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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 (2,553 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |
  4. 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 |
  5. 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 |
  6. 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 |
  7. 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 |
  8. 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 |
  9. 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 |
  10. 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 |
  11. 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 |
  12. 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 |
  13. 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 |
  14. 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 |
  15. 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 |
  16. 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 |
  17. 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 |
  18. 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 |
  19. 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 |
  20. 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 |
  21. 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 |
  22. 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 |
  23. ruthie

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

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

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

    September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  25. 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 |
  26. 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 |
  27. 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 |
  28. 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 |
  29. 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 |
  30. january2454

    True.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. 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 |
  32. 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 |
  33. 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 |
  34. 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 |
  35. 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 |
  36. 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 |
  37. 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 |
  38. 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 |
  39. 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 |
  40. 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 |
  41. Shak

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

    September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  42. 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 |
  43. 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 |
  44. 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 |
  45. 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 |
  46. 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 |
  47. 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 |
  48. 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 |
  49. 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 |
  50. 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 |
  51. 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 |
  52. 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 |
  53. 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 |
  54. 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 |
  55. 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 |
  56. 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 |
  57. 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 |
  58. amin49

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

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

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

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

    Sounds reasonable...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Respect Agnosticism and grow a brain Willis!

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

      From the quran:

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

      Kind of hard to misinterpret that...

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

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

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

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

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

    Explain to me how this paragraph belongs in a story about American Muslims? "This anti-Islam rhetoric has been connected to violence, too: Anders Breivik, who murdered more than 70 people in Norway, cited anti-Islam bloggers numerous times in his manifesto, in which his stance against “Islamization” was a clear theme."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I agree with this man.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      times up.... then what ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    you spelled Jesus wrong

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

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

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

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

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

      "Get along"?

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

      So do you blame them for fearing you?

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

      timed well too...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I disagree.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        AMEN !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lots of stone casting.

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

      By Muslims at people for stupid offenses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Islam=Death

    End the silence and speak the truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      mr. or mrs. crusader,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Well put. Thank you.

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

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

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

    Muslims in America: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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

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

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

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

        I saw it with my own eyes in NY

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

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

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

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

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

      I saw it too bro....

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

        me too

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      well writen...

      you sir, are a fine AMERICAN !

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

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

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

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

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

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