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Christian college student's idea leads to rally for burned mosque
Surveying the destroyed Joplin mosque.
August 8th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Christian college student's idea leads to rally for burned mosque

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - When 20-year-old Ashley Carter heard about a mosque burned to the ground in her town this week, she was shocked.

"I was very saddened," she told CNN on Wednesday. "I thought it was very evil."

So Carter, a student at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, texted a friend, suggesting they organize an event "promoting acts of love."

But quickly, the idea changed: They would organize a "rally of people coming together, from all walks of life, all religions, a really diverse group of people trying to promote this radical love."

She called Kimberly Kester, spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of Joplin, whose worship house serving about 50 families in the southwest Missouri city burned down Monday. Investigators have not determined the cause, but the mosque has been attacked in the past.

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Kester supported the idea. So Carter and some of her friends created the plan for the rally and announced it on a Facebook page. The next day, Tuesday, word began to spread. By Wednesday morning, more than 400 people had posted that they would attend the event, scheduled for Saturday, August 25.

Carter said she was inspired by "my love for Jesus. And I know that Jesus calls us to love people."

"With everything that's been happening in the news this week" - which includes a shooting Sunday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left six worshipers and the gunman dead - "I was pretty discouraged," Carter said. "Regardless of what you believe, I think everybody's entitled to loving whoever."

Kester told CNN she and other members of the mosque plan to attend the rally.

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The response to the burning from people throughout the community has been "outstanding," she said. "There were representatives from different churches, different organizations at the site that afternoon speaking to the Imam. People have been calling anyone that they know that has been involved with the mosque, offering to help."

St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Joplin is hosting an iftar - a meal eaten by Muslims after dark during Ramadan - on Wednesday evening. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that speakers will include members of the interfaith community. Sponsoring groups include the South Joplin Christian Church, the United Hebrew Congregation, the First Community Church and Peace Lutheran Church, CAIR said.

Representatives of various Islamic groups will attend, Kester said. They will discuss the future and what provisions are needed to continue Sunday school and prayers.

The mosque is holding daily prayers at someone's house now, and expects to rent a new place as soon as this week, although numerous religious institutions have offered their facilities, Kester said.

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"We're hoping for security and that type of support from our community," she added.

Members say this is an opportunity to kind of start over and improve on things that we've always wanted to improve upon, like our security system or Sunday school facilities," she said. "It's a time for us to unite and focus on supporting each other. And yes, it's a tragedy ... but we want to focus on coming together and building a stronger community."

No final decision has been made on whether the mosque will move to a new location, but there is a consensus to move inside the city limits, Kester said. "We feel that the response time for fire employees would be less if were in the city limits and it would offer us a little bit more protection and security."

No definite plans will be made before an investigation is completed into the burning, said the mosque's treasurer, Navid Zaidi. "We need to get this crime solved, before we do anything."

He said he hopes the rally is safe and that authorities keep everyone protected. Assuming the fire was arson, the perpetrator "is out there - he is loose," Zaidi said.

Zaidi described the support coming from the community as "tremendous."

A fundraising effort to help rebuild the mosque is off to an auspicious start.

The website of the official campaign shows a goal of $250,000, with more than $40,000 pledged by Wednesday afternoon.

A video for the campaign refers to the mosque as "our refuge in a crazy and hectic world." It shows what the mosque looked like, followed by images of the charred wreckage.

Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, tweeted that he will donate a dollar for every retweet of his message. He quickly got hundreds of retweets.

Iftikhar is a frequent contributor to CNN.com.

Carter says she expects donations to be taken at the rally. And anyone who wants to donate money to cover the costs of staging the rally can through the Facebook page.

Different kinds of bands will play, including religious bands, she said. And speakers will talk about "promoting love."

"When there's an act of hate, you have a choice to make it something beautiful. So that's what this is all about: making things beautiful from things that aren't."

