in the Middle East continue to hold the world hostage like childish bullies saying "If you don't do it our way we'll bomb you and kill more innocent women and children (who are like goats to us so who cares anyway?). So when they get their "man cards" and can stand up against ignorance and violence and support human rights and freedom then maybe I'll give them my sympathies.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      It always amazes me how people like you say there is no excuse for bigotry and then turn around and defend Islam which is little more than a mass hate group.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      While I understand your sentiment, I think you might be contradicting yourself. To expect the American Muslim community to stand up as "Muslims" and decry violence is counter-intuitive to expecting their message to be "We're Americans." To say that "they" sat back and "did nothing," is part of the problem. What should the American Muslim community have done other than grieve quietly like every other American did? To assume that Muslims didn't give blood, or donate money, or volunteer following 9/11 or other heinous acts of violence against ALL Americans like many other Americans did is simply wrong. Standing up as Muslims rather than Americans would have only perpetuated the feeling that they are somehow less American by virtue of being Muslim.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      so you didnt read the article...

      September 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sam

    Yeah, Nasrullah, we're all racists, just like Muslims are against Coptic Christians, Orthodox Christians, Marionite Christians, Catholics, Armenians, Bahais, Budhists, Hindus, athiests, Muslims who convert to other religions, etc., etc., etc....before you start calling others racists, you should take a look at the hate and misery your religion has caused the world over to those who aren't like you. I know...I'm a Copt and my family has seen how the true ROP first hand. Your cries of racism fall on deaf ears here, you hypocrit. I wonder how that little Christian girl in Pakistan, who was framed by a Muslim cleric as having desecrated the Koran would feel about your pot calling the kettle black comment?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabella

      Great points Sam!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Gantry

    The Rapture already came. No religion made the cut 🙂

    September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sandra

    Sarah, you are so right...I think after 9/11, they have beomce more bolder and demanding...the women who had no voice and/or considered objects in their country strut around in the hijabs & borka. Before 9/11, we didn't even know what that was. Barbara Walters on the view today said that the muslim faith is a peace loving one – Give us a break, Barbara, are you that desperate for ratings? or do you fear for your life? "No religion can flourish for 1,400 years without being flexible and adaptable" – THEY FLOURISH BECAUSE THEY MARRY AT 15 AND PRODUCE A DOZEN CHILDREN BY 30!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hypocrisy Hunter

      Sandra, how long has YOUR relieon lasted? Christianity and Judaism are much older. Plus, you selectively discuss Muslim violence while ignoring the Crusades and Salem witch hunts and cross burning. Chistians have killedmany more than Muslims, but hate and intolerance like yours has killed even more than both combined.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. kls817

    No matter how much you tell us that Islam is a peaceful religion, we know from REPEATED EXPERIENCE that it is in fact a horribly violent religion. Granted, it hasn't always been that way, but that is the way it is being practiced nowadays.
    Those peaceful muslims (assuming there are any) would be best advised to take back their religion from the violent extremists. Until they do so, don't tell us that Islam is peaceful.
    The writer of this ariticle has nothing to fear from Americans, not even being despised by others. The fact that she does not wear a headscarf (seen as a symbol of women's oppression) means that she will be viewed as a regular American by others.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      You mean President Bush was lying when he said Islam is a religion of peace?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. E

    Just like the Europeans weren't welcome? If what you're saying is true, the only people that "deserve" to be here are the Native Americans.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Finally, someone gets it!

      Native American

      September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      I am Native American, plus German, plus English. I don't want the Muslims here. They are evil.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Kannan

    Yes! they are scared and so they wear veil. .....

    Sarcastic

    September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lou50

    I believe 1700 years speaks for itself. she needs to pack her tent and move to where she feels safe as we don't.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      Lou lets not start the tent moving process, as if that were to occur you'd be searching for a place to put your tent... as I do doubt wholeheartedly that you are 100% pure bred Native American.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. cosmo

    Turn the CAPS OFF ...Its Rude..and its hard to read..DUH!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Paul

    "Colored People" used to live in Fear in the USA too.The USA is a very racist and war-loving country. Muslims kill each other with car bombs. Americans kill each other with guns. Violence is violence. Muslims live in fear in America and Americans live in fear around the world.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Face it, PEOPLE are very war-loving and racist! PERIOD! End of story.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Maryo

