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September 11th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11

Editor's Note: Sumbul Ali-Karamali is the author of The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, and Growing up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam. She is on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and is a member of the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.

By Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Special to CNN

(CNN) - My father always told me never to talk about religion, politics, or other people’s children. He was part of a generation of American Muslims who wanted to stay quiet and assimilate into American life and not rock the boat. Growing up in Southern California, I tried to follow his advice.

But after 9/11, I found that I, along with other American Muslims,  have had little choice but to talk about religion.

Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide, American Muslims became objects of suspicion.

The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders.  Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence.

In the aftermath, amidst the fear and anger, many American Muslims realized that the reason Americans were so quick to believe the worst about Muslims after the horrific attacks of 9/11 was that Americans knew little about even the most basic tenets of Islam.

And we realized that if we didn’t explain our beliefs and traditions, then other people would write our stories for us.

Despite our efforts, that’s exactly what has happened.

Although 9/11 did compel some Americans to learn more about Islam, it also triggered a wave of anti-Islam feeling that has burgeoned.  And though there have been interfaith initiatives, books on Islam, documentaries, education efforts, and shows like "All-American Muslim," polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased.

Such trends cannot help but discourage even the most optimistic of American Muslims; many of us are more fearful now than a decade ago, and entire Muslim communities feel besieged.

Anti-mosque incidents have escalated in recent years. Earlier this summer, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, burned to the ground. Last year, Roger Stockham was arrested with explosives outside the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Michigan. An arson fire seriously damaged a mosque in Wichita, Kansas, last year. And incidents of mosque vandalism have become more common.

Hate groups have been on the rise, too; one of the most horrific hate crimes was the murder of Shaima Alawadi, a young mother who had received anonymous notes calling her a terrorist.

Almost every Islamic studies professor or speaker I personally know - whether they are Muslim or not - receives hate mail and sometimes death threats.

How has this happened in our country? There are many reasons. It is not simply a lack of information about American Muslims, but also misinformation and, in many cases, outright fabrications about what Islam entails and what Muslims believe. An example of one of the most ridiculous is the assertion that Muslims cannot abide dogs; we are so evil, apparently, that man’s best friend is our enemy. (See Muslims with Dogs, a website that flippantly dispels this nonsense.)

The Center for American Progress issued a report in 2011 which documented a small but extremely well-funded network of anti-Islam fear-mongers who have worked diligently to spread misinformation about Islam. Directly or indirectly, these fear-mongers fomented the “ground zero mosque” hysteria, promoted the film “The Third Jihad,” which the New York Police Department showed as a training video - and was strongly criticized for doing so - and have been responsible for Islamophobic advertisements on public buses all over the country.

This anti-Islam rhetoric has been connected to violence, too: Anders Breivik, who murdered more than 70 people in Norway, cited anti-Islam bloggers numerous times in his manifesto, in which his stance against “Islamization” was a clear theme.

It’s not just a lack of information on Islam that American Muslims have had to battle, it is an increasing body of vitriolic myths and tall tales about Islam and Muslims that we continually have to explain or dismiss.

Particularly frightening is the eagerness with which public figures and political officials have leapt onto the Islamophobia bandwagon. Peter King’s “Muslim radicalization” hearings,  Michele Bachmann’s baseless accusations of public officials being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the NYPD’s long-term spying on Muslim communities (which produced no leads) are just several examples of the increasing demonization of every Muslim and, increasingly, the entire religion of Islam.

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and Muslims comprise more than one-fifth of the world’s population. No religion can flourish for 1,400 years  without being flexible and adaptable.

The defamatory rhetoric directed at Muslims and Islam in this country has little to do with the actual religion or its adherents and everything to do with fear of the Other.

For American Muslims, the past decade has been tumultuous. We have emerged from private life to public life, into the public sphere in an effort to aid understanding between the communities of our multicultural country.

We do it not only for ourselves, but because irrational fear of Islam and Muslims is bad for all Americans: it frays the social fabric of our society; it creates divisions between Americans; it affects the health of our democracy; and it affects the wisdom of our policy choices.

In the last decade, I have encountered numerous Americans who understand this and who, despite the fear-mongers, have made remarkable efforts to connect with Muslims.

Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series.  They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women,  and gave me a standing ovation at the end.

They were one of the many moving examples of generosity and openness I have encountered in the past decade. And that, despite the discouragement and fear, is what gives me hope for the future.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

soundoff (2,533 Responses)
  1. amin49

    Thank god you can go to the Quran and quote verses from that you do not understand. "O ye who believe! Be Allah's helpers, even as Jesus son of Mary said unto the disciples: Who are my helpers for Allah? They said: We are Allah's helpers. And a party of the Children of Israel believed, while a party disbelieved. Then We strengthened those who believed against their foe, and they became the uppermost. (61:14).

