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July 25th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

My Take: Norway attacks show why you can't #blamethemuslims

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the school's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

In the immediate aftermath of 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing, much of the news media rushed to suggest that a Muslim, or at least a Middle Eastern connection, was behind the attack.

News reports on television and in print featured Middle East terrorism experts claiming the Oklahoma City attack echoed a World Trade Center bombing two years earlier and that it contained parallels to recent Mideast attacks.

The FBI picked up Ibrahim Ahmad, a Jordanian American, for questioning in an initial dragnet.

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Of course, it turned out that the attacker was homegrown and named Timothy McVeigh, not a Muslim.

Sixteen years later, not much has changed.

The tragic events that took place in Norway on Friday provoked initial accusations against Muslims worldwide. Of course, that proved to be the farthest thing from the truth.

Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed bomber and shooter in this horrendous act, was not motivated by the teachings of Islam, but by the teachings of those who oppose Islam.

A 1,500-page manifesto that appears to be written by Breivik is an anti-Islamic tirade.

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“Since the creation of Islam in the 7th century and to up to this day, the Islamic Jihad has systematically killed more than 300 million non Muslims and tortured and enslaved more than 500 million individuals,” it says.

“Since 9/11 2001, more than 12, 000 Jihadi terrorist attacks have occurred,” it continues. “… This trend will continue as long as there are non-Muslim targets available and as long as Islam continues to exist.”

An inappropriate response to Norway’s acts of violence would be the condemnation of Christianity, or a claim that religion itself breeds violence and hatred, though the manifesto repeatedly invokes the defense of Christianity as a primary reason for violently defeating multiculturalism and combating the “Islamic colonization” of Europe.

The expectation shouldn't be that white Christian males should now be scrutinized at airports or profiled by TSA workers. It's wrong when it happens to Muslims and it would be just as wrong if it happened to anyone else.

A more appropriate response would be to expand the conversation around terrorism and violent extremism beyond Islam and the Muslim community. The Norway attacks highlight why congressional hearings should not be held on solely on radicalization in the Muslim community, but should focus on radicalization more broadly.

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It's also imperative that training for law enforcement and other governmental offices on Islamic doctrine and law not to be conducted by those who present the normative understanding of Islam to be something that is radical. Our focus should be the safety of all citizens in any country from every act of violence or terrorism.

By cultivating a narrative that says Islam is the problem, we keep ourselves from maintaining that focus. All terrorist acts stem from an idea that it's OK to resort to violence in order to get what you want; that it's OK to kill to get the kind of world that you would like; that if we disagree, we cannot co-exist peacefully.

Over the weekend, #blamethemuslims became a trending topic on Twitter. The purpose of the hashtag was not to blame Muslims for the Norway attack, but show how Muslims are unfairly blamed and singled out regularly these days. The tragic events in Norway remind us that not all terrorists are Muslim and there is no reason that all Muslims should be treated like they are.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway. May God make things easy for them and grant us all the strength and courage to stand up against those who preach intolerance and hatred, even if they look like us, align politically with us, or practice the same religion we practice.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khalid Latif.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Interfaith issues • Islam • Opinion • Terrorism

soundoff (2,486 Responses)
  1. Doobie

    Here's the difference... I haven't heard one Christian defend this idiot's actions. Does anyone remember the partying in the streets in the middle east on September 11th? There's your difference. Years ago, a group of almost 20 radicalised muslim boys were arrested for planning attacks on Toronto, and the initial response from the Muslim community was not "throw them in jail"...it was "why are you picking on our good muslim boys. Big, BIG difference here.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Big_D

      Check your comment boards before you claim this. Many people are making supportive statements. They are stupid but they are there.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Doobie

      Supporting the actions, or supporting European nationalism?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Doobie

      There is a difference between a muslim who agrees that the US shouldn't have a military base in Saudi Arabia, and one who supports the WTC attack.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Big_D

      They don't say they support the actions but they say they believe what he said. This is sad at best. The right wing pushes this hatred a lot here in the USA. Go watch about 10 minutes of FOX and you will understand. I know it is banned as propaganda in the EU but you can read their site too.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      There are hardly a HANDFUL of Muslims who will condemn Muslim terrorists as such.

      Even Mr. FAREED ZAKARIA holds America, the entire West, Russia, India responsible for Muslim Terror (He says we created them!)......no way different from the views held by the illiterate Madarasa educated Foot soldiers in the ravines of Af-Pak!

