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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. Talkie Guy

    Everyone who is not corrupted knows that there is One Creator, The Lord of Hosts, before we were, he was. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He gave us Christ to save us. This Lord whose love and Grace goes beyond our natural understanding created People, i, Obama, Romney, Abdullah Nasrallah, Bibi, Ahminejad(spelling), Putin, Mandela, in short all races. We are told he loves all but hates sin, that is he loves sinners but hates sin. We are further told the Lamb came down here for sinners like me. We are further told to test those who claim to be Prophets. Prophets of the one and true God are true and do his will. And one of my favourites we are told the first fruits amongst us chosen to rule with the Lamb are virgin Men chosen from every nation/race/tribe who always follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Illuminatus

      Interesting little story. Let me ask you a simple question if I may. Do you think that if God (likely a man-like figure according to you description) really existed, he would – just out of boredom – one day tell himself: "Let us create man, and put him on trial just for fun. Should he behave he would join us in heaven and chant for ever amongs the angels, and if not burn in the fire for ever"?? What kind of god would that be? A "loving" one? An allmighty one? Would that be just? Or simply retarded?

      September 21, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Galt Ramirez

    I have many Muslim friends but life here in America and indeed in any Western european and Christian country is vastly superior from a freedom perspective especially for a woman. There are rights in place and laws that protect everyone. It is just sad that so many Muslims make war on this nation. If she needs further enlightenment I suggest a stroll through the Middle East, dressed in a Western way and unaccompanied by a man.. she will quickly find out who is more tolerant and who is not.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Davonskevort

    We arent going to get rid of islam.... God will get rid of islam.. can you imagine how bad it will be for aliens who make contact with humans in the future if we become an islamic planet???? we will make klingons look like bunch of realy nice guys. Could you imagine an alien invasion just because your religion gives you a green light to kill anybody or thing that isnt your religion? we alway show them based on resources as the cause of invasion.... never just simple religious motivations.

    September 21, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. CommonSense

    Well, I don't think Muslims in America are nearly as threatened or persecuted as Christians are in Islamic / Muslim nations. You can't be a Christian and live without being hung or beheaded nearly anywhere in the Middle East. I'd say Muslims have it easy hear actually.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Reasoning Mind

      Muslims today are a bad example of following Islam. The true and real followers of Islam are not easily found. I would call past few centuries dark ages of Islam. If we look at muslim societies from 700-1400 AD, we find a completely differnet, very tolerant, knowledge oriented and sophisticated Islamic society.
      Comparing US to today's muslim countries struck by dictators, poverty and all 3rd world social evils is not a good idea. US is a great country founded on principles of equality, tolerance and social justice. We never want US to compare to bad standards.

      September 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear R Mind....Well said...

        September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoeBobMohammad

    Muslims live in fear they can not kill enough of the infidals before theyre caught and defeated! Murders who preach murder as a religion are still MURDERS!

    September 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh Really?

      Sounds a lot like what you're preaching. See an irony there? Probably not.

      September 20, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear Roelof... I am Muslim but in CA... I don't live in fear here... just curious why do you think they live in fear in ME... Thanks...

    September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Born here

    Muslims should live in fear of Sharia Law and their own iconoclastic fixation. They are doomed as a culture.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Born here... be American... be happy... don't worry about Muslims... if you think we are doomed... hey you got a right to say what you like to say... so am I... BUT LETS NOT FIGHT... ALREADY WE GOT ENOUGH PROBLEMS TO TAKE CARE... THANKS... TAKE CARE...

      September 20, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Terencio

    She would need to admit the monumental failures of Islam if she wants any positive bounce from this article. Her steadfast adherence to Islam as the religion of peace and Muslims being innocent victims just doesn't ring true. It's hypocrisy for her to claim misinformation is the problem when she does this white washing.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cranky john

    Good!!!!!!! maybe now they know how Americans feel when they visit or have to visit Muslim dominated countries
    Perhaps they will tell their countrymen what it feels like to be hated for just being a westerner infidel

    September 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance

      i agree !

      September 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phillylady66

    Good! It will keep them out of trouble!

    September 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    I am an American by birth. From several generations of immigrant Europeans. Fortunately for me I was never exposed to any religious beliefs. My mother worked hard and long hours to take care of the two of us. I became interested in God the Creator while at college studying science and physics! Surprised no doubt. Also, I never hated other people for stupid reasons like race, color or creed. I met the local Muslims and began asking questions. After three weeks, they explained that none of them were qualified scholars, but loaned me an A. Yusuf Ali translation of the Quran and encouraged me to read it thoroughly. I was amazed at how simple it was to understand and how "right" it seemed to me. Before the end of college, I took the "Declaration of Faith" and was later given a new hard bound Quran of my own. That was back in 1980. I still study Islam.., plus Judaism, Christianity, Budhism and other belief systems. I now have a better understanding of the " Truth". Not just about the Creator and His Creation, but of many aspects of human history. We are all being manipulated by groups that have been around for a very long time. By hiding the truth from us and causing us to hate and fight each other, they move forward with their sick agendas. We should all search for truth regardless of who or where it comes from. This must be done with an open mind and prayer. We must come together as a unified force if we are to survive! May all mankind find the truth whether or not they like what they find!

    September 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Lt. David Orlaski... I am a Muslim... I was hurt what you said but not mad at you... now you made your point... Are you happy now? good... now just relax... it is almost Sep 20th... 9 days we have been writing...
      By the way as you know...little knowledge is dangerous... hate never brings love... it directs you to darkness... good people with or without any religion never attack others... instead they are in contineous precess of correcting and improving their humanity...

      September 19, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      R Mind... I agree... your story was scary but ended good... you are blessed...

      September 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      M Assad's translation is also my favorite. It is really very, very good.

      September 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • rjkrjky@yahoo.com

      Islam is not Democracy, it is Totalitarianism and a Cult because it worships a person . A warning to all freedom

      loving people. Millions of people have died for the "Freedom of speech". Islam is trying to take over the world.

      We have to fight back now! Being politically correct has been the problem.

      September 21, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Mr. Born here... becareful what you say man... sometimes the doctor who would save your life may be a Muslim...
    Hate will lead only to darkness... remember man... all fingers in your own hand are not the same... as I said relax...

    September 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • aviator

      Moral of the story, make sure your doctor is not Muslim, I mean, mean minded orthodox muslim who wants to kill unbleivers, read all non-muslims, including you!!!!!

      September 25, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. zombie

    This is what happens when you believe in a god.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Stout

      Believing in God isn't the problem. It's not what you believe in that is the problem. It's what you do with it that's the problem. I personally think when you get to extremes left or right, it is a problem. Think about guns, alcohol, food, evolution, religions, etc. I think just about anything you name can be a problem if taken to extremes. People need to work on controlling themselves. When people are parts of groups or cultures and they get out of control, it's up to the others in the group to try and stop the extreme behavior. I don't think other Islamists do enough to reclaim their religion.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Hey JMP, you say lot of bad things to Islam and our beloved prophet(PBUH)... that's your character... you know nothing about Islam nor about your own religion... you are not even good christian... you are just like a barking dog... You are provoking people and acting like a mad man... just go to bed... I can talk to a wise fellow but not to a mad fellow... As I said you are a Raciest and a Hate Monger... look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself... whether YOU ARE A RACIEST OR NOT... SHAME ON YOU...

    September 18, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Adam

    Jose,

    Joseph married Mary (mother of Jesus) when she was around 12. By today's standard, she was a baby!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Aisha was six.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Adam:

      From the hadith of Bukhari, volume 5, #234

      "Narrated Aisha: The prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six. We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Harith Kharzraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, "Best wishes and Allah's blessing and a good luck." Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah's messenger came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age."

      September 18, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. American_Are_Best

    After Christianity gained dominance in the Roman Empire, they legislated death penalty for non-Christians in 435. All citizens had to belong to the official "Catholic" Christianity – the only other permitted religion was Judaism, and Jews were isolated as much as possible from the rest of the population.
    When Muslim cities were captured by Christian crusaders, it was standard operating procedure for all inhabitants – no matter what their age – to be summarily killed. It is reported that the streets ran red with blood of not only Muslims but Jews and Orthodox Christians. Jews who took refuge in their synagogues would be burned alive, not unlike the treatment they received in Europe.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • American_Are_Best

      In 1208, Pope Innocent III raised an army of over 20,000 knights and peasants eager to kill and pillage their way through France. When the city of Beziers fell to the besieging armies of Christendom, soldiers asked papal legate Arnald Amalric how to tell the faithful apart from the infidels. He uttered his famous words: "Kill them all. God will know His own." Such depths of contempt and hatred are truly frightening, but they are only possible in the context of a religious doctrine of eternal punishment for unbelievers and eternal reward for believers.
      During the dark ages and inquisitor era , Inquisitor Franciso Pena declared that: We must remember that the main purpose of the trial and execution is not to save the soul of the accused but to achieve the public good and put fear into others. Torture of suspects was authorized by Pope Innocent IV in 1252, and thus inquisition chambers were turned into places of abject horror.

      September 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dee

    Pfff there is so much bad communication between religion, news, war, different cultures no wonder we all don't understand or like or appreciate other backgrounds. There will never be peace between these topics unless the world ends. Everyone needs to mind their own business, live your own lives and America needs to worry about our own crap and stop sending money to other countries so we can get ourselves out of the hell hole we're in. have a nice day.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. abass

    even the author of this article did not condemn 9/11 muslim allover Asia are violent people because the quran preached war kill as much non muslim and make heaven.from the unfolding events after the Arab spring no single Arab nation had spoken against what is happening to the American ambassador that was killed. Islam was founded on violence therefore after prophet mohammed death the shia and Sunni Muslim will continue to kill themselves.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Fail, there have been numerous condemnation of those deaths by various heads of state and governments of Muslim nations, including Libya and Egypt. You just refuse to see or hear them.

      September 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      thats funny ive never heard of a kazak terrorist or a turkmenastan terrorist or a muslim that lives in the border of china a terrorist serious you need to go back to 5th grade social studies

      September 18, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  19. abass

    According to prophet Mohammed the key to heaven is jihad kill as much non muslim you will make heaven even african traditional religion is not as barbaric like islam.i have not seen the muslim community speak against islam thirst for blood even the muslima who wrote this article did not condemn 9/11 attack

    September 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kachina

    It is truly sad that we can not nor will we try and even understand the Islamic faith due to the scenes we see on TV, for one. Due to the violence of this faith throughout human history to their own and worldwide innocent civilians. Violence is first nature as we can tell and we won't nothing to do with it! Until 9/11 we had a great country! Not anymore! 9 of the 15 terrorist came from Saudi Arabia but all were Muslims. I will NEVER trust Muslims nor do I wish to have them as my neighbors. Stay in your own country and I apologize for feeling this way but you have to understand all I see from your religion is hate and violence, especially, towards women and children!

    September 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Agreed

      September 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • American_Are_Best

      I am a proud American but Christianity is not far behind in cruelty. Read below:
      After Christianity gained dominance in the Roman Empire, they legislated death penalty for non-Christians in 435. All citizens had to belong to the official "Catholic" Christianity – the only other permitted religion was Judaism, and Jews were isolated as much as possible from the rest of the population.
      When Muslim cities were captured by Christian crusaders, it was standard operating procedure for all inhabitants – no matter what their age – to be summarily killed. It is reported that the streets ran red with blood of not only Muslims but Jews and Orthodox Christians. Jews who took refuge in their synagogues would be burned alive, not unlike the treatment they received in Europe.
      In 1208, Pope Innocent III raised an army of over 20,000 knights and peasants eager to kill and pillage their way through France. When the city of Beziers fell to the besieging armies of Christendom, soldiers asked papal legate Arnald Amalric how to tell the faithful apart from the infidels. He uttered his famous words: "Kill them all. God will know His own." Such depths of contempt and hatred are truly frightening, but they are only possible in the context of a religious doctrine of eternal punishment for unbelievers and eternal reward for believers.
      During the dark ages and inquisitor era , Inquisitor Franciso Pena declared that: We must remember that the main purpose of the trial and execution is not to save the soul of the accused but to achieve the public good and put fear into others. Torture of suspects was authorized by Pope Innocent IV in 1252, and thus inquisition chambers were turned into places of abject horror.
      In South America: Unfortunately for the Indians, with the arrival of Christians would come the intolerance for their indigenous ways of life: The Indian chief Hatuey fled with his people but was captured and burned alive. As they were tying him to the stake a Franciscan friar urged him to take Jesus to his heart so that his soul might go to heaven, rather than descend into hell. Hatuey replied that if heaven was where the Christians went, he would rather go to hell."

      September 18, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Leonardo

        Too bad we live in the present and many of us could care less about either religion(or even atheists cause I am none). Also these violent acts by Christians DID NOT HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIME OR MANY OF OUR ANCESTORS lifetimes either. Muslims are the current terrorist bound religion committing crime and killings NOW, not in the PAST.

        September 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        to Leonardo,

        It is not the religion but people who manipulate it. Jesus undoubtedly preached peace and coexistence but the Christian Terrorist guy from Sweden who massacred so many young innocent people thought he is doing it for Jesus!

        September 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I am so sorry you feel that way, but you are misinformed. Apparently you don't know that a very large number of Muslims in America are not immigrants, but are indigeous Americans...African Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans.... If you say go back to our own country, well, we are already in our own country and we aren't going anywhere. And for the record, since a Muslim apparently can't comment unless he or she states it explicitly...I condemn the 9-11 attacks, I condemn all terrorist attacks, ESPECIALLY those done by those who do it in the name of my religion.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Well said...

