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My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11
Civic groups that American Muslims launched before 9/11 expanded dramatically after the attacks.
September 2nd, 2011
02:08 PM ET

My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11

Editor's note: Eboo Patel is Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building interfaith cooperation, and author of Acts of Faith. Follow him on Twitter: @EbooPatel.

By Eboo Patel, Special to CNN

In the early years of Islam, when the Muslim community was small and frequently under attack, the Prophet Mohammed sent a delegation of recent converts from the city of Mecca to the kingdom of Abyssinia. The Abyssinian king was a Christian and when he asked the Muslims about the faith they followed, one of the Muslims recited the Quran:

She said, "How shall I have a son whom no mortal has touched, either have I been unchaste?"

He said: "'Even so my Lord has said; 'Easy is that for Me; and that We may appoint him a sign unto men and a mercy from Us, it is a thing decreed.'"

These lines are about Mary, mother of Jesus. They show how Muslims revere her and that they believe that Mary was a virgin when she bore Jesus, just as Christians do.

But some enemies of the Muslims emphasized to the Abyssinians that the Muslims had a different view of Jesus than Christians did. Sure, Muslims believed that Jesus was one of God's prophets, these enemies said, but they didn't believe he was God's only son or humankind's savior.

And yet the king of Abyssinia was so moved by the commonalities between his Christian faith and Islam that he ignored those who sought to sow division, allowing the Muslims to stay and practice their faith in his kingdom.

This story is a metaphor for the path that Muslims in America have taken since the tragic events of 9/11 ten years ago. In the face of those who would paint us as "foreign" or "other," we are emphasizing the values and beliefs that Islam holds in common with other American communities.

As the American Muslim community started to grow in the 1960s and 1970s, largely through immigration from the Middle East and South Asia and conversion by African-Americans, Muslims focused their energies on establishing families, building businesses and advancing their careers.

With respect to religion, there was a huge amount of work involved in opening mosques, finding spaces to hold Muslim weddings and funerals and creating educational outfits to teach our faith to our children. Like Jews and Catholics before us, Muslims also showed concern for family and the faithful back in the countries of their birth.

But by the 1990s, Muslims began looking outside our own community, launching projects to strengthen ties between us and the rest of the country.

The idea behind these new organizations was simple: Muslims were now calling America "home" and Islam called us to cooperate with and serve neighbors of all backgrounds.

In Chicago, the INNER-City Muslim Action Network was formed to run community development programs, ranging from anti-violence interventions to feeding the hungry.

In the San Francisco Bay area, Muslims launched a group called ING to send Muslim speakers into schools and to community groups to emphasize shared values. In Washington, the Muslim Public Service Network got going to provide fellowships for young Muslim interning in the nation's capital.

As opposed to focusing solely on the Muslim immigrant community, this new generation of groups worked closely with African-American Muslims. And the groups' model of reorienting the Muslim community toward the United States attracted support from Muslim leaders.

"Home is not where your grandfather was born," says one of those leaders, Muslim Public Affairs Council founder Maher Hathout, "but where your grandchildren will be buried."

After the 9/11 attacks, Muslims grieved for fellow Americans who perished in the attacks, whose ranks included Muslims. We were shocked when some of our fellow citizens threatened mosques and pointed their fingers at Islam, treating us as if we were in league with the terrorists, rather than as fellow victims and mourners.

Those accusations made us realize that too many of our neighbors knew too little about us and our religion. In turned out that the event most Americans associated with Islam was 9/11. The Muslim figure they were most likely to recognize was Osama bin Laden.

This problem was exacerbated by a small network of activists and intellectuals intent on spreading ugly misinformation about Islam, presenting our religion as inherently violent, its adherents as dangerous fanatics.

For all the pride we Muslims took in having established our mosques and families and businesses in the United States over the past generation, we had the same realization that largely immigrant religious groups like Jews and Catholics had in earlier decades as they strove to deepen American roots: we had to invest more energy into bridge-building efforts with the rest of the country, to place more emphasis on commonalities.

Just as Jews and Catholics deepened American roots by launching an array of civil society organizations, from schools to universities to hospitals to social service groups that have benefited the broader American public, so would Muslims.

As a result, the American Muslim organizations launched in the years leading up to 9/11 have moved to the center of the American Muslim consciousness. Many of them grown dramatically since 9/11, expanding staffs, budgets and programs.

The change the groups have inspired has been remarkable.

A new generation of Muslims are becoming public policy experts, writers and social entrepreneurs, launching organizations that seek to build understanding and cooperation between Muslims and the rest of the country. These American Muslim leaders will be the architects of a network of civic organizations that will one day look like the networks that Catholics and Jews have established.

Muslims are not the first faith community to experience discrimination in America and we're not the first to respond by building bridges outside the community. It's precisely the path that Jews and Catholics walked before us, and it's a crucial part of the American story: a nation defined by its diversity and built by the contributions of its many communities.

The opinions expressed are solely those of Eboo Patel.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. rs1201

    muslims deepened their American roots?
    You've got to be kidding me...is that why they were seen celebrating the success of the cowardly and treasonous attacks on 9/11? Explain that one Mr Patel...I know you can't...discussing muslims with my sons last night, I kept asking what is it that they want from us...the uniform answer I got was that what your people want from us is our annihilation...that's never going to happen...so your people had better get ready to be annihilated by our armed forces and the armed forces of the rest of the non-muslim world.

    September 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • paperjihad

      @rs201 Celebating? Where, exactly, were US Muslims celebrating this? This is lie. I've heard these stories. There was a story going around my hometown an Afghan family was kicked out of the local Wal-Mart dancing and celebrating when they heard. The story got quite a bit of traction. However, what these rumor mongers didn't know was there are no Afghans living anywhere near my hometown (and I should know). Not to mention nobody could find an actual eye witness.

      An email also flew around a local Subway franchise owner was refusing to put an American flag in his window, and the email was calling him a dirty Arab. Except the owner was neither Muslim nor Arab, he is a Hindu from India. When I emailed the originatorback asking him why a small business owner would do something to jeopardize his business in such a silly manner, the email sender suddenly changed his story.

      Please don't participate in the spreading of lies. It's like spreading a disease; something no civil society or moral people should tolerate.

      So I read you have decided to pass your fear on to your children. Let me ask you this, is it destruction Muslims want, or simply for us to simply get out of their countries? US backed dictators in Iran, invasion of Iraq based on false pretenses, CIA connections to Qaddafi (newly surfaced in the news), military based in Saudi Arabia (a stated reason for the 9/11 attacks; the bases have since been withdrawn), US blocking of any UN action critical of Israeli treatment of Palestinian civilians (also in the news today the US plans to veto a Palestinian bid for UN recognition of statehood).

      Let us not also forget the West thought nothing to invade and colonize the Muslim world, from India, to the Middle East, and Africa. It is interesting now they detest heavy Muslim immigration rates to their own land.

      I think you need to educate yourself. Your fear is not healthy. And your fear is not rational.

      September 4, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  2. Reality

    From p. 7:

    And the idiocy of it all is that Muslims like Eboo aka Ebrahim Patel, believe in and are driven by the myths of the OT, NT and the koran especially in mythical Abraham and a mythical "pretty, wingie, talking, thingie" aka Gabriel!!

    But there is money to be made with such idiocy.

    e.g. Eboo Patel pays himself well ($131,000/yr) from his Interfaith Youth Core "non-profit" group's receipts (US government grants, donations etc.) which, based on the group's IRS Form 990, appears to be more of a stock holding company ($2,335,960 portfolio in 2008- guidestar.org) for Mr. Patel than it is a "non-profit". Non-profits do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or capital gains.

    And did Eboo Patel's Interfaith Youth Core work for Obama's election campaign as we see Eboo is not only on the recent Chicago Council of Global Affairs' task force but also on Obama's Faith advisory council?

    And did a Faith Initiative grant from the State Department help defray the cost of CCOGA's reports and Mr. Patel's task force pay? (Mrs. Obama was a former member of the CCOCA).

    September 4, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  3. talezspin

    Wow, so much for the author's ignorance and bias. He points out only one part of the story – yes the Christians of Abyssinia provided shelter to Muhammad's followers when they were persecuted in Mecca. However, after becoming powerful and conquering Mecca, Muhammad's followers and the first caliphs returned the favor by expelling ALL Christians and Jews from Mecca and Arabia – which stands even till today!!! WHAT A WAY TO RETURN THE FAVOR!!!

    Why isn't the whole story mentioned? Search online for 'The Religion of Peace Jesus Muhammad'

    September 4, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • talezspin

      This is REAL ISLAM

      September 4, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      EXACTLY!!!! The hypicrosy of islam is neverending!! As I said on a diff post: Islam in essence, when in the ascendency, can drive leaders to hunger for religious imperialism with their faithful subjects doing their bidding through jihad sanctioned by Allah, spreading an ideology that consents to subjugation and persecution of disbelievers, women and those choosing alternative lifestyles.

