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February 21st, 2011
06:00 AM ET

My Take: Cancel bigoted hearings targeting U.S. Muslims

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

According to a new poll, a slim majority - 56 percent - of Americans support upcoming congressional hearings into alleged extremism in the U.S. Muslim community. However, nearly three-quarters - 72 percent - think Congress should not look for religious extremism only among American Muslims.

These hearings on "the radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism” are being overseen by Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York and the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. They are slated to begin March 7.

On February 1, a group of 51 faith-based, human rights and civil rights organizations, led by Muslim Advocates, called on House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge King and his committee to address all forms of religious extremism rather than focusing on Islam.

After King refused to broaden the scope of his hearings, more than 80 religious leaders from Long Island - an area King represents - called on the congressman on February 17 to cancel his hearings, on the theory that “the singling out of the Muslim community undermines fundamental American values and is counterproductive to improving national security.”

Although King has refused to investigate other religious extremists in his hearings, he has seemed to moderate his anti-Islamic rhetoric, prompting Pamela Geller of Stop Islamization of America to complain that his lineup of possible witnesses includes too many people who are too soft on Islam. “It appears that this will be a show trial,” Geller writes.

I couldn’t agree more, but I disagree with Geller about what sort of farce the U.S. Congress will be putting on.

In their letter to King, Long Island’s religious leaders urged their representative to “remember the lessons of history”:

During World War II, Japanese Americans were deprived of their rights and forced into internment camps because of blanket distrust of their commitment to our country. The McCarthy hearings became a shameful national spectacle that falsely impugned the loyalty and destroyed the lives of many Americans. Catholics were once demonized as threats to democracy beholden to a foreign power. Jews and African Americans have faced centuries of suspicion and prejudice.

Given this history, American citizens should be vigilant about opposing any effort to target groups on the basis of their race or religion. And our elected representatives should be especially careful to avoid any appearance of using their power for similar attacks. King’s proposed hearings do not meet this test.

I have no problem with the U.S. Congress listening to testimony about the “radicalization” of Islam in America. As I have written repeatedly, I believe that the world's religions, Islam included, are both toxic and tonic, powerful forces for evil as well as good.

The problem with King's approach is his refusal to listen to testimony about, for example, the “radicalization” of American Christianity. Throughout America’s history Christian extremists (in the form of the Ku Klux Klan, for example) have posed a far greater threat to our nation’s health than extremists of any other religion.

Only time will tell whether we are living in the midst of a new McCarthyism. I certainly hope we are not. But the proposed hearings are bigoted in design, and should be either canceled or reworked to avoid the appearance that the U.S. Congress - whose members are 90 percent Christian - is using its power, contrary to clear meaning of the establishment clause of the First Amendment, to promote Christianity at the expense of other religions.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

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  1. John

    Examples of Christian religious terrorism:
    In the U.S., violence directed towards abortion providers has killed at least eight people, including four doctors, two clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort.
    Since 1977 in the United States and Canada, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers.
    Since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid. The New York Times also cites over one hundred clinic bombings and incidents of arson, over three hundred invasions, and over four hundred incidents of vandalism between 1978 and 1993. The first clinic arson occurred in Oregon in March 1976 and the first bombing occurred in February 1978 in Ohio.

    A religiously motivated movement that is killing people, kidnapping people, and setting off bombs? Sounds like we should investigate them as well.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • greg

      In 2001, Islamic terrorists killed over 3000 innocent people in the U.S. How would you feel if one of those persons was your family member.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  2. AHAHA

    Perm...your thinking is the reason why America is full of idiots....We are in bed with Saudia Arabia who created these 911 terrorists....get your facts straight....Hate breeds ignorance and stupidity my friend....

    February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Iqbal Khan

      9-11 was an inside JOB

      February 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  3. Gerry

    Coexist!!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • TCP

      Naivety!!!

      February 22, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  4. greg

    Where is the Christian voice in Arab/Muslim countries? Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  5. Michael, Chapel Hill

    If congress is to address homegrown terrorism now, America may not have to regret in the future. The so called liberals in Europe already lament that their multiculturalism and assimilation does not work. Muslims utilized European goodness to foster Islamic agenda than assimilation. Author's opinion about KKK is misleading, disproportionate to the present threat & out of touch with realty.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  6. paul 1st

    McCarthyism lives on!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • shannon

      Except that now our paranoia is well-placed with multiple examples of young Muslim men being rounded up in major cities across the world because of attempts to plot terrorism. The list just keeps growing. They walk head first into the stereotypes that we have dug for them.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  7. Alex

    "You have no rights. You have privileges." -George Carlin speaking from the grave.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  8. Bob H

    I think it only makes sense to start with the group that is habitually perpetrating the most egregious and heinous acts against society. Once this problem is cleaned up, consideration could be given to others that are causing continuous problems in this country and throughout the world.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • paul 1st

      Interesting point, Bob, so you must be upset that he is targeting the wrong group.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • jboh

      You must be talking about Oklahoma City. Or is it the terrorists and stalkers at Operation Rescue who bomb clinics, and murder Drs. Or is it the TEA thugs who come to rallies brandishing guns, and beating women who support their opponents. Or is it the yet uncaught antrax murderer. Get your head out of your racist backside and see there are many religious, and political, nuts out there. They ALL need to be investigated. This hearing is only politcal theatre for the teabagger, talibangelical, cultist crossburners.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  9. voice of reason

    "Christians never hate, revenge or harm but give back only the love of Jesus."

    That is one of the funniest statements I've ever heard. Ask any Native American, Aborigine, Polynesian why their ancestors were killed because they didn't want to be Christians. Spanish Inquisition? Bosnia? Salem Witch trials? Crusades? Even now, young Christians go into foreign countries where they are not wanted, pretending to be English teaches, when in actuality they are there to convert and "save souls".. Lying for Jesus is far more common than you would think...but because it's for Jesus, it's ok.

    When Jews, Muslims, and Hindis all start asking for money on TV, things will be a bit more interesting.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  10. Andrew

    The Chairman does not have to expand the scope very far to cover all religious extremism which has resulted in violence in America in the last 3 generations. Just expand it to cover christianity as well and he is done. Islam and christianity are the only two religions who have killed significant numbers of peope in the USA in the last 3 generations. Leave the hindus, buddhists, atheists and pantheists out of it and focus on the two truly nasty cults.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    We all see the evil in the others eye, but never our own...
    If I was a Muslim, I'd flip congress and Peter King and I'd walk out...

    February 22, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  12. voice of reason

    Justina suffers from a severe case of mental illness called religion. When you talk to god, it's prayer. When god talks to you, you're usually in a mental hospital. In the past 2000 years the most violent religion has been Chistianity, and it's not even close to any other in that dubious honor. And it still continues, even to members of it's own faith, as shown in Ireland. Every non Christian religion has tried to be converted to Christianity in the past, and it continues even now.

    It's an illusion, and most of it's followers simply lack the basic inteligence to understand that. Justina is a perfect example. Funny, but until today (as an atheist), I never knew I was evil, lol.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  13. Justina

    Mr. Stephen Prothero's book is wrong to begin with. God is One no matter what humans say because God self-revealed as One in His Word. Truth is exclusive, objective, permanent and it prevails because it's true.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Don

      And the truth is that there is no god.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Allah Akbar

      Thank you, Don. I would have said the same thing. You know before there was God, Justina, there existed the worship of a Mother Goddess. Do some research and you'll discover God is nothing but a big, fat, ridiculous control mechanism created by some Jews in a desert– Looks like their plan worked!

      February 22, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  14. Justina

    Religion is not evil; humans are. Humans abuse and distort everything good including religion.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • Hadrian

      Spoken like a true fanatic. What a great terrorist you'd make!

      February 22, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Justina

      Hadrian, yeah, those stupid filthy blasphemies by atheistic/secular Westerners would turn any religious person fanatic. I really don't blame angry Muslims. You guys are indeed horrible when you talk about religions of others which you never comprehensively understood. You use freedom to inhumanely mock what others cherish. You guys have been totally spoiled by the nice, loving Christians for too many years. Atheists/secularists are totally immoral and filthy; the reason you are giving religious fanatics a sense of honor in attempt to destroy you. Clean up your language, atheists.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • Justina

      Hadrian, how nice Westerners have Christians to attack all they want without thinking consequences. Christians never hate, revenge or harm but give back only the love of Jesus. Learn to respect other people's religions from Muslims because Christians have been too nice to you, though you never deserved the love from Christians!

      February 22, 2011 at 4:35 am |
    • The Truth

      *** "You guys are indeed horrible when you talk about religions of others which you never comprehensively understood." ****

      How many times have you attended a Mormon Temple? What about a Muslim Mosque? What about a Hindu Temple? What about a Jewish Synagogue? How can anyone possibly know for certain that you've found the "right" religion while not experiencing the others that millions upon millions of others find to be their salvation? If you haven't, then you are the person that sits there and insists that Pepsi tastes better than Coke, but you have only tried the Pepsi and never the Coke. Yet, you will be steadfast in your belief that Pepsi is better despite having no conclusive first hand experience to prove otherwise. Thus, the ENTIRE argument is invalid.

      When you come to the realization that if you were born in Iran that you would have the EXACT same zeal for Muhammad and Allah that you do for Jesus and God, then that will be a big awakening for you. If you were born in India, you'd have the same zeal for Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma that have for Jesus/God. If you were born in Tibet, you would have the same zeal for Buddha that you have for Jesus/God. So what does that say about the book you worship (when you wouldn't have worshiped it based solely on geographic location of birth and religion of your parents)? To deny it is to deny the truth. After all, the Truth Shall Set You Free.

      *****You guys have been totally spoiled by the nice, loving Christians for too many years*****

      Just curious... how many homeless people do you have living in your house? There are around 3 million homeless people living in America. That means there are over 80 Christians to help every single homeless person in America. 80 to 1 !!! How can there still be that many homeless with all of these self-proclaimed good Christians around? There are around 44 million "second homes" in the United States. When you do the math and factor in that around 80% of the population of the US is Christian, then it is pretty clear that there are at least 3 million Christians that own second homes. Thus, how can there be so many homeless people living here? Surely, Jesus wouldn't have hoarded two houses just for himself and leave his fellow man out on the street now would he?

      ***Christians never hate, revenge or harm but give back only the love of Jesus.***

      LOL... that's hilarious! What percent of our military are Christian? Good thing Christians never kill abortion doctors. Go look at the worst murderers in our country and see how many of them are Christian. How many innocent people did George Bush kill in the war?

      ***though you never deserved the love from Christians!***

      VERY Christian of you indeed.

      Peace

      February 22, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • Mike

      Your hypocrisy is rampant throughout your posts. You complain about atheists and secularists, but at the same time you are demonizing them as a group. Would you say that bigotry is immoral? In that case, by your own statements, you are immoral.

      I was always on the side that religion is like a tool, you can use it for good or bad. It is clear you are currently using it for bad.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Battsman

      *laughs* Either Justina is the epitome of a barking moonbat or she? takes pleasure being a flame troll (every one of her posts seems to be a volley of Greek fire).

      February 22, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Justina.. look out I am an atheist.. you are truly paranoid, and an example of catholic indoctrination. There is as much truth in the bible as in Harry Potter.. another wizard not unlike yours. I think that you blaspheme against science and I find it a insult that you invoke god as the manufacturer of the natural world.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  15. Justina

    Another stupidity of American political correctness. No ideology protects everyone's life except for Judeo-Christian value. The real dangerous segment is atheists and secularists. But Christians better protect Muslims if they get ever persecuted in American society.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Q

      @Justina – A-ssuming you are American, "secularists" are the ones who enshrined your freedom to exercise your religion and the protection from government interference in this free exercise in the Const-itution. You would call this dangerous?

      February 22, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • Justina

      Q, I'm not American though I love America dearly. No, it's Christians who gave us religious freedom and human dignity all over the world. Westerners would have been another barbarians if they had no Bible. Secularists only polluted the society especially youth by massacre of unborn humans and promoting perverse immorality. Secularists are evil.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Q

      If you believe Christians provided religious freedom, then you really need to take a history course. You may also want to double check the definition of "secularist". Why do I suspect your notion of "religious freedom" is the "freedom" to accept your personal interpretation of your preferred holy book?

      February 22, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Justina

      Q, if you are a Westerner, you really need to learn history again, because you guys got nothing outside of Christianity. Everything you have as excellent and useful is inspiration from Christianity and the Bible. When did I ask you to accept my interpretation? You are asking me to accept your non-sense. Christianity alone guarantees freedom of human conscience; you atheists and secularists are always bent on destroying believers and use the freedom to make them suffer or silence them. Christians know your follies too well but are very good to you. Another reason I love Christians.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • Justina

      There is reason Christianity alone provides freedom. Christian faith CANNOT be genuine unless it is freely and willingly received. The world never knew or had such a thing both in the past or present. Mankind learned the existence of free will by Biblical Christianity.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • Q

      @Justina – Westerners have the Enlightenment and all of its social and scientific benefits, none of which are rooted in the Bible. Christianity most certainly does not offer a freedom of conscience in that like all other religions, it flanks the minds of its followers with a vain promise of immortality and the threat of eternal suffering based on one's willingness to abandon reason for obedience to an invisible absentee father. The only decent component of Christianity is its borrowed tenet to treat others as you would wish to be treated. Beyond this, Christianity is founded upon a mythology ripe with moral depravity. Christians, in claiming their faith begins in the Old Testament, are bound to its capricious and cruel deity.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Q

      Justina – There can be no free will accompanying a faith in a first cause, omniscient and infallible creator. One cannot make a choice which was not already known to inevitably be made from the beginning. If you could make a choice which the creator did not know you would eventually make, then the creator is neither omniscient or infallible.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Justina

      Q, before the Enlightenment, there was Reformation and the Bible given to the hands of commoners. Christian Europeans surpass other civilizations in that they fought for Truth till they got the Bible, not subjecting themselves to dwell in human malice and errors. The hope of Christianity is tangible and proven for 2,000 years. It withstood every attack and criticism from all fields. Reason and logic were necessary to understand the Bible therefore they were heavily employed to interpret the grand book like the Bible, developing the thinking ability of Christian Europeans. That's why genuine science only developed in Christendom. Christianity is valuable and unique because it demands followers to carry justice, do mercy for all and live in wisdom and humility with God based on the risen Divine Savior Jesus. Christian morality is supreme on earth, like no other religions or philosophies, and is supported by evidence of textual excellence and arrays of changed human lives throughout the history. Old Testament is filled with wisdom, divine love and true fairness and with both Testaments the followers were able to fight against human evil intelligently, never giving up. You are misunderstanding God because you never studied His Word or His works throught the history and the universe. Contrary to your opinion, the OT Bible enables humans combat the human cruelty. Learn who liberated humanity from all oppressions; it's the Bible-literate Christians all along.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • Justina

      Q, Christian faith cannot be forced upon since any kind of coersion makes Christian faith invalid. It must be accepted by free human spirit and free human conscience. We former pagans used to believe in anything and everything which works instantly or forced upon us. We had no reason to fight because Truth didn't matter to us though we knew something was wrong with everything. Christianity changed everything from the foundation. The reason everywhere Christianity enters, there is strife between tyranny and free will, endurance, victory and then justice and freedom for all. But now, the God-hating West is collapsing with irreversable moral corrosion.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Justina

      PS Again, Christianity is the only religion that prohibits the longest and widest universal virtue called vengeance. One of many reasons Christianity excels all others on earth. Yet Christianity is the religion which brings fairness and justice on earth. God's Truth works. Atheism and secularism are meaninglessness and altogether immoral, as unreliable and filthy as human self.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • The Truth

      ***@Justina: PS Again, Christianity is the only religion that prohibits the longest and widest universal virtue called vengeance."***

      Yeah, those Buddhists are killers. Many of them won't even kill insects.

      *** "God's Truth works." ****

      Starving Ethiopians (where Christianity is by far the largest religion there) completely agree. They love the flies in their eyes and dying of AIDS and hunger.

      *** "Atheism and secularism are meaninglessness and altogether immoral, as unreliable and filthy as human self."***

      That's probably why atheists have higher intelligence levels and lower rates of divorce than Christians do.

      Peace.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Justina

      Q, The ideology which requires willing devotion from its adherents can only guarantee all others freedom of conscience, thus Christianity is the only liberating ideology, both past and present anywhere in the world. Buddhists tortured and killed many Christians throughout and never grant religious freedom even to this day. Ethiopia is not the only nation with Christianity as the largest religion; it's all Europe including Russia, N&S America, nations on Pacific, all southern Africa, and great chunks of Asia. USA, Brazil and China have the largest number of Christians. Who else is starving and dying? Your rate has no significance because rise of militant atheism in the West has been only a couple of decades. You guys are beginning to ruin the good and solid societies Christians had built up. Church-attending Christians have far better records than any others for all time EVERYWHERE.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:04 am |
    • The Truth

      Here is a list of counties and percent of Christians. This represents all countries with 90% or more Christians. Those are some major economic powers'

      Pitcairn Islands
      Vatican City
      Ecuador
      Armenia
      Equatorial Guinea
      East Timor
      American Samoa
      Moldova
      Greece
      Malta
      Venezuela
      Colombia
      Zambia
      Guatemala
      Romania
      Grenada
      Bolivia
      Puerto Rico
      San Marino
      Paraguay
      Greenland
      Papua New Guinea
      Bahamas
      British Virgin Islands
      Poland (
      Micronesia, Federated States of
      Dominican Republic
      Barbados
      Cape Verde
      Seychelles
      Mexico
      Cook Islands
      Faroe Islands
      Peru
      Rwanda
      Argentina
      Croatia
      Philippines
      Ireland
      Panama
      Serbia
      Ukraine
      Italy
      Congo, Republic of
      Anguilla
      Brazil
      Aruba
      Andorra
      Angola
      Congo, Democratic Republic of
      Lesotho
      Namibia

      In contrast, here are the top counties in the world for atheists starting with the highest:

      France
      Czech Republic
      Belgium
      Netherlands
      Estonia
      Germany
      Sweden
      Luxembourg
      United Kingdom
      Hungary
      Denmark
      Spain
      Norway
      Finland

      Amazing how the countries with the highest number of atheists are all among the richest countries in the world. Estonia is the lowest on that list according to the World Bank at #38. Compare that to our neighbor Mexico on the other list who doesn't even crack the top 60.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:47 am |
    • Justina

      Truth, those richest countries are also the ones which are losing population fast and immigrants taking over the land. Let's see what happens in 10 or 20 years. Europe needs repentance and resurgence of Christian faith to be blessed again. Immorality only leads to regression or all-out collapse.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • Don

      You have such hate in you, Justina. You should try loving your neighbor as yourself.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Allah Akbar

      Justina, everything you spew forth from that Christian mouth of yours is completely... Exasperating. Christianity is a plague to this earth, and has been for thousands of years– the other two key players are not excluded from my statement. Besides, why are you following a God that isn't going to save you? Only 144,144 (s'cuse me if the # is incorrect.. I know it's some similar bs) of the Jewish tribes are going to heaven anyways, if we are to take your silly Bible seriously.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • logic

      if you want me to respect your freedom of religion, then respect my freedom FROM religion

      February 22, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Cosmo

      Wow, that's really a bigoted statement. First of all, just to flat out prove you to be incorrect, look up Jainism, which seeks to protect the life of all beings. The philosophy of that religion tell it's followers to not kill ANYTHING. But that aside, I don't think anyone can take a look at Christianity and say that it's followers have done anything even close to protecting all human life. The crusades, which, by the way were levied against other Christians as well as infidels, the murder of Jews throughout Christianity's history, the 30 years war, World War I, II, murder of abortionists, African slavery and the death of millions that that atrocity caused, the inquisition, and I could go on an on. Not to pick on Christianity, all religions have had people do terrible things in the name of a god/deity/philosophy. But to put Christianity on some sort of pedestal is absurd, and flat out historically inaccurate.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Blaqb0x

      Hey Justina,

      I DARE you to defend your claims by calling into "The Atheist Experience" show and talk to Matt.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • jboh

      You must be a talibangelical. Christ/Jew are not the only faiths respecting life. However , it is apparent that the Christian right has no tolerance for anything but their own faith. The extreme push on "cultural issues" by the TEA/GOP congress shows they lied thru their teeth about jobs, and deficits.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Cosmo

