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My Take: Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints
Samira Amen, who's featured in "All-American Muslim."
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. Mitch

    A simple explanation of why muslims are better than christians is the message board. 80% of christians degrade the prophet and religion and use words that are not allowed in christianity and 99.9% of muslims try to literate the christians without bashing jesus and christianity .. The truth is out

    November 29, 2011 at 1:12 am |
    • Kareem

      Well said.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Mark David

      and how do you know these people are xtians? im an atheist. im asking questions about islam and no one is answering them. mitch do you agree with mohamhead r apeing women and ordering his troops do the same? its a simple question. most people know r ape is wrong. but can you bring your self to say mohamhead was wrong?

      November 29, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Mark David

      kareem what evidence do you have the people that are posting are xtians???? maybe we are all atheist. muslims like to deflect to xtianity. and say they did this or that to change the subject. but this story is about islam so stick to the story. and quit playing the muslim game of deflecting

      November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Kat

      Mark, get off your high horse and take off your hate blinders. You're probably the only atheist here. The others already said they were christian. It is not deflecting when we question why YOU defend the inquisition and choose to generalize all muslims.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Mark David

      kat i never defended the inqusiton now see how you lie??? i know you can lie under islam ot promote yoru beliefs corredct?

      November 29, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Kat

      see how you lie? I know you can lie under atheism/kill (China, Soviet Union, Mynammar) to promote your beliefs. You grossley understimated the horrors of the inquisition and implied they were not a big deal compared to the Armenian genocide which took place in WW1 as millions were killed throughout europe but you signaled out as a proof of muslims' intentional murder of christians.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • RAD

      And that is where the problem lies... One is no better than the other... And atheists, are no better still. So many people claim that their religion is right and others are wrong or that no religion is the true answer... In this life, we never know the answer, we can only have "a good idea."*

      *Chris Rock in Dogma

      For me personally, none are right and none are wrong... We guess and we play the game until the end... After that, what does it matter.

      It seems to me that every religion has been used by man as an excuse to do harm to others. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and the like can claim no higher road than Islam. History is filled with the blood of those who believe something else. Do any of you really believe that God/Allah/Yaweh/The Creator needs you to advocate on their behalf? I believe that faith is your covenant with your creator, no matter what it is and that religion is the action of man to control man. Even atheists have faith and religion, even if it is in the negative. I am not speaking agnostically, but that people need to remember what the true purpose of faith is without the yolk of religion. Just my humble opinion...

      November 29, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • b4bigbang

      @Mitch: false flag buddy. An old counterintelligence trick. Poisoning the well is another. Those "christians" are in name only. Example: Hitler was "christian" (born Rom Cath), all the Mafiosos are "christian" (again, baptised as babies).
      That aint real christianity....

      November 29, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  2. barbara

    G Nadeau ur extremely naive.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  3. Kat

    Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "The believers who show the most perfect Faith are those who have the best behaviour, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives".[At-Tirmidhi]

    November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  4. b4bigbang

    All Muslims will know the truth about God in one moment, one instant. The Lord Jesus will return in great power and glory and all Muslims, atheists, Hindus, etc, will know that Jesus is Lord and God.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Kat

      and if they don't they will be exterminated with his sword according to the book of Revelations.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  5. barbara

    we have to remember what the liberal media claims that if not for israels occupation muslims would never kill any innocent people around the world whoever buys this liberal garbage is crazy

    November 29, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Mike

      Lol that crazy media, why is the right always blaming the media it how they get their msg sent to people as well if there was no media we all be blind to what happens in the world. sure media isnt perfect there are bias in it thats human nature there liberal leaning and there consertive leaning CNN not too much on the lib side msnbc is pretty far over and fox is easily to the right. i personnally enjoy looking at media at both sides and out of the country for a complte picture

      November 29, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  6. Mark David

    After taking Mecca in 630, Muhammad also ordered the murder of a slave girl who had merely made up songs mocking him. The Hadith are rife as well with accounts of women planted in the ground on Muhammad's command and pelted to death with stones for s3xual immorality – yet the prophet of Islam actually encouraged his own men to r ape women captured in battle (Abu Dawood 2150, Muslim 3433) and did not punish them for killing non-Muslim women (as Khalid ibn Walid did on several occasions – see Ibn Ishaq 838 and 856).

