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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 (2,539 Responses)
  1. Ka

    You knowyou dont have to be muslims...just a religion like the other fake religions..

    September 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Heather

    This ridiculous article starts out with a huge lie and gets worse thereafter. "The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders." WRONG!!!! The terrorists were lauded as heroes. There was dancing in the streets. Islamic religious leaders continue to spew hatred and violence and death to non-believers.

    Muslims are living in fear?? Good. They deserve to.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • azf2

      the 9/11 attacks were denounced by all the major Muslim organizations in the US and by Muslim countries as well. multiple Islamic relgious figures denounced it. yes there were maybe a few places in the world where some people were happy. there were also dancing Israelis in new jersey that day. look it up

      September 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I have to agree; such a large percentage of muslims cheered the hijackers that it's a tough sell to say that muslims decried the act.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        Proof like links, video's, articles. I have seen this accusation time and again yet no one has provided any proof so far.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      "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."

      Sumbul, what you fail to recognize or at least mention is the last 11 years of Islamic-based violence that continued after 9/11. While Islam is widely painted as a peaceful religion by those who support it, there are certainly a very LARGE number of muslims who are intolerant beyond belief, intolerant of other viewpoints (including calling for the death of non-believers), Imams who refuse to decry violence, etc. etc. etc. Do I really need to go on?

      You can other muslims can continue to complain about how misunderstood you are, but until Islam actually comes into the 21st century instead of staying rooted firmly in the 11th, don't expect the rest of us to jump on the bandwagon. Fix your own house before telling us how bad we are for seeing you as you truly are...a religion with a VERY large percentage of violent, barbaric believers and one that does very little to rein them in.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdfg

      it's true

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ali P

    I think her point is that you have to distinguish a person's actions from their religion because people are imperfect and not necessarily living the doctrines of their religion. There obviously a lot of very peaceful individuals who are Muslims and we shouldn't judge them. People adhere to a religion to become better (in theory), not because they are perfect.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Investment Banker / M&A Consultant / High IQ

    Some pre-dinner thoughts for those who work 70 hours+ on this day of sobering thoughts...

    So let's distill anti-Muslim / Islamic viewpoints to a base level digestible for individuals with limited educational aspirations:

    September 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Investment Banker / M&A Consultant / High IQ

    + Muslims are bad because they are not like us (Christians): Ironically, followers of Islam are the only non-Christian strain or derivative that subscribe to notions that have been dismissed by many as fantastical such as the virgin birth, the healing of those with lepers and blindness, walking on water and the second coming of Christ – these "miracles" as David Hume philosophized about, are as pertinent to Muslims as they are Christians – in short, Islam is the only other faith that accepts Christ (sans triune God + crucifixion)

    September 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Hey IQ Boy,

      We're talking about Muslims taking four airliners full of innocents to their early deaths - not to mention a "little" damage to NYC and the Pentagon.

      We're talking about Muslim men who think it's reasonable to throw acid in the faces of women who spurn them.

      We're talking about men who kill their own daughters for wearing lipstick.

      We're talking about Muslims who cut the heads off of anybody they don't like with dull knives and then post the whole thing on the internet.

      You may be an investment banker (and good luck with that in the New Depression), but I'm a lawyer, and guess what? I had my IQ tested as well. I can run circles around you intellectually AND I'm honest enough to see the world as it IS.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Investment Banker / M&A Consultant / High IQ

        Go Big Law.

        With that said, you are clearly beholden to a prejudicial perspective and equivocate two disparate individuals' actions by virtue of a single parameter (forget that most elements may be disjoint and not in union). Good luck with defending the law. Your clients must love you.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Coffee talk

        So all Christians should be judged based on the actions of Anders Breivik? Four people, even four thousand, do not represent a billion plus population. There are good and bad people in any group.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Io

        Scary that you are a lawyer, and this is the best argument you come up with

        September 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      First, I always doubt the intelligence of someone who has to tell me that he or she has a high IQ. Second, the concern about Muslims is hardly exclusive to Christians and it has nothing to do with the commonalities of the two religions or a gerneal concern that Muslims are different, except as I describe further. The concern that many Christians, Budhists, Jews, athiests and others have about Islam is that, all the things you mention aside, it is a violent, primitive religion founded by a 7th century Charles Manson that brings misery and backwardness whenever and wherever it prevails. I would think that this ugly side of Islam would be of concern to a genius like you, since people who question and doubt would never be accepted by Islam and would likely be killed for those questions and doubts in many Islamic countries.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB1790

      You really have drank a bill tall glass of idealistic Kook-Aid haven't you? Why don't you go over to Egypt right now (and I really do hope that you're just the most stereotypical looking whiter than white boy poster child for Aryan nation) and tell that mob of anti-American people that they've got you all wrong. That's just SOME American who are racist and anti-Muslim and that we've just been portrayed wrong in the media. Tell them that they're just not as educated as you are because if they were, they'd surely understand. I'll watch the CNN news clip about the stupid American who got killed outside of our embassy. :-)

      September 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Investment Banker / M&A Consultant / High IQ

    + America is an anathema to Islam because freedom, tolerance and the virtuous beliefs carried by our Founding Fathers are in diametric conflict with the virtues of Islam: the Founding Fathers were often "deists" in their personal lives and in 1796, affirmed through a treaty with Tripoli, that a mutual respect of Islam ("Musselmen") was an integral part of the fabric of this Great Nation

    + Muslims are crude humans with no accomplishments whatsoever – they are a drag on the world whereas Christianity is the great beacon of hope and light: Islam preserved the great works of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato when the Roman Catholic Church burned these "Pagan" books of philosophy; moreover, St. Thomas Aquinas (most Christians today don't know who this great man was) referred to only two men in his Summa Theologica, "The Philosopher" Aristotle and "The Commentator" – Ibn Rushd the Islamic philosopher often referred to as "Averroes" in Europe (his book on medicine was seminal and trained Europe's brightest physicians for a century); "Arabic" numerals is not an accidental addition to the global lexicon, Darwin studied Arabic as it was considered the scientific language of the time, Newton studied "Al Jabr" now known as Algebra to derive calculus (most people don't know what calculus is in America sadly whereas the Chinese and Indians do today) and Christopher Columbus, after supporting the genocide of Muslims and Jews, used Muslim sailors and compass'; there are numerous facts supportive of the notion that Islam was once highly productive and most objective historians would view today's Muslim world to be embroiled in a pre-Renaissance experience akin to the broader Christian world which was modernized by an anti-religious movement, Humanism – anyone with half an education knows all about the "neutering" of Christianity

