August 13th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

U.S. Muslim comedy tour hits Deep South

By Summer Suleiman, CNN

(CNN) - The Muslims are Coming is a comedy tour that is traveling to small towns throughout the South in hopes of opening up a discussion about Muslim stereotypes.

The tour started in Gainesville, Florida, home of Terry Jones, the pastor who attracted international headlines by burning a Quran, and stopped in Lawrenceville, Georgia, outside Atlanta, on Tuesday night. It will continue to Alabama and conclude in Tennessee.

The shows feature comedians Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba. They are targeting small, conservative towns in the South where controversies over Islam have erupted.

“We came to the South because it has this reputation of being intolerant. It has this stereotype of hating other groups, so we wanted to see,” Farsad said. “We have a feeling that they’re not actually uniformly sitting around hating Muslims.”

Obeidallah, who performed with the recent Axis of Evil comedy tour, and Farsad, producer of the 2008 movie Nerdcore Rising, are producing a documentary about The Muslims are Coming. The shows on the tour are free, they say, because they want to reach as many people as possible.

“We really wanted to make this tour a chance to reach out American to American, people of different faiths coming together, laughing together,” Obeidallah said.

He hopes the tour will start a candid dialogue about Muslim stereotypes - and that it will simply make people laugh.

And laugh they did, at least on Tuesday.

The Lawrenceville audience was receptive to the performance, even when it veered into sensitive territory. At one point, for instance, Zayid joked about meeting her husband in a Gaza refugee camp and telling him to “pack up his tent”.

The shows also feature a question and answer portion with the audience.

In Lawrenceville, many of the questions gave voice to stereotypes. “Is it true if a group of women get naked, that Muslim men must kill themselves?” one audience member inquired.

“We want to answer the tough questions, we encourage people to ask the tough questions, talk about the stereotypes that are lingering in your mind,” Obeidallah said.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Interfaith issues • Islam

soundoff (1,214 Responses)
  1. GBfromOhio

    This world will not be the place it should be until we lay aside racism, hatred, bigotry, intolerance ... essentially organized religions and overly-nationalistic govenrments. The response to 911 was to go to two Mulsim countries and take part in killing hundreds of thousands of the people there. What's wrong with that picture? Again, until we can lay aside rabid nationalism and a narrow definition of a Supreme Being, this planet will continue to be a mess. I applaude efforts like this where people talk to people. If we could tell our so called "leaders" (pastors, rabbis, clerics, politicians) to sit down and shut up, then reach out to each other we could start to make some progress. I know there are some realities of fringe groups we need to defend ourselves from, but hopefully we can take some steps towards a global understanding before the whole thing comes down.

    August 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • chad

      Actually, the answer is simpler.

      Al Qaeda attacked us, that's where the problem started. Our reaction to that attack is not the problem, the original attack is the issue.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • chad

      Since the Taliban was created by the CIA, it really stared with this country...

      August 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  2. Actor

    Actor to his manager, " I love acting the part but do we need to use live ammunition?"

    August 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  3. Bibletruth

    The Bible is the inspired word of God. The Koran is not. The Bible (old and new testament) can be shown to be divinely inspired to any human of any time of any culture.. There is no such evidence whatsoever for the Koran.

    August 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • tsteve

      whats the evidence for both claims? I have never seen any and I am quite familiar with both.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • GBfromOhio

      Thanks for clearing that up for us.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Look again

      And yet parts of the Koran are identical to the Bible.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. stevie weevie

    "Deep South" (Stereotype implied). To dispell Muslim stereotypes. Nice going CNN. Your own prejudices are always on display.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  5. Reality

    Why the topic group should not be invited to your town:____________________________________________

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about "peaceful Islam" and the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    Just a few examples of Muslim "humor":

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

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

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

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

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) – Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • sam

      The actual book of Islam actually preaches peace and kindness, just as the bible does. There are extremists on both sides that give a terrible interpretation of the words of Mohammad and cause violence. If everyone actually practiced what the Koran or Bible says there would be no wars.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Scott in NH

      test (posts aren't appearing)