        September 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jose M. Pulido

    "American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11"?
    Muslims even fear to live with each other. As you reas this today, the Syrian Muslim government is still blowing up not only buildings but complete cities and murdering thousands of their own Muslim/Islamist citizens in the process.
    The Iraqi Muslim Sunnis and Shiites are eternally blowing up each other’s mosques and killing thousands of their own fellow Muslims.
    On top of that abundance of mutual murder, Muslims always boast on how united they claim to be.
    Nevertheless, many Muslims who participate here, often make it sound as if life in a Muslim country were like living in a Utopian Shangri-Lan paradise society while they are on each others' throats.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Willnotsubmit

    This sympathy plea is a load of drivel. You want to know fear? Try walking through Dearborn. The fact is islm has grown in numbers and power since 9/11. Yeah, real fear. Mosques are being built at record numbers in communities that speak up and do not want them – yet they get built anyway.
    Watch islm take over the streets of NY for "prayers" and tell me who has the fear living inside them.

    September 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Guido

    Dear Sumbul Ali-Karamali:

    First of all, Islam does preach hate, and you don't need to be a good observer to notice it. All muslims countries are full of conflicts even with themselves (hard to unserstand but it is)
    So if you want to improve the image of muslims in America, I recommend you the following: Just stop talking about your pseudo religion, just stop it will not help you at all. Please understand that Islam will never be accepted in the West just like the West will never be accepted in your countries.
    If you disagree, you are welcome to leave and go to Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, where your ideas will be welcome.

    Bye!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Guido

      Hello!
      Unfortunately for both of us... I'm right!

      September 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Soprry... You and I got better things to do... we will take this some other day and some other time... Thanks...

        September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Guido is right!

      September 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Robert

    How does a nation respect others when it has no respect for it's President and First Lady?

    September 17, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jose M. Pulido

    Sumbul Ali-Karamali is “on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.”
    Doesn’t she know Muslim women have no rights at all? Oh, sorry, they have some rights, such as:
    1) The right to an arranged marriage to a creepy–looking fat old man.
    2) They have the right to walk behind their husband,
    3) They have the right be forced to wrap themselves like mummies in hot and heavy burkas.
    4) Muslim women also have the right to be murdered by their husbands via a so-called “honor killing” without evidence, without a fair trial and without reasonable doubt. Hearsay is enough evidence for a Muslim woman to earn her right to be murdered by her husband.
    5) They have the right to a judge a jury and an executioner, it is called “her husband” and it is free of charge.
    6) They have the right to be deprived from access to legal counsel.
    7) Muslim women also have the right to be kept hidden and quiet to prevent the free world from learning how severe is their Islamist oppression.
    Therefore, Muslim women have plenty of human rights.

    September 17, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  26. American_Are_Best

    Christians probably were truly christian until they converted Romans to Christianity . After that, they became Christianity by swords. How do you thinks Roman converted Barbers and Gypsies to Christianity? What about the crimes against humanity during the inquisition? Crusaders happily declared they killed so many Muslims, Jews, and Orthodox that the blood flowing to the knee of their horses. What about native Indians in south America given the option to become christian or die by Spanish Swords? Please don't talk about peaceful Christians.

    September 17, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  27. American_Are_Best

    I don't care for parties but the facts. If assuming you are watching Fox, offended you, I apologize. I used Fox as an example of a biased source. My point isthat True Christianity values Truth as "You shall not bear false witness" is an important Biblical principle. So even talking about your enemy, if you lie and make up stories, you can't be a true Christian!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jose M. Pulido

    “/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”, Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali claims.

    The authorities still do not know who killed her neither if it was a hate crime; but how does she know if her own daughter or an Iraqi agent killed? The notes her daughter claims to have fund could have been planted by her and the alleged threatening phone calls could also have been made by a Muslim partner in crime to create an atmosphere of an hate crime Has anyone seen episodes of “Forensic Files”? In such TV show, many murderers get caught by forensic evidence; therefore, Ms. Ali-Karamali should wait for the investigation results instead of implying that it was a hate crime done by a non–Muslim.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      Dear Jose,

      I applaud your sense of "justice" to see if " it was a hate crime done by a non–Muslim" bu tI am disappointing that you don't afford the same justice to billions of Muslims worldwide for the crime of a few.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cyrus

        " it is disappointing...."

        September 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Cyrus:
        What billions of Muslims? Muslims claim to be 1.6 billion so I can’t say “billions” as you mentioned.
        Either way Cyrus, God already provided humankind a way to be in good terms with Him via the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus completed his task on Earth and returned to His Father. Therefore, all other doctrines and ideologies disguised as believer-friendly religions such as Buddhism, Mormonism, Moonism (Rev. Moon), Islam and many others are equally useless to humankind in respect to its relationship with God.
        Although people can believe anything they wish; no one is going to force anyone else to leave a religion and forcefully adopt another. If a monk wishes to sit still and meditate for hours and hum religious mantras, so be it. If the Mormons wish to believe in Joseph Smith so be it. If the Moonish wish to believe that Rev. Moon is another prophet to who came to finish what they call “Jesus’ unfinished” task as they claim, so be it. If Muslims wish to rise their smelly behinds in a 30-degree-angle five times a day and point toward Mecca, so be it. But that is not all Muslims wish to do in the USA.
        As useless, worthless and as much as a waste of time, resources and energy Buddhism, Mormonism and Moonism may be, they do not have an open agenda to destroy the USA via Trojan Horse as Islamists do.
        As you may recall, biscuit-lipped Islamist Osama Bin Laden said he would not rest until he saw the green flag of Islam flying over the White House. Of course he is dead now but his brain-washed followers are still trying to fulfill his nightmare. Besides his followers, those “billions” of Muslims you mentioned, especially American Muslims, have the common denominator to destroy the USA in order to destroy Israel and to oppress every country of the world with the ideology of Islam. Therefore, even if there were many so-called “Good Muslims,” their common denominator is still the same.

        September 18, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Jason

        So let me get this right Jose...you say Muslims believe in nonsense yet you believe that a man on earth was God, and he had a Father? LOL.... I just want to make sure I'm understanding this correctly...

        September 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. James

    "Live in fear"–I doubt that–They should be ashamed of themselves however. They didn't do a darn thing to condemn the Radical Muslim community after 9/11–Their the ones they should be and probably are afraid of.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Dear James,
      We tend to hear and see what we "want" to hear and see! American Muslim and other Muslims for that matter were loud and clear against the criminals who committed 9/11.If you Google "Muslims condemning 911 act" or something like this you will see that you are not correct. Here are few things I found:
      There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. US Citizens

    What about my fears when I travel outside the US. I cannot even say I am Christian or they will kill me. Now what? TRUE STORY!

    September 16, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Paranoid much? I live outside the United States.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Salman37

      Lol that is so funny,no muslim would hurt u unless u stoled from them or hurt... No one is out to get us american any where in the world,now that doesnt mean u go to kabul and think no one will hurt u.because over there they will,in pakistan they wont hurt you because u are a american but they just might kidnap you because they see dollar sign... I would avoid mexico city( not a muslm country) because again of the all might dollar..

      September 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • American_Are_Best

      Not True! Even in today's Iran there are close to 1 million Armenians (Orthodox christian) and around 100,000 Jews living in harmony with majority Muslims. Do not listen to Faux news or hate sites online. If you want to learn, pick unbiased scientific sources. Academic sources are peer-reviewed and hence are way more reliable than shady sites on internet. Do Not Believe what you read online. Do your own homework, unless you don't care for the truth!

      September 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Dr. Music, you are being sarcastic, aren't you?

      September 17, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. jesusbus123

    When will Saudi Arabia allow for religious freedom? I have a mosque 2 blocks from my house, God Bless the people who worship there.

    I am concerned about the great intolerance Islam has for Jews(only 14 million in the world) and other religions. Every country should have religious freedom like America, the greatest country in the world.

    Peace and Love to all!

    September 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      If you had said, "I am concerned about the great intolerance some Muslims have for Jews" instead of "I am concerned about the great intolerance Islam has for Jews", I would applaud you. You, however, chose to paint all Muslims with the same brush stroke. You also have obviously never read the Qur'an, where it says, "There shall be no compulsion in religion" (2:256) and continuously speaks of the People of the Book (Jews, Christians and Muslims, principally) in nothing but positive terms.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Salman37

        Before the jewish people had there state, the jews would leave there kids to the muslim,they all lived side by side...they both were happy,but wait the zionist came and messed it all up, i guess you can youtube this even know the real jewish people are protesting the crimes the zionist are doing to the muslim... Look it up,do your reseach... Stop the hate...we answer to the one and only...life is short lets make this earth a better place to live if not for yourself do it for your kids...lets stop the hate

        September 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salman37

      Ameen my jewish brother...i think the jewish people are good but the goverment sucks...

      September 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Phil Stout

    I personally disagree with you. There are many forms of terrorism by different groups. When a group threatens violence or death on another group because the won't meet the first group's demands, it's terrorism. The news media is simply reporting what they see. The groups are saying, they are Muslim. They are followers of the Quran and practicing Islam. There may be some people in the group that are simply angry and hate America. However, the majority of the people are probably Muslim. I'm pretty confident Al-Jazeera doesn't call them terrorists in their news reports. Our news media didn't call the Irish Republican Army, Muslim Terrorists during their terrorist activities. I think most times, the American news has it correct when they show Muslims storming embassies.

    September 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      So by your definition of terrorism, any angry group is terrorist, including Tea Parties!

      September 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        If the members of the Tea Party threaten death and promote violence for their beliefs or cause, then yes. I would call them terrorists.

        September 17, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  33. savvysearch

    The murder of Shaima Alawadi was never proven to be a hate crime.

    September 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Although she was receiving hate messages constantly! If the tragedy was reversed and the hate messages were coming from somebody with slightest hint of being a Muslim and the victim was a white American, We would have heard the story every minute for 2 years on Faux News and every hate blogs!

      September 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  34. max

    when an arab speaks, an arab is lying. simple. islam dictates that the rest of the world is kafir and lying to it to propagate the islamic species is perfectly fine. islam has woven itself into american culture, one day, when it is ready it will push for change in it's favor using our very own laws to bind those changes, it is doing that now. then, it will be too late. in my humble opinion, we are getting what we ask for by being a socalled free and open society, which we are not. just by me making these statements i am going to be perceived racist and bigot when all i am doing is echoing the truth about their religion(cult) make no mistake, muslims can NOT, now, then or ever interface with non-muslims on equal ground. they only do now because it is in their best interest. oy, poor america is in for an internal struggle the likes it has never seen. what a shame. unfortunately, i lived long enough to see the blossoming of the third worlding of america, bummer. sharia law? good luck getting me to adhere, aint gonna happen.

    September 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Hi Man... You are a raciest... a hate monger, a little frog in a well... know nothing about Islam... so go to bed...
      Hate Mongers have no tretment... you eat, breath and die with hate... Now please change your chruch... or your precher seems to teach you cult...

      September 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Nasrullah Mohammed: Yo should learn how to write English correctly before making a fool out of yourself, ha ha ha.

        September 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • COCO

        WOW this goes to show that some people never change. They always want to have their opinion heard and forget the others. It’s ok to bash Christianity... But the moment you hit Islam is BAD. This is America Jack! which gives you the right to express yourself. If you were in certain so called muslin country you will be killed or prosecute.

        September 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        I know this is Amirica... dear Coco Cola.... now relax... and listen... America or no America... there is no place for hate mongers and supporters of hate mongers... got it... Good Bye now...

        September 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • COCO

        There is no need to call out names ok.. like coco cola .. You are right about the hatemongers there is no place any where and no excuse for it. Keep them coming!

        September 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Nasrullah Mohammed: Listen. Only the ones who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are going to Hell; and that was written about 630 years before child-molester Mohammed came up with the deadly ideology called Islam. After Jesus came and returned to heaven, humankind does not need any other doctrine neither any other stand-up prophet as womanizer-Mohammed claimed to be. Only Israel had real prophets of God.
        If we tell you the truth, you call us "Hate-mongers." We, and I, do not hate you; we, as Christians want everybody else to be saved for eternal life via Jesus Christ. And no Christian is going to chop your head off if you reject Jesus, unlike Mohammed did to all those who rejected Islam. Jesus Christ is for every one, not just for Jews, Europeans and Americans.
        And I do not mean to laugh at you in an offensive manner but your write English in a funny way. I am laughing with you, not at you, ha ha ha.

        September 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        Womanizing exists in the Bible, specifially in the Old Testament chapters. King David was a womanizer. Many sins were commited in the Bible in lust, envy and greed. It also states in the Bible God said it was wrong. God was not happy about that. But, we have the Ten Commandments to help us remember the big picture. That is what is important to me. Time and again in the Old Testament, when the Jewish people strayed from God, it states is so many words, God punished them. Many times, in Kings and Chronicles when the Jewish people strayed from God (worshiped other Gods, didn't worship per Moses instructions, etc), it allowed enemies to conquer them. So, the point is, we have the Ten Commandments. We have Christ's example on earth of how we should treat one another. Christ died on the cross for our sins.. No more blood sacrifices in worship is needed for a Christian. Anyone who believes this and accepts it will have a place in Heaven when they die. I'm a Christian and believe this. Can I prove any of it? No. Does that matter? Not to me. It's about my personal belief in my soul, between me and God. I have no right to kill anyone who doesn't believe as I do. Where in the Quran does it state that anyone who insults Muhammed is to be killed? I'd like to know the location and wording. People should be united in their faith, but that can't involve killing others who disagree.

        September 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      max: You are right. And don't worry about those Muslim hate-mongers who insult you. Many of us Americans are with you.You tell Muslims the truth and they call you a racist while they call Islam "a religion of peace." Islam is not a religion but a deadly and grotesque ideology designed to destroy the host country from within.
      Look at them right now: Just because someone made a wimpy movie about child-molester Mohammed they riot and murder American ambassadors and other citizens. Islam is an intolerable a facist and totalitarian ideology incompatible with American democracy. Therefore, Islam must be banned from the USA because it is not a religion but a suversive ideology.

      September 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • American_Are_Best

      Max, You are either racist or naive fooled by hate sites on internet and I can't say which one!

      If you are looking for the truth, do your homework. Do not believe anything on internet unless you know the Author's credentials and political leanings.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      That is so antisemitic!!

      September 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. HabranlosOjos(Openyoureyes)

    Muslims believes are base on hate, not tolerant, not base what so ever in the love for their families or anyone. Base on kill, non-believers dominated by men with no conviction what so ever that what they are preaching is true. How can you said, I don't hate and kill innocents lives, How in the world we can trust anyone that preach tolerance and Kill Innocent because it stupid video. I don't know why we don't see it this taking over embassies it so different of temples and churches that been burn to the ground people behead it, burn down inside temples and churches because they do not believe. And the others religions or non-Muslims countries need to be tolerant to the Muslims? WHY? because of the violence and the abuse they received in their country, Abuse to woman and children, if they practice that in their own home with their wives and children that are believers. you can imaging what they can do to a non-believer.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      They are called TALIBAN... I am a Muslim... I hate them... they are like cancer to Islam... Binladin and their team too... may be many others which I don't know... they are murderers and a curse to humanity... they don't follow Islam... they misuse Islam... you don't believe it... that's OK... I don't blame you...

      September 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • max

        nasrullah, i bet you would not be so bold in your anti taliban speech if you weren't in the safety of the usa, say you live in cairo, ramallah, benghazi, etc etc etc. sure you want to bring the poison of islam over here? it'll get messy!

        September 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • COCO

        MAX,

        exactly my point, I want to see him go out of teh great land of USA and bad mouth TALIBAN..... see how long he will last. He should Thank USA for allowing him to be able to say that.

        September 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        Reply to Max<

        I am sure you would not be also so brave to criticize those "Christians" if you lived during inquisition era, or you would be burnt!

        September 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jose M. Pulido

    "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 article reads.

    Ms. Sumbul Ali-KaramaliBut : Islam was spread by child-molester Mohammed's sword while Christianity was spread by God's Word. Who would not convert when they are told to do so otherwise they will be beheaded? The only ones who did not pervert to Islam were Christians who were beheaded by Islamists. So don't try to “sugar-coat” and embellish Islam because we know it is a deadly, useless, worthless and a totalitarian ideology. If you deny this, you are suffering a case of denial worst than that of Bagdad Bob.
    How is it possible that you, being a woman, defend such an ideology that is extremely oppressive, especially for women? You must be under duress or you are being paid by male-dominated Islamic interests groups to portray yourself as a devout Muslim/Islamists woman. Or, do you defend your male dominating Islamist ideology because you are a sadistic- masochists who likes to be oppressed, physically punished and humiliated by men?

    September 15, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • kayine

      cattle meet pot, christianity is just as disgusting as islam, bronze age myths have no place in a mature free thinking society

      September 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Hey kay... Baby take a deep breath and relax... it's time for you to go to bed... no place for hate mongers... have love for humanity... show some respect... that's the bottom line...

        September 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • SpeakFree77

        It's Kettle, not cattle....

        September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • American_Are_Best

      Christians probably were truly christian until they converted Romans to Christianity . After that, they became Christianity by swords. How do you thinks Christin Rome converted Barbers and Gypsies? What about the crimes against humanity during the inquisition? What about native Indians in south America given the option to become christian or die by Spanish Swords? Please don't give my peaceful Christianity B.S.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        And you can add to the list the Nazi use of Christianity to inflame German's passion against Jews?

        September 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        American_Are_Best:

        Nazis used the Jews as scapegoats for the German faltering economy and it had nothing to do with any religion. Not all the rest of the German population, including Christians, knew or approved of Hitler's behavior against the Jews. Then again, most Muslims are so happy for the way Hitler treated the Jews; in fact, they wish he had completely exterminated them because he would have done the job present day Muslims wish to do.

        But just like most Muslims’ entries I have seen, you seem to believe that all "Christians" around the world are responsible for the Nazis behavior toward the Jews. Muslims seem to believe that any atrocity committed by a non-Muslim it is automatically committed by all the Christian population of the world.
        Due to the primitive systems of communications we had back then, the USA did not even know what was going on in Germany until it got involved in the war. The USA did not know about the existence of concentration camps until its Armies found them and freed the Jews.
        Don’t teachers teach you how to be open-minded in Madrassa High Schools? Evidently, they don’t teach historical open-mindedness in Muslim/Islamist schools. No wonder Muslims do not seem to be able to think for themselves; just like robots, they obey their masters who send them in suicide missions.

        On the other hand, Muslims “specifically,” in the name of Islam and the self-styled stand-up prophet Mohamed conquered many countries and beheaded people who rejected such deadly ideology. Today, in every Muslim terror act committed, the perpetrator specifically states the fact that they do it in the name of Islam.

        September 17, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. katabay1106

    Everybody wants peace, but there is only war. Sadly, will all the wars and chaos in the Middle East and Africa, the world is slowly drifting into the abyss of World War 3.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  38. Chasity

    Being an atheist all this violence in the name of some "god" is sad. Believe what you want but don't go around justifying crime and violence based on the nonsense

    September 15, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil Stout

      You could debate philosophically that anything in life is nonsense, but that isn't the point. I think the point is, if you're living life to focused on extreme views (right or left) it can be bad. It is bad for atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, etc. It seems extremists have a hard time accepting something that isn't black or white, yes or no. I think shades of gray, common middle ground gives them problems. I think most religions focus on how a person (his soul) relates to God. I think looking into the eyes of another person and seeing their soul is amazing. When I do that, I can't help but think of God and wonder about life's existence. That is what religion is about in my opinion.

      September 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Z

    It seems that the average intelligence of Americans gradually decreases over time. Soon, Americans will forget their own national history(though many probably have forgotten). Next thing we know, we're in another dark age where intellectuals are persecuted because the ignorant masses listen to the radical preaching of the extremists.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Do yo umean Arab-Americans? Islamic-Americans or Muslim-Americasn have forgotten the past as you mentioned?

      September 15, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Anita

        I'm pretty sure he's talking about people like you! You've apparently already forgot your history!

        September 15, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        I assume he means "Faux News listening" Americans. Or at least, this is my impression!

        September 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        American_Are_Best

        Nope: I am a Democrat. I don't watch those Repugnican mouthpiece called FAUX SNOOZE. The fact that I am against such deadly and worhtless ideology called Islam does not automatically make me a FOX News watcher. It goes to show how twisted your assumpiotns are. Do your homework before making you incoherent and twisted opinions.

        September 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Anita: I have not forgotten American history neither world history, including Islam's history. I have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and I have completed all the required courses to earn a Master's degree from The University of Texas Pan American.
      I have not forgotten that Muslims went to all the North African countries and murdered all those who refused to accept Islam. Throughout the years, Muslims captured Africans and sold them into slavery. Islam did not grow because it is such a good religion; it grew because of the threat to be beheaded if its victims refused to become Muslims. When Muslims conquered other countries, they did it specifically in the name of Islam and child-molester Mohammed.
      Europeans arrived in America when Christopher “Wrong Way” Columbus, by mistake landed on these shores. But Europeans did not come to America specifically in the name of any religion; of course many of them were Christian but they did not come to America specifically to impose Christianity by force as you Muslims distort and portray American history.
      Are you one of those Muslim women wrapped like a mummy in a black burka? Either way, it would be good for you to learn who and what you are dealing with before making your thoughtless, impertinent and baseless opinions.

      September 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        So probably in your college they didn't teach you how Christianity evolved in Europe during the dark ages. Read Howard Zinn's People History of America and see how the peaceful christian treated native American.

        September 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • American_Are_Best

        So if you can't force your twisted opinion on people, they are either naive or wearing burka?!!

        September 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        American_Are_Best

        So probably in your college they didn't teach you how Christianity evolved in Europe during the dark ages. Read Howard Zinn's People History of America and see how the peaceful christian treated native American.

        American_Are_Best: You seem to believe that all Europeans who migrated to the USA aware devout holy Christians, which goes to show how naïve and narrow-minded your views are. Among European immigrants there atheist and agnostic.
        Of course as the population grew, clashes began with the locals but they were not the name of Christianity, which is what you do not seem to have have enough cognitive power to understand.
        One of the biggest mistakes Muslims make is to assume is that all European immigrants and the present American population are devout Christian except themselves. Apparently you did not read the part where I mention that:
        “Europeans did not come to America specifically in the name of any religion; of course many of them were Christian but they did not come to America specifically to impose Christianity” unlike Islamists/Muslims who destroyed cities and murdered people “specifically” in the name of Islam and child molester Mohammed; now, can you ever get that concept through your thick skull?
        It is so difficult to deal with Muslims because most of them whose opinions I have read in these blogs, display the same derogatory way of Islamic/Muslim thinking as yours. Muslims are so hard headed; they do not seem to understand anything other than to reply with opinions out of context

        September 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. DustOfLife

    on the very day that CNN published Ms. Ali-Karamali's opinion, millions of Muslims decided to show the world how Islam should be.

    Perhaps, Ms. Ali-Karamali should honestly ask herself that, 11 years after the 9-11, is it more fearful to live as a Muslim in the USA? or is it more fearful to live as a non-Muslim in any Muslim country?

    September 15, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      After 9/11, majority of the Muslim world were sympathetic to us and condemned the barbaric act of 19 misguided souls. These are few pointers: (I know according to Mr. Jose M. Pulido, if we don't hate Muslims we are either naive or their agents!)

      There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.
      If you can't remember these from past is because you WANT to believe Muslims are bad!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. JOE

    Yeah I can't believe CNN would even suggest this a being some horrify ordeal for Muslims in America. I can't image Muslims in America have any idea of what it's like to live in fear, when you compare the way muslims treat Christians around the world. How many Coptic churches were burnt down by muslims mobs in Egypt during the "Arab Spring?" How may Christians were murdered and raped in Egypt and Libya during the "Arab Spring?" Muslim fear in the US!...Please CNN give us some real news!!

    September 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mvpcandidate

    This thinking is well delivered

    September 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. MM

    Some say that all cultures and religions have a few crazy zealots. But America has a stupid film maker making a low budget film, or a stupid pastor who wants to disrespect the Koran. We have very few people who do bad things in the name of Christ.
    Muslims have entire crowds who want to kill & rape. Entire countries that want to wipe jews off the face of the earth. A religion who Imams preach violence and intolerance.
    How often do the moderate Muslims speak out against the extremists?

    September 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      MM,

      Our society has evolved. It is not that we are better because we are Christian and they are worse because they are Muslims.During the Europe dark ages, Muslim societies had a more advanced culture than ours!
      Imagine how we were 100 years ago (lynching human beings) or how we treated our native people here. Most Muslim countries have not had a chance to go through our evolution, which started by French Reveloution. The majority of the Muslim Countries were under Ottoman dominance till 1900's and then under colonial rules, and then oil dictatorship. Democracy is a long, evolutionary process!

      September 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Just the Facts

    Fact:
    Why is it, that after a jet piloted by extremists in the name of their religion kills thousands of innocent people,
    western culture is expected to understand that this act was by only a few. (and take a deep breath)
    But when an obvious demented few produce a video that hurts this same group, the Muslim brothers
    take it upon themselves to attack people in places that had nothing to do with it.
    There seems to be a double standard.
    The danger here is that if we all believe in an “eye for an eye” we should be attacking all USA mosques and all the people in them,
    just because of the commonality they have with the 911 attackers.
    Please, someone from the Muslim world, stand up and speak.
    I know what is right, but we are getting dizzy from holding our breath.

    September 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • buldog whip

      Agreed. Stop the childish antics over a stupidly done movie and practice the peace you people preach. Good grief!

      September 15, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        I am a Muslim... I agree with you... the problem is with misguided preachers in Islam, Christians Jews or any other religion... that's the truth... but we all should learn to respect each others values... hate mongers shall be discouraged in all communities... then only this cancer will end... I am Muslim doesn't mean I should support wrong Muslim guys... I am very glad Bin Ladin is gone... but left lots of mess behind... By the way did you see ' Loose Change"... about 9/11 actual real facts... its a 89 minutes real good deal... thanks...

        September 15, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  45. Won'tGetFooledAgain

    Religion is the problem. When you believe in a god, spirit or whatever you want to call it, you are giving up on critical thinking. No longer do you need to figure out the mysteries of life, death and universe we live in. You basically throw up your arms and praise whatever it is you believe and in doing so, get a sigh of relief because you didn't actually have to struggle with what might be the truth.

    There is no truth in religion. It cannot be proven. Living your entire life believing in what can't be proven, giving up on critical thought and falling in line with the masses who dress a certain way, pray a certain way, go to a certain kind of building, etc. is cheating you.

    Stop cheating yourselves. There is so much more than religion out there. Embrace science and critical thinking. Sure, you're angry reading this, but that just proves my point. Your anger is based on your belief system, not facts. You're angry why? Because I'm asking you to think harder and not give into a belief system that doesn't make any rational sense? So be it. Be angry. Or, pretend you're not angry and are comfortable living in your religious bliss that hinders your ability to understand the truth.

    I wish you all well.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      I know many people say that the radical extremists are a tiny group out of a billion Muslims. But what percentage of the Muslims in the world hate Christians, hate Americans, hate Israel, hate freedom of thought and freedom of expression? I think the percentage is much higher than people like to admit. But I really don't know. All I can do is guess based on watching these mobs in the streets. Hearing stories like the newswoman who was gang raped in public and few people did anything to stop it.
      I am not saying that a lot of Muslims are willing to die for there religion. But what percentage of the Muslims in the world are happy about 9/11?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Embrace science as your religion – that is Scientism – scientists speak, science does not, it is a tool. Make sure you know what operational science is vs historical conjectures. – critical thinking comes from a fallen head that has to borrow Christian presuppositions to argue against them

      September 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  46. alf564

    I am waiting for the CNN story about the Muslims in America condeming the Muslims in the near east for the murder of 4 Americans and the attacks and destruction of American property.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • momofour1

      There are press releases by Moslem organizations already condemning the acts but you don't get to see it on CNN or others because it doesn't sell. Just because you do not get access to it – do not assume there are none

      September 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      The story is out there. You just haven't seen it, in part, because CNN isn't the pro-Muslim agency that you accuse of being. You also haven't because you aren't looking and you also wouldn't accept it as being sincere, if you did see it - all because of your prejudice. I have seen the reports (but not on CNN) you are complaining about not seeing . I have seen not only reports about American Muslims condemning those act, but also by Libyan Muslims. All you have to do is open your eyes and ears, but you won't because you refuse to.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. K

    This is a no brainer:
    1) religion is inherently evil.
    2) the koran teaches to hate/kill infidels.
    3) Muslims delight in subjugating it's women. Hibjabs, stoning women to death because they were raped, beating their wifes, murdering their daughters and calling it honor?
    4) killing innocent people over cartoons and movies.
    5) 9/11 plus all the hijacking and bombings prior to that event
    6) every single time I get on a plane and have the choice of gate-rape or a dose of radiation, I think of muslims. Every time I see my rights and freedoms wither a little more, I think of muslims. Every time I see a sign that says, "see something, say something," I think of muslims. Every time I see an armed guard at a public event or landmark, I think of muslims. And I'm not thinking nice thoughts.
    No decent human being can respect muslims.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      ... and every time I see a response like yours, I think paranoid.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      ... and totally uninformed.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • joan

      since this is a free country with free speech, I applaud your ability to post your opinion. However, your opinion is so full of ignorance and bias that it is embarrassing to read. Hopefully some day your brain will see the errors of your emotional knee jerk reaction to this issue.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf564

      It is extremely difficult not to agree with you...you are correct !!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf564

      I think that wjshelton and joan should be looking around at what K said and they will realize he is 100% correct. Civilization left those countries and people thousands of years ago, during the crusades, and it never looked back.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Civilization left with the Crusades? Maybe you should go back and read a little history. The Crusades took barbarism there. Check out what the Crusaders did to the Jews, Muslims and non-Catholic Christians when they took Jerusalem. Compare that to what happened when Saladin expelled the Crusaders from Jerusalem. In short, you don't know what you are talking about.

        September 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. COCO

    In my opinion I think Muslin as a whole is not bad people. The problem comes in when you have these radicals who use Islam as their excuse for doing evil. Let’s go back when Christianity used the same method and it was ok for them... so they thought.
    It does not matter who or what religion the person who committed these acts of terrorism.. We will blame whatever their group was. If for instance you had Christians committing these acts in another country they will be label as terrorist and you will conclude that all Christians are terrorist because a small group of extremist took it upon themselves to use their religion as an excuse to do so. I would say that only the group is guilty not the whole religion a a whole.
    In conclusion I think that those who commit these crimes should be the ones to pay not one country, religion or race....

    September 14, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  49. Nastho

    You can't judge a religion solely on the fact of how some people practice it. You can't just assume things from what you hear about in the form of rumors or from your own fears. My advice, actually know a religion before you judge it. Don't bother replying if you don't.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf564

      Well, I am judging by what I see in film and live on TV.....that pretty much tells the story and shows how the governments in power in those countries feel about the USA.
      Anybody remember how we, THE USA and the EU assisted those countries during the so called Arab Spring?
      It appears that animals do bite the hands that fed them.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Pat

    I think what scares most is the fact that the 9/11 terrorists lived among us. You may have shopped along side them. Ate next to them at a restaurant. For years, while they prepared. Then on 9/11, "in the name of their God" killed a wife, brother,sister, husband, child, that had no part whatsoever in anything that might have happened overseas. And they celebrated it. The average american has no say in what our government does overseas. I'm not in the military. I've certainly never killed anyone. I've never insulted anyone based on their religion, to each their own, but these terrorists would kill me and celebrate the fact. And these terrorists could be anyone among us. That is what creates the hatred. If a radical group of Catholics did the same thing, hiding, learning, planning, then killed innocent people in the name of "their God", they would be treated the same.

    September 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Pat,

      If you think THAT was bad, just wait until the Muslims become anywhere close to a majority in America. America will be done.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Pat,

      American Muslims are no different than any other "recent" group joining the USA melting pot. It takes time for them to assimilate and for the rest of us to overcome this fear of "unknown". The fact that 19 misguided people thinking what they did is an Islamic thing is their fault and nobody else. As for the rest of the Muslims living here or abroad: I live in California and in our town, a day after 9/11, the Muslim community joined other interfaith group to honor the victims of the tragedy of 9/11. Also, There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.

      September 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Uncle Sam

        Maybe you're not familiar with the way Islam operates.... lying to infidels on behalf of Allah is required. When it comes to this "religion", none of them are moderates and none of them are to be trusted.

        September 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        To Uncle Same Below
        You are talking about Taqiyya which is the pracactice emphasized in Shi'a Islam whereby adherents may conceal their religion when they are under threat, persecution, or compulsion. Taqiyya was developed to protect Shi'ites who were usually in minority and under pressure. So, Taqyya does NOT allow a Muslim to lie but only conceal his faith when their lives in danger. BTW, this is a common sense survival technique used by European Jews during inquisition and by Christian under Communist rule in China and USSR

        September 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Adam: You are either too naive or you are one of those potential Muslim killers because you downplay and sugarcoat the purpose of Islamist/Muslims in the USA.
        Muslims are not in the USA like any other religious or ethnic group that came here such as the Irish, Jews, Germans, Hispanics and Asians who have come here seeking employment and a better way of life; these groups did not migrate to blow up tall buildings neither to impose their own homeland laws on U.S. citizens. Islamists/Muslims come here specific ally to destroy the USA from within as soon as possible; they are to impose Islam and Sharia law as the law of the land.
        Therefore, Muslims will never blend into the American “Melting Pot ” like the rest of the other ethnic and religious groups because they (Muslims) are here with evil intentions. We have Buddhists, Mormons and other cults equally worthless and useless as Islam but at least, they are not deadly, they did not blow up the WTC neither do they riot and murder American ambassadors and civilians when someone makes a wimpy movie about their cult leader. I will make sure my fellow Americans know this about Islam.

        September 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Reply to Jose M. Pulido:

        So anybody doesn't believe your biased hateful words is either naive or part of some evil force. You should see a therapist!

        September 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulieG

      Pat, Look around on the internet at some of the videos about the attacks on the Pentagon and the 7 Trade Center buildings. You will see outraged police officers and firemen in original footage explaining how the buildings were imploded. At the Pentagon there is no evidence of an airplane. Its too big to ignore. Lets get real. This was done by our government to pave the way to war in the mid-east.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leonardo

        PaulieG, get real. Too much evidence against your LIE. Airplane parts were scattered throughout the area it crashed into. Wake up and get the facts before making such a childish theory. You need to watch the history channel and all the witnesses and victims that survived and let them tell the story. NOT YOU AND YOUR SECONDARY SOURCES. Are u a Muslim?

        September 14, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Leonardo, when you ask PaulieG, "Are u a Muslim?" that leads me to believe that you are as stupid and uninformed as PaulieG. Those conspiracy theories came out of the extreme, paranoid American Right, not out of Islam. Bigot.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        PaulieG: Your severe case of denial is worst and funnier than that of Bagdad Bob.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        JMP... Watch "Loose Change" on YouTube" ...

        September 17, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  51. is everyone blind

    The fact that these American Muslims say they do not condone the acts of radical factions of Islam is purely a lie. I live in Minnesota, a state that has done more than enough to make all immigrants and refugees alike feel welcome. Free housing, cars, clothing, cash, education, insurance and a drivers license with no driver training whatsoever. On top of that a free pass on taxes for several years. lmmediately after 9-11 these so called peace loving people cheered for the terrorists attacks. They did so in factories, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, everywhere. I witnessed it myself along with plenty of accountings of what others witnessed. I do not believe for a second that this article tells the truth of muslims in America. The truth is in the actions of the so called peace loving 100% muslims. No matter what kind of smoke screen is put up to hide the real feelings and intentions of these people.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khalil

      I am an American Muslim. This is my country as much as it is the next guy's. I have no fear of living in America as a matter of fact most Americans are scared of me even though I pose no threat to them.
      I am a peace loving man however, you come over and mess with me or my family it will probably be the last thing you do.
      I am sick of all this drama and BS. What gives anyone more right to be an American over another? I have a Brother who has served in the Navy for the last 9 years. Several cousins who are Marines, fighting alongside other Americans in Afghanistan.
      Religion has nothing to do with Nationality. It is high time for those who want to bring religion into politics to quit.
      If the United States were to stop sticking its nose where it does not belong, if it were to quit trying to Police the world, then people will stop hating America and Americans.
      For the idiots who want to lash out accusations against Americans of the Muslim faith, check crime records, check and see what the ratios are for domestic violence comparing Muslim families and non-muslim families. The problem here is not Muslims, Christians or Jews, the problem here is ignorant people!!

      September 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • iseveryoneblind

        OK and that was a response to my comment in what way? Are you saying that Muslim American's did not celebrate 9-11 or are you speaking for yourself? You ask us not to look at you as a whole. In turn you use words like all Americans. Also at no point did I try to reference government with religon. I stated simply that if muslims really are scared the last thing they should do is celebrate our country being attacked. In turn your reply goes of into many topics which I never spoke of. Thats great that your family members have served, how about you. I served in the Navy as well. In that time frame my life was put on the line when we had to rescue diplomats from Ziare because of a guerilla outbreak. The actions of our military give you the right to come to this country, speak openly about any topic and have your own opinions. As for sticking our nose in where it does not belong. There are times when America has overstepped there bounds. Yet, in placed like Libya the poor innocent rebels begged for our help over and over. We help and now they are spewing the same crap you are, quit sticking your nose in our business. My remarks had nothing to do with your political views, I was stating pure fact based on real events. Not trumped up half truths with no research. Remember this is America and American's have the right to be upset when our hard earned tax dollars go to give you a chance in America(something most American's ancestors never got) and in return your people celebrate us being attacked in the thousands. My point is scared of what, you are right American's are scared of you, yet we help you. It's not like you were dragged into the streets and beat. That is exactly what would happen to Americans in any Sharia Law run country. So your point is what?

        September 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Khali: Check the records of the so-called "Honor Killings."

        September 17, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Khalil

      Some Muslim Americans might have chosen to celebrate 9/11, I did not nor did my family, nor did the hundreds of Muslim Americans I know. My point is that you are full of hate sir and you want to generalize your statements against all Muslim Americans. In every group, there are idiots, we have our share of them as Muslims, you are no different than those minority of Muslims who celebrated the attacks on 9/11.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Khalil

        @iseveryoneblind, What makes you think Muslims don't pay taxes? How exactly do you help Muslims come to this country? The muslims who come to this country now are no different than your "ancestors". Most Muslim Americans are business owners, many of them come to the United States with hundreds of thousands of dollars and start businesses. You are so ignorant to facts you probably only know what Fox News tells you. Like I said in my previous post, hate is blinding you.

        September 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • iseveryoneblind

        I at no time said anything hateful towards you or any muslim. Again I was stating fact. Eventually immigrants do pay taxes. As far as states other than Minnesota go maybe there is not as much help. Here though you get a free ride. As far as being full of hate you were the one that said you are peaceful then in so many words said you would kill anyone that messed with you and yours. The same goes for others. I at no time spoke of violence or derogatory towards you or any Muslims. I stated facts that not only happened here after 9-11 but all over the USA. Your just throwing up smoke screens jumping off topic and throwing accusations at me about being hateful. The fact is you can say Muslims did not celebrate after 9-11 but they did, no matter how you attack my character this is true.

        September 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Khalil,

        Here's the problem: Whereas you and other Muslims live in peace and safety in America, the same is not true for non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.

        That's why Americans want to limit the number of Muslims in America . . . preferably to zero. It's not personal to you. It's your religion that thrives on the the blood of the innocents.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leonardo

        Khalil, WHAT HAS THE MUSLIM RELIGION BROUGHT INTO THE USA that we Americans are proud of? I can't think of anything but problems.. Seems that way in the Phillipines, Australia, England, France, Germany………… and the population seems to agree about the problems they are having with the people of the Muslim faith. BTW, all those countries have had attacks by Muslims in their homelands. The German Embassy and US Embassy just got attacked BY MUSLIMS. So better try harder as we Americans aren't stupid. BTW, I have my doctorate's so don't try dumbing me down by name calling because that is always the Muslim way of retaliation…..other than bombing others instead of fighting fist to fist. The USA is not the place Muslims are going to terrorize again or WAIT AND SEE HOW AMERICANS ARE GOING TO SOLVE IT.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Well... that's not a fare reply to Khalil... Enlish is not the subject... Khalil never said or claimed that his Enligh is better than yours...

        September 15, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Khalil: yeah right.
        Google Muslim Dr. “Hossein Lahiji, M.D. and his wife, Najmeh Vahid Lahiji; he is a McAllen, TX urologist who owes a death of patient and laundered money. That bas tard rejoiced and shouted hurrahs of joy in the lobby in front of his patients on 911.
        I wonder how many other Arab/Muslim/ Islamic Doctors are secretly killing patients and making their deaths look like it was a health-related death. I also wonder how many Muslim doctors are laundering and funneling money to Arab/ Muslim terrorist groups so they can kill more Americans.
        I would never let an Arab-Muslim Dr. touch me neither give any kind of medical procedure nor medication.
        And you, my dear fellow Americans, think twice if you or any of your loved-ones are scheduled to be examined and treated by an Islamic/Muslim Dr., especially if you are a Christian who has defended Christianity in this place. Let it be for the record that you Muslims have brought this avoidance of Muslim Drs. upon yourselves because of your terrorist activities.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Thank you for telling the truth about Islam. A growing number of people are beginning to recognize that Muslims are ALWAYS Muslims first, and that their goal is a Muslim world. Everywhere. In every nation. Convert or die.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • alf564

        Well there are some problems. First many6 politicians, especially Democrats want diversity and will give Muslims anything and everything they want to keep the peace. This will not work and it is being proven in Europe and England as we speak.
        Muslims put their religion ahead of all else and that definitely includes government. Islam is their government and don't get in the way ....

        September 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        january2454:
        That's right my fellow American: May God spare the USA from being taken-over and destroyed by the deadly ideology called Islam. As it is now, the USA is not the same any more since Muslims have mestatised Islam throughout the whole CONUS. Muslims have already disturbed the normal rhythm of our American lives. As a relatively young nation, the USA must get ready to face, apart from the civil war, a more serious crisis when we will try so free ourselves from the oppression of Islam. But when a cancer has mestatised throughout a human body, it means an almost certain death to such body or to such nation.

        September 17, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I don't know about your neck of teh wood but inour town in California, a day after 9/11, the Muslim community joined other interfaith group to honor the victims of the tragedy of 9/11. Also, There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        "Peace-loving" Muslim-Arabs-Islamist rejoiced and shouted of joy in just about every country oppressed by Islam as seen on TV on 9/11. They celebrated the mass-murder of about 2700 Americans, including some Muslim-Americans.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      We tend to hear and see what we "want" to hear and see! American Muslim and other Muslims for that matter were loud and clear against the criminals who committed 9/11. This is a shorted version I what I posted above for Pat:

      There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.
      If you can't remember these from past is because you WANT to believe Muslims are bad!

      September 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • iseveryoneblind

        I do remember the candlelight vigils and the condolences from Arab countries. I also remember the celebrations of Muslims everywhere. Also to quote Iran as being sorry for what happened is pure bull. Time and again the Iranian government has publicly laughed and joked about 9-11. If we could all set religon aside and live as humans that would be great but it will never happen. All religon has there books that tell you to live like this do like that. They are just that books of fiction that people take as literal. I do not believe that Mary was magically impregnated by God when Joseph was away, any more than I believe Muhommed went up in a space ship to meet all the prophets and gods of lesser meaning to tell him he is the true prophet. These are fairy tales from a time when humans were not advanced and to this day humans kill each other in the name of there God. Religon was and still is a tool of control and profit. I do believe in a higher power, not in the religous books made by man. The core of all religous material speaks the same message. Common Sense

        September 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        To iseveryoneblind below:

        Your response is the prove that you see what you want to see :). I didn't say anything about Iranian Government. The one mentioned were reaction of Iranian PEOPLE. The problem are the governments, either Iran, USA , or Israel. People of those countries can get along fine, if left alone. Peace, Shalom, Salam

        September 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • michael

        i think that a lot of us remember watching people in countys like iran danceing in the street handing out candy to celebrate the attack on 9/11

        September 15, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Michael,

        In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks 9/11, President Khatami of Iran released the following statement: "On behalf of the Iranian government and the nation, I condemn the hijacking attempts and terrorist attacks on public centers in American cities which have killed a large number of innocent people."

        There were also numerous spontaneous candlelight vigils held throughout Iran in mourning of the victims of those attacks.

        Now, what was it you were saying about people dancing in the streets and handing out candy to celebrate the attacks in Iran? Get your facts right before you continue spilling your prejudiced venom. You are, simply put, totally wrong in your assertion.

        September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        Wow, you put quotes around it! Please provide the publishing source. If Khatami said it and you quote it, you should have the publishing source and date handy. Thanks.

        September 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Iran Press Service, September 12, 2001

        September 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        Oh, the Iran Press Service. That unbiased news agency? Our news agencies are more accurate, fair and unbiased. I try to be fair and give people the benefit of the doubt, but that source is totally biased. He may or may not have said that. If you can find a source in a western publication supporting Khatami's words, I'll believe it. I can't take that as a creditable source. I hope you are getting your news from sources other than the Middle East.

        September 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        And why would the Iran Press service lie about a statement by President Khatami, a statement that was also reported in the Western press, which you apparently trust blindly. I would hope that you were using, in addition to that "trustworthy" press, sources from the Middle East. Otherwise, how are you going to know what "the other side" is saying. Do you seriously trust our press? Yes, I do use sources other than American sources, because, if I were to do so, I would know as little as you do about this world. And, yes, I have seen news distorted by the US press that was reported accurately in the Mexican and Brazilian press, as later admitted by US officials. Go ahead, drink the official KoolAid. Drown in it, for all I care. I gave you what you wanted. Now go do us all a favor and choke on it.

        September 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        I'll pray for you. I hope your venom subsides. I'll pray for that. I'll also pray that you won't blindly trust everything you read in print or hear on news. If you read my words closely, I said I felt our news was more unbiased. I didn't say 100% believable. I think it is possible that Khatami could have said those words. I will always take what the Iran Press Service prints or says with a "grain of salt". You appear to be part of the problem, not part of the solution. Thanks for the venom.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Spare me your prayers. I don't want them.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        That's the really cool part of America and my faith. I can pray for anyone I want! I'm still going to pray for you. I'm going to pray that good things happen to and for you. We have nothing without hope.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Hi man... whats your problem... don't you agree that America doesn't like Iran and Iran doesn't like us... that's the truth... why and why not is not the issue... you need to learn how to move forward... instead getting stuck in the past... I am a Muslim but I speak all the time against Muslims if they are wrong... bottom line is stand for the Truth...

        September 15, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        See below:
        There was a candlelight vigil in Iran shortly after the attacks, attended by "more than 3,000 mostly young people" (New York Times, 9/21/01). A few days earlier (9/15/01), the Times reported that "thousands of people attending a World Cup qualifying match between Bahrain and Iran observed a moment of silence." Palestinians gathered for a candlelight vigil in Jerusalem (Baltimore Sun, 9/15/01) As NPR reported, "Most Arab leaders were quick to denounce the attacks. Jordan's King Hussein, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent their condolences. Officials in Syria, Kuwait and other Gulf nations expressed sympathy for the American people and the families of the victims.

        September 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngryJew

      I have met some very nice Muslim people. I think that most religions, if not all, have extremists in them.

      September 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        I agree! If we forget that part of our belief system which says " I am the only one with the right answer" , All Religions become a partway to the heaven!

        September 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steven Reede

        I married a lovely Muslim woman. Now she can't go to her home country for fear of being stoned to death for marrying a Christian.

        September 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olga

      You are so right. At time of 9/11 my husband worked at company that employed many "refugees" from Bosnia, which were mostly very young muslims fleeing war in Yugoslavia. I remember myself glued to tv for days and crying every time I saw footage of attacks and following destruction. I was angry beyond anything after my husband told me that his co-workers, those young Bosnian people, celebrated this tragedy by dancing and saying insulting words toward America and its people. They had no regards for the country that provided them with education, jobs and other refugee benefits, they had no feelings for the families of innocent victims of this vicious attacks. These people grew up in hatred toward America and other religions. No matter what they say, I will never believe those people. They have no right to be here, let alone helping them in America or anywhere else. Muslims just use us for their own benefit, if they need to. I dont hate them, but do feel sorry for the way they were brought up. There was no one in their life to teach them love instead of hate. Their religion will always be their priority, they are unstoppable in hatred.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        I agree with your comments regarding that specific situation. We just don't know the percentage of Muslims that hate America, the ones that support America or the number in between. My personal fear and opinion is the minority of Muslims worldwide that are radicals is 15-20% (that is hate America) The majority, I'm guessing, around 60% lean toward supporting Islamic views but want tolerance of others. They may of may not like America. The remaining 20% in my guess, have a favorable view of America. So, the majority don't stand up to the radicals. If they did, they would be perceived as supporting America. I think, my opionion, is the majority of good Muslims are afraid or hesitant to recalim their religion. I personally will never understand their contradictions. They even kill each other in hatred. It may be a minority of people again, but Alawite, Sunni, Shiite and Kurds, etc. don't get along. Christ preached love your enemy, but it is hard when you feel you have to defend yourself. It's not a clear cut issue. But I personally think the solution is for the Muslims to reclaim their religion as the peaceful religion they say it is.

        September 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • American

        You are making this up to stir hatred! Shame on you!

        September 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Olga: You are right: They are all ungrateful and traitor Muslims; I don’t know why our government keeps bringing them here so they can destroy our country from within with that worthless ideology called Islam.

        September 17, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        JMP... I saw most of your statements... and concluded that ... you are a Raciest... trying hard to spread hate among others... good luck... hate monger...

        September 17, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Jose M. Pulido

        Nasrullah Mohammed:
        If you cannot stand to read the truth about Islam and its murderous intentions toward American and Israelis and just about every on eels who is not Muslim, you can leave this blog instead of making your vicious comments about us who tell you the truth.
        You do not seem to realize that by defending Mohammed and Islam, you are defending a child molester, a womanizer a mass murderer and a deadly ideology; Islam is not a believer-friendly religion but a worthless and useless ideology designed to destroy countries from within.
        And keep in mind this is the USA where we have freedom of speech so we can tell the truth no matter how painful it may be to you. Is that clear? It is advisable for you to get used to America freedom of speech, which Islam is trying to eliminate. There is also freedom or religion but as I said, Islam is not a religion—it is a deadly, worthless and useless ideology. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation—and He said that 600 years before Islam came around.

        September 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Freedom of speach

    You can talk down any religion in the world and that's OK, CNN is not worried about repercussions or hurt feelings, say something bad about Islam or the Koran, and the Obama news media fears riots and and death. The only reason the news media wont stand up is because of FEAR, they are all COWARDS

    September 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Yep.

      Remember when American taxpayers were forced to use their tax dollars to pay for a piece of "art" called "P is s Chr i st?

      It was a crucifix soaked in a jar of u rine. But the Democrats insisted that not only was this a legitimate expression of the "artist's" First Amendment rights, but that taxpayers must also fund this "art" through the National Endowment for the Arts.

      Did Christians kill anybody over that? No. Would Muslims have done so if it had been Mo hamm ed? Absolutely.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        It is the difference between the societies not the religion. We are more tolerant (not 100% though) in USA no matter if we are Christian or Muslim, as you have not seen American Muslim burning any flags for the Danish Cartoons or the filthy film shown on the YouTube also.

        Show the Art in which Jesus was insulated in a Christan African Country (or Philippines for that matter) and you see a different reaction.

        September 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Phil Stout

    I personally think the problem with Islam is the Sharia law aspect of it. Any religion that strictly focuses on how man relates to God and how God judges man is protected by the first amendment. When someone uses "religious practices" to apply a concept such as Sharia law, then they no longer have protection under the first amendment. Sharia law tells Muslims how he judges and punishes man (supposed to be strictly other Muslsims) because God (Allah) said to. Democrat laws covering all people set the laws and punishment for man judging man. Not a religion even a Christian religion.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Phil,
      Shariya is a big thing... it has many twists and turns... only few Imams can talk about it... so any Imam with little knowledge can be dangerous... Actually Bin Ladin, Taliban, Pakistan, Egypt and terroriest misqoute Shariya and carry out killings... that's agaist Quran...

      September 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Amen!

        September 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • alf564

        It may be against the Koran but Sharia law is still used and abused by Muslims in every Muslim country. It is barbaric and interpreted any way the KILLERS want to use it

        September 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Correct... bottom line is few only understand that Imam's are the real problem not Islam...

