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Obama praises American Muslims for contributions since 9/11 attacks
August 10th, 2011
10:57 PM ET

Obama praises American Muslims for contributions since 9/11 attacks

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke in stark tones Wednesday night about what he said were the positive contributions of American Muslims in the years since the September 11, 2001, attacks, in remarks that came a month before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

“Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes,” Obama said, referring to the aircraft that slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the September 11 attacks, “including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child."

“They were workers in the Twin Towers - Americans by birth and Americans by choice, immigrants who crossed the oceans to give their children a better life,” he continued.

Obama was speaking at a White House Iftar dinner, held to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The White House invited Muslim families who had relatives working in the Twin Towers on 9/11 to the dinner, with the president asking guests to stand and acknowledge them on Wednesday night.

“Muslim Americans were first responders,” Obama said, recounting events of September 11, “the former police cadet who raced to the scene to help and then was lost when the towers collapsed around him; the EMTs who evacuated so many to safety; the nurse who tended to so many victims; the naval officer at the Pentagon who rushed into the flames and pulled the injured to safety.”

“On this 10th anniversary, we honor these men and women for what they are - American heroes.”

The president also thanked American Muslims for their military service during “10 hard years of war.”

At another point in his remarks, Obama noted that American Muslims serve as firefighters, police officers and counterterrorism specialists. “Make no mistake,” Obama said. “Muslim Americans help to keep us safe.”

At a time when Muslim Americans are facing stepped up scrutiny – with congressional hearings on radicalization in U.S. Muslim communities and legislatures across the country weighing bills to outlaw Sharia, or Muslim law – Obama called for Americans to treat Muslims with fairness and respect.

Obama called for “an America that doesn’t simply tolerate people of different backgrounds and beliefs, but an America where we are enriched by our diversity.”

“An America where we treat one another with respect and with dignity,” he continued, “remembering that here in the United States there is no ‘them’ or ‘us;’ it’s just us.”

Iftar dinners are held during Ramadan to break the daily fast. President Bill Clinton started the tradition of such dinners at the White House, with George W. Bush and Obama continuing it.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Islam • Ramadan

soundoff (583 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Sobhan-Allah.

    Wouldn't the investment in those African immigrated countries to create jobs and a better status of living for their people would have contributed to stopping such suicidal migration through deserts and rough seas ?
    Rather than holding them,returning them or drowning them if not allowing them to drown...
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n6x4f  

    August 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  2. Muneef

    The Mercy of Allah in Regard to Forgiveness
    Quote;
    "O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it." 

    There was a sect called Khawaarij, who worshipped Allah only in fear and held the belief that anyone who commits major sins was a disbeliever and would be thrown into the Hellfire forever. This is a gross extremism and straying from the correct path. 

    Yet, another sect, which emerged within the first century of Islam, had no fear and believed that sins did not affect ones faith and that as long as one believed and testified in Islam, he would enter Paradise regardless of his actions. Both of these extremes lead to a dangerous consequence. 
    Unquote;
    Guess you have those same in your faiths "Christians"....

    http://quranicverse99.tripod.com/islamicways/id4.html

    August 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Sobhan-Allah.
    Some countries such as Somalia are not finding essential foods to eat and survive the Famine and Drought while others pouring Fruits and Vegetables  on the streets as if unwanted or unneeded Rubbish rather than thanking GOD for his Blessings of their Prosperity;

    Angry French farmers raid Spanish fruit trucks
    12/08 13:34 CET
    Furious French farmers have attacked Spanish fruit and vegetable deliveries as effects of the E.coli crisis continue to bite.

    http://www.euronews.net/2011/08/12/angry-french-farmers-raid-spanish-fruit-trucks/

    August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Sobhan-Allah..

    They ask;
    What is the only animal that can't look up at the sky?
    Or ask; Why pigs can't look up in the sky?

    Wow no wonder it is d-i-sliked by all heavenly religions..! No wonder that upon Jesus resurrection it is told that the first thing he will do will be the killing of all Pigs...!

    Guess out of all Human's and Jinn's Beings who are of that kind not looking up to the skies of heavens will be facing a very heavy torment here and there...!
    But never they learn,taking it for a fairy tales and a joke, no recognition of the signs that are loud and clear...!
    Peace.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  5. ali

    to know more about islam :
    http://www.faithfreedom.org

    August 18, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  6. Muneef

    1-  What is the Wisdom of Islam?

