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.
"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.
Face it, PEOPLE are very war-loving and racist! PERIOD! End of story.
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.
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".
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
Your paranoia is apparent for all to see.
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...
I could not agree more!
Thankfully it is not upto you who is welcome and who is not is this great country.
Why are they not welcome? Because their religion doesn't match yours? That's ignorance.
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.
Don't get over it. Always remember it and help refuel your anger. It will keep you warm and help to prevent their spread of their religion of death.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle muslim communty leader or Imam is actually insane... I agree with that...
BUT it is not correct to say that is Islam...
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?
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.
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.
those people were not born muslims. they converted out of hatred for the white man.
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..
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.
There are 2 Muslims of African descent who are members of the US Congress now.
Kevin, Andre Carson of Indiana. It's OK to check your facts before posting your ignorance. Try it once.
Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007
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.
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.
The same was said about blacks in slavery to "go back to Africa" ......then you met Nat Turner
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
I'd like to add that no religious zealots are welcome in this country, since we're all in here speaking for everyone.
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.
The truth has 3 stages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
learn the true definition of Jihad and you will see how much you don't know about true Islam.
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...
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.
"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!
Be careful, haters really got you working well for them. Respect for your fellow human being is the solution.
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
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...
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
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.
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.
Quote it and i will prove you wrong until then youre all talk ....
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?
Sounds like the FBI should be paying you a visit.
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?
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.
Every Muslim Country (even Iran) condemned the attack.
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.
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.
You must be a Christian
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.”
couldn't be further from the truth.
Such eloquence, here, here, bravo and well said!!!! Could not have done better myself.
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.
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.
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.
Well said Meeks
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.
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.
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.
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!
"common" != "come on"
Interesting. I've noticed that a large number of my posts have disappeared.
Islam is not a peaceful religion. According to the Koran, they will try to convert the West or destroy it!
Got references for that? stop posting your ignorance to the world.
As soon as you stop posting your stupidity to the world.
you do sound like a TYPICAL ignorant SAD American who doesnt even comprhend common Geogrpahy yet alone RELIGION. state facts not an OPINION
Meanwhile, America actually IS destroying the east.
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,
"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.
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).
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.
On the 11th year anniversary of 9/11, CNN writes about Muslims living in fear, wake up America.
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.
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.
Thank you for being a reasonable, intelligent individual amongst a sea of stupidity.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Are you talking to my chair?
It was a stool
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.
Right On Brother..!!
Anyone who is not a christian lives in fear in this country.
That is the truth.
Don't think your special. We have become hateful and fearful of everyone.
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!
I would love to 'shoe' you away Narsrullah – what kind of name is that – may you go back to allah wence you came.. :0)
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.
like i said before "You are either with us or against us !"
@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.
Agree with you completely!
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.
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.
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?
Shouldn't you be blaming China for stealing all your resources?
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.
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?
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.
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??
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.
Would you be happier if the infidels in the civilized world treated Muslims with the same tolerance shown to non-Muslims wherever Muslims are dominant? If so, you may just get your wish in the near future.
No not at all... don't get me wrong... I hate Taliban and I was so happy that Bin Ladin is dead... in Islam it is called 'Fitna' Actually these guys are cancer to Islam...
Maybe you guys are in a well. Thats why u r thinking others are in the well.
"My god is bigger than your god."
Every post on here could just as easily be about Christianity and the hatred and pain they've caused. But when it's your religion, you don't see it that way...it's only Those People who are guilty.
We'd all be better off taking responsibility for our own lives, rather than putting it in the hands of invisible people who just kinda made everything, absolving us of taking care of ourselves and others.
Your argument doesn't hold water for Atheists. Muslims need to be removed from this country.
I think bigots like you need to be removed from this country.
Americans are not the only ones who hvae reservations about Isla. This author, if she is truly not anti-Christian or American values, is an exception to the Muslim, rabies fuled animalistic aggressive behavior, not the norm.
