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My Take: Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints
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November 28th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

My Take: Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints

Editor's Note: Khurram Dara is the author of "The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America," coming this winter (Tensile). He tweets @KhurramDara.

By Khurram Dara, Special to CNN.com

For the last decade, Islam has been under a lot of scrutiny, and understandably so. When you’ve got terrorists all over the world declaring war on America and the West in the name of Islam, it’s only natural that people will have questions.

But this reasonable concern has rapidly turned into irrational suspicion, with anti-Muslim groups seizing on the opportunity to paint all Muslims in America as radical-loving, violence-approving foreigners.

The problem is that the response from American Muslims has been about as effective as Herman Cain’s PR strategy in the face of sexual harassment allegations. Instead of pooling our resources to combat radicalism, or taking a more active role in our communities so that other Americans better understand us, we’ve resorted to defense tactics.

We tell people that the Quran is being taken out of context. We focus on efforts to try to “educate” the American public. And we desperately cling to the idea that if people just had a better grasp of the facts on Islam, they wouldn’t buy into anti-Muslim propaganda.

Unsurprisingly, none of that has changed Americans' view of Islam.

So when I heard that TLC was doing a reality show about several American Muslim families, I was intrigued. The show wasn’t going to feature scholars refuting the (ridiculous) claims made about Islam. It was going to show regular Muslim families living in America. It was going to show, rather than simply tell, people about Muslims and Islam.

After three weeks of airing, “All-American Muslim” has done just that. Whether it was Mr. Aoude prepping his pregnant wife for that hectic hospital trip, or newlyweds Jeff and Shadia worrying about how their families will get along, it has shown viewers the single most important truth that will change the perceptions of Muslims: We are just like everyone else.

There has been widespread praise from TV critics, calling the show "intimate and heartfelt" and "as good as it gets" and praising TLC for how it has "upended the conventions of reality television."

The show’s premiere had 1.7 million viewers, making it the No. 2 program in its time slot among key demographics and scoring TLC's best Sunday prime time performance in more than a year.

Predictably, the show was also met with harsh and unfair criticism. Anti-Muslim groups wasted no time citing this as another example of Muslims trying to “take over” America.

This was expected. What wasn’t expected was the reaction from some other American Muslims.

“The families aren’t Muslim enough.”

“They aren’t good role models.”

"They don't represent all American Muslims."

Is the show a perfect cross-section of the American Muslim demographic? Are they the most religious families? Is it full of people you aspire to be one day?

No, of course not. It’s reality TV. It’s entertainment. We American Muslims ought to look at it in the grand scheme of things instead of just criticizing the show by saying it “doesn’t represent me.”

You’re right. It doesn’t represent you.

That’s because no TV show, no organization, no movement is ever going to represent you better than you can represent yourself.

“All-American Muslim” is not going to change the image of Muslims on its own. But it’s got the right idea. It’s premised on the fact that people judge a group not just on its beliefs, but also on their interactions with members of that group.

So if you don’t think “All-American Muslim” represents you, then go out into your community and show people what being Muslim is all about, from your perspective. Whether it’s a book club or a basketball league, we can all have our own “All-American Muslim” moments.

The most important take-away from a show like “All-American Muslim” is that we Muslims should focus our efforts on showing average Americans that we share far more in common with them than some would like them to believe.

And you don’t need a TV show to do that, you just have to have the courage to break out of your shell and share in those experiences with your American brethren.

Don’t treat TLC’s reality show as the only hope for changing our image, or as our one shot at showing America what Islam is all about. Don’t treat it as needing to be a flawless, immaculate portrayal of Muslims in America.

Treat it as a first step. Consider it a new approach. Look at it as the beginning of the long journey we have ahead, in changing the negative stereotypes about Muslims in America.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khurram Dara.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion • TV

soundoff (2,050 Responses)
  1. Lucy

    Islam is a sham. It was created by Satan to be a counterfeit religion to replace Christianity and Judaism. Those who believe it are headed straight to you-know-where.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Truth

      Pretty much basically.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • hippypoet

      did you people know that satan as the creature is known today wasn't even a thought untill the middle ages. IT was created by MAN to explain why god would inflict such evils on them during the black plague!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • hippypoet

      and whats funny is you think that satan created islam which during the plague was already 600-800 years old!