    November 29, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Kareem

      I highly doubt the credibility of what your saying. There was a women who use to throw garbage at the prophet everyday and they day she didn't he went to see why and found out she was sick and went to visited her. You guys take everything out of context. Either way God has closed your hearts. who ever God guides no one can misguide and vice versa.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Steve

      Once again your information is false. This is the true insight of the treatment of women in Islam. I am a muslim, i think i would know more.

      Narrated Mu'awiyah al-Qushayri: I went to the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) and asked him: "What do you say (command) about our wives?" He replied: "Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them." (Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 11, Number 2139) "The best of you is one who is best towards his family and I am best towards the family". (At-Tirmithy). "None but a noble man treats women in an honourable manner. And none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully". (At-Tirmithy).

      November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  7. barbara

    i cant believe that muslims are killing muslims i thought they only kill jews because israel is occupying their territory?

    November 29, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Kareem

      everyone kills everyone... don't you read history? if a muslims does something thats not islamic then we need to stop them.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • tallulah13

      Why shouldn't they? Christians have a long history of killing christians.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:04 am |
  8. Mark David

    Question:
    Does Islam permit a man to hit his wife?

    Summary Answer:
    Yes, but only if she doesn't do as he asks. The beating must cease if the woman complies with her husband's demands. Beating is also intended to be the last resort of coercing submission, behind verbal abuse and abandonment.

    According her testimony in the Hadith, Muhammad, physically struck his favorite wife for leaving the house without his permission. It is not known how he treated his less-favored wives.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Steve

      O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may take away part of the dower ye have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good. (An-Nisa 4:19)

      this is directly from the quran. Your sources are not reliable and I advise you to use valid sources.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Steve

      Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission." The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! How can we know her permission?" He said, "Her silence (indicates her permission)." (Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 67)

      Narrated Khansa bint Khidam Al-Ansariya that her father gave her in marriage when she was a matron and she disliked that marriage. So she went to Allah's Apostle and he declared that marriage invalid. (Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 69)

      This is to show you that muslim women have the right to say no to a marriage. We are not allowed to be forced to marry someone. That is the teaching of Muhammad.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  9. Devon

    Islam has been a brutal evil force for 1400 years from China to Nigeria and all points in between...people, simply read the Quran and study the Sunnah (traditions) to see what Islam says...it is brutal and evil...all you need to know for now is that Islam is so weak and insecure that it has to kill those that leave it.....what does that say about Islam??? And the fact that muhammed married a 6 year old girl....or that muhammed ordered the beating of unsubmissive wives.....and on and on it goes...Islam is evil to the core.....