      History has shown that wherever Islam ventures, it clashes with the native culture, until one or the other is defeated. The underlying philosophy of this doctirne is to spread the deen (religion) of Allah making all mankind Muslim and returning the entire earth to its rightful owner. Therefore, unless humanity awakens to and comprehends the realities of Islam and work to minimise its fundamentalist interpretations, defeating the extremist at the source, their scriptures, the dream of attaining peace and human rights for all earthlings will forever be an illusion.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Payam M

      You are correct. that's how Muslims operate. Look at all countries that Islamist rule, All offer nothing but misery and suppression.
      Islam is the stinking cadaver that needs to be buried.

      September 4, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  4. Elizabeth

    Why does everyone seem to forget that Muslims are people too? The whole goal of this article was to remind Americans that we're all human, and to bring our cultures closer together. I'm only 15, but I pray to God, Allah, or whoever else is listening that I don't end up as hateful and ignorant as some people out there.

    September 4, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  5. Scott Laroque

    My God is better than your God and I'll kill you to prove it.

    September 4, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  6. matt

    I cannot believe this is news. IF you are older than 10 and believe in ANY GOD that pretty much makes you mentally challenged. Go apply for SSDI.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • RonnieReagan

      What is more shocking is that CNN has a lopsided reporting style that favors first Islam, then Atheism, then puts Christianity at the bottom of the heap. ....meaning most "religious" articles on CNN here glorify the satanic cult of islam. If they don't do that, they make the case for aetheism. Then last, but not least, if neither of the above then you can count on it being an article BASHING Christianity.

      How much longer will we tolerate this intolerance?

      September 4, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  7. sarwar husain

    dear all brother and sister islam and muslims are not follow terrist bin laden and al-qaida. but this kind people follow the islam and damege the great riligon of islam. islam is peacefull andhumen bing religon. islam said you are not right to herestment to your naigbore but if he problem with you you forgive them. so why muslims and islam hert innocent peoples. it is truelattion of islam. just read quran think about you got evry quation ansawar with huemenity. today muslims not trully follw islam and quran that,s why thay are in problem.
    allah blash to all

    September 4, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • paul

      You assume that anyone opposing islam has not read your koran. I oppose it BECAUSE I've read your koran and found it full of Hate and commands to kill. islam is the only religion that commands to kill others because they are not muslims. It gets worse when you read the Hadiths. Stop the lies and propaganda. Your cult. not a religion, is full of contradictions and vileness.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • Veritas

      Hi Sarwar...its me again Quovadis....I did not finish my last statement by accident....let me continue here please.....I know that many Muslims often refer to the brutality of the Crusaders......the difference with the actions of the Crusaders and the actions of Islam is that the Crusaders' actions were completely opposite the the actions of Jesus Christ my Lord. Jesus invited people to come to be saved, he never forced anyone....it was by invitation. The bible says that God wish no one perish, but he gives us the choice because you can not force someone to love you. The Crusaders and the Inquisition acted very much like Islam and Mohamed....either you believe or you die....this my friend is not love....the bible says that God is love. Have you ever heard the phrase "if you love someone set them free"? Remember satan is someone who wants to enslave us and he does that using religion....not just Islam, but also via Christianity.....I am Catholic and I can tell you that many times Christianity has not acted like Jesus.....even in Jesus's time many were already departing from the faith with a counterfeit faith pretending to come from Jesus. So this CNN article is about redefining Islam into something that it is not....Islam in America is a far cry from Islam in Saudi Arabia. My last comment to you my friend....my Lord Jesus Christ raised the standard and said that even if you hate someone, to God its the same like murder because murder beings in the heart. All human beings are children of God and they come from God since only God can give life...and therefore, only God has the right to take it away as it belongs to him and not to us. So i can not accept Islam as a religion of peace based on the historical facts of Mohamed's actions and actions of Muslims in Islamic countries...the same way I can not accept the Catholicism is perfect because of historical facts where they acted in complete contrast to the teachings of Jesus. The true Christian church was defined by Jesus as where two or more followers gather in his name. God Bless you my friend and may you find the true path to God....we at least have that in common.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      Dear Salwar – I too have read your quran many times. In English and in Arabic. I have found it to be degrading, mysoginistic, a subjegation guide for other peoples, and a handbook for war. Sure there are some nice passages here and there about certain things but you have to have some of that so people will follow you. Most muslims I know cannot even read their quran because it's in arabic (according to islam the only language Gd understands) & they don't read arabic. It's waaay too early to go into the many reasons why islam is not just a religion but a political and social system and how it allows and promotes pedophilia (muhammed marrying aishia at only 6 & consummating at 9 is told many times in the quran and the hadiths).

