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My Take: I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism
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April 24th, 2013
09:27 AM ET

My Take: I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism

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

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

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

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

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

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

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    July 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  2. TJ Tretman

    Wow...look at the hateful comments here. Most Muslims just want to be accepted in American society. Some people just don't realize that some terrorists ruin it for all.

    May 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
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  4. You_r_insane

    You need to educate yourself.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  5. Christ-Good_Islam-bad

    your just a closest terrorist.

    That women needs to get that scarf ripped off her head.She's in America,not muzzie -land

    April 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  7. Chad

    "tiny group of morally bankrupt terrorists - Dean Obeidallah

    =>hunh?

    Hezbollah, Hamas, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, etc, etc, etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_designated_terrorist_organizations
    see any Christian terrorist groups on there??

    You see very confused regarding the size and number of Islamic terrorist groups.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_terrorism

    Here's the thing Dean, the problem is NOT one of perception, you arent getting painted inappropriately with this brush.
    The problem is a large majority of Muslims worldwide participate in and approve of violence.

    that's the problem.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "Hunh"? Is that what you cry out when (if) you come, Chad?

      April 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Chad_isstupid

      Chad you are uneducated and dumb.

      May 1, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  8. Just my opinion

    A religion is something people have, or practice not something people "are". Ther e is always more to someone than what they believe at a point in time.

    April 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
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    April 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
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  12. It's official

    Most of you posting are making your own cause look even worse.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  13. Sane Person

    The people who commit violence in the name are not true Muslims?

    So Mohammad wasn't a true Muslim?

    April 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  14. Denver

    So you denounce terroism by proclaimed Muslims, what else are you doing? Reveiling their meeting places, your suspcions of want-a-be terriorists. How are you actively fighting aginst these people?

    April 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Just my opinion

      Simple she's posting her opinion on CNN, just like we are doing.

      April 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  15. Science

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

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    April 25, 2013 at 7:33 am |
  16. Bob1god

    U look gay, not musselman, but still, shut up!

    April 25, 2013 at 4:08 am |
  17. Reality

    Only for those who seek the Truth:

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sihkism.

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    April 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
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