I have read and educated myslef on Muslim ideals (i.e. Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds,Mohammed, etc..). I do not hate Muslims, I am simply being realistic. American is not the lone ranger in this "anti-muslim" feeling, Every nation that is not run by Muslim law, does their best to avoid daily suicide bombings.
How ironic that this is printed the same day muslims are storming the US embassy in Egypt...for nothing but irrational fanaticism.
Coincidence != Irony
Seems to me that many of the Christians here are forgetting that the greatest commandments Jesus gave us – we are to love God and love our neighbors. Hate, fear, and greed are contrary to said commandments. Too many self described Christians are really just preaching the doctrine of a well known atheist, Ayn Rand. I mean if we were a truly Christian nation, the modern day Republicans would never win an election.
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Jesus would not require us to be killed. Love was offered, and rejected. The Bible says to "wash you hands" of a people if they continually decline your message. The Bible does not say to hate or hurt them, but it says to move on basically, and not beat your head against a wall if your mission is repeatedly rejected.
You're the one that's cluless. can't you see what your religion is doing to the world. it's not just us, it's many other countries. You are so arrogant and brainwashed you can't see the evilness of your religion.
Muslims lucky enough to live in the civilized world will have reason to complain when they get treated like a Jew in Saudi Arabia. Until then, be glad we don't follow the example of Mohammed (PBUH). That time may very well come and it may be sooner than you think.
what does Saudi Arabia's king have to do with the teachings of Muhammad or Islam period? He is a puppet of the west.
The Kingdom is the keeper of the holy places of Islam that ALL Muslims are required to visit at least once in their lives (although "infidels" are forbidden from even traveling to Mecca) and is also the major funding source for the spread of Islam around the world. Perhaps we should treat Islamic proselytizers the same way Muslims treat Christians and others. What is Islam's punishment for those attempting to spread other religions again?
I am an indian living in America. I love my birth nation and my adopted nation. I felt very bad for what happened on this day 11years back. And no human being who wants democracy should forget what happened on that day. Muslim Brotherhood not preaching violence is a Myth, Just like world coming to end in 2012.
Muslims living in these nations have no right to talk about freedom because they themselves wont provide freedom for people living in muslim nations.
The author should look at the fate of Hindus and Christians living in Pakistan. The blasphemy case they put on the Hindus and Muslims living there.
The hindus and Christians in saudi and other middle east are treated as second class citizens.
I am an Indian but i respect american values. I respect american values because the country has provided me with lot of oppurtunities.
Maybe the muslim community should leave the country and go back to the middle east.
I agree...they don't know what happens when the muslims grow into large numbers. the evidence is in their recent history. The muslims that don't agree should sit back and put themselves on our shoes.
Thank you for saying what needed to be said.
Hello Sir: I am Indian too and yes I am a Muslim. You do realize that the author referring about the ‘American’ Muslims and on its fundamentality America is a ‘free’ world irrespective of your faith and race. Nowhere in the article is author mentioning that Muslims are ALL good and not involved in wrong doing. Unfortunately the more visible part of Muslims is bad, but since non-Muslims are being treated badly in some Muslim countries doesn’t mean that American Muslims can’t build a life in America, like you.
For you information Islam is not confined to Egypt or Pakistan or India, it’s a religion spread all over the world and if you can give me a hand full of examples , I can give tons of examples where Muslims are co-existing with all other religions and leading a peaceful life.
I agree that American Muslims have a long path to recovery to come out of the shadows of stereotyping sine 9/11, but we will reach there. Until then neither you nor anybody for that reason has a right to tell us to LEAVE USA… We are here for a better life like you and we are not going anywhere, like ‘millions ‘ of Indian Hindus who are living in Middle East. Can you imagine what will happen to INDIA if they are all asked to go back, my 2 cents!
Sorry I do need to improve my English since it is my second language. I do have curiosity to learn the religions which are foreign to us. If you go Asia and Europe, not so many people are so religious any more. I did read New Testament, the similar love words can be found in Quran too. In summary, do not be fundamental. I am outsider try to be neutral.
