My Take: 'All-American Muslim' doesn't speak for this Muslim
One of the families in TLC's new show.
November 15th, 2011
04:20 PM ET

My Take: 'All-American Muslim' doesn't speak for this Muslim

Editor’s note: Aman Ali is a New York-based writer, stand-up comedian and the co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America.

By Aman Ali, Special to CNN

Anytime I hear about a TV show coming out that features Muslims, my initial reaction is almost always “Oh man, please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.”

Unfortunately with TLC’s new reality show, it does.

“All-American Muslim” is the network’s new series about a group of Muslim families living in the Arab-rich city of Dearborn, Michigan.

Brilliant! What better way to show the mainstream public an insight into how multicultural and intellectually diverse Islam’s followers are… with a show focusing on just Arabs (20 percent of the world’s Muslim population) who follow the Shia sect of Islam (about 10 percent of the world’s Muslim population).

The show, which premiered over the weekend, presents itself as a glimpse into the American Muslim community but ignores an overwhelming majority of the cultures that comprise it. South Asians like my parents, who came from India, make up one of the largest group of Muslim immigrants in the United States.

That doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that the show makes no reference to African-American Muslims, another huge American Muslim group. Many of the black slaves that built the foundation of this country with blood, sweat and tears were Muslim.

And Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Dave Chappelle and Lupe Fiasco are all American Muslims, too. Hell, Detroit is right next to Dearborn. All the producers had to do was turn around and they’d find one of the most active African-American Muslim communities in the country.

The first episode said Dearborn has the largest population of Arabs in the United States – a statistic I’ve heard echoed time and time again. But I just checked the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and learned that the Arab population in New York City is more than twice that of Dearborn. Seems like TLC can’t even stereotype correctly.

A bigger issue I have is with the show’s characters.

One woman is a boozing, tattoo-laden rebel child who wants to marry an Irish Catholic. Another is a scantily-clad and confrontational business shark who dreams about opening her own nightclub.

While I appreciate that the show is implying that Muslim women are more than just devout, headscarf-wearing housewives locked in the kitchen all day, why do the “liberal” characters represent an opposite extreme? Most Muslim women in this country don’t fit neatly into the ultra-conservative or ultra-liberal categories. They’re in the gray area.

The men on the show, meanwhile, are just plain boring. There’s a Muslim cop who insecurely reiterates his patriotism every 10 seconds. I’m surprised he doesn’t sleep in American flag pajamas and that his cell phone ringtone isn’t a Toby Keith song.

My favorite part of the show’s first episode is the spotlight it throws on the predominantly Muslim football team at Dearborn Fordson High School. “All-American Muslim” spends significant time on the team but leaves out that they’re 6-5 this season and scoreless in the first game losing by more than 40 points.

While its great that faith means so much to these players, it would be nice if scoring touchdowns meant just as much to them, too.

I recently co-created a project with called 30 Mosques in 30 Days, in which my friend Bassam Tariq and I drove over 25,000 miles to each of the 50 states to tell unfiltered stories about Muslim Americans. “All-American Muslim” doesn’t speak for them, nor does it speak for me.

These stories bear little resemblance to the narratives of my own or the ones I’ve stumbled across in my community.

You want to do an authentic story about an American Muslim? Do a story about a scrawny 20-something guy who awkwardly spends months mustering up the courage to tell a girl he likes her. Or girls that blabber about another girl they see talking to a guy for more than 11 seconds.

Best yet, passive aggressive parents that try to segue anything that comes out of your mouth into a lecture about why you should have been a doctor or why you’re going to die alone if you don’t get married by age 23.

That’s Muslim America. They’re stories of people no different than any one else in this country.

TLC has disappointed me. But maybe that’s not saying much, considering the network airs two shows exploiting the lives of little people and one called “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.”

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Aman Ali

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Deist 1#


    November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Kate

    Nazi's have killed so many people but we don't still go around talking about how bad and evil white Germans are! Jews are killing the Palestinians every single day without anyone saying a damn thing because they are Jews so for them it is ok to kill! Shut the hell up about the Muslims being the terrorists! 9/11 happened 10 years ago! No wonder the whole world talks about US being the dumbest country when you make racist, uneducated statements like these! Go educate yourselves about Islam first and then talk!

    November 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • J.W

      It isn't only the US. Have you heard the story in Sweden where they dumped parts of a pig where a mosque was supposed to be built? Not saying I agree, but I'm just saying it isn't only the US that it is happening.