      Amit-Atlanta-USA

      July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • saaaly

      suprised the liberals aren't blaming muslims. that's typically their way. the muslims made him do it. the us made the muslims attack the twin towers. we drove them to it. it's our fault.

      July 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      What is this "partying in the streets in the Middle East on 9-11" that you speak of? I have never heard of that happening. If that did happen, Dubya would've surely declared war on all the countries in which that happened in (don't pretend as if he wouldn't). If you can find us some actual proof of that happening, post it.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Freddy Jackson

      Exactly. Some Muslim groups are even condoning what happened in Oslo (http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/islamic-internet-forums-cheer-norway-murders.html), and they aren't even the group responsible! It seems to me that many Muslim groups feel that as long as there is some sort of religion-fueled terrorist act happening somewhere, all is right in the world. And they wonder why they're the first ones blamed?!

      July 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  2. Keith B

    My take CNN and Khalid Latif ??? Find a verse in the bible where Jesus tell his followers this ...... "Kill the Mushrikun, wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush. But, if they repent and perform As-salat and give Zakat , then leave their way free. Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful" (Sarat At-Taubah 9:5). This says kill non Muslims unless they convert .... i have never read a verse out of the bible that said kill people who refuse to believe in me

    July 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      "But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.'" Luke 19:27. We were just discussing this below actually.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Keith B

      The background of this story is civil war. Some of the king's subjects refuse to acknowledge him. As he tries to consolidate his kingdom in absentia, he discovers among his own servants one who seems more influenced by the rebels than by the loyal subjects.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      Correct. However it still seems to be acceptable to kill. To quote a previous poster there are several passages found below that seem to reference the killing of people who do not follow the God of Christians.

      – Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT
      "Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told."
      – Isaiah 14:21 NAB
      Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants.
      – Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT
      Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.
      – Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT
      Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him."
      – 2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB
      From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Belloch

      Nice try Grant. That's a line from a parable Jesus told. In other words, it's part of a story.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Belloch

      Again Grant. those are all books of the Old Testament, the rules of which were invalidated in the NT.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      Which one stated above Belloch? Seems to me that it is easy to quote text. Also seems to be easy to find a quote from the bible that mentions the slaughter of children. Just saying, taking one line from a book and quoting it to appear as if it is a negative. Not that difficult. I would instead of trying to compare lines from a page. I would compare deeds. Like, the crusades vs. 9/11. Better to judge a people by their actions...

      July 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Keith B

      @Grant i understand completely what you are saying and i am not christian nor Muslim, but many times when God spoke to murder and revenge it has been taught and understood as stories with lessons to be learned But when moderate and extreme islam interpret (Sarat At-Taubah ) and repentance they are taught thet when weak to reach out to christian and jew for help but when strong execute those who refuse to follow Allah. Its just apparent extremism and has become a rule of thumb for so many factions if Islam. Maybe on a majority murdering innocents is not acceptable but breeding those who do not repent to Allah out has become its own form of Jihad which is what multiculturalism is all about, and the islam-ification of Europe. Which is what this guy was all about, and dont take this as an argument on behalf of his actions because it is not. But the ideology that he used as a foundation until is obsessive and delusional mind took over, is very reasonable and understandable.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      @Keith B. Point taken and agreed upon to a certain level. I just don't see this as an issue that is exclusive to Islam. I feel that radicalism is the true issue and not the default underlining religion. I grew up christian but many of that community would not count me in their numbers at the moment. I look to other terrorist organizations such as the Irish Republican Army which has no real ties to Islam in regards to my statement. I believe that if we start combating an idea or a religion it is far to difficult to defeat. Instead we should be looking for radicals and outliers of those ideas.

      I know many Muslims who constantly condone terrorist acts, I know many good Christians, republicans, democrats, Buddhists and atheists. I don't think we should paint such large strokes of "Islam does nothing but breeds murders" because those claims.... just are not true. When we start painting all democrats as hippies and all republicans as greedy corporate puppets it becomes hard to work together when we need to.

      When we continue to compare Muslims with terrorists and Christians as Right Wing Nutjobs it becomes more difficult to live together.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Serp

      So when people point out you're wrong, you just make more excuses and refuse to be intellectually honest? Why not admit you don't have good reasons and just want to hate? It is okay to hate, why justify? I respect people that are open with their hate more than those that try to hide behind some alternate reality of justifications they've built up for themselves.