      If you want to see how islam destroys cultures – please take a look at ANY muslim country in the world today. If you can name one that is doing well economically, has good human rights records, and promotes any kind of equality I would love to hear about it. I mean look at ancient Egypt – once known for it's major advances in medicine & science – now in the trash bin of history where islam has spread it's cancer to society. It's truly sick and sad – and I've been to many of these places and seen first hand what happens. The tragedies you see are watered down for the Western audience.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  8. abraham

    "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29, deception, hypocrisy, and arrogance are their virtues.

    September 4, 2011 at 5:27 am |
    • DDM

      Yes – "ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" and whenever you hear of Islam being 'merciful' please remember those parts are being directed to fellow muslims, and 'religion of peace' refers to a future peace due to all others having been converted, killed, or subjugated so Islam can rule 'peacefully' over all.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • paul

      This shows religious hubris. This allah god is Vile to the core and brings about nothing but Hate and Death to those it touches. Muslims are the world's greatest enslaved people because they have given their souls to the Demon allah.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • TheTruth

      I'm not sure if you have been mislead, or if you are intentionally intellectually hypocritical. However, to clarify what you have stated, 48:29 is Chapter 48, verse 29. Chapter 48 is a short chapter talking about the tribulations faced by the muslims at the hands of the pages during the time of the prophet. In fact, the full translation of that verse even includes a positive reference to the Bible and the Torah, and is actually urging strength against the persecuting pagans. The correct translation is: "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves; you will see them bowing down, prostrating themselves, seeking grace from Allah and pleasure; their marks are in their faces because of the effect of prostration; that is their description in the Taurat and their description in the Injeel; like as seed-produce that puts forth its sprout, then strengthens it, so it becomes stout and stands firmly on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrage the unbelievers on account of them; Allah has promised those among them who believe and do good, forgiveness and a great reward." (Taurat is arabic for Torah, and Injeel for the Bible, and the unbelievers are the pagans) If you are going to criticize, please first go learn the history and the context of what you quote. May God guide us all.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      @TheTruth – I don't see how "your" translation makes it any better to be ruthless to unbelievers. You just spouted off a bunch about being merciful to one another and to the unbelievers once they believe. While Jesus of the Christian faith says love your enemy as your friend – turn the other cheek etc. Islam is vile – I have read it backwards to frontwards in english and arabic and I can name 20 violent passages for every one nice one you can guaranteed. Sound fun? Ok I'll start – Let's take the word Kuffar (unbeliever loosely in english)

      The Kuffar according to the Qur'an are Najis, dirty or unclean. Verse 9:28 O you who believe! The pagans are nothing but (najis) unclean, so they shall not approach the sacred Mosque... Allah not only refers to an entire group of humanity as unclean but forbids them from entering Islamic places of worship. The term 'Dirty Kuffar' has thus become a commonly used derogatory term used by Muslims, even in song, to denigrate non-Muslims.

      Believers must be harsh with the kuffar while being loving to one another. This will ensure Allah enrages the unbelievers.
      Q48:29 Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves... that He {Allah} may enrage the disbelievers with the sight of them {the believers}.

      Even though Allah could have done it himself, he commands the Muslims, in battle, to behead the kuffar where possible or take them as prisoners for ransom. This he does as a mercy to the believers to test their faith promising that should a believer be killed in battle his deeds will count, obviously as entrance to Paradise. Allah was probably not aware of the eventual introduction of guns, tanks, rockets or bombs in warfare which is why his eternal words rely on the smiting of the unbelievers’ neck with swords.
      Q 47:4 When you meet the kafir in battle, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make them prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favour or ransom them until the war terminates. Thus are you commanded. But if it had been Allah's will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them Himself; but He lets you fight in order to test you. Those who are slain in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  9. ralk

    Moslems are just parasites and this article can go stick it where the sun don't shine...islam is spreading like a disease in this country...just like all perversion is...gays and lesbians and illegals and libs...it all says one thing...black cloud hanging over this country...don't re nig in 2012...time to take this country back!

    September 4, 2011 at 4:54 am |
    • max25

      dude, u are so racist and hateful. how can u talk smack about others before looking at urself 1st. wow

      September 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  10. Xenia

    Muslims need to believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins. Toppling America from inside benefits not a single soul though it may slow USA's immorality rate for a while.

    September 4, 2011 at 4:02 am |
    • behelit

      That'll never happen. Jesus is a prophet from god in the islamic religion, in the quran it states that any nation or people that kill a prophet sent to them by god has been obliterated from the earth, it is believed that god ascended Jesus to the heavens and made one of the conspirators gain the appearance of Jesus to make it seem like he had been killed; and that Jesus will return at the end of time to kill the Antichrist and unite all 'people of the book' or christians, jews and muslims under one religion.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • Paddy

      Well, I think that Leprechauns have green buttons on their vests... don't you dare tell me that they are brown!