Hey Jack who was here before "native Americans"?? Unless your wife was the exact first person ever to step foot on this continent then who is native?? Please dude..........
And when any other religion starts blowing themselves up on purpose to kill other completely innocent people then we'll critisize that religion too. We know not all people are bad but.........generally speaking terrorist are muslim. There I said it. Once leaders admit that to themselves and muslims leaders do something about it we'll all be better off.
Personally , I am going to go with both sides on this, I dont know about Islamic religion nor do i care to . I know of the christan religion and even grew up a majority of my life with it , nor do i care to believe in that way either. Should Muslims live in fear while living in the USA? "No!" Like it or not folks this is the home of the free and land of the brave. HOWEVER should we live in fear of Muslims "Yes!" how often do you hear of bomb threats and 99.99% of the time its someone of Islamic faith? BUT i dont blame religion on all this mess , I blame those who are completely brainwashed into it , the "Die Hard Christan's" or "Radical Islamic's" . I pray our next president weather its Obama or Romney will engrave the thoughts and ideas of Reagan into them and their brain. America is huge and not to well liked by many countries and when you become powerful and big , every little guy wants a chance to take down the big guy at the top. And that is why we need someone like Ronald Reagan now , no one messed with us except the other largest country at that time in the entire world , USSR. Why? Because Ron wasnt afraid to push the button and declare your country into a parking lot ! And that my friends is reality. To quote T. Roosevelt "Walk softly and carry a big stick" that should be our nations motto! And as far as American Muslims living in fear of others Americans "DON'T" BUT you either stand with us or against us !
scary, terrorists think much like you do.
a little off topic but
-1NOT everyone from a predominantly islamic country is muslim. I am sick of telling I am not muslim to each and every single person I meet. I am proud to be American and I don't like to be called with the name of the country where I was born and raised but have no connection anymore.
– 2. Indeed, Islam is generally intolerant and against human rights. But keep in mind that there are a few SECULAR countries with a majority of their population is muslim; i.e. Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. People in these countries practice a different version of Islam which is reformed and modified with modern lifestyle. Turkey for example was is an official candidate for European Union membership and people have most(but not all) freedoms like in western countries.
It is maddenng when black people think that they are African-American. You are one generation away from being from a different nation, yet you correctly call yourself American. I thank you.
I feel for Muslims and I believe most are peace loving. But they should have condemned what their religious counterparts were doing much more aggressively. Instead, they kept low and so appear to be as such likewise the enemy.
They kept low out of fear. A man, small business owner, in my neighborhood had the coolers busted out in his gas station 9/12/01. Grown American men, of the most vile breed, threatened the lives of this whole family following 9/11. This family was so afraid they removed their children from school and would no longer allow my daughter to come play at their house because they feared for her safety while she was with them...
Instead of living in fear, they should have packed up the camel and gone home.
Since when are 19 punks from Saudi our "religious counterparts"? Did Muslims demand Christians condemn Breivik, the killer in Norway, or James Homes, or Tim Mcveigh. What about the hundreds of thousands killed by Bush in Iraq or Afghanistan that had no citizens involved in 9-11? What about the innocent American Muslims killed by racist haters, who has apologized for that?
None of the westerns you name committed their heinous acts in the name of Christianity, unlike the Hijackers, who expressly killed 3,000 + people in the name of Islam. Sorry, but your ridiculous attempt at moral equivalence falls flat.
Hence here is yet another piece that may not help your cause.
Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo
As long as US continues to support dictators and pays off Israel $3 billion year so they can survive this is what will be in store for them. I really think US should pay more attention at home, North Philadelphia needs schools. Lower main line needs Jobs and more.
Oh the horror. That bad old US supporting one of it's standing allies in the middle east and the only democracy in the middle east for decades. You do realize that we send billions to Egypt as well.
Also, it's laughable how you scold the US for supporting dictators. Where is your outrage over China, Russia, and pretty much EVERY 1st world nation? Where is your outrage at Muslims supporting their own totalitarian regimes?