      August 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Scott in NH

      Okay, I tried to list 22 non Muslim atrocities, but I can't get it to post. But, the point you are trying to make, that all the majority of atrocities in the world are committed by Muslims, pretty dumb.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Roger

      I am not Muslim but how about a list of people killed in the name of Christianity. The number would be a lot higher..... The inquisition for example. Even the Holocaust can be included because it was driven by Christian hate.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • MO

      Christians killed 50 milions in WWII, 6 milions of them are jews
      American christians killed half a milion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
      Serbian christians killed a quarter milion armless bosnian in 1990's
      None of the above considerED terrorists group
      and you blame LL muslims on the act of Alqaeda terrorism group

      August 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Webhoncho

      Well, if you're going to selectively quote history and go back centuries .. let consider, say... the 11-16th century. I loved the Medieval and then the Spanish Inquisitions – those were the days we long for – the public tortures and burning alive... Yes, those Vatican and then local Catholic sanctioned missions were so much fun.



      [The door flies open and Cardinal Ximinez of Spain [Palin] enters, flanked by two junior cardinals. Cardinal Biggles [Jones] has goggles pushed over his forehead. Cardinal Fang [Gilliam] is just Cardinal Fang]

      Ximinez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again."

      August 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Reality

      Why the topic group should not be invited to your town:............................................................................................

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

      Then we can talk about "peaceful Islam" and the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      August 15, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      August 15, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  6. andrewsome

    Like the Pope said" Other than butchery what did Muhammad bring to the world."

    August 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • james

      Is this the same pedophile Pope that appointed a bunch of pedophile priests and pout them in charge of children?

      August 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • andrewsome

      I quote the pope because I like touching little boys, and the Nazi youth

      August 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • andrewsome

      James your kind knows all about pediphilia

      August 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      He who impersonates on these blogs
      rolls his crap in little logs
      he hides and thinks he's such a wit
      let him eat those logs of...

      August 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Andrew

      VERY TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • andrewsome

      If all Muslims are terrorists, then all Catholics are pedephils. That would make sense with this kind of logic

      August 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      I am amused that I can rhyme so well. Now, if I didn't have my head up my...

      August 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      last poster is the simple wit
      who eats the little logs of...

      August 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  7. Scott in NH

    I'm a Jew from New England, I'm not cheap, wealthy, and I don't control any banks. My Muslim friends are some of the kindest and most gentle people I know, they don't care that I'm Jewish and wouldn't hurt a fly. My relatives in Alabama have collge degrees and know how to read just fine. Last week I went to Legal Seafoods and it was filled with African Americans wearing dress shirts and ties and talking about work and family. The only way you can really believe stereotypes about Muslims, Southerners, etc. is if you don't actually know any.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • MAL

      I totally agree with you. I am a Christian who has the good fortune to work with Muslims, Jews, and Hindus. They are all good, decent, compassionate people. I wish more people had the opportunity to actually know those of other faiths. Do I believe Christianity is the 'right' religion...yes. Do I believe any that don't share my beliefs are evil...NO.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • GBfromOhio

      MAL, very condenscending of you. Basically you believe these non-Christian folks are nice, even though they are going to burn in hell for all of eternity after they die. Organized religions make me ill.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  8. justan opinion

    where'd they find the "women" in the video they look like camels.they should cover their faces

    August 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • justan opinion

      I am an ignorant person

      August 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • andrewsome

      Sadly generation of incest started when Muhammod married 6 year old iesha has left them no other recourse other than bag their women(burka) or the world would know they all screw skags

      August 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • andrewsome

      I, too, am an ignorant person. Hooray for ignorant America!!

      August 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  9. andrewsome

    Sadly, like the Jew says" The wool you are pulling over my eyes is 50% cotton." Call me prejudice, but they are not funny. Stupid yea but not funny. Maybe if they said "Mullah Zawierdo takes it up the crescent moon" some one would have laughed.They say we dont understand them but the opposite is truth.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  10. Lord Vokk

    You want truth...here is truth....
    Name one predominately Islamic country that is not on international list of low morals...
    Name one predominately Islamic country that has not had issues maintaining control of its people within the last 7 years...
    Name one predominately Islamic country that hasn't had major religious infractions in the last 7 years...
    Name one predominately Islamic country that has had a stable goverment for more than 10 years in which its people were not subject to complete rule....
    The truth about Islam is that it is a system, not just a religion. Look at the places that Islam has taken root and see if it looks like the system of Islam has brought about positive change.
    Ask yourself this one basic question, why is it that Islam blast Jews, yet claim to pray to the same God as the Jews?
    As a previous poster said, there are many of books about Islam.....read them, but make sure that your read some that represent both sides, so that you get a full picture.
    As with many things, its not the followers that are to blame, its the leaders.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Scott from NH

      Apparently you haven't seen the largest Muslim nation in the world, Indonesia, which has a Democracy, a vibrant capitalist economy, and plenty of Christians and Hindus living among them. Or Turkey, which is also a Democracy, well liked by everyone in the Middle East and Europe, has tourists from Israel, and is also doing fantastic economically. Or, how about the Maldives, which is filled with five star resorts with Christian and Muslim patrons alike, and also has elections. Or Malaysia? The UAE?

      August 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Josephus


      August 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Lord Vokk

      @Scott from NH. All great examples. Now, peel back the covers and really look at those places. I know people that are either from or have resently worked in all except one of the countries that you have mentioned. I consider them to all be worthy first hand resources.

      August 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Sahar

      If you knew anything about the muslims world, you would have cited for example MOROCCO (where I'm from, so your pathetic excuse "you have to see how things are going on there" doesn't work with me because I do live there). And of course many of the countries Scott have cited, especially Turkey.
      For example, you would know that Morocco have been a state nation for more than 15 centuries, has been one of the rare countries to protect jews in WWII, and where new churches are regularly being built due to the important immigration of european people especially french.
      And please, go actually read some books about theology before talking non sense.
      Oh and also, you really need to stop with that obsession of yours that consists in separating muslims from other people as if we hated them, because we do love our jews and chrisitans brothers and btw, since you have cited no sources, I'll cite mine:
      Muhammad peace be upon him said: “Whoever hurts a non Muslim, I shall be his complainant and for whoever I am a complainant, I shall ask for his right on the day of Resurrection.”
      He also said: “ Whoever persecutes a non Muslim or demands work from him beyond his capacity or takes something from him with evil intentions, I shall be a complainant against him on the day of Resurrection.”
      And the last hadith: “ One who hurts a non-Muslim, he hurts me and one who hurts me, hurts God.”

      Ohhh, how silly am I, I forgot this beautiful verse from the Quran:
      “ Do not argue with the people of the Book, unless it is in the politest manner.”(29:46)
      Of course people of the Book means christians and jews, they're called this way because they believe in the same books than us (minus the Quran): the bible and the torah.


      August 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  11. Bj

    Why don't they show us a poster of muhammed sleeping with a dozen virgin boys. That will make me laugh my ass off.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • james

      You can always get off by watching Warren Jeffs (your righteous Christian priest). You xenophobic bigot!

      August 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      your prejudice is showing ,jeffs claims Mormon, but he is not a Mormon and he is not a Christian,jeffs is and has been a criminal ,period!

      August 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • james

      @herbert juarez Your argument is laughable. If a Muslim commits a crime all Muslims are criminals. If a christian (of any sct.) commits a crime he is not a *true* christian.

      This is a classic case of "not a true scottsman" argument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

      August 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @ he never was either a Christian or a Mormon, if you don't know what you are talking about leave it alone.There are Christians and Mormons who have done bad things, it just so happens jeffs was never one of them!

      August 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      I take that back James. I googled Warren Jeffs, and he was in fact a Christian. I just talk out of my *** at times because I am a hateful person. You win James. Next time...

      August 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @herbert juarez

      Hello -Herbert...

      I believe that you have posted in the past about "Mormon's are not Christians" as if it were an absolute objective fact.

      Now, I don't really give a hoot one way or another, as I really don't have any 'skin in the game' to prove your assertions true of false one way or the other.

      However, I am often interested in reading your postings and getting your 'opinions' on things you write.

