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My Take: Muslims must engage politically, look outside themselves
Muslim Americans must exercise their right to vote and be part of the process, says Khalid Latif.
October 25th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

My Take: Muslims must engage politically, look outside themselves

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

My wife and I were on our way into Bed, Bath and Beyond in late August when I decided to check my office voicemail from my cell phone. I told her I'd meet her inside. When I did, she asked whether I had any messages.

"Just one,” I told her. “I was asked to deliver an invocation at this year's Republican National Convention." She responded with a smile on her face, "Of course you were," and then showed me the pillows she’d selected.

I didn't get a chance to decide whether I would accept the invitation, as Hurricane Isaac changed the RNC schedule and made the decision for me. But before the impending storm blew me off the schedule, I sought advice from friends and colleagues. What were the implications of my participating at the RNC? Would it make sense?

One conservative, evangelical Republican friend told me that it would have been a great way to start a conversation with members of his party who are fed up with the current platform and, amongst other things, the party’s highly anti-Muslim and Islamophobic rhetoric. Now, it seemed, that conversation wouldn't happen.

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But I couldn't understand why it must take a Muslim standing on an RNC stage to get people talking. Is that really the only way a Muslim voice can be heard in the political arena? Realistically, it's not. The other options just require more time, strategy and patience.

Like all other citizens, American Muslims can be heard through our right to vote. We, as a community, can amplify our voice by building coalitions more broadly with other groups. And we can speak the loudest by encouraging our best and brightest to be a part of the system.

Most American Muslims aren't hearing a discourse that tells them to be civically engaged on a local or grassroots level, which is a huge problem. The presidential election is not the only election that takes place in our country; the impact that one can have on local communities is just as important.

We are starting to get this. In comparison to 10 years ago, today we see more Muslim mayors, city council members and commissioners, law enforcement agents, policymakers and others. But there is still a long way to go. Refraining from being part of the process really isn't an option anymore.

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In deciding who to work with or which candidate to support on any level, be it local or national, it's important to be informed beyond one's own needs. Most Muslims keep from building relationships with other groups unless there is some direct impact on us.

We don't stand up for others’ rights as well as we should. Then, when we want others to be there for us and validate our community, we don't get what we need so readily because we weren’t there for their communities or still don’t understand issues beyond our own.

Do you know what conversations are taking place in your local government? Decisions are being made that will affect people who live in your town, your city, your state, your entire country.

If the Muslim community wants people to stand with us when a hateful person protests the building of our mosques, we need to stand with them at their time of need, or even at times when there is no pressing need at all. The myopic perspective that keeps us from thinking strategically and, more importantly, humanely, needs to go.

I watched the presidential debates at the Islamic Center at New York University, where I was joined by my students and community members. I watched so that I could be better informed of the candidates' stances on all issues - including the ones that affect me directly and those that touch people around me.

I will keep telling my students, whom I encouraged to register to vote, that they must think beyond the presidential election and get involved locally. New York City will elect a new mayor next year, along with many other officials, and they should be a part of that process, too.

And I will keep telling them that civic engagement is not just about having your voice heard. It's also about having confidence that you have something to offer that will make society better.

My students, like many other American Muslims, can and should help the growth and development of our country. The time is here for them to see not only how their being Muslim benefits them individually but also how their being Muslim benefits the world around them.

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

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Islam • Muslim • Politics

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  1. tallulah13

    Dear brother Khalid, Pointing the obvious is good and we also need to ensure we get out and excercise our vote. Having read the treaty of tripoli it is our right as citizens to can join hands with our fellow American democrats const/ituting the religious minority which includes people like us. We are the majority now and being part of the alliance with atheists and other like minded individuals is very good for us in the long terms.Let us excercise our vote and make our statement, it is the allies we form now that will help ensure our long term plans.