      November 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • James

      As an Atheist I don't fear Muslim. I jut don't trust them They have proven to be the most insane of all the religious groups in Their Actions. you must realize a man Will commit all sorts of atrocities in the name of his god and Religion.

      November 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • cajr

      palestinians are killing jews every day too. get it straight.

      November 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  3. battlestargalactica


    November 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  4. DEIST 1#

    All you GUYS ARE JUST STUPID AT WHAT POINT IN TIME DO YOU THINK PEOPLE STARTED TO LIE. In Reality We all know everyone lies sometimes every day about the dumbest situations . THERE'S A GOD ,BUT THAT'S ALL, ALL THESE RELIGIONS ARE JUST MONEY MAKING SCHEMES

    November 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |


      November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Mitt Romney 2012

      Then How Did THE GREAT JOSEPH SMITH TALK TO the ANGEL Moroni No God No ANGEL . AH HA! I Got you to believe in now Did'nt I Atheist!

      November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  5. Mitt Romney 2012

    Smith enlisted the help of his neighbor, Martin Harris (one of the Three Witnesses), who later mortgaged his farm to underwrite the printing of the Book of Mormon, as a scribe during his initial work on the text. In 1828, Harris, prompted by his wife, Lucy Harris, repeatedly requested that Smith lend him the current pages that had been translated. Smith reluctantly relented to Harris' requests. Lucy Harris is thought to have stolen the first 116 pages.After the loss, Smith recorded that he had lost the ability to translate, and that Moroni had taken back the plates to be returned only after Smith repented.Smith later stated that God allowed him to resume translation, but directed that he begin translating another part of the plates. Yes! None of This means he is a platen liar. it just Means God IS LIKE A BAD TEACHER WHO HAS NO PATIENCE FOR THE KIDS so when HE Talks listen Up! Angels HATE TO REPEAT THEM SELFS.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Mitt Romney 2012

    Joseph Smith Jr. said that when he was seventeen years of age an angel of God, named Moroni, appeared to him, and said that a collection of ancient writings, engraved on golden plates by ancient prophets? Yep! thats true What a teenage prankster i bet Jesus was just like this!

    November 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • J.W

      Moroni was an Italian angel.

      November 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  7. powerball

    I agree with everything you said.. my sentiments exactly! But I have to say the last statement about 'midgets' was uncalled for and not nice at all! If your referring to Bill & Jen Arnold.. I have to say, despite all the issues she went through she made it as an MD and I respect that!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  8. MashaSobaka

    People ask me why I don't even own a TV. This is why.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Catherine

      People probably don't ask you, but I'm sure you love telling people you don't watch tv! 🙂

      November 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  9. ZamZam

    Dear Passive Aggressive;
    You have the same problem as most Americans have. You seem to know zilch about Islam. Islam is a monotheistic religion just like Chritians and Jews. Please refer to authentic source and you will know that we believe in all the Prophets as you do.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      ZamZam I don't believe in ANY prophets. I was asking why you do. I am curious.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive


      November 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      Oh and ZamZam, can you kindly explain to me what an "authentic" source is for this information? Thanks.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • The Duhmeister

      Christianity is not a monotheistic belief, ZamZam. Christianity is polytheistic.


      November 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  10. IR

    The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History
    Revised and Updated for the Nineties
    by Michael H. Hart

    Mr. Hart's very interesting book contains biographies of all the following people, ranked in order from most influential to less influential, along with the author's reasons for so ranking them. The book is available at most bookstores and libraries.

    The links will take you to a site on the Web about the person named
    (not to a chapter in the book).

    � Muhammad � Isaac Newton � Jesus Christ � Buddha � Confucius � St.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      He overlooked Hippy Poet.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i doubt very much that i am an influencer of the times... maybe one day, but not yet – i thank you thou for the lovely thought. 🙂

      November 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      You rock HP!

      November 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Bob

      I've got an idea. Let's start a "hippypoet is Jesus" campaign. It has worked for others.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, well the only way for this to work is if i first deny being anything divine, that way i am already falling into the suit of other messiahs...only the true messiah denies his divinity! 😉

      November 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Bob

      It's him. He denied it. hippypoet must be the messiah. Obligatory Monty Python video.

      November 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • hippypoet

      but i like frankensense and merr.

      not a capricorn thou. 🙁

      ... i'm a libra... i love me some balance! balance in all things is the way of nature – the way of all things!

