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My Take: Pulling 'All-American Muslim' ads is bad business
December 16th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

My Take: Pulling 'All-American Muslim' ads is bad business

Editor's note: Zahid H. Bukhari is president of the Islamic Circle of North America.

By Zahid H. Bukhari, Special to CNN

Lowe’s Home Improvement recently caved to bigoted demands from the right-wing Florida Family Association and pulled advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim,” a reality show about five Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan.

It shocks and saddens me that a Fortune 100 company such as Lowe’s, one of the most powerful brands in the United States and across the globe, would condone and side with outright bigotry. It’s not that we haven’t witnessed this behavior before, but Lowe’s decision to pull advertising from the show validates overt religious prejudice and gives credibility to an attack on our community.

What may come as a surprise to Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock is that by taking a stand against our community, he is losing the business of a massive force in the American economy. American Muslims are more than 7 million strong and growing and have the buying power of between $170 billion and $200 billion annually.

Studies show that two-thirds of Muslim families make more than $50,000 a year, and a quarter make more than $100,000 a year. On average, we spend a lot of our money on home improvement - about $33 billion annually, according to an American Muslim market consumer study released by Dinar Standard, a research, advisory and business media firm that analyzes emerging Muslim markets.

The marketing firm JWT reported in 2007 that Muslim American consumers represented “a neglected market with huge potential for brands that are willing to connect with them.”

TLC’s “All-American Muslim” is the only television show about Muslim Americans. Niblock lacks insight and business savvy if he believes those who hate Muslims have greater purchasing power than Muslim Americans.

Just like the general consumer, Muslims like to shop where they feel welcome, whether that warm atmosphere is created by catering to our dietary requirements or by promoting our holidays.

When Best Buy wished shoppers a “Happy Eid Al-Adha” in its Thanksgiving 2009 circular, it faced similar backlash to what Lowe’s experienced from right-wing groups.

Thankfully, Best Buy stood firmly by its message. The American Muslim community was ecstatic and flooded the company with thanks, support and loyalty.

A 2010 study by the advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather found that 86% of American Muslim consumers believe American companies “need to make more of an effort to understand Muslim values” and 98% of Muslim consumers feel American brands “don’t actively reach out to Muslim consumers.”

Of those surveyed, 80% said they would "prefer to buy brands that support Muslim identity through promotion and celebration of religious festivals, for example." Most relevant to Lowe's is that 99% of Muslim consumers said they would stop supporting brands that offend them.

"To make matters even more alarming, a full 83% feel it is their responsibility to inform all their friends and family of what they know of the brand’s behavior," according to the study.

In 2006, Tom’s of Maine received halal certification, which means they are manufactured according to Islamic law, for almost 100% of its products. The Ogilvy & Mather study concluded that Tom's of Maine is now "one of the leaders in recognizing the needs of the American Muslim community.
“What they cannot certify as halal,” the study said, “they make clearly known to Muslim consumers, ensuring that they do not unwittingly compromise anyone."

The American Muslim Community has seen a tremendous outpouring of support from communities of all faiths in the past few days. The Islamic Circle of North America sent an e-mail blast to 50,000 people and urged them to act against the Lowe’s decision by boycotting their stores.

We have not, in 40 years as an organization, received a more positive and proactive response from the public. We are incredibly heartened and grateful for this show of support, and we know that we can make a statement through our boycott.

Lowe’s and other advertisers that are pulling ads from “All-American Muslim” may have pacified the completely baseless concerns of hate groups, but they’ve alienated American Muslims and their friends, neighbors and supporters.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Zahid H. Bukhari.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Business • Islam • Opinion • TV

soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. M Khan

    Folks,
    How long would this debate go on.... I believe this debate needs a 'much needed break' and get back to understand each other in a better way. I am sure we can grow over this by learning more about each other... Remember Quran refers to Christians and Jews as people of the book.... visit http://www.whyislam.org for more information and free distribution of islamic literature or a lively talk with Muslims... This is the best time my friends to know each others...