      You keep making excuses for the Bible verses but refuse to give the Islamic verses the same treatment. Additionally you are ignoring the blanket acceptance of Christianity and Judaism by Islam, elsewhere in the Quran. The unbelievers are solely the polygamists/idolators. This is actually a constant throughout all 3 of these religions.

      But whatever, you won't listen, you won't read, you won't do anything. Just flat out admit you want to kill everyone that doesn't look like you or think like you. Stop making dumb excuses and exposing your lack of honesty.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • albatross

      liar: here is the actual translation, only when you are persecuted Islam allows killing in self defense ( what's wrong with that?) : Read and know:

      “A declaration of the dissolution of agreements from God and His messenger to the idolaters with whom you have made [no-war] agreements. Thus, you [O polytheists] may freely traverse in the land for four months, but know that you shall not escape God’s judgment and that God shall surely humble the unbelievers. A proclamation [should be made] to these people from God and His messenger on the day of Hajj-e-Akbar, [declaring] that God and His messenger are no longer under any obligation toward these polytheists. If you repent, [O polytheists,] it shall be better for you but if you turn your backs [paying no heed], then know that you shall not be able to escape God’s judgment. Give these rejecters the glad tidings of a painful punishment, except those polytheists who have not dishonored their treaties with you and have not aided anyone against you. With these, fulfill your treaties till the appointed term. Indeed, God loves the righteous. When the sacred months are over, slay the polytheists wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush for them.” (Al-Taubah 9: 1 – 5)

      The Qur’an further says:

      “How can there be any responsibility of these agreements on God and His messenger, except those with whom you made agreements at the Sacred Mosque? Thus, so long as they uphold their part of the treaty, you should uphold yours. Indeed God loves the righteous.” (Al-Taubah 9: 7)

      so my freinds, lets not do selective reading!!

      July 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Freddy Jackson

      @ O.W- The difference is, that even though the Bible says that, Christians aren't following the instructions literally. The passage has been interpreted to mean something else, obviously, because the vast majority of Christians don't kill in the name of the Lord. Muslims, however, seem to follow the Qu'ran a lot more literally, and many passages don't seem to be up for interpretation, thus all the atrocities.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  3. The all potent one

    So we're looking to a Muslim to tell us we shouldn't blame muslims? That's like a serial killers mom saying he couldn't have done this, it's just not like him

    July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • saaaly

      yap, that's like charles manson going to bat for ted bundy

      July 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  4. Msterdam

    Anybody that has recently lived in a western European country, that has been overrun by Muslims in the past 25 years, knows that this particular group of people has negatively influenced these societies more than they have contributed. If you would ask non-Muslims, they would overwhelmingly tell you that they would rather turn back the clock 25 years. If you ask them if they look forward to becoming a minority in their "own" countries in the next 50 years, they will not jump up and cheer. Bottom line is that this incident is not an isolated one, rather something that will continue to get worse (from both sides) as these cultures are further dislodged.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Rob

      I really don't think any Western countries have been "overrun" by Muslims... in all of Europe the muslim population is no more than 5%... I don't know about you, but 5% is not even close to "overrun"......

      July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Joe

      Jews make up 0.2% of the world population and have won 22% (181 prizes) of the Nobel Prizes awarded. Muslims make up 20% of the world's population and have won a grand total of....8 Nobel prizes. That in and of itself says something. Muslims contribute very little to society, and prefer to live in the Stone Age. I agree with whoever said this earlier.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Diana

      hey joe, thats because the jews are the ones giving away the nobel peace prize!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Plexie

      Ah Joe, details, details. When there is a Nobel price for suicide bombings watch those statistics change. Muslims too will rise to their potential and proper role in life.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  5. SoJax

    Religion: A common thread through human beings. Since it's a common thread, it can be pulled just right and the fabric of humanity will come apart. Most of us understand that, but a few are determined to see how hard one must pull to make the fabric fail. And, of even greater concern, there are many willing to be their tools.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      Bravo....

