December 15th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

TV show causing Islamophobia backlash?

(CNN)–TLC's reality show "All-American Muslim" is sparking controversy. HLN's Dr. Drew spoke with human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar, conservative commentator Pamela Geller, and Catholic League president Bill Donohue about the show.

Read Iftikhar's take on the issue here for the Belief Blog.

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  1. Marco

    sempre pi interessante, siepramo che continuino a lavorarci sopra ancora un bel po'. oltretutto la grafica sembra anche migliorata rispetto le vecchie immagini.Anche the conduit ci stanno lavorando molto sodo sopra, e si vede anche dal fatto che la grafica in generale migliora sempre pi .se tanto mi da tanto, dovrebbe essere un capolavoro all'uscita.Anche perch scordatevi di avere un nuovo zelda da qui ad altri 2 anni.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  2. hippypoet

    Doo Doo eating should be banned but I will never let it happen. In the words of Patrick Henry..."Give me DOO DOO or give me death."

    December 20, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  3. 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.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    December 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  4. Sam Yaza

    Deuteronomic law is worse than Sharia

    "When you go out to war against your enemies and the LORD, your God, delivers them into your hand, so that you take captives, if you see a comely woman among the captives and become so enamored of her that you wish to have her as wife, you may take her home to your house. But before she may live there, she must shave her head and pare her nails and lay aside her captive's garb. After she has mourned her father and mother for a full month, you may have relations with her, and you shall be her husband and she shall be your wife. However, if later on you lose your liking for her, you shall give her her freedom, if she wishes it; but you shall not sell her or enslave her, since she was married to you under compulsion." (Deuteronomy 21:10-14)
    What she gets no choice.

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12)
    No objection! contempt = death

    Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT)

    Wait what I can’t even pray to Amaterasu without being put to death. You know what F-u-ck you God watching the sun rise is one of the greatest religious experiences one can have in their life. And that’s across the board, seriously try it, change your life. I promise

    December 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  5. John


    December 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      how do you embed youtube one this site?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this stupid TROLL!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  6. Timothy Madera

    I can't believe the negative comments I am reading here about an entire religion. If you're saying that there is not room for people different than yourself in America, then you are one of the most un-American people I have ever heard from. Nothing will be solved with hate.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • BG

      Well, "Timothy" (I always get a kick out of people using "their name") I actually watched all the episodes of "All American Muslim." Did you? So let's talk about it...

      > The family members are critical of each others Muslim 'genuineness' in the way the practice their faith. 'Couch arguments' involve scorn, dirty looks, and nervous laughter, with a generous side order of judgmental proselytizing.

      > The Muslim girl's family insists that she be married to a Muslim, and that her Irish-Catholic fiancee convert to Islam. When he does so, the girl's family is critical of his "dedication" to Islam, and accuse him of "converting for the wrong reason." So, the poor guy is never going to be trusted, 'eh? He never stood a chance.

      > A Muslim deputy is held-out by Muslim families to be representative of "Muslim acceptance" by the community (Dearborn, MI, of course he's "accepted !") when in actuality, the Wayne county sheriff states that "it's beneficial to have a Muslim deputy as it allows us to have insight into the Muslim community."

      > A young Muslim woman with a desire to own a nightclub in Dearborn is dissuaded by her se xist male Muslim partner, saying, "You're a woman, this is not for you here (in Dearborn), maybe somewhere else, because you'll have problems with family here."

      I'll save more for later... and there's -lots- more. Can anyone say "Fordson?"

      In short, I consider this "reality" show as must see TV which attempts to convince non-Muslim viewers of Muslim self-importance, moral superiority, and feigned persecution with every condescending word uttered by these hypocritical, duplicitous people.

      I'll be watching -every- episode. It'll be like watching "Survivor" gone wrong – where some poor tribe members are stung by jellyfish, fall into fires, or step on stingrays...

      December 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Tom

      BG-That was a very good summarization!.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Timmy...so a religion founded on violence and intolerance should just be as-similated into the U.S. so that American's don't appear to be intolerant of Muslims? The Qur’an is an evil book that promotes violence. If you are Muslim, you believe that Muslims are at the top of the food chain and EVERYONE else is an infidel. If you are a Muslim and don't believe this, you are not a Muslim and you are as clueless and the majority of Christians who are clueless about their religion too. It has nothing to do with hate Tim, it is about facts.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  7. fowzia

    @Reality Islam 101,you are an idiot,at least prophet Muhammad peace be upon him married these women ,if you are a man how many women did you slept with? and did not marry any of them? Islam is a wonderful religion if the followers do something that is not rigth that is their business,I wonder 1400 years ago what your ancesters did?frankly this show is not showing Islam in a positive way ,except for the Ramadan show.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • BG

      " I wonder 1400 years ago what your ancesters [sic] did?

      They fought off Muslims invasions.

      Funny how little things have changed in 1,400 years.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Grillynchmob

      That religion (along with all others) needs to be banned and kicked off the planet. Same with the followers. Strap them to rockets and send them all into space. Maybe they'll run into god somewhere out there.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • scott

      My ancestors were also busy fighting off an invasion of Islamists years back. More like 500-600 years ago.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Timothy Madera

      That's interesting. Seems like some people have a warped sense of history. Actually, it was the Muslims that were fighting off European invasions. Familiar with the crusades?

      December 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • BG

      Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.


      Sadly, you're not.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Tom

      BG-You are very good with your arguments.Cool!

      December 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Reality

      And the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      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, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, 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 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. 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.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      December 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  8. hamsta

    i wouldnt call it islamaphobia cuz i dont fear muslims.i simply dont want them here cuz they are the enemy.and if they want to live here they should change to suit america instead of bringing that sharia law crap here.they are in my back yard so they should obey my laws.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • drew

      You know one of the "laws" says they have every right to worship whichever fairy tale they wish to an there is not a thing you can do about it.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • johnutah

      Do me a favor, get a nice big bumper sticker and put the words 'Dumb Idiot brainwashed American" and put it right over your forehead so the people who see you know what kind of person they are dealing with.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • BG

      @ johnutah

      Those bumper stickers are available at any CAIR office. Just call or write CAIR and they'll be happy to send you all you need.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Clayton

      drew, those laws do not allow Sharia law. Sharia law that violates our laws is illegal. The Supreme Law in the United States is the Const.tution. No mention is made of Sharia Law in there, and no provisions made for religious laws, so your Sharia law, like the religious laws of any Christian, must conform to our legal system or be criminalized to the extent that they violate our laws.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  9. Reality

    Islam 101

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

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

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

    Current problems:

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

    December 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Range Rover

      Have you seen that old lady who hangs on this blog who practices Islam?. She is very shy of coming out.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • snshoeib

      you guys are seriously deluded man.wont even deign to argue with some of the filthy stuff you've said here may Allah guide you all.please bother to read the whole Quran in context before daring to make nonsensical comments about it next time.and you talk of "extremism" when you mentioned within the same post something about wiping all the Muslims off the face of the earth(oh just so you know thats like 1.5 billion of the wrolds population today-abd still growing!)..what kind of sick people are you? btw do you have any clue how many innocent women and children american drones have killed within the past year in the name of "collateral" damage.i do fairly well because i live in Pakistan and we hear it everyday.really do get out of your ignorant little bubbleworlds all of you.

      December 20, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  10. Corvus1

    If Christians and Jews think people of their faiths are any less dangerous than Muslims, they're delusional. People are going to be violent no matter what belief system they've plugged themselves into. Blaming everyone of one belief for the actions of others just makes you an ignorant fool.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • ADiff

      Not at all true. Of these three Islam has by far the greatest, and most fundamental, textual challenge to toleration. Neither Christianity nor Judaism have as a basic tenant that everyone else MUST submit to their faiths. They may act that way from time to time, but it's just NOT in the basic texts of these religions....but it IS in Islam. Islam will have a real problem coming to grips with its basic textual dogma that all unbelievers are to be oppressed, and all pagans converted on pain of death. Until Islam can find a reliable way around these tenants in the Koran, it's going to be an ongoing challenge for Islam to tolerate unbelief and unbelievers...and for they to tolerate Islam's intolerance.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  11. Rover Serton

    This is terrifying, I agree with Bill Donohue on something! He knows if any religion falls, they all fall. So, All religions need to band together to stay relivant.