    + Muslims hate Jews and thus, we should love Jews to spite Muslims – Jews and Muslims have a similar religious structure, share the same view on the oneness of their deity (both reject the "Triune" God as solidified by Council of Nicaea) and the "Jewish Golden Age" that produced Rabbi Maimonedes was under Islamic Rule (Islamic Andalusia)

    September 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      But today, every Muslim-majority country is a toilet. Go figure THAT one out with your high IQ, genius.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Investment Banker / M&A Consultant / High IQ

        I did figure it out – and clearly stated it – it's best to re-read as opposed to highlight that I am what is quite obvious, articulate at the minimum, and genius at the high-end:

        The pre-renaissance characterization of Europe was akin to your "toilet" comment. In short, a renaissance implies a catalytic movement that pushes a society out of the "toilet" – that has yet to come for a broader society that is underdeveloped.

        Furthermore, I take it you have limited travel experience. The case can be made that countries such as UAE and Turkey are not in the "toilet".

        September 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Josephus

        Turkey and the UAE are both societies that actively repress free expression and political, religious and ethnic minorities. Both shining examples of what an Islamic majority will bring; repression and ignorance. Turkey still has poverty galore, despite an expanding low wage economy. The UAE benefits from the geologic ccident of proximity to oil.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josephus

      Your facts are way off. The US fought a war with the Muslim Barbary pirates because they were seizing our ships and forcing our sailors into slavery. Sound familiar? Islam has a culture that is retarded, using the literal meaning of the word. That's why Islamic majority societies remained mired in poverty and ignorance.
      Islam is the problem, not the solution.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saleem

    I think Muslim deserve to livehere like any other comers to the US, no one muslim is responsible of what other people do. as any one who has another religion. so if a fanatic muslim violates any rules, it is his fault and he/she should pay for his actions. we are all the sons and daughers of Adam and Eve???

    September 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Saleem,

      Here's why a lot of Americans don't want to see the every-growing number of Muslims in America.

      There are NO countries which are majority-Muslim countries anywhere that are fit to live in.

      Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia . . . they're all barbaric, backward, dreadful places. We don't want to see America become like that.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    If you think Muslims in America live in fear, talk to Christians or Jews in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Chad, Niger, Morocco, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, etc.....

    Compare your life to theirs and get back to us.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Thank you for that reality-based comment, Bob.

      I think people are pretty sick and tired of the pro-Islam propaganda. We've seen the violence that Muslims inflict not only on other Muslims, but also on Christians, Jews and anyone else who's not a Muslim.

      Islam is a violent cult of death and the "politically correct" days of pretending otherwise while people suffer at the hands of Muslims around the world are OVER.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • S

        You say this based on the exterior, but you have not a shred of knowledge about those on the inside of this religion, looking out. You generalize this horrid violence, these acts of terrorism, mass suffering to the entire religion of Islam, and forget that there are some who are truly trying to make peace, Muslims who are the very opposite of what you're accusing them to be.

        There's a lot of hate in your heart. How saddening.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts, Doesn't it?

      Did you just compared America to Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and other middle eastern countries????

      September 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        Yup he sure did, an insult to America.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • azf2

      exactly – you should compare. there are thousands of churches in Muslim countries from Egypt to Indonesia. Christians have lived there continuously since Islam came. Look at history – Muslims were in Spain for 700 years. At that time, Christians and Jews practiced their religion freely. When the Christians took over, they killed, forcibly converted, or expelled every single Chrisitan or Jew

      Ironically – protestors of the Staten Island mosque under construction said its New York, not Islamabad. There are churches and Christian schools in Islamabad, so there can be mosques and Muslim schools in New York

      September 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deb

    Muslims do not fit in America. Our cultures are TOO DIFFERENT. You you read a part of her book. She explains how it was in junior high school. She did not go to parties and junior high dances, did not go to sports events, could not socialize with boys, prays five times a day. Muslims fit in with other Muslims. THEY DO NOT FIT IN WITH MOST CULTURES. Islam is a way of life which does not work with life in America. Ask youself, why do Muslims come to America if we are so fundamentally different? I don't wish any person harm. They love being Muslim. Great, fine, wonderful. Live this life, pratice this reglion but do it somewhere else.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • saleem

      I hope you are a hired blogger for a ceratin group.....so many christians and jews still fit iand live nicely together in many places in the Muslim countries in Africa and AsiA
      so much hate, hope you treat people you want to be treated

      September 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        "Live nicely together," Saleem?

        You mean like the way Muslims in Africa wait for Christians to gather together in church on a Sunday morning so that it's much more convenient and efficient to lock the doors and burn them alive inside?

        THAT kind of "living together nicely?"

        You can cut the c rap. Nobody's buying it anymore. We've seen your religion and it repulses us.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      theres bad in everyone. you cant point everything on muslims. theres bad in christians too. the kkk for example.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      That's cute Deb, I am a Muslim and American and before I had my son I went to my HS and College Football and Basketball games, dances, study groups, Pep Rallies. Mind you my HS and College teams sucked so there wasn't all that much to cheer for but I did all those and yet stayed Muslim and American. I have voted in every election since I was able to as well. Who are you to tell me I can not live here as a Muslim and American?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        Well said, Shak. How hypocritical. I have followed the footsteps. How hypocritical for anyone to make the assumption that "we don't fit".

        September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anonymous

    As a young Muslim, it pains me to see so much hate here. The events of this horrid day were carried out by monsters that used a religion of love and tranquility–absolutely exploited it–and took the lives of thousands. Those people weren't Muslims. The Quran clearly states that we are all one, and if one is to take another's life, they have abandoned their faith–betrayed not only faith, but the humanity itself.

    I truly hope the world will recognize that the true followers of Islam are those who want to reach out to their neighbours, to grieve alongside you, offer you a kind smile. A comforting hug.

    This isn't a war on Islam, but a group that categorizes itself. It's war on the evil of the human race. Religion is just a pawn in these mongrels' game.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Did you even read the post above? You completely miss the point.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      It wasn't just 9/11, Anonymous.

      It's a worldwide pattern of violence committed by Muslims that have caused decent people everywhere to reject this bloodthirsty cult.

      A poll showed that only a very small percentage of Muslims support violent jihad. But that small percentage still represents MILLIONS of people.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        So it's ok to go after the rest of the Muslim populace to? Way to go by feeding into the extremists propaganda that the west hates all Muslims. They are proud of people like you.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        January,

        You yourself have brought up the statistic. A small percentage of "supposed Muslims". The religion is nothing but a label for them. The abuse every Law that applies to Islam. They use it as a mask to disguise or justify the evil they're committing, all the while giving the rest of Muslims such a cruel name.

        It's simply that.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wondering999

    Blaming the Muslims living in the US for the actions of a few on 9/11/01 is ridiculous. Tell me, on each April 19 do you go out of your way to vilify Irish-Americans because on that date Timothy McVeigh blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City? How is it any different?

    September 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Agreed. I wish the world could see what we see.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiminee

      So, I see the point you are trying to make but I don't think you thought it all the way through. Did he blow up the building in support of his religion or because Irish Americans have been mistreated in America? No, he did it to lash out at our government. So drawing a parallel line between what he did and the Islamic fanatics did is a little misguided. I agree that we cannot blame a whole religion for what a few sick people did in the name of the religion, but I find too many references to violence and downright inhuman treatment (both here and abroad) that make me a little more questioning over everyones motives and beliefs.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chester

    Dear Sumbul,

    It's very interesting how the Muslim religion is looked at in the western world. I remember back in the 60's and 70's it was very different. Many people who didn't want to fight in the Vietnam war said they were Muslim and the teaching of Islam didn't believe in violence. That's how I always thought of Muslims, as they ultimate peace lovers. But the last 30 years hasn't been kind to the image of Islam. Social media and constant news streams running 24 hours a day shows a much different picture. I believe at heart the religion is peaceful and good-natured. I think the problem is that so many Muslim countries are so poverty stricken, that so many of these people have nothing to hold onto and easily fall in with angry jihad type leaders. So many are led astray from the real teaching of your religion and down false roads of anger and violence.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Chester,

      Maybe you should ask yourself why so many Muslim nations are backward and poverty stricken.

      A lot of people feel that it has a lot to do with the backward religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jen

        Yeh, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain,Oman, some of the poorest countries in the world, I would rather live in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Estonia, Lithuania, they are so much more safer and less corrupt,.....or hang on hahaha.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        And what about those countries in Africa that you would call " backward and poverty stricken", you know, the nominally Christian nations? Could it be their religion too? Or would you come up with some other excuse? Probably.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I have lived in more than one Islamic country in my life. It is Islam itself that has been unkind to Islam over the last three decades. Having experienced it first hand, I can tell you the peaceful side of Islam is reserved for those of the Islamic faith. Even then, there is a distinct class system within Islam. The role of the female being the most obvious of the class distinctions, but far from the only one. I have witnessed the physical and mental abuse against fellow Muslims simply because they were from the more impoverished of the Islamic nations (i.e., Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia). So to me the unvaoidable truth is this: The Islamic communities of America may have one person that stands up to condemn an act, but where is the long running evidence of the Islamic community turning in those that plot terrorist acts? They don't and unless the communities take some concrete action to visbily distance themselves from the Islam that is seen on TV they will continue to, rightly so, be lumped together with the violent, radical face of Islam. This has little to do with the level of education that most Americans have regarding Islam. That is a smoke screen to deflect from Islamic extremism that is tolerated from within. This instead has everything to do with what many consider to be the lip service paid to anti-exttremism in the Islamic community.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Mike,

        Thank you for a report from the front.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • was

      this guy said saudi arabia is one of the poorest countries !!! bro are you dumb, high or something !!! go learn damn history, then come talk, thats wht USA is kissin their asses for oil ....

      September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Islamophobe

    It's 9/11 and CNN has the nerve to post this crap. Just goes to show how far they have fallen...

    September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Islamophobe

    "Islam is seen as a religion of violence"...

    Well, did you see how the Egyptians are commemorating 9/11? Hey, didn't the US just send them a ton of money that they are going to forgive the loan and just let them keep it. Good thing the Egyptians follow the "religion of peace". Allah knows what they COULD have done today...

    September 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • saleem

      there are many examples of good muslims giving back to the world and to this Nation, and many serve in the US army to defend this country. and Many Muslim died in 9/11, they were never mentioned....

      September 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • K from AZ

        Like at Ft. Hood?

        September 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stuart Weinstein

    yet another Muslim claiming they are the victims, meanwhile Muslims world wide are victimizing everyone else.

    News flash for you, Sambul. Acts of antisemitism in the US far outnumber acts against Islam.

    yet I don't live in fear in the US.

    Muslims live in fear everywhere they are not majority. This is not the result of anti-Islam acts, but rather the result of the xenophobia intrinsic to Islam.

    You have met the enemy, Sambul, and it is Islam itself.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Canadarox

    Muslims live in fear post-9/11? That's like saying Nazi's lived in fear post-Holocaust.

    Americans lived in fear for a long time after 9/11. I don't see any articles on CNN about how this is/was unjust. Americans are merely mourning the loss of their loved ones, killed by radical Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts, Doesn't it?

      @cnnsux so is the Al Qaeda

      September 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. was

    the problem is most of american dont know what the hell is going on in the world, and i said most not all, they just know how to eat mcdonalds, and get wasted in the weekends, before you open ur damn mouth go read and learn history, then come and talk crap. 10 years ago, you guys thought that the middle east is a country and some of you still think that, my point is that i respect who shows respect, weather you are christian or wat so ever. we dont care about what you people say coz at the end you gotta live with muslims forever.
    "Dear USA your 9/11 is our 24/7 . sincerly Palestine

    September 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      The so-called "Palestinians" should go live in the country which was created primarily to be a homeland for them - Jordan.

      There's just one problem: The Jordanians don't want them because they're uncivilized and violent.

      Israel belongs to the Jews. When they returned in 1948 to claim their ancient homeland, Israel was an empty desert with just a few random goat herders.

      Don't give me the "Palestine" nonsense. There was never such a nation. If there was, please describe what type of government it had, who its leaders were, where its parliament met and which countries hosted its embassies. Stop making stuff up.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • azf2

        there were lots of Muslims and Christians in palestine, not just "random goat herders". it was a province of the ottoman empire, not an independent state. that doesn't mean its ok to kick people out of their homes.
        According to Alexander Scholch, the population of Palestine in 1850 had about 350,000 inhabitants, 30% of whom lived in 13 towns; roughly 85% were Muslims, 11% were Christians and 4% Jews
        1900 about 600,000 of which 94% were Arabs. In 1914 Palestine had a population of 657,000 Muslim Arabs, 81,000 Christian Arabs, and 59,000 Jews

        September 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuart Weinstein

      What ever problems the Pals have do not justify 9/11.

      When the Pals learn to deal with their own issues, they will be better off.

      Next time Israel offers you a peace plan, that even King Abdullah termed a *fair offer*, I suggest you take it.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Are you really arguing that American's are less educated than people in Muslim countries? Ha!

      September 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Dear Palestine,
      Drop dead. Sincerely, USA

      September 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • was

      you know wat im nt gona talk about palestine coz you guys nt gona understand, tell me about iraq and afganistan, how many did you guys killed in iraq in the past few years, actually lets say 70% were innocents so tell me, who killed them !!! muslims right ?? ya

      September 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  18. was

    the problem is most of american ont know what the hell is going on in the world, they just know how to eat mcdonalds, and get wasted in the weekends, before you open ur damn mouth go read and learn history, then come and talk crap. 10 years ago, you guys thought that the middle east is a country and some of you still think that, my point is that i respect who shows respect, weather you are christian or wat so ever. we dont care about what you people say coz at the end you gotta live with muslims forever.
    "Dear USA you 9/11 is out 24/7 . sincerly Palestine ".

    September 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jeremy

    Nice article, now explain to us what happened to the US Embassy in Egypt today. What goes around comes around. They terrorize us in their country and we'll do the same in our country.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Wow, you're right! Just because violent mob action happened in another country definitely means we should terrorize innocent people in another part of the world, one that prides itself on acceptance and tolerance, just because they share a religion! That's not childish or ignorant at all!

      September 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Adnan

    Are you serious? If you are going to talk about the majority of muslims, you should know that the majority of muslims are the ones that are peaceful and do not try to cause harm to anybody. China alone has at least ten million muslims and you never hear anything happen there. Sorry but there are way more peaceful muslims than there are pro-terrorism muslims. Do not forget that terrorism means that you are using terror to try and make people do what you want to do, every nation in the world haspeople using some form of terrorism to get what they want.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. American Buddhist

    I say again, Everyone should be able to live free from fear in this country. This is the land of the great. The worlds melting pot. If a group is saying they live in fear here, we should respect that feeling and try to bridge the gap, learn more about our American Muslim neighbors and try better as Americans to show them what being an American 'used' to be about. You know, the old days of when a new neighbor moved in you would bake them a pie and go say hello and welcome to the neighborhood? Where has that America gone? We are all so obsessed with our gagets and technology and the latest celebrity fad that we are losing what it really means to be American. Love thy neighbor, because they are not going anywhere and everyone could benefit from learning more about the world and people around them. As the late Rodney King would say, "Cant we all just get along?" Yes, there is bad people in this world, but they are of almost all religions, creed, status, country, etc, etc. Being Muslim or Christian or Hindu or anything else does not make someone a bad person, its what actions they take. You dont have to agree with someone to live in harmony, it just takes an open mind and willingness to reach out and love thy neighbor. The comments on this article here are full of hate for the Muslims and we wonder why they are fearfull? We need to be better then that and live up to the American values we all claim to love and cherish. But thats just the opinion of one Buddhist who loves all people and would like nothing more then to heal the world and bless everyone in it with peace and happiness. Bless you all.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. G D

    It is unfortunate, but also true that Islam is easy for the West to stereotype. Jihad is a pillar of the religion, and though other religions invoke the wrath of God to justify immoral acts, Islam puts it out in front. Further, it is perfectly clear the Muslims world-wide (on average) do not like the USA, and many would attack us personally or rhetorically at every opportunity. So, tolerance will only be built one neighbor at a time & with lots of patience.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      No Jihad is not a pillar of Islam, there are 5 pillars and Jihad is not of them. Declaration of faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage are the 5 pillars.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Julian234

    We heard the call of the terrorist on 911 calling Allah Akbar on the tape caught while Americans went down on an airplane on 911. Mohammad himself killed many people. I believe the person who wrote this article is lying to me and you.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      I agree with you completely, Julian.

      Islam is incompatible with a free society. I have a lot of sympathy for people born into Islam who'd like to get out - since usually the only way out is in a coffin.

      It's a backward cult that preys on women and children and celebrates death and violence.

      For those of you who disagree: Which Muslim – majority country would YOU most like to live in? Okay, Indonesia. Now, name another one.

      Iran? Syria? Egypt? Pakistan? Saudi Arabia?

      Get real.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • MomofThree

        If you read the comment from the christian living in fear in Indonesia, you might decide to take that country off the list too...

        September 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        Malaysia wouldn't be bad.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • niono

        UAE is not too bad.. lived there for a few years. Good money, hot women, good nightlife.. although the weather sucks.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. MomofThree

    I haven't seen any news regarding Shaima Alawadi all summer. The last I had heard was that the FBI was investigating the murder. The police had stated that it seemed unlikely it was a hate crime with the photocopy of the note (and the fact that they left a note at all). The father, son and daughter left for the burial in Iraq. I would not be surprised if the daughter suddenly got married off while in Iraq (if still alive)...after reading about her experiences of being caught in a car with a young man, and how she threw herself out of a moving car afterwards. I still fully expect to hear that Shaima Alawadi's murder was an honor killing. It would fit right in with the father and son who murdered their three daughters/sisters and wife/mother, the daughter who was run down by her father in his SUV, the two sisters murdered by their father, the daughter whose sister told the police that their parents had murdered her sister, the niece beaten and left to die alone in a well by her uncle...the list goes on and on and on... What is additionally horrifying is how the other family members support the murderer(s) the murder itself, and sometimes participate in committing the murder too. What happened to the mother of five has not been determined. The author of this article should not have cited Shaima Alawadi's murder as a hate crime – she was filing for a divorce according to the last news out. From the stories I have read about the murders of these women by their family members, there seems to be no way for these muslim men... no way they can forgive their wives and daughters for whatever behavior they find to be wrong – not with this Honor thing thats been going on for 2000 or more years....The author should not be surprised if it is finally determined that Shaima's own husband (and children?) murdered her. If she does not imagine that is possible, then she is like an ostrich with her head in the sand.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Chester

    I don't trust anybody who is very religious. Trust me, I come from a religious family and know many born-again Christians who I wouldn't leave my kids around. I've been all over the world. The more religious a person is, the nuttier they are. Doesn't matter if they're Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc. Give me somebody who is moderately religious or non-religious! You can keep all of your overly religious people!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Well, Chester, let me ask you a question:

      Would you rather get on a jetliner with a whole mob of extreme Muslims, or on the other hand, a whole gaggle of extreme Methodists.