–CNN's Anna-Lysa Gayle contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Missouri

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  1. Jack

    1. Just Facts
    These aliens come to us and start showing their true colors in due course of time. When politically correct and culturally diverse
    societies agree to "the reasonable" Muslim demands for their
    "religious rights," they also get the other components under the
    table. Here's what happens as muslims rise in numbers –
    as
    long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will
    be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact,
    they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful
    uniqueness:
    United
    States – Muslim 1.0%
    Australia
    – Muslim 1.5%
    Canada
    – Muslim 1.9%
    China
    – Muslim 1%-2%
    Italy
    – Muslim 1.5%
    Norway
    – Muslim 1.8%
    At
    2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and
    disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:
    Denmark
    – Muslim 2%
    Germany
    – Muslim 3.7%
    United
    Kingdom – Muslim 2. 7%
    Spain
    – Muslim 4%
    Thailand
    – Muslim 4.6%
    From
    5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage
    of the population.
    They
    will push for the introduction of halaal (clean by Islamic standards) food,
    thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure
    on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves – along with threats for
    failure to comply. (United States).
    France
    – Muslim 8%
    Philippines
    – Muslim 5%
    Sweden
    – Muslim 5%
    Switzerland
    – Muslim 4.3%
    The
    Netherlands – Muslim 5.5%
    Trinidad
    & Tobago – Muslim 5.8%
    At
    this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule
    themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to
    convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
    When
    Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means
    of complaint about their conditions (Paris – car-burnings). Any non-Muslim
    action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats (Amsterdam –
    Mohammed cartoons).
    Guyana
    – Muslim 10%
    India
    – Muslim 13.4%
    Israel
    – Muslim 16%
    Kenya
    – Muslim 10%
    Russia
    – Muslim 10-15%
    After
    reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic
    killings and church and synagogue burning:
    Ethiopia
    – Muslim 32.8%
    At
    40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing
    militia warfare:
    Bosnia
    – Muslim 40%
    Chad
    – Muslim 53.1%
    Lebanon
    – Muslim 59.7%
    From
    60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions,
    sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya,
    the tax placed on infidels:
    Albania – Muslim 70%
    Malaysia – Muslim 60.4%
    Qatar – Muslim 77.5%
    Sudan – Muslim 70%
    After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and
    genocide:
    Bangladesh – Muslim 83%
    Egypt – Muslim 90%
    Gaza – Muslim 98.7%
    Indonesia – Muslim 86.1%
    Iran – Muslim 98%
    Iraq – Muslim 97%
    Jordan – Muslim 92%
    Morocco – Muslim 98.7%
    Pakistan – Muslim 97%
    Palestine – Muslim 99%
    Syria – Muslim 90%
    Tajikistan – Muslim 90%
    Turkey – Muslim 99.8%
    United Arab Emirates – Muslim 96%
    100% will usher in the peace of
    "Dar-es-Salaam" – the Isla mic House of Peace – there's supposed to
    be peace because everybody is a Muslim:
    Afghanistan – Muslim 100%
    Saudi Arabia – Muslim 100%
    Somalia – Muslim 100%
    Yemen – Muslim 99.9%
    Of course, that's not the case. To satisfy their
    blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.
    Here are the words of an eminent Arab scholar
    about Islam "Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life.
    It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family
    against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe
    against the world. And all of us against the infidel.”
    It is good to remember that in many, many
    countries, such as France, the Muslim populations are centered around ghettos
    based on their ethnicity. Muslims do not integrate into the community at large.
    Therefore, they remain as a mortal threat to every society they live in

    August 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can keep posting,Jack, but it won't make a bit of difference. You've been discredited and rightly so. You're just another Keef or Scuzzy, and not one of you is close to being sane.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Jack

      Too late..It's already made a difference

      August 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Only to you and nuts like you.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • ffacts

      jack,
      most honest post ever!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • William Demuth

      So I guess the Christian Germans who gassed or murdered 30 million people were just "misunderstood" outstanding young men?

      Here in the states your kids are FAR more likely to be buggered by a priest than harmed by a Muslim.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Jack

      William...you're totally brainless and it's showing loudly

      August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Diversity is best for inseminations. Anything less is just bad biology.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Muslim

      your life must be pretty miserable so full of hate. I feel sorry for you.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Jack

      My posts make muslim propagandist like you very mad. that means it's working. thanks

      August 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Jack

      Muslim... I just hate your religion and will fight it always. I'm you biggest enemy

      August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "I'm you biggest enemy. I stoopit. My name Jack."

      August 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Bwahahaha

      That was a fun read Jack. With such a creative mind, the spare time to assemble and type your "facts," and such misguided passion, you have all of the tool to write a great piece of literary fiction. And hey, if you end up being right, that's a bonus. What folly we have as Americans. I blame the silent majority of sane people for not putting an end to *all* extremism.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Jack,

      even if your magic thresholds are accurate your own "data" demonstrates that the US is the country with the smallest number of Muslims compared with any other country on your list.

      By your own thesis – what are you so worried about?

      August 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Nabun

      Jack, you really need to come out of your basement and stop wearing that tinfoil hat. Either that, or lay of the meth, that stuff is rotting your brain.

      August 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Nemo

    A very kind, but short sighted, idea. Speaking as an Orthodox Christian immigrant from the Middle East, rest assured that the favor would never be returned. As a Christian, I realize that the people driving these charitable acts are not looking for somehting in return; but, they do expect some civility from the Muslims in return. That won't happen. In fact, this act of kindness will draw more Muslims to the area and as more come, Christians and other groups will be subject to violence and the demands of Muslims that Christians conform to Islamic law. The people of this community will one day regret their acts of kindness.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Huh?

      Christians and Jews kill far more Muslims than the reverse.

      Not that I have an issue with you yahoo's slaughtering each other, but lets not blur the scoreboard in the process.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Repayment?

      You don't do a genuine gesture of love expecting something in return.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Kalessin

      "Not that I have an issue with you yahoo's slaughtering each other.."

      Let's hear it for that superior atheist morality.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Nabun

      You mean the way Orthodox jews are doing so in Brooklyn?

      August 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  3. yes

    Huckabee and his sheep should take note, it is possible to be a christian and do something for non-christians

    August 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  4. ffacts

    keep those places in muslim countries

    August 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Convoluted

      Maybe the native Indians could say the same about YOU!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights from 1789. Please refer to amendment I.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Jack

      Convoluted...All nations and religions from around the world came to America and exterminated the Indians. If you hate America and Christians then go to another country.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Dice

      Do you realize this country was founded and created mostly on the Freedom of Religion..... If you don't like it.... leave

      August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  5. crappygovernment

    Americans would like the chance to vote on stopping all immigration. Our borders were only opened to the 3rd World in 1965.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • William Demuth

      We would also like the chance to vote on throwing out some of the hill billy states.

      We are tired of them mooching off our tax dollars.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @crappygovernment

      the borders of the "US" were opened in the 16th century. Immigration has continued in a constant stream ever since.

      What const.tues the third world to you? How about 19th century Chinese immigrants to the '49 gold rush and the Central Pacific Railroad?

      Your post is a baseless falsehood.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • stan

      illegal immigration to the US first started in 1492

      August 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • crappygovernment

      Americans have paid into the tax base for decades. They deserve chances before foreign scabs.

      The Tower of Babel failed, so to will Multiculturalism...

      August 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Actually I suspect illegal immigration began about 20 or 25 thousand years before we think it did.

      No human ancestors are native to North America at all.

      It seems likely we all crawled of the same sludge, and it wasn't in Wisconsin or Wyomingt!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Stan,

      close – the first one I am aware of is 1526 in Georgia.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • crappygovernment

      1st worlders made the USA the economic power which 3rd worlders are stealing from. The 3rd worlders were legislated here in the 1960's by radical 2nd worlders.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  6. Robert

    It is nice to see an interfaith response to such a tragedy. Tolerance and working together is good.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  7. SconnieGuz

    I'm so sick of hearing you muslims and muslim apologist say we need to "get educated" about islam. NO. I don't want to know about your crazy, oppressive beliefs. I don't want to know why you dress the way you do. I don't want to know what you believe. I don't want to know why you oppress your women. I don't want to know why every single muslim country on the planet is a West-hating, intolerant toilet. You people need to get educated in reality and quit taking your fairy tales written by men so seriously.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The fact that you know nothing about Islam is obvious from your posts. You DO need to be educated about it, but I'm sure that won't make any difference to you because you would prefer to be fat, dumb, and happy in your ignorance. No one can force you to learn and being the dolt you are, no sane person would even try to educate you.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • SconnieGuz

      Oh Hey Tom....nice to hear from you again. Go F yourself you judgmental, arrogant a$$. I still hope you and your family gets blown to pieces in the next muslim rampage on US soil. I learned everything I needed to learn about islam on 9/11.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • stan

      That's that Wade Page said before he shot up a sikh temple, had he been informed he would have known they weren't muslim

      August 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't bother me, Scuzzy. Your sort are as common as turds and less useful. Blaming all Muslims for the acts of a few extremists is ignorant, which isn't surprising, since you're proud of being an uneducated moron.

