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June 28th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

Tennessee mosque opens its doors to counter protests

A mosque outside Nashville, Tennessee, recently opened its doors to the community to help ease concerns over a proposed 52,000-square-foot Islamic center, according to CNN affiliate WKRN.

People of all faiths gathered at the open house, supporting the message of religious tolerance. But the proposed center is not sitting well with two Congressional candidates who issued statements explaining their concerns. Full story

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Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam

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  1. Jerry

    Religion is about one human and one God. No one else is required! Heaven awaits the free soul and not the soul that is bound to a group or building or church etc... In the end it is one on one. Not lawyers or preachers. Just you and God. At this time and place no regligious trappings will count. The life you lived will flash before your eyes and God will say little. You will live forever in heaven or hell. It is your personal choice. No Christ or Mohammed can make your pentance. Remember the term "ONE ON ONE"

    August 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  2. Jerry

    I worship no human who has ever walked on this earth and will never do so. To do so is idolitry. Everyone is bing told by the Muslims that they will put a loving piecefull face on. However just like fanatical Christians what goes on behind closed doors is something totally different. No religion should be forced upon anyone. Every single person in the USA has the right to believe or even not beleive and not other person can tell them different. In the end there will be a great battle and when the battle is over all religions will loose for only the free will survive!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  3. gerry

    This church is not being placed in christianica... its being placed in America.. land of the free.. land of tolerance and freedom of religion. Christians at one point in time came to america FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE. Why do they feel the need to use god to take that very tolerance away from everyone else?

    America is for americans. Jews Muslims, Christians.. i dont care if you want to worship a toaster and call yourself a proctersilexist. This is america, get over yourselves. And i say this as a god fearing Christian that doesnt use god as a weapon to bring everyone else down.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  4. Mark from Middle River

    The kids at my church organized a fund raiser to help the members of the community last year. This year they are helping to send a few kids in the community to summer camp.

    Can they be open to "liking" faith because of these acts? There were 11 terrorist, I count that we had about 20+ kids.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  5. IA

    Reality,

    Google the verses yourselves and see what is said. There are verses in the Bible that pertain to war, just as they do in Islam and the Quran. Out of the oppression and terrorism that Christians have committed, I still know what the Bible and Christians are truly suppose to stand for. You obviously have hate in your system and it needs to be expelled. Go to your local mosque and ask for a Quran. You will receive one free. Read it front to back, doesn't take long. Then let's have an intelligent conversation about religion.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:00 am |
    • Reality

      IA, from Google as you requested:

      Islam’s Koran and World Domination

      Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      June 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. professorekks

    if they hate faith it's because they blame it for september 11. do you see why they would?

    June 30, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  7. Sam

    High time to Build a Church in Saudi Arabia,Now My Muslim Brothers Let us see how Open you are to Other religions.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  8. Reality

    IA,

    So Muslims learn nothing from history? Do the unChristian activities of Christians gives Muslims the go ahead to be terrorists? Again, clean up the koran and then get back to us.

    By the way, we are still waiting for the "correct"/RAW TRUTH translations of koranic verses Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; also 48:28 and 61:9).

    June 30, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  9. illdini

    To the idiots saying that Islam wants to rule the world – to which branch are you referring (Sunni or Shia). Those 2 sects will settle their differences around the same time Catholics & Protestants will (which is to say, never). Try using some logic.

    June 30, 2010 at 4:46 am |
  10. andrew

    USA and Europe should not accept Islam and Muslims because they are terrorists . Their religion will become terror religion after they did Islamization of USA and Europe.

    June 30, 2010 at 1:31 am |
  11. bal

    why dont you yry sikhism if all other religions fail you

    June 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  12. IAnsari

    Andy,

    It is against the Islamic religion to commit suicide or to kill innocent people. These ingrates who commit these acts of terror against innocent people are cowards and an extremely small minority within the Islamic religion. There is radicalism in every religion. The media chooses to only cover the extremely small percentage of Muslims who act in this manner. I guarantee you that there are hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who you would consider to be decent, upright, and moral people. You would probably love their company. We have to stop judging one another, and get to know each other.

    June 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
    • Reality

      IAnsari,

      Clean up the koran whose passages the "ingrates" follow and then get back to us. In the meantime, because of the koran, no male Muslim can be trusted.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
    • IA

      Reality,

      What about all the terrorism and oppression that has been committed under the umbrella of Christianity? European colonization of almost the entire world, slavery of over 50 million Africans for 400 years, Ku Klux Klan, the Holocaust, the Nazi regime, the many radical Christian militias and racist terrorist groups? They all fall under the umbrella of Christianity.

      June 30, 2010 at 9:32 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Reality, IA and Andy. – Instead of screaming at the dude and attacking aspects of his life, why not use this opportunity to talk and listen to him. It is easy to point towards places in history where one group does something to another in a negative way. This Muslim is saying is get to know him and his people.

      This is how I thought we are expected to bring about peace and understanding. If you can not then you folks are no better than Bin Laden.

      June 30, 2010 at 10:59 am |
    • IA

      Mark,

      IA and IAnsari are the same person. My point is that one shall not judge the other because of the ignorant actions of a few.

      June 30, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  13. Andy

    Everyone who reads and watch to CNN, would certainly notice that at least 95 % (if not 99 %) of all chaos, and violence related with religion in the world is always relates with Islam AND Christian.

    I never understand a mind of someone who blow up himself in the middle of the crowd while shouting loudly "Allah is Great", AND,

    I also do not understand the reason why a man like David Koresh, who ordering his followers to die together inside the burning house, or bombing a federal building like Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people.

    America is invaded from the inside not from the outside..