      You're full of it, pal.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • rosethornne

        I'll walk.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joan

        I will take the meyhodists

        September 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Brian

    I think its sad and disturbing how many people on here are generalizing "Muslim" as if a billion people have identical beliefs and feelings.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      They've done careful studies, Brian.

      Only a small percentage of total Muslims are of the extreme variety who would kill "infidels" if they refuse to convert.

      Unfortunately, because of the great number of Muslims, that violent minority amounts to MILLIONS of people. You do the math.

      And then watch a couple of beheadings on the internet to allow reality to sink in.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        You are absolutely right that a VERY small portion of the Muslim population is extremist. What you fail to realize is that university studies indicate the representation of extremists across all major religions is relatively constant. There is nothing inherent in Islam that promotes extremism or violence any more than Christianity. If you want "reality to sink in" watch video of the OKC bombing, or read news of pogroms against Jews by Christian extremists. The generalization of "Muslims" as extremists is reprehensible. Americans need greater education about non-Christian religions so that the average citizen doesn't so easily by into xenophobic fear-mongering.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Re Brian

        I'll buy the assertion that the prevalence of religious extremist is reasonably distributed across all religions. Could you please identify some specific, recent, instances of violence, motivated primarily by religious identification, that don't involve Islam? Christian; Jew; Wiccian; Druid; Atheist?

        McVeigh doesn't work. While arguably a terrorist, the general record is he was motivated by anti-government sentiment, and not any real drive to slaughter the infidels...

        Pogroms? Ok, maybe. When was the last one? Are you really trying to argue that the "Christians" are trying to run the "Jews" out of the US? Probably a few, but thanks for playing...

        September 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      10% of all muslims worldwide are radical, fundamentalist.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        Flagrantly false. Unless you consider "extremist" and "fundamentalist" to mean disapproval of American policy. In which case, one could argue that a large percentage of European Christians are "extremist" and "fundamentalist." I sincerely hope you don't honestly believe any "statistic" (and I use the term loosely) that claims 10% of the Muslim population would advocate hatred and violence. Absurd. Having lived in Egypt and Morocco for several years, I can definitively say that "10% of Muslims" I encountered did NOT harbor any hatred towards me based on my nationality or religious preference. In fact, the only hostility I ever met in the Middle East was in regards to US policy towards Israel/Palestine.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Weinstein, your "source" is anything but reliable.

        September 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tim Martin

    Almost 3,000 people killed by Muslims on 9-11. One (1) Muslim killed in revenge by a crazy white supremacist who was convicted and sentenced to death. Over 230 million Americans did not seek revenge after 9-11 and you are trying to tell me that you live in fear. You have more of a chance being blown up by a fellow Muslim anywhere in the world that you do of being killed by an American. Get real. As for the vandalism at mosques . . . it occurs at churches and synagogues too. If there is any hatred of Muslims that is too bad but I would venture to say a lot of it is brought on by Muslim's actions around the world.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Seriously?

    I am a christian from Indonesia. In Indonesia where 95% are Muslim, we live in fear. Many churches were burnt. And even though the government is secular, many muslim still forces their view on us. In Indonesia, there are many cases where christians obtained the permit to build a church just to be banned by local muslim.

    Yes the majority of Muslim, those who are not that religious are good hearted and fine people. But the more religious they become, the more intolerance they become as well. Why? because there are so many things in their book (Al Qur'an) that can be interpreted to discriminate others. Many things that most people consider normal will be considered as an insult to Islam, thus it is their duty to defend Islam and do Jihad.

    I think Muslim are a peaceful community when they are the minority (like those who live in the US) and don't have the means to impose their views onto the majority. But when they ARE the majority, they tend to intimidate the other religion.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!

      There's nothing like a report from somebody who's in the middle of the danger to clear up the truth.

      I hope to soon see an article on CNN about the persecution of Christians in Indonesia. Will it happen? Not a chance.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan McCarthy

      Doesn't CNN have a way to 'like' posts? I don't have time to read them all, but of what I read this one is very good.

      I also feel compelled to say I reject all forms of discrimination and violent acts against random people. As an American I reject any American who threatens or carries out any violent act against anyone because of their religion or orientation. The transgressors mentioned in this article are not my fellows, they are of some other country that happens to have the same name. Such people should be prosecuted in accordance with prevailing standards of justice as with any thread or said act.

      Having said that I say boo on the concerns about racial profiling. As in all walks of life, what makes sense in the end is playing the odds. And despite having our share of indigenous crazies, radical violent-oriented Muslims are numerous despite being a small percentage of the Muslim population!

      I hear few actual acts of explicit condemnation as compared with the number of Muslims who claim that theirs have condemned violence numerous times. It leaves an impression that they (the vast majority) is either too scared or too sympathetic to make actual condemnations.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      Any Muslims care to answer this Indonesian Christian?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. taurus1353

    unless fair minded muslims stop ignoring and stop whining and claiming to be victims and aggressively confront the evil that hijacked their religion, they will always be associated to extremist muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. NAS

    Please write this name Ahmed Deedat in YouTube and you'll know what is Islam .......

    September 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      No thanks, NAS.

      I've already seen all the barbaric Muslims beheading innocent Christians and Jews that I care to see.

      But for people who have yet to understand that Islam is an evil cult of death, I recommend at least one viewing of a crazed Muslim hacking off the head of an innocent. It's very educational.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. taurus1353

    unless fair minded muslims stop ignoring and aggressively confront the evil that hijacked their religion, they will always be associated to extremist muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Exactly right.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      Tell me how I am supposed to aggressively stand up to extremists when I am working two jobs to put food on my table and take care of my son. How do you think I would find time,I could ignore my son and do it but then I would be a bad mother, I could quit one of my jobs but then I would be homeless. You act as if Muslims have nothing better to do during the day which is utter bs.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. harry

    In the US, we are much more at risk from the radical Christians than the radical Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prince

      I agree my son gets picked on in school by the PARENTS and TEACHERS because hes muslim. They call him things like terrorist boy and Osama

      September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      You're so full of it, Harry.