    I know that Muslims in America are targeted and discriminated against, but their lives and their fear can not compare to Christians in Muslim countries.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foward More Like Backward

      That might have something to do with Jueo-Christian Imperialism during the crusades to conquer "the holy lands" for every greedy reason but religion on the part of corrupt christian higherarchies using European monarchies as puppets for war. It happens today too, so....nice try; but no thanks I don't want your guilt trip over what Christians have gone through, the transitions and pains from Paganism to Christianity that the Christians went through ended a long time ago and now we are left with stiflingly amassed examples of just how violent and brutal any skewed religious perspective can be, especially Christianity the most populated monotheistic religion to date. No comparison of suffering based on religious doctrine or perspective is valid, fair, moral, or even in Christian's cases...."Christ like", just like the toppling of the towers on 9/11 was not even close to being very..."Muslim".

      September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Are you saying our standards should now be based on third world countries?

      They allow slavery too. should we legalize it as well? That is probably one of the most ridiculous argument in favor of racism against Muslims in America

      September 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Forward

    Your paranoia is apparent for all to see.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      So SARAH is paranoid for giving a concrete example of the lack of tolerance shown by Muslims? Really? So stupid I do not know where to begin, you Cretin...

      September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Signi

    I could not agree more!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Adil

    Thankfully it is not upto you who is welcome and who is not is this great country.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Forward

    Why are they not welcome? Because their religion doesn't match yours? That's ignorance.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  49. jon

    Oh GET OVER IT MAN! Forget and move on. That is what other countries do when attacked by terrorists. The Israelis pick up the dead and move one. The United States will, of course, dwell on this one attack virtually FOREVER I guess.
    This just give credence to the attackers.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  50. KEVIN2121961

    This is how insane this muslim religion is: Here in Seattle the muslim communty is showing their empathy to the 9/11 victims by conducting a "blood drive" .. I'm not kidding this is for real. They are actually asking other non-muslims to donate blood while at the same time complaining that they are living in fear here in the US. They chose a "blood drive" to example their kindness? They could have chosen to volunteer their time and money to help the families of military service members ect. But they chose a "blood drive". The muslim religion is not a religion and must be outlawed here in the US and all our allies.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin You Are A Moron

      First you blame a religion for what happened when those terrorists were nothing but hatemongering zealots like yourself. Secondly I won't even bother explaining to a complete idiot like you just how important blood drives are for people in this country, including service men and women you so ignorantly espoue caring for. You are a dunce. Why don't you look up what a blood drive is, what it does, and why it is so important. It literally saves a lot of lives. It does a ton more than your sorry butt is doing right now typing your crap on this forum, Captain Crunch for brains lunatic.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        So Kevin is a moron for noticing that the terrorist on 9/11 were simply following their rule book? Go sell your PC B.S. somewhere else, we're all full here.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Seattle muslim communty leader or Imam is actually insane... I agree with that...
      BUT it is not correct to say that is Islam...

      September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      I dont get it. What is wrong with a blood drive? My understanding is that in remembering the lives lost on 9/11, people should donate blood and save lives.

      Am I missing something?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • KEVIN2121961

        cameron, there is nothing wrong with a blood drive, but to use it to show empathy on all days as 9/11 is the most barbarically moronic way to show empathy on a day like 9/11. Using blood to show empathy could not be more barbaric and insultive to us at this time of looking back at the death and bloodshed of our people.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. chiniquy

    The author of this article must be talking about Muslim Americans whose ancestors recently immigrated to America.

    She wrote: "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.

    The Muslims of African descents whose ancestors were brought here as slaves have always been public about their faith (Muhammed Ali, John Coltrane (musician), Yusef Lateef (musician) Jimmy Cliff (musician, actor) Malcolm (X) Shabazz , Wallace Deen Mohamed etc etc).

    The immigrant Muslim communitis have been the ones that kept themselves remote from non Muslims and also from Muslims of African descent.

    These Muslim Americans of African descent have not been living in fear since 11, Sep 2001.

    In addition Wallace Mohamed in the 1970s was the first Muslim leader to speak to a congregation of Jewish Americans at a synagogue.

    Also, Wallace Mohamed gave a speech in the early 1990s in which he made a plea with Muslims (especially those whose families were recent immigrants to America) to be active in explaining to their non Muslim neighbours what Islam was. He said if Muslims didn't do this, then those who were hostile to the religion would take the lead and misrepresent what the true teachings of Islam were.

