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September 10th, 2010
03:20 PM ET

America, the Tolerant

Two young Muslim men journeyed 13,000 miles across America for the holy month of Ramadan. They found a nation – not of intolerance – but one of kindness. In the end, they have a renewed faith in Islam, and the country they love.

Amid the hype of the so-called “ground zero mosque” and the possible Quran burning in Florida, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq traveled into the nation’s heartland to visit 30 mosques in 30 states. When they left on this pilgrimage, they wondered: Is America still the accepting nation that embraced our forebears or has it reached a new level of intolerance?

Despite the recent tit-for-tat nasty headlines, the two were embraced nearly everywhere they went – an America that welcomes its diverse people.

"After 13,000 miles, I think that America still exists, and I'm happy to know that it does," said Tariq, a 23-year-old American of Pakistani descent. "It's really made America feel like home to me in a way that I've never felt before.”

Read the full story.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Islam • Muslim • Ramadan

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  1. RightTurnClyde

    America is tolerant and welcoming EXCEPT when it is shown that some faction wants to cause mayhem(as in 9/11) - or even 1992 when they tried to blowup WTC. WHen they threaten to blow up ports, blow up US ships, express hate for Americans (Christians) and then the tolerance wears thin (as it would anywhere)

    September 13, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  2. lonappan

    America is too tough and racist to be living as an eastern christian now a days.You have to be white to be living as a Christian in US,in a bid to accomodate all the religions of the world,America has been a failure of its assimilation of Eastern Orthodox Christians in this country who are faced daily with intense bigotry,racism and total denial of their own existance.

    September 12, 2010 at 10:50 am |
    • Reality

      And the supporting references to your "conclusions" are??

      September 12, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  3. Peter

    Some reality for Reality:

    Mass killings listed in the Bible (the holy book for Christians):

    # Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf.
    # Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)

    # Joshua:

    * Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
    * Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon ("larger than Ai"), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. "He left no survivors."
    * Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
    * TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

    # Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed.
    # Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River.
    # Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon
    # Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.
    # 1 Samuel 4: 4,000 Isrealites killed at 1st Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. 30,000 Isr. k. at 2nd battle.
    # David:

    * 2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles.
    * 2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam.
    * 2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.

    # 1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall.
    # 2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties.
    # 2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000.
    # 2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans

    # TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible.

    September 12, 2010 at 9:17 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, Peter obviously has found the eye-opening website that reviews all the atrocities committed by humankind against humankind. ( By the way, the torah/ot is not the operating manual for Christians.)

      i.e. http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat0.htm

      For truth in complete disclosure, from the same website:

      The Twenty Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      Rank Death Toll Cause Century

      1 55 million Second World War 20C
      2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C
      3 40 million Mongol Conquests 13C
      4 36 million An Lushan Revolt 8C
      5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C
      6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C
      7 20 million Annihilation of the South and North American Indians 15C-19C
      8 20 million Iosif Stalin 20C
      9 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C
      10 18 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C
      11 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C
      12 17 million British India (mostly famine) 19C
      13 15 million First World War 20C
      14 9 million Russian Civil War 20C
      15 8 million Fall of Rome 3C-5C
      16 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C
      17 7 million Thirty Years War 17C
      18 5 million Russia's Time of Troubles 16C-17C
      19 4 million Napoleonic Wars 19C
      20 3 million Chinese Civil War 20C
      21 3 million French Wars of Religion 16C

      With respect to the torah/ot atrocities, there is some question as to the historic reliability of the events and numbers of deaths. For example, the 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis have relegated Abraham and Moses to the myth pile and downgraded David to some minor local leader. That being said, the ot/torah atrocities still give credence to many in the contemporary world for the atrocities that they commit.

      September 12, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  4. onlytruthnocrap

    Its a WAKE UP CALL to all the human beings of the world but Muslims, these r the people who r responisible for killing of innocents all over the world, Americans have to understand that ISLAM does not have the concept of co-existenc this is the words of Jinnah, if they are not stopped then the days are not far behind when US and European countries will have Kashmirs where Muslims out numbered the Natives and now dominate the place. This controversy is just there because these morons wants their religion be in the picture one way or the other. They are beggars who beg to America on their knees and with that money they threaten people of America with AK-47.

    September 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      "killing of innocents all over the world"

      you forget so quickly! it was just yesterday that you were killing innocents all over the world, its called World War Two and the Holocaust. Now today, you are pointing fingers at others.