      July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • O.W. Grant

      Bravo.... Well said.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Interesting analogy. Who's pulling? Fundamentalists or Atheists?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  6. SickOfLiesInNYC

    This particular scripture that was quoted above from the book of Matthew:

    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    Is the English translation of the Jewish "Shema" and is in the Old Testament, it was repeated by Jesus who lived and died as a JEWISH person it is NOT a Christian concept, please give credit where credit is due! There WAS no "christianity" in Jesus' lifetime, they ALL worshipped and observed in the Jewish tradition

    July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  7. Freethinksman

    Granted, most religions can be used to justify murder. Islam is the only currently popular world religion that can claim a large number of faithful who publicly call for the murder of non-muslims. So while we shouldn't automatically assume any terrorist act is Islamic in nature, we need to be aware that there a lot of Muslims who use their faith to justify committing acts of terror on a frequent basis. It's not right to label all Muslims as terrorists, but it's not right to pretend that there aren't a whole lot of muslim terrorists either.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Serp

      You should head on over to the Department of State's website and read up on the Asylum cases and political situations. Then place a call to the local Asylum office and ask the religions and nationalities of those seeking Asylum. The vast majority are some sect of Christianity claiming another sect are bullying them.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  8. GSA

    @Warren Lewis – I guess you have to be selective in choosing how far back in history you go to get your statistics, numbers are numbers like you say but it depends on who is using them and how they are using them to defend their opinion.
    Try to understand @Nominus response to you, he asked you "Christians aren't non-terrorists, they're just terrorists less often than other religions?".

    July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Yes, the world had a Non-Muslim terrorist who was opposed to the FEDERAL GOVT (Not religiously motivated!)

    And, 16 years later

    We have this nut case Christian TERRORIST who is NOT EXACTLY motivated by religion but more by EUROPEAN APATHY TO ITS OWN POOR PEOPLE WHILE EMBRACING UNADAPTABLE WELFARE IMMIGRANTS from Muslim nations.

    Islamic supporters like Imam Khalid Latif, Fareed Zakaria, Imam Rauf, Keith Ellison,Dean ObeidALLAH and STUPID LIBERALS like Anderson Cooper, Terisita Scafer, Ethan Casey will now use this to explain away Muslim intolerance for the next few decades!

    Amit-Atlanta-USA

    July 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      My apologies. This guy says in his manifesto that he is an atheist NOT Christian.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • America my home

      Amit,

      Not too long ago, there were a few incidents took place in Australia, where the Ausies were committing violence against Indians and some were even killed. Their argument was that Indians were invading their culture and taking their jobs away. Maybe you should not be shedding tears on the death of those innocent killed either. One thing is sure, no matter who is the victim, you will not miss a change to blame Muslims because you are an anti-Muslim bigot.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Dannas

      Same problem in US – ignorant liberals pushing to allow immigrants, 60% who go on welfare, into the country while they turn their backs on poor Americans. And the oblivious liberals expect it not to create resentment?
      Like the Muslims in Norway and other places that refuse to assimilate, the Latinos in US refuse to adapt as well. Will not even speak the language of the country that is hosting them and expect handouts. Then they send all their money "home". Notice they always refer to their country of origin as "home" not America. They could give a da m about America. They just want to use Americans and America for their own personal gain. The latinos, like the Muslims in Europe, have no patriotism towards that country they are living in. This creates a hostel community for everyone!!!
      Now here is the proof, resentment festering to a boiling point of insane and heinous actions by Breivik.
      Like the chancellor of German said multiculturalism does not work. All immigration should be slowed down or stopped so the people immigrating can be assimilated into the culture they moved to. Laws should be made to require them to learn the language and take courses about the culture of the country they are living in. It was their choice to move into the country and they have an obligation to become part of it not try to destroy it.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S0j8WZvYIs&w=640&h=360]

      July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      @America My Home:

      Many of the attacks against Indians in Australia were committed by LEBANESE MUSLIM GANGS!

      Also, the Australian Indian Community while protecting the Indian students also advised them to be SENSIBLE TO AUSSIE CONCERNS, specifically telling them NOT to brag about their TECHNICAL abilities etc. which made some common Aussies who had lost out in the economic downturn jealous!

      July 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      And 100% of the raids on Native Americans in the current U.S. were carried out by white CHRISTIAN men. What's your point hater?

      July 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      So you are blaming ALL of Islam for instances like 9-11 etc? You are absolutely pathetic. That's like blaming all of Catholicism for the Pediphelia crisis last year. The vast majority of the worlds' Muslim population condemn Al Qaeda and other so called "Muslim" extremist groups. In fact the Prince of Saudi Arabia offered to donate $10 million to the city of New York following 9/11 (it was turned down by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani). If you ever want to even have a hope at being taken seriously on this forum, I strongly encourage you to replace prejudice with fact.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  10. Ban Islam

    Christian or muslim , the problem is RELIGION.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • American

      I say ban full of hate morons like you.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Would you also blame the gun when someone uses it to shoot another? Religion isn't the problem...it's those that use it for their own warped goals.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      I am aHindu by birth, now an atheist, but profoundly believe in the positive aspects of all religions, except one! The greatest litmus test of the peaceful nature of followers of all these religions (except one!) is that they NEVER EVER CONDONE as a group acts like the ones perpetuated by the Norwegian shooter, or Timothy McVeigh, or even the Hindus fanatics who killed Christian missionaries in the Indian state of Orissa. No true believer (except TRUE believers of one religion!) allows killing of another human being just b'coz they are not like themselves.