      September 4, 2011 at 4:36 am |
    • Xenia

      Atheists has been doing too much ant-Christ thing everywhere, the actual one will never unite any religions. Religions have no common doctrines – can never be united. It's atheists who do all kinds of atrocities instantly without any doctrine.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:46 am |
  11. oyvavoy

    I know it's a sensitive time and I mourn with all of you but the truth must be said. Islam is the true religion and Prophet Muhammad was God last messenger and Jesus was god messenger. Religion is not a product you can rebrand. You can hate all you want but this will not change the fact.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:16 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Erm, Islam IS a religion. As to Mo being a prophet or not is open to interpretation.
      That is the most wonderful thing about this nation! 🙂
      YOU are welcome to believe what YOU want, as am I.
      And I'll SUPPORT THAT BY FORCE OF ARMS.
      I'll NOT support the repression of ANY faith or belief.
      I didn't spend so many years in uniformed service to this nation to permit the first amendment to be erased for ANY reason.
      Or any OTHER amendment.
      Or the ARTICLES.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • paul

      Islam is alive today because Satan uses it to get back at God. muslims serve Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Shaitan, Iblis and Sin and don't even know it. Why do you suppose everything turns violent with them? While they kill, Satan rejoices and when they blow up killing God's people, he knows they go straight to Hell where he wants them all.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  12. Givemeabreak

    I don't understand why people HATE Islam soo much?

    September 4, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Let's see...
      THIS Christian, raised a Roman Catholic, was deployed all over the Persian Gulf and other areas of conflict for nearly 5 years.
      THIS Christian has met Muslims in their own homes. Even WHEN we knocked the door down.
      THIS Christian lost a cousin on the 84th floor of the south tower of the WTC.
      Yet, strangely, I've learned that I DO NOT hate Muslims or Islam, nor do I have fear of them.
      Even though I've personally killed dozens of Muslim men in combat, when they were trying their utmost to do the same to myself and my men.
      I feel no malice to a FAITH that is ABUSED by a FEW.
      We are ONE nation or NO nation.
      We have a first amendment or we should repeal it totally and hail Big Brother.
      There is GREAT divisiveness in this once great land. Either we IGNORE that thrust or become slaves to those who wish to control us and have hijacked our political system and use ANYTHING to divide us.
      For, divide and conquer IS the rule in conquest.
      So, are you an idiot and robot?
      Or are you a patriot?
      Decide now, for your children will either be free or THINK that they're free under the rule of someone unseen, a Big Brother, that existed for generations in George Orwell's books.
      Once, they were a warning message. Today, they're being used as an instruction manual.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:13 am |
    • BG

      After all that, Wzrd1 still failed to answer the original question.

      Say, "trooper," I thought a couple months ago you claimed seven years in country, not five.

      Maybe I'm mistaken...

      September 4, 2011 at 5:26 am |
    • talezspin

      ..because they are not ignorant like you and have read the Quran and found out what the Hadiths say. Search online for 'The Religion of Peace Jesus Muhammad' to find the truth.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  13. Mike

    To Djalal thanks for pointing out the website and verse (http:\quran.com\5\51). Interestingly that verse was intended at muslims who befriended christians in Tuabuk in Saudi arabia at the time of the prophet , some Christians who were friends of muslims befriended some Jews who passed on Muslim secrets to the infidels .
    Thanks
    P.S. The quran can never contradict itself . God is perfection .

    September 4, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • Wzrd1

      MOST interesting as the OBVERSE has been MY experience, here in the REAL WORLD.
      The REAL WORLD is one where bullets rip chunks out of buddies.
      The REAL WORLD is where I had to spend 2 1/2 hours collecting a REALLY good friend's pieces together for his family to bury.
      The REAL WORLD is where I had Muslim interpreters with us, who took incoming rounds, killing them, to protect my men, saving me ANOTHER letter home.
      The REAL WORLD is where I DINED in their homes and played with their kids, making friends.
      But, YOU and the pseudo-intellectual are right. You are as right as Al Qaeda. LITERALLY.
      BOTH are extremists.
      Both SHOULD BE KILLED ON SIGHT.
      But, we have laws preventing that.
      So, our once great nation is doomed from within, by those who seek to have holy SOME Christian law, to rule us all until THEIR REAL LEADER shows his head as MASTER OF US ALL.
      But, what the hell do *I* know?
      I've only used the very same technique in battle.
      GIVE YOUR CHILDREN AS SLAVES TO THE NEW MASTER, THE LORD OF THE NATION.
      Who BOUGHT YOUR PRESS AND LIBERTIES ONCE ENJOYED.
      Traitor.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • BG

      " The REAL WORLD is one where bullets rip chunks out of buddies.... I had to spend 2 1/2 hours collecting a REALLY good friend's pieces together for his family to bury."