      September 11, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • Reality

      A summary of the USA's War on Terror and Aggression:

      Only for new members:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      September 12, 2010 at 12:52 am |
    • Peter

      Some reality for Reality:

      Mass killings specifically enumerated in the bible:

      Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf.
      Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)
      # Joshua:

      * Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
      * Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon ("larger than Ai"), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. "He left no survivors."
      * Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
      * TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

      # Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed.
      # Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River.
      # Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon
      # Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.
      # 1 Samuel 4: 4,000 Isrealites killed at 1st Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. 30,000 Isr. k. at 2nd battle.
      # David:

      * 2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles.
      * 2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam.
      * 2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.

      # 1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall.
      # 2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties.
      # 2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000.
      # 2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans

      # TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible.

      September 12, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  5. Concerned

    What all the coverage regarding the Quran burning has done is arouse the interest in Islam in American populace and as the Japanese Admiral who commandeered successful attack against Perl Harbor said “We may have been successful but I am afraid we woke a sleeping Giant”. For those who have a hard time deciphering analogy, sleeping Giant is this country. More Americans now know what al-taqiyya and sharia are. And please ask yourselves what would have happened if the time square bomber succeeded?

    September 11, 2010 at 4:36 am |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      unfortunately (for you), more Americans are learning about fasting, monotheism, daily prayer and family values of Islam, than they are about taqiyya and sharia!! so you are right to be concerned, considering how many converts Islam is winning all over America.

      September 11, 2010 at 11:23 am |
    • Reality

      The number of global Muslims indeed is 1.5 billion basically because of the very high birth rate in Islam.

      According to official surveys, "the disapproval of family planning is highest among Muslims", while "the practice of family planning methods in 1980 was lowest amongst Muslims (only 23% of those surveyed practised it as opposed to 36% Hindus)".[1] They further admit that between 1971 and 1981, "the Hindu population was up by 24.15%, whereas the Muslim population shot up by 30.59%".

      Once the bowers to Mecca, however, see that they have been conned by the "angelic" hallucinations of a long-dead, warmongering, womanizing (11 wives) Arab, these 1.5 billion lost souls will quickly become secularists, agnostics or atheists and a semblance a global peace will spread across the globe.

      September 12, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  6. Americano

    MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL LEARN FROM THIS PASTOR AND THIS IMAM.

    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL...

    https://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/10/tennessee-church-welcomes-muslim-neighbors/

    September 11, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  7. Occam's Razor

    The many names of God are what we make of Him. He is what we see him as we need Him. In the end, we are God, and we can only make God be what we need Him to be.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:17 am |
  8. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZNTjoZdVn8&w=640&h=360]

    September 10, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  9. Reason

    Islam is not attacking America.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
    • Salah wazwaz

      so true.

      September 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • Reality

      For new members-

      Islam is not attacking America? Actually Islam is attacking everywhere!!!

      The koranic-driven terror and aggression of Islam via a partial and recent body count:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, mostly by Sunni and Shiite suicide bombers.

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed by the koranic-driven Taliban

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      September 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
    • Fast Eddie

      @Reality
      That's a great response. I had to laugh. thx 😀

      September 11, 2010 at 12:11 am |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      America's short sightedness is attacking America! Islam is just the label.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:35 am |
    • Kate

      @Fast Eddie

      Terrorists are not, however, attacking Reality – it's the "avoid the crazy man on the bus" thing writ large maybe.

      That or they've just come to the same conclusion the rest of us have and started ignoring him.

      Just observin'

      September 11, 2010 at 1:19 am |
    • Peter

      @Reality

      Some reality for Reality:

      Mass killings specifically enumerated in the bible:

      Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf.
      Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)
      # Joshua:

      * Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
      * Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon ("larger than Ai"), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. "He left no survivors."
      * Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
      * TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

      # Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed.
      # Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River.
      # Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon
      # Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.
      # 1 Samuel 4: 4,000 Isrealites killed at 1st Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. 30,000 Isr. k. at 2nd battle.
      # David:

      * 2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles.
      * 2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam.
      * 2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.

      # 1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall.
      # 2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties.
      # 2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000.
      # 2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans

      # TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible.

      September 12, 2010 at 9:17 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, Peter obviously has found the eye-opening website that reviews all the atrocities committed by humankind against humankind. ( By the way, the torah/ot is not the operating manual for Christians.)

      i.e. http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat0.htm

      For truth in complete disclosure, from the same website:

      The Twenty Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      Rank Death Toll Cause Century

      1 55 million Second World War 20C
      2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C
      3 40 million Mongol Conquests 13C
      4 36 million An Lushan Revolt 8C
      5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C
      6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C
      7 20 million Annihilation of the South and North American Indians 15C-19C
      8 20 million Iosif Stalin 20C
      9 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C
      10 18 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C
      11 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C
      12 17 million British India (mostly famine) 19C
      13 15 million First World War 20C
      14 9 million Russian Civil War 20C
      15 8 million Fall of Rome 3C-5C
      16 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C
      17 7 million Thirty Years War 17C
      18 5 million Russia's Time of Troubles 16C-17C
      19 4 million Napoleonic Wars 19C
      20 3 million Chinese Civil War 20C
      21 3 million French Wars of Religion 16C

      With respect to the torah/ot atrocities, there is some question as to the historic reliability of the events and numbers of deaths. For example, the 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis have relegated Abraham and Moses to the myth pile and downgraded David to some minor local leader. That being said, the ot/torah atrocities still give credence to many in the contemporary world for the atrocities that they commit.

      September 12, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  10. Mark from Middle River

    Question is that while we are told that we should not to define Islam by the actions of a few where are the voices in the middle east when the people are chanting death to America over the pastor wanting to but. Qurans?

    September 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • TammyB

      I agree with you that Muslims haven't helped their case that they are the religion of peace when they are chanting and burning and such. I think part of the problem is that moderate Muslims don't say enough. I think they should be way more vocal about the extremists.

      September 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      unfortunately, the extremists are financed and supported in great measure by powerful Western interests. Moderate Muslims do not have the muscle to oppose extremist voices. because if they do, they are indirectly taking on powerful vested Western interests. Who supports, extremist Egyptian, Saudi, Algerian, Pakistani, Iranian (Shah), Muhajideen (Afghano-Soviet)? all have the powerful backing of Western governments. When moderate Muslims do rise up like Khomeini and Algeria (some years back), they are immediately cornered and castigated as "evil regimes" and attacked from all sides.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:33 am |
  11. Keith

    Tolerance=Surrender. It takes cajones to stand up for what is right and stand up to what is wrong.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Keith

      Ahhh..... Always the bringer of peace and tolerance.

      Peace....

      September 12, 2010 at 1:29 am |
    • peace2all

      @Keith

      And just curious...... What 'is' 'right and wrong' to 'you' exactly here Keith....?

      Peace......

      September 12, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  12. David Johnson

    Yep, we are tolerant. I just hope we aren't going to be really sorry.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Keith

      We are going to be sorry we tolerated the ground zero mosque when Sharia law becomes the law of the land. We are going to be sorry that we tolerated the Bushewhr reactor to be fueled when Iran uses one of their new toys on us. Yes, we will be really sorry.

      September 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
    • Jibril

      We will be sorry and we will be too late

      September 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  13. KevinM

    This is a great story on the tolerance of the American people but what of the tolerance of Muslims. The story is only timely because of the minister in Florida threatening to burn the Quran. First off. I disagree with the minister in Florida. But he is within his rights to do so. I think we should read the Quran aloud on the radio and let free-thinking people decide for themselves. I also think the Reverend has a point but he is just too inarticulate to make it. If someone burns a Christian Bible, Christians pray for the person and hope the bible burner finds peace with God. If someone burns a Quran, Muslims kill people. Worse yet, they don't kill the people who actually burned the book, they kill innocent people who had nothing to do with the burning of the Quran. And to top it off... the media blames the book burner for the actions of the "radical" Muslims. We are told the majority of Muslims are moderate and hate terrorism and only want to live in peace. But where are all the moderate Muslims? Has one Imam come out and said "OK Rev. Stinky, burn the book. We will let Allah deal with you for your sin against the Holy writings." If the majority of Muslims were moderate, then some of them... at least one of them... would stand up and say, "This guy is an idiot. But he is in America and has the right to voice his displeasure any way he pleases." Let these young men tour 30 mosques and ask what should happen to those who burn a Quran. Publish those responses.
    And now the media and our president say burning the Quran will put our soldiers in danger from Al Queda. THEY ARE ALREADY IN DANGER! If this man backs down from burning the Quran because of threats of violence, then threats of violence work and we have proven we will bow to anyone who threatens us. If Islam is a religion of peace... let's see it in action. Let us see a large number of Muslim Clerics stand up and say, "You have dishonored Allah, but because you an infidel and do not know our ways, we will let Allah judge you."

    What happens if you preach Christianity in a Muslim nation, at best you are beaten and jailed; at worst, you get your head cut off on Al Jezeera. Where are the majority of Muslims, the moderates we hear about, clamoring for that to stop?

