July 25th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

My Take: Norway attacks show why you can't #blamethemuslims

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the school's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

In the immediate aftermath of 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing, much of the news media rushed to suggest that a Muslim, or at least a Middle Eastern connection, was behind the attack.

News reports on television and in print featured Middle East terrorism experts claiming the Oklahoma City attack echoed a World Trade Center bombing two years earlier and that it contained parallels to recent Mideast attacks.

The FBI picked up Ibrahim Ahmad, a Jordanian American, for questioning in an initial dragnet.

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Of course, it turned out that the attacker was homegrown and named Timothy McVeigh, not a Muslim.

Sixteen years later, not much has changed.

The tragic events that took place in Norway on Friday provoked initial accusations against Muslims worldwide. Of course, that proved to be the farthest thing from the truth.

Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed bomber and shooter in this horrendous act, was not motivated by the teachings of Islam, but by the teachings of those who oppose Islam.

A 1,500-page manifesto that appears to be written by Breivik is an anti-Islamic tirade.

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“Since the creation of Islam in the 7th century and to up to this day, the Islamic Jihad has systematically killed more than 300 million non Muslims and tortured and enslaved more than 500 million individuals,” it says.

“Since 9/11 2001, more than 12, 000 Jihadi terrorist attacks have occurred,” it continues. “… This trend will continue as long as there are non-Muslim targets available and as long as Islam continues to exist.”

An inappropriate response to Norway’s acts of violence would be the condemnation of Christianity, or a claim that religion itself breeds violence and hatred, though the manifesto repeatedly invokes the defense of Christianity as a primary reason for violently defeating multiculturalism and combating the “Islamic colonization” of Europe.

The expectation shouldn't be that white Christian males should now be scrutinized at airports or profiled by TSA workers. It's wrong when it happens to Muslims and it would be just as wrong if it happened to anyone else.

A more appropriate response would be to expand the conversation around terrorism and violent extremism beyond Islam and the Muslim community. The Norway attacks highlight why congressional hearings should not be held on solely on radicalization in the Muslim community, but should focus on radicalization more broadly.

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It's also imperative that training for law enforcement and other governmental offices on Islamic doctrine and law not to be conducted by those who present the normative understanding of Islam to be something that is radical. Our focus should be the safety of all citizens in any country from every act of violence or terrorism.

By cultivating a narrative that says Islam is the problem, we keep ourselves from maintaining that focus. All terrorist acts stem from an idea that it's OK to resort to violence in order to get what you want; that it's OK to kill to get the kind of world that you would like; that if we disagree, we cannot co-exist peacefully.

Over the weekend, #blamethemuslims became a trending topic on Twitter. The purpose of the hashtag was not to blame Muslims for the Norway attack, but show how Muslims are unfairly blamed and singled out regularly these days. The tragic events in Norway remind us that not all terrorists are Muslim and there is no reason that all Muslims should be treated like they are.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway. May God make things easy for them and grant us all the strength and courage to stand up against those who preach intolerance and hatred, even if they look like us, align politically with us, or practice the same religion we practice.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khalid Latif.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Interfaith issues • Islam • Opinion • Terrorism

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  1. Muneef

    Could not open this report to see but maybe you can;

    July 30, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Muneef

      If it is true Europe is drowning in Muslims then it must be because Christians are becoming less...! 
      If it is true Europe is drowning in Colored then it must be because European whites are becoming less... !
      But what was the Question "Muslims or Colored" since both are same to certain blood races... The game of "Masters&Slaves" rather than "Equality to Mankind"..."The Beast in man is in regaining power over all Declared Rights".
      Mankind is under slavery in Different Colorful Masks by Religious or Poltical Ent-i-ties".