    November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  10. joe

    Nigeria Maiduguri 1 0 A lawmaker is assassinated by Islamic gunmen while standing outside his home.
    2011.10.16 Afghanistan Faryab 1 4 A child of about 3 bleeds to death following a suicide blast.
    2011.10.15 Iraq Baghdad 1 0 An interior minister is assassinated by suspected al-Qaeda.
    2011.10.15 Nigeria Maiduguri 1 0 A local official is shot to death by Boko Haram.
    2011.10.15 Afghanistan Panjshir 2 2 Two civilians are taken out by Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bombers.
    2011.10.15 Thailand Narathiwat 1 0 A 48-year-old woman is stalked and murdered by Muslim 'insurgents'.
    2011.10.14 Afghanistan Spin Boldak 3 5 A Fedayeen suicide bomber murders three local police officers.
    2011.10.14 Pakistan Islamabad 1 1 Terrorists gun down a neighborhood cop.
    2011.10.14 Iraq Hilla 10 40 Sunni bombers target a Shia funeral procession near a mosque, killing at least ten mourners.
    2011.10.14 Pakistan Kharkai 2 6 Islamic militants kill two civilians with a mortar attack on their village.
    2011.10.13 Thailand Pattani 3 0 Two people riding in a pickup truck and a teenager standing nearby are machine-gunned by Muslim militants.
    2011.10.13 Iraq Kirkuk 1 42 A Shahid suicide bomber kills one other person near a bank.
    2011.10.13 Nigeria Maiduguri 1 0 Boko Haram gunmen assassinate a man in his home.
    2011.10.13 Iraq Sadr City 18 43 Eighteen people at a market are torn to shreds by Ansar al-Islam bombers.
    2011.10.13 Thailand Pattani 3 0 A married couple and their relative are brutally cut to pieces in their own shop by Islamic gunmen.
    2011.10.12 Pakistan Korangi 1 0 A Muslim slashes a Christian mother's throat after raping her.
    2011.10.12 Iraq Illam 6 28 Three Jihadi car bomb kill six Iraqis.
    2011.10.12 Iraq Baghdad 9 27 Nine people are reported dead after a Sunni suicide bombing in a Shia neighborhood.
    2011.10.12 Iraq Baghdad 14 28 A powerful Shahid car bomb blast leaves at least fourteen Iraqis dead.
    2011.10.12 Thailand Yala 1 0 A civilian is shot to death on his way home by 'insurgents'.
    2011.10.12 Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1 4 Children are among the casualties of an Islamist drive-by and mortar attack.
    2011.10.11 Dagestan Makhachkala 1 2 Suspected Islamic 'rebels' murder one person in a drive-by attack.
    2011.10.11 Iraq Garma 1 0 al-Qaeda gunmen murder a man outside his home.
    2011.10.11 Pakistan Kalaya 1 9 A mortar round fired by the Taliban reportedly slams into a home, killing one occupant.
    2011.10.11 Somalia Mogadishu 1 0 Islamists send a mortar round into the maternity ward of a hospital, crushing a staff member.
    2011.10.11 Pakistan Dasht 2 0 The Taliban set fire to an oil tanker, burning the driver and helper to death.
    2011.10.10 Afghanistan Dangam 6 2 A road construction crew is the target of a vicious double bombing that leaves six dead.
    2011.10.10 Nigeria Maiduguri 2 2 Two Nigerians are killed by a Boko Haram bomb.
    2011.10.10 Iraq Baghdad 13 22 Jihadi bombers murder thirteen Iraqis, including first responders, in a string of bombings.
    2011.10.10 Pakistan Chadrarh 2 0 Two former members of a peace committee are shot to death by militant Muslims.
    2011.10.09 Egypt Cairo 27 329 Military and Islamist gunmen massacre over two dozen Christians peacefully protesting a church burning.
    2011.10.09 Somalia Mogadishu 12 40 At least a dozen civilians are killed during an al-Shabaab mortar attack on a residential area.
    2011.10.09 Pakistan Maidan 2 0 The Taliban kidnap and murder two young men.
    2011.10.09 Philippines Zamboanga 0 13 Abu Sayyaf bombers injured thirteen people in separate attacks targeting Christians.
    2011.10.08 Yemen Aden 1 7 A local soldier is killed in a bombing by Islamic extremists.
    2011.10.08 Iraq Kirkuk 1 1 Muslim gunmen shoot an elderly Christian and a woman.
    2011.10.07 Pakistan Rawalpindi 0 24 About two dozen students and teachers at a girls school are thrashed with iron rods by fundamentalists for dressing "immodestly."

    November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Kareem

      WOW! people really have nothing better to do then Bash Islam. i guess you have all accepted the inevitability that we are everywhere and soon will be at your door step. 🙂 Thank you TLC.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • theSmartone

      1944.11.28 (Europe) 178,000 (thats not a typo) killed in one day!!!
      by muslims? nope
      by europeans, atheists, secularists, christians call them what you will.