    December 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Clayton

      You would make common cause with terrorists and extremists from other religions?
      Then you are a terrorist and extremist of whatever religion you follow.
      And who would band together with YOU? All those religions hate each other and say to kill the others.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  12. Hasa Diga Eebowai

    I wonder if they realize that behaving like this makes them into exactly what they hate?

    December 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I have never seen the show. I don't watch reality TV. er....fake reality TV.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  13. Hypatia

    Maybe, just maybe, the PTB in broadcasting will realise that people are not stupid and do not want to be force fed. If the show bombs, it's because the producers created yet another pompous, preachy bore.

    December 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  14. hippypoet

    people are generally dumb and therefore take there understandings of things from an easy source – the tv – stupidity beggets stupidity! If anyone really wanted to know anything about anything they could go and learn but that means doing something other then watching tv, and the mindless zombies we have bcome would never allow that!

    dinner tonight – some brains – deepfried of course, and then to kill off any surviving brain cells from dinner... some tv!

    December 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Hippy, sadly, even if they want to sit and watch the tube there is acutally LOTS of really good educational and science programming availabe that they simply ignore. I usually get my Science fix from books and on Netflix but it IS on TV. Also there is football and the Comedy Channel.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Hippy, did you witness the Mary Fields Massacre on the "Toast" blog yesterday? It is pretty funny if you want a laugh.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Nah... missed it. Its been "ungodly" buzy at the office – hence the lack of posts by me in the past couple of days.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Brad

      We're celebrating 8 years without television. Much more time to read and talk, kids with recognizable values – there is no downside.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • BG

      @ Brad

      Well, you certainly won't have to put up with all the blathering lies from news pundits about why the world is about to be blown up. No warnings, no worry. Just a bright flash of light....and maybe a little dust. Doesn't really matter why it happened, does it?

      Do you still have a DVD player? Go rent 'On the Beach.' Now -there's- some light entertainment before bed.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You HAVE to check it out Hippy. It was amazing. There was this troll that was posting as a female Christian by the name "Mary Fields." So, I had no idea it was actually some dude that was just trolling to get the most retarded people imaginable worked up. Wouldn't you know it, I got fooled, as I responded to its posts. Then it let me know how stupid I am. I just couldn't let it go though. No. I was so wrapped up in it, I left, came back, and for, I don't know, continued to post under its name! I know this might sound crazy, but I am so stupid I actually believe it's heavensent, or uncouth swain. Oh lord, I am still thinking about it! I can't believe how much of an impact a troll had on my life. It's absolutely astonishing just how much time I've dedicated to making it look bad and try to get others to think I'm so totally cool on this blog. Ya know, because it matters. IT REALLY DOES MATTER. People know me here. They know my names, and they know how awesome I am. I just can't get Mary Fields out of my mind!

      Ya know, Hippy.... this is just what I need to fulfill all of my hopes and dreams. My midlife crisis has been rough. My kids are dumb as bricks and it's difficult to cope. I can't beat them, so I have to come here to take out my frustrations on people I deem less smarter than I am. Dude, I've got a degree from UCLA in history. I am smarter than all of these people here. I can outwit anyone. I know more about everything than anyone else. Ever.

      Man, I wish you could have been here last night to see how awesome I was. I tried desperately to showcase my cunning intellect after my initial blunder. I hope no one saw that I was asking around to find out if anyone had seen Mary Fields post here before. I stupidly didn't know at first I was being trolled. But when I finally caught on, I let Mary Fields have it. For hours! I bet I got the best of Mary Fields. Oh yeah, I'm pretty e-tough.

      Remember, what you say here MATTERS. You've got to defend yourself because this means something.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      Oh yeah, that's right. Keep this alive. Because I know you can't live without me. Let's see how long you remain hung up on this garbage, made up name : D

      December 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • BG

      " Dude, I've got a degree from UCLA in history."

      So you're.. what? Teacher of the Year, or Salesman of the Month?

      December 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      HS, this is old news and I was talking to HP. Why do you feel the need to stalk me? Your are a sick-o.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • BG

      "Your are a sick-o."


      Nice grammar.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Let Us Prey

      Great ! We'll party. Seriously, I haven't done shít like that in about 6 months. I hope I haven't lost my touch.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
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