      But I DO hope you manage to get on a jetliner filled with crazed, barbaric, murderous Muslims . . . as opposed to a wild mob of Methodists or Presbyterians.

      I can't stand people who write such obvious nonsense as what you just wrote.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ..

    9/11
    many bombay bombings
    London bombing
    spain bombing
    israeli athletes at munich
    suicide bombings in iraq, afghanistan, etc

    September 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saud

      the US attack on Iraq killed more civilians in a year than all of those attacks combined.

      And you blame them for hating us?

      September 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts, Doesn't it?

      World War 1
      World War 2
      Holocaust
      Vietnam
      Hiroshima
      Nagasaki
      Iraq
      Afghanistan
      Palestine

      September 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ed

    You can't blame science for the atom bomb. That was created in the name of science. But it wasn't science.

    Can you imagine scientists creating articles like that on the anniversary of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I sure as hell can't. Yet in our culture of religious apologetics, this woman probably feels she's being noble by doing this. Three thousand people lost their lives that day, including Muslims. And all this woman could think was "Dear God, I hope people don't dislike my religion because of stuff like this."

    What a disgrace.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fn0rdz

      How exactly was the creation of the a-bomb NOT science?

      September 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ed

        It was responsible for creating the atom bomb. I was being sarcastic since Islam was responsible for creating 9/11. Yet the religious say religion had nothing to do with 9/11.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      Ed:

      Sadly, people ARE still blaming Islam for the tragedy of 9/11. If those terrorists were actually practicing Muslims, they wouldn't have killed those innocent people or even destroyed those properties! Theirs was a STRICTLY political, non-Islamic agenda.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ..

    read up on the following terms

    "peace of the kuraysh" see what happened to a poor tribe who THOUGHT They made peace with the early muslims
    "dhimmi" readwhat the term means
    "jeziya" a special tax on non-muslims
    "sharia" a law the muslim wants to impose on you
    "jihad" what b1n l@den was doing against you

    September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. US_Eurolad

    What Dude said... Iran has been hijacked by religious whackos and, surprise!! They hold all the people's hostage. Iran was a quite moderate and US backed nation for a long time. Islamofacists seize control and whaddya know?! Terrorist backed state. The younger Iranians are -not- fond of Islam hence why you saw a sort of half-hearted attempt to protest a few years back which was, of course, summarily crushed...

    September 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Muslimainsilence

    ALL religions, Countries, Islands, Skin color, States etc. have BAD people. All, not just Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexBrit

      Agreed.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  38. NovaMan999

    Science will someday disprove all the 'miracles' and 'supernatural events' that religious fanatics still attribute to 'god'.

    One thousand years ago, people perceived a solar eclipse as the act of some deity. But of course, science explained it. Same with 'near death experiences'. People claim to see god, etc. It's now being explained scientifically.

    Wake up, folks, and use your brains.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. NovaMan999

    I'm still trying to come to terms with the idea that otherwise rational people, with highly developed brains, would believe without one shred of evidence in any supernatural being with superpowers. I just don't understand.

    Not only are Muslims 'out of touch', but so are all other cults.. oops, I mean religions.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • taurus1353

      those so out of touch that can't seem to see the flaws of their own beliefs a.k.a. faith.
      atheism right? or is it humanist is that what you call your cult now?

      September 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Centrifuge

    " ... polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased."

    Well, what did you expect? The Mohammedans mount a sneak attack that kills 3,000 Americans – is that supposed to engender positive views of Islam? Or the mayhem that the Mohammedans inflict on each other in the name of the "Arab spring?" Or the endless stories about Mohammedan mobs that try to burn 13-year old Downs Syndrome girls alive for "blasphemy" on trumped-up evidence? Or the unending persecution of Christians and Jews wherever Mohammedan mobs roam? Or the endless suicide bombings? Or the "honor" killings of their own children? The Mohammedan viciousness seems to have no limit and you complain that people have a negative view of Islam? Get real.

    IIslam is a vicious, evil, destructive religion, and the enemy of the West – a fanatic theocracy run by deranged, bearded mullahs and iimams. Besides, we are now in the fourth jihad, not the third – the Mohammedans have previously waged wars of conquest on Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and India where they slaughtered half the population when they established the Mughal Empire. Islam should stay in its own domains – we don't need it encroaching on the West to spread its pernicious and nefarious doctrines, misogyny, primitivism, viciousness, and violence.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • lil

      The NYC college I work at has seen an increase in Muslims over the last few years that's nothing short of astronomical. And they're afraid of us?!

      September 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Genocyanide

    Islamic Terrorists have carried out more than 19,582
    deadly terror attacks since9/11
    Religion of peace? More like Religion of pieces

    TheReligionofPeace.com

    September 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      it's not so much the religion, but the people who use that religion as a tool for their hate and terror

      September 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Just call me Lucifer

        Yeah... maybe you remember why god supposedly told noah to build the ark... so he could wipe out all the people he didn't like, but save the animals. God is love though... right?

        September 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yo

        Exactly. Considering some of the behaviors have ben occurring before the advent of Islam, or if you took Islam away, these people would still behave the same way as the regions have been troublesome for centuries. Religion is just a reason du jour.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dude

        Yo, right on...

        September 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • asdfg

        i agree with dude. I know what happen on 9/11 was a disaster and the people who so call themselves "muslim" (which their not) were the cause of this. But if someone is going to blame Muslim's for what happened that day, then they should go to
        the library and do some research. If ur going to blame anybody, blame that group only for what happen, not the 5.1 billion people on earth that are muslim's for what happen. (did u know that many american's today are becoming muslim?)

        September 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dude

    The Iranian people are cool... especially when you look back at Persian history, and their advancements to math and science. Most people don't know this. Their current government, though, bl0ws, and the Iranian people deserve so much better than that, especially the women.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. tastycles

    Whatever. Other Muslims are probably more dangerous to you than anybody else.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. politico

    More peace-loving mooslums at work:

    "A booby-trapped car waited for the motorcade of the minister near the government offices and as soon as it moved, it exploded," a security source told Reuters. "A security car was totally destroyed and all its occupants were killed, but the minister survived because his car is armored."