What a good point. Philly does need a lot as do other AMERICAN cities. Our focus is all wrong these days.
And as long as statements like that are made, Muslims will be viewed as the enemy.
Well said. You Zahra: I can detect the threat in your comment.
Seeng as how we've been at war in the mideast since the re-establishment of Israel,I understand why muslims in America live in fear.
We are in the Middle East for one reason: OIL. That is why anyone not from the Middle East has had ANY interest in the area since the WWII era. Religious issues cloud the fact that it is really all about control of oil. If there were no oil under all that sand, no one in Europe or America would have ever given a damn WHAT goes on there...
I am amazed to see this article. Look no further than the Islamic Pakistan. The "Landof the Pure" is the killing field for her millions of non-muslim citizens (Christians, Hindues, etc) and even members of other muslim sects (Ahmadis, and others).
Protesters attack US Embassy in Cairo resulting in taking down the US flag.
The replacement flag read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.
I should care that they feel threatened in the US? Give me a break.
And last year a Christian in Norway gunned down a bunch of innocent bystanders. Where's your outrage?
as I remember, there was plenty of outrage.
I'm an American. My parents immigrated from Pakistan in the 60s. I'm not a practicing Muslim. Still I've been harrassed and threatened more times than I can count by people citing "9/11" as if I'm suddenly an evil foreigner. What's worse is the amount of bullying and harrassment brown kids are facing in elementary and high schools because their parents are telling them that Muslims are the enemy.
"we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."- President Bush, 2001.
We aspired to be better than that. I hope things get better for you.
These words sound so shallow in light of these posts. Sorry Meeks, it looks like things are not getting any better
As a white American who is disgusted by all this, I'm teaching my kid to treat such injustice to others as injustice to himself. If my child saw a bully beat up another just for being brown, my child would have carte blanche to return the favor.
So how do we tell the difference between Muslims who believe in all of the violent messages in the Korean, and those who don't? I had a Muslim scholar, a guest speaker at USC Law School, once tell me, "There are no violent messages in the Koran." I immediately read for him some of the Koranic passages that advocate killing people and beating women, and showed him what an unabashed liar he was. So how do we tell the difference?
Just ask. Forming an opinion about somebody before meeting them is called prejudice.
Nice insertion of 'brown' in the rant. Sensible parents in all 'brown' countries with Muslim presence have also taught their children to remain at a safe distance from this community – all for good reasons!
Kinda like this?
King James Version (KJV)
16 But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them;
Oops... wrong book...
DW....doesnt the bible actually "imply" that God will destroy..........it doesnt say people should destroy the people who lived in the city. Matter of fact the entire bible continually states that people will answer to God for their behavior on earth. Maybe I missed something.....BUT........where were we anyway getting off on Korans and bibles here. The story is about muslims living in fear. Actually we all live in fear.........I think Americans (all Americans even muslims) live in less fear here than anywhere in the world.
Check the context in the preceding verses to see WHY that directive was issued. Or cherry pick on line out of a story that runs several books and present it as the simple truth. Either way...
This is why Obama will win in November. The far-right has revealed itself to be based on a platform of hate. It's not about what ideas they have. Nope. It's about how much they hate Obama, how much they hate Muslims, how much they hate unions, how much they hate the poor. No ideas. Just hate. AMERICA IS TIRED OF THE HATRED.
America and the GOP are tired of the freeloaders. Obama has it that 47% are on the government dole, up from 19% under Bush #1. That is what we HATE. Lefties like Obama buying votes while we feed and clothe their "oppressed." IF you fit in that 47% that are stealing the results of our hard work, whilst you do NOTHING to better yourself, then go find another country and stop destroying ours.
– A Son of the American Revolution.
90% of Republicans are racist and 70% of Democrats are socialist...I can make up numbers too.
Made up numbers are made up.
Bravo! Good comment!
What Republicans have come to "hate" are the parasites who have bankrupted the nation. The next election will prove whether we've crossed the Rubicon and the parasites have finally outnumbered the producers.