      November 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  11. Adam J.

    As terrible as Christianity is, Islam is a thousand times worse.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you and people like you are idiots and morons... some are both, while others are only one or the other – you sir, i think are both.
      go die as your savior did.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      Adam, please quantify your statement. Why do you say that?

      November 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • turnabout

      You sound so angry hippypoet. Hangover?

      November 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • The Duhmeister

      So you admit Christianity is bad. Oh, you're going to HELL now, Adam J.
      Hell for a guy named Adam. Who knew?

      November 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • hippypoet

      nope, no hangover....just can't stand ignorance at such an idiotic level.... christians have killed more and for longer... so that pretty much clears that right up! But i did drink more then i wished i had last night – if i wasn't the owner, i would have totally called out!

      November 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  12. Jacques D'Arc

    Dear Reality;
    The Moslems have adapted our Judeo-Christian beleifs outright. Their Koran has a lot of verses like we have in the Bible and the Torah and the Talmud and other manuscripts. Actually, we should be blaming the Judeo-Christian theology more than their Prophet.
    And by the way, I am ashamed to say that no race has spilled and killed other humans as the Whites have. So let's forget the religious bogotry and move forward.

    November 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i totally agree!
      i've been saying that on every muslim article as they get full of hateful comments.. you just word yours better. 🙂

      November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • ZamZam

      Being a Muslim, I'll tell you that we believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus as well as Mohammed.
      we have a lot of Quranic ayaahs as you have in Old Testament and Talmud etc. You don't like it so you took them out and called the New Testaament.
      But the "origin" is the same.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      Zam, why do you believe in Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus as well as Mohammed?

      November 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • paperjihad

      "And when Our verses are recited to them, they say, We have heard this! If we wish, we can say something similar to it. These are nothing, but stories of old." (Surah al-Anfaal 8:31)

      November 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Reality

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

      M. White, 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."

      November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  13. zay

    Aman Ali, you are THE BEST! but personally dont blame tlc as much as i blame the people/families who actually agreed to be on this show. they seem to me like they made themselves more "american" for the show. i can spot a wannabe from miles away

    November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • OneTexan

      Hmm well maybe we should respect that each family, or individual for that matter, has their own unique idea of being an American. We are all wannabe's – we want to be an American who has opportunity, freedom to do whatever we want, practice whatever religion or subscribe to any ideology or philosophy we want to. I myself am of minority background that is not what many people probably would think of as being American and doubt anyone would randomly pick me out of a line-up to say "she's someone who embodies what it means to be american"...but i am as American as anyone else in this country...get what i'm saying? Let's respect each other's differences and celebrate our commonalities as REAL, TRUE BLUE AMERICANS :).

      November 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Hello world

    Couldn't of said it better.. AGREE 100%.

    November 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  15. Reality

    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 the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    From the koran:

    o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

    "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

    "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

    "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

    "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

    "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

    "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

    "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

    "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

    "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

    "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)
    "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

    "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

    "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

    November 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Passive Aggressive

      What is the problem?

      November 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • zay

      to "reality" dont take bits and pieces of the quran and use it to your advantage.. each statement you posted is part of a bigger picture. thats what makes islam so strong, the words sent from God can't and will never be tailored !

      November 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Jacques D'Arc

      The same can be said about our Bible and the Torah. Christianity and Judaism taught the Muslims about violence. Only we are to blame. Whatever is in their Koran is all adaptation from Judeo-Christian beliefs. So let's move ahead and stop bickering. And let's not forget whites have spilled the most blood in name of their religion.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • J.W

      During the time the Koran was written I believe that the Muslims felt that they were threatened by the Christians and that they needed to fight them. I believe that during biblical times the Jews were in the same situation with their enemies. I don't think that it is necessary for any of us to be enemies now.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ zay said, "...thats what makes islam so strong, the words sent from God can't and will never be tailored !"

      Actually that's what makes both Islam and Christianity so weak. Man will always tailor "God's words" to fit their own agenda. Men wrote the Bible, and then others interpreted and translated it. The same with Islam – an angel (really?) and a man (Muhammad) wrote the Quran, and other men translated it for their own benefit and their own agenda. God never wrote a single pas-sage of scripture and as far as we can tell, neither did Jesus, and that's where all the trouble starts.

      November 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Adam J.

      When it comes to religious texts, the Koran falls under the same category as the Bible: Burn Baby, Burn!

      November 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, it is the Old Testament/Orthodox Torah that lists the god-approved atrocities:

      To wit:

      •Exodus 32: 3,000 Israelites killed by Moses for worshipping the golden calf.

      •Numbers 31: After killing all men, boys and married women among the Midianites, 32,000 virgins remain as booty for the Israelites. (If unmarried girls are a quarter of the population, then 96,000 people were killed.)

      •Joshua: ◦Joshua 8: 12,000 men and women, all the people of Ai, killed.
      ◦Joshua 10: Joshua completely destroys Gibeon ("larger than Ai"), Makeddah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, Debir. "He left no survivors."
      ◦Joshua 11: Hazor destroyed. [Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews (1987), estimates the population of Hazor at ?> 50,000]
      ◦TOTAL: if Ai is average, 12,000 x 9 = 108,000 killed.

      •Judges 1: 10,000 Canaanites k. at Battle of Bezek. Jerusalem and Zephath destroyed.
      •Judges 3: ca. 10,000 Moabites k. at Jordan River.
      •Judges 8: 120,000 Midianite soldiers k. by Gideon
      •Judges 20: Benjamin attacked by other tribes. 25,000 killed.

      •1 Samuel 4: 4,000 Isrealites killed at 1st Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. 30,000 Isr. k. at 2nd battle.
      •David: ◦2 Samuel 8: 22,000 Arameans of Damascus and 18,000 Edomites killed in 2 battles.

      ◦2 Samuel 10: 40,000 Aramean footsoldiers and 7,000 charioteers killed at Helam.
      ◦2 Samuel 18: 20,000 Israelites under Absalom killed at Ephraim.

      •1 Kings 20: 100,000 Arameans killed by Israelites at Battle of Aphek. Another 27,000 killed by collapsing wall.
      •2 Chron 13: Judah beat Israel and inflicted 500,000 casualties.
      •2 Chron 25: Amaziah, king of Judah, k. 10,000 from Seir in battle and executed 10,000 POWs. Discharged Judean soldiers pillaged and killed 3,000.
      •2 Chron 28: Pekah, king of Israel, slew 120,000 Judeans

      •TOTAL: That comes to about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Old Testament/Torah.

      The New Testament has only one major atrocity, that of god committing filicide assuming you believe in this Christian mumbo jumbo. Said atrocity should be enough to vitiate all of Christianity.

      November 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  16. Carl

    The last thing we need in either TV or real life is yet another religion.

    November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  17. Jess

    I think this show is like any other reality t.v. show; it only shows a sampling of a community. Jersey Shore doesnt represent every Italian person just like the Housewife shows don't represent every housewife! It would be impossible do represnt everyone.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  18. Kool Aid

    I have a better idea. Do it MTV-Real World-style. Grab a member of EVERY religion (including some of the freakier ones, like Scientology and the Seventh Day Adventists) and put them all in one dorm room.

    The season finale will end with half of the cast murdering the other half. The halls of the dorm will be a minefield of roadside bombs and marauding suicide bombers. The commons area will feature crucifixes with real people on them as well as pits for burning people at the stake. The Israelis will send a commando team to occupy Jewish part of the dorm. And a girl who gets hit by an IED will bleed-out because she refuses a blood transfusion–yeah, that would be a nice touch.

    Show would last a season, at best, as all involved would either be dead or in an asylum by season’s end. But I’m sure it would rake in tons of awards!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      I'd watch that show.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Passive Aggressive

      Sounds good, but put them in a big Miami Beach house, make sure they are all hot 20 something's so they can inter-religion with each other and we can watch with those creepy night vision cameras.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  19. PashminaNYC

    Ali- you had me on your side until your last sentence. Complaining about being marginalized, however eloquently, and then throwing out the word midgets just weakened your entire argument. Ironic ignorance.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  20. Vesstair

    Gee- you mean TLC took a group and made a show about them which is nothing more than a caricature? That is deplorable- they should treat the Muslim community with the same respect, journalistic rigor, and attachment to reality they have with shows such as "Sister Wives", "The Little Couple", "Kate plus Eight", and "Hoarding: Buried Alive!"

    Bottom line- they aren't discriminating against Muslims. They're giving them the exact same treatment everyone else gets.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • mw_m

      Where did he say they were discriminating? He said TLC sucks (which, as you pointed out, it does with almost everything).

      November 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Catherine

      I think you missed the point...

      November 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
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