    September 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Matthew

    People will respect Islamic nations when they do the same thing as Christian and other countries and allow the FREEDOM OF RELIGION into their borders and stop persecuting 14-year old girls with down syndrome or preachers for Blasphemy and other trumped up charges. Give real freedom to groups like the Assyrians in Iraq, the Coptics in Egypt, the Armenians and Greeks in Turkey, Christians in Lebanon, etc. That is when Islam will see worldwide respect.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      The issue here isn't other countries. It is muslims living here in this country. I don't care what they believe, as long as they follow the law and are each held accountable based on our laws. If an individual of any belief is a law abiding citizen, there is no reason to promote the notion of violating this person's civil rights or liberties. Seriously, some people here are condoning the idea of violence against law abiding people? Worse yet, putting in effort to create some kind of justification? There are real terrorists out there who should be sought out by the authorities. But what message are we sending the terrorists when we commit violence against law abiding citizens? That they've won because 1) we are incapable of finding actual terrorists and assault law abiding muslims and 2) that we have degenerated into assaulting fellow Americans and doing the work for the terrorists while they sit back and laugh at us? /facepalm

      September 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Belarius Marek

    We all live in fear. So....

    September 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ComeOnMan9

    That is an incredible amount of work for a bigot. There is only 1 God and you don't have the only claim to it.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bob

    Now they know how the gays feel in their countries.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiveFromATX

      This.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yo

        FAIL. Considering this is about Muslims living in America, their country is America. *sigh*

        September 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sumbhajee

    Pretty sure religion was invented to make people live in fear. Quite effective and longlasting I'd say.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Bill Dee

    Although 9/11 did compel some Americans to learn more about Islam, it also triggered a wave of anti-Islam feeling that has burgeoned.
    Welcome to what it's been like to be Jewish ... Not fun is it?

    September 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  51. American Buddhist

    Everyone should be able to live free from fear in this country. This is the land of the great. The worlds melting pot. If a group is saying they live in fear here, we should respect that feeling and try to bridge the gap, learn more about our American Muslim neighbors and try better as Americans to show them what being an American 'used' to be about. You know, the old days of when a new neighbor moved in you would bake them a pie and go say hello and welcome to the neighborhood? Where has that America gone? We are all so obsessed with our gagets and technology and the latest celebrity fad that we are losing what it really means to be American. Love thy neighbor, because they are not going anywhere and everyone could benefit from learning more about the world and people around them. As the late Rodney King would say, "Cant we all just get along?" Yes, there is bad people in this world, but they are of almost all religions, creed, status, country, etc, etc. Being Muslim or Christian or Hindu or anything else does not make someone a bad person, its what actions they take. You dont have to agree with someone to live in harmony, it just takes an open mind and willingness to reach out and love thy neighbor. The comments on this article here are full of hate for the Muslims and we wonder why they are fearfull? We need to be better then that and live up to the American values we all claim to love and cherish. But thats just the opinion of one Buddhist who loves all people and would like nothing more then to heal the world and bless everyone in it with peace and happiness. Bless you all.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts, Doesn't it?

      You just shut up, in last couple of months your fellow Buddhists have killed thousands of Muslims in Burma. The survivors are not allowed to talk to media and they are planing to kick out all the Muslims from Burma to Bangladesh.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CCWilliams

      I agree with you completely. So many of the comments are so hateful it's really upsetting. Saying things like people in the US deserve to be scared because they don't "assimilate" - I guess meaning that they don't choose to stop wearing the clothing that they should have the freedom to wear?? I have never been approached by someone trying to convert me to Islam or seen any Muslims holding up signs saying that I'm going to hell or anything of that nature. People should stop and put themselves in the shoes of others before fearing and hating them.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  52. Gsmack

    Opinion: American Muslims live in fear

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

    September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jeff Williams

    1800 responses yet only 8 pages here. I've seen at least 3 of my messages disappear today. What the hell is cnn doing?

    September 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  54. politico

    My "hope for the future" is that Muslims truly turn peaceful, or leave this country! Give my country back.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      Surprise!! Most (as in overwhelmingly vast majority) of Muslims are ALREADY peaceful! And American Muslims are as much owners of this (USA) country as any non-Muslim American.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • politico

        Surprise – Atta was peaceful in this country until 9/11. Not so much after that. Promote peace does not mean just don't do anything about terrorism. Denounce those fellow Muslims creating havoc and that religious book that promotes killing, that quaran thingy.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Sorry never will happen welcome to the end times

      September 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ahmed

    For those who said negatively about Muslims, what I believe especially after living in the United State its hard to see the truth whether it was a broadcasting news or another source. News and the culture in the United State will never let you understand what really happen in the world. So if you no nothing, you better be silent !

    September 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      Thanks for that biased, one-sided opinion from an outsider. Now get on your camel and go home – where you're not even allowed to have a TV.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        If you are not a Native Indian, you get on a boat and go back to whereever your forefathers came from. At least we did not wipe out the rightfull owner of this land.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • politico

        Gotcha there "Guest". I am Native American, and Son of American Revolution. But the N.A. were NOT the first settlers of this country. You want to go back any further in ancient history?

        September 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leonardo

      You see Ahmed, most Muslims no NOTHING about what being an American is. We don't FORCE clothing to be worn or force our females to be covered. THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE so I don't understand how Muslims fit in here.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Guess what – I know this might shock your worldview, but in Muslim-dominated democracies (as opposed to the authoritarian states where the people are just told by the government what to do), women aren't FORCED to wear certain clothes either. Visit Turkey or Indonesia, or hell, even Bosnia. I think you'd be shocked and (as you watched your baseless preconceived notions get shattered) horrified at how much freedom there is there. Don't judge a people on how they act in a country in which they are given no choice.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • A

        Dude, you are an overzealous bigoted sheep that is being led to slaughter by your beloved America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKEDAFUXUP!!!!

        September 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Io

        you make it sound like land of the ignorant, but i should not use you views to judge the rest of the country rite? maybe you should try that too.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernest

      To all Muslims: If you don't like America, then go back home.What are you waiting for?