    The author and the community of Muslims in which she associates with found out the truth of this advice only after
    Sep, 11, 2001.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • butch

      those people were not born muslims. they converted out of hatred for the white man.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • chiniquy

        If you understood what the term Muslim means then you would know that every child is born a Muslim. This entire creation is Muslim, and there is only ONE Creator. HE Alone is the Master of this creation..

        September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KEVIN2121961

      chiniquy, that's all great and everything about old muslim immigrants, but they are all still isolative about their religion. Has there ever been a US muslim politician? NO because they do not wish to ACTIVELY participate in democracy.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • chiniquy

        There are 2 Muslims of African descent who are members of the US Congress now.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hypocrisy Hunter

        Kevin, Andre Carson of Indiana. It's OK to check your facts before posting your ignorance. Try it once.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • politico

        Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007

        September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • KEVIN2121961

        guys, thank you. But are these politicians currently practicing muslims? I don't think so. They would be super active in publically professing they are muslim and be super active in argueing to the US and the world that the muslims support the USA and democracy.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Nogimus Prime

    Just like many Christians fled Europe to avoid religious persecution, so have many Muslims done the same. I could say to you, go back to Germany, and it would be just as relevant as what you said.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  53. werkerholic

    The same was said about blacks in slavery to "go back to Africa" ......then you met Nat Turner

    September 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      I am Native Americans. I want the Europeans to stay, but not the Muslims. BTW – I don't think Native Americans were here first, do you?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Eric Fraize

    After the Egyptians stormed the U.S. Embassy today, I find it difficult to feel sorry for Muslims in America...or anywhere for that matter.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      Yeah, Eric. Don't generalize. You picked on just today's madness.
      Don't generalize by including the USS Cole, the WTC attempt #1, the WTC #2, the Pentagon, shoe-bombers, underwear bombers, bombs in printer cartridges, beheadings, mall bombings, etc., etc. Too much generalization. They're nice, peace-loving people. Just ask them. Then rip a page from the Koran, step on it then spit on it and see if they are still so peace loving.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Isabella

    Islam is not a race and why do you call racist, bigot people who criticize things happening in the name of Islam. Why don"t you have eleents to refute what is being written instead?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Nogimus Prime

    For anyone who wants a better understanding of Islam, I suggest reading "God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215" by David Levering Lewis. After recent years hearing all about the Quran and Jihad and Sharia Law, I wanted to find out whether Islam truly is a religion of hate and violence without having to read the Quran (God knows as a Christian it's hard enough for me to just read the Bible). I've read other numerous books about the Crusades and other events like the battles between Europe and Sulyman as well. After reading you can really see that, just like Christianity, it can be used as a tool for healing or for violence depending on who's holding the tool at the time. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • butch

      I'd like to add that no religious zealots are welcome in this country, since we're all in here speaking for everyone.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adil

        Ditto that

        September 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I read this book many times in college. I agree, this is a good read for anyone with an open mind to actually learn something.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  57. werkerholic

    The truth has 3 stages.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  58. james648

    Hey Sumbul Ali-Karamal.. you know what happened 11 years ago on this date and how those cowards developed their religious beliefs. Sorry about the fear Muslims living in the United States have.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • james648

      Islamic protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today and hauled down U.S. flags, replacing them with black flags with Islamic emblem.. Sumbul! Maybe that's a less fearful place to live than California? You are free to live there.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. No you are not lucifer

    No you are not lucifer. You are full of hate and misinformation. And for your information there are many like in your religion and the other religions.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  60. obsthetimes

    crap and crap,
    giving america a bad name.
    this is patently false
    mulims are thriviing and living in much less fear than their home countries.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mike

    She is a muslim who lives in America, the more "afflunet" one. So obviously she has liberal ideals. But face it, the muslims in the ME are all blind sheep who follow the hardline version of islam. We know the US muslims are peace, but they are what, 5% of muslims? The rest in the ME are all terrorists.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  62. werkerholic

    When Columbus reached the new land, he mentioned in his writings of his journey that he saw mosques everywhere, especially Texas.......not really "your" country.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  63. always2sides

    learn the true definition of Jihad and you will see how much you don't know about true Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmericanDude

      your just side stepping... ( just something I don't know.. is not he answer)
      instead ... CONDEMN JIHAD YOURSELF... now that would be a start in the right direction...