      Amit-Atlanta-USA

      July 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Diana

      i strongly disagree. the problem is NOT religion. the problem IS HATE!!! and the ppl who preach hatred like robert spencer and pamela gellar and so many other idiots!! these hate preachers only cause more problems in this world...bottom line- hatred= terrorism! plain and simple!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Jonathan

    Christian Fundamentalist....duh

    The appropriate word is Christian Terrorist !

    July 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  12. DamianKnight

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, just like all Catholic priests aren't pedophiles. Come on, folks, aren't we smarter than this?

    July 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Freethinksman

      ... and not all homeless alcoholics sleep in their own waste. But it doesn't surprise anyone when they do.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • CJ

      Your comment is based on ignorance.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Freethinksman,
      How does that relate?
      Not too many people would want to arrest and punish a homeless alcoholic sleeping in his own waste. Help him, perhaps, but not punish.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Keith B

      @Nonimus, in America they do it everywhere, they are worth a lot more in jail then on the street

      July 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Muhammed Ali

      Anyone who says that all Muslims are terrorists is an IDIOT. Anyone who says that most of terrorism is perpatrated by Muslims is simply OBSERVANT.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      Amit-Atlanta-USA and Keith B clearly aren't...

      July 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Nojabo

    All terrorist acts aren't committed by Muslims. Just the vast majority of them.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • LoveMeToo

      exactly...

      July 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Chris R

      I've a feeling you are mistaken or you are defining terrorism very oddly to fit your perceptions. Terrorism is the use of horrific actions to intimidate, scare, provoke, or otherwise influence the political process in a society. So with that you'd really have to look at the narco-terrorists in Mexico, Peru, and Columbia as being one of the biggest and most constant perpetrators of terrorism in the world.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Thomas

      You need to do a little research...

      July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Chris

      Actually, the world's leader in suicide bombings is the Tamil Tigers. Not Muslim at all. There are many radical Hindus in India that Target both Christians and Muslims. The vast majority of all terrorism in the world is politically motivated, it only hides behind religion to justify itself. This idiot in Norway included.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  14. caller

    Islam defends against those that threaten our freedom, lives, and property. newbies like american populace have no clue about the 100s of years of colonization, torture, and brutality that occured at the hands of western nations or western looking people. It only took a brief break in the 60s but was back very soon after. See what france and england did in africa, middleast, and asia. Muslims can see the writing on the wall and the political imperial intentions of the western world. This KKKristian killer of norway resents the immigration of foreign culture in his land. Well Muslims don't like his culture being forcibly enforced into our lands either at gunpoint. We resent things like the continued occupation of Palestine, Abu Gharib, WMD (deception) in Iraq, and on and on and on...

    July 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • CJ

      Screw off Muslim.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Screw off CJ. (whatever that means.)

      July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • ali

      lol. cj couldn't come up with anything better than that? not surprising. anyone who refers to people like that ('muslim') probably isn't capable of higher thought processes.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  15. Ranzabar

    Christians are ideologues. That's the nature of named-religious organizations. The range of personality is wide, but the common thread is that they all have their lives invested in a belief structure that gives them a foundation on which to function. When they perceive that the foundation is in jeopardy, they as a whole are more inclined to act to counter that action. Most will act locally in either a personal or political way, but some, as in this case will take it to a level outside what is socially acceptable. This happens regardless of denomination. The crazies are out there and they are more likely to be religious than not.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • LoveMeToo

      and muslims aren't?

      July 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      As a Catholic, I can tell you our religion, letalone our foundation is not at risk of being destroyed. Evangelicals would probably tell you otherwise. Just as all of Islam cannot be considered terrorists, you cannot consider all of Christianity as idealogues.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Xugos

    Buddy R, you are a top class moron.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  17. Nonimus

    Generally, a very good article.

    Our thoughts and best wishes go to all Norwegians and especially to the survivors and victims' families of this tragedy.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  18. Warren Lewis

    Statistically, a terrorist act by a non-Muslim is comparable to a man biting a dog: a noteworthy, rare exception. I'm not a hater, but I can count. Numbers is numbers.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Nonimus

      So it's just a matter of degree?
      Christians aren't non-terrorists, they're just terrorists less often than other religions?