    September 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogiK

      How about everone stop quoting from all religious fiction- thank you. (except Scientology of course – after all L Ron Hubard was a science fiction author – so at least he knew what he was doing and its a much better read...)

      September 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thats a clown question brah.

    Sounds reasonable...

    September 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry

    I have, over the years been acquainted with any number of perfectly ordinary, decent, good-hearted Muslims, who were just trying to get through their days, like anybody else. I have never met anyone who I would consider the slightest bit scary or dangerous.

    Why is it that whenever I pick up the paper, there is a retarded girl who's life is being terrorized by a mob? There's a crazy walking into a market and blowing themselves up? Entire Christian communities are threatened with extermination, based on trumped up charges? In the West, Muslim proselytizers may not be welcomed, but they don't face arbitrary arrest, torture or death. Not so in Muslim countries. The terrible treatment of Muslims in this country is outrageous, but I absolutely do not believe that practicing Christians, particularly those who have converted from Islam are going to find a bed of roses in the world of Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslim Guy

      If you take the word "Muslim" out of all these events, you will find that they are the same kind of things that happen here and all over the word by people of all backgrounds.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • MomofThree

        Call me crazy, but I think I know who would target me if I posted a cartoon featuring the figureheads of each religion.

        September 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Muslim Guy

    I just saw a post using my screen name pretending to be a Muslim and saying he wants to "behead people" That is the lowest thing I have seen here. If you want to discuss and learn that fine. If you have bias because of misunderstandings I can understand. But to pretend you are a Muslim and say outrageous things to make others think that is what Muslims believe, well that is very low.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pierre - Westmount

    Face the facts and take a good look at yourself in the mirror: it's not cartoons, movies, or ridicules about your so-called "religion" that makes you that way. You are the victim of Islam which is as mad and crazy as you described yourself. Birds of a feather fly together.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslim Guy

      You don't get it. This guy is not a Muslim. He is pretending so that he can make you think that's what we believe.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justin Case

    I find it quite telling of the high levels of ignorance of those lying and railing against Islam and Muslims, trying to relegate and limit Muslims to "go back to the desert". Wow. REALLY?? Even if we're American citizens that converted to Islam? Where, by the way, do those same imbeciles think Judaism & Christianity was founded? In a modern metropolis?? Are those sameS imbeciles suggesting that ALL Jews & Christians go back to the desert, where their religion was ALSO founded??!!

    September 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Agnostic

      All religion is vile and a waste of time. Is_lame is especially bad as its worshipers are about a 1000 years off the clock and think stoning and beheading is still in Vogue.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    I am not sure about this article. It talks about how Muslims live in fear in the US. When... shouldn't the proposed hypothesis be reversed, where Americans live in fear of Muslims because of the events of 9/11. NOT saying they SHOULD fear them, but that would be a more sound hypothesis.

    With that out of the way, I do not think Americans are leery of Islam because they nothing about it. I think Americans are leery of Islam because the vocal members of that crowd have made it blatantly clear that there is a war against the West, Israel, and the United States.

    This isn't some small minority, as many claim. Muslim extremism was seen today, when Egyptians stormed the US embassy, tore down the US flag, and replaced it with one with a slogan frequently used by Al Qaeda. It's not a stretch to connect those dots. At local campuses in San Diego, Muslims hold rallies where they chant "down down Israel! down down Israel!" so not only is this recent, but this behavior is local.

    I read articles that claim Muslims denounce the events of 9/11, but I have yet to see this first hand. Well known figures in the Muslim community are even hesitant to denounce groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda. What kind of impression is this supposed to bestow upon Americans that differs from the one they already have of this group of people?

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

    no death wish. we'll exercising our 2nd amendment.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. asdfg

    chirstians may also live in fear in muslim countries. Want to keep it that way??

    September 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Musa

    we are humans and we share all human characteristics of loving to life in peace, including Muslims.
    Thank you hate blogging team suerp job

    September 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rafacito

    I'm amazed how people in 21st century can still believe in any religion? they all major BS.its so obvious that bearded man in the sky doesn't exist but still millions follow that madness....

    September 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Musa

    there are so many groups and sects that live in the USA, Muslims too, working very hard to build their families. the melting bot USA melts every thing, it is very hard to find a 3rd generation muslims here.
    Islam is a nother religion that is full of love and respect to the community and neighbors. but some as christinaty uses some verses in a wrong way and they should not , one single muslim pay the price for it, I respect all religions regardless

    September 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Coleman

      Respect Agnosticism and grow a brain Willis!

      September 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Hitchens

      From the quran:

      9:5 When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way. God is forgiving and merciful."

      Kind of hard to misinterpret that...

      September 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mitur Binisdirty

    In response to this article, GOOD. If muslims were tolerant, normal people there wouldn't be these problems.They have miserably failed to assimilate in American society. England has already been over run by these camel jockies, mohammed was the most popular baby name, are you friggin kidding me.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafacito

      lol nice comment..France has the same problem by now they probably wish that they would've never let them in..too late now

      September 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CJ

    Explain to me how this paragraph belongs in a story about American Muslims? "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."

    To include Norway the author has opened the door to including violence of all religious groups around the world? By adding this comment, it is has become more of an international us vs them article, which is fine, but that is not how this article was framed. The battle between religions has been going on since their start and to think they will be ending before the world ends is a tall order.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Musa

      I warn you as you deal with will trained hate Islam bloggers. they are good at it and have books to guide them to that kind of work. all Americans know a good Muslim in their neighborhood

      September 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TheGuyWithAHugeGun

    At my school,there are so many muslim women who wear those robes and cover their face.Everyday,I am in fear that one will blow up and kill all those wround them.Do NOT trust those people.They are vile to the core and do NOT know the meaning of kindness.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. LogiK

    If you hate Western culture why would you move here – it slays me to hear them whine. Convert and melt in the pot,fit in, stop beheading people. IWhat if I moved to Iran and complained that there was no Applebees and Liquor Deot on every block....see that wouldn't be a good fit for me...so I WOULD NOT MOVE THERE. Our country – leave and go practice your mythology in some other sand-hole.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bea Arthur

      I agree with this man.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      What should the American Muslims do, those that have been born and raised here all their lives, like me? Other then the hijab I fit in just fine.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Arvee

    I'm sure she means well, but until Islam takes out its garbage, the foul odor will remain. America has the most religious tolerance on the planet. If they can't get along here... something is wrong.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Musa

    I hope that Israeli expert hate bloggers are working hard on this report

    September 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogiK

      You didn't get the memo- its all their fault...being productive and successful in that region- what the heck are they thinking!

      September 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Josie

    I have had Muslim friends growing up, and they were wonderful people. I know a few now that are also nice. But I have dealt with more "traditional" ones out in public. Ones that because I am female will not talk to me (hard when I am at work and they are the customer and women are the only ones working that shift). I've gotten glares, been put down, ect. Now I am in the middle of the country, but it does happen. People it was 11 years ago. I've heard many Muslims claim that if they were to state they were against the attack then they would be attacked themselves for not being Muslim enough. It's sad when a violent group not only attacks other countries but attackes their own culture and religions. I've taked World Religion, studied the history of the religion. It started in violence, and most likely will end in violence.

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

      not sure what hate school did you go to, again I hope you are not a paid hate blogger. the blogging on this topic sounds like very organized toward hate. very good jon hate blogger team

      September 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. LogiK

    Easy fix: become Agnostic. I find I have so much extra time now that I don't worry about a magic bearded man in the sky all the time.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • American777

      times up.... then what ?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LogiK

        I'm sure the magic bearded man will understand why I didn't believe in him and still give me my cloud, wings, harp, and virgins...besides he didn't get to be a magic bearded man n the sky by being pety and vindictive did he?

        September 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. NorCalMojo

    Conversion is always an option. Apostacism isn't illegal in the US. There comes a time when you have to stop living in denial and admit that moderates are the exception and not the rule. Islam has some very deep seated problems today and it's time to fix it or quit whining. Anything less will be seen as double speak. That's not going to change.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Cheryl

    I frankly do not like Islam. The veiling of women and the many attacks against them, the violence of the men, the overall backwardness of the culture–I find it all distasteful and disturbing. If you are frightened here and I do wonder why you are here. The Muslims come to this country and many European countries as well because their home countries are such a very unpleasant place to live and yet they do not assimilate. I think that is what annoys me the most–they come here to escape whatever at home and yet continue to promulgate the unpleasant culture they left.
    As a woman, I do not like to see women veiled. I wonder just what they are thinking seeing me with my hair uncovered and my cosmetics. I pretty well know.
    No, I do not like Muslims. I would never bear them ill will but as a group, the followers of that religion disturb me. I really wish they would not come here. Stay in your own country where you belong.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      Too bad for you some of us Muslims were born here in the US and my family has been here for generations. I chose to wear the Hijab of my own choosing, my husband would rather me not. I am not forced to wear it.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIke Savick

      Have you ever talked to any American Muslim women? I suspect not. Blind hatred is too easy. Like other new or old immigrants they come in different flavers. Some are very assimilated, or are converts, others wear traditional dress and are very conservative just like any other Americans. You will find great variations of dress and practice among American Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddists, etc. Open up to the world around you, You might develop great friendships. America would be a very dull place if all we had was English food!