    October 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  2. Urafkntool

    Mudslimes must get out of white countries. All white countries. They must disengage from their invasion of white countries, and never return. Go back to their worthless sand pit in the middle of hell where they belong, and stay there with their worthless "jihad" and their polygamist BS. They don't belong in civilized countries, they never have, and they never will.

    October 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Yep

      What countries are "white?"

      October 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  3. Get our Troops Out!

    Islam is not a religion but a warmongering totalitarian political system. Like the Borg in Star Trek, "Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated"...

    October 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Lance

      Tell that to the Native Americans....ohhhh I forgot that the USA has exterminated just about all of its Native Americans.. No surprise that I forgot given that they were exterminated by the Borg Americans as if they were not people but just disposable assets.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Women have fared only marginally better and only because without them, the race would die out.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      @Lance: Instead of being a libtard idiot, why don't you do some research on the red haired, white skinned people the not-so-natives exterminated when they came to North America? Or does that give too much reality for you?

      October 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Lance

      Hey URAFKTool, you look like the type that puts on a white shroud and cowardly burns up crosses on lawns of Afro-Americans but is too big a chicken sh-t to fight for America. Too bad or you that Americans can smell out racists from a mile away...sheesh but you Rightwing headcases are pathetically inept at even using sound bites ......

      October 28, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      What we know of "Native" American history reveals a series of what today would be called human rights atrocities.

      These findings drive the final nail in the coffin of the image of Indians cultivated by the politically correct. These people are not the gentle lovers of the land films such as Pocahontas would have one believe. What we know of “Native” American history reveals a series of what today would be called human rights atrocities. The ancient Aztecs practiced human sacrifice. Tribes in the Northwest, as well as the Iroquois people, practiced slavery. Others were cannibals.14 Many were abusive to their wives and children. Inter-tribal warfare was common. The author has visited and camped on Blood Mountain in northern Georgia, named after a vicious battle fought there centuries ago between the Creek and Cherokees. When examined in the light of the evidence, any moral superiority attributed to the pre-Columbus inhabitants of these shores is revealed as fiction.

      Whites as a group are no more deserving of condemnation for their history than darker-skinned people are.

      Does all this mean that the brutal and inexcusable treatment handed out to the Indians by some white people did not occur? Of course not. Caucasians are as guilty of sins against humanity as any other breed of human being. The point, however, is this: Whites as a group are no more deserving of condemnation for their history than darker-skinned people are. After all, the most often cited “crime” of European Americans, slavery, was actually a cooperative enterprise between black African warlords and white slave traders.15 White people did not begin slavery, but they did end it. For this we receive no credit in the eyes of our accusers.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • What?

      " White people did not begin slavery, but they did end it. "

      That's why slavery is still going on today. What a bunch of lies.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  4. Lance

    Atrocities committed by people professing Christianity:
    - The African slave trade practiced by every Christian nation in western Europe (100,000,000 plus victims in a period of 350 years)
    - the Crusades initiated by every Christian country in Europe that led to deaths of over 6 million people but mainly Muslims
    - the genocide against North and South American Indians (tens of millions wiped out) but committed entirely by Christian people and nations
    - the Colonialization period where untold tens of millions of people perished at the hands of the colonizers who were generally from Christian countries and which left billions of people living in misery to this day.
    - World War I where over 12 million people perished in wars by Christian nations in a war among themselves re. Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand
    - World War II where a person Jewish heritage led the European Christians on a killing spree among themselves and the world including America with over 65 million dead, and which is greater than the dead of all other human conflicts combined including the Holocaust where under the leadership of a person of Jewish heritage, namely, Adolph Hitler, Christians murdered 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.
    Reality check: if there is a God in heaven and a devil in hell, there will one day b

    October 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Reality

      And now for the nitty-gritty:

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      October 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Lance

      Your figures regarding the Muslim history in India is absolutely bogus. You go from 2 million to 80 million dead as if you are playing some sort of Lottery. Many Hindus converted to Islam voluntarily hence the numbers of Muslims in Indianare so high. If you want to buttress your facts do so but don't throw out bogus information. The reality is that there was only one conquest of India and that was by the British who put signs up "no dogs and Indians allowed" in various places throughout the country and kept themselves completely separate from the Indians. The Muslims of India on the hand lived and participated in the social, political, cultural, and economic life of India for twelve hundreds plus years.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Get our Troops Out!

