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. hamsta

    isnt it funny that u cant get these muslims to admit that 9/11 was committed by muslims?maybe if we treat them how my german ancestors were treated as a result of the nazi regime terrorism would disappear.the german citizens were told that the atrocities commited by the nazi party was their fault that they could have prevented it and chose not to and finally they were told that they would clean up their own mess and were held to it.how many nazis do u see today other than obama and the white supremists?the very definition of a nazi is national socialist workers party.obama is a socialist,as all nazis are.thats a fact told to u by a descendent of a survivor of nazi germany.treat the muslims as my ancestors were and terrorists will disappear as did the nazi party.

    January 1, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  2. Iqbal Khan

    Happy new Year to ALL!
    May this New Year bring the best for all of us,
    May there be no more wars
    May we don't start another War
    No matter what
    Lets end all Wars big or small
    Lets end the occupation,subjucation and undue restrictions on all
    May we Live, Love and let Live all,
    We save the seals,the whales,the Tigers and the Forests we worry for the one inthe wombs
    Yet we kill innocent, women,childern,old and young and we call colletral,pre-emptive terror -ist or for peace
    May God give us some sense to understand our actions before we do wrong!

    December 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Check other articles .......

    December 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  4. Bob

    Break the chains. Be free of religion and other supersti-tions in 2012.

    and Keith, get a life.

    December 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Keith

      I have a life, Bob. Eternal life. How about you?

      December 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Keith..you have no idea what an eternity is..I hope that for your sake you are wrong.. which of course you are. If you get bored on a wet afternoon in June, think about an eternity of that....

      December 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can you imagine spending eternity with a bore like Keith?

      Wait. That would be Hell.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • fred

      Eternity may well represent timelessness or a different state since none of us have ever experienced it we can only imagine. Consider a moment of joy the continues in a never ending never beginning fashion or as you say rainy day without beginning or end. This is why believers die "in Christ" and it is in Christ that we come into that eternal rest. An atheist may think nothingness is the same thing yet I cannot imagine spending an eternity in nothingness I would rather spend it in Christ. Hindus my find the final utopia where reincarnation stops and you reach a point of nothingness exciting yet I can think of much better ways to spend eternity. Good news this life goes by so fast it is hardly unoticed yet determines your eternity.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • fred

      Tom tom
      Look out because it is God who will decide your eternity so careful what you wish for. God may give you the choice between Heaven Sent and Fred for you know.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure, ferd burfel. I'm a-skeert of your imaginary pal.

      If I must endure morons like you and Keith in life, then hell will be a breeze.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • A wild hunch

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son is the name of her vib.rator, or date, or both

      December 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Projecting again, honey? What's the matter? Couldn't get your sister to pretend to be your date for tonight? Spending it with Rosy Palm instead? Poor little kid.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Keith

    Waaaahhh, The clowns who boycotted should recieve MORE surveilence yet. Deport them. Was Imam Rauf one of them? Deport him, too.

    December 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • Bob

      Break the chains. Ask some questions. Be free of religion and other supersti-tions in 2012.

      and Keith, get a life.

      December 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  6. hamsta

    @thetruth-if u werent such a liberal dork u would realize if there was such a thing as an all american muslim that they would denounce the muslims that drove airplanes into the twin towers and realize that if they dress like the terrorists then thats how they will be portrayed.i say return fire for fire,boycott the muslims.its not fair that the tsa molests american children if they want to board an airplane-no muslims should be alowed to board a plane if they cant look speak and act like an american as well as denounce the terrorists.dont even try to pull the race card-black people didnt blow up the twin towers and pentagon,muslims did that.

    December 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Bob

    Break the chains. Ask some questions. Be free of religion and other supersti-tions in 2012.

    December 31, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Keith

      Get a life.

      December 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Bob

      Break the chains. Do some research. Be free of religion and other supersti-tions in 2012.

      and Keith, get a life.

      December 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm |

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    December 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  9. tea party

    Bill Maher is awesome..