      September 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Christopher Hitchens

        Keep apologizing for a sick, twisted religion. All religions are nutty, but Islam takes the cake on violence in the name of religion. But, like I said, keep apologizing.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sajjad

      Hello Cheryl,
      I understand your fear, being a muslim, I would like to allay some of it.
      To answer your concerns. Some muslim women cover their hair because it is ordained from God. They cover their hair not because they are forced but by choice, Catholic nuns/sisters also do the same. It is true that a lot of muslims left their country because of persecution. They came to this country because of religious freedom. I believe it is still one of the best countries to live because most people are very tolerant and very nice.
      And as for your assertion, If somebody does not cover their hair, we make no judgement because we believe, your religion is yours and mine is mine. I really hope if you spend sometime reading about Islam, you will not see it as a religion of hate but the opposite. What Osama Bin Laden did was not Islamic, please Dont judge this religion by him.
      Thank You

      September 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. asdfg

    you spelled Jesus wrong

    September 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogiK

      No he didn't – he was being Ironical and stuff. Google it you non SImpsons watcher!

      September 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. marctheduck

    What a flippin' bleeding heart joke! This article on poor mistreated Muslims comes at the same time as they're attacking our embassy. If they're so afraid here than why are they here? No one sent for them! Maybe if they could just learn to get along with other people they wouldn't find themselves so feared. And any reaction they detect is because WE are afraid of THEM.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      "Get along"?

      You're obviously convinced that the entire population of Muslims in America are irritable, hostile toward the those living there. You forget that when those towers came crashing down, countless in not only the US, but around the world, were entrapped in the fear of being misunderstood. There are sincere Muslims trying to reconnect that bridge between them and the American people. But what they receive, mostly, is hate.

      So do you blame them for fearing you?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • American777

      timed well too...

      Hey let's publish a pro-muslim acticle on 9-11

      no reason............. just sound journalism

      September 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jeff

    To all of you who are trying to make Islam look like nothing but a violent, hate-filled religion, here's something to consider: Islam is the youngest of the major world religions and when Christianity is as old as Islam is now we had the Crusades and the Spanish Inquistion. Chew on that for a awhile.

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

      Cry me a river, Jeff. And do it over the wall at the 9/11 memorial. It's just so sad...

      September 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Do you really think you're clever with that logic? I sincerly hope you're 16 years old and just learning to use your critical thinking skills. Trying to establish a moral equivalence between things going on today to practices that were condemned and stopped centuries ago is outright stupid.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogiK

      Yes that was the "Middle Ages" some of us advanced since then...others...not so much...

      September 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bzcoolness

    Ever heard of the phrase "Don't feed the trolls"?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Shak

    Anyone who burns a Holy Book is a bigot and you sir are one.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Hitchens

      don't speak to me of your "holy book", which specifically allows and calls for the physical abuse of women, the rape of children-brides, and the murder of those who believe differently. there's nothing holy about your book.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mohamiss Shafik-Kaddir

    Muslims may kill Infidels because Allah considers the unbeliever a souless animal .
    The world belongs to Allah , and Allah alone .
    Inshallah , Allah will have revenge upon the Kaffir and the Infidel .
    Islam is peace , the only hope for humanity , convert to Islam before it is too late for you .
    To know Islam is to know peace .

    September 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      It is people like you who make Muslims like me ashamed that you are a Muslim.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • marctheduck

        Yeah, Shak, we are starting to get a little fed up now...

        September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Muslim Guy

        He is no Muslim or at least a very uneducated one. Allah never said a Kafir is a soulless animal. Kafir can refer to many things. A Muslim can be a "Kafir" if he disbelieves in Allah's mercy on him. Kafir means not to believe. There are many different levels of this. Chirstian and Jews are considered "People of the book" and are not "infidels". The work "infidel" is not the translation of "Kafir". Its a common uneducated mistake.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      I'm with Shak. Being a Muslim myself, advocating and struggling to convince the world that our religion has been twisted so wrongly by these horrible extremists... "Muslims" like you sicken me. Take your worthless crap elsewhere.

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

      I disagree.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Your short-sightedness makes me feel quite badly for you. Educate yourself.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      Just shows you are incapable of reading the post above you, not you anonymous

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Questioning your motives

      So you will state here that Israel has a right to exist and Hamas is a terrorist organization. If you won't or can't then are you one of them........everyone has a right to exist, infidel or not. Muslims are not chosen people and do not have the right to say one religion is better than another......when the tone of the Muslim world is acceptance, then I will believe they practice what they preach.....

      September 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        I have no qualms with the right to exist for Israel and Hamas and Hezbollah are both terrorist organizations. There I do have issues with Israeli foreign policy but it has a right to exist as a nation.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • musa01

      you seems to Hate Muslims regardless, very cruel. while we stand with peace, love, and coexistence unfortunately, Muslims and their history if you really want to know the truth, tell greatly how they took the protected the Jews when the christian did the murder courts to Jews in Europe with Bible interpretations. the Jews were taken with all love and respect and lived for centuries in piece and tranquility in all Muslim countries. BUT if Hate is your message, I doubt any thing will help you put thing in real life perspectives and not judge all Muslims for 9/11, as Many Muslims were in the world trade center and died same as many other non Muslims. I advise you to look what happen to those who are about 30 Muslims from all parts of the world , and what happened to their families and why you did not hear about them???
      they were working there as any other american and lost their life's too.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. NorCalMojo

    If moderate Muslims really want to be accepted, they would be joining the rest of us in condemning the actions of Islamic fundamentalists on 9/11. No buts, no howevers, no excuses. The fact that they are choosing to use the day to whine and play victim is pretty poor taste.

    It's insult to injury and will only make people question their loyalties.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Moderate and Progressive Muslims have been condemning the atrocities of September 11, 2001 since September 11, 2001. You haven't been listening.

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

        They haven't been protesting loudly enough for anyone to hear. What I DID hear, loud and clear, was Muslims at the convenience store LAUGHING and SMILING about it. Now tell me again that Muslims disapproved. Yep, that's sure what it looked like to me. ... NOT! And for this article to appear today, of all days, in in extremely poor taste! You are not going to get a lot of sympathy for 'those poor Muslims" on this, the anniversary of the most heinous act they ever committed.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      I listen, I've heard lukewarm condemnations that quickly turn into whine fests about how people shouldn't criticize Islam.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        I repeat: you haven't been listening. Your prejudice has plugged your ears.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Justin Case

    That a rather common lie told against the Prophet. (Yawn) What else do you have....?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Shak

    I'll say this for those of you who hate Muslims, you are doing a great job for extremists. You are feeding into the propaganda they tell people that America hates Muslims and you are doing jack to nullify that argument by that. I do hope you are proud of yourselves, generalizing 1.4 billion people around the world. As an American born and raised and a Muslim it makes me sad to call you fellow countrymen. You don't know me yet hate me due to my religion and only that.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB1790

      You're partly right. Here's a good suggestion. Why doesn't the Muslim community do a little public relations and get it clear in the heads of the American public exactly what sects want to behead us because we're infidels and what sects are tolerant enough to not care about other religions? Because it is indeed confusing. If you go to Wikipedia or a book on Islam, there are a bajillion different sects, that not only are they hard to pronounce and memorize, it's hard to discern what they believe. I for one am not stupid enough to believe that ALL Muslims would like to get rid of all non-Muslims, but I do know for a fact that they at least SAY they exist. That's from watching footage of the stuff and watching the towers go down.

      You have to forgive Americans. We started out as Protestants who left Europe because the Catholics were not too pleased with us. Then we got our panties in a wad because we didn't think the King of England was giving us a fair shake. So we decided form our own country and make our own laws. However we made a horrible mistake. We assumed (wrongly) that we were all, for the most part, Protestant Christians in some for or another. So, aside from some Catholics and a few Jews here and there, we've not been that exposed to other cultures outside of restaurants, travel and film. That is until the past few decades. And we're very slow to catch up.

      So with over 200 years of history in dealing with either you're a Gentile, a Jew or a non-believer AND either you're a Protestant or a Catholic if you're Christian, most are just not that familiar with anything else. Hell we thought Communists were atheists for years there until Regan ended the cold war and we got to know our Russian comrades a little better. There were even stories that the Chinese ate little kids, until Walmart showed us that they were alright, just wanted to earn a little money.

      So, why doesn't the Muslim community do some kind of PR work and educate all of us ignorant, racist Americans as to exactly WHO you are and WHAT your intentions are. Because, our economy is in the crapper, we've got spiraling debt and we're just not at our best. Meaning that there's other great places to live, like France for instance. So WHY are you hear, WHO are you and WHAT are your intentions? THAT might put everyone a little bit more at ease.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        I am here not hear because I am an American and love my country. I recently got a job as well. I don't have to justify why I am here as this is my country of birth. I want to live a fear free life, raise my son, see Bama win NT number 15, play video games, pray 5 times a day and one day go on Hajj. My family is a mix of catholics, agnositcs, wiccian's, and I am peaceful...well unless you count my MIL then it can get catty at times. I am not more or no less an American then you are and at least 95% of American Muslims are too.

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

        Why doesn't the Muslim community just do a little PR work to show they're not evil? They shouldn't have to. The problem lies with the people who look at a loud minority and proclaim them to be the "typicals" without bothering to look at the silent majority. 99.9% of Muslims (I'm sure the number is even higher) hate the terrorists as much as we (the non-Muslims) do, if not more, since the radicals are the ones giving everyone else a bad name.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • American777

        AMEN !

        and police your own bunch for us, would ya...

        You live among them – root out these "extremists" for us would ya please.
        It would be some great PR and perhaps endear you to us a bit.
        Or are these "extremist" accomplishing your dirty work for you while you sit back a snicker – he he he
        did you see what happened today – he he he
        Brother Ismael flew de jet go boom – he he he

        What are you American Muslims doing to combat Islamic Terror groups – Jack Squat !

        show us Mr. Bigtime – bring thier heads in on a platter- I hear you guys are real good at it
        Bring us the terrorists, round 'em up, you know who they are hagi

        September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • American777

      yep, any body with another viewpoint other than your own is a "Hater"

      and you sir are a hypocrite because you just did the same thing... you just threw all us fine americans (other than yourself) in the same box.

      hearing you say that about my fellow Americans concerns me ABOUT YOU ! and justifies our concern about muslims living in our country – that don't feel like they belong and maybe feel the need to do something about it – WARNING !

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

        You must have missed my first statement when I said those who hate Muslims, ie that group and that group only, not All Americans.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      So what? They're backwards fundies that make your average trailer park look like a place of enlightenment and culture.

      The worst they can do is make life a hell for Egyptians. The fundies are no real threat to the US.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. kamarasune

    Meanwhile the peace loving M uslims of Egypt stormed our embassy today, desecrated our flag all because they "think a film recently made maybe be offensive"????

    To top it off they replaced our flag with one of their own: Black with the writings that "their god is the only god...."

    Islam has shown itself to be the enemy over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    At this point I've ran our of cheeks to turn.....

    September 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      So because a mob of morons in another country does something stupid its ok to terrorize and demonize those who live here who have no part in that. What the hell kind of logic are you using?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • J6

        And those peace loving Muslims in America cheered and celebrated, when the towers came down on 9/11.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • bzcoolness

        J6 – Do you have any proof that they did? Please. I'd love to see a video of that. Because all the Muslims I know absolutely hate the terrorists as much as we do, if not more.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        J6, how about a source, a reliable source (not Faux News) for your accusation? It didn't happen.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      meanwhile the us continues to support dictatorships around the middle east, i think they have a right to be mad

      September 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      Really J6, want to point me to proof of that like a video if you can. In case you missed it there were Muslims killed in the twin towers, not the hijackers, Muslim first responders as well.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • J6

        Patterson NJ has a Muslim population and were dancing in the streets on 9/11. Any simple search can find the information. I remember people complaining about it and the police were sent to protect them. How ironic.

        September 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        And your proof, J6? Where is it? What are your sources? It didn't happen.

        September 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Surthurfurd

    Lots of stone casting.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB1790

      By Muslims at people for stupid offenses.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. cnnsux

    European muslims are ruining everywhere they go and cant be rooted out ..... now on to america DONT LET HAPPEN force them out and dont let em back or else one night they will come for you and cut you head off and force your kids at knife point to convert just ask the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt it happens weekly

    September 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Surthurfurd

    There are many here who proudly hate while declaring others as irrational for doing the same.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB1790

      I think 911 is a pretty rational reason. Why don't you poll Jews and ask them how they feel about Nazis. I mean by your logic, they should only not like the actual Nazis who committed war crimes.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Josephus

    Islam=Death

    End the silence and speak the truth

    September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Michelle

    I take issue with you referring to the murder of Shaima Alawadi in your opinion piece. It has since been determined her own family staged her murder to appear as a hate crime when in fact her killing was committed by her own daughter and/or husband. Neither one will ever be brought to justice because they returned to Iraq. Do not count her murder as a "hate crime" – her own family killed her and staged it to look like a hate crime – police have already figured that out, you should too.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomofThree

      I had posted something similar earlier, although I rambled a bit more...I never saw a final determination of what happened to her...only that the FBI were investigating the murder as the husband, son and daughter flew off with the deceased for burial in Iraq. What was the latest update on this?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michelle

        There is a report or two her husband and daughter have returned to the US, but I have a hard time believing that because if they had, there would be an update from El Cajon police or the FBI that they were investigated and questioned. The police do not doubt the murder was staged as a hate crime, badly staged since it was quickly determined it was not a hate crime. The first clue for me was the daughter over-the-top theatrics on the news – it was pure acting, so extreme it was unreal, not the last bit genuine. If they are still in Iraq, they get away scott free. If they have in fact returned to the US – where are they and why haven't they been arrested are two darn good questions. Bottom line is, her murder was NOT a hate crime unless you consider it a hate crime when your own daughter and husband kill you.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Crusader

    So Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali

    Can you tell me if Christians live in fear in your native or your parents' native country? Wherever you came from.

    Can you tell me if Christians live in fear in any Muslims country?

    Can you tell me why aren't you writing story about the plight of Christians living in muslim countries?

    And for your information, I am a new American generation and my philosophy is simple. If you Muslims persecute Christians, then we Christians shall persecute Muslims. I am not a liberal fool and I don't believe in political correctness. And I am not the only one with such beliefs.

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

      You seem to not have read much of Jesus' teachings. So do not claim to be a Christian as you promote an anti-Christ message.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • azf2

      mr. or mrs. crusader,

      i've been to muslim countries and seen churches and christian schools. when there's a single attack on a church in egypt its international news. but consider that there are thousands of churches in muslim countries – those are isolated instances. as the article mentions, mosques have been burned down and attacked in the US. someone could present a list of that to give an image that there's horrible persecution of muslims here

      September 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SB1790

      Crusader, wow! I'd like to buy you a cup of coffee. My sentiments exactly!

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

        I'd like to buy you BOTH an entire RAIN BARREL of coffee 'cause you need to wake the HELL up!! No good comes from promoting and propping up lies and misinformation against others, particularly when you know little to NOTHING ABOUT THEM!!!

        September 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Crusades were a moron convention

      She is an American she can neither be the amadador of all Muslim countries nor speak for all instances of what Christian's face.

      I can speak for myself and of greater concern is not Christans living in fear but everday American's who should live in fear of so called "Christians". So mr. Crusader....tell me this, what is the difference between an radical muslim who acts out hate in the name of religion and a pro-lifer who acts out hate in the name of religon.

      Becareful how far you cast out the net to round up the radical religious because it seems you may just snag yourself.

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

        Well put. Thank you.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. hrpufnstuf

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

    Don't remember seeing that. DO remember seeing Muslims ALL OVER THE WORLD celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center (the third time by Muslims, and by far the most "effective" one, in their opinion).

    Muslims in America: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • azf2

      that is completely false that Muslims all over the world celebrated. i'm sure there were a few people here and there but most Muslims condemned it. across the river you had dancing israelis (look it up) so isolated celebrations were not confined to Muslims

      google "muslim groups condemn 9/11" and you'll see that all major muslim groups condemned the 9/11 attacks soon after they happened

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

        I saw it with my own eyes in NY

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

        A few people here and there? No, we remember VERY well all the news footage from around the world of COUNTLESS Muslims dancing in the streets and celebrating – LARGE crowds doing so. I do not remember one single Muslim denouncing that.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • American777

      Dancing in the streets – shooting thier AK47's up in the air

      It was a Great Victory for Islam – Celebrated by millions !

      I saw it too bro....

      September 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • joan

        me too

        September 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cnnsux

    read this before cnn takes it down Beslan school hostage crisis muslis klled 384 children .... The "Yellow house" in Albania, involved in the organ theft of ethnic Serbs... Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Rodionov a Russian soldier who was taken prisoner and later beheaded in Chechen captivity for his refusal to convert to Islam video was taped and given to his mother he was 19 .... .35 Serbian Orthodox church-buildings were desecrated, damaged or destroyed, and six towns and nine villages where ethnically cleansed by kosovo muslim Albanians (2004) look it all up on Wikipedia make up your own mind dont have muslims tell you there lies about there pagan Religion

    September 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • azf2

      and the serbs killed hundreds of thousands of muslims in the Bosnian war. The atrocities were mostly committed by the Serbs. And if you want to go back further, from 1820 to 1920, 5 miliion Muslims were killed and 5 million expelled from southeastern Europe

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

      Well that's good enough for me, if it's on Wikipedia then it must be true. Get a life!