      July 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  2. hippypoet

    when will people learn that a belief makes people believe things. Weather true or not they believe in it BCEAUSE OF FAITH...as they will argue, that is brainwashing! All religions brainwash! In the catholic world they are thought that there god is the only real, true god and that your is wrong. that makes people believe that because they believe in the RIGHT god all others that don't all wrong in all actions unless they have jesus in there heart! LOL...whats even worse is that more then half of all people who buy into this crap also have no real clue about the truth about there religion!

    For instance, did you know that the god for the catholics, jews, and muslims are the same non-existent dude! let they ALL claim that GOD TOLD THEM that they were the chosen people, and to in some cases kill the other... once again, retarded!

    THE POPE USE TO CONDONE THE SELLING OF INDULGENCES IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR ENTRY INTO HEAVEN... thats is because all main stream religions want is your money and dog-like loyalty in order to use you to further the brainwashing onto your kids! The definition of power is having everyone believe everything you say as the word of god... and you folks are ok with that?

    i'm lost in this world of morons who truly believe that is they are good they get an afterlife... fuking childish!

    July 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • AvdBerg

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      July 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Muneef

      In Islam we pay no money to any religion body...nor they ask us to donate by any form...what ever spoken of Zakat (pay due) or Sadaqa (Charity) we give directly to the poor and needy...other Ramadan organized charities participations are optional... 


      [36:20] A man came from the other end of the city, saying, "O my people, follow the messengers.

      [36:21] "Follow those who do not ask you for any wage, and are guided.

      [36:22] "Why should I not worship the One who initiated me, and to Him is your ultimate return?

      [36:23] "Shall I set up beside Him gods? If the Most Gracious willed any harm for me, their intercession cannot help me one bit, nor can they rescue me.

      [36:24] "In that case, I would be totally astray.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  3. AvdBerg

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    July 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
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    July 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

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      July 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
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      July 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  5. Muneef

    This was not written by Muslims !!

    Revelation shows that the power behind the throne of the Roman Empire or the beast was the devil himself (Revelation 12:8-9). 

    Revelation tells us the beast’s mentor is the dragon or Satan, who gives him power, authority and a ruling throne (verses 2, 4). The dragon works behind the scenes through the beast, and he will not be mentioned much until chapter 20. But we know that he is the one who is responsible for leading the "whole world astray" (12:8). We can then define the beast from the sea or the Roman Empire as the agent of the dragon on earth.

    The beast from the earth
    Chapter 13 introduces us to the two agents through whom Satan carries out his war against the people of God. The first beast from the sea was grotesque, with seven heads and ten horns. It possessed the combined characteristics of leopard, bear and lion.

    The second beast comes out of the earth. His appearance is not so terrifying. While he speaks with the power of the dragon, he has only "two horns like a lamb" (13:11). This beast is later identified as "the false prophet" (16:13; 19:20; 20:10).

    The main function of the second beast or false prophet is to cause the world to worship the first beast, who represents secular political power. Thus, he is something of a chief priest in the beast’s kingdom.

    The second beast establishes the ideological foundation of the anti-God empire or kingdom on earth. He creates the instruments and rituals of worship in his name. The second beast uses his religious authority to underpin the political, military, social and inst-i-tutional power of the first beast.

    The second beast has been called the antichrist’s Minister of Prop-a-ganda. In many respects his nefarious work is a parody of Christ establishing the kingdom of God.

    Read more;

    July 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  6. walter



    July 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm |

    Hey read this Islam holy book http://quran.com/5/51 it said "do not take the Jews and the Christians as friends"

    immigrant, as long you are good muslim then you must shoot us jews and christians and claim your new area as sharia colonial area.

    Sahih International
    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • TampaMan

      "Those who studied the religion should not allow our religion to be misrepresented to fit into a scheme that wants to paint the religion of Islam as non-violent. Islam is not non-violent."

      PARK 51 – the mosque at Ground Zero
      Raymond Ibrahim, a former associate director of the Middle East Forum, said the project and name were not "a gesture of peace and interfaith dialogue" but were "allusive of Islamic conquest and consolidation" and that Americans should realize that mosques are not "Muslim counterparts to Christian churches" but rather, "are symbols of domination and centers of radicalization."

      "There is no real dialogue, since Muslims never reciprocate the goodwill gestures made by the Christians. The result is we sit down together, and the Christians say what a wonderful religion Islam is, and the Muslims say what a wonderful religion Islam is."
      Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Imam of Park 51)

      "There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it."
      – Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey (since March 14, 2003)

      July 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Kettle Black

      Blow Up: You say the Koran says to murder non-Muslims. This, by your logic you must also murder non-Christians, or do you interpret this as a command to kill only people who worship non-Abrahamic gods?

      2 Chron 15:13 – All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.

      July 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      This was not written by Muslims !!
      But maybe it can explain why Muslims not to trust...

      "Revelation shows that the power behind the throne of the Roman Empire or the beast was the devil himself (Revelation 12:8-9)". 
      Read more;

      July 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  8. beaconoflight

    The events in Norway are tragic and I send my condolences to the families that have lost loved ones in this attack. So to should we honor all those who have died in attacks launched by muslims in the name of their religion in Mubai, Iraq, Thailand and other countries in the past two weeks. Unfortunately, the death toll delivered by attacks perpetuated muslims is significantly higher.

    The point of this op-ed piece is that all of a sudden terrorism isn't just a "muslim" phenomenon. That is a factually correct statement but a bit mis-leading. Terrorism if you bother to look up the definition, which a number of posters here seem to be incapable of doing or to lazy to do, can be committed by any group. The fact remains that the majority of terrorist attacks since 1979 have been planned and executed by groups claiming justification based on the teachings of the quran and the haddiths and supported by 100's of fatwas issued by imams. Was the Norway incident terrorism, yes it was since he sought to ignite a socio/political change. The muslim groups committed these terror attacks also want to instigate a socio/political/religious change.

    I've spent a lot of time in and out of muslim majority countries and they can be rather oppressive. I've seen plenty of normal everyday muslims in major cities and in small towns. I've read two translations of the quran and am working my way through the haddiths. If the moderates in islam think we have it all wrong, then guess what, it's time for them to step up and actively dismantle the foundations of hatred, violence and inequality that have been embedded in islam since its founding. Given the prevailing culture of intimidation, fear and violence in islam no wonder not that many of them are standing up since to question the teachings of islam is to be guilty of apostasy – a crime punishable by death...

    The moral equivalency argument positioned by the author is intellectually dishonest and grounded in denial of what everyday muslims have been conditioned to believe.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:10 am |
    • WHATs UP Doc

      It is because different clerics give different interpretations of Arabic language in qur-an. Islam holy books only one language arabic but it have different meaning muhammed is allah. Christians have multi language but single meaning – JESUS is GOD.

      July 29, 2011 at 4:57 am |
    • TampaMan

      Islam is the only religion on the planet which has a doctrine to justify LYING.

      "Believers when in a weakened stage in a non-Muslim country should forgive and be patient with People of the Book when they insult Allah and his prophet by any means. Believers should lie to People of the Book to protect their lives and their religion.

      Anyone who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith – but such as open their breast to unbelief, on them is wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful penalty.
      – Qur'an Surah 16:106

      "Know this that lying is not sin by itself, but if it brings harm to you it could be ugly. However, you can lie if that will keep you from evil or if it will result in prosperity."
      – Imam Al-Ghazali (Muslim theologian and philosopher)

      "The principle of sanctioning lying for the cause of Islam bears grave implications in matters relating to the spread of the religion of Islam in the West. Muslim activists employ deceptive tactics in their attempts to polish Islam's image and make it more attractive to prospective converts."
      – Abdullan Al-Araby (Muslim theologian, philosopher and leader)

      July 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  9. Muneef

    BBC2 has produced 'a presenter-led do-cu-mentary series' on the life of Muhammad (pbuh)
    which 'draw on the expertise and comments from the world's leading academics and commentators on Islam.'
    You will find all three parts of the do-cu-mentary in the following link.