    Islam is a very simple Religion.  Islam simply means submitting yourself in peace to the Absolute One and Living GOD:

    "Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.  (The Noble Quran, 112:1-4)"

    "Then Praise be to Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth- Lord and Cherisher of all the worlds!  To Him be Glory throughout the heavens and the earth: and He is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom!.  (The Noble Quran, 45:36-37)" 

    "Say: 'O People of the Book (i.e., Jews and Christians)!   Come to common terms as between us and you:  That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.'  If then they turn back, say ye: 'Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).'  (The Noble Quran, 3:64)"

    The GOD of Islam is the GOD of everything He created.  There is no middle man between the Creation and the Creator; "It was We Who Created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him:  for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.  (The Noble Quran, 50:16)"

    "When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.   (The Noble Quran, 2:186)"

    http://www.answering-christianity.com/islam.htm
    -----

    Everything from good and bad that happens to us is determined by Allah Almighty:

    Sometimes a Muslim wonders and says to him/herself:  "How come I am a devoted Servant to Allah Almighty, I do everything that pleased Him, I do all of the things that He commands me, and I still suffer in life?"

    These are fair questions.  It is important for every Muslim to know that Allah Almighty determines everything for us for a Wisdom and reasons only Him the Almighty knows:

    "Say: 'Nothing will happen to us except what God has decreed for us: He is our protector': and on God let the Believers put their trust.  (The Noble Quran, 9:51)"

    "Say: 'I have no power Over any harm or profit To myself except as Allah Willeth.  To every People Is a term appointed: When their term is reached, Not an hour can they cause Delay, nor (an hour) can they Advance (it in anticipation).'  (The Noble Quran, 10:49)"

    http://www.answering-christianity.com/everything_from_allah.htm

    ---

    Scientific facts about day of resurrection
     
    In this research we are going to make a scientific analysis for many events in day of resurrection to prove that the Qur'an doesn’t contradict with science and the scientific realities …
    http://www.kaheel7.com/eng/index.php/unseen-miracles/405-scientific-facts-about-day-of-resurrection

    August 18, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  7. Muneef

    Found very interesting...
    I recommend Muslims and Non Muslims to read;
    The first words of the Quran to Mankind was is to Read,
    Read It Please – It will not even take 2 mins.. it is your life.. it is you;

    A clever person is the one who will question his existence, for we are not here to just enjoy.  He searches for answers and  then finally  he does what is better for him in the future. This world is the testing for the  hereafter. Where we have to permanently stay.  Our deeds & sins will come before us. 
    Kindly open link;
    http://islamworld.webs.com/islamthestoryoflife.htm

    ---

    Evidence from the English translation of Luke 6:40 that further prove that the word 'Muslim' was used by Jesus:

    Let us look at Luke 6:40 from my N.I.V. Bible "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher."

    Luke 6:40 (KJV)
    40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

    Luke 6:40 (Darby)
    40 The disciple is not above his teacher, but every one that is perfected shall be as his teacher.

    Luke 6:40 (Young's Literal Translation)
    40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one perfected shall be as his teacher.

    Luke 6:40 (21st Century King James Version)
    40 The disciple is not above his master, but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

    Luke 6:40 (American Standard Version)
    40 The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher.

    The perfection here means a spiritual one.  What the verse is saying is that knowledge is not what matters!  The teacher or master is higher in knowledge than his student.  But the student can be as high as his teacher, or even higher, by being a true 'MUSHLAM' or Muslim, a spiritually perfect and well-disciplined person!
    http://www.answering-christianity.com/islam.htm

    August 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  8. Mr Ali

    I know that these adjectives I use hurt Muslims and many have told me to tone down and not use words that may turn Muslims away. I wish I could do it but I can’t. If one wants to tell the truth one must not be politically correct. That is the reality that everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims must deal with it.

    I agree that the Islam Muslims believe and practice is not the same Islam of Muhammad. Muslims all over the world, not just in the west project their own idealistic views in Islam. The truth is that Muhammad was not that holy man Muslims think he was.

    That is the difference between Islam and other faiths. You may find all faiths are logically wrong, but there is also some good in their teachings. There is nothing good in Islam. The only good you find in Islam is in the aspiration and thinking of the believers. That goodness is part of the human nature shared by all the people. But when these good people become influenced by Islam they are transformed into terrorists and murderers.

    Now that you found the truth, tell others. Truth will set the world free. Muslims’ faith is strong. But that is zealotry. No one wants to live in a lie. Once the truth is known Islam will be demolished and Muslims will be set free.