The parasites like Romney who use the country's infrastructure to become wealthy but find away to avoid paying their fair share? me too. Or how about Wal-Mart which always builds in redevelopment zones to avoid paying property taxes.
Mike you are absolutely correct I hate the poor. Please......I hate the poor really?? I hate unions........come on. Only republicans can hate is that your message?? Liberals cant hate?? BTW I am not either.........but I have noticed democrats are MUCH more .......demonstrative in their support or non-support (hate) of any other idea, thought, or belief. Liberals and democrats are very intolerant. ROLL TIDE
...talk about hate, envy, and hypocrisy!!! Democrats HATE republicans because of our values, Democrats envy republicans because of personal success, and Democrats fill their pockets with mostly republican's money, right? After all, republicans are the 1%, right? And according to Obama, nothing you've done or achieved, you've done that yourself, so Democrats must have gotten all of their fortunes from Republicans, right? .... whatever... Democrats don't even know what they argue anymore, they've become a pathetic bunch of lunatics.... Vote Romney!!
I don't mean to insult anyone. Kafir just meas – the one who hides. Kuffar is the plural of kafir. May God protect us from being the kuffar because there is nothing worse than the punishment of the grave and the hereafter. The people that are taking away innocent human lives unjustly will see their fate in their graves. And torment for eternity is not a joke. 60-70 years of hate, oppression, ignorance, injustice against Muslims is nothing to what the disbelievers have to pay for. We can't stand a nail being pulled out of our fingers, and here the kuffar boldly accept being torched for eternity.
Now, I don't believe a word of what you said, but in the US we have freedom of speech and it is appropriate to respect the belief of others. In the Muslim world where people attack the US embassy like animals, because their fath has been offended (by God knows who), that kind of behavior is acceptable.
Well said Jack, well said.
If you read old testimony of the Bible, (Bible says the girl has to marry the man who raped her......) it is same. Do not be fundamentalists. Quran is customized Bible most of the penalty came from Bible, such as stoning the infidel to death......
By the way, I am non-religious and view religions as the ancient social moral codes, They are part of the human history, we should try to separate culture from religions, most of all separate politics from religions. I heard from a Christian saying, politics need compromise, while religion can not be compromise. when they mixed, it cause problem.
So the self admitted non-religious has an opinion on religion? Wanna hear my opinion as a man on tampons?
"Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence."
Maybe she needs to read the story today about the people in Cairo storming the US embassy. The religion doesn't seem to preach violence, it just is.
Hmmmm I wonder why? Look what just happened Cairo Egypt, Muslims trash and American embassy just because of a movie ?
All Muslims cannot be trusted; every time when they get the chance to do so, they will fall back to the Koran, and do what they are taught to do, kill nonbelievers of the Islam faith, kill all infidels.
I am not a Muslim, I just looked this up:
There are 2.1 Billion Muslims in the world, 30% of the world population.
There are 8 Million Muslims in this county.
81% are American citizen (6.6M).
40% (3.2M) are born in this country.
27% have a college degree (45% have some college attendance)
35% earn more than $80K per year. Many small business owners.
35% own a home
And last but not least:
30% are WHITE
Looks like a pretty dangerous bunch to me! let’s send them “home”, wherever that is…
15% are crazy zealots .... that's the statistical number I don't like....
source please? Mine is Pew Research Center
Time to adjust things.
@EP – Those are very interesting stats. Puts the whole "US is turning to Sharia Law" and "Muslims taking over the US" into perspective.
All Muslims have the same values as Bin Laden, just as all Christians have the same values as Hitler.
I haven't heard any Christian condemnation of the Holocaust, but I really haven't bothered to look for it, so I'm just going to take that as support.
I haven't heard any Muslim condemnation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, largely because I didn't bother google "Muslims condemn 9/11 terrorist attacks," but I'm just going to take their silence as support.
The totally use sound logic here.
*I totally use sound logic here.
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*thee totally use sound logic here
Hey Deep Bue, you need to go back to school!!