    July 29, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  10. Muneef

    Such crime if it took place any where in our Islamic lands and was caught for the crime....he will be torn to pieces there and then with out trial since trials are supposed for those who are suspected and not proven guilty....but as a case that is as plain they should have condemned him to worst death with out any need for court trials...
    But by being soft on the issue and giving ear to such junk you open doors for those copycats whom seek fame...

    July 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • frank

      Lol, yeah, Islamic countries like Pakistan have no problem with murderous violence at all LOLOLOL!

      July 29, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • Muneef

      Sorry I am talking culturally...and not religiously....but as an Arabic National.... Take for example Lebnon a year or more back an Egyptian expatriate working in Lebnon then suddenly killed a mother and a daughter that he used to work for some reason...but by the time the police reached the place already the Lebnonies had made their hang rope and hanged him for his crime only for Two....so imagine when you have more than 85 killed...?!?

      July 29, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • frank

      Ah. Well, there are a lot of dangers to be wary of with mob justice...

      July 29, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • beaconoflight

      Yes please provide another example of islamic mob mentality fear inspired violence...

      July 29, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • Muneef

      Unfortunately I said they were Lebanonies but as seems they turned to have been Christian and not Muslims but they were Arab Christians....by the way you have not yet got the taste of violence by our Arab Christian Brothers...which I hope should not be for their Muslim brothers to suffer but to make suffer the enemy of our cultures and lands.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  11. Buddy R

    You claim Brevick is a Christian. I dispute your claim and I present evidence that your claim is false below.

    NOTHING in the New Testament teaches violence. NOTHING. Sir, could you show one instance of Jesus leading or authorizing a raid on Rome? Could you show any of his words that call for or condone violence? Or any passage in the New Testament that calls for Christians to commit violent acts? Jesus and his apostles called for peace sir, not for terrorism or crusades.

    Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
    Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

    Did Jesus call for crusades? Nope. He said his kingdom is not of this world and thus no one picks up a weapon to fight for his kingdom.

    Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

    Did Jesus and the disciples go kill a bunch of Jewish kids to motivate the Jews to kick the Romans out of the Holy Land? Nope. Jesus said not to murder.

    Mat 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

    Breivik did not follow the teachings of Christ and is not a Christian according to the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus said if you do not follow his teachings you are not his.

    Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    Jesus taught us to love everyone, even our enemies. Not to kill them. The Bible says anyone who claims to know God but who hates or murders is a liar.

    Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

    1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    According to the Bible the man who killed all those kids did not know God. He is a liar in calling himself a Christian. He hates people and he murders and he does not live according to the core teachings of Christianity.

    Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    July 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Debra Aisha Alobeidy

      Luke 19:26-27 "I say to you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. As for my enemies who do not want me to reign over them, bring them here and kill them in my presence" .

      (Matthew 10:34-35) "Do not think that I have come to send peace on Earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. I am sent to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" .

      July 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  12. Amina123

    I will always remember the times before I was Muslim and would tell people of how I served my country proudly. People would hug me, thank me for my service, even tell me that I paved the way for other women to succeed in this country. Now when I say that, I get looks of surprise, that I could have defended this country as a Muslim woman. I also get looks of disgust, looks that say "You dirty traitor. How could you take their side?" I have gone from hero to terrorist in one year.

    I smile and calmly tell them that not too long ago I was a Christian, and the reason I came to Islam was because of the simplicity of it: My only purpose on this earth is to serve God. I don't hate Christians (it's impossible to do that when everyone else in my family is one), and I don't hate Jews (I don't think I have ever met one), and I don't hate Atheists (even though they insult my God in ways that bring me to tears).