      And if gods angels can't disobey him how did the left hand of god do it.. oh and i 'm talking abuot satan – he was/is the left hand of god. Do some research on it!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mac

      According to Jesus, as house divided against itself cannot stand. The Qur'an is rife with condemnation of Satan. Hence, Islam could not be created by Satan. Argument nullified.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • cageordie

      Good grief, can't even say you know what? This isn't about you know who, Harry Potter dealt with him.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Jack

      They will be run out of America. Give it five yeras.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  2. White Horse

    Fundamentalism in Christianity, Islam or Hinduism is SAD fact of life. May be all these folks can think as a moderate and bring peace in this world by accepting and respecting all humans who do not look or think exactly like them or per their scripture.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Lucy

      There can be only ONE truth. I challenge you to seek it for yourself.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Huh?

      @Lucy, You are absolutely correct! And its NOT that man-made religion. You know, whose "followers" gave it the name in a language the Teacher never spoke. You guessed it christianity!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • rob

      hey Lucy...FYI " the one truth" is the fact that no one know ANYTHING about what God is thinking. To say otherwise is in itself blasphamey. No man speaks for God...IN NAY WAY or WITH ANY BOOK....PERIOD.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • hippypoet

      well, your all wrong – as socrates put it, the only true knowledge is knowing that you know nothing.. so far, you folks show it well! the nothing part i mean. 🙂

      November 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Arjun

      Lucy,
      As things gets subtle, concept of one truth does not make sense. It is not binary thing. For example you take a candy, we all feel same way about it's shape, color etc. What about the taste? It depends on person to person. Because it tasted good for you, Can you say that whole world should accept it.

      Much subtle than that are our thoughts, our feelings, our desires, intellect etc. The soul and God are much subtle and can not be really expressed in words. So whatever truth you think is like a description of sun given by a blind man. Irrespective of your religion, you must understand that God is beyond all these things. No one can claim him as his own.

      God gives knowledge and Man invents religion and covers the knowledge given by God. So please come out of this boundaries of religion and feel the true knowledge which is present in all religions. Vedas says that "Truth is one. But learned people will describe it differently based on their perceptions."

      So all descriptions of God must be true. If not what is the guarantee that my version is also not untruth?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  3. rob

    ya ...no the hajib is just another religions way of controlling a woman. Its a joke. If a muslim woman one day woke up and said.."oh i know i'm going to wear only red shoes to prove my faith" i'm ok with that. Women did not "wake up on day" and decide to wear a hajib...men did.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  4. hippypoet

    this is only a test of your local thought process, remember, this is only a test!

    why do all you people seem to hate muslims?
    is it because they have more conviction then you?
    is it because they practice what they preach?
    is it because they look different?
    is it because they sound different?
    is it because they wear strange things?
    is it because they are, and this has been proven thru the centuries, smarter then the average christian?
    Or is it because they are not christians?
    WHY?

    Oh and same goes for jews...there seems to be a lot of jew hate from christians too... so lets repeat the questions for the average christian...don't worry, i'll type it slow, i know most of you suck at reading comprehension as seen by your often complete lack of knowledge of the book to which you folks base your lives on...

    is it because they have more conviction then you?
    is it because they practice what they preach?
    is it because they look different?
    is it because they sound different?
    is it because they wear strange things?
    is it because they are, and this has been proven thru the centuries, smarter then the average christian?
    Or is it because they are not christians?
    WHY?

    come now, look inside yourselves, find peace thru knowledge not ignorance.....answer the questions honestly....will shall all be amazed at what we find i'm sure! So many have failed so far – how will you do?

    November 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Lucy

      Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @Lucy – forgiven for what?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Truth

      Why do people hate muslims?
      Probably because they feel it is perfectly fine to kill anyone who does not conform to their baseless, horse$#!+ barbarian religion.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • rob

      no the hajib is a joke because "they have to do what men say they should do"

      November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jimbo Jim

      I'll answer your questions:

      They are not smarter than us Christian American males becuase look how awesome our military technology is
      They are not stronger or tougher than us – we crush them time after time. They have to fight us like cowards
      They are not strong enough or man enough to play sports like football.
      They cover up their women instead of showing off how hot they are like our Jersey Shore chicks.
      They smell funny
      They can't go to a southern style BBQ
      It's awesome being a Christian American.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • cageordie

      Non of the above. It's because statistically terrorists that threaten me are more likely to espouse their beliefs than any others.

      Christians and Jews tend to ignore the parts of their holy books that tell them to kill people for things that were unacceptable two thousand years ago to goat herders and camel jockeys in the middle east. Even the IRA didn't try to justify their murdering ways with the bible, though they claimed to be Catholic.

      The wearing funny things is close. Anyone who covers their face is suspect to me, whether it's a Muslim in some variation of veil or someone wearing a ski mask or a full face helmet when they aren't skiing, riding a bike or doing something else which is physically risky. I don't entirely trust people who wear mirrored or very dark sunglasses indoors either. I couldn't care less about their religion if it had no affect or wish to affect me.

      I don't trust them because they don't seem interested in controlling their crazies. It seems to be OK to be a Muslim who says Death to Infidels in public. They need to control that if they want to be trusted by those of us who don't want to die.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Huh?

      I agree 100%. Christians feel that they are saved/forgiven. This makes them exempt from practicing their religion. Jews and Muslims are more "christian" than christians. Christians live in sin daily with no regard. They wallow in most things that are prohibited.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Jack

      No, it's very simple. we don't like people who attack us and we can see the writing on the wall what that religion turns into. we didn't wake up one day and think...we hate musims. they attacked US we didn't attack them. we know what the religions agenda is and we're going to take it out of this country, be sure of that

      November 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  5. ProudMuslim

    To all Christian and Jews, Please consider the following verses from your Bible:

    Psalm 137:8 O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.
    Blessed is the one who grabs your babies and smashes them against a rock.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jimbo Jim

      why not just give some straight talk? what's all that mumbo-jumbo supposed to mean? trust me, you would get smashed in a fist fight with a real American man son.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • AH1939

      This is what I was saying in "Mein Kampf".
      Cheers!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • rob

      ya good point, just as stupid as the koran say "wear a hajib" Both books are written by men for them to control peoples behavior in the name of God.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Arjun

      This practice might have been started in middle ages to protect their women from being attacked by other men if they found them beautiful. But times have changed. It takes some time for them to adopt to new society. It might take few centuries. But we cant help them by criticizing. Hatred breeds hated alone.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jack

      Lets start pulling from the Koran and the pedophile that you worship

      November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • TimedUp

      You Sound Like Some Teens Rocking In Front Of Your Library Campus Computer Somewhere On The Asia.

      Psalm 137:8 O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.
      Blessed is the one who grabs your babies and smashes them against a rock.

      It was a song of crying by persecuted person to curse the persecutor.

      And it on OT – Old Testament. Christians is product of NT-New Testament.

      November 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  6. Jimbo Jim

    haven't seen the show becuase I don't support fake made up religions that exist just to destroy my awesome American lifestyle....BUT...can anyone tell me if there are any HOT lookign Turkish or Persian chicks on the show?

    November 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jimbo Jim

      almost fergot – Roll Tide!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Stephanie

      Are you kidding me?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  7. PaulMc1981

    "My tribe is better than your tribe."

    Whether we're talking about right-wing Christians, Islamist fundamentalists, or any other religious fanatics, this is the belief that is the source of most of the world's misery.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  8. Mork

    I dropped 'christianity' from my life starting as a child after I read some childrens bible that showed 'God' destroying some people who were worshipping an 'idol' – Even at the age of 8 I knew it was wrong to kill those who dont follow your beliefs. At that point I knew that religion was NOT for me. As I grew, and learned more about christian history, the crusades, the inquisitions, the forced religion by missionaries and governments etc. I realized that christianity was NOT for me.

    Now in this era we have Muslims that kill and maim and hate. I do not understand why the 'westernized muslims' dont see this as an abomination of humanity and abandon their religions. If I were born Muslim Id have renounced my faith to that religion long ago.

    You can still believe in 'God' without being labeled as a christian or a muslim or a jew. You can be YOU. Dead Sea Scrolls that have been covered up by the vatican have already hypothesized that jesus preached that the holy temple is your body that was given to you and no other temple need to be worshipped as long as you care about your temple and do not cause ill will to the temples of others.