    December 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  10. hamsta

    @ted409 there is no such thing as anall american muslim.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Good for them after all they were told in many ways that they are suspected and unwanted so why bother to sit with islam-phobics whether are of other faiths or non faiths...
    As it seems your actions are discomforting the majorities and that will bring out reversed reactions...

    December 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  12. Higgs Bosun

    there is no such thing as a prominent muslim cleric or a prominent christian cleric or a prominent jewish rabbi...all of these idiots believe "alice in wonderland" is a true story

    December 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • DaveMKE

      What do you have against non-Euclidian math? And for that matter, what does it have to do with a religion-oriented blog post?

      December 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Higgs Bosun

      it´s all about the god particle dude

      December 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  13. TheTruth

    You all are pathetic and completely ignorant. The fact that you all are capable of even reading is quite impressive, given how ignorant and uneducated you all clearly are. Nowhere in Islam or in the Quran is there anything about converting anyone else of any other faith and, if they don't, to kill them. That was Christianity during the Crusades...or anytime Christians found new land or peoples that were not white. Oh wait, you guys probably don't know anything about that, a bit beyond your capabilities.

    Just like in any religion, there are extremists. The most recent TERRORIST attacks and atrocities in the US have been committed by WHITE CHRISTIAN MALES! You cannot take 1 person or 1 small group of a dozen or so individuals and have them represent hundreds of millions or billions of other people. Do not be quick to judge those that are different or things which you do not understand. You just make yourself look stupid...oh wait, you already did that.

    Now, go eat your bacon and choke on it 🙂

    December 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      So how are we supposed to tell the difference. ALL the 9/11 terrorists were only Muslims. If it walks like a duck .....

      December 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • jonathan wheeless

      actually it talks about converting all nonbelivers to islam many times through out the Quran the Quran reminds me alot of the hitlers 3rd reich just callin like i see it

      December 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Mark2107


      ALL the nazis were only Christianss. If it walks like a duck .....

      January 1, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  14. Fluffy, the gerbil of doom

    I'm really sick of all the PC nonsense with this group. The fact is there was ONLY one set of young men, all of ONE religion, mostly, (all ?) from ONE country, that pulled off the 9/11 attack. THAT in itself , (to say nothing of the following attempts, all from ONLY this ONE group), justifies any and all types of surveillance, and any possible sort of "profiling". If they don't like it, too bad. Granted, we were incredibly stupid for the lax security, that everyone was talking about, at Logan airport, and there WERE warnings that should have been paid attention to. But why is there still to this day not ONE identified spokesperson, either national or international, recognizable to everyone, for this group that is willing to stand up and condemn violence ? What is it about Islam that promotes so much violence ? Most other religious groups seem to have moved beyond the "convert or die" phase. (As if god didn't want doubters to be honest about their doubt.) Oh well, Fluff better go back into hibernation, and stop with the ranting already.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Hijazi

      the truth says the truth

      December 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  15. Bryan

    They should be thankful they got invited to the breakfast in the first place. People have started taking things for granted.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  16. cherrypieguy

    they didn't want to show up because they weren't serving goats testicles and pig bladders with scrambled ostrich eggs for breakfast. Eat pork weenies...........the breakfast of champions

    December 30, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  17. Reality

    An easy answer: (and please note the last sentence)

    from the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi)

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    December 30, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • .........

      Hit report abuse on all reality garbage

      December 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  18. Dats right

    Good. Keep a tab on all those sneaky muslims.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  19. Crazy Sanity

    Maybe the mayor wanted to serve 'pigs in a blanket' instead of fallafels? lol

    December 30, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • SeanNJ

      Yeah, I guess this means that bacon is back on the menu. Yay!!!

      December 30, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  20. ted409

    keep up those infiltration s of the muslims . theyve already disgraced americans by building their facility so close to the site of 9/11 they arent the same as all american muslims

    December 30, 2011 at 5:45 am |
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