      Oh, man – I wish I could take the time to reply to each an every one of Justina's comments. I just don't have the time (I comment during my lunch break). But one again, Christianity has probably forcibly converted more people than any other religion bar none. Possibly Islam may have converted more, I'm not an expert. All of the native Americans who were forcibly converted, all of the Jews who were forcibly converted (or murdered if they refused), and you have the gall to say the Christianity only allows freedom for the human conscience? Wow, just completely inaccurate. She reminds me of the girl in college that tried to convert me (I'm Jewish), and didn't even know that Jesus was a Jew (true story). An appalling level of ignorance about ones own religion while bashing others is just unacceptable.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  16. Reality

    In the name of the "merciful" Allah, some examples of koranic-driven horror:--

    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-combat98,691 – 107,707
    Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    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) – 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

    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.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Steve

      If you combine all the mortality on this list it is not even 25% the population which Christians erradication on Native Indians from America...so...get your fact straight

      February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Battsman

      I despise the evils that have been done by people claiming justification granted by their version of "Islam."

      On the other hand, if you are going to throw stones at atrocities committed in the name of Islam; you might want to take a look at your history books at the atrocities that have been committed in the names of the other organized religions of this world (past and present). We humans have been killing each other over differences in beliefs since the very advent of beliefs. Singling out Islam specifically as the problem just makes you look ignorant and vengeful.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • JimmyFlim

      Reality, you are very proficient at the google! Congratulations.

      Now go dig up the number of dead as a result of western actions, whether direct or by proxy, in the name of foreign policy and 'defense'. It'll be a little tougher since none of these atrocities get plastered on the front page of cnn.com as they happen. And especially since it's not a crazy muslim committing the atrocities.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • TCP

      Hey Steve, His fact (sic) are straight. Would you like to join us in the 21st century now?

      February 22, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • ellid

      Let's see...

      – The Crusades, begun by radical Catholics, killed millions in the Middle East and led directly to the fall of the oldest Christian state in the world (the Byzantine Empire).

      – The Albigensian Crusade of the early Middle Ages pitted Catholic against Catholic and devastated half of France.

      – The Thirty Years' War, between competing groups of Christians, killed millions of Germans, French, Hungarians, Swedes, and other Europeans.

      – The witch trials of the 17th century killed approximately 100,000 women in the name of Christianity, leaving some German towns with not a single living woman over the age of 12.

      – Europeans intent on forcing Africans, Asians, and Native Americans to convert to Christianity were directly responsible not only for tens of millions of deaths (almost 100 million in North America alone) but for the destruction of native cultures, religions, and political boundaries.

      – Far-right Christians and their associates here in the United States have bombed health clinics, shot doctors, blown up public parks, destroyed federal office buildings, assassinated clerical workers, murdered police officers, and sought to overthrow the government.

      Christians have done far more damage over the centuries than Muslims, over a wider geographic area, and in more countries. Your bigotry is appalling.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • bayou35

      Reality, what a joke you are, christians never killed anyone they are so great. Can you as crusade, KKK, or any other cra--with a bible. Here is one for you, the seed you sow is the fruit you reap.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Mike

      @Steve, your argument is totally irrelevant. Did those other things happen? Yes. Did the previously listed offenses occur in the name of Radical Islam? Yes. One does not change the other and one kind of stupid is no better than any other. Should we be looking into place on US soil that foment this kind of radical activity? Absolutely. Doesn't matter if it's Illinois Nazis or Radical Muslims. If you preach violence, you shouldn't be able to freely do it here.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • david

      These hearings are on the "current" radicalization of the American Muslim community. Going back in time to the extermination of the American Indian and the Crusades don't help with this "current" and "timely" investigation. If you were to do that, then you would have to consider the atrocities of Genghis Khan and his minions. Let's stay on topic. And that topic is the "current" radicalization of the American Muslim community. Modern day Christians don't have the hyper fascination with explosive belts and the "intentional" urge to kill civilians.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Iqbal Khan

      And what you say about this....

      Davis Case Has Thrown Overboard America's Rules On Terrorism

      By Asif Haroon Raja

      In USA if a person tortures a dog he is sent to jail, but a government functionary indulging in torture against fellow beings is ignored.
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27546.htm

      February 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  17. Muneef

    As if addressed to the middle east (Falling Dominos).