    La Ilaha Il Allah. There is not god but Allah (swt). That is my life, that is my joy, that is my purpose.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Muneef


      Mashallah and Alhamedlilah...very well sister may God bless you with more knowledge in the religion...Not to worry God is beside whom ever keep with him....any way it was told there will be times it will be hard for any believer keep his true beliefs as hard as keeping a charcoal of fire in his hand... It will be as Belief against belief and non believers against believers...we are at the worse times that is drawing closer and closer to ending life before the last day...peace

      July 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Debra Aisha Alobeidy

      Very nicely put. I too have the same looks when I tell people my daughter is in the Air Force and when I thank men for their service to the country. In the Quran, Allah swt allows men to marry Christians, Jews and Atheist so why would Muslims hate anyone? Or want to kill them for that matter? A true Muslim has respect for all mankind, all creatures of God and His ALL of His creation.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  13. Muneef

    Man O Man

    When without money,
    eats wild vegetables at home
    When has money,
    eats same wild vegetables in fine restaurant.
    When without money,
    rides bicycle;
    When has money,
    rides exercise machine.
    When without money,
    walks to earn food
    When has money,
    walks to lose the fat
    Man O Man !  never fails to deceive thyself !
    When without money,
    wishes to get married;
    When has money,
    wishes to get divorced.
    When without money,
    wife becomes secretary;
    When has money,
    secretary becomes wife.
    When without money, acts like rich man;
    When has money, acts like poor man.

    Man, O Man, never can tell the simple truth !
    Says share market is bad
    but keeps speculating;
    Says money is evil
    but keeps acc-umu-lating.
    Says high positions are lonely
    but keeps wanting them.
    Says gambling & drinking is bad
    but keeps indulging;

    Man O Man !
    Never means what he says
    never says what he means!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  14. Muneef

    Just occurred to me that this whole man show about Islam & Muslims was simply executed as a Sign of the Rejection of "Turkey" from joining the European League...am sure he does not mind Islam but not that of "Turkey" as a Race and Religion.... Seems some big one's mind the joining of "Turkey" and that is why all this pressure applied to make Muslims life more difficult in Europe with so many regulations... Some are taking into consideration the balance of powers and religions...
    Why can't Europe say no to America if do not want the joining of "Turkey" to League...why buy time prolonging with excuses and conditions while from inside they fight any thing called Islamic from appearance to rituals...?!

    July 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      Islam-phobia is;
      Europe's Muslim Capital
      No European capital was more cosmopolitan than Constantinople. Its geographical position across the main route between Europe and Asia, its port ‘the finest and most secure I have ever seen’, in the words of the Sieur de Combes in 1688, made it the natural capital of Anatolia, the Balkans and beyond. In its last centuries as capital of the Byzantine Empire, it was not only the holy city of the Orthodox world, dedicated to the Mother of God, but also a cosmopolitan trading centre, with Venetian, Genoese, Muslim, Jewish, Slav and Avar inhabitants.

      Why Europe can not say openly no to Joining the European Unity nor can let go;
      Turkey has dominated European politics for centuries. Turkey was a superpower previously when the Ottoman’s managed to unite many of the lands around Western Turkey. They removed the Byzantine Empire as the world’s superpower and menaced Europe for centuries. In 1453 the Ottoman’s concluded the conquest of Constantinople, the Byzantine capital. This brought to an end all remnants of Roman rule, who had been the world’s superpower for nearly four centuries. 

      July 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      To be or not to be?

      Arguments for and against Turkey joining the EU

      In or Out? The red-hot Turkey issue
      The argument has raged for 45 years over whether Turkey should become part of Europe, ever since it signed an Association Agreement in 1963 as a first step toward membership. European opinion remains as divided as ever, and we briefly summarize here the main pros and cons.

      FOR Turkey joinig the EU
      AGAINST Turkey joinig the EU

      July 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  15. RightTurnClyde

    I wonder why they thought it might be a Muslim after OK city? Why didn't they focus on French or British or Swiss or Czech or Polish? Which culture had a history associated with events like the OK City event? Are Guamanians or Koreans inclined to do that kind of thing? So actually we can understand why Muslims could be viewed as more likely than other cultures.

    July 27, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  16. Robert

    I can see why a man would become outraged with Norway's leadership. A decent and fine nation and why in dog's name would they be importing western-hating and non-fitting people from Islamic countries? The left wing keeps insisting on their ridiculous diversity which destroys cultures and mixes peoples that will NEVER get along well together. Frankly, the entire left wing view is creating messes everywhere and is a mental disease. Our nation is going broke because of left wingers; Europe is being ruined by an Islamic invasion. Arabs have contributed nothing to the modern world except pain an suffering and who wants them? There will be more men going berserk in European countries that are under equally bad management. I have very little sympathy for the sick bunch of leftist that get themselves shot to death due to their sick view of the world.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • J.W

      Im not from Norway, but it seems to me that it is a very peaceful country. I dont see that their Arab population has caused them any harm.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Laughing

      Sounds like you have a little political agenda here, let me help you out though, we're going broke because of some wars we got pulled into and are now spending an outrageous amount of money on, tax cuts for people who not only can be taxed but should be and a group of right-wingers more concerned about playing politics and hindering compromise than actually figuring out solutions.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  17. SergeNYC

    right because there are so many christian groups that encite violance and support terrorism... wait didn't this guy acted based on his own ideals? How many preachers, organizations or churches preach suicide bombers and encite violance in Western World? How many mosques, imams and political organizations to do that by comparison in middle east? So until Muslims start widel condemening terrorism, it will remain a muslim issue...

    July 27, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Laughing

      The IRA, Westboro Baptist Church, Evangelicals to name a few.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • H

      And Muslims do condemn terrorism. They just don't get air time on the news.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  18. NOOR

    The analysis of terror factors should be broad based, emphasis to be on real reasons not just brand any relious group. It is true Islam stands for peach & justice to all, as much as Christianity whose followers have been praised in Quran that many in them are honest & loving. There is certainly some force working to meke them each other's enemy. They worship same God, and all are creations of One God. Of course criminals & perpetrators of terror or hatred need to be convicted.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • beaconoflight

      Noor is the arabic for light. Sometimes light is used as a weapon to blind and disorient your opponent. Showing some light on the inherent violence, gender inequality, anti-semitism and intolerance of other religions would be helpful. Based on your comment, there are many muftis and imams that are guilty of encouraging violent jihad across the world's mosques. If islam were such a peaceful socio/political/religious system why is there so much violence being committed against other religions and with the sects of islam? Why threaten cartoonists, authors and others with death just because they choose to question the tenets of islam? Yes all facets need to be examined.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:46 am |
  19. Bonnie

    Secular Americans would want more insane evil idiots who claim the name "Christian." Even then, they cannot re-paint their heritage and history. Truth stands. Science proves the wonders of the Creator God. History proves the goodness and absolute superiority of Christians.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • peace

      Yes indeed Budha say "The hard only can be defeated by Softness". Christiany had defeat barbaric killing way by using love. Islam ?? until now they still kill each other in middle east. Still want to go Islam?? Khalid Latif ..go back to Christianity before it is too late for you. Repent my brother!!.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • Bonnie

      @Peace, I'm a woman. Buddhism locked Asia in injustice and illiteracy until Europeans came and liberated its women and children and provided technology and decent education to all. Buddhism is meaningless. Asia became prosperous by copying the West. The Muslim women needed liberation by the Christian West.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • Sunny

      @Bonnie – See, that's the problem. For you, the world started 600 years back. For your Information, the top two economies for the first 16 centuries (1-1600 AD) were China and India – both having significant Buddhist populations. These two countries were filthy rich and enriched west much more than other way round. West didn't exactly do a favour by invading them you know. And last I know, these two countries were in Asia...........oh the ignorance – steal and loot and then say, oh we are the 'prosperous' ones.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  20. calderos

    Too bad Timothy McVeigh was 20 years ago
    How many Islamic terrorists have there been since? Too many to even list.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:13 am |
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