      July 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Patrick

      If you alter 'terrorist act' to 'killing and maiming' you'll see how similar the religions are.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Fact Check aisle Warren Lewis

      "Statistically, a terrorist act by a non-Muslim is comparable to a man biting a dog: a noteworthy, rare exception. I'm not a hater, but I can count. Numbers is numbers."

      Taking into consideration other organizations on the "terrorist organization list" and the recorded attacks they have produced please show your work

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_designated_terrorist_organizations

      July 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    OMG!

    Low-level logic of Mr. Latif!

    I have heard in New York lives a man, who wants to be praised, because he does never jaywalk.

    Sorry, nobody can be praied for a natural action.

    It seems, the writer of the above article wants to be praised, because he is not the killer.

    Sorry it should be natural for you and your Islamic friends to kill nobody.

    Mr. Latif, your logic is on such a low level that it makes me crying.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      What article are you reading that this is what you got from it?

      I do not see the author looking for praise, he is merely pointing out the way the public mind seems to work, and requesting a little bit of common sense and thoughtful appraisal before we immediately lay the blame.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Rainer...,
      Not sure what you were reading, but I didn't get that at all from this article.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Rob

      You didn't get it. He said the public shouldn't jump to blame muslims all the time for every terrorist attack without knowing anything about who did it.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Diana

      i strongly suggest you reread the article because you obviously got it all wrong!

      July 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Buddy R

    The man did not follow the teachings of Christ and is not a Christian according to the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus said if you do not follow his teachings you are not his. Period. In my opinion anyone who calls the man a Christian is either ignorant of the Bible or a willful liar.

    Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    Jesus taught us to love everyone, even our enemies. Not to kill them. The Bible says anyone who claims to know God but who hates or murders is a liar.

    Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

    1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    Mr article writer, according to the Bible the man who killed all those kids did not know God. He is a liar in calling himself a Christian. He hates people and he murders and he does not live according to the core teachings of Christianity.

    Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Buddy R

      CNN has "opinion" writers who always seek to pin bad things on Christianity and excuse Islam for jihad. 99% of all the terrorist activity in the world is connected to RADICAL Islam. The Qu'ran does have teachings that command Muslims to kill unbelievers. Christianity does not. If you claim it does, Mr article writer, quote the NEW TESTAMENT words of Jesus or his apostles where it says to do that. Please don't lie about Christianity.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      No where in the article was it suggested that this man was a Christian. It was stated that HE used Christian rhetoric and symbolism in his manifesto. It was stated that radicalism of any kind is dangerous.

      It also reminds us to think before we lay blame, and to remember that terror is not the sole purview of a single religion or ideology.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Fact Check aisle Buddy R

      "99% of all the terrorist activity in the world is connected to RADICAL Islam. "

      ...source please.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • jabba

      where in the quran does it allow muslims to kill unbelievers without a just cause...

      in fact, to kill an innocent being is to kill the world.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • ScipioRising

      Ever taken a look at Luke 19:27. Seems like Jesus wants those who don't believe killed.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @ScipioRising,
      I'm not Christian, but I think you're taking Luke 19:27 out of context – it's a parable started at Luke 19:11.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      @Jabba:

      You said:

      "where in the quran does it allow muslims to kill unbelievers without a just cause...in fact, to kill an innocent being is to kill the world."

      WE INFIDELS have heard this 1.6 BILLION TIMES!

      While the Koran does say what you said, IT EXPLICITLY MAKES IT NULL & VOID in the last Shura as applied to non-Muslims.

      Amit-Atlanta-USA

      July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • ToBuddyR

      Hi Buddy, here are some examples of verses in Bible that might seem to endorse violence.

      – Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT
      "Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told."
      – Isaiah 14:21 NAB
      Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants.
      – Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT
      Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.
      – Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT
      Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him."
      – 2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB
      From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.
      ....

      July 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Amit-Atlanta-USA,
      I'm not Muslim, so I may be wrong but I don't think Shura overrides the Quran. I think the Quran is the highest authority in Islam.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Chris R

      Buddy R, the Koran lists Jews and Christians as co-religionists – they are people 'of the book' and all of the religions in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic line of religion worship the same God of Abraham. Sorry to burst your bubble on that but it's true. The unbelievers the Koran has in mind was actually what would be called 'pagans' nowadays.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
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