      Continue to bask in your stupidity,honey.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Sconnie

      Did you know that the most Islamic country on the planet is the Philippines, A close ally of the U.S.?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • guest

      Well since you DO NOT want to know about Islam, I am NOT going to tell you that Islam is: to Belive in God (the only one god who created the heaven and earth, the one who created Adam and sent Noah Moses and Jesus) and sent Mohammed PBU as the final messanger with almost same message. Be Kind to your neighbour, love and respect your parent, be honest, do not lie, ..etc. We have more in Common than you think but Media brainwash you to think we are to get you. Peace!

      August 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  8. William Demuth

    Christian bigotry continues.

    Wouldn't it be a riot if the towel heads torched some churches!

    The Jeebus freaks would be weeping on cue for Fox, bemoaning the evil camel jockeys!

    Please keep the war alive, lets just make an effort to up the caualties.

    If you guys want to beat the ratings for American Idol, this Holy War had better ramp up faster than a Wrestlemania.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Jack

      What makes you think they are Christians? You justr automatically assumed they were christians so you could bash christians. You have an agenda and it's showing.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Holy war gives you a hardon William. Isn't that a clue that you should get professional help? Scratch that. To you professional help involves mercenaries.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • guest

      How do you get "Christian bigotry" from this article? Sounds like you're a bigot and a bigger idiot.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Duh?

      Because Buddists are to bright to ever even be seen it that neighborhood.

      When the suspect is caught and Christian, will you then hold the cult responsible?

      Of course you wont. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Troll, if you can't find your own name, then don't post.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Nemo

      ...and clearly, anti-Christian bigotry and prejudice continues as you well illustrate.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • guest

      @William Demuth: No, I'll hold the individual responsible for his/her actions. Why? 'cause I'm not an idiot or a bigot like you.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • William Demuth

      guest

      Hate the sin not the sinner? Nonesense, he is part of your cult and your culture. You reep what you sow.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  9. Jack

    She's young and naive. I'm sure she means well but she's supporting the enemy

    August 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Winman

      I agree!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Peggy Munro

      Jack,

      I really want to know, who is the real enemy?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Jack

      Islam!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're young and naive, too. What makes you think you know any better than she does?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • guest

      Jack, I hope you're not a Christian because you'd be a disgrace to our faith.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  10. Jon

    Hell, yes. Well done.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  11. Winman

    I come from a family that is multi Religion, technically half Muslim half Christian. I was baptized in the Anglican Church. It is OK to feel sympathy and express sorrow to a house of worship getting destroyed in any part of the world. Why is it that we Christians are always bending over backwards and express sympathy and sorrow but when a church is burned in a Muslim country or when the attacks took place on 9/11 there were Muslims in Dearborn Michigan cheering on and distributing sweets?? Saudi Arabia does not even allow the building of a church in the country, but expect to build mosques all over the USA and and have schools in California that are exclusive for Muslims........Really?? Until I see resiprosity I will not support any such effort in this country! SORRY that is how I feel.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I thought it was only the altar boys that were being bent over backwards?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Peggy Munro

      Winman,

      I too, attend an Anglican and have multiple religions among my family and friends. We should not wait for others to lead us. We are Christians and as such we close our eyes and do what Christ would have us do. If their God directs them to cheer and hand out sweets, then by all means let them do that and since our God asks us to be merciful, then let us do that.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  12. Chronos8

    @ Mary: You might want to check your statement "Jer, Stop telling us about the bible and christians. If you're an atheist, you don't know much about either", becasue Athiest score higher on religious knowledge the xtians and most other groups surveyed by the Pew Research Center:

    August 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Chronos8

      _http://www.pewforum.org/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

      August 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  13. sp2011

    watch out Joplin ! You might get a bigger Tornado than you bargained for.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  14. Mohammed_Islam

    Mashallah (What a wish of Allah The Almighty)... it brought tears in my eyes... may The Almighty reward you with the best rewards in this life and most importantly here after and to those whoever involved in this noble efforts...

    The Quran teaches that no deeds whether its good or bad and for any human regardless of faith does not go away... here is the verses and these verses applies to entire mankind:

    So whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it, [99:7]
    And whoever does an atom's weight of evil will see it. [99:8]

    Peace!!!