      1944? ancient history? only 65 years ago. modern history. today, one generation ago.
      not 500 years, 1,400 years, 2,000 years, we are talking yesterday

      jews being gassed in gas chambers!! by the millions!!!
      HORROR MOVIE? no REALITY
      IN ANCIENT TIMES? no YESTERDAY
      BY MOSLEMS RIGHT??? nope
      BY YOU!

      LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE POSTING SUCH RUBBISH STATISTICS!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • PEVANb

      Kareem, Let's face it – Allah is a dog just like your father. Understand this I will be knocking on your door very soon sending my American boot up your jihad rear end.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  11. PhillyRN

    After attacks on the US in the name of Islam, "it is natural that people will have questions?" Is this some kind of joke?

    After the Nazis attacked the Sudetenland, did people have "questions?" After they violently attacked the rest of Europe, were there "questions?" No.

    When the Nazis declared war on the West, people understood that they were at war.

    When hundreds of thousands of Muslims declare war on the West, we understand perfectly what they are saying.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Steve

      what he means to say is that after Muslims declare wars on the west in the name of Islam, obviously everyone would believe that Islam is a violent religion and that Muslims are mean't to be terrorists. But that is the biggest misconception of all. Those muslims who declare a war against innocents in the name of islam are actually sinning and that is not jihad at all. It is not permissible to murder innocents in islam so those muslims who say they are fighting in the name of islam without an actual reason are wrong and are not following islam properly. It will be hard to believe that islam is not violent because of the examples some of these false muslims are creating. That was his point

      November 29, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  12. joe

    List of Islamic Terror Attacks For the Past 2 Months

    Date Country City Killed Injured Description
    2011.11.28 Iraq Taji 19 24 Suicide bombers destroy a minibus, along with nineteen passengers.
    2011.11.27 Pakistan Numaish Chowrangi 2 8 Two people are killed during a sectarian incident between Sunni and Shia.
    2011.11.27 Nigeria Borno 2 0 Boko Haram Islamists shoot two people to death.
    2011.11.27 Yemen Damaj 21 50 Militant Shiites shell a Sunni town, killing twenty-one.
    2011.11.27 Philippines Zamboanga 3 27 Holy Warriors bomb a hotel packed with wedding guests, killing at least three.
    2011.11.26 Iraq Baghdad 7 28 Holy Warriors take down seven Iraqis with well-planted bombs along a commercial district.
    2011.11.26 Nigeria Geidam 4 20 Islamic radicals descend on a small town, burn eight churches and murder four innocents.
    2011.11.26 Iraq Abu Ghraib 8 13 Eight construction workers are permanently demolished by a Mujahid bombing attack.
    2011.11.25 Kenya Garissa 2 27 Islamists toss grenades into a restaurant, killing two patrons.
    2011.11.25 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A 70-year-old Shia man is shot through the head in his shop by sectarian Jihadis.
    2011.11.25 Mali Timbuktu 1 0 A German tourist is shot to death at a restaurant by al-Qaeda.
    2011.11.24 Afghanistan Bakwah 10 7 At least ten security guards are slaughtered by Taliban gunmen.
    2011.11.24 Nigeria Barkin Ladi 7 1 A man and wife are shot to death along with a local official by Fulanis, who then burn the couple's four children alive in their home.
    2011.11.24 Saudi Arabia Qatif 4 9 Sunni gunmen fire into a Shiite funeral, killing four mourners.
    2011.11.24 Iraq Basra 25 71 Two dozen people are sent to Allah by Mujahid bombers at an outdoor market.
    2011.11.24 Iraq Baghdad 1 2 A woman is murdered in her home by Islamic terrorists.
    2011.11.24 Thailand Pattani 2 0 Two drug manufacturers are gunned down by suspected Islamists.
    2011.11.24 Kenya Mandera 1 4 A Kenyan soldier loses his life to a cross-border IED attack by Islamic terrorists.
    2011.11.23 Pakistan Darbaan Kalan 2 7 Two local cops are exterminated by a Sunni rocket attack on their station.
    2011.11.23 Nigeria Yobe 2 0 Militants kidnap and kill two children to punish their father for being 'disloyal to Islam' by converting to Christianity.
    2011.11.23 Iraq Diyala 9 0 Nine torture victims of al-Qaeda are found buried together.
    2011.11.23 Pakistan Khurda Renala 1 0 Muslims torture and shoot to death a Catholic father of four.
    2011.11.22 Somalia Mogadishu 11 4 Three children are among eleven civilians disassembled by an al-Shabaab bomb.
    2011.11.22 Pakistan Pasni 2 0 Two members of a peace committee are abducted by Islamic militants, slaughtered and then dumped in a market.
    2011.11.22 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A father of three is shot to death by sectarian rivals.
    2011.11.22 Pakistan Quetta 1 0 A mosque imam is gunned down after prayer by Religion of Peace rivals.
    2011.11.22 Afghanistan Alingar 4 2 A woman and child are among four civilians murdered during a Taliban roadside attack.
    2011.11.22 Pakistan Dera Bugti 5 11 Islamic militants are thought responsible for an attack on a group of Chinese engineers that leaves five dead.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Kareem

