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Muslim Americans on edge
March 27th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

In key American Muslim enclave, alienation is growing

Editor’s note: The original version of this story omitted the fact that the attorney for Roger Stockham, who was charged with making terrorist threats against a Dearborn mosque, says his client is a Muslim convert.

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Madison Heights, Michigan (CNN) - Dawud Walid asked the worshipers for a show of hands: How many had heard about the Muslim radicalization hearings in Washington earlier that day?

About half of the 50 or so Muslims in the banquet hall-turned-mosque indicated that they had.

So Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, briefed the other half about the hearing, calling it an “unfortunate first in American history.”

Then he went further, warning about what he said were a handful of growing threats to American Muslims.

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of September 11, we are seeing unprecedented acts of Islamophobia,” Walid told the worshipers at the American Islamic Community Center, 10 miles north of Detroit.

“After 9/11, it was coming from a few right-wingers,” he said. “But now, in 2011, we’re seeing it from Congress.”

Walid went on to tell the congregation that a dozen states - from Georgia to Missouri to New Mexico - are considering bans on Sharia, or Islamic law, and warned that such bans could lead to prohibitions on women wearing the hijab, or headscarf, and even on Muslims worshiping Allah.

“Praying five times a day is Sharia,” he said. “Do you go to jail for that?”

As one of the largest and oldest Muslim enclaves in the nation - and, with its century-old ties to Ford Motor Co., one that’s intimately bound up in the modern American story - the metro Detroit community is perhaps as close as one can get to the soul of American Islam.

At a time when the country is wrestling with its views on Islam, the faith causes relatively little friction in the largely Arab cocoon of southeast Michigan.

But narratives playing out in the national media, from the radicalization hearings spearheaded by New York Republican Rep. Peter King to the wave of proposed Sharia bans to anticipation of the September 11 anniversary, have left many Muslims here feeling ostracized in their own country.

The community is growing more defensive in the face of what many here say is a national climate of suspicion reminiscent of the period immediately after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In response to what he called “a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is holding a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday on “measures to protect the rights of American Muslims.”

Witnesses will include Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick - the former archbishop of Washington - and the top civil rights officials from the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

On this Thursday night, however, worshipers at the American Islamic Community Center echoed the embattled tone of the guest speaker from Center for American-Islamic Relations.

Hadir Ghazala, a 49-year-old Iraqi immigrant in a black-and-white polka-dot hijab, said she’d been turned down for jobs at local salons because she refused to remove her headscarf.

Mohammed Elzhemni, 39, bemoaned what he called a growing national stereotype of Muslims as terrorists.

“These people raise their families and work hard,” he said, gesturing to a cluster of small children chasing each other across the mosque’s faux marble floor. “I’m a manager at GM and work to make the country better. This is the true face of Islam.”

At a time when King and others are alleging that radical American Muslims pose an under-acknowledged threat to national security, a popular refrain among Detroit-area Muslims is that they’re the ones under attack.

The sentiment is especially acute at the Islamic Center of America, which calls itself the nation’s largest mosque.

This year, police said they thwarted an explosives attack on the house of worship in Dearborn, just west of Detroit city limits. In January, police arrested a man in the center’s parking lot in a car they said was packed with fireworks.

Police said the suspect, Roger Stockham, drove to Dearborn from California. He faces two felony charges carrying maximum sentences of up to 20 years.

The arrest provoked state and local law enforcement agencies to urge the 70,000-square-foot mosque to bolster security and develop a new emergency response plan.

“We’ve never had an incident like that, where we were targeted by someone who wanted to do us harm based on who we are,” said Kassem Allie, the center’s executive administrator.

To Allie, the incident is evidence that some Americans are being radicalized against Islam, turning the allegation of growing Muslim radicalization on its head.

“The suspect was apparently radicalized quite some time ago,” Allie said. “And there are other instances of radicalization that are of great concern to us.

“I have no problem addressing Islamic radicalization,” he said, monitoring the mosque's security cameras from a computer screen in his ground-floor office. “But there should be an acknowledgment that other communities have the same problem.”

Indeed, a common complaint around Dearborn, the epicenter of southeast Michigan’s Muslim community, is that the only time religion is mentioned in a crime story is when the suspect is Muslim.

“When Timothy McVeigh did his bombing, we didn’t investigate or blame Christianity,” said Al Machy, 32, referring to the 1995 attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City that left 168 dead.

Machy works behind the counter at the Golden Bakery on Warren Avenue, a miles-long Dearborn strip lined with halal butchers, hookah bars, Lebanese restaurants and locally owned groceries with names like Baghdad Market and Sahara West. Signs for most businesses are in Arabic.

“Every day, there are hundreds of rapes and murders, and they never put the words 'Christian' or 'Jewish' in the story,” said Machy, an Iraqi refugee who arrived in the U.S. after the Gulf War.

Unlike most such crimes, in which religion doesn’t appear to be an issue, recent instances of homegrown terrorism - such as 2009’s Fort Hood shooting and last year’s failed Times Square bomb plot - were allegedly carried out in the name of Islam.

But many Muslims around Dearborn say those cases garner inordinate news attention while recent attacks against Muslim Americans, including the defacing and burning of mosques, are largely neglected.

According to the Justice Department, there were 107 anti-Muslim hate-crime incidents in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, compared with 28 such incidents in 2000.

After a sharp spike in 2001, when there were 481 anti-Muslim hate crime incidents, there have since been fewer than 200 such incidents annually, though there were generally fewer than 50 in the years before 2001.

Muslim advocacy groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, say they have seen a more recent uptick in anti-Muslim threats and violence.

Officials at the Islamic Center of America, which draws about 1,200 worshipers for Friday prayers, say local law enforcement encouraged them to take a low-key public stance on the January explosives arrest. Authorities wanted to avoid inspiring copycat attacks or reprisals, mosque officials said.

The mosque issued a news release after the suspect’s arrest but limited its interviews with the media. Chuck Alawan, 80, a founding board member of the mosque, has some regrets about the mosque keeping relatively quiet about the incident.

“You never hear about all the threats against mosques,” Alawan said in the thick Midwestern accent of a lifelong Michigan resident.

“I was born in this country, and I have never felt persecuted,” he said. “But it’s getting close to that.”

As Alawan spoke, a surveyor from the Michigan Department of Transportation was setting up equipment on the mosque’s lawn as part of a “vulnerability study” after the January incident.

Last week, the Islamic Center of America learned that the Florida pastor who triggered an international firestorm last year by threatening to burn the Quran would take part in an April protest at the mosque.

The protest against "Sharia and Jihad" is scheduled for Good Friday, two days before Easter.

"It is necessary that we set very clear lines for Muslims that are here in America,” Terry Jones, the Florida pastor, said in a statement Wednesday announcing his plans to protest at the Dearborn mosque. "If they desire to change our Constitution, in other words to institute Sharia, then these Muslims are no longer welcome in our country."

Officials at the Islamic Center of America are still deciding how to respond, though they are leaning toward a Good Friday counter-event that would bring together religious leaders of different backgrounds to encourage tolerance and interfaith dialogue.

"For us to try to fight fire with fire like in this case - to fight hate with hate - is really unproductive and actually destructive," said Allie, the mosque's executive administrator. "Under different circumstances, we'd welcome a dialogue with Terry Jones or other detractors, but it's got to be civilized."

Developments like the mosque protest have some local law enforcement officials sympathizing with growing Muslim anxiety.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad is among them. He estimates that he has received 10,000 anti-Muslim “hate e-mails,” some calling him a “Taliban police chief” or alleging that he’s persecuting Christians.

The senders assume he’s Muslim because of his last name, Haddad says, even though he’s a Christian of Lebanese descent.

Like Alawan and Haddad, many Arab-Americans in the area trace their local roots back generations. The first big wave of Middle Easterners arrived in southeast Michigan around 1910 to man Henry Ford’s automobile plants in Highland Park and Dearborn.

Those immigrants were mostly Christians from the area that is now Lebanon but was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

“Ford seemed to think that that this particular segment of the empire was industrious and productive and a good source of cheap labor,” said Saeed Khan, a lecturer in Islamic history, politics and culture at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Khan said Ford also favored immigrants from that region because, unlike some other groups, they tended to be light-skinned.

After the defeated Ottoman Empire was carved up at the end of World War I, Christians were given favored status in the newly created Lebanon, provoking more Muslims to exit the region. Some wound up in new Arab strongholds like metro Detroit.

“Especially after Henry Ford announced the $5 workday, (immigrants) would get off the train in Detroit looking for work, and police would pick them up and take them to Ford’s Rouge plant to apply,” Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly said, referring to a huge Dearborn manufacturing facility that opened in the 1920s.

Today, southeast Michigan’s Muslim population is estimated at nearly half a million, Khan said. Though there are larger Muslim populations in New York and Southern California, there are few places in the country with such a heavy concentration of Muslims.

“Once Henry Ford established that community, it had a pull effect and became an epicenter of Arab life,” Khan said. “It was influenced by employment opportunities and the availability of resources like mosques and schools.”

Though Dearborn retains its Lebanese flavor, the area’s Muslim community includes many immigrants from India, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, along with a growing Eastern European contingent and many African-Americans.

The historic Muslim presence here helps explain why local allegations of Islamophobia are pretty rare - and why Haddad, the police chief, suspects that most of his anti-Muslim e-mail is from outsiders.

Zeinab Dbouk-Chaayto, a recent immigrant from Lebanon, says that she was the only woman donning a hijab when she took classes recently at Madonna University, a Catholic school in Livonia, just west of Dearborn, but that no one gave her any trouble.

The school’s conservative culture jibed with her Muslim values. “There’s no partying and no alcohol,” she said, adding that administrators in a school office where she worked even threw her a baby shower and a birthday party.

Local law enforcement officials, for their part, say they strengthened ties to greater Detroit’s Muslim leadership after September 11, launching a program called Bridges to create an ongoing dialogue between those leaders and the FBI, state and local law enforcement, and other government agencies.

“Sometimes, there’s a relative who feels that someone in the family might be doing things that probably aren’t in the long-term best interest of the country, and they want to bring that forward,” said O’Reilly, the Dearborn mayor, explaining the program.

“But they don’t want to be responsible for throwing a family member in jail,” he said. “There’s a delicacy to that, so they have a dialogue about where people can bring this stuff forward.”

Haddad, the Dearborn police chief, said the Bridges program helped create a parents’ task force to combat gang activity in the city’s Yemeni community. That move contributed to an 11% drop in crime in the heavily Yemeni South End neighborhood last year, he said.

At the same time, many Muslims around Dearborn are convinced that they are under government surveillance, exacerbating feelings of alienation.

Sitting with friends at the Islamic Center of America, Alawan says, they often joke that law enforcement has the mosque’s phones tapped and its rooms bugged.

“The agencies will deny it,” he said. “But we know they’re doing it.”

The suspicion was given credence after FBI agents killed a Muslim cleric in an October 2009 raid in Dearborn.

The charges against the imam, Luqman Ameen Abdullah - which included mail fraud and the illegal possession and sale of firearms - were based on information from three confidential FBI informants who’d infiltrated Abdullah’s mosque.

The case raised the specter of government spies in other Dearborn area mosques and prompted a 2010 letter of protest from Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“People of all faiths should be free to worship without undue fear that the person in the next pew is a government agent,” Conyers wrote, invoking the FBI’s wiretapping of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a regrettable precedent for such surveillance.

Many Muslims around Dearborn find it ironic that what they see as a growing suspicion of Muslims in America comes at a time when much of the Arab world, from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya, is rising up against despotic leaders and demanding more U.S.-style freedoms.

“While the Islamic world is rising up against dictatorship, dishonesty, deception and corruption … America should show solidarity with people who are looking for dignity and democracy,” Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi told hundreds of worshipers at recent Friday prayers at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, a mosque situated across the street from Henry Ford Community College.

“That’s not the right time to bring another wave of Islamophobia and ignorance,” he said, blasting the King hearings of the previous day. “It is so dangerous to provoke people who are ready to commit hate crimes with this kind of wrong information.”

Elahi wasn’t referring to the danger of inciting Muslim radicals to commit terrorism against the United States. The threat, in his eyes, is that Americans will be provoked to terrorize Muslims.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Michigan • Muslim

soundoff (3,082 Responses)
  1. GoHomeifyouCantmeld

    (B)iraq Hussein Osama said
    @ Kuwait

    "majority of world terrors are not caused by Muslims, your statement is TOTALLY INCORRECT

    – World War One <<< MAJOR TERROR
    – World War Two <<< MAJOR TERROR
    – JEWISH HOLOCAUST << MAJOR MAJOR TERROR
    – COMMUNIST PURGES << MAJOR MAJOR TERROR
    – ILLEGAL INVASION OF IRAQ << MAJOR TERROR
    – PALESTINIAN APARTHEID << MAJOR TERROR
    – SOUTH AFRICA APARTHEID << MAJOR TERROR

    none caused by Muslims. Infact Muslims cause only minor terrors!"
    He fails to mention the daily terrorisim on women in the middle east, the stoning etc
    He fails to mention that the NONE muslims fought against non Muslims for a better world unlike MUSLIMS who will not fight each other but keep quiet instead.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  2. elizabethm

    "In key American Muslim enclave, alienation is growing"

    American Muslim - oxymoron? Pretty close. Islam is against most American values.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Wilbur

    Roger Stockham, the nut who attacked the Michigan Mosque converted to Islam years ago!!! It's in the legal fillings and local news reports. How could CNN report this and leave out the fact mr. Stockham was in fact a Muslim himself?

    March 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Rick

    This is not “their own country.” The United States is for “ourselves and OUR posterity.” NOT Mexican posterity, NOT Middle Eastern Posterity. The posterity of the founding stock of the United States and their kin.

    There are plenty of countries for Middle Easterners. The USA if for AMERICANS.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfB_F936bU8&w=640&h=360]

    March 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Okay, than all white people need to leave, as the Native Americans were here first. Seriously, the United States is a nation of immigrants.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Mark

      So true.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  5. Ranchdude

    It seems strange to me, that our US government can use the threat of terrorism to take away our rights and liberties, and use the second amendment as a way to suppress freedom of religion, when it was obviously worded to be freedom OF religion, but then tell us we need to be more tolerant of other religions. However, in the case of the Muslims, this is not solely a religious issue, it's a cultural issue. If you look at other free country's experiences with growing populations of Muslims, you'll find as that population grows they then push to govern themselves rather than be subject to the laws of their chosen country. They do not wish to assimilate into the general population, but rather wish to be separate, autonomous and to govern themselves under Sharia law. This is becomes a conflict of cultures, and laws. If Muslims wish to take advantage of the laws of a country to practice freedom of religion, they should also be bound to all the other laws of that country. This double standard is what leads to more and more problems as the Muslim population grows. Their allegiance is not to the country they live in, their allegiance to to the Nation of Islam. The "Nation" of Islam is not just a religion, but rather a world culture which is mutually exclusive to our second amendment freedom of religion. The nation of Islam tolerates no freedom of religion, either you are a Muslim, or you are a non-believer. And if you are a non-believer, you are an enemy of Islam. This is not tolerance. In Islam there is no peace unless Muslims have power, and In the absence of true infidels, they will even turn on each other.
    http://muskogeephoenix.com/opinion/x106229590/THE-PEOPLE-SPEAK-Muslims-exempt-from-Obama-Care
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1fcgSvu6xM&w=640&h=360]

    March 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  6. elizabethm

    The CNN moderation of posts seems overly aggressive, it is very hard to even post basics facts on Islam.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Mark

    Way to go CNN removed all my posts again I see wow we must be in Iran having free speech censored. Silly CNN,

    March 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Mike

      Are you in jail? If not then your speech is still free. Nothing in the 1st Amendment says CNN has to post your nonsense. It does allow you to start your own blog somewhere else though. So how about trying that?

      March 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  8. Jim

    Thank goodness when Obama looses in 2012, and he will loose.....

    The Liberals and their weirdo allies will crawl back under their rocks

    March 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  9. Jim

    There will eventually be civil war in America again.... It is simply time for the South to leave again, and this time the rest of the country will just sit by and watch because now the South has more guns, more oil and more military support.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  10. GoHomeifyouCantmeld

    Ron assuming that you have not been released from a mental asylum where did your education begin??? You have no basis for your beliefs.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  11. ASH

    Hey CNN – if you want to learn a bit more about the "soul of American Islam", how about doing some pieces focused around African American / Black mosques and people (and no, I'm not talking about NOI)? Black Americans have been practicing Islam in this country for GENERATIONS. Or are they not foreign enough for you?

    March 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Mark Bernadiner

    Islam is incompatible with Western culture, history, judicial system, and civilization. Remember, our judicial system based on Judeo-Christian values. Islam objects these values and Koran calls for extermination of Christians and Jews. Muslims objective is creation of global Caliphate and establishing Shariah Law. All this eventually leads to civil war, unless we will take care and deport all muslims from US and Europe. Look what is going in Britain, France and other countries where muslims clear declared their primary objective to overcome current social systems and replace them with Sharia law. Read below confessions of leading muslims around the world, including American
    and watch the Fitna on:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2008/03/here-is-fitna.html

    These facts show that islam is not a religion, but a fascist cult.

    Why Muslims Come to the West:

    Dr. Ja`far Sheikh Idris in article “Separation Of Church And State”
    http://www.islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=559
    said: “Secularism cannot be a solution for countries with a Muslim majority or even a sizeable minority, for it requires people to replace their God-given beliefs with an entirely different set of man-made beliefs. Separation of religion and state is not an option for Muslims because is requires us to abandon Allah's decree for that of a man.”

    Omar Ahmad Co-founder of the Council of American-Islamic Relations: "Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of
    scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

    Fatah, a left-wing Canadian Muslim who wants Canada to ban the hijab and burka, writes about Tariq Ramadan as the new face of Islamists.
    "Tariq Ramadan reflects the new sophisticated arm of the worldwide Islamist movement, which sees the West as the right place to wage a cultural and intellectual jihad. It preys on Muslim youth who are tired of the old guard; men in beards and long frocks, frothing as they denounce the evil West. The new technique is to undermine the West from within, like parasites and termites, with the host society never
    knowing what hit it, until it is too late. UK is one example."

    Algerian leader Houari Boumédienne said at the United Nations in 1974:
    “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”

    Al-Jazeera’s Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi, who is widely hailed as a moderate reformer in the West, said:
    “Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor,” and “the conquest this time will not be by the sword but by preaching and ideology.”

    A Saudi Sheikh, Muhammad bin Abd Al-Rahman Al-‘Arifi, imam of the mosque of King Fahd Defense Academy, said:
    Muslims “will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it”
    Also read article “Arab-American author outlines secret 20-year strategy to undermine country” by FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN.

    Plus, remember, all muslims organizations in US have close ties to global terrorist organizations, like Hamas, Hezbullah, Brotherhood.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • A Muslim

      Islam does not call for the extermination of the Christians and Jews. It calls for their protection. Non-Muslims in a Sharia based society (whose laws are by the Koran and NOT corrupted by cultural preferences) must pay a 2.5% income tax. Muslims must pay a 2.5% income tax but it is under a different name. Christians and Jews are allowed to have their own religious courts, buildings, services, etc. They must obey the laws of the land but legal proceedings, if not something extraordinary, go through their own courts. This doesn't sound like hate, oppression, and killing off of these groups. It sounds like respect and letting them live in peace and according to their own ways.

      The Koran has the exact same values as the Bible and the Torah. As of the 600s, it wasn't Judeo-Christian values, it became Judeo-Christian-Muslim values. As with the Bible and the Torah, you must read things in the context of the situation and time and not take things out of context, otherwise you miss the meaning of statements and things are warped.

      Individuals have their own views. Some Christians feel you should let people live and let live. Others feel you must go and convert everyone to "save" them. Most religions that say they are the one true religion has people who say this exact same thing that is said in the quote by Omar. Look at the Christians who study specifically to learn how to try and get Muslims to convert and then go to Muslim countries. I would like to see you condemn them for their actions as well. I personally love that America is secular and lets people live in peace with one another. I would not want any state religion in America.

      All of your quotes sound like the Christian side of the Evangelicals that say everyone must convert to Christianity and that people must go out and spread the word to all the countries of the world and continue doing so. So why do you not condemn them for the exact same thing you are condemning Muslims for?

      Oh, its because it is directed at YOUR country rather than someone else's.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • lhu

      Actually the Koran says the all people of the "book" (Jews and Christians) should be respected and protected under Islam. When Islam first arose Muslims, Jews, and Christians all prayed together believing they worshipped the same god.

