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Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims
The ruins of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, after a fire last month that Muslims leaders suspect was an arson.
September 5th, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) -
When the nation pauses to remember 9/11 next week, a group of Tennesseans will gather at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Franklin for a commemoration. But it will be more than that.

On the program, called "The Threat in Our Backyard," is a lecture on Islam in public schools and a short film on Sharia finance.

It's a program organized by people who feel the American way of life is threatened by Islam - in particular, Sharia, or Islamic law.

Sharia would bring ruin to America, says Greg Johnson, vice president of the 9/12 Project Tennessee, a sponsor of the event that advocates for shifting government back to the intent of the Constitution's authors.

He says he has nothing against Muslims, but he takes issue with the tenets of Islam.

Sharia, he believes, would mean that practicing homosexuals would be put to death, women would not be educated and would be married off to men chosen by their fathers, and non-Muslims would become kafirs - nonbelievers - relegated to second-class citizenship.

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"And I don't want that coming to America," Johnson says.

He's not alone in his fears.

A tide of anti-Islam sentiment has been swelling across America in recent months, strong enough to prompt one imam to wish for the days immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when President George W. Bush declared that Muslims were not our enemies; that the war on terror was against a select few who acted upon their hate for America.

"In the 11 years since, we have retreated," says Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University who likes to call himself the Blue Devil Imam.

Muslims make up less than 1% of the U.S. population. Yet, say Muslim advocates, they are a community besieged.

Hate crimes against Muslims spiked 50% in 2010, the last year for which FBI statistics are available. That was in a year marked by Muslim-bashing speech over the Islamic center near ground zero in Manhattan and Florida Pastor Terry Jones' threats to burn Qurans.

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Antepli likens the current climate to McCarthyism. Left unchecked, he says, anti-Muslim fervor, like racism and anti-Semitism, has the potential to evolve into something dangerous.

This year's holy month of Ramