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April 25th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

Opinion: I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism

Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the co-director of the upcoming documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" and co-host of a new CNN podcast "The Big Three" that looks at the top three stories of the week. Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I'm an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them with every fiber of my being.

I'm not going to tell you, "Islam is a religion of peace." Nor will I tell you that Islam is a religion of violence. What I will say is that Islam is a religion that, like Christianity and Judaism, is intended to bring you closer to God. And sadly we have seen people use the name of each of these Abrahamic faiths to wage and justify violence.

The unique problem for Muslims is that our faith is being increasingly defined by the actions of a tiny group of morally bankrupt terrorists. Just to be clear: The people who commit violence in the name of Islam are not Muslims, they are murderers. Their true religion is hatred and inhumanity.

The only people terrorists speak for are themselves and the others involved in their despicable plot. They do not represent me, my family or any other Muslim I know. And believe me, I know a lot of Muslims.

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  1. AniyunweahCherokee

    Christians are supposed to follow the new testament and look upon the old testament as nothing more than a history lesson on what NOT to do. Christians don't commit acts such as iconoclasm anymore....Islam still encourages this...that needs to stop....the two largest bhudda statues in the world were 1500 feet tall and in Afghanistan...a few years ago they were both destroyed. The problem isn't Islam...its eastern Draconian Islam that is the problem...Islam will correct itself once it becomes westernized. Western Muslim are very different than the neandrathals in the east

    April 29, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      The more they try and immigrate into our countries to become the moral majority (see kosovo Serbia) the more people are waking up to islamization of their homelands. Wheres crazy horse and Charles the hammer martel when you need them?

      April 29, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. AniyunweahCherokee

    What a coincidence...people change...I'm a native American...and I don't hate white people at all.

    April 29, 2013 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. abraham

    Those other faiths are now in power, so they don't have to do that anymore.

    April 27, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Graham

    I'm glad that someone put up a article addressing this issue cause I'm getting really tired of hearing people say how all Muslims are terrorists because, just like you point out, this simply isn't true! Also, I like how you mentioned how all of the Abrahamic faiths have committed acts of supreme violence.

    April 27, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |