Muslim leaders boycott interfaith breakfast
December 30th, 2011
03:32 AM ET

Muslim leaders boycott interfaith breakfast

By the CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed New York police ahead of a boycott of the city's annual interfaith breakfast Friday by a prominent group of Muslim clerics.

On Thursday, he touted law enforcement efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks in New York, telling reporters that "we obey the law" and that authorities "don't target anybody," instead focusing on leads.

The controversy stems from a series of news reports that raised questions about the nature of a Central Intelligence Agency partnership with the New York Police Department, pointing to the alleged surveillance of Muslims living in New York.

The Associated Press reported that following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA helped the NYPD build intelligence programs used to spy on Muslims, and that a CIA officer was involved in intelligence collection in Muslim communities.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Islam • New York • United States

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Baby Jesus


    Being a Christian-American, I am embarrassed by your comments and those of several others. As Americans, we are required to be tolerant and accepting of people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and religions. As Christians, we are required to be forgiving. The tragic events of 9/11 were devastating but were not committed by all Muslims around the world. It was done by a small faction that is shunned by the Muslim world for the terrorists acts they've committed around the world.

    In the end, America has come back stronger and regardless of how difficult it may seem, we need to forgive and move on. Not all Muslims are terrorists, just like all Christians are not perfect. We all need to better ourselves and work together as opposed to constantly fighting and further dividing ourselves. The media and government want this constant tension and division because it is good for business. War is profitable and keeping the general public in fear is a powerful tool. So, be wary of what you read and see on the news.

    God Bless

    January 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • mag

      I bet that your loved one did not die at the hands of a muslim. go ahead, look in the fatherless child's eye and tell him to forgive Allah. I dare you.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  2. Reality

    Dear Muslim leaders,

    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 Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    January 1, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • mag

      they are vile and we have to share the world with them. there is nothing you can do about it. let it go and live your life.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  3. Ban Islam

    Greg Powell, please die soon

    January 1, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  4. Greg Powell

    May you and I both have our best year ever of abiding in Jesus, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and resting in Abba's arms. May we love with God's love and patience, battle with God's power and courage, and walk in His ways and will. Since His desire is that every single human on earth be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth, may we pray and work to that end, trusting in His power, crying out for His grace and mercy. May we be more conformed to His moral likeness and less conformed to the world system than ever. May we bring more pleasure to God, more cause for celebration to the holy angels, and more frustration to the demons than ever. May this be our best year ever because God got so much glory from our broken, humbled, devoted, obedient lives; and because so many hurting, screwed up, sinful image-bearers experienced unmerited, non-judgmental, affectionate, and sacrificially practical love when they let us into their lives; and because we were more zealously focused than ever on the expansion of the Kingdom of Jesus, one heart at a time... starting with our own.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:39 am |
    • mag

      st f u beee itch.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  5. loupgarous

    Given that the tenets of the most heavily funded branches of Islam dictate the hunting down and murder of Christians and Jews "after the holiest months of the year," their boycotting of an "interfaith breakfast" doesn't come as a surprise. I'd also like these soulless wonders to cite the name of a single Islamic country in which the local police DON'T cooperate with the national intelligence agencies. Just one will do.

    January 1, 2012 at 1:38 am |
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