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

      Are you listing all the horrors done by those who claim to be acting in the name of Christianity? Or the horrors in the name of the US? You are as blind as those who hate the US because they only can see the evil the US has done and are proudly ignorant of the good we have done. Of course, ignorance is bliss.

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

        i don't mean it offend what u said, but your doing the exact same thing only toward muslims

        September 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Io

    I'm guessing you took a survey or at least looked at some proper analysis, not just throw our general uninformed phrases like "Majority of " to make it sound as if you know what you are talking about.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. SB1790

    Well storming the U.S. embassy, burning the U.S. flag, bombing the World Trade Center, suicide bombing articles appearing every other day in the news and rants by nut jobs clamoring for all Muslims to kill infidels (basically all non-Muslims) does tend to put one a bit on edge when a mosque gets built in a place like Tennessee. Since it's now politically incorrect to voice your own personal opinion of Islam for fear that you'll end up on some CNN news segment accused of having committed a racist hate crime, people have some pent up frustrations. It also doesn't help that relieving some of the frustration through outlets such as humor puts you on a hit list. I'm not even sure how to begin to tackle the problem that not only does the average American NOT understand how to pronounce the bajillion different sects of Islam out there, they also don't know the difference between most of them. After 911, if you hear the words Muslim and Jihad together it's reasonable to assume some feelings of resentment are going to come to the surface.

    Put it this way, it would be like marching a Nazi flag through a Jewish neighborhood in New York. Now I'm sure that there were some good Nazi people who wouldn't have harmed a soul and they they were just caught up in the whole national movement thing back then. But it's probably still not a good idea to wear a swaztika on your arm anywhere in Germany or Israel unless you want arrested or shot dead, no questions asked.

    America is indeed supposed to be set up for religious freedom and equality for all. However, in reality, it's just human nature to be a tad bit leery of a group who claimed responsibility for 911. So, if say, the Southern Baptist Convention decided it wanted to go to Saudi Arabia, Iran or Afghanistan and start building churches, handing out Bible tracts and trying to recruit children for Sunday School, what do you think would happen? Everybody just smile and ask you over for dinner so they could listen to your view points? Really?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • American777

      well writen...

      you sir, are a fine AMERICAN !

      September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rakwitiushbulbma Saritaharitha LaRapadademerious Jones

      What you have to say sir, is in my opinion, the truth. I fear that America is turning into something like the Balkans were in 1914. However, if we were to be honest with ourselves, there are good AND bad people in any community worldwide.

      It's a sad fact that people HATE one another just because of the color of their skin/race/religion, etc. If a person is on a highway in a huge desert, and their car breaks down and they go without water for 3 days, do you (the generic "you"!) think that they would care what color/race/religion of that person who came along and stopped and helped them? I think not!

      September 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Carmen

    How muslims feel and the author that today on the aniversary of 9/11 , muslims storm to the USA Embassy in Cairo, with the police looking, ripped our flag and replaced it with the murder ,pedophiles muslims
    And where are the words of outrage from the USA, muslim nations and others?
    One more example of what is to be a muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  44. 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 |
  45. 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 |
  46. 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 |
  47. 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 |
  48. 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 |
  49. 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 |
  50. 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 |
  51. 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 |
  52. 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 |
  53. 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 |
  54. 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 |
  55. 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 |
  56. 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 |
  57. 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 |
  58. 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 |
  59. 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 |
  60. 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 |
  61. 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 |
  62. 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 |
  63. 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 |
  64. 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 |
  65. 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 |
  66. 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 |
  67. 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 |
  68. 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 |
  69. 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 |
  70. 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 |
  71. 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 |
  72. 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 |
  73. 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 |
  74. 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 |
  75. ..

    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 |
  76. 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 |
  77. ..

    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 |
  78. 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 |
  79. 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 |
  80. 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 |
  81. 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 |
  82. 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 |
  83. 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 |
  84. 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 |
  85. tastycles

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

    September 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  86. 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 |
  87. 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 |
  88. Belarius Marek

    We all live in fear. So....

    September 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  89. 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 |
  90. 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 |
  91. 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 |
  92. 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 |
  93. 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 |
  94. Gsmack

    Opinion: American Muslims live in fear

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

    September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  95. 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 |
  96. 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 |
  97. 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 |
  98. 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 |
  99. 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 |
  100. 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 |
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