      JOE UR PATHETIC! 2 CAN PLAY THIS GAME

      November 29, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • theSmartone

      1944.11.27 (Europe) 118,000 (thats not a typo) killed in one day!!!
      1944.11.28 (Europe) 178,000
      by muslims? nope
      by europeans, atheists, secularists, christians call them what you will.

      1944? ancient history? only 65 years ago. modern history. today, one generation ago.
      not 500 years, 1,400 years, 2,000 years, we are talking yesterday

      jews being gassed in gas chambers!! by the millions!!!
      HORROR MOVIE? no REALITY
      IN ANCIENT TIMES? no YESTERDAY
      BY MOSLEMS RIGHT??? nope
      BY YOU!

      LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE POSTING SUCH RUBBISH STATISTICS!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:46 am |
  13. Mark David

    Islamic law is absolutely incompatible with democracy. It is a theocratic system with Allah alone at its head. Allah's law is interpreted by a ruling body of clerics. There is no room for a secular political system in which all people are treated as equals.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • tommy mack

      Then why do you want America to become a Christian theocracy as opposed to the separation of church and state like the founders intended?

      November 29, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Mark David

      i never said i wanted that. im an atheist....

      November 29, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  14. Mark David

    kat do you believe in democracy even though islam is against it?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  15. joe

    Put the Numbers in Perspective

    More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined. (source)

    Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 50 years. (source)

    More civilians were killed by Muslim extremists in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. (source)
    19 Muslim hijackers killed more innocents in two hours on September 11th than the number of American criminals executed in the last 65 years. (source)

    November 29, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  16. Mark David

    muslims cant be good amerians becuase they dont believe in democracy. islam and democracy cant co-exist

    November 29, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  17. joe

    Hamas Wants Your Money!

    This is Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Hamas terror group, which the Palestinians have chosen to run their government. He wants your money... unconditionally. These are his people, the Hamas terrorists who have slaughtered hundreds of innocent people in shopping malls, cafes and even on buses. (They're holding Qurans).
    This is an example of who they murder: Mazal Marciano a talented and devoted mother of two small children. She made easy pickings for Haniyeh and his henchmen.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  18. joe

    It's all about Iraq, or israels occupation isn't it?

    Yep, it's all about Iraq, Afghanistan and israel...

    India and the Sudan and Algeria and New York and Pakistan and Israel and Russia and Chechnya and the Philippines and Indonesia and Nigeria and England and Thailand and Spain and Egypt and Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and Morocco and Yemen and Lebanon and France and Uzbekistan and Gaza and Tunisia and Kosovo and Bosnia and Mauritania and Kenya and Eritrea and Syria and Somalia and California and Kuwait and Virginia and Ethiopia and Iran and Jordan and United Arab Emirates and Louisiana and Texas and Tanzania and Germany and Australia and Pennsylvania and Belgium and Denmark and East Timor and Qatar and Maryland and Tajikistan and the Netherlands and Scotland and Chad and Canada and China and Nepal and the Maldives and Argentina and Mali and Angola and the Ukraine and Uganda and Kazakhstan and Sweden and...

    ...and pretty much wherever Islam is taken seriously:

    November 29, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  19. Kareem

    Im sick of defending Islam. 1/6 of the world is Muslim and its growing so fast that no one can do anything about it. How about we leave these closed minded people to themselves until they will have no choice but to deal with us. Im loving how Canada is becoming more and more Islamic and open is Muslims. London has already been fully integrated and the rest of the world is growing and growing more islamic accepted. We work harder, we don't drink, we tend to be more alert and efficient at work, we pray 5 times a day making us more "God conscious", We got Jesus too! stop trying to act like he's only your saviour.etc... like it or not in the next couple of years all these students (who study so hard) are going to be in the work place and moving up and up. All these immigrant children are going to be first and second generation canadian and american etc... Why don't you try to understand them instead of pushing them away. because lets face the facts were not going anywhere! p.s. my mothers a white canadian convert so don't think i'm some foreigner from buck town. Good Luck because one day your going to need it.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Devon

      Is that a threat Kareem??? How peaceful of you....Islam is evil....now what are you going to do about that huh???

      November 29, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • PhillyRN

      Why are we going to "need luck," Kareem?

      November 29, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Steve

      Well every religion believes that they are the only ones going to heaven and the other religions will be going to hell, he means good luck for the afterlife or the day of judgement.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • BG

      " because lets face the facts were not going anywhere!"

      Sure you are. Right after the next big terrorist attack. It'll be like Kirk kicking the Klingon off the cliff... while saying:

      I....have had..... enough of..... YOU!

      November 29, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • RAD

      No Kareem, you do not have my Jesus. John 3:16 says that "God (my God, not allah) so loved the world that He (God) gave his only begotten Son (Jesus) , that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Jesus taught that He and God were one. Does your jesus claim to be one with allah? No, I didn't think so. So you see, we are not talking about the same Jesus.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Steve

      well im sorry to say that the bible was edited way too many times and has lost its credibility.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Steve

      the word "begotten" was never even there before, it was changed later. The bible uses the word "son" as a symbolic meaning otherwise you should all believe adam is a son of god as well.

      to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means "Sons: of Thunder
      —Mark 3:17
      Adam, the "son" of God.
      —Luke 3:38

      You are all "sons" of God through faith in Christ Jesus
      —Galatians 3:26

      November 29, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  20. joe

    Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace
    "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless
    to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29

    2011.11.28 (Taji, Iraq) – Suicide bombers destroy a minibus, along with nineteen passengers.
    2011.11.27 (Zamboanga, Philippines) – Holy Warriors bomb a hotel packed with wedding guests, killing at least three.
    2011.11.27 (Numaish Chowrangi, Pakistan) – Two people are killed during a sectarian incident between Sunni and Shia.
    2011.11.27 (Borno, Nigeria) – Boko Haram Islamists shoot two people to death.
    2011.11.27 (Damaj, Yemen) – Militant Shiites shell a Sunni town, killing twenty-one.
    2011.11.26 (Geidam, Nigeria) – Islamic radicals descend on a small town, burn eight churches and murder four innocents.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • theSmartone

      1944.11.26 (Europe) 78,000 (thats not a typo) killed in one day!!!
      1944.11.27 (Europe) 118,000
      1944.11.28 (Europe) 178,000
      by muslims? nope
      by europeans, atheists, secularists, christians call them what you will.

      1944? ancient history? only 65 years ago. modern history. today, one generation ago.
      not 500 years, 1,400 years, 2,000 years, we are talking yesterday

      jews being gassed in gas chambers!! by the millions!!!
      HORROR MOVIE? no REALITY
      IN ANCIENT TIMES? no YESTERDAY
      BY MOSLEMS RIGHT??? nope
      BY YOU!

      LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE POSTING SUCH RUBBISH STATISTICS!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:47 am |
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