        September 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khalil

      America does not live by Sharia law, however if people in Muslim countries wish to live under such law then that is their choice. It is not our place as Americans to tell the rest of the world how to live.
      Our country is in such poor shape right now, we have so many problems and issues within our country that require attention and resources. Why do we need to dish Billions of Dollars to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and other countries when our own country is struggling? Look at the state of our School system, our infastructure, our health care, our roads and bridges. Don't you all think we should be more worried about the future of American children than the Children of Israel and Egypt?

      September 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Khalil,

        Here's what non-Muslim fear in America: A Muslim majority.

        You know and I know that when that happens, America will be a terrible place for a non-Muslim to live . . . just as all of the Muslm-majority nations around the world already are terrible places for non-Muslims to live.

        September 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Sharia Law in Islam is nothing more than the Laws given to Jews, Christian, or Mormons. They all have realized that some of those laws are not applicable to the society so they are gradually have vanished. Killing the son if he disobeyed the parent is required in the old testament but is abolished now. Divorce is against Christianity principles but no husband can deny his wife's request for divorce because he or she is christian. Mormons have abolished multiple wives dogma. You don't find any Muslim with 4 wives in USA! Why? Because, Even though it is allowed, Muslims are supposed to follow the Law of Land, so they have dropped that practice. My guess is that in few generations Muslim Religious Laws will be reduced to dietary laws similar to Jewish Kosher Laws.

        September 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        Of course America doesn't have Sharia law. I just hope and pray it never changes. I would like to see America spend more of it's resources right now on our needs. It is very hard to provide help and support to countries that then attack us. It's okay if they disagree with us (our government) But, our government should continually assess if we should keep giving money to countries that hate us. You attack my government, you attack me. Some countries seem to think that hating our government is not the same as hating the people. I'm not suggesting we are trying to buy good behavior. It's a tough choice. As a Christian, I don't think countries of the world should persecute and kill people of other cultures. My family and church helps food pantries and needy families. That is one of many things Christ preached about. Mankind needs to work hard a being good.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Sharia Law in Islam is similar to the Laws given to Jews, Christian, or Mormons. They all have realized that some of those laws are not applicable to the society so they are gradually have vanished. Killing the son if he disobeyed the parent is required in the old testament but is abolished now. Divorce is against Christianity principles but no husband can deny his wife's request for divorce because he or she is christian. Mormons have abolished multiple wives dogma. You don't find any Muslim with 4 wives in USA! Why? Because, Even though it is allowed, Muslims are supposed to follow the Law of Land, so they have dropped that practice. My guess is that in few generations Muslim Religious Laws will be reduced to dietary laws similar to Jewish Kosher Laws.

      September 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Phil Stout

    Wow, we need to be a little nicer. Philosophy of religion is not black and white. I'm a Christian. Jesus Christ was a real person and I believe that Christ died on the cross for my sins. Was he the son of God? I don't know that. I can't prove that. But, I do want to believe that. Does God exist? I don't know. No one does. That isn't the real point of Christianity to me. The Bible talks about how "man" (people) can live a better life. Without rules, morals and values, people have no direction, and anarchy will grow. The Bible in my opinion is a book to try and help people improve society and live better. Christ preached about helping the poor, disabled, and how to treat one another. Does it matter if he is the son of God. Not to me, that isn't the point. If a Christian Church starts killing or attacking other people in the name of God, I'll speak out against it. There is no room for hard liberal or conservative beliefs in religion. Those are my thoughts.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  55. Religion of Peace

    this article is the usual apologist nonesence. learning any more of Islam wont make it any more real. "Woe is me, im muslim and am getting bad press" well so are the christians..and religion in general.

    Religion is utter garbage... none of it is real

    September 13, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil Stout

      Religion is real. It's a way for people to try and make sense of their existence. It helps to give their life meaning and purpose. It gives morals and values that help us treat people better and be a better society. It gives up hope that when we die our souls live on. Aren't you amazed when you look someone in the eye and see their soul? It is amazing! The problems in religions are the same anyone faces in life, it can be taken to extremes. The Bible talks about the struggles between people, God and Satan. Most movies address the same issues, good vs. evil. God represents good and Satan is evil. Life is a struggle between good and evil. So, we live religion every day in my opinion. It's what we do with it that makes a difference, good or bad.

      September 13, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  56. tharwt abdelrhman nser mohmed

    In the name of God the Merciful Peace, mercy and blessings of God I Egyptian If Abttm Egypt's security and stability will not enjoy the United States has stated Powered that U.S. forces have fully prepared to enter the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Can Almkhnsen you attack Egypt Are you drunk Egypt saidher tomb invaders and you know very well this argument and you know soldiers Egypt whatever Nchertm corruption in our young soldier Egyptian is not afraid is not giving up and of the State of Egypt was only the Zlt Do not forget the glory of the United Kingdom in the past and what it has become now not forget the Mongols and the extent of their own and when to fight them to Egypt destroyedKingdom of the Mongols, Persians also not Tadmro your state and Tqdo on your young people and your families and Tvkor in this foolish thinking and peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings

    September 13, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  57. Ali Oxen Frii

    You and your holy book believe in an Invisible all-powerful all-knowing and loving deity, and for some reason the followers of this peaceful loving invisible deity (that NEVER gives ANY indication of actually existing) are inspired to violence when insulted by followers of other invisible deitys. So here's the deal.... those of you who believe in supernatural gods will be banished from the planet, because those of us who live in the real world are tired of you ruining and impeeding our natural progress. If you can't get a ride off the planet, one will certainly be provided for you, although you may not like it.

    September 13, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Aminur Rashid

      To ali oxen frii, what you have just questioned about the reality of our only one God in Islam, I, as a muslim, feel sorry for 9/11, but what the author has said in this blog is true that the act in 9/11 has nothing to do with what Islam is all about.

      You are most welcomed to read and understand Islam with through The Holy Quran at first.

      February 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Chandra

    Amazing level of ignorance! Just watched video at Colorado public TV website http://www.cpt12.org about 9/11. If all that explosives were involved in that tragedy against humanity, definitely muslims & Islam has nothing to do with it. Muslims took the blame and more than a million of them died as a result of war on terror. We lost all our civil liberties and blinded by pseudo patriotism. We are willingly sending our young sons & daughters to die in foreign lands while the real terrorists are war profiteering and controlling the corporate media to feed your ignorance.
    These are very dark days in US since people like you just thrive on fear mongoring messages that reinforce your beliefs. It would be enlightening to seek knowledge and facts based on science which made this great country an exceptional one. By the way, it's normal to be scared when media is constantly correlating you with violence when you have nothing to do with it.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Karen

    Most of the Muslims I have personally met act more Christian than some of the Christians I know. For example, one Muslim served a dinner every Christmas for all his poorer patients and invited scores of others. He treated every patient even those who had no money. The key that makes the United States work is the separation of church and state. Everyone is free to practice any religion they believe or do not believe. I have come to believe that democracy is impossible without this separation. Until the Middle East figures this out, peace will be impossible. Most Americans accept Muslims and readily admit that every religion has its fanatics.

    September 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Stout

      I agree with you. That is well said about separation of Church and State. That is the problem with Islam. The Sharia law aspect and parts of the Quran that state how man judges man is a problem for Democracy. Muslims cannot force that on other countries. If a Middle Eastern country wants this as their "democracy" then they have to be tolerant of other countries that have a seperate justice system as part of their democracy.

      September 13, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Sharia Law in Islam is nothing more than the Laws given to Jews, Christian, or Mormons. They all have realized that some of those laws are not applicable to the society so they are gradually have vanished. Killing the son if he disobeyed the parent is required in the old testament but is abolished now. Divorce is against Christianity principles but no husband can deny his wife's request for divorce because he or she is christian. Mormons have abolished multiple wives dogma. You don't find any Muslim with 4 wives in USA! Why? Because, Even though it is allowed, Muslims are supposed to follow the Law of Land, so they have dropped that practice. My guess is that in few generations Muslim Religious Laws will be reduced to dietary laws similar to Jewish Kosher Laws.

        September 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Wow.

        Could Sumbul's timing have possibly been worse?

        She's on here trying to defend the indefensible - Islam.

        It's an E vil C ult of D eath, as her fellow Muslims are proving right now in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere.

        She should just give up and convert. It would be a whole lot easier than trying to convince the world that Islam is civilized.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  60. dudley

    One way to get rid of the fear: speak out! Be the One, Single, Only Muslim that will speak out against what Muslims do: kill people randomly.

    Be a rockstar in America instantly. Speak Out!

    September 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ProLogic

    Let me clearly state in the beginning that I am neither for, nor against any religion at all. Like many other open-minded fiercely secular person, I believe that the same knife that can save life in the hand of a Surgeon, can also take life in the hand of a murderer. Blame not the knife, but the bearer of it! Likewise, while religion helped most people leading a principled and guided life, it has also produced some fanatics, fundamentalist and die-hards as a by-product. But even though the numbers of these nuts are only a small fraction of the whole, these groups are very vocal, visible and active.
    If we look at the history closely, we can have very strong and successful argument both for and against any religious group being good, bad or ugly.
    Being said that, the following issues related to Islam must be recognized in the current world:
    1. Due to initial aggressive method of coming into being, and some war-mongering scripture in Quran, Muslims are more likely to be relatively less tolerant compared to Christians, Hindus, Buddhist or Jewish. This is not towards other religion really, but towards each other as well (point in case, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia, just to name a few).
    2. The people belonging to countries are riddled with multiple problems – lack of Democracy, Economy, Technology and last but not least Military power (this might generate inferiority complex and cause low-intensity, small-scale constant friction due to trivial matters)
    3. Serious absence of rule-of-law in most of the Muslim countries (which progressive/modern government will allow thugs and plebeians to raid an Embassy and kill or kidnap or threat diplomats in today’s world?)
    4. Even though it is claimed by Ms. Ali-Karamali that Muslim leaders denounced the violence many times, those were/are either not sufficient or not making bold headlines to make a difference. The clear and strong statements are needed equally to assure non-Muslims and to imprint in the minds of ordinary Muslims folks that violent reaction to criticism of Islam by anyone at anytime is both bad and stupid in this modern society. A religion can only prove to others a true great religion if it is able to withstand a bit of mocking and cursing and criticism (isn’t that happened in case of all religion of books? The followers were tormented, not only criticized, and still they eventually prevailed …)
    Let’s not fool ourselves; it is a tough, long and hard road. But before anything else, Muslims must recognize this as a problem instead of instinctively blaming others to begin an end of this mutual lack of respect or trust.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      "4. Even though it is claimed by Ms. Ali-Karamali that Muslim leaders denounced the violence many times, those were/are either not sufficient or not making bold headlines to make a difference."

      The reason it didn't make bold headlines is that our Media either ignored them or placed them in the last page. Why? Basically, those disclaimer are not newsworthy! and may be our media (at least on the right side) wants to keep us in dark!

      September 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. princess

    Islam is not violence,and we shouldn't make fun of any religion.If someone is a Muslim they shouldn't be treated in a bad way. Don't judge people from outside or their looks,for that you should know people from their heart.I am proud to be a muslim.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Sam

      Here's a message to all the muslims who are trying to convince the civilized world that Islam is a religion of peace.
      Control your mongrel dogs. If you don't control the radical elements of your so-called religion of peace, we will believe that you condone their actions, in which case you are an enemy of the U.S.A. and will be treated as such.

      September 13, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        I agree 100%. The problem is the Quran states to never criticize or speak against another Muslim. So, peaceful Muslims won't stop or speak out against the radicals. I personally believe they are hoping the radicals are successful, but won't state that in public. The Muslim culture is very adept at stating one thing publicly and privately saying something else. They did this during WWII in the north Africa campaign. They denounced HItler, but gave his army support. The real problem and difference between Christianity and Islam is; Christianity is about how man relates to God, Islam is about how many relates to God but also provides "laws" about how man judges man. This is the root problem of Islam. This man judging man laws is what fuels the radicals. Christianity has the 10 commandments and laws that "man" is not to violate. But, with Christianity, God is the ultimate judge of sins violating God's laws.

        September 13, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Phil Stout,
        I am a Muslim and I follow Quran 100%... What you said is misleading that we can't tell to a Muslim brother that he is wrong even though if he is wrong ... Actually it is the other way around...
        Moreover killing any innocent is not Jihad... killing a terrorist (doen't matter Muslim or no Muslim) is Jihad... I can say this anywhere you like.... I live in San Diego... let me know if you need my phone number or you like to meet or say it in your chruch or before any camera...
        For your information killing ANY innocent is one of the biggest sin in Islam...
        Taliban, Bin Ladin, terrorist in Pakistan, Egypt or any other part of the world should be hunted and killed...
        These people are cancer to Islam... they must be eliminated... I can say this any where and any place... Try me...
        But please note that 90% of Muslims in the world don't follow Quran or Islam 100%... They follow misguided Imams, Priests, Pastors, Rabbi's and many bad leaders like Bin Ladin... They pick and choose verses from Quran... as you know when you take text out of context it is misleading... little knowledge is dangerous...

        September 13, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Phil Stout, you stated, "The problem is the Quran states to never criticize or speak against another Muslim." Would you please cite your reference (Surah and Ayat, preferably). I have read the Qur'an several times and I don't recall having come across this prohibition.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        I'll look for the quote or source of information. If I'm wrong as you say, then why don't the peaceful Muslims reclaim Islam? If the major of Muslims are not radicals, why is the minority so powerful? Why do the majority seem to live in fear of the minority? Do you consider yourself Muslim? I'm a Christian. I don't have a problem with any religion that focuses on how man relates to God.

        September 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        They can control their "radicals" as much as we can control ours. How do you control mass murders we are seeing on news almost on weekly basis? The most recent one was the one in Theater in Colorado, the guy who shot American Sikhs, and the grocery store clerk. What about abortion clinic murders? Extremists are all the same: no matter what they claim as the reason, they are sick criminal that must be caught one by one and removed from the society.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Hi man relax... you are scaring everybody... just go to bed... otherwise you look a terrorist... just don't hate... learn to love... remember when you are pointing a finger at somebody three are pointed to you... just let it go...

    September 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • do you get high

      if only the whole word got baked more often and stopped believing in FAIRY TALES then maybe more love can be spread eh

      September 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        I AM WITH YOU 100% MAN... Remember drop by drop makes ocean... we just two together can make a difference...

        September 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. mike

    Sorry, but I have to ask this, what is a Muslim American anyway. As opposed to an Catholic American, Protestant American or Baptist American. How about an Irish Catholic American. LMAO...C'mon people, stop hyphenating "American". My simple message is this...If you don't like it here...LEAVE...but wait...you don't want to...but why...ah yes...because you KNOW you have it better here than any other place on EARTH...so shut up!

    September 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • trtrt

      I think if you travel to other parts of the world, you will see that the U.S.A is not the greatest place in the world to live, not by a long shot buddy.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • jiripinkas

        I have traveled around this planet for 45 years or so. What country is better – why are people risking their lives
        to enter America? Because they will have an opportunity for a better life here in the USA. We ain't perfect but
        this is the place to be. Problem with Muslims is this – Muslims are Muslims first and everything else second. When
        you come to America be an American first and everything else second. And shut up about your beliefs – nobody cares
        about your Allah and your peaceful religion of Islam. What we see are nutcases murdering innocents in the name
        of some god that most of us do not believe even exists. AMEN

        September 13, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Hi jiripinkas,
        I am a Muslim... I agree with you that America is the best place to live... I love America... I am a human first and rest next... I don't insult people... I respect America and fulfill all my duties towards America... I also fulfill as a Muslim my duties towards my God... but I will never fall back to help America to fight a terrorist...... To be frank enough terrorism is a cancer to Islam and to this whole world... a terrorist not necessarily has to be a Muslim... can be anybody...
        But you need to be careful before you insult any other religion... I am writing to you because you seems to be a balance person... everybody is different... just relax and try to creat peace... if you can't then it is better to be silent sometims rather than to say something... appreciate it... thanks...

        September 13, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  65. Kevin

    Wait, Ms. Ali-Karamali – tell the story about that mosque being burned again. Wow, all Muslim-Americans are soooooo oppressed. What a travesty.

    Here's what you sound like: "There was this one time a guy looked a Muslim weird, and then he walked away. It was weird. Being a Muslim in America is a catastrophe."

    Non-Muslim Americans' treatment of Muslim Americans has been extremely good, with of course, a few disgusting exceptions. Fact.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  66. ruthie

    what a great piece you just wrote ,thanks for sharing..

    September 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  67. ruthie

    Wow , very well said , you are a true American, thank you !

    September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  68. january2454

    A few years back, propaganda like that of the Muslim author of this piece might have had some buyers.

    Not today. We've seen too much. We know what Islam is. It's an e vil c ult of d eath.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Snork123

    Author says: "Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence".

    The author seems to think that the condemnation of the 9/11 attacks by a few Muslims will somehow erase the countless, daily acts of violence practiced in the name of Islam. Islam is viewed not on the basis of what some Muslims claim it is, but on the basis of what it does.

    The recent murder of the US ambassador to Libya, done in the "defense of Islam" is only one more example that Islam is clearly preaching violence.

    The author is an American Muslim woman who is able to show her face in public, receive an education, express her views, and not fear that her husband will beat her, because she doesn't live in a nation controlled by Islam. Maybe she wants Islam to be something other than what it is. But it can only be what it really is. Claiming that it is something else only shows that the author is either ignorant or deliberately perpetuating a lie.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Sambul picked a great day to publish her article . . . the day after 9/11 and the day of the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

      Islam is an E vil D eath C ult, and no amount of propaganda will change that fact.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youremakinmecrazy

      I cheer Sumbul's article, but a big part of the problem is that, at least in my opinion, we have seen very few Muslims standing up in anger against the terrorists who murder and create mayhem in the name of Islam. If they are indeed "countless" as she says, let's put a count to it. I don't think it will be very high.

      The controversy about the mosque to be built near the WTC is a perfect example, as it was the perfect opportunity for American Muslims to stand up and protest the mosque knowing it was salt in the wound of American's still angry over the attack. Some may have spoken out against it, but not enough to create a sense of whose side they are really on.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leonardo

        I don't think many Americans will ever respect that mosque.

        September 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • jfairweather

        Muslims have repeatedly made public statements denouncing terrorism but the haters out there are deaf to this. Perhaps the haters missed the news stories about the Muslims who tried to save the life of the Ambassador or of the Muslims who gathered at the scene the following day carrying signs condemning the actions of the perpetrators. The thing about hate is that it is blind.
        Americans killed 150,000 innocent Muslims (non combatants) during the first five months of the invasion of Iraq. (This is a fact, based on house-to-house information gathering done by an international group of aid workers, with the results published in the British medical journal The Lancet – a highly esteemed and reliable publication that has been around since 1823.) I don't remember us ever apologizing for this.

        September 26, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Pleb

      Indeed and very succinctly put – none of them or the Hindus for that matter can be trusted

      September 13, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Khalil

      There are 1.5 billion muslims in the world. The people who commit these crimes are a tiny minority of muslims. Are you responsible for every crime a christian commits? Seriously? Stop the Hate People!!!

      September 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Khalil,

        A "tiny minority" of Muslims who are bloodthirsty jihadists still amounts to millions of people.

        If Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or others were committing murder, we'd be condemning them. You know that's not happening. You know very well that it's Muslims who are murdering innocents around the globe.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
      • SFK

        Ok, so please educate acorss the worldsand make some videos condeming those Muslims. I bet they would kill you! Opps, that was the truth!

        September 16, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  70. Ed B

    Judging by the author's photo, she appears to be a non-traditional, Westernized young Muslima. That, and her not wearing a hijab would get her stoned to death in about half of the Muslim countries on this Earth. And at least severely scolded in most of the others.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Pleb

      Don't be fooled by the looks they are all tarred with the same brush

      September 13, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  71. Betters

    Who cares if some people know some Muslims that seem nice or this gal seems reasonable or normal. You have to judge Islam based on what happens when they are in charge of a country and the evidence we have all over the world is indisputable.....in every single country where they are the majority.... women are treated like cattle, all non Muslims are persecuted and not allowed to openly practice or follow their beliefs and are often killed, gays are murdered, there is no freedom, no liberty, horrible living standards, barbaric oppressive government. Do not flee to western counties and expect or demand as you do for us to accept your 7th century beliefs and absorb your hatred and violence. Stay in your own countries and we should just get out of your way as you destroy each other and yourselves

    September 12, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      You're right, Betters.

      There is no Muslim-majority country on the face of the earth where non-Muslims can live in peace and safety.

      And no amount of propaganda can overcome that fact.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        And your hatred for Muslims and Islam will never change. They could say Islam is at fault for global warming and you would believe that.

        September 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Realist2408

    Ms. Ali-Karamali,

    It is not misinformation about islam that drives Americans to dislike and distrust muslims, it is incontrovertible FACTS, starting with the fact that terrorists killed over 3,000 Americans on 9/11 in the name of islam. Muslim terrorists continue to kill thousands and leaders of islam regularly lead prayers that include chants of "Death to America" and call for Israel to be wiped from the face of the Earth. Those are facts, not misinformation.

    September 12, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Thank you, Realist. I'm hoping that the author of this piece is reading these comments so that she can learn how people feel about Islam and why.

      September 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  73. january2454

    True.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  74. Stilgar

    I have read the article, yopur comments and concerns and the comments of the various readers which range from tolerance to rage. I am not American but Canadian and as such live in an country where tolerance is expected of all citizens for all religions and cultures so long as they operate within the recognized boundries for civilized individuals. Unfortunately as a religion "Muslim" cannot be recognized as being either tolerant or civilized as they as a group have not acted in that manner in any location or part of the world. Check todays headlines.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Agree.

      September 12, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  75. UncleSam4Ever

    This article reminds me of the O'Jays song "Backstabbers" – "What they do, They smile in your face, All the time they want to take your place."

    Every time there is a muslim terror attack or atrocity the mouthpieces of islam spout the party line that islam is a peaceful religion, all the while the mullahs and imams lead prayers of "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel"! and operatives plot the next attack.

    The Western world has to wake up! Islam is not a religion, it is a ruthless, brutal cult that is bent on global domination through violence.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Ruthless, brutal cult bent on world domination. Yes. I'd say that pretty much describes Islam.

      September 12, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  76. Greg

    Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali,
    Here are a few reason why Muslims are the way they are in this country.
    Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo
    Libya
    This is just in 24 hours because they can not lighten up. It is OK for Muslims to mock the western cultures and other religions but as soon as anyone makes a statement about them it is a fight, can't take it don't dish it out.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Why do you hold Muslims in the United States for actions committed by Muslims in other countries? You choose to judge billions of people on the actions of a few. You choose to punish innocents in the United States for crimes committed abroad. So much for our bill of rights. So much for our beacon of freedom.

      September 12, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  77. deep blue

    you only have to read the comments on this article to see that the problem the author describes is very real.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  78. wjshelton

    I have seen clips from the film in question. This movie was designed to provoke people and that it did. It is also badly produced and insulting to the extreme. Now, tell me, how did it come to be shown where the producers would have known that it would cause a violent reaction. Do you not smell a rat? I certainly do.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      "This movie was designed to provoke"
      certainly it was, but in the US we respect the producers' rights to make statements, even inflammatory ones. That right is in the same amendment that many of these bozos want to shred up and throw in the trash can. The video does not justify the violent reaction in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere, just as those demonstrations do not justify the oppression of innocent Muslim Americans who had nothing to do with the demonstrations.

      September 12, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        In essence, I agree with your statement, deep blue. That, however, does not invalidate my question about why this film was made and then shown where it is highly likely to provoke a violent reaction. Your condemnation, as well as mine, of that violent reaction in both Libya and Egypt, must also be seen in the light of our western cultural values. The producer, as an obvious Islamophobe has caused a reaction that "confirms" his biases, but it also plays into the hands of those fundmentalist Muslims who distort Islam's message into one that is hateful and violent. They now have more ammunition to use when they screech "See, the West is at war with Islam, as they hate us." At first blush, it would seem that they are right.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  79. deep blue

    We need to feed the bill of rights into the shredder. Some Muslim Americans are violent, so it is too dangerous for us to respect the rights of our fellow Americans. We have no evidence of wrongdoing by these Americans, but some Muslims across the world have committed atrocities against the United States, so we cannot give them the luxury of trial by jury. Guilt by association is sufficient. The idealist values of the past, the beacon of liberty for the world, was too naive. Multiculturalism is dead. Oppress or be oppressed because this is the America we want to live in.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tahir

      Dear, i heard once "judge a man by character not by religion" and i do believe what ever the religion is there is a space of tolerance. same in islam. 🙂 Good Day

      September 12, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Tahir,

        If I'm not a Muslim, in which Muslim-majority country would you advise me to live where I can be both safe and happy?

        What? None of them? What does that say about Islam? It says EVERYTHING.

        September 12, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  80. amr

    here is a tip for the people who replied bad thing about muslims .learn more about muslims before backbite .you can't talk about a religion if you don't know him. search muslims and you will find out that they are really nice people .don't think negative thoughts straight away. put you're self in they're.....how would if someone talked about you're religion. if you don't know anything about muslims then you don't have the right to talk about them.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Free Thinker

      Plain and simple any religion that indoctintrates hate unto others is a FALSE religion that we were warned about long ago. The true God teaches only love....NEVER hate. Islam teaches hate to others outside the religion.

      September 12, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Mr Reality

        To Free Thinker: Use your "free thinking" and start to examine the logic behind believing Islam is for violence and hatred as opposed to the Christianity which is for love and peace. Most Muslims are peaceful and want to live productive lives, some turn to violence. Can anything be said different of Christianity? If you feel that the Bible is a book of peace and the Koran just encourages violence I suggest you read Deuteronomy 20:10-18 and Deut. 22:13-30. The OT Bible has many passages like this especially in the Torah. If we are going to take the Muslim's book of faith and condemn it as nothing more than a book of violence, is it not fair that we at least say some of the teachings in our Bible are immoral?

        September 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  81. brandon

    muslim religion is a barbaric religion in disguise. the muslims say that it is a book of peace, but why most muslim are so violent like peace is never an option for them. they easily result to murder and massacre other people, their own neighbors and families simply because of the most simplest provocations or misunderstandings. then justify themselves as being a hero for what they have done. something is wrong with this people and it clearly has to do with the muslim/islam religion.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  82. Bob Tremain

    Today we saw the religion of peace strike at several American Embasies.

    America with a many trillion debt sends millions or billions of aid to countries that hate us.

    Islam is evil
    The west is stupid, or just afraid

    September 12, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  83. Shak

    So let me get this straight, certain people want religious free dom to be forced upon other nations,yet they do not want to give that same free dom to those in this nation? How cute.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  84. Shak

    Hey Bob, did you go by a different name perchance, Jakerman
    '

    September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  85. january2454

    Bob,

    Thank you for posting the unassailable facts about Islam - which is that it is a scourge on humankind.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  86. Raj

    I am an Indian Hindu and we in India have experienced the worst of Islam. A genocide of Hindus was committed by muslim invaders, which unfortunately is not taught in history lessons due to political correctness. I am glad that Americans have identified the threat early before muslims become a large proportion of the population. Islam poses a threat to all humanity and must be destroyed before it destroys all of us.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Raj,

      Many in the world DO know about the genocide of Hindus by Muslims.

      The worst indictment of Islam is that there is no Muslim-majority country where non-Muslims can live in peace and safety.

      There are MANY people who agree with you that Islam is a threat to all of humanity. I am definitely one of them.

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

      DAM true

      September 12, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sadeem

      yes that is true the Muslims are killing buddist too in myanmar muslims,just google myanmar muslims pictures and see for your self the pictures ofMuslims

      September 12, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob Tremain

        That is Islam at its best

        You must be proud

        September 12, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • sooner

      Well said Raj. I really feel bad when muslims say that they are peace loving religion. Nobody talks about the mass murder of hindus and mass conversion of hindus, extortion and rape of hindu women committed by the muslim rulers. Pakistan once was predominantly hindu and buddhists. Muslim rulers did a mass conversion of all the people there.
      Shame on them.

      September 12, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  87. deep blue

    President Bush said: "we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
    When you defame your neighbors simply for their religious beliefs, you cast a shadow on our beacon of freedom. We are a country of immigrants, founded on the principle that everyone has the right to worship the deity of their choice.
    I do not ask you to forgive those who have harmed or intend to harm this country. I simply ask that you judge your fellow Americans not by their house of worship, but rather by the content of their character.

    September 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      If you claim to know an entire religion, I say you have judged naught but the eye you traded for, and the world goes blind in hate.

      September 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Deep Blue,

      As you Muslim? If so, I expect you to keep defending the evil cult of death and violence which is Islam.

      If you aren't, how can you deny the fact that there is NO Muslim-majority country in the entire world where a non-Muslim can live in peace and safety?

      September 12, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob Tremain

        Amen brother
        The truth is hard to ignore, but our pc and apologetic and cowardly leader pretend the do not know.

        September 12, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Sky

        Non-Muslims are generally safe in Lebanon and Jordan, but since that does not agree with your argument I could see how you might strike those countries from the record.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
      • deep blue

        I judge people by their actions, not by their religious faith. Muslims in the United States are not responsible for oppression in Syria, Iran, or Saudi Arabia. You use logical fallacy to describe why we should ignore our bill of rights, ignore the values that founded this country.
        There are many people across history who have chosen to judge people by their religious faith, rather than their actions. You are choosing the same path of hatred as Bin Laden, as Hitler, as Stalin, as the very people you cite as reasons for your hatred. I am not Muslim, but really that is irrelevant. What matters is that I'm an American.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Tremain

      As reported above, we will live in peace until they reach a few percent population

      Then they will rule by force and fear

      September 12, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  88. guate502

    thats messed up. so many discrimanation in this country. that man should rest in peace as also for the other humans who lost their lives to this terror. RIP

    September 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  89. John D.

    Looks like the "Peaceful" Muslims in Egypt and Libya are celebrating 9/11 by attacking US property in their countries. One US citizen has been killed and reports of many wounded. Maybe if Islamists didn't act like animals Americans would think higher of them.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shak

      So you judge American Muslims by the behavior of Muslims on another continent? Should I do that for Christians or Jews, is that fair to them?

      September 12, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob Tremain

        They will be nice until they gain in numbers so they can strike

        us with their faith, the sword, the bomb
        The truth is before us, and lies of muslims are clearly understood

        September 12, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  90. Winston

    It amazes me that so many of you liberals who hold women's rights so sacred would defend Islam. I am all for the equality of women in the workplace, for equal pay, etc. And I am appalled at how Islam subjugates and dehumanizes women. How can you defend them? But then again, I saw how many of your remained silent as Bill Clinton used women as objects.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Islam doesn't oppress women. Some Muslim men oppress women. You fail to distinguish between the victims and the aggressors. These women that you speak of are Muslims too. Why condemn them all in one breath? Why not distinguish between oppressors and victims, terrorists and innocents? There were a few Muslim women at my high school. One ended up top 1% of her class, and she is going to med school to be a doctor. I didn't see anyone oppress her. She was the same as everyone else. I for one respect our bill of rights. You should probably read the first amendment.

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

        Good for your high school friend. She had these opportunities because she lives in the United States. Muslims want to change the United States, and if they are successful, women like her would not have those opportunities. The subjugation of women is inherent in Islam. You should probably read the Quran.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        You might want to read the Qur'an also. From your statements, it seems that you haven't.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        The last comment was directed at Winston, not deep blue.

        September 12, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  91. Muslim Guy

    There are people on this sit pretending to be Muslim to say outrageous things to fan the flames of hatred. There are racists out there that may never change their ways, but I also believe there are a lot of good people out there that just don't understand or are ignorant of the truth about Islam. That is the group of people I am writing to. Hurting innocent people is forbidden in Islam. Suicide is the one sin that is never forgiven. A person who kills them self will never enter Heaven. The killing of an innocent human being is like the killing of all humanity. That is the simple truth. Our true enemy is Racism, hatred and Ignorance. It is those things in any religion that are used to justify hurting others. Take the time to learn and truly understand. There are crazies in all races, religions and ideologies but there are also a lot of good people as well.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Muslim Guy,

      I wish you all the best and encourage you in your presumably peaceful ways.

      But please understand. The average American's antipathy toward Islam comes from observation.

      The sad truth is that there is no Muslim-majority country in the entire world where Christians and Jews can live safely and in peace. We don't want America to become like Iran, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan etc. etc. etc.

      Surely you can appreciate that.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D.

      Yet they get their ideas from the same book that supposedly condemns these acts... If it wasn't so sickening it would almost be funny...

      September 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      what you should know about us christians. is that we put more value on freedom and peace than to our christian religion. i think you muslims have it the other way around and if we christians were like that too it would be like living in the time of the crusaders.

      September 12, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  92. Ryan

    The worst thing you could have is "Hate". There are people in American that "Hate" their fellow neighbors who are muslims. Is the "Hate" justified? Hate is never justified, it just leads to worse things. Instead of having "Hate", we should be focused on being united and standing together in an effort against those who try to harm us. "Those" are terrorists, people who use Islam wrongly to satisfy their purpose. These "terrorists" are not real muslims and have twisted what the koran preaches. When we have "Hate" in our heart, we lead away from our Savior Jesus Christ, a person who never had hatred in his heart, but yet gave his life to the world, to you and me. If those of you on this discussion board that post hateful and ignorant messages, well, I'll pray for your forgiveness because you clearly don't know what you're doing and you clearly don't have Christ in your life.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I'm a born again Christian, I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and came from a family that is half hindu while the other half is muslim. My faith since a child has been a Christian and till this day is. I served in our nation's military for over 7 years of my life and I still continue to serve today in a different way. There are good muslims in this country, but those of you that cast hateful and ignorant thoughts and ideas are blind and cannot see that, you've stereotype a whole population and you've condemned them. We should be living in peace as nation and be united with one another, not the opposite. It is very sad to see where this country is going and in what direction in terms of how people think and act.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • respect me respect you

      Thank you Ryan for sharing although i suggest that u shud stop what your doing since in my opinion its a waste of effort for those people who are blind with hate.

      September 12, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  93. musa01

    I would worry about my Kidneys too, Jewish Rabbi were convicted in NJ with running a world wide network for steeling organs, would I judge all Jews by that, in no way. actions by crazy people are Carzy and law takes care of it. and any reliogion is not judged by crazy fanatics or sick people full of hate...

    September 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Muslim Guy

    Please stop using my screen name. You are obviously not a Muslim. So stop trying to fan the flames of ignorance and hatred.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Muslim Guy

    "Just call me Lucifer" No I don't believe in crazy things. I am very religious. I read the Quran cover to cover every year and I wake up early morning to pray. Allah forbids, hurting innocent people, and suicide is the one sin that is never forgiven. But now to you. This in not about who is right or who is wrong. Whether or not you believe what I believe does not effect me. But you should believe in God. He is true. None of us will live forever. So for your own sake, not mine, spend some time to learn about him. Read the Torah, read the Bible or read the Quran. Just read something and try to find him. He is true. I wish you the best. But please do not pretend to be a Muslim to stroke hatred. There is enough ignorance out there, it doesn't need you help. Look at it this way. If you are wrong (I believe you are of course) then you just angered the creator of everything. Not such a good idea in my opinion.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  96. The Fact Checker

    Islam is a cult, always has been, always will be. That is the facts, and as such it can not be anything else. Don't believe me, well let's go to the definition. A cult is defined as " a system of religious veneration and devotion towards a particular figure or object" Ok, you say, but then coulden't any religion be a cult? Well, if we just take that narrow interpretation,I guess so, but let's do a little "is this a cult" check list, shall we:

    1. Overly aggressive recruitment/evangelization- well let's see, they do have that whole "convert or die" philosophy. So I am going to say that's a big 10-4 on question #1.

    False/deceptive teaching, including hyperexclusivism:

    Prior to the beginning of the group, everyone was lost/condemned/without any true knowledge: Check

    Only a very small, exclusive set of people (i.e. the group members) will be saved/enter heaven: Infidels- big check

    Use of brainwashing techniques, including: Have you seen a video of children at Maddrasa? Yup they do that too

    Questioning of the group's teaching/leadership forbidden: Ask That Danish cartoonist? Wait you can't, because he hasen't been able to sleep two night in the same place since he had the odasity to draw a picture. A picture, seriously?.

    Isolation (physical or forced isolation, or encouragement to break contact with family and friends):Not sure on this, but since religious intolerance is pretty much universal everywhere Islam is, kind of hard to find anyone who is not a Muslim.

    Sleep deprivation and other abusive practices: Can you say Marderdam, I can, and if sending a person out to kill themselves and others with some kind of reward on the other side is not a little deceptive and abusive, I don't know what is,

    Financial exploitation of members (ultimately profiting the leaders): Seeing how impoverished Islamic countries tend to be, then looking at the opulent lifestyles of the Mullahs, I am going to say, yup, they do that.

    Emotional explotation of young adults, the elderly, etc.: Did I mention the whole suicide bomber thing they have going on? Yes, sorry, but seriously, this is all to sadly true.

    So, as I said Islam is a cult, it passes all the tests. The reality is untill we deal with Islam as we deal with other abusive cults, there is no hope. In regards to US Muslims living in fear, what about the rest of us having to live in fear of them? Where is CNN's story about that? Last time I checked, most of us Infidels are the victims of the violence perpetrated in the name of Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • amin49

      I hope you are not talking about Mitt Romney and his Mormon Faith!

      September 12, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  97. Muslim Guy

    The Quran came down over a period of 20 years. Many of the verses came down to address certain situations at the time. This verse refers to people who were doing terrible things to Muslims at the time. Horrible thing. Abu Lahab, took a Muslim family and tortured them in front of their young son. The father hand stoned put on his chest till he was crushed to death. The mother was abused the way sick people abuse women finally killing her with a spear in her ... well you get the picture. all this while making the little boy watch. Thats the type of torture they endured. The verses came down telling the Muslims to stand up and defend yourself. Fight. Fight and kill the people who do this. The following verses say that if they stop. Then you should stop. Meaning that if they stop these terrible things and ask for peace that Muslims should give them peace.

    So next time you want to pick a random verse from the Quran. spend a little time to understand what it means and why.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogiK

      You know none of that really happend right....better off beleiving in Hobbits...at least they are cool

      September 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muslim Guy

      Actually it did happen and if you tried to learn and understand instead of blindly hating then I think this world would be a better place.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Engineer at Large

    Respectfully, it's time to stop saying that Muslims need to apologize for 9/11–by that standard, all of Christendom should perpetually apologize to every race on earth for past Christians who enslaved and terrorized people (Manifest Destiny, British Empire, Slavery, Crusades). The Pilgrims and the British did not represent a religion, they represented themselves and their ideas. Same with any terrorist (or country for that matter).

    September 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Engineer,

      In which Muslim-majority country would you care to live? It used to be said that Indonesia was fairly civilized toward non-Muslims. However, I've seen Christians posting comments here today who are presently living in fear and danger in Indonesia, so I guess that's out too.

      So what will it be? Syria? Iran? Egypt? Saudi Arabia? Sudan? Pakistan?

      Any of these appeal to you? Do you think it's a mere coincidence that all of this unappealing nations just "happen" to be majority Muslim?

      September 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shak

        And you take what say for the Gospel Truth with no evidence to back it up on their part.

        September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Hey Paul Reverse2.... you are kidding me... to this date Blacks are hated and treated like slaves right in USA.... some people don't even accept our President... just don't read some article and start quoting it... you know that Britishers, France had coloney's and in fact South Africa is the last one to free themselves...

      September 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Thats a clown question brah.

    brah... now ssut because a few hundred thousand religious fanatics create world wide horror – that doesn't mean you should think there may be a problem with the religion- thats totally illogical.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  100. amin49

    Thank God he built a nation that in 100 years dominated the known land of their time. We know his grave, his family, his work, and he did not need an emperor (more than 300 years later) to embrace him and Christianity.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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