      I remember the 'real world.' I remember those who were actually there either having the common decency not to brag about it, or having been emotionally traumatized so badly that it was better left forgotten.

      I told you before that I didn't believe you, and every time you open you mouth my doubts are reinforced. You sound like a war movie. B-grade.

      September 4, 2011 at 5:34 am |
  14. Bill P

    "Sure, Muslims believed that Jesus was one of God's prophets, these enemies said, but they didn't believe he was God's only son or humankind's savior." The author of the article just does not realize that this statement of his says it "in a nutshell". The Koran also says that Jesus was not crucifies, thus was not resurrected. Well, salvation is all about believing in Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior, and in His resurrection (Romans 10:9,10). It is really black and white, not shades of grey. While many muslims may be "nice", they believe in a religion that was concocted by Satan in 600 AD. The infiltration of the United States by Islamic belief is purely for the purpose of undermining God's work to save people from Hell.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • dev

      and here come the crazies

      September 4, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Interesting! As it was a council, convened by Constantine that VOTED Christ the Son of God, not a prophet or something other.
      Christ wasn't the leader of Christianity, PAUL wrested it from the ignorant fisherman Peter and hijacked the leadership of the church from him.
      I learned THAT in CATHOLIC school. The NUNS taught it to me and provided references.
      YOUR source is the thrice mistransliterated, edited for content and provided cleansed by the Roman Catholic church, then RE-EDITED from the same mistransliterated versions by the Lutherans.
      ON SOURCE for you, 27 for me.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • BG

      " ON SOURCE for you, 27 for me."

      Exactly what is -that- supposed to mean?

      September 4, 2011 at 5:44 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      @Dev – ok the author of this article is not crazy but someone else telling what they believe in as their religion makes them crazy? Ahh the hypocrisy is actually funny

      September 4, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  15. E=MC2

    While I do respect that people of different faiths are often products of their culture, today almost everyone has the ability to read about the aspects of the various religions either through the internet, printed writing or missionaries. When one reads and understands the ancient history of the bible and the archeological evidence that supports it, it becomes more obvious to those who do believe in "god" that the God of the NEw Testament is the only God. The Angel of Adonai told Hagar that her son (Ishmael) would be a wild man whom NO ONE could tame; his hand against every man and every man's hand against him. Ishmael's desendents became Muslims. Islam has been and always will be the "false" witness to God. Islam is more a political movement as it was spread by the sword to submit people to it's cause. Today, you cannot freely practice any religion in an Islamic society, yet in a Christian society you can. It is all about submission in the Muslim world and it's people are people who bear false witness and simply follow a cultural means rather than a true relationship with God.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Wzrd1

      The Christian faith demands the same absolute obedience. Indeed, it wasn't until the late 1960's that TOTAL fasting was released from the populace.
      Meanwhile, the Christians ignore the mandatory abstaining of certain foods PROHIBITED under MOSES.
      In short, reject PART of the laws of Moses, reject ALL.
      SO, make up your mind.
      ALL OR NONE.
      Should we put to the sword all non-believers and their wives and children, enslaving their servants or not?
      THOSE are your religious rules.
      Not the banquet Christian rules you wish to observe.
      Choose the strict ones, join the Taliban in your fate.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • BG

      Now it's ultimatums. I bet you give yourself a chuckle when you write this crap.

      At least you're entertaining if nothing else.

      September 4, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      @wizard – have you read the new testament? Do you really know anything about the religion AT ALL? No probably not – in fact the basis of Christianity is for mankind to have free will not be "slaves of allah". You can freely choose what you want. There is no requirement – maybe the fasting you are referring to is some catholic or orthodox thing but that is their choice that is manmade not from the Bible. One only has to look around to see the human rights records and equality that one has supremely surpassed the other.

      Tell me would you rather you & your wife & daughters (if you have either) live in Saudi Arabia or Switzerland? Pakistan or Australia? Yemen or USA? – well I could go on all day but you get the point. Quit with your high and mighty stuff & maybe recognize that some of us HAVE been oppressed under that cruel hand that is islam and it's something you will never understand with your petty "fasting" argument. Go talk to someone who has been lashed 99 times for leaving the house without her brother – thanks.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  16. Devon

    Yes of course it wouldn't be CNN without their usual pro islamic lies....Islam is what it has been for 1400 years...a brutal vicious murderous cult founded by a brutal murdering scoundrel......unreal ....read the bloody Quran and hadiths and find out for yourselves folks instead of listening the liberals and their fellow traverlers that shill for this cult.....just ask India what they think of Islam....or Christian Arabs who have to live under this cruel cult as Dhimmis....and on and on it goes....