    December 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  2. Nickelback Sucks

    This is the first I'm hearing about this crappy show. I won't be tuning in. The second I see muslims on tv, I change the channel or go out and do something productive.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  3. inez sylvester

    This is really a sad day in the evolution of this "democratic nation." Each time, it appears to be going forward, it returns to its violent and discriminatory birth. Nevertheless, it's good to carry hope in one's breast that because of the aspirations expressed by the founding fathers that somehow, some day intent and actions will merge. It begs the question whether this nation contains within its soul the capacity to realize its potential or will the dreams of its forefathers forever remain a mirage in the sand heap of history.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Farhan

    Lowe's will go to bankrupt soon, InshaAllah..............that's a dua from all Muslims.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  5. 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 5:42 pm |
    • Rooh

      Your name is reality but you live in the stone ages. You obviously havent read the Quran and are relying on the media engineered "truth" of Islam. Why not be educated and give the Quran a try? call this toll free number to get your copy today free: 1-877-WhyIslam. There are 1.5 billion muslims all over the world today and they would take exception to your view on a faith they hold dear. About 9 million of them are here in the USA alone. So be kind to yourself. Get educated.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Reality

      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-)

      December 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Jamie

      @rooh the only people living in the stone age are those that still believe in this 'religion' scam. Doesn't matter which one they are alll part the Biggest scam in History!

      December 17, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  6. BG

    Lowe's knows Am. Muslim is propaganda, as do all Americans who are capable of connecting two or more neurons.

    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/12/06/all-american-muslim-the-perils-of-propaganda/

    I just placed a $1,500 order with Lowe's for vinyl-clad and glass block windows. I also talked to the store manager to give Lowe's my support. He thanked me.

    Then we both laughed.

    December 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • AB

      Yes laughter was also carried out by KKK, get a book and read-too bad you folks are rushing towards a permanent minority in a few years when you loose Texas in each Election cycle – I will post my laughter then with a Home Depot Manager.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • BG

      Here, AB. Let me help.

      The U.S. will never "lose" Texas.

      You have a screw "loose."

      Someone better get on your Islamic school to teach proper English.

      December 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Jane

    I am a practicing American Muslim. Traced my geneology back to 1800's when we entered the U.S. via N.C., from England. I am a multi-ethnic product of the Southern states. Have been Muslim for almost 18 years. Was a practicing Protestant for 35 years before I "converted" to Islam.

    I don't hate my country (America). Have a brother, 2 nephews, and a neice who served/retired from military service. I spend my days caring for my family of 6 and work full time for an Islamic faith-based agency providing social services to anyone (Muslim and non-Muslim) in need. I attend my congregational worship services and socialize with family and friends.

    I dress differently than you do (maybe). Although, my (Muslim and non-Muslim) professional peers share complements of my clothing often. I won't get drunk with you or with your husband. In fact, I won't be found alone with your husband, ever, even in my office.

    I have a Master's degree in Computer Science with a major in Information Systems. I have over 20 years of Administrative experience. Both of my parents ran family owned businesses. They were from the Depression Era and WWII.

    I don't want to blow up buildings or people either. It breaks my heart to see the violence and corruption creaping across the Earth. It defames my religion when misguided/tyrranical/angry people hurt others and try to justify their actions by using God's name. How familiar through the ages is "In the name of God" used by men who are "dead-set" to accompliish their own personal and political goals. (God help us all.)

    I do grow weary at the villianization of my religion by those who truely don't know what they are talking about. But, unfortunately, they are convinced that they do. My suggestion ito them is to forego the rhetoric and truely explore the religion. Read the Quran from beginning to end – we do it a couple of times a year. Spend quality time with a moderate Muslim and exchange ideas and information with him/her And – be careful to believe everything you hear/read (i.e. consider your sources). Maybe you will come out with less hate in your heart and be more informed. Maybe you will learn something new.

    Advertisement shouldn't be pulled from this show because of the pressure of hate mongers. It should be pulled because the reality show is such a poor and limited view of Muslims in America. Practicing Muslims recognize that Islam prohibits the buying and/or selling of alchohal (yeah, really) and also of tatooing. So if you are attempting to portray a good example of a Muslim, why give a non-practicing Muslim the 5 minutes of fame? Why not choose a local Imam (worship leader), a well known American scholar, a masjid Board member, a Director of an Islamic faith-based agency (there are quite a few), or a student or Principal of an Islamic school?

    December 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • BG

      @ Jane

      " I "converted" to Islam. "
      Here's a credibility issue...

      "... the villianization [sic] of my religion by those who truely don't know..."
      Who might this be, Jane? Ignorant 'bigoted' westerners? Or Islamic zealots? Who exactly are the antagonists?

      " Why not choose a local Imam (worship leader), a well known American scholar, a masjid Board member, a Director of an Islamic faith-based agency (there are quite a few), or a student or Principal of an Islamic school?"
      Have you been watching the show, Jane? I have. Many of your recommended interviews have already taken place.

      That's why the show is (excuse the expression..) bombing.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Jamie

      So you have masters degree yet you believe in fairies?

      December 17, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  8. JustMe

    I think people are missing the point in why all the fuss.
    It comes down to the line "Lowe’s decision to pull advertising from the show validates overt religious prejudice and gives credibility to an attack on our community."
    It's not about Lowe's taking down there ads, it's about why they took them down, who they took them down for.
    Lowe's took the ads down due to the pressure of the same extremists who inspired Anders Breivik.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  9. Nguzo Saba

    I do not recall seeing any ads from ICNA, ISNA, CAIR, Saudi Airlines, Edible Arrangements, etc.. how many Islamic organizations and Muslim owned business advertise on this show?

    December 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  10. Captain Canada

    We canadians should just invade america and than we will see who the F is in control.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Clayton

      Please do. I, for one, would heartily welcome our new Canadian overlords.
      You'd have to do something about those royals, though.
      Undeserving elitists are not very useful nor are they a positive influence on your policies so far.
      We have enough of those already. But could you hurry before the christian nazis take over? Please?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • captain america

      Every time you all have tried it we arrange for you all to limp going back. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  11. AJ da Silva

    Lowe's struck a new low.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  12. John

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_6PxnvaySw

    December 16, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • .....

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

      December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  13. Portland tony

    I don't care if God commanded people to watch this show. The show s*cks period. If it were about Baptist it would still s*ck. I'll bet half the people who are objecting to Lowes pulling its ad never watch reality TV anyway. The other 50% think it
    S*class.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  14. Dan

    And people wonder why this world is falling apart could god or allah or jesus ect be the problem?

    December 16, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  15. johnee

    my posts are not shown just because I support lowes freedom of choice. Sharia law is already in america and it must not be allowed to grow

    December 16, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Mirosal

      Your posts might not show because of certain letter combinations. CNN has filters that mandate you break up words or letter combos that might be offensive, such as cu'm in any word, or ti't in any word

      December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  16. 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 16, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • ameen

      Mohammad (saw) was the most influential human being in history. In all positive aspects. He brought light to the darkness in the world. Freedom and rights to women never seen before. Equality to the believers and non believers. Muslim countries were the only ones allowing Jews to live amoungst them in peace when others were persecuting them. Christians and jews have lived in Muslim countries with full religious rights and freedom for over 1400 hundred years. There are about 2 billion Muslims in the world , you can't hold all responsible for the actions of a few that went astray and did not follow the correct teachings of the Prophet (saw).

      December 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Haywood Cox

      Are you sure these violences happened due to Islamic teachings? Why then you don't see religious scholars taking part in these or teaching this? Why are you spreading bigoted lies against the Prophet of Islam? If the Prophet's character was something to attack, why then no knowledgeable Orientalist tried that? Why it has to be you who needs to do such a thing?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • BG

      @ ameen

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      " Media is propagading [sic] Islamaphobia."
      First, the word you're looking for is 'propagating' (which you've understandably confused with 'propaganda.' Second, if anything, the media has been under-reporting Islamic terrorism (thus serving as 'propaganda' -for- Islam.) After all, the predominately liberal media can only do so much to gloss over the reality of your nasty-ass little 'religion.' How much more can you ask of them? The NY Times already reads like the editorial page from Pravda.

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      " Please look at the statistics and see how many are killied each day by non muslims all over the world."
      Lots, it seems !