You should be ashamed for putting this as the headline of the website on 9/11. An opinion piece about how bad muslims have it while muslims are currently breaking into the US embassy in Cairo, tearing down our flag, and claiming allah is the only God. These pieces by American mulsims attempting to portray their laid back, accepting, and peace loving version of the religion is never going to catch on while the middle east continues to have such wonderful news emanating from it. Muslim majority countries include open-minded, inclusive, and secure places like: Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Somalia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Mali, etc. So excuse us if we aren't excited to hear the religion's ideas and spread them around.
Amen. It is disgusting and an insult to all Americans to publish this article today.
The woman of this article is an American and is totally appropriate for this day's news.
Truer words were ne'er uttered! Bravo!!
I'm curious to hear the criteria are you using to decide if people deserve to live in this country. An IQ test? The ability to read, write, and speak English at a 12th grade level? Knowledge of American history? If you are using those criteria,at least 50% of Americans should be deported.
LOL #4. It's obvious QQ fails miserably in the IQ department. It's people like him who harm this country with their hate borne out of ignorance.
I've said this 100 times, so once more: America is dissolving the Islamic culture. The radicals know they are losing, so they call us 'the Great Satan' and try to paint us as sinful and bad, and it just makes their kids want to see more. I knew we'd won two or three years ago when al-Qiada debuted their jihad rap song. Rap? Ha ha ha, bring it on. They all know our delicious and attractive unveiled actresses by name; we don't notice their films at all. They hear us rapping, singing, rocking out, and it's better than their music. They see us going forward, while they cling to the past. Shooting at us is the radicals' last gasp, like those loonies who protest at soldiers' funerals. Stop pushing them away; drag them in! It is literally the American Way to befriend our enemies.
IQuote "We do it not only for ourselves, but because irrational fear of Islam and Muslims is bad for all Americans: " Are you serious? Muslims go berserk because someone draws a caricature of something that represents Mohammad and they start killing people, just because of that. And you tell us we have an "irrational fear"... we're not fearful of you people, we think a lot of you are crazy for believing nonsense. Your culture has kept you in the dark ages, and you think it's OK. If some of your crazy brothers were to face us when they attack us, we'd be OK, but NO, these coward fanatical muslims place bombs and kill innocent people. We have no fear of them, we despise them and want them dead. Don't confuse that or misinterpret our resolve. For the rest of the muslims, you guys should lighten up and enjoy freedom here in America and stop complaining too much, 'cause it's boring!!!
Right, nothing like believing that the Earth is 6000 years old like 40% of the people in this country believe!
Just because your interpretation of the Bible's days of creation, doesn't quite mean that the earth is only 6000 years old, but if so, what? When you can guarantee me that your carbon dating machine is 100% accurate, then I'll let you know in a little secret, ok? ;-) For scientists to speculate that the earth is millions of years old is a bit pathetic, is like the global warming lunatics, "...the earth will be gone as we know it in 5 years if we don't stop cars" ..."... yeah, stop using cars, eating meat, etc, etc..." give us a break... you can't predict what the weather is going to be like next month, and you're predicting 5 years down the road? ... Cimate is cyclical, unless you didn't know that. Climate DOES CHANGE, that's why it is called Climate! nothing specific about it, only relational.
Does CNN not have enough news to publish? This article makes top section Today???
One merely needs to open one's eyes to see what the reality worldwide is – it is the non-Muslims who live in increasing fear, not vice-versa.
So far as this article and similar ones that we see bombarding the free-press everyday, it is an integral part of Islamic propaganda machinery at work. Don't believe me? Well how many of the readers have heard of the "Al-Taqiyya" principle (Qur’anic verse 3:28 )? Deceit towards non-believers is legitimate, affirmative and integral to Islam. It is a duty, not just an obligation.
It is saddening to see the mainstream media aiding deceptive Islamic agenda worldwide whether by act of omission or commission.