      September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jb

    Cry me river sweetheart, you're a lot safer anywhere in this country, even at its worst case, than a non-Muslim will ever be Middle East.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  65. wakeup333

    "Islamophobia" is a word invented by Islamists to silence criticism of Islam. It's sharia law, here in America. Every time you hear politicians or media say, "Shhhh! That's Islamophobia!" watch out! They're enforcing sharia.

    Criticizing Islam in Muslim countries is punishable by death.

    Here, politicians and the media call you an Islamophobe, racist, extremist bigot.

    When you hear the word "Islamophobe," the speaker is an Islamist or a leftist who hates America. Both want to destroy this country.

    Reject them both! Speak out about the horrors of Islam: Mali just cut off the hands & feet of 5 thieves in a public square. Pakistan wants to kill an 11-year-old girl for blasphemy. Muslim Brotherhood Egypt just tore down the US embassy's flag. London Muslims chant "Behead those who insult Islam."

    Stand up America! No submission! No surrender to Islam!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • always2sides

      Be careful, haters really got you working well for them. Respect for your fellow human being is the solution.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Moe

    Wow most of you guys are such idiots it is not even funny. Let me start by saying we all grieve for the tragedy that occurred today because it was a crime against humanity. But let me address all of these idiots who have no knowledge of history and common sense. First of all everyone loves America and the ideals it is built on. You want to know the problem.... America's foreign policy. The Entire WORLD I mean all of it laughs at how dumb and uneducated americans are because we believe the B.S. that FOX and all the other bias media channels feed the population and the population says ok your right. First of all muslims are not the problem plain and simple ... it is not the second largest religion in the world because of violence no one would become one. The Quran is always misquoted by these a**holes and they know it they take it out of context. There is not one verse of violence that you can quote in context that did not have something to do with self defense do it I dare you open challenge to anyone.... Dont try to mislead. And ok I love how people like to say the bible doesn't have violence in it. LOL that is a joke it has more than the Quran and it is more detailed and explicit. The Veil thing that apparently oppresses women can't be used to say it oppresses women; it is a choice by women and in history christian and jewish you always see them wearing sometype of headscarf meaning the Virgin Mary. NUNS to this day wear a veil so that argument is out the window. And you know why people like america but hate its government because its hypocritical. We say we love freedom but we "liberate" other countries, keep bases there against the natives will, and extort their resources like oil, etc. and if that country says no we sanction them and FOX makes up some bulls*** about them being an enemey or dangerous regime now. BTW all you idiots out there blame the government for osama bin laden and the taliban. BECAUSE if you remember we created them in the 80's to fight russia so all of those weapons they used on our soldiers say made in the USA. And Bush Senior had the bin laden family in the white house they were oil business partners before 9/11. So all of you don't speak and dont point fingers at muslims with out facts stop being ignorant...my god

    September 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      REALLY??! The coverings are the Women's choice?? In Jebel Ali, 1996, I watched as the patriarch of the Harem – in one of the largest Shopping Malls in the Emirate – Beat one of these 'free choice females' for not being in proper 3 step formation behind him! Try actually going to a Muslim Country, as this is one of HUNDREDS of misogynistic events I have seen traveling the globe, you dolt! Free? Anything to the contrary is just Fox News Rhetoric? If you can post, you can get informed about the subject; and / or, if you are actually aware of your disinformation you post, you could stop LYING! Just a suggestion that will be ignored by an obvious fanatic...

      September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moe

        Ross your again making me laugh you didn't adress any of the real truths I just said because you know I'm right...and you point at saudi Arabia. LOL ok then why doesnt the U.S. go liberate Saudi Arabia all of the saudi and emirates countries are where alot of radical islamic people and ideology come from becuase of the king and his family ....then we are so just why dont we liberate them? Oh right because we take all their oil everyday for dirt cheap because we make sure the king stays in power.... so you want to blame someone for that again us....The U.S. and britain put those tryants in power but were cool with them because they let us extort their country hahaha youre a joke....adresss the truth my friend

        September 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • ross

        Moe, you are obviously a huge LIAR, retarded, or do not know of what you speak: Jebel Ali is not in Saudi Arabia... Try being either honest, or at least know GEOGRAPHY... A basic, 3rd grade, course "My Friend"... I actually think you do know the difference, but blatantly give false information, just as saying the the coverings – of any kind – are truly free: in the USA? Far more pressure from the 'honor killing' types(your opinion on all the USA 'honor killings', "friend"?) to where it than from those who believe in the Freedoms of Choice inherent in our Republic... So 'laugh' all you want to at people who have 'been there / done that' and know the truth and try to educate a blog site. Having been to myriad Muslim countries, such as the NON_Saudi Arabia one that you claim is Saudi Arabia, I have seen a great many good things to report; but, "friend", female choice is NOT there and it is false to state such... Moe.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldguy

      Moe, I have personally read the Koran, and have found several verses that say plainly, right there in black and white, that it is the DUTY of a follower of the Prophet to KILL both Jews and Christians. There is no "context" about it – the statemet is as plain as it could possibly be.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Moe

        Quote it and i will prove you wrong until then youre all talk ....

        September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross

      And again Moe, trying to tell those who have witnessed the degradation of women by Muslims that they 'do not know' and need to 'shut their mouths'... Truth hurt, 'friend'? Or are you just so intolerant an individual that you LIE to try and silence dissent... Free speech is hard to defend when it doesn't fit your woman hating feelings, Moe? That why you try to lie or censor those who have personally experienced what you do not wish revealed?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. always2sides

    Sounds like the FBI should be paying you a visit.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  68. freebird1776

    Why? What happened at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today? Perception into reality! If we stormed the Egyptian Embassy in Washington and raised a flag with a cross on it and a saying that read "There is no God but God and Jesus (or David, or Confusious, or Buddah, or ....) is his messanger", Could we expect Jihad? Where are all the good Muslims?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Torn

    Look, I really do feel for the many Muslims who are discriminated against, who are just trying to go about their business not hurting anyone. That's sad. But if our opinions are going to change, then the actions of muslims need to change too.

    As for this sentence from the article: "polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased." Whether you want to admit it or not, the reason negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11 is because there's hardly a day that goes by that we don't turn the news on and hear about a bunch of muslims in the middle east either beheading or stoning some woman to death for somehow "dishonoring" her family, blowing each other up with suicide bombs, or killing their daughter because she got raped and dishonored her family. If as you say, your religion is so adaptable, why has it failed to adapt to basic human rights? Adaptable? It couldn't be the furthest from adaptable. It is a religion stuck in the old ages where beheadings were a normal thing. Other religions, as faulty as they can be, have at least managed to evolve from such barbaric ways of thinking.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  70. always2sides

    Every Muslim Country (even Iran) condemned the attack.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Kevin

    Boy, after the US Embassy was stormed in Egypt today, this article very nearly disappeared entirely (certainly out of lead article billing). Hmmm.

    Yes, there have been some vile acts against Muslims post 9-11, but this is ridiculous. America, on the whole (which is how nations need by judged) is exceedingly tolerant - not quite European tolerant - but very tolerant nonetheless.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  72. dred44

    And for at least 500 years all other religions have with good reason, and cause had to fear Muslims, Islam, and the ideology of their Holy Qur'an which has no love anywhere in it.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Paul

    You must be a Christian

    September 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Badly-Bent

    One time I went to computer group meeting held in a rented guesthouse on a property owned and occupied by a Muslim family. I got there early and noticed a dog running around the yard and a little boy maybe 5 or 6 years old. Every time the dog got close the child would bash the dogs nose with a plastic bat. I tried to explain to him and show him the dog was not having any fun. The dog had clearly experienced this kind of treatment on a regular basis. I spoke to his father about the dog’s treatment and he said to me, “It is none of your business.”

    September 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. always2sides

    couldn't be further from the truth.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Steve

    Such eloquence, here, here, bravo and well said!!!! Could not have done better myself.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  77. LetFreedomRing

    Islam means "submission" and infidels have 3 options: convert to Islam, live as third class citizens (i.e. dhimmis), or die. The galling part is that Muslims who have infected the civilized world don't have any sense of shame or irony, given the fact that they complain endlessly and loudly about things they could never conceive of happening in Muslim countries.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  78. fear? really? go back to your countries or origin for real fear

    what a nonsensical article...you build mosques here anywhere you want...as many as you want....

    can we build churches in arab countries? no. we have been more than tolerant with muslims in our country. the truth is, we should kick all of you the hell out....that way, we would be SURE that there are no sleeper cells among us.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meeks

      The fact is, there are plenty of Muslims who are just as American as you. And they have to live in fear in their own country because of people like you.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        Well said Meeks

        September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • always2sides

      You should travel to Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Occupied Palestine, Iraq ther are beautiful Churchs and for non Arab countries, try Iran.
      Spewing hate out of ignorance does no one any good.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LetFreedomRing

        Occupied Palestine? How many churches are there in Afghanistan? Saudi Arabia? Are Christians allowed to repair damaged churches or do they need to get permission (which is often denied) to make such repairs? Why have millions of Christians and other fled Muslim nations since Muslims were once again allowed to act as Muslims when dictators were overthrown? Like I said, when they start getting treated the way they routinely treat others, THEN they'll have reason to complain. Until then, they'd do well to shut up.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naser Chowdhury

      A Muslim by definition recognizes no God other than Allah; he/she fears none/nothing other than Allah; his/her complete submission to the will of Allah in his/her affairs in this world and the next. His/her primary concern is to please Allah with complete belief and good deeds, and not to die as a disbeliever. His/her utmost fear is the punishment of Allah in the eternal hell fire against which there is no protection. A Muslim troddles on the path of the Prophets. The rest in this life are all trivial and passing details, which a true Muslim shouldn't be at all bothered with. Allah is the One, the Eternal One.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Isabella

    USA was about to forgive $1 billion in debt to aid Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, but the US government should change its mind after the incident at its embassy in Cairo today. Common Obama stand up now!

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

      "common" != "come on"

      September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      Très bien

      September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jeff Williams

    Interesting. I've noticed that a large number of my posts have disappeared.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Judy

    Islam is not a peaceful religion. According to the Koran, they will try to convert the West or destroy it!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • always2sides

      Got references for that? stop posting your ignorance to the world.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave Smith

        As soon as you stop posting your stupidity to the world.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      you do sound like a TYPICAL ignorant SAD American who doesnt even comprhend common Geogrpahy yet alone RELIGION. state facts not an OPINION

      September 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meeks

      Meanwhile, America actually IS destroying the east.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • milo

      No christian nation ever condemned the eradication of israel out of the world map. iran, a muslim country did that. why don't you address your views on this aspect also? better do more research about what your fellow muslims were doing,

      September 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      Wikipedia:
      "There have been numerous reports of Islamic attempts to forcibly convert religious minorities in Iraq. In Baghdad, Christians have been told to convert to Islam, pay the jizya or die."

      "In March 2007 the BBC reported that people in the Mandaean religious minority in Iraq alleged that they were being targeted by Islamist insurgents, who offered them the choice of conversion or death."

      First hit at Google. Not too hard to find the truth if you need proof.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • KEVIN2121961

      Judy, you are most correct. After 9/11 I can't believe the US allows the muslim religion to exist any place on this planet. These muslims throughout the world and especially the ME do not realize how empathetic the US is. The US can kill them all within days without putting one boot on the ground but they believe the US would never practice mass genocide. This belief is suicidal to every muslim in the world. If the US wishes to kill every muslim in the world, we can do so within days. THIS IS A FACT (and needs to be printed in the Koran).

      September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bree

    I know there are people who have decided that the report is biased. I am inclined to agree for the following reasons:

    Other CNN articles high light a child in Pakistan is at threat for her life and may be her family because of the possibility of defiling the Koran.
    To be accused of something demands a death sentence? Hmm peaceful, I just don't see it.
    If it was not for international pressure this child would have been put to death. So much for one county saying they are Islamic and Islam is peaceful.

    CNN own article about Iran and Christian pastor who was sentenced to death because he complained that his christian daughter was being forced to read from Koran in school. Read the Koran or die, How is that peaceful?

    The Taliban when in control of Afghanistan destroyed the worlds oldest statues because they were not Islamic origins or something along that line.
    Lets add another CNN about a woman getting raped, men get a slap on the wrist and the women either suffer in silence or risk reprisals for speaking against a male. I just gota love Islamic peace.

    I burn a bible from 3 or 4 different groups, I might get yelled at. Burn the Koran a single page and I risk death. I guess death is part of the peace process for Islam too.

    I have to count the reference to Shaima Alawadi, it should have never been used in the article. Way to much speculation in all directions to be valid.

    Sumbul Ali-Karamali, please do be more vigilant in the accuracy of your report.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Dale N.M.