    That is HUMANITY. If there is a 'God' I highly doubt he is sitting on some ethereal cloud judging you because you missed church for your entire life. He may judge you based on your actions as a HUMAN regardless of what 'religion' you think is right or wrong.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Mork

      and if we didnt worship at the feet of some self righteous cleric/priest/ whatever, then the Vatican would fall, the Mullahs would be powerless, and we couldnt have THAT now could we!!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Lucy

      No, Mork, God won't judge you for missing church, et al. But He will judge you for what you did about Christ. Accept or reject, it's your choice!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  9. vw

    Catholics aren't Christians? i bet you think they worship statues. what is "the celebration of ignorance" thread. Muslims hate America, Catholics aren't Christians. what's next? Are the Jews controlling the blacks to the destroy "white America"? don't you people have anything else to do? well i do so i'm off. but God bless you all and here's hoping you dont die as you've lived, in the dark and filled with hate and fear.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Zman

      ""Muslims hate America You need to stop watching CNN. Arabs have invested a lot of money in US which is holding the economy. What US makes???

      November 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Jack

      Zman... We don't need you or want you

      November 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  10. get real

    If you want to help the Muslim 'cause', just stop the muslim terroism!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • ?Why

      ter·ror·ist : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
      I can think of many who are guilty of this. Check your history buddy!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Tom

      True that!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Jack

      You're right! The muslims are the only ones that can stop these terroists and we don't think well of the muslims when they sit back indifferently.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  11. jmadey

    I remember when we exported everything to the rest of the world, reading some of these ignorant comments makes it clear why we are struggling economically. "it seems that hate is all we are capable of manufacturing"

    November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • ?Why

      It's very disheartening to see this nation to revert back to its roots. We had the possibility of greatness. I guess we'll have to wait a few more generations for the bigotry to die out... I we last that long. I see self-destruction in our future!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  12. sipi1

    I am an American moslem woman and I don't wear hijab and the like. I wear typical western clothes, modestly, of course and I mix with mainstream Americans. When I visited local mosque, I was asked several times to wear hijab, which I refused; hence stopped me from visitng the mosque. To be a good moslem, you need not be different from others; it's your heart and spirituality that counts. So, back off all of you who measure moslems with what and how they look and/or wear! As Sura Baqarah says: you need to show good examples of who you are, in mind and spirit. What you do is measured privately between you and God. Amen!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jimbo Jim

      any chance you might be hot too?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Zman

      There is no mosque who forces women to wear hijab. Make sense.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Mork

      you dont need to go to a mosque to have a good heart, nor do you need to be a muslim, or a jew or a christian to have a good heart. You can be YOU and thats all God wants.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Gwendolyn

      I started Islam as Niqabi, but soon abandoned it. It was too hard to satisfy other Muslims. I do not practice Islam any more. They have same problems that American Christians do; practicing hate and rejection. Still Islam left its mark on me, teaching me goodness, kindness and modesty. People harp about the terrorists, but they are tiny percentage of Muslims, and 10% of those who died in 9/11 were Muslim. People need to educate themselves, not rely on University of Foxnews. Still, I miss my Hijab at times, and wonder where I will go from here?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • TimedUp

      Cong rat Sis, you're on the way to Christians way – a peace.

      November 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  13. Dan

    Between Jamal and Iggy they got this one covered:
    One video explains how to beat the wife while the other explains how to gently beat the wife.
    TLC please clarify this wife beating and show us an episode on wife beatings

    November 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Mac

      This should be enlightening to you.

      http://webdawah.blogspot.com/2010/07/wife-beating-in-islam-whats-fuss-all.html

      November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  14. Menkara

    Islam (since the profit time) are use to attack others and grab their belonging ,take their women's and children's and their land, they were ordered by their God to kill any one believe deferent from their believe, only the the converted ones were saved, this act is their passport to what they call heaven, it is clearly written in the Quran, they can't deny it from the Arabic specking people.
    In 1967 the Christians in the Muslim country begin to immigrate, escaping the prosecutions, the Muslim were glade to see the natives leaving, but they realized that if they would move in large numbers to the USA ,Canada and Europe, they will have larger control of the world , the technology and military power and eventually they can force their believe and convert the world, they are now hear, and successfully working on their plan and some day they will master their missions..