      I am a Christian but your lack of understanding of this, or anything Muslim for that matter, is ridiculous and shows your own stupidity. You base your opinion on the most radical Islamists and not the mainstream Muslim population which is actually very peaceful. Mind you that American society, just like Muslim society, is not free from radical groups including communists, facists, or even anarchists. Should we say American society is in favor of violent revolution because we have a small number of radical groups in our country? No.

      The same applies to Islam. You cannot judge a religion off of a few crack-pot fools who are completely out of touch with the values of their own religion.

      Before you criticize a group of people please actually try to understand what they really believe. You won't sound so ignorant next time.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • cass

      To a muslim: yes it does.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Ranchdude

      Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

      March 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  13. BleedingEdj

    Religion is a set of ideas and values that if one sees the value in – adopts as their own and acts on them. It should be a personal commitment to becoming a better and more enlightened being. When people want to'share' those values outside their immediate families is when the trouble starts What passes as 'organized' religion today would probably make their respective prophets puke. Current religion is nothing more than crowd control by human beings elected through organizational dogma – not by any sort of divine guidance. Historically those human beings have committed some of the worst atrocities ever committed on their fellow human beings. What passes as religion is simply the second half of the one-two sucker punch: 1.) Accept your station in life – accept that your government sucks, that your officials are corrupt and all the other ways that the little people are victimized because... 2.) When your dead all will be paradise, that is if you do what your told until you are dead. It's effective because nobody has ever come back and said "they're all full of crap". So if you are religious refute your church and it's parasitic leaders, accept your beliefs as your own personal truths that YOU take responsibility for, then shut the hell up and stop worrying about who the guy next to you is worshiping. But if anyone tries to harm you or yours in the name of their religion – ANY RELIGION – blow their face off.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  14. MuslimLover

    Serve those muslims and their blood thirsty mohammad some BBQ pork and (muslim branch?) wine for dinner. I hate to see a decapitated American soldier, killed by the muslim, the muslim civillians looked on pointed fingers at and laughed at...an inhuman act. Americans & Canadian keep fighting until all the muslims are out of the countries then you will become matyrs 🙂

    March 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Wow, you clearly have never heard of the First Amendment have you?

      March 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  15. cass

    They havae alienated themselves with their eph you America, in your face disrespect and global violence.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  16. johnddyrakff

    test

    March 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Pastor Evans

    So many people are so ignorant, there is no separation in Muslim countries between Islam and Sharia Law, unlike here in American where there are so many religious politicians and people who fight as hard as they can to keep God separate from man's natural laws. God's law (BIBLE) cannot and will not be stopped by any ignorant American politician or Muslim. His laws are higher than man's laws and will always rule and reign!!! Jesus Christ is Lord!!!
    Amen!!!

    March 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Prove it?

      March 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Pastor Evans: Appears to be a parrot who's able to type on a computer keyboard...

      March 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • sassypants

      Amen, Jesus Christ is Lord!! One day, every knee will bow and confess, He is Lord!!!

      Islam and Christianity = Oil and Water

      March 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      sassypants wrote: Islam and Christianity = Oil and Water

      They're both based on fairy tales and are used to control the feeble-minded, so I'd say they're more alike than they're different.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  18. johnddyrakff

    Is Ayann Hirsi Ali who has to have around the clock protection from Islamists an Islamophobe?

    March 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • FromOtherSide

      She needs protection from Extremists. Practicing Muslims all over the world do not threat her. Just some bunch of Islamic extremists do. So are you going to label all of us 'Islamists' for that? For instance I am a Muslim and I also need protection from extremists, all of them no matter what religion they belong to. I need protection from Bal Thakuray in India who is a Hindu racist.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  19. johnddyrakff

    Was Salman Taseer who was shot to death for criticizing the blasphemy laws an Islamophobe?

    March 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • FromOtherSide

      Yes Salman Taseer was A MUSLIM indeed who spoke against 'UnIslamic Blasphemy law' for which he was killed by an extremist.

      March 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  20. 4moon

    I wouldn't call them alienated. Alienated is what our good Muslim brothers are doing to Christians in Ethiopia....burning their churches and driving them away in fear for their lives......

    March 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • sick to my stomach

      If your hate mongering is true...would you retaliate against muslims in the usa who have nothing to do with that? Your logic is a bit sick and psychotic.

      March 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • sassypants

      Not just Ethiopia.. it has been going on in Sudan for years!

      March 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
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