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      "There are bad seeds in every religion , race, and color."
      Well, 'birds of a feather flock together' (to the mosque,) right?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • 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 5:43 pm |
  17. Reality

    Why Islam is bad for business !!!

    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 16, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • .........

      reality is bad for business hit report abuse on all his bull

      December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • ameen

      When a Muslim commits atrocities the media first and foremost mentions its a Muslim, but if same acts are committed by anyone other then a Muslim, no mention of their religion. Media is propagading Islamaphobia. And you have falling in their trap. Please look at the statistics and see how many are killied each day by non muslims all over the world. There are bad seeds in every religion , race, and color.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • BG

      @ ameen (here's the right place...)

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      " Media is propagading [sic] Islamaphobia."
      First, the word you're looking for is 'propagating' (which you've understandably confused with 'propaganda.' Second, if anything, the media has been under-reporting Islamic terrorism (thus serving as 'propaganda' -for- Islam.) After all, the predominately liberal media can only do so much to gloss over the reality of your nasty-ass little 'religion.' How much more can you ask of them? The NY Times already reads like the editorial page from Pravda.

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      " Please look at the statistics and see how many are killied each day by non muslims all over the world."
      Lots, it seems !

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      "There are bad seeds in every religion , race, and color."
      Well, 'birds of a feather flock together' (to the mosque) right?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • 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 5:44 pm |
    • Bob

      The last time I checked, millions, I mean literally millions, were killed during WWI and WWII by Non-Muslims. What would you say to that?

      December 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other by Numbers Killed and By Century:

      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

      December 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  18. TruthPrevails

    CA is not here to debate anything useful. It is only here to condemn those who don't meld with its hate...namely us Canadian's. I'd like to know exactly what Canadian's did to make it so bitter and hateful to us...did some Canadian woman/man turn it down (I say that whether it is male or female)? Maybe someday CA will realize that we are not going anywhere...we're happy to stay and p*ss it off...the more we see its posts, the funnier our days get. We know we are far better people than CA could ever wish to be...we love our neighbor's to the South and have great respect for them. Troll's like CA need to go back to their bridge and grow up!

    December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • captain america

      Fact is not hate ,moron. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      What fact??? Your hatred and belief's are not facts...there's you sign goofball!!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • captain america

      It is all fact, it is all truth, it is all justice, it is all the American way. It is all original not parroted like a canadian post .Now there's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      The American way is what?? I don't recall it being hateful to your greatest allies!! By the way moron, we're all American's. You just happen to be a US citizen residing in the America's, we happen to be Canadian's living in the America's.
      Now stop procrastinating and enlighten us with what it is that Canadian's have ever done to you personally to make you hate so much.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • captain america

      It is North"AMERICA" not North canadia, for a reason. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Wow, what a dumbAs.s you are!!! Keep it up...you make even the worst of the christards on here look like the sweetest people on this planet!!

      December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • captain america

      It takes awhile but underlying canadian hate and prejudice always oozes to the surface. Explain away your insults to people of faith you self righteous bigot. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Bigot?? Like you have any clue as to the meaning!!! I'm not the one on here spewing hatred loser!! I don't have to like the delusions of the christards...that's not bigotry, that's simply distaste for their mythical fallacies.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • captain america

      Again with the slur, this canadian bigot doesn't even realize it is a bigot. Now, There's your sign !

      December 16, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • captain america

      doc v sticks his canadian nose in again without checking the conversation. Iraq was the country being discussed.There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  19. Mohamed G

    We didn't ask you to Invade Iraq on a faulty intelligence, we didn't ask you to be the cause of several hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths ( but it doesn't matter how many Muslims you kill ). Are you fighting against the Soviet union, the Chinese or a super power country NO, you hand picked a very weak countries who you know for sure can't defend themselves from the mighty of US Military I don't know about you guys but I call this a coward terrorist, if this is not good enough you always have portrait us like someone who have the capacity of doing nothing but bad. Time is up you became your own enemy and your own destructive tools.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      How is that a fair statement? 3000 plus people lost their lives as a direct result of order's from a dictator with close ties to this war. It is unfortunate that men and women have lost their lives in this war on both sides but such is the case with any war and these people fighting know what they are getting in to...they willing go forth and defend their country.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • captain america

      Way better to be an American Muslim than a canadian sticking it's nose in where it don't belong.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      How is this not our business?? Our men and women died in this war also moron!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • captain america

      How many canadians were killed in "Iraq", Remind us again, we forget? There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      It doesn't matter how many in either country lost their lives...one death is too many!! It doesn't take away from the fact that when it came down to standing by your countries side and supporting it, we were right there without question!!! So yes it is our business!! We were affected greatly as your countries closest neighbor's...we cried along side your country on the day and weeks after and years after those horrible attacks. We lost people in those attacks. Whether you accept it or not, we will always matter to the USA...your tiny opinion on the matter doesn't count in the grand scheme of it.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • captain america

      Tell us about the American freedom fighters that were lured into canada under the pretense of aiding canadian liberation then hung and/or imprisoned by the canadians. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      You're such an idiot!!! Freedom fighter lured in to Canada?? My point you dumbas.s was and remains that we backed your country in this war without question. We are loyal to our neighbors and will always be there for them!! And as always, we Canadian's are still on this blog...your little hate filled scare tactics have done nothing.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • captain america

      Mid 1800's historical fact, canada hung American freedom fighters that had been led to believe canadians needed their help overthrowing a repressive government. Fact not hate, history recorded for all to see. Supportive neighbors to the north? There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      You're still an idiot and just proved one major point-you have not come out of the dark ages!!Our countries have come a long way since the 1800's or did you forget what century we were living in? You have still failed to answer what your reasoning for being such a hateful coward is.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • captain america

      Have you forgotten the words of LBJ? Not exactly ancient history now was he? There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Captain America
      158 Canadian soldiers have died fighting in Afghanistan.
      We did not hesitate to stand with you against those who attacked you on your soil.
      Canada took on a major role in the more dangerous southern part of the country as part of ISAF.

      We didn't join your pre-emptive war in Iraq as Canadians did not feel it was justified.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Pointilist

      If your Muslim countries had Allah backing them up then they would not have been so weak and easily defeated.

      December 16, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • captain america

      Doc v sticks his canadian nose in again where it isn't needed .There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • captain america

      I'm just cranky because my rusted out 1967 Ford pickup wont start and my trailer roof is leaking.

      December 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  20. jono1066

    Let's be honest with ourselves. Distrust of Muslims is not completely baseless. We have been involved in two wars fought largely by those who hate the West because of religious differences. Muslim extremists have conducted numerous acts of international terrorism. I think that the majority of us believe that it's a minority of Muslims committing these acts. However, it's time that we finally admit a sizable minority has turned to extremism. When a country is involved in two (well, now one) conflicts in which their adversaries evoke Allah's name and praise him for dead Americans, I feel that it's ridiculous to expect our population to keep placating this group.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:20 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Muslims definitely have a bad name within reason. While I don't support any religious belief system, especially where women are oppressed, I also don't support any particular religious group having all of its congregants put in to one pile...not every Muslim supports what happened, just like not every christard supports the inquisition or the crusades. It would be a pleasant change to see people treated for the way they treat others and not on the basis of their mythical belief's or lack of belief.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • captain america

      Truth prevails opinion is that of a butt in canadian who has no importance in his own country and whos same opinion amounts to dog waste on this blogs sidewalk. Fellow Americans avoid reading this idiot.This canadian would deny 1st amendment rights to any American and at the same time come into our house and insult American believers. Truth prevails is a liar and an undermining weasel. Friends to the north? Hardly.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • Mirosal

      ok there Private Parts .. I mean CA ... just where is it you stand on YOUR beliefs? Personally I wouldn't trust you to captain a sailboat in a bathtub with your att'itude. So just what ARE your beliefS? C'mon.. time to spill it.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      We all know that CA is the voice of the USA...nothing like a little of CA's stupidity to start a day.
      You keep making a fool of yourself CA, while the rest of the world laughs at you.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mirosal: CA's only belief is that he/she is intelligent and has some inside info on us that we don't have. Delusional little puke it is...nothing more!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • Mirosal

      I think CA needs to up "its" meds. Just a bigoted troll who has to soak his hand in alcohol (that's his date, and he has to get his hand drunk before it puts out!!)

