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. Amy Turner

    While watching "Not Welcome" I was really struck by the fact that a Black American is so prejudice. How soon we forget. Are we headed for another round of "black listing" people because they do not think or believe as we do. I thought this was America. May God forgive us. If we keep this up we will not have to worry about Islam overpowering us, God will do that Himself. I wonder how many people have been burned out on Christianity because of the way the people of Murfesburough and other places are acting? It is for sure they are not acting like Christians. As to the mistreatment of women, have you read the Bible? If we followed that word for word women would not have a chance.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Right on Amy. It's times like these that make good Christians search for a religion that doesn't breed hate.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  2. hakal

    It is foolish to associate religion with a few bad people. It is like saying all Christians are child abusers and no churches should be built near schools

    March 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  3. Brad

    i can't say either way in regards to if muslims think your stupid or not, but from my experience most americans are. we wouldn't need to put signs on everything, or laws regulating common sense if we americans were as smart as we all thought we were.
    to tell the truth the world will be better off in a few decades when the last of the baby boomers have passed on and hopefully take their ignorance, and hatred for anything not them with them.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Yay for you Brad!! LOVE YOUR POST!

      March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  4. kyaw

    I totally understand the neighbourhood. I am not a US citizen but i understand how they feel and how they have never forgotten on 9/11. from my point of view CNN is biasing and favouring to muslim. LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. WHICH RELIGION TELL YOU TO KILL OTHERS IF THEY ARE NOT MUSLIM?.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Brad

      how bout we do this... the first religion who has never had a person kill someone else in its name please stand up...

      March 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Te religion does not tell them to kill themselves and others. You have heard this information and been brainwashed by it. RADICALS DO THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE BRAINWASHED!!!!

      March 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  5. rs1201

    It's a matter of survival. These people present a very serious risk to our safety and the safety of our country. They hate us and they admit that they do...so why do they need to be here? is it to plan attacks on us like they've been desperately trying since 9/11. Whether their religion tells them to or not...they all believe that they have to kill all "infidels" ...who the heck wants them here...

    March 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Radical extremists hate you not all Muslims. Get it right in your head. It is not a hard concept. When a Christian blows up an abortion clinic in the name of GOD, the person is to blame not the religion. when a mother drowns her 5 children and says GOD told her to do it, do we blame Christianity? No because it is silly. Stop being so easily persuaded to hate others RS1201!!

      March 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Chuck

    The Bible was writeen from a over a period os 1600 years... yet it remains consisten with itself, never contradicting ANYTHING. The Quran takes the first 5 books of the Bible, then...all hell breaks loose. Muhammed had a revelation, that changed everything. Are we listening to one man, or thousands upon thousands of witneses? Really? I want to see the facts that back up the Quran. The entire worls is eveil. People who arn't even religious kill people. So push that crap asside, and stick to the facts.It is the only book that claims to be the Word of the Living God. No need to argue. Taste and See. Taste and See.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • bp

      Consistent? Let me guess you claim the world is 6500 years old based off the historical timeline tha can be deduced from the events in the bible... I can proove this is wrong and the Earth is indeed mch older with ndeniable fact (not carbon dating as I have read some good arguments why it's not reliable). Point is I can throw the first part of the bible out the window, and if the first part isnt right (heavens and earth were made in 7 days) then its sorta of hard to think the rest of its infallable

      March 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  7. butter

    Ok, first of all. I've read the Koran. It's hateful and depressing work. Second, if people that are islam do not actively stand against radical islam people will lump them all together. It's human nature, get over it. Finally, guilty by association. I don't make the rules, I'm just the messenger. Arab Islam people are reaping what they sow. This article is liberal crap. What about the other side of it – people getting oppressed and killed in other countries at the hands of radical Islamic believers.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Mary Dyer

      So innocent islamic believers should be suppressed & persecuted in America by ignorant rednecks? "Islam" does not equal "terrorist". Stop flapping your hands and screeching long enough to get a clue.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      You obviously have NOT read the Qur'an because you can't even spell it. Further, the Qur'an is not hateful or depressing. If you DID happen to read it, you twisted it completely. I'm Christian and embarrassed by people like you in our great nation!!

      March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  8. Mary Dyer

    The Ignorant shall rise again. The bigots of the South haven't had such a good whipping boy in decades. They are an embarrassment. You truly look like yokels and rubes, Folks. Step back and take a good look at yourselves.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • hamza

      i knew that something was really wrong in america when they called a traitor any american that was not warmongering post 9/11.freedom fries?ha,ha,ha.i had expected more from americans.freedom fries!?huh.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  9. Simon

    Everyone just get along already... come on. From http://personalizedeasterbasketsforkids.com

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  10. Gary Dubois

    What we need is a RELIGIOUS WOODSTOCK made up of the three groups, Christians , Jews and Muslims. To show the world we can live in peace together. That would make sense and we can be the ones to show the world , once again how to rise above ignorance.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • hamza

      count on me.my favorite band is deep purple.smoke on the water sounds sharia?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  11. henry