    Truth is out. Now all is left to do is spread it. If each Muslim who learns the truth spreads it to others, in no time Islam will become history.

    http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/apostates-of-islam/islam-was-nothing-like-what-i-thought/

    August 17, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  9. the great white man say's

    As long as this dude is president, this great country is going to suffer. The losers will be ok but responsible citizens will suffer greatly taking care of the pikers who voted for this disasterous person.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  10. peacecj

    Please vote for me. My name is BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. My father was muslim and my mother a white woman. Now my mother's country found out that i cannot keep my promises, so i am in trouble. You american muslims that belong to the same faith of my father, try to save my butt. I will try to make it up to you guys, by allowing you to build a mosque near ground zero. All in the name of the first ammendment, freedom of religion.This is an islamic request. May allah process it asap – ya habeebby!!! I will even go to mecca and medina to perform hajj, after my second term, if i get elected. HORRAY!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  11. myklds

    God forever lives.

    August 14, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  12. Muneef

    Muslims tackle looters and bigots

    British Muslims' reaction to the riots should dispel any continued demonisation in the media.
    Robert Lambert Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 12:02

    "When accused of terrorism we are Muslims, when killed by looters, we become Asian", a Muslim student explained to me. He was commenting on the media reportingof the death of three young Muslims in Birmingham on Tuesday night. Like many other Muslims, they were bravely defending shops and communities as rioters went on a violent rampage of looting.
     
    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/08/201181210928899563.html#.TkcVYYleq1E.hotmail

    August 14, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Reality

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!------------

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      August 14, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  13. Muneef

    Jayalalitha, who goes by one name, demanded an apology from Chao in a letter to the US Consulate's Consul General Jennifer McIntyre.

    "This remark which smacks of racism is highly condemnable. You will agree that this remark of the vice-consul is an affront to all Tamils," Jayalalitha said.

    The Communist Party of India demanded the withdrawal of Chao for her "racist" comments and asked the government to lodge a "strong protest" with the United States.

    "The remarks show the racist nature of the official even during Barack Obama's presidency. This cannot be tolerated," party national secretary D. Raja said.
    http://www.emirates247.com/news/world/us-diplomat-s-dirty-like-tamilians-comment-sparks-indian-racism-row-2011-08-14-1.413002

    August 14, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  14. Reality

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    August 14, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  15. john smith

    you know at any mosque, all muslims that died on 9/11 are all considered matyrs. even the ones that didnt know it was comming.thats what real muslims believe,the other are just stupid or lying. sorry the truth hurts. try to go to mecca if your not muslim and see what happens.

    August 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Muneef

      Yes indeed they are heroes and in battlefield into Islam domination of the world, they considered as a "must be victim" and their soul will be blessed and become the highest in heaven. Today is fight time for all Muslim to win sharia, to win all the world. We have a target in 2015 the world must become 70% Muslim. Allah u Akbar!

      August 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef (or a fake Muneef?),

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.
      ----------------

      August 14, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Muneef

      Reality.

      Thank you for finding him out....you knew I wouldn't say such things at least not in that perfect English...haha.. I knew I could depend on you although we do pick on each other but still there is some thing in between that I am not sure what it is...but maybe one day we will know...any way cheers and today 14 Aug is my birth day so may I get a kind word from you with thanks?

      August 14, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  16. Muneef

    YOUR RELIGION IS NOT IMPORTANT
    A brief dialogue between a Brazilian theologist
    Leonardo Boff
    and the Dalai Lama.
    “Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our  thoughts.”
    http://www.slideshare.net/ohteikbin/the-best-religion

    August 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Mrs Khadijah

      Holy Cow!!! Still playing Cause Effect theory and Hermetic Theory! What is the Secret if you walk on moon and found Emerald Jade Chinese Classic but didnt know why you walking there? Just live and let die?

      Dream on because Dream is Inspiration from neither world

      August 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Surprised from some one who uses such a name to say "Holy Cow" again for saying bad things about Prophet of GOD and Submis-sion...! All this only proves you are not who you state "A Fake" beside the possibi-lity of being of those who really consider Cows & their P-iss as Holy....!!

      August 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving Muslims like Muneef is quite easy!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      August 13, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • john smith

      religion is important if your going to mecca.i found that out when i tried to go on vacation there.if you are not muslim you cannot go.

      August 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Humaira

      May God bless America and Protect Americans from this paid anti Muslim Propagandists, who sell their souls for a dollar, and put false allegations upon their fellow human beings, and fellow citizens.

      August 14, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  17. Rainer Braendlein

    It is highly probable that the current kindness of the Islamic community (Umma) is just an evil strategy. They try to gain our blind confidence. Then they infiltrate our societies. As soon as we have fallen asleep, they will behead us.

    Islamic warfare is extremly cunning. Don't make a mistake!