    November 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • ProudMuslim

      Very true. See we got Barak HUSSEIN Obama in office. And soon we will control the world....muahahaahahaahaha.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Mac

      Surah Al-Kafiroon
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Say: O disbelievers! (1) I worship not that which ye worship; (2) Nor worship ye that which I worship. (3) And I shall not worship that which ye worship. (4) Nor will ye worship that which I worship. (5) Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion. (6)

      November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • SwordofThruth

      You give muslims way too much credibility. This TV show is only a Trojan Horse. Most Americans can see through the deception. I would just not have any muslims in the USA. See, deep down they really are not allowed to integrate by their koran. Showing what looks like semi-muslims, the hope is that we let our guard down. They are building their mosques all over the USA like an infestation. Such actions would never be allowed in their islamic countries and you all know that.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  15. k

    I find it funny the Muslims all supported George Bush in 2000 because Al Gore had Joe Lieberman a Jew as his Vice President

    November 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Casey

    All-American Muslim is a great show. I like how it features families that are very observant of Muslim traditions as well as families who are less observant. For the people who say you cannot be Muslim and American, it is time to get educated. Being Muslim and American is no different than being Catholic and American or Jewish and American. We are all a part of the great melting pot that is the United States.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • shane

      Read the Quran and Hadiths then come back and comment again.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • ProudMuslim

      I guess Shane must have read the entire Bible and knows what Christians have done over the last 2000 years.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Michael

      You are as ignorant as they are. This show is showing nothing more than Muslims wanting control. Look at how one Muslim family forced an American man to change his Islam if he was to marry their daughter. Why can't she change from Islam to Christianity. Simple answer I was given, there is no negotiations for them. You have to change everything to meet their needs. Look at the football team on the show that is 95% Muslim. They had to practice several hours overnight because they were observing Ramadan. Why did the other 5% have to suffer with them? I bet if those 5% have a religion that they needed to so something special to alter their practice times to accomodate their religous beliefs would the coach make everybody observe that also? I highly doubt it. This show has done nothing to change my mind about how the Muslims want to control everything around them and the heck with the rest of us.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Casey

      Shane – I am a Christian, and I recognize that the Bible is full of violence which, if read literally, could cause people to act violently against others. Consider:

      "When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you may nations...then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy." Deuteronomy 7:1-2, NIV

      "The LORD is a man of war." – Exodus 15:3, NKJV

      Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” – 1 Samuel 15:2-3 NKJV

      November 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  17. FFFF

    All people need to do is take a nice look at The UK and France. They have benefitted leaps and bounds by this so called cult...

    November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  18. N.....

    Some of you say "why did the american muslims come out after 9/11 against terriorist" WE DID ....... No body was listening... There were women who wore the head scarf that were harrassed there scarves pulled off of there heads. Some who actually took there scarves off from the fear... I believe this show is wonderful it is making a statement that none of us are perfect, that we all strive to be better people, that we all want to raise our children without hatred. I am a PROUD AMERICAN, I was born here. I speak to my elderly neighbors with respect I watch after them and no they are not muslim. All religions have extremist we wish that they didn't but there are, whether it be Islam, Christians, Jewish ... I have respect everyone... We all believe in the same God.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Casey

      Well said.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Capt. Wm Sullivan

      Very well spoken,thank you.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • MI

      Well said, as a non-Muslim living in the Detroit suburbs I am proud of where I live and respect all the religions and ethnicities that live around me. America should look at Detroit as an example of a community that respects one another. I find it a blessing that on my way to work in one single block I pass a mosque, Greek Orthodox Church, a Baptist Church and a Lutheran Church all within yards of one other and all sharing a common driveway.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • vw

      WORD!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Christine

    Your all annoying.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Capt. Wm Sullivan

      Who is?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Mike

      Completely agree. I don't know which more ignorant: The bigots here spewing their hate or the non-bigots thinking that a logical argument will change minds. It's like watching a 1st grade playground, at first it's cute watching the kids play together than it eventually comes to "my dad can beat up your dad." This is the great melting pot, a melting pot of stupidity compounded by more stupidity.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Luds

    *Sigh* When will people get it that religion -in any form including Christianity and Islam- is a crutch. It helps people get through the day, and sleep peacefully at night.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • CommonSense

      Well said. Amen even!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Huh?

      I guess you both are atheists... You'll find out the hard way

      November 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
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