      December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • captain america

      The great American president Lyndon Johnson once grabbed canadian leader lester pearson by the throat, lifted him off the White House floor and told him..." you don't come into my living room and pi ss on the rug". For those of you who cannot understand common sense. To truth prevails and all canadians "you don't come into my blogs and dog sh it on the sidewalks"

      December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • Mirosal

      His idea of a 3-some is using BOTH hands, and his favorite position is 'man on top, woman IN magazine'

      December 16, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Mirosal

      CA, I'm an American, care to tangle with me? I can pee anywhere I'd like .. I sapent 21 years in uniform. You've spent 21 years in 5th grade.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • captain america

      Had you "spent" at least one year in fifth grade you might have "spent" 21 years in uniform. There's your sign.
      As to your bath rooming habits , may i suggest canada. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @CA: Your blogs? You do realize that that this is the WORLD Wide Web, right? When you purchase CNN, then feel free to dictate who posts here. We're not going away and you still look stupid!!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      It's called a "typographical error". I have seen enough of your grammar and punctuation to know that you had to take the G.E.D. at least 4 times, even after studying for it.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • captain america

      That is an address not an invitation, you canadian. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      No, idiot...you are so uneducated in what you think you know!!! An address would be something to the effect of cnn.com but given how stupid you are we wouldn't expect you to know that. If CNN did not wish for Canadian's to be here, they would simply block us. Given that they control this site, I would say your opinion counts for little!! And once again we're still here you little troll!

      December 16, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • captain america

      Your opinion is still the dog sh it on these American blogs sidewalk. USA, North America, World. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      CA: You're a little tiring!!! You have no point on anything you say and you keep making yourself look even worse with every post. Do you honestly believe that we will stop posting b/c you continue to spew your hate? It hasn't worked yet b/c unlike you, we're not that weak minded.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Mirosal

      CA has no originality. If you're going to insult someone, be creative. Using Bill Engvall's catch phrase earn you no merit. Tell us about the Muslims, CA ... go ahead.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mirosal: I just find it extremely immature on CA's behalf to only be here to spew hatred. It has still failed to acknowledge what we Canadian's have ever done to p*ss it off so much? Although I'm guessing CA is not capable of answering that and that it is just unhappy in life and needs to vent somehow....mommy probably hasn't woke from her drunken binge yet to fee it the meds required.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • captain america

      Once again, fact is not hate. When i have to continually repeat myself on this point you got to know a canadian is on the other end butting into a topic that is none of their business.There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      And once again moron, you are not giving facts...just your opinion and your opinion does not count as fact!! Please answer us on why you are hate Canada so much...I know it requires thinking but c'mon you can at least tell us that.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      He still hasn't learned what a proper noun is. Hey, CA, you should realize that in the context you are using that word, "Canadian" is capitalized. I thought it was stuck in 5th grade. I might have overestimated "it". I think he's stuck in 3rd grade, and still has to raise his hand, even to mommy, when "it" has to use the bathroom.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • captain america

      mirosal as an American ( i doubt you are ) In order to get the taste of the canadian butt that you have been kissing out of your mouth you may have to gargle with a whole jug of jim beam. There's your sign.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • ameen

      Middle East does not hate the west because of religion differences. Please read the facts. Its mainly due to foreign policies of the United States and the fact that the U.S. is arming Isreal to occupy Palistine, degrade its people, and take away their rights and land. Its like china coming to the U.S and setting up military bases, settlements, buliding seperate highways and other public facilities only for the chinese. Check points everywhere. Feeling like a second class citizen in your own country. Would u be happy?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Haywood Cox

      Jone1066: Distrust of Muslims was started by the Crusaders. It is only revived now by some quarters for their own agenda. When you judge Muslims, keep this in mind.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Pet Sounds

      Did Captain America just discover Bill Engval's 1995 standup routine?

      December 17, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • captain america

      confidential to pet sounds (no, it is an agency code) There's your sign

      December 17, 2011 at 9:09 am |
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