    August 12, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • answer to R B

      How low you can go. It takes a good heart to recognize goodness. An evil heart can only think evil. I hope with that thinking you will not get as sick as the man in Oslo.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @answer to R B

      I will never harm a Muslim civilan or fellow citizen. On the contrary, I try to love them, despite their "belief".

      The problem of Islam is the fact that the Koran is actually a war-book (strategikon). The strategy is indeed to make Christians sleeping and then attacking them.

      Look at history. Around 629 the Muslim Arabs started to attack the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). Muhammad had started a civil war in Arabia yet around 622, in order to impose Islam to all Arabs. Of course since 622 the Roman Emperor knew, what was going on in Arabia, but he failed to send forces to the Roman-Arabic border. Probably Muhammad had deceived the Roman Emperor, because the Emperor did not expect an assault of the Arabs, although he knew that Muhammad had united them by the Islam.

      This we should memorise: "They came unexpected!"

      August 12, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Mrs Khadijah

      Mr Mohammed need sword (Arab National Flag), blood, and threat (terror) to gain Madinah and Mecca. Look at Wikipedia about how Mr Mohammed betray his friends. When the Jews and Christians fellow accept him, he betray them and took the city. Mohammed is only a cult founder for Arab peoples.

      Look at Indonesia before 1500AD, Firat when minority, Islam come in peace and try to present their clerics in strategic position. After that, Islam took the kingdom and kill all peoples that doesn't follow Islam. The remaining peoples run away to Bali and Borneo. Islam always destroy all evidence about culture before them.

      Islam is a cult. Becarefull!!! First they come in peace but after that they force you and then they kill you if you not convert. All this prediction already mentioned in new testament, Islam is Anti-Christ, Islam is 666.

      August 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Misterwire

      You are absolutely correct! This is their method of expansion and I am glad Americans are not sleeping with their heads in the sand anymore thinking Islam is a peaceful religion. Just because our president is meeting with them should not be a reason for Americans to stop monitoring Islamic activities in their communities. Today, they are nice people because they do not have the population yet but once their population becomes 30-50% of American total population, hell will break loose and you will see the same peaceful people dancing with the heads of our children after a Friday prayer.

      August 14, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    Don't get fooled by the Muslim community (Umma)! Their Prophet has forbidden them to be our friends!

    Unholy Koran, Sura 5, Verse 51:

    "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk."

    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Sura #5, Verse #51)

    Interpretation: With "O ye who believe!" Muhammad means Muslims. Thus, Muslims are forbidden to have friendship with Jews and Christians. In Muhammad eyes Jews and Christians are a wrongdoing folk.

    Conclusion: Muslims are not safe and cannot be safe, because Muhammad has forbidden them to be our (the Christians) friends.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • answer to R B

      It was for the conditions then. but have you read in Qur'an : it says not all of the people of scripture are alike : There are some who believe in God , and the last day , and get up in the watches of the night pray to God standing , and prostrating, they advice to do good and advise to avoid bad, and they run they to do good deeds themselves ,they are the righteous. And whatever good they do , they shall be rewarded. and they are among the pious. So God calls them those with above qualities righteous and Pious and promises reward.,
      So read Qur'an with an open heart and mind.
      If you want war and violence related quotes you do have plenty in deuronomy and Levitucus too : Which says :: Kill Every Man and Woman and Child. Annihilate You Neighbors.( During a cold war with Russia , to get friendly with Russians were not advocated either. Does it means it applies now too.When we are not at war with them. ) I tell you what , your quotations from Qur'an( pulled out of context) , and those of other hate mongers of this discussion board are the main reason , why Americans are getting hungry to read Qur'an . It is making them read Qur'an , and once learning the beauty and clarity of the message in it, people are converting to Islam. So thank you for being one of the causes for making Islam the fastest growing religion in America. There used to be a slogan at one time that Islam spread by the Sword. It has died down , because no one is holding a Sword now a days. So people who used say that very are quite now days. After every Trial and Tribulation , Islam gets accepted , by those who are hurting, by those who are bold and courageous, the inteligentia and the ordinary the rich and the poor alike and Christians and Jews alike. Even if they don't become Muslims , The truly God loving ones and the learned ones , who are Jews and Christians , When they read the Qur'an , they recognise it , as they would recognise their own sons, and with happiness tears role down their cheeks .
      Reason being : One message , One God is what all the messengers( Adam , Abraham, Moses , Jesus and Mohammed). brought. Peace to all messengers and praise to God.

      August 12, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • BG

      @ Rainer Braedndlein

      I don't know about you, Ranier, but vapid propagandist responses like "answer to R B" just gives me gas. Islam is simply a sociopathic cult that is constantly infighting, disagreeing, and subverting itself.