    Al-E-Imran sura 03:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Say: O Allah! Owner of Sovereignty! Thou givest sovereignty unto whom Thou wilt, and Thou withdrawest sovereignty from whom Thou wilt. Thou exaltest whom Thou wilt, and Thou abasest whom Thou wilt. In Thy hand is the good. Lo! Thou art Able to do all things. (26) Thou causest the night to pass into the day, and Thou causest the day to pass into the night. And Thou bringest forth the living from the dead, and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living. And Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou choosest, without stint. (27).

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • rita

      THEE, THY, THOU, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!!!!!! Charlie Brown's teacher strikes again. Incomprehensible babble that goes in one ear and out the other with jet speed.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      rita.

      You are blinded...

      Al-Hajj sura 22: 
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Have they not travelled in the land, and have they hearts wherewith to feel and ears wherewith to hear? For indeed it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts, which are within the bosoms, that grow blind. (46).

      February 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Iqbal Khan

      Hello Muneef check this .......and God have his own plans and he is indeed the biggest planners of all.

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27548.htm

      February 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  18. Mark from Middle River

    Hey Reality , are you and Muneef related? Maybe father and son or older and younger brothers?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Muneef

      Mark from Middle River.

      Hi Mark. What made you think that I and Reality could be relatives ?? We are if talking about Adam and Eve but other than that we are not and we are from two different countries. The only thing is that we met here on CNN Religion Blogs, he is against all God&Religions while am in support of God&Religions....!

      February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  19. Iqbal Khan

    What this kind of incedents would do?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX18zUp6WPY&feature=related

    February 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  20. Iqbal Khan

    Be Fair and Just to All
    Treat everyone with respct,
    End all occupations , subjucations,embargos
    Free all occupied lands and nations
    LIve and let live
    Rep Peter King is nothing but an ego meniac and stooge for U know who

    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      The first two items on your list should also apply to Muslims.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Perm

      You forgot one, which would assist in ending the occupation of lands...
      – Stop harboring terrorists responsible for 9/11. The main reason we are in Afghanistan. If the Towelban, I mean Taliban handed him over we would not be there, period.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • beck

      Iqbal Khan
      When you and your religion does more than subjugate and demean/kill each other for praying differently and deciding which side to follow (Shi'a or Sunni); and when you leave Christians and Jews alone. I may consider listening to you. Right now all I see is "A deed unseen is 2/3rds forgiven.... LIES and HATE.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • John

      "LIve and let live"

      That's the problem. The radical Muslims don't agree with you on this topic.

      My question is why not be realistic? What's wrong with discussing the obvious? My entire life I've heard the oft quoted complaint that the US is afraid to have an honest discussion about race. I'm unsure what an honest discussion actually looks like since so many pundits claim we never talk about it. So, I submit that we begin by having an honest discussion about Muslim radicalism. What's wrong with beginning the discussion there? I'm not suggesting we speak only about Muslims.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • chuck

      By radical, are we talking about how both religions treat their gay communities? One stones them to death and the other works feverishly to thwart their short lives and their full participation and involvement in this experiment called democracy. No hesitation is given in trying to deny them the things most of us hold dearest in life – our families. Most of the things that give meaning to life – marriage, children, love of country, have been held back from their grasp until our lifetimes. We try to withhold, without reservation, the unbridled pursuit of happiness and step on the natural unfolding of their lives. Let's call out all religions and air their dirty laundry in the halls of Congress.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • mobrule

      a slim majority – 56 percent - interesting, when that same percentage is applied to obama's approval rating (much lower now) it's heralded as being a vast majority.

      on topic, of course not all muslims are terrorists, but you can bury your head in the pc sand if you want, our enemies happen to be muslims. save the timothy mcveigh argument, one nut doesn't make a conspiracy or a major threat. the majority of muslims are law abiding citizens, just like the majority of people in south are not in the kkk, and the majority of white folks are not skin heads, but if you want to find the kkk or skin heads, you going to look at white people first.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • sarah

      I think that what the world would most like to hear from the Islamic world is a united renouncement of terrorism. There is a deafening silence. Maybe we are not privy to the voices. We don't get Al-Jazeera and many Islamic countries don't have freedom of expression or freedom of the press. The ones that do have government censors that protect their autocracies with propaganda that would make the western world roll with laughter. I'm guessing the Islamic world is not free to voice a united renouncement of terrorism.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:40 am |
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