GOOD! They should. They belong to an evil cult whose principles are in direct conflict with those things Americans hold dear. They should either move to an Islamic nation or find a new religion.
or better yet we can stay in America where most of us were born, practice our religion and take care of our families.
Why are we only concerned about Muslims living in fear? The whole world is living in fear. We all have to remove our belts and shoes at the airports, we have to worry about some sort of attack on public persons and places, extra precautions and checks everywhere. Fear of attack on buses, trains, well known buildings and landmarks all over the world, even at Muslim places of prayer. Compare this to life only 20 or so years back. This is all due to some crazy Muslims hiding behind the religion and using terror for their ideology. But some blame goes to most of the Muslims because when somebody puts up a cartoon which barely suggests some joke about Muslim faith or belief the extremely large majority of Muslims protest but when terrorist Muslims commit a terrorist act hardly any Muslim protests against it. With this type of behavior what do you expect from all the non-Muslim people! Cheering at the terrorist act committed by some Muslims or even not protesting against it means majority of Muslim community approves of it. In that situation I think Muslims deserve what they get and should be happy that it is so mild, just the fear that something bad may happen. You want to improve this get out and protest vigorously against all the terrorist incidents and particularly the ones claimed by Muslim terrorists or even create and fund a organization whose mission is to disrupt, capture or kill terrorists.
ALL religions are an ILLUSION of HUMAN IMAGINAITION. There is not God, and if there is, he certainly doens't give a crap about you! God answers no prayers, no matter what you call him, Allah or otherwise. I can flip a coin, and it's a 50-50 chance it will be right. If I pray to God for something, for example, a job, and I get this job, it is not because God answered my prayer, but because statistically somebody had to get this job........SO PLEASE SPARE US AND YOURSELF THIS ARROGANCE.......IT'S TIME TO TAKE A REALITY PILL!
I know a few Muslim Americans personally and they are quite nice people once you get to know them. Problem being they often are stand-offish towards non-Muslims to the point of seeming arrogant or even antagonistic. It's hard to get to know someone who is glaring at you .
It's also hard to get to know someone that "was" wearing a dynamite vest.
first of all they are outnumbered. secondly what's a fewe nice muslims have to do with the direction of islam? They don't control anything. The clerics and imamas do and they are all radical.
Because of doing of such a horrible thing, entire community has to suffer.
We can't change the perception of every bad person.
In this world there are thousands of relegion people are following.I wish that every religion were wearing same kind of clothes, no restriction that they have to wear turban or have to grow bear etc. Why do we have to differentiate religion by wearing an estblished pattern clothers etc. By doing so many innocent people live everyday in fear.
I love to see Muslims to demonstrate their disgust with terrorist acts in action.
Muslims need to go in streets in thousands and show the rest of the world that they hate these acts of terror as much as all of us.Respect has to be earned
It's high time we put an end to this, it's 11 years. We had our revenge. Our invasions took 100's of thousands of lives already in Iraq and Afghanistan and still counting. We have to move on.
I can't wait to see what all you hate filled lunatics do when Obama wins again. But know that I will be there, pointing and laughing at you, mocking your rage. You had your chance to show America what you're about, and we're not buying it. Hatred doesn't sell.
Ironic considering that your whole rant is hate filled...
What has Obama to do with this ? or was that racist element in your comment ?
Not content to allow Americans to mourn their dead, Muslims seek to make this all about them. This pathetic article is just one sign of their Islamocentric thinking. There's also the rioting in Cairo. They saw fit to storm the US Embassy there, tear down the American flags and replace them with Islamic banners. It's no coincidence that they did so on 9/11. Do we protest during their Ramazzan? Nah. We just go about our business. Islam and American society are simply not compatible and their failure to not just keep quiet for one single day is all the proof we need.
Numerous terrorist acts have been carried out by right wing fools against Muslims, you twit. You don't think they have the right to say something? Get out of my country.
Sorry, Mike. Rod can stay. He speaks the truth.
Islam is incompatible with life in a free society.
Sorry Mike – you're wrong. January is right so is the original commentor.
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