    When a Jehovah's Witness comes to my house, I simply say, "I have my own beliefs, please go away." I don't threaten to kill him. Nor do I encourage my friends in other countries to lash out against all JW's simply because one tried to minister to me.

    We are shown daily that Islam is a religion of violence and subjugation. Muslims are instructed by the Quran and their clerics to perpetrate violence upon anyone who does not believe as they do. And if there is a "majority" of moderate Muslims they are silenced by fear.

    I say let the reverend burn the books. And if Muslims commit violent acts afterward, the reverend should not be blamed.

    Tolerance is a sin when it is applied to injustice and violence.

    September 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • TammyB

      After we invaded their country and have killed many innocent people, you don't think they may have the tiniest bit of reason to be mad that one of our wacky "preachers" want to burn their holy book? It's not like us, as a "christian" nation haven't done our share of killing Muslims. Also, a mosque site in Tennesee was burned and a mosque in Phoenix was vandalised. We have a long way to go to say that we are a nation of "peace" as well. If Muslims don't trust us from other countries, they might have a little bit of a reason not to. Just food for thought.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Jibril

      Tammy, are you a Muslim ? Please be truthful – no Taqiya here

      September 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Jibril...Nope! I was raised Southern Baptist (some say another extremist group–lol!). I am against war, being raised in the Vietnam war era (another mistake, in my opinion), and there are many political reasons why certain countries in the middle east do not like us, which probably has translated down to Muslims not liking us. I am against this current war as I think it is wrong. Thus my comments....but I think I'm right about at least part of the reason Muslims don't like us. You don't have to be Muslim to look at America and know she's made her share of mistakes. Why do you ask, by the way?

      September 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
    • Salah wazwaz

      I’ve just noticed something big about why people hate Islam. Its not that people hate Islam, it’s that they want to hate Islam by making Islam look 10 times worse than it really is. Everything that you say that’s bad about Islam, when a non Muslim does it the non Muslim is praised. Why? Because you’re dumb little double standards who are jealous of Islam (btw this is only about racist Americans who call Islam a cult). You maybe thinking “what, are you stupid” it’s actually you who’s stupid and hypocritical. Here are examples of how you make everything Muslims do as a bad thing, but when an American does what you say is “bad” about Islam then it’s a good thing.
      a Christian nun is considered pious for covering herself head to toe, because that’s what God said in the bible. People praise that nun and SELDOM are Christianity ever called a religion that oppresses women. But if a Muslim wants to please God by covering herself head to toe people call her raghead, towel hanky, stupid and oppressed? WHAT? American women who dedicate themselves to staying at home and sacrificing their time to take care of the house and kids are respected by society for being a noble mom. But when a Muslim woman dedicates herself to that then she’s considered oppressed, even though the women who dedicate their life to bringing the welfare of their children have the least family and social problems on this earth. I consider this unfair.
      Women in this country strip themselves 9/10 naked, and most times today, completely naked and people praise them and say “its freedom of dress”, even though them being naked is uncivilized, perverted, indecent, undignified and inhumane, plus it leads to a lot of problems with men. But when a woman in this country wears a hijab people make fun of her, assault her, bar her and humiliate her even though wearing the hijab gives women dignity, it displays modesty, it prevents men from staring at her, and besides, what’s the harm in wearing a hijab other than the weather getting a little humid outside? No harm. But what are the harms in stripping yourselves 9/10 naked, many cons that I mentioned up above. Besides, this country gives freedom of dress. What? Christians throughout history have been doing all kinds of terrible crimes, and most of them were done in the name of religion, like slavery (people used the story of Noah and the curse of Ham to justify slavery and segregation) which killed 1000000 Africans, segregation which led to the lynching of thousands of innocent blacks, the Crusades, the holocaust, which killed 11,000,000 – 17,000,000 people. Getting back to the point, instead of Christianity going on trial the person who did those crimes went on trial. But when a Muslim does a terrorist act then Islam and the Muslim BOTH go on trial, even though every terrorist act done by Muslims throughout history combined are nothing compared to even 1 of the many terrorist acts done by Christians, like the holocaust. What?
      The Americans who fought for this country during the Revolutionary war are being praised and called freedom fighters, because they put their lives on the line for this country. But the Zionist soldiers in Israel kill children, innocent little babies, rape women who are innocent, destroy our mosques (I’m from Palestine), run over kids with tanks, destroy our houses, imprison my people, beat my cousins (my cousin was beaten to a pulp by the Zionists), and they’re called the good guys in this whole Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But the soldiers in Hamas who are putting their lives on the line to protect their mothers from being raped, their kids from being shot and their mosques from being destroyed are called terrorists by the media. Well You maybe thinking “well, they’re suicide bombers”. Here’s what I have to say about that. If you go to a judge and make an allegation about someone the Judge will say “produce your evidence”. Without solid evidence you will be kicked out of the court room in 2 seconds. Your allegation of Hamas being a group of suicide bombers is stupid. If you make an allegation and you tell the judge “so and so (in this analogy, the media) said so and so (hamas are terrorists)” do you think the judge is going to believe your allegation? Hell no. Instead he’ll say “get out of the court. unless you can provide some solid evidence.” So just because the media makes an allegation like that does that mean it’s true? NO! If I believe Islam is the right religion does it mean it is? Just because you believe something is true doesn’t mean it’s true, you have to test your beliefs with logic and facts. Why not Americans look at things from a Palestinians point of view? Why don’t you evaluate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 2 opposing points of view? 1 of the 6 traits of thinking is thinking flexibly. You racists only look at their point of view without looking at ours?Think logically, the media is mainly controlled by Zionists, so that means they’re media is BIAS. Why would a Zionist portray their enemy as the good guy? Think, it’s not going to hurt! And which is worse: suicide bombing yourself or killing innocent babies, innocent kids, innocent women and men, destroying mosques, running over kids with tanks, burning babies, imprisoning kids, and terrorizing innocent people? HMMM, I'd say killing innocent babies, innocent kids, innocent women and men, destroying mosques, running over kids with tanks, burning babies and more is 1000 times as evil as committing suicide because didn't Jesus teach to love others more than yourselves?