      I found this simple discussion online, with someone posting an answer to the question..."Are Mormon's Christian...?"

      This is what I found. I am curious to your comments, if you are willing and able to get around to this:
      "Are Mormon's Christian...?"

      " The answer to the question (depends entirely upon your definition of "Christian)."

      If you define Christians as those who believe in Jesus Christ, then yes, Mormons are Christians. Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as the only name under heaven given to man, whereby they can be saved. They believe their church to be a Restorationist Christian denomination. This means that they are not Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox, but that Jesus Christ restored his church to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. They believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. They believe that He suffered and died so that we might be saved and return to live with God, the Father. Pictures of Christ adorn their church walls, prayers are said in the name of Christ, the communion or sacrament of the Lord's supper is performed nearly every week, and sermons and lessons often focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

      On the other hand, if you define "Christian" more 'narrowly', as is popular among many contemporary 'Evangelical Christians', as those who believe certain things about Christ then, no, Mormons are not traditional Christians. One of the doctrines which separate Mormons from traditional Christians is their complete rejection of the Trinity. Mormons believe that The Father and The Son (Jesus Christ) have separate, glorified bodies of flesh and bone. They believe them to be One in purpose, but not just one God.

      Another doctrine which separates Mormons from traditional Christians is the role of the Holy Bible. Mormons believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly. They also believe in other scriptures and in continuing revelation. Other Christians believe that the Holy Bible is the infallible Word of God, and that no other book can compare to it.


      So, what do ya' think -Herbert...?


      August 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      he who impersonates on these blogs
      rolls his feces in little logs
      he hides and thinks that he's a wit
      why don't he eat those logs of...
      keep typing moron ,you'll be easier to trace than a phone call.

      August 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @peace2all posted a reply to you,it appears on page 17 for some reason.

      August 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  12. Weird beard

    It's all fun and games till one of them starts bombing

    August 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  13. justan opinion

    i'm a very proud muslim! very proud my father is a donkey and my mother is a camel

    August 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • justan opinion

      I am a very proud American, because my ancestors had each other's sisters, and without the Muslims, i'd still be pushing a square wheel

      August 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  14. Plexie

    I like to mention Muslim violence, but will never admit that Christianity is just as violent. I am a fool, whatever I say...

    August 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • lathebiosas

      Historically you are correct. Ilsam is where Christianity was 600 years ago. Maybe somedeay all will evolve and realize it's just up to us.....

      August 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • lathebiosas

      historically, I am an idiot

      August 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  15. robert m

    Gainesville, Florida is home to a major research university and medical center.
    Gainesville, Florida has one of the highest per capita rates of doctors (MD and PhD) in the United States. FACT.
    The University of Florida has more National Merit Scholars in its incoming freshman class than any other public college in the US. FACT.
    Gainesville Buchholz High School's Math Team is the 5-TIME DEFENDING National Champ. FACT.
    Gainesville Eastside High School and Buchholz are consistently rated by US News and World Report as two of the best public schools in the US. FACT.

    Ayup....bunch of inbred, slack-jawed yokels down yonder...

    August 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • lathebiosas

      None are from there....

      August 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  16. Two Witnesses

    ....and for some reason....."Muslim" and "Comic" just doesn't seem to fit together well.....

    August 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  17. Abdalla

    Sharia, coming to the U.S. soon, we are working on it.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Abdallah

      I'm an American Muslim, and not sure what you are talking about. Can you tell me in what form is it coming to America?

      August 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  18. Two Witnesses

    ....wait a sec....we made fun of Allah and they lobbed a freakin' fatwar at us...so...don't be makin' fun of us rednecks, or we'll fatwar yer a$$es!

    August 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  19. David

    Pretty insulting move. To imply that an entire region is so backwards and bigoted that it warrants a special visit to 'educate' and 'inform' the locals? Arrogant is probably a better word.

    August 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • kosh

      Did you forget, they are talking about the deep south.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  20. SouthernPride

    I don't care how you do it up north...

    August 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • SouthernPride

      ...because I am proud to be ignorant

      August 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • bananaspy

      Then you are the worst kind of person, a disgrace to the human mind.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
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