    Now the muslims know this is wrong, they know that america is a christian nation built on christian principles and then at that they try and build a mosque in the heart of the bible belt WOW, it's just a flat out sign of disrespect to christians in the bible belt. a church would not even be considered to be built in mecca or many other muslims countries, christians wouldnt even try it, because it's would be disrespectful to do so when the ppl around dont want it built. On top of their disrespect they try to build a mosque by the 9/11 memorial, if thats not disrespect then i dont know what is.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • hamza

      america WAS a christian nation.it IS NOT any more.there are tens of millions of taxpayers that do not recognize jesus christ as a god.you live under the rock?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Yes Henry...the Muslims have been allowed to raise their children there, and spend there money there, and work there for many years but GOD forbid they build a mosque there. SO DISRESPECTFUL! Are you out of your mind?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Check 1

      I'm more worried about violent, racist, Christian fanatics than I am Muslims... Muslims have been here in the USA for many years, and have large populations in many states. These people work, pay taxes, live, and raise their children in Murfreesboro, and have every right to build their place of worship.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  12. brain90100

    You all make me sad, all of you, on both sides

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  13. Question to Muslims

    Do Muslim-dominant countries accept people of other faiths such that they give complete religious freedom to non-Muslims? What is Islam's teaching toward non-Muslims? In Christian teaching, Jesus said "love your enemy." I am concerned about what may happen in America if Islam turns into a major religion in America because I don't see that freedom in any Muslim-dominant middle-eastern country.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • hamza

      every muslim country has significant christian population,for instance egypt has 15 million coptic christians,muslims were rulling palestine for almost a thousand years,still churches and synagogs are still there.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Are you asking about Muslims in 3rd world middle eastern countries where the CULTURE is completely different than America?? The question is irrelevant. I'm not a Muslim, but your question is ignorant.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  14. Lamar

    This is what ignorance gets you. I am amazed that we have to deal with type of hatred in America.
    It reminds me of the actions of the KKK and how they used the bible to justify the hatred they spread..

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • hamza

      these are the children of kkk supremacists

      March 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  15. susan

    CNN, why do you feel the great need to promote Islam and ignore what they have done in other countries and how once they get power, all other faiths in those countries are destroyed and elimated. The hand writing is on the wall, it's just you got your head up your butt, and the muslims are using our free country to build thier mosque's and spread the religion and call it a peaceful religion, it's anything but peaceful. They will come to take over America someday and the all other religions will be destroyed and they will try and overthrow our free society. Lets not even talk about how woman are treated. How can you stand up for these people who treat woman like dirt in the Middle East. CNN your tratiors to the American people, your cowards and being fooled by these slick people, they are looking to get a foothold and with your help promoting this religion and ingoring what they do in other countries to the woman and to the jews and Christians and how half of them are terrorists and they Hate America and every free society, they are just sitting pretty acting all innocent until the time comes for them to take over. What fools we are, we are blind and they are secretly laughing at our foolishness.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Susan. You are paranoid and very extreme thinking. You should take some time and learn about the Muslims in your community. I am a Christian who has lived in a house with Muslims for 7 years. No one is trying to convert me or is plotting the end of our free country. You are a follower. Take the lead and learn something before your speak versus following the fear put into you by others.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • hamza

      i don't really feel that i am taking over america.i work like a dog for $10/hour and drive some 1995 oldsmobille.not really powerful,huh?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  16. chuckvw

    Ms O'Brien, you were far too easy on these bigots. Not so long ago there were lynchings in Murfreesboro. Probably these folks, and certainly their parents, didn't want blacks, hispanics, jews and gays "in their neighborhood"... Someone of mixed race, such as you are, would have been cast out or worse. They are bigots! Let me repeat, they are racists and bigots, even though they found a black bigot (useful idiot) to be their front man...

    March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  17. Simon

    Wow... why can't everyone just get along. With Easter coming up, this is not good. From

    March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Sin is what kills people. Its what spoils the world. Who saves from sin?

    March 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Hopefully no one as simple minded as you chuck.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  19. Gary Dubois

    RELIGION IS NOT THE PROBLEM... People are the problem not religion. What is wrong is when we have a leader who has dangerous ideas to the welfare of our communities, or country. Again, I do not think as a Christian we can labell all Muslims as extremist or bad. Rather then labell all of them is a tad ..uhmm racist towards a group.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  20. Doug Allard

    I am SICK of these whiny a$$ Moslems!
    They blow up our sh%$... then act surprised when we don't like them for it.
    Give me a break CNN!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Brad

      sounds like the old chicken or the egg. but it sounds like ur timeline for events started at 9-11, and im pretty sure theirs started long before that. if not by are own hand then by supplying another nation with weapons and support to do so. all the problems we are facing these last 10 years are problems we created 10-20 years ago. sadam, osama, etcetera are all golems we created and fed with weapons, cash, and training when it served us. and then people like you act suprised when they turn around and bite us for it? to me 3000 americans lifes don't mean anything more than 3000 people from somewhere else. now ask yourself who are the whiny ones?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • TiredofH8tred

      Doug....there is a difference between Muslims and Terrorists. Learn the difference Doug. You are RADICAL which makes you a terrorist that hasn't killed.......yet.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Check 1

      If you're referring to 9/11, you need to go study, because the majority of the "hijackers" were not on those plans and are still living. ...and if you check the US Government web site for The 10 most wanted terrorist, you will notice Osama Bin Laden is not wanted for the attack on the World Trade Center. Get informed and grow up.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
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