      September 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. politico

    The government has put the TSA in place, so I don't have to live in fear. Har, har.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  57. dreamer96

    Has Mitt Romney, or Paul Ryan been to Southern California lately?? Something else that might be scary is large areas around LA region reported a foul smell Monday morning..over all of Southern California.big big area... A strong rotten eggs smell...That could be sulfur which smells like rotten eggs and there was a strong smell of rotten eggs before the New Madrid fault let loose with a 9.0 earth quake ....So what if Southern California, including the LA area is hit with a really big quake..a 9.0.. that area could have a 8.5 -9.0 quake..That would be a real mess...

    September 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dtrane

      lol....too funny

      September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. CALWolf

    "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"

    You mean that the wanton murder of 3,000 Americans by muslim radicals on 9/11 had nothing to do with it? Or the persistent relish with which muslim terrorists murder and maim inocent men, women and children all over the world?

    It's not that Americans know too little about islam. It's just the opposite: Americans and the rest of the world know about islam what islam has taught us about itself, and, I'm sorry, but that's all one needs to know. We didn't need to make it up, it's been there, on the front pages of every newspaper and in the headlines of every newscast, day in and day out: muslims sowing death and hatred from one corner of the world to the other, from Kabul to Buenos Aires, from New York to Madrid, senslessly murdering inocents, including other muslims.

    If muslims living in the US "are more fearful than a decade ago", maybe muslims around the world should stop and think that their actions have made the world a lot more fearful about them than it was a decade ago, not because of what isn't known about islam, but because of what is know about islam and because of what islam has taught the world about itself.

    Americans don't know that much about buddhism, or hinduism or other religions practiced elswhere; but we're certainly not afraid of them, because we haven't been forced to be afraid of them.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Very well put.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      And even 11 years after the 9/11 attacks, with all of the palaver coming from the agenda-driven, lying paid Islamaphobes, Americans now know even LESS about Islam than they knew about Islam the day BEFORE that tragedy!!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • THINK

      I know you obviously had strong feelings in this matter, but I ask you, why do you think Muslims have fled their countries and come to the US? For the same reasons the Pilgrims left Europe.

      While I really struggle with the way most of the middle east treats women and religious minorities, I realize that not every last man in the middle east is a wife beater and zealot. Frankly, if it was up to me, the problems could be solved in the middle east if they forced the men to cover up, only allowed them out with female relatives and gave them no rights.

      In this country, one must respect freedom of religion and thought as this is what makes America great. IFrankly, I do not trust most Christians because 90% of my close friends whom grew up in fundamentalist christian households where abused by their fathers. I struggle with the fact that this is a very small slice of Christians, yet I still have a lot of reticence when I first meet Christians. This is my personal struggle against my experience versus the actual facts. It is difficult, but I remind myself that there are good Christians, just as I remind myself there are good Muslims.

      Think about it. There were good Germans during Nazi Germany. A number of them tried to hide their Jewish friends during the war.

      Lumping everyone together and calling them evil lowers our beliefs to the level of ignorance. This is what you see on the nightly news with Pakistani's seeking the death of a poor child for allegedly burning pages of the Koran. Do not lower yourself to their level. You are not ignorant! Do not let the ignorant acts of others lead you to anger and despair and thoughtlessness.
      Peach and calm my friend.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        Very well said my friend. You may not even see my reply but I truly believe that everything you said is so true. People should NEVER be lumped into one big category when it comes to anything. Each individual has his or her on character. If we would all just stop and think....good post.

        September 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BAYGAL

      You are saying that all muslims comitted the treason that the terrorists committed. And for you to say that muslims should stop and think about how their actions have caused people to be afraid of them is absolutely insulting. Not all Muslims are bad and they should not be dealing with the aftermath of 1% of the muslims poplulation's wrong doing. Islam was not the only religion to commit terrorist attacks n American soil yet they are the bad people. Does that sound fair to you?

      September 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      All religions have their dirty laundry, to label the followers of any of these religions based on the acts of a few is wrong. I do not hate all Catholics because their priests are all rapists. I dont hate all Christians because of the crusades where they murdered millions, and I do not hate all Muslims because there are extremists around the world who have and still are committing some heinous acts of violence. And for anyone to do so is uninformed and uneducated. Yeh I see your point about seeing whats on the news, its compelling and I agree, we see alot of negativity, but that is the nature of our American society. We only publish the negative. I have served in Afghanistan and my opinions were greatly changed when I did. The majority of the young men I met while deployed would give the shirt off their back to a total stranger if only to be humble before their god. It was interesting to me. Just about every muslim I met would be willing to take a bullet in the face before they would denounce their religion. I dont know many followeres of other religions that would do the same. Final note before any accusations, I do not subscribe to religion but my beliefs most lay in line with Paganism.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Amen.
        Life is too short to have hate toward others . It took me a while to realize that but now I see people as they are and enjoy the company of friends from all walks of life.

        September 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      I agree totally

      September 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      You are so right. Does Sumbul know what Muslims do to Christians in their own countries?? Does Sumbul understand that wherever a muslim population gains any foothold such as in London or Paris they do everything possible to change the culture of the host country into some muslim extreme sharia – GIVE US A BREAK Sumbul.
      You know your culture has no business partaking in Western culture.......it is political correctness that has allowed you to even speak. For that matter Sumbul go back to your native country and try and speak your mind the way you to here and see what your own culture will do to you.

      September 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Isabella

    I am with you.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  60. 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 |
  61. 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 |
  62. 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 |
  63. Hal

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

    September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  64. 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 |
  65. 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 |
  66. 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 |
  67. 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 |
  68. 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 |
  69. 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 |
  70. 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 |
  71. 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 |
  72. Realness

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

    September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. 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 |
  74. 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 |
  75. 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 |
  76. 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 |
  77. 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 |
  78. 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 |
  79. 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 |
  80. 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 |
  81. T.Mabry

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

    September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  82. 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 |
  83. 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 |
  84. 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 |
  85. 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 |
  86. 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 |
  87. daveinla

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

    September 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  88. 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 |
  89. 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 |
  90. 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 |
  91. 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 |
  92. 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 |
  93. 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 |
  94. Gantry

    The Rapture already came. No religion made the cut :)

    September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  95. 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 |
  96. 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 |
  97. 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 |
  98. Kannan

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

    Sarcastic

    September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  99. 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 |
  100. cosmo

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

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