      WW1 and WW2 were started by the Germans. Hitler and the Third Reich were not Christians. Actually Muslims joined the SS guard because they wanted to kill Jews...

      October 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Get our Troops Out!

      The Bosnian Muslim Nazi 13th SS "Handzar" and the Kama SS devision were muslims...

      October 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Lance

      Hitler 'had Jewish and African roots', DNA tests show
      Adolf Hitler is likely to have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown.
      Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust.
      Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, tracked down the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.
      A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
      "One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised," Mr Mulders wrote in the Belgian magazine, Knack.
      Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.
      Knack, which published the findings, says the DNA was tested under stringent laboratory conditions.
      "This is a surprising result," said Ronny Decorte, a genetic specialist at the Catholic University of Leuven.
      "The affair is fascinating if one compares it with the conception of the world of the Nazis, in which race and blood was central.
      “Hitler's concern over his descent was not unjustified. He was apparently not "pure" or ‘Ayran’.”
      It is not the first time that historians have suggested Hitler had Jewish ancestry.
      His father, Alois, is thought to have been the illegitimate offspring of a maid called Maria Schickelgruber and a 19-year-old Jewish man called Frankenberger.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Lance

      Jews were also killed in their millions by people of Jewish origin in World War II and in the Holocaust which many people do not know.
      The fact is that Adolph Hitler was of Jewish origin as DNA analysis of his living relatives including a nephew shows and which has conveniently been ignored or hidden by Israel-Firsters for far too long!
      Additionally there were tens of thousands of Germans of Jewish origin that served in the German Army at all levels including at the staff level re. Colonels and generals.
      These Germans of Jewish origin were specifically defined as meschlinges by Germany and numbered over 150 000 in the German army. Many of these Germans of Jewish origin also participated in the murder of fellow Jews in the Holocaust or ignored that it was happening thereby making these Germans of Jewish origin equally complicit in the murder of fellow Jews.
      These German soldiers of Jewish origin of the Nazi war machine were also referred to meschlinges in the German army definition manuals.
      Israel-Firsters will either try to hide this fact or deny it or try to obfuscate this but it is a fact of history and readers can google the information or themselves by googling a variation of "Jewish soldiers of the German army in World War II".
      Israel-Firsters can run but they cain't hide no more notwithstanding all their whines that "We are the only victims", and their attempts to demonize Muslims.
      It is sad that so many millions of Jewish people were murdered by their own. It is equally sad that Israel-Firsters demean the memories of the victims of these Jewish Nazi soldiers by ohhhhh so conveniently ignoring the fact that millions of Jewish people have been cannibalized figuratively speaking by other people with Jewish origins including Adolph Hitler himself (DNA analysis of Hitler's currently living descendants including a nephew conclusively proves this – readers can google this information also if they google a variation of "Hitler's Jewish origins and DNA analysis". ' Nuff said!!!!! Ain't life jest grand that the truth cannot be hidden forever!

      October 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Reality

      From M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading) which was previously referenced as the source of the worst atrocities committed by humankind. Said reference is the best one found for giving a fair an-alysis of the atrocities with excellent supporting citations.

      The Muslim Conquest of India:

      "■As I (M. White )mentioned in my book, I've discovered that if you find the geometric mean of the outrageously high and the outrageously low, you often end up with a number that is quite reasonable. Let's take 80 million as our unbelievably high estimate (see above), but keep in mind that during the really nasty years of the conquest, the chronicles claim that Muslims were killing 100,000 in-fidels per year, so maintaining that frenzied and exhausting pace over the full 700 years of the Conquest would have killed only 70 million Hindus in total. If the invaders killed 80 million, this means they were killing more Hindus in the quiet years than they did in the violent years. Unlikely.