      @ answer to R B

      When you all figure out what the 'real Islam' is, be sure and let us know. Until then, because your members are behaving like terrorists and liars, the more reinforced our belief about Islam becomes. Hey, if it walks like a duck and quacks like duck...

      *belch*

      August 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  19. Patriot CHRISTIAN

    I DARE HIM to ask ANY ONE of those present if there is an us and them...and you better believe the word INFIDEL will prove one more of his statements false. INFIDEL is ANYONE who is NOT a MUSLIM...and their "peaceful religion" enforced by SHARIA LAW says that if the person will NOT become one then they are to be killed. Gee...I think that means "THEM"..are NOT believing they can be enriched by the diversity of "US" Americans. Somebody talk to his speachwriter ok.....

    August 12, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Gee

      What a christian love you show.
      In Iraq before We went into it , to get killed and kill irrationally , when there was not one Iraqi involved in hurting one American, The world has witnessed that there were Jews and Christians , Shia and Sunni living Peacefully. No were no killing , But with our entry there Iraq became a shooting gallery.
      Even now our young men are getting killed and killing , even after knowing that there are no weapons of mass destruction.
      Who are you trying , pointing finger at. 250000 soldiers sent to Iraq , to kill and get killed by the " God's man in the white house". It ain't my Jesus who taught this. The jesus that I know is the one who taught justice and love of mankind, it's not even my Moses , that I know of , he taught Justice , he fought for it for his entire life, he freed the slaves , he did'nt advocate to go and enslave the entire middle East by hook or by crook.
      You want to talk about what the Sharia Law. Why do you have to hate and create such hatred, It used to black at one time , now it is Muslims. Shame Shame.

      August 12, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • BG

      You're either naive, or just another muslim propagandist.

      So, we are trying to "enslave" the entire ME... imagine.

      There was shooting, knifing, burning and bombing going on for a thousand years there before we ever set foot on it. We built schools, hospitals and power stations which were promptly blown up. The Iraqis celebrated our elimination of their feared di ctator and eagerly anticipated our establishing a working government for them. Sadly, 'democratic government' there deteriorated into perpetual muslim screaming matches, tantrums and assassinations. We tried to afford the people a democratic election which was almost immediately corrupted by unyielding muslim self-interest. Yeah.. that's "enslavement" alright. By the dysfunction and incompetence of their own leaders.

      All this effort in futility at the expense of the blood and lives of American soldiers. And we didn't even want to 'take' the oil. We just wanted to buy it at a discount. We considered it 'sweat equity,' but then Iraq got greedy and all 'nationalistic' (even though they couldn't pull their nation together if they tried.) Add to that the indignity of having to explain to the rest of the Islamic world why there were still American bases on their 'sovereign' land. Crikey... what an embarrassment! Oh well.. thanks for nothing I guess.

      Oh, and Islamic terrorism was going on long before we went into Iraq. Your chronology leaves something to be desired.

      But keep talking.. muslim apologists are entertaining if nothing else. (and trust me – there's nothing else.)

      August 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      Gee.

      Agree with you and the rest are delusioned watching Fox news maybe or know nothing other than what they been brainwashed with...filled with hatred towards the truth of things...or rather enjoy heating up hatred as seen many times from their posts... We know the truth and the Red Indians know the Truth and that is more than enough...

      August 16, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  20. Keith

    Just who's side is this guy on? (as if we who aren't burying our heads in sand don't already know). Who does he want to praise- the morons who want to bring us Sharia law? Nidal Hassan? What a joke.

    August 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Keith

      How about he gives his stupid speech to the families of those who were shot down on that flying coffin in Afghanistan? Nice timing, dolt.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • BG

      An emerging community organizer raised overseas during his childhood, presented to Ivy League academia by unknown sponsors, and later bred by the strong arm neo-left political machine of Chicago rises up to become a first-term senator. Suddenly the DNC sees an opportunity. He's vetted in secrecy. His academic records redacted and sealed. His radical political leanings ignored. His birth records and SS Number-s- glossed. With the MSM on the payroll, the team emphasizes his eloquence over his experience and competence. He has the right credentials. Muslim, black, educated, professorial... and connected.

      Hell, anyone can be the President – we'll help you with the hard stuff.... but you can talk to the muslims and the blacks. Maybe even quell the Hispanics and gays. You'll be a regular folk hero. You might even get a Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing other than suggesting that there is hope.

      Absolutely insidious. Oh, and for all you NWO fanboys, Alex Jones really is a CIA asset.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Keith

      Part of history in the United States? Like the Barbary Coast pirates? Yeah, that was a good contribution.

      August 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
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