      Christians are like the only people on this Earth who believe Jesus is the son of God. All the other religions reject that. But Islam gives Jesus a very high honor, because he will have the honor of slaying the Anti Christ, he will have the honor of leading the Muslims in prayer when he returns plus he is the only prophet who hasn't tasted death. Despite all that MUSLIMS ARE CALLED THE ANTICHRIST JUST FOR NOT BELIEVING HES GODS SON. Only Christianity believes that Jesus is God's son, yet I don't hear Christians say Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists are the Anti Christ. So you call Muslims the Anti Christ even though he has a very high position and honor in Islam, but you don't call the other religions Anti Christ even though they don't even give him an honor to begin with.

      And last but not least, Americans condemn Muslims who don't speak out against Al Qaeda. Here's how stupid I'm going to make you double standards look right now. If there is a tyrant and someone doesn't speak out against it that means he's a coward because he's afraid of death, being bashed, being berated and of course losing his job. But if there is a tyrant and someone helps the tyrant then the helper is a tyrant himself. America actually helps a terrorist country that is 10 times as evil as Al Qaeda, a country that left 1000000 innocent refugees (my dads a Palestinian refugee), a country that killed my cousin, a country that takes babies and burns them, a country that imprisons thousands of INNOCENT kids, a country that destroys mosques and more. You all can probably guess the terrorist country that I'm talking about: Israel. America gave 6 billion USA dollars to Israel just so they can destroy Palestinian livelihood and my cousin. So you condemn Muslims for not condemning Al Qaeda even though Al Qaeda wasn't responsible for 1000000 refugees, the death of my cousin, the death of thousands of poor little babies, but you actually give 6 billion dollars to a country that takes part of killing innocent babies, innocent kids, innocent women and men, destroying mosques, running over kids with tanks, burning babies, imprisoning kids, and terrorizing innocent people.

      September 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      Muslims are, like Americans, very tolerant peoples.

      The Quran says: "O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”

      The irony is that the last people who should be pointing fingers at Islam are Westerners!! Who over the past 500 years have acted like the planet belongs to them and that "they are the truth and the right way" and "its their way or the "highway". Since Islam believes the same thing, one would think, the average Westerner would be more understanding! Afterall Muslims are only acting like he/she does!

      September 11, 2010 at 12:28 am |
  14. TammyB

    This shows that you cannot judge a society or religion from a few bad apples. Most Americans are accepting and tolerant. The ones that make the news are the ones that aren't. Sad but true. It gives the rest of the world a very false sense of who we really are.

    September 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • Jibril

      We are Americans. Who are you Tammy ?

      September 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
    • TammyB

      American born and bred....lived here for 46 years, minus the 4 years I lived on Okinawa.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
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