    August 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Jack

      keep your evil koran to yourself or burn it.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Jack

      Seriously!?! did you even read the verses before you responded? They are actually good advise, you might want to take note.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Nemo

      too bad you idiots practice what you preach..where are your tears when your co-religionists attack Christians?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Jack

      Huebert...Get a clue...you're a weak person

      August 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, Jack. The weak person is the one who stereotypes those he doesn't understand. The weak person is the one who is afraid to learn about other people and their beliefs. The weak person is the one who would rather remain hateful, vengeful, and ignorant.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Huebert

      @jack

      And you are a moron. Now respond to the content of my post.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      If you guys hate each other being within the same faith but different denominations... what could be expected for other faith... i think you guys have to change by accepting your neighbor who he or she is as a human... and let the faith be inside of everyone... I see one thing is missing from most of us which is 'being patient to each other'..... also i do not see the reflection of your Bible teaching in yourselves...

      O our Lord help us all....

      August 9, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  15. hals*

    God bless her :')

    August 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Amine O Our Lord!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      An amine is an organic compound related in structure to ammonia. Many are interesting. Which one do you worship Mohammed_Islam?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      I worship one Lord... its very simple and pure monothiestic....

      There is no ilah (God) but Allah (Al Ilah – The Almighty) and Muhammad, Isa (Jesus), Moses, Abraham are the messengers of Allah The Almighty...

      Peace...

      August 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Let me tell you about methamphetamine Mohammed_Islam. It can be simple and pure... Even trailer trash can make it.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      A religion should be very simple so that the entire community can practice it regardless of your education or richness... the one should fit to all... should not be so complicated to understand...

      The Creator of you me and everything between heavens and earth including heavens and earth and has no partners, wife, child, associates, son, daughter etc.... HE is alone enough to run the entire universe and we all are His creation....

      Peace....

      August 9, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  16. Pali

    That girl is nice to do that although she knows nothing about islam. She should be educated on islam so that she does not do another stupid thing.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      'La ikraha fiddeen' – 'There is no compulsion in religion' – Al Quran: Chapter 2: Verse 256

      You just convey the message that 'There is no ilah other than Allah and Muhammad and Isa (Jesus) is His messengers' and let them decide and the hydayah is in the hand of Allah... so just make dou3a...

      Peace!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Winman

      Pali, Why does she need to be educated in Islam? What do you mean so that she does not do another stupid thing?? Leave it to her. Moreover, typically Muslims are always trying to convert people over and that does annoy me.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      That is not a correct way of being a Muslim... no one can convert any one except the Creator...

      We all need to educate ourselves... when i study with my Christian friends I find they know more about islam than lots of Muslim.... but at the same time to be a Muslim you do not require lots of knowledge but nothing having it... and lack of knowledge is so dengorous too...

      Peace!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  17. Bob

    If it was a Christian church the muslims wouldn't turn out to help. Islam is a gutter religion worshipping a false god using the words of a pedophile prophet. The reaction to this fire should be "Where is the next one?" Get them all and then move on to the White House.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • earthling

      All gods are false gods, yours included.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      Dear Bob,

      My sincere prayers for you to be guided in the straight path the path will lead to heaven and not the other way... amin

      Peace!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • ironicusername

      Because that is what Jesus says to do... "Look and see what you're neighbor would do and do as little as he would" I don't think so. Ever heard of the parable of the good samaritan? Perhaps if you are going to call yourself a Christian, you should at least try to make an effort to look like him..

      August 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Jack

      Most of these posters are totally naive and are Christian haters. I'm not religious but I can palinly see what's going on. All this supporting Muslims and knocking christians is going to come back and bite you. You can tell someones agenda by their posts. I'll admit I don't want the Muslim religion in this country. I have no problem with the muslim people but only if they continue to support the radical islamsts. Most are extremists.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Jack

      We care not who holds the lash next, so long as the last man to have held it dies.

      Your faith is a pox on our society.

      It must go, and if we need to use the people of the mud God to overthrow your God, so be it.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • whilly

      spoken like a true Christen 🙂 Hate hate and more hate see this is a true Christen. keep preaching your hate man keep preaching your hate.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Jack

      William...I'm not religious...what now?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nah, you're not religious. You're just a scared little boy.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Jack

      I didn't see William say anything about religion, just faith.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  18. Reality

    If this were a Shiite mosque and there is proof that it was arson, then there is a high probability that the arsonist was a Sunni Muslim. And vice-versa if it were a Sunni mosque.

    But to date, arson has not been listed as a cause.

    More on the Sunni-Shiite global feud (e.g. Syria and also Iraq) is available at your request.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Until then, Christians will be blamed

      August 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • earthling

      There's not really alot of Islamic sectarian violence in the US. Might be best to avoid speculation and wait for the facts to emerge.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Mohammed_Islam

      I agree with 'earthling'...

      May The Almighty give us all patient.... amin

      Peace!!!

      August 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  19. SconnieGuz

    I remember people jumping to their deaths from the top floors of the towers because of islam. No reason to welcome that criminal organization into our communties. Just the sight of them oppressing their women is not ok with me and shouldn't be ok with you either. The first step is realizing that this is not a religion. It's an oppressive, death cult that is building up it's numbers in the West. Look to Europe to see how well these peaceful, MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY muslims treat others and how well they are integrating into free societies. I give it a decade before we're fighting muslims on American soil.

    An atheist.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Huebert

      You say that you are an atheist in an attempt to make your position seem more valid. You failed. Your post is bigotry based on ignorance, the usual basis of bigotry. Islam was no more the cause of 9/11 than atheism was the cause of Stalin's purges. Please stop advertising your atheism, you're a poor representative of the group.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • MKF

      When they rebuld the mosque, I have no doubt you'll be first in line with a can of gas and a match.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • ME II

      "I remember people jumping to their deaths from the top floors of the towers because of islam."

      People caused that tragedy. Do not lessen their crime by blaming their beliefs.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • SconnieGuz

      Ahhh yes.....the usual response. Muslims and muslim supporters love to say anybody that frowns on people oppressing their women and killing people over religion around the world daily (plenty of evidence to support all this) are just ignorant. Like the daily bloodbath in the muslim world is just a figment of our imagination. Like 9/11 never happened. Like the buses blowing up in England and the train in Spain being bombed never happened. Like the church in Nigeria just yesterday wasn't just shot up by Boko Haram. Like there isn't constant chants in the muslim world of "Death to America". IT IS YOU that is ignorant. You can bury your head in the sand if you want, not me. I suppose if I would have said I was a christian you would have said the same response Herbert. YOU DON'T KNOW ME. I don't believe in fairy tales written by men a long time ago to gain power and control. That makes me an atheist. F you if you don't like it.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Sconnie

      I'm an atheist as well. Yes Islam is often used to justify violence but that does not mean that all Muslims are evil. I have never met a single Muslim, and I have met many, who advocated death to America. I am not ignorant, I know that their are Islamist extremist who want to concur or end the world, but those were not the people building this mosque. The people building the mosque are american citizens who suffered at the hands xenophobic bigots, like your self.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      And Huebert is a true atheist, not one of those phony atheist like Sconnie

      August 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Huebert

      Just curious Bill why do you say I'm a true atheist? I never said that Sconnie was not an atheist, I simply said that he is a bigot. Not someone I would to be as.sociated with any group I am a part of.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I'm making a sarcastic comment relative to the way a lot of non-believers lump all Christian belief into a lump and define it by the lowest common denominator. Then when another Christian attempts to delineate obvious ignorance from true doctrine, we hear "No True Scotsman". So when I saw you trying to make a litmus test for atheist and separate Sconnie from the "true faith" I just thought it was funny.

      August 8, 2012 at 6:04 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.

      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..................................

      August 9, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  20. JakeAZ

    Atheists – (i am one) give it a rest for a minute. She's doing a positive thing. We like to criticize them for the last 2,000 years of absurdity, and they deserve it, but sheesh, the only thing we want of them is kindness and understanding of our viewpoint, this person is being kind & accepting of others... just sit this one out. They'll be more absurdity we can pounce on any minute now...

    August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yes, while Christians are working to build a better world, you guys sit it out and wait for the next chance to criticize.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Bill: Really? We're not sitting out anything. We are in there at every emergency crisis and we are there otherwise. Do your research before passing judgment. We're not there handing out propaganda (ie; church news or buybull's), we're there handing out necessities. There are numerous secular charities in this world and all money raised by those charities is more likely to go right back to the charity, unlike the church that usually takes a massive cut.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Jake advises sitting it out. I think more will take his advice than yours. Otherwise the story wouldn't be about Christians having a rally. It would be about atheists coming together.

      August 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
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