    On the 11th year anniversary of 9/11, CNN writes about Muslims living in fear, wake up America.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      Good point. Worried about everyone but ourselves. Won't even harp on the amount of people who exploit our services, bad mouth our country and refuse to learn the language. Only in America.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  84. bresson

    Comments of anti-muslim air are UnAmerican. Period. This country was founded on the idea of religious freedom if nothing else. Its a shame to see that the acts of terrorists have brought us down into the depths of hate with them and we are left with prejudice and hate. There is no excuse for such comments here or anywhere.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingAtomsk

      Thank you for being a reasonable, intelligent individual amongst a sea of stupidity.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      As an American, my comments are as valid and appropriate as yours (if you are American). You can believe what you want. It is not intolerance of a religion that upsets the Americans, it is the intolerance for terrorist acts that these so-call peace-loving Muslims spout. Actions speak louder than words. Remember 9/11 – that's when I learned what Islam is all about. Don't be blind-sided.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • E

        Since these extremists were Muslim, it automatically makes what al-Qaeda did worse than ANYTHING the KKK did. There are Christian extremists, Jewish extremists, Atheist extremists. Every religion has evil people, and we just hate the Muslims because Americans fear what they don't understand. No wonder the rest of the world hates us.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  85. marionc

    I wouldn't say apalling – its right on – i'd love to shoe them all away. wasn't a problem back in the 30's, 40's,50's,60's,70s',80's when they were in their caves.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  86. John

    This author has much work to do to stop hatred, not only here... but within the Muslim religion. Besides going to the Jewish temple could you also go to the more radical mosques and teach them moderation and understanding about others? Note that the American attacks on mosques are very rare and performed by fanatics, just like the pilots of the 9/11 planes. By not understanding this point, you the author are playing into the hands of those who hate, no matter what religion they practice. Like in pre WW2 Germany a few fanned the flames of hatred until a world almost burnt to the ground. Do not let this happen to any Muslim, Christian, American, Norwegian or any ethnic racial or religious group. Yes she (the author) has much good work to do...

    September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Clint Eastwood

    Are you talking to my chair?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heimlick

      It was a stool

      September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  88. IslamIsEvil

    First, terrible choice to run this clap-trap on 9/11.

    Second, no quarter for Muslims. They want sympathy, yet aid and abet those among them that would do us harm. There has been no outcry from the Muslim community over 9/11, no outrage, no condemnation. Let them live in fear as that is what they would have us do.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • marionc

      Right On Brother..!!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Patti

    Anyone who is not a christian lives in fear in this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • notanytheist

      That is the truth.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  90. politico

    Nicely put.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Kenny

    Don't think your special. We have become hateful and fearful of everyone.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Protesters in Cairo Egypt stormed the US Embassy in protest over an inflamatory film insulting the Prophet Muhammed which was produced by some chair-talking lunatic American filmmaker!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. marionc

    I would love to 'shoe' you away Narsrullah – what kind of name is that – may you go back to allah wence you came.. :0)

    September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  94. CL

    Ma'am, Suing Disney and Abercrombie for not letting you wear a head scarf when everyone else is required to wear a uniform; Suing grocery stores in Minneapolis because you might have to touch plastic vacuum sealed pork or beer bottles; Not letting Minneapolis passengers in your taxi cab because they are carrying pork or wine - Well ma'am these things don't exactly endear the public to Muslims. Especially when our African, Chinese, Korean, Mexican and Central American immigrants don't make so much as a peep over such things. Take your fathers advice and keep a low profile and assimilate like the rest of us.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rollntimes

      like i said before "You are either with us or against us !"

      September 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Well said

      September 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MuslimDude

      @CL – I would agree with you. If I choose to work in a grocery store where I have to handle sealed pork, or beer bottles, that was my choice and I SHOULD NOT penalize the grocery store for making me handle those items. That was my choice. I worked for years as a teen at McDonalds where I had to handle sausage and bacon, but that was my choice. Taxi cab incident I hadn't heard before, but again – if you have chosen that line of work you take it all. With respect ot the head scarf – suing a company is not the answer. Work with them to find a solution that works for everyone and if your convictions are that strong, quit your job. My wife wears a head scarf and recently started to work, she asked the company if there are any problems with her wearing it - there were none. Their district manager came into the store and he didn't have any problems. She's worked retail for years and never had any issues.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unknown

      Agree with you completely!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. carlos

    I just read this article and then saw minutes ago where Muslims stormed the US embassy in Egypt. The article, the author and the entire Muslim nation are just a bunch of idiotic thugs. "The only god is allah and his prophet Muhammad?" whatever. they can all jump into a pit of burning gas for all I care.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Mike

    Wow people are stupid. You actually believe that video? Go read the study by Popular Mechanics, you know a real scientific study, as to what happened. All of the things on Loose Change have been debunked by basic science.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Skip Hanzel

    Today's headline shows Muslims attacking our embassy in Egypt. And you love us? Too many Muslims practice hate and view Americans as enemies of their god. Why don't you go back to Saudi Arabia, then you would not have to drive, nor vote, and you could give all deference to your husband and not live in fear?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mike

    Shouldn't you be blaming China for stealing all your resources?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Friendship-Sisterhood

    Eleven years ago today I sat and watched in horror – like most of America.

    The following morning I had to stop for gas. My favorite station was owned by a family in our neighborhood, who happened to be Muslim. As I entered to pay I could tell that the owner was in distress, he had been crying at some point and there was broken glass all over the floor. A couple of goons had taken ball bats to the coolers inside. He took my cash and said, "Ms. Lisa, please don't stop here again for a while, it's not safe for you!" He and his family had been receiving death threats since the day before. This family removed their children from school for several months because of these threats.

    On 9/11 I was 7 months pregnant. My beautiful little boy would have sever developmental delays, seizures and eventually be diagnosed with Autism as well. It's hard to find quality care for a child like Jake, even today he is not toilet trained, cannot feed himself and functions at around 18 months developmentally (he's 10 now). At age 6 I had to find a summer program for him so I could continue to work. The camp that I found was staffed by women of all races and religions and they specialized in special needs. The first day – the camp staff called, my son was out of control and had to go get him. When I arrived a woman, in a hijab, sat with him in her lap and he was sound asleep. She told me that my son had pulled her down on the floor and crawled up in her lap and simply fell asleep. That was 4 summers ago – Lames has been a God send to our family. She is Jake's "summer momma", and my dear friend.

    For those here saying that Muslims in America should speak out against the radicals, they should turn in those that follow that line of belief. In a way I think that they have and it's been so subtle that many fail to even realize. Since 9/11 has there been another attack in our country? Has anyone strapped on a bomb and walked into Starbucks? NO! I have to wonder why? Are they handling these types of individuals on their own? Are they the ones tipping off the FBI/CIA when something has been in the planning stages? I have to think that they have.

    For me, I'm more afraid of the middle age, white, guy that sat in the office across from me and was let go last week for poor performance. How many non-Muslim, crazies, since 9/11 have walked into their work place, a crowded church, movie theater or class room and opened fire on innocent people?

    These are only a couple of examples from my own life. I've never felt threatened in any way when I’m with my Muslim friends. My personal experience has always been one of peace and tolerance of others.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      Muslims tried to bomb a mall in Ohio. It was not Muslims that turned them in.
      Muslims tried to shoe-bomb a plane. It was not Muslims that turned them in.
      Muslims tried to underwear-bomb a plane. It was not Muslims that turned them it.
      Muslims ran planes into the WTC, Pentagon, and the ground. It was not Muslims that turned them in.
      Muslims tried to kill my nephew. It was not Muslims that turned them in.

      Point to ONE WHITE GUY that has tried any of the above. There are none. Muslims ARE the problem, don't you see?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  100. truth

    Most of American have suspision on what happened on 911. Whoever was the masterplan it ended in invading Iraq and Afganistan. Two countries are implight by choas and death spelling into surrounding other countries. Turmoils spreading all over the middle east because of poor USA policies that favour Israel. The syrian conflict is another example of poor foreign policies of USA. Iraq is becoming a silver plate for Iran. Thousands and thousands are killed every days in syria for the benefit of Israel securities. One day the truth will be revealed and the population of USA and the west will realize that.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      Truth, according to Iran we now have taken over their clouds. Which I totally believe, cause also I noticed today that my wife didnt pack my usual chips in my lunch. Obviously a conspiracy between American and Israel to protect any Israeli interest in potatoes. Do you know how absolutely silly you sound??

      September 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • joebloe

        Do you realize how naive you sound. Next to AARP the largest lobbyist in the US govt is AIPAC. To blather on about how the US-Israeli arrangement is not a major factor in the problems of the region just shows that you are either just ignorant or maybe just another jew trying to convince the rest of us you and your racist nation are not evil.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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