      ■How low is too low? Could the conquest have killed, say, a mere 200,000? No. Even factoring exaggeration into the chronicles still leaves some pretty violent episodes. It was by no means unusual for ancient wars to kill a hundred thousand now and then, so even one such war every generation (3 per century) would have killed 2 million total.

      ■That puts the likely death toll somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. I'll offer that as my estimated death toll, but it could easily be half or twice this (6-26M). This number may seem incredibly v-ague, based on nothing whatsoever, but it's probably no worse than the grand totals you see tossed around for Stalin or Sl-avery."

      October 28, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Lance

      Hey Reality, the first absolutely stupid premise of White was that there was a Muslim conquest of India. The fact is that Muslims existed in large numbers before there was even a Muslim ruler in India. The fact is that Islamic proselytizers had succeeded in convincing many Hindus and Buddhists to convert to Islam long before there was any Muslim ruler in India. White's whole assumption was based on fallacy and his own inherent stupidity and biases and all his other assumptions then become completely not just questionable but laughable. The worst blood bath in India's history happened at the time of India's participation where perhaps 2,000,000 Muslims as well as Hindus died at each others hands in the horrible sectarian conflict. Additionally, even taking into account all the dead in the four wars fought by India and Pakistan against each, the total numbers of dead including both soldiers and civilians was less that 50,000 people. And now this silly White wants us to believe in some nonsense about hypothetical mean et al. Come on, Reality, this type of silly ethnocentric biased research is so utterly laughable that it should be readily evident to an intelligent person like yourself.

      October 28, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Reality

      Obviously some people failed to read White's complete review of the atrocities of the world. Again it starts at http://necrometrics.com/warstatx.htm#A. And making statements without proper source backing said statements is not going to convince anyone.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Reality

      The chapter headings in White's review: ( http://necrometrics.com/warstatx.htm#h )

      "India

      First World War, 1914-18
      Uprisings against UK, 1918-38
      Second World War, 1939-45
      Italy
      North Africa
      SE Asia
      Parti-tion Violence, 1947
      Hyderabad, 1948
      Sino-Indian War, 1962
      Naxalites, 1968-
      Bangladeshi War of Independence, 1971
      Assam, 1978-
      Sikh uprising, 1982-91
      Religious riots, 1992-2002
      Kashmir
      Indo-Pakistani War, 1965
      Civil War, 1989 et seq.
      Kargil War, 1999
      Before the 20th C
      Sati
      Ashoka, 261 BCE
      Thagi, 13th-19th C
      Muslim conquest, 11th-17th C
      Kulbarga vs. Vijayanagar, 1366
      Timur, d.1405
      Aurangzeb, d.1707
      Maratha-Afghan War, 1760-61
      1st Sikh War, 1845-46
      Sepoy Mutiny, 1857
      El Niño Famines of the 19th C"

      October 29, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  5. JimRied

    My take: Muslims should stop acting like Mohammad.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Lance

      My take is that Christians should stop acting like the new Roman Empire and go fight wars in other people's lands all over the place all the while being the biggest and most immoral arms dealers in the world.....' Nuff said!

      October 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      My take: Anyone who sides with Zionists or Mudslimes should be immediately executed for treason.

      October 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  6. John Stefanyszyn

    Equality of rights-freedom of rights....the first way of life of a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, other.
    ...to serve and magnify oneself...XES
    BUT Christ said to serve the One True Creator and to serve one's neighbor according to the righteousness of the Father.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  7. mama k

    Christian fundamentalists in the U.S. today continue to attempt to circumvent the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by calling for prayer in public school and other efforts to inject more and more of their religion into public service. They often claim that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation. FALSE! And there is a good reason why the U.S. was not founded on Christianity:

    Before and during the founding of the U.S., different Christian sects were feuding and persecuting each other in several states (or soon-to-be states). Because this feuding between these sects annoyed the key founders so greatly, they made it a top priority to establish guidelines for the separation of church and state (and to make it Amendment #1 to our Constitution). This is also reflected in what they had to say on the matter:

    James Madison (our 4th President, was the chief architect of the U.S. Constitution):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    (A Memorial and Remonstrance, addressed to the Virginia General Assembly, 1785)

    and then ten years later:

    Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?

    (A Memorial and Remonstrance, addressed to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of VA, 1795)

    Thomas Jefferson (our 3rd President, was the key author of the Declaration of Independence)

    Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person's life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the "wall of separation between church and state," therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.

    (Letter (as POTUS) to the Virginia Baptists (1808))

    and then of course we have clarifying moments in history such as:

    President John Adams and the U.S. Senate on behalf of the U.S.

    As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;

    (from Article 11 of the U.S. treaty ratified with Tripoli in 1797)

    Senator John F Kennedy said on Sept. 12, 1960, just prior to his winning the Presidential election:

    I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  8. Sane Person

    Sorry, but being Muslim doesn't benefit ANYONE. Just makes you devalue life and surrender all freedom and individuality to a god who doesn't exist. This blood thirsty cult needs to be stopped.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • ME II

      Make that, "All blood thirsty cults need to be stopped" and I'd agree.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Sane Person

      Afraid of singling them out again?

      October 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Lance

      Keep yapping about a Holy Ghost and you'll be wearing a strait jacket. Talk about cults.

      October 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Lance

      Being a so-called holier than thou Christian doesn't benefit anyone as the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust would say. Self-professed Christians and Christian nations may seek to absolve themselves but the millions of dead including millions of Vietnamese murdered at American Christian hands alone would protest and their numbers are far greater than anything all the Muslims of the world over millennia have done. This is without mentioning how Christians started World War I and World War II (tens of millions murdered), exterminated off Native North and South Americans in numbers in the tens of millions, condemned billions of people to miseryto this day through colonialism and yes, the African slave trade which so-called Christian nations of Europe made into a vast commercial enterprise over a period of 350 years that traded human flesh like a commodity and destroyed hundreds of millions of lives during that period and which Afro-Americans and others are still paying the price of. And yes, the sleaze bag self-professed Christian Founding Fathers of America who have been put on a pedestal were pedophiles and rapists of young Black slave girls including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and so many others! Yeah absolution and selective memory syndrome may work for many self-professed Christians but the truth will set you free, Bubba Bob re. Sane Person. Sure keep on yammering about devaluing life but do you have a slave owning ancestor in your past or a family member that served in Vietnam?

      October 27, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  9. Reasonably

    Yay! Now trolls can trash on the cult of cartoon-haters!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  10. I am America

    Romney 2012! A real American that will create jobs and protect our country.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • TR6

      Yea, just like Bush did

      October 26, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      @tr6
      Actually Bush did create jobs.The greatest loss of jobs has been in the last 4 years. Romney / Ryan 2012

      October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Lance

      Mitt Rob-Me will out source the job of the President of United States to NuttyYahoo of Israel.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • I am America Too

      It's the Romney 2013, that I'm worried about... and 2014... 2015... 2016.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of trickle down that works:

      "I am America" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  11. Muslim Prez

    Obama Bin Laden is the best welfare president America has ever seen! Takes the tax payers money, puts it in the hands of all the lazy non-working Americans. BO has such a swagger bout him!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • jose garcia

      Obama good! He let me and me 12 kids stay in country free with no deport! He even give me cellphone and heathcare. Me very happy!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • ME II

      @jose,
      You must be one of the lucky ones.
      "Record Number of Illegal Immigrants Deported in 2011"
      (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/race-multicultural/lost-in-detention/record-number-of-illegal-immigrants-deported-in-2011/)

      October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Homeboy 212

      Obama is the shizzle! I gots this free phone n can hit up all my homies now. My baby momma hav dat too! No work for me! Time for some Judge Joe Brown on my big screen!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Fact Check

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/28/viral-video-touting-obama-phone-puts-spotlight-on-16-billion-federal-program/

      October 26, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of trickle down that works:

      "I am America" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Muslim Prez" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "jose garcia" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  12. Jose M. Pulido

    Those smelly-butt raising Muslims always play innocent victim. We try to tell them about the worthless ness, the uselessness, the deadliness and the danger of following the ideology of child-molester Mohammed and they call us “hate mongers.”
    They will never understand, neither will they accept the fact that the only way for humankind to be saved by God is by accepting His Son Jesus Christ as their savior. Jesus is the savior of all humankind; all people have to do is believe in Him. Child-molester Mohammed appeared 600 years after Jesus. After Jesus came to Earth and returned to His father God, humankind does not need any other ideology neither another religion, much less an ideology that started 600 years later, in order to be in good terms with God.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      A retard criticizing other retards for not adhering to his brand of retardation.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Primewonk

      " the danger of following the ideology of child-molester Mohammed"

      But it's still OK that your Holy Spôok ràped a young girl and impregnated her, right?

      October 26, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • nikdu

      Dear Jose M.Pulido,
      Try to study the Holy Quran, the final Testament revealed by the Lord Almighty to Mankind thru Prophet Muhammed PBUH. Your ignorance will vanish and get rid of your devil infested brain. May Almighty help you to attain this.
      Nikdu

      October 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Lance

      And here these modern day Christians oooohhhhhhhh sooooo conveniently forget that the sleaze bag self-professed Christian Founding Fathers of America (who have been put on a pedestal), were pedophiles and rapists of young Black slave girls including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and so many others!
      Yeah absolution and selective memory syndrome may work for many self-professed Christians but the truth will set you free, Bubba Bob cause the great Christian trait of pointing fingers at others including Muslims and absolving one of ones's own sins jest ain't gonna cut it no more. Reality check: America's Founding Fathers were pedophiles and rapists of helpless young Black slave girls. And you self-professed Christians have gall to point at Muslims?
      Being a so-called holier than thou Christian doesn't benefit anyone as the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust would say. Self-professed Christians and Christian nations may seek to absolve themselves but the millions of dead including millions of Vietnamese murdered at American Christian hands alone would protest and their numbers are far greater than anything all the Muslims of the world over millennia have done. This is without mentioning how Christians started World War I and World War II (tens of millions murdered), exterminated off Native North and South Americans in numbers in the tens of millions, condemned billions of people to miseryto this day through colonialism and yes, the African slave trade which so-called Christian nations of Europe made into a vast commercial enterprise over a period of 350 years that traded human flesh like a commodity and destroyed hundreds of millions of lives during that period and which Afro-Americans and others are still paying the price of and will be for several generations more!

      October 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  13. ac130u

    On 911 airplanes were not the only thing that were hijacked.
    The Muslim religion, at least from the outside was also taken over by radical extremists.
    The 19 terrorists that we know died that day did not work alone.
    They had a support structure in America helping them out with money and shelter while they practiced and trained for their mission.
    This mission was carefully planned and then executed.
    These terrorists were not hanging out at my house, so who in America was helping them out?
    If American Muslims want people to stand with them in their time of need they first have to come clean with who helped these terrorists.
    Just providing lip service denouncing terrorism and then only when pressed on the issue does not display a united front.
    It appears that a large part of the Muslim community will speak up against
    terrorism in public but is secretly hoping that terrorism will advance the spread of their religion by
    reducing the numbers of the non-believers.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  14. Susan

    I'm so sick of this nonsense. Neither party should have to cater to the special interests of any race, class, or gender. Politicians should be helping ALL Americans rise and providing them the opportunity to succeed. But it also has to come from family, friends, and each's own sheer will. The core should be that we're all Americans, not some hyphenated bs class, and the rest will take care of itself. The only reason people like Democrats is because they've effectively kept this nonsense fight alive–and divided as a result.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • midwest rail

      Yes, just everyone knows that politicians like Akin, Mourdock, Bachmann, Angle, Palin, et al are uniters, not dividers. (eye roll)

      October 26, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      Those politicians mentioned as well as the majority in this country are tired of pandering to the fringe elements and will not be doing it anymore. All the ho mo se xual, atheist, liberal crap is about to be thrown under the bus. Take a hike losers or start drinking tea. Romney / Ryan 2012

      October 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Troll much RR?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  15. Reality

    Added reasons why one should never vote for a Muslim:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud (Iraq and also Syria) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  16. ViK100

    Wow!- engage muslins so the can vote for Obama??? aren't we getting a little desparate here??

    October 26, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  17. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    So be it! If there are valid Muslim Americans who will vote, so be it! Catholics and Protestants vote who are registered....so let the registered Muslims vote. This is America and we don't want to look like the middle east!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  18. TiredOfPaying

    The Black community choose to keep to itself and not integrate with American society. That has not worked out well for them. It is encouraging that the author is promoting proper integration. I wish them luck.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • neauneau

      Are you serious, stupid or you just live in a bubble,the average white person don't like black people still, the difference with black people today where not begging for you to like us

      October 26, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Susan

      I'm curious to know these "average white folks" that neauneau speaks of. I know none of them. But I sure do know a lot of blacks who make everything a personal crisis and instead look for nuggets of racism in any situation.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      It's unfortunate that the 'when in doubt, blame racism' mentality is still prevalent among many black people.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  19. mikrik13

    Muslims are not interested in assimilating into American society.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      So you know every Muslim in America, do you?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • falcon7453

      Yup pretty simple, Look at the Middle east, the Quran and you have your answer.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Answer to what?

      October 26, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • neauneau

      Its not about Muslims accecepting American society its about America accepting muslims they must love america or else they would not come, white American society is portrayed as accepiting and welcoming as a black person from first hand experience that is not the case

      October 26, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Reality

      And now for some 21st century reality:

      WHAT INSTIGATED THE ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS, FLIGHT 93 AND THE PENTAGON?

      AND WHAT DRIVES TODAY'S 24/7 MOSQUE/IMAM-PLANNED ACTS OF TERROR AND HORROR?

      THE KORAN, MOHAMMED'S BOOK OF DEATH FOR ALL INFIDELS AND MUSLIM DOMINATION OF THE WORLD BY ANY MEANS.

      MUSLIMS MUST CLEAN UP THIS BOOK REMOVING SAID PASSAGES ADMITTING THAT THEY ARE BASED ON THE GABRIEL MYTH AND THEREFORE OBVIOUSLY THE HALLUCINATIONS AND/OR LIES OF MOHAMMED.

      THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE SAFETY AND LOCATION OF MOSQUES AND WHAT IS TAUGHT THEREIN.

      UNTIL THEN, NO MUSLIM CAN BE TRUSTED ANYTIME OR ANYWHERE..................................

      October 26, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  20. kafier_philosopher

    Peedy, enjoyed your commentaries & your one particular posting revealing true islam. Let me add in reading & understanding(authorized translation) on one glaring aspect of the koran, is it's lack of humanity! The Koran is written around believers(1/3) & non-believers(2/3). In 17:33 muslims r permitted by "just cause" to eliminate those that do not believe & not touch the "innocent". Of course, innocent are muslims(believers). The choice identifiers such as kuffer, infidels & implicit mentioning of "jews & christians" (re: surah 5, ayat 51) strongly suggest this Diety has more human traits then Godly. There much to this topic & its over reach, bottom line "we are to tolerate the intolerant?"

    October 26, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • BioHzrd

      It's what Jesus would want you to do.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Saleem

      Here is another verse advocating death of non-believers: "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 17:12 NLT) " Oh but wait.....that verse is from the Bible.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am |
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