    September 4, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • dev

      more hate from the crazies. woo-hoo

      September 4, 2011 at 3:04 am |
    • Andrew Eden-Balfour

      And we wonder why America is often considered Satan's cesspool in most Arab nations.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • Wzrd1

      You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
      REPEAL THE ENTIRE FIRST AMENDMENT!
      NO MORE RELIGION IN THE USSA! BIG BROTHER LOVES YOU!
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
      WAR IS PEACE
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER!
      Moron.
      We're LIVING the USE of 1984 as an instruction manual.
      Way to fail!

      September 4, 2011 at 3:39 am |
    • BG

      Wipe the foam from you mouth...

      September 4, 2011 at 5:49 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      How about you people have some respect for those who have had to live under the cruel iron fist of islam & not at home in the cushy couch watching tv and basically living a free life? I am so grateful to have this country to call home now – the atrocities committed in islam would turn your stomach; you would cry; just to know what's done on a daily basis especially to women and children. Please don't call people hateful who disagree with islam. Islam has been at war with the world for 1400 years and it's not stopping anytime soon. If you want to have compassion have compassion for those of us who had to be subjegated – not for muslims in america who want to infiltrate your beautiful concept of liberty with tiqyaa (lies for islam) and sharia law. Please believe me when I tell you it's coming and it's here now.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  17. indi Singh

    Indians cant stand Mulims. Who is this author and what is he on?

    September 4, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • Givemeabreak

      Tell me why you can't?

      September 4, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Funny, as, the last time I checked, between 10% and 25% of India IS Muslim.
      So, India hates itself!
      Perhaps you should be introduced to MY kukri. I'm QUITE proficient with it and KNOW how to defeat the chakram with ease, with the assorted swordsman.
      I'm QUITE proficient in defeating ANY enemy, both to my nation, her values and our const i tution.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Ali Alam

      Last I heard, the recent President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam was a Muslim too ... and about 25% of the world's population is Muslim. I don't know what you all are smoking 🙂

      September 4, 2011 at 4:11 am |
    • BG

      Last I heard there was plenty of hate to go around within India.... including more than their fair-share of racism.

      Meanwhile, Wizzer's mind is still busy slaying enemies...

      September 4, 2011 at 6:01 am |
  18. John Q Public

    Muslims destroy churches in Iran, Turkey and Egypt with regularity. They support terrorist groups all over the world. They kill innocent victims in the name of whatever cause they like.

    They create problems in USA, EU, Russia, China, India and of course the middle east. In the middle east, they all rally around their hate for jews and still kill each other (sunni vs shia).

    The world would be a lot safer without muslims. PERIOD

    September 4, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Givemeabreak

      Are you kidding me really, SO what you're saying is that ALL Muslim's support every terrorist act..... you are completely wrong where does it state that they go around killing innocent victims... what you are stating or being educated about is that since 9/11 happened you KNOW that EVERY MUSLIM is a terrorist ... America is known for starting stereotypical beliefs such as.... Skinner women are prettier than fatter... plastic surgery (whats there to fix? didn't god create us all a certain way and that we should be happy with what he gave us)... black people rob you...etc there is more to were that came from... BY the way what is your religion?

      September 4, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • dev

      and the world would be safer without christians. after all, look what happened in norway

      September 4, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Wzrd1

      You're right. The SAME is true of Mosques.
      BAN THE ENTIRE FIRST AMENDMENT!!!!!!!!!
      NO RELIGION FOR ALL!
      BIG BROTHER LOVES ALL!
      Moron.
      You bought the moron milk and drank the ENTIRE gallon in one sitting.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • BG

      All that time in the U.S. military with all that responsibility sure didn't help you to mature. I hope that I'm right and that you weren't in any position to represent America.

      You sound like a rabid teenager.

      If I'm wrong (doubtful) I hope that you at least shot straight and kept your mouth shut.

      September 4, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Southrnprincess

      @givemeabreak – Let me speak from a point of view of someone who lived a long time in the Middle East & understands the very roots of Islam. You need basic quranic understanding for this and I will freely give it as I know it front to back. Islam in essence, when in the ascendency, can drive leaders to hunger for religious imperialism with their faithful subjects doing their bidding through jihad sanctioned by Allah, spreading an ideology that consents to subjugation and persecution of disbelievers, women and those choosing alternative lifestyles.

      History has shown that wherever Islam ventures, it clashes with the native culture, until one or the other is defeated. The underlying philosophy of this doctrine is to spread the deen (religion) of Allah making all mankind Muslim and returning the entire earth to its rightful owner. Therefore, unless humanity awakens to and comprehends the realities of Islam and work to minimize its fundamentalist interpretations, defeating the extremist at the source, their scriptures, the dream of attaining peace and human rights for all earthlings will forever be an illusion.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  19. Sammy

    My take – muslims preach hate and commit cirmes against non muslims all over the world in the name of one cause or another. They are in general a violent, intolerant group of terrorists

    September 4, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • dev

      My Take – Sammy's a hate filled nut

      September 4, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Givemeabreak

      hahah Muslim's kill innocent people huh?... when the U.S government ran its way into Iraq and has no reason what so ever to start a war with them, so many innocent civilians died yet its nothing because no AMERICAN has died... YOU Americans have no respect for others do you it's such stupidity shouldn't you all be kind and gracious but no you even though Americans died in 9/11 so has Muslim's you think you guys suffered not saying you did but you people weren't the only one's affected... two towers have fallen, you think it looks soo pretty in Iraq where there was gun shoots and everything you think kids there aren't being affected..

      September 4, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • Wzrd1

      Give, you have a revisionist view of RECENT HISTORY.
      The US didn't invade Iraq until AFTER the WTC fell, with my COUSIN in one tower. I'm owed a debt of blood. My NATION cannot satisfy it, you know that all too well.
      Meanwhile, my mother died of anthrax. No source was found, save for one intelligence report that was politically silenced about Chemical Ali's man meeting one of the WTC attackers.
      So, I have a cousin dead and a mother dead.
      Now, here is a small hint about me.
      I'm retired SF. I'm also formerly of the Victor Force, who would manually override thermonuclear devices and detonate them in the face of Soviet invaders.
      So, DO decide.
      Do I take revenge upon my family's attackers by thermonuclear means, as I DO know where they're stored and how they're stored and guarded?
      Or seek a civilized manner of solution?
      Decide.
      Decide well and wisely.
      Lest I decide FOR you. In gigatons.
      And to be blunt about it, I'll SIT on the thing. Both as a point of honor and as a now, chronic pain patient.
      In short, I've got NOTHING to lose. YOU AND YOURS DO.
      Show honor or be dead. It's that simple.
      Either way the debt will be satisfied. I prefer the admission for honor. As ANY civilized man would.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • BG

      Sweet holy hell.... listen to all this spittle.

      " my COUSIN in one tower. I'm owed a debt of blood."

      Who talks like that? "Debt of blood?" And if you did want a 'debt of blood' (eeech) didn't you shoot enough bad guys over there for five... grueling.... years? Well, in any case, it seems that your 'debt of blood' still isn't satisfied.

      "my mother died of anthrax."
      Good grief. She was one of the unlucky two. -2- died. Everyone else got their antibiotics in time. I'm so very sorry.

      http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5239a2.htm

      "one intelligence report that was politically silenced about Chemical Ali's man meeting one of the WTC attackers."
      Have a high security clearance too, do we?

      "I'm retired SF."
      Sure you are..

      I'm also formerly of the Victor Force, who would manually override thermonuclear devices and detonate them in the face of Soviet invaders."

      You're a regular James f'n Bond. Did they give you a special number, too? How about a special key? You know, to turn off those big 'gigaton' nukes...

      Geez, you've really had it rough. Dead family, mom with anthrax

      September 4, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • danair

      Don't want to bust anyone bubble but Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Iraq was a George Bush bone head decision that had no relation to what happened on 9/11. Osama Bin Laden took so long to kill because George lost sight of what the real mission was, he was filled with hatred because Sadam tried to kill his daddy while George senior was visiting Kuwait. At least get history correct before you go off on a tangent. George Bush, Dick Cheny and Donald Rumsfeld deserve the same fate as Sadam, and Osama; they are without question as evil.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:40 am |
  20. Iswar

    I dont understand why Christianity is not being spread in Muslim world. This could have helped end of terrorism.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Wzrd1

      As proved by the multiple abortion clinic bombings and the abortion clinic doctors in their homes, with their wives and children present.
      Good example!

      September 4, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • Xenia

      Yes, Christianity is spreading explosively in the Islamic land, but the converts – if discovered – get jailed or killed instantly. Evangelism is being done secretly as it is in atheistic(communist) countries.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:00 am |
    • danair

      Usually because you can loose your head, literally! Regardless of what Islam says, it is not a tollerant religion and it's been proven over and over again. To solve the Islam problem you have to solve the Christian problem or the Jew problem by banning religion, the greatest evil in the world.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:42 am |
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