    The costs of the ideology of Islam and Christian is too much for a mankind.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Eva Zarrina

      Allah created the evil jinn the fallen ones of heaven. The off shoot of Islam is from the bible, but a perverted off shoot. Islam is the old pagon moon god religion repackaged.
      Hubal the moon god of the Kabah · Allah the moon god of the Kabah ...
      archeologists have dug into this question for over a century. Various archeological digs in Arabia and
      throughout the Middle East have uncovered the answer: Islam is a modern version of the ancient fertility religion of the moon god. Once this is grasped, the rise and history of Islam becomes clear.

      July 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  14. IA

    Check out this concept. The religion of Christianity promotes racism. When you say that a man is God, then you're bringing race into the picture. It brings up the question, "What color (race) is this man? In churches all around the world, they say Jesus is God and White. This concept is basically promoting White Supremacy, the fact that white people are better than colored people. And this has been perpetuated all throughout history.

    People, READ!!!! Don't read books from these racists bigots who take everything out of context to promote a point. Go to the source with an open mind, and truly read it for yourself. IT IS THE RAW TRUTH, just as the original Bible and Torah are.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:48 am |
    • Reality

      We are still waiting for the "correct"/RAW TRUTH translations of koranic verses Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; also 48:28 and 61:9).

      June 29, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  15. PeaceLover

    The whole Quran? Strange, I don't even have to read a single page of the Bible but even still I know that the Christians don't want to hurt peace loving people!

    June 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
    • Umme Omar

      PeaceLover...yeah sure, you really don't have to read Bible but only have to look at the holocaust, Crusades and most recently the Bosnian Muslims genocide at the hands of Christians to know that there are some Christians who really dont care about peace.

      June 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
    • paul

      How could you know that without reading a page of the bible? The actions of christians indicate otherwise, as do the words of the bible. Nowhere does the bible say "and thou shalt share the world with those of other faiths, and allow them to worship as they choose". It says "thou shall have no other gods before me", and that is what christians preach and demand.

      June 30, 2010 at 11:09 am |
    • gerry

      Christians have hurt peace loving people time and time agian through out history. How many wars were in the name of god? Wasnt the bible twisted to support slavery? Most slave owners were good christians werent they? Didnt Christianity get used to frame ppl as witches at one time? Was is Christian Morales that slaughtered the indians for land?

      You are acting ignorant and like a closet racist. I say closet because i doubt you relize you are being racist.. but you absolutely are.

      July 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  16. IA

    People really need to read and stop being ignorant. Reality, read the Quran in its entirety before you make comments. Majority of Muslims are decent human beings like Christians and Jews. If you really read the Quran, you would know that the Quran is nothing but a continuation of the teachings of the Torah and Bible. Muslims view Islam as the "icing on the cake" to the ORIGINAL TEACHINGS of the Torah and Bible. Not the fabricated stuff. Muslims worship the same being that Prophet Moses, Abraham, Noah, Jesus, Lot, Enoch, and Muhammad worshipped, Allah. Allah is only the Arabic word for "God", The Creator of the Heavens and Earth, the creator of Adam and Eve.

    Before you make comments, read the quran in its entirety and don't take it out of context.

    Good Day Mate!

    June 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
    • cat

      >decent human beings like Christians and Jews

      BOY HAVE I GOT SOME NEWS FOR YOU 🙂

      June 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
    • Reality

      IA,

      Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      We await the correct translation of the referenced koranic passages!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
    • Umme Omar

      Good answer IA. But don't take 'Reality' seriously. He does not believe in God. He uses deroatory language against all faiths and Prophets and calls people 'brainwahsed' if they don't agree with him. I personally don't reply to him anymore. .

      June 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
    • Reality

      We await Lady Umme Omar's correct translations of the referenced koran passages that demand Islamic control of the human race.

      June 29, 2010 at 12:04 am |
    • Umme Omar

      Correct translation of verse 177, chapter 2nd, Al-Quran: It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing (2, 177)

      June 29, 2010 at 1:20 am |
    • Umme Omar

      Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious – Al-Quran (4, 36)

      June 29, 2010 at 1:23 am |
    • Umme Omar

      They ask thee what they should spend (In charity). Say: Whatever ye spend that is good, is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do that is good, -Allah knoweth it well – Al-Quran (2, 215)

      June 29, 2010 at 1:25 am |
    • Umme Omar

      Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom. Al-Quran (9, 60)

      I hope these are enough for one day. Islam asks its followers to be kind to all fellow human beings regardless of race, color and faith. good bye for now. C ye tomorrow.

      June 29, 2010 at 1:29 am |
    • IA

      Cat and Reality,

      I am Muslim and one of the most decent people you would ever come across. I am well-educated, an Eagle Scout, righteous, and a good American citizen. You should broaden horizon and stop reading hate filled literature that is promoted by racists bigots themselves. You should meet people and judge them by their actions and not their faith or creed. I challenge you both to do this.

      GOOD NIGHT MATE!!!

      June 29, 2010 at 1:41 am |
    • Eva Zarrina

      The off shoot of Islam is from the bible, but a perverted off shoot. Islam is the old pagon moon god religion repackaged.
      Hubal the moon god of the Kabah · Allah the moon god of the Kabah ...
      archeologists have dug into this question for over a century. Various archeological digs in Arabia and
      throughout the Middle East have uncovered the answer: Islam is a modern version of the ancient fertility religion of the moon god. Once this is grasped, the rise and history of Islam becomes clear.

      July 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  17. cat

    52,000 square foot? These wastes of space are getting bigger and bigger.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  18. Reality

    The koran dictates that male Muslims should rule the world and do so by any means. The male Muslims in Tennessee are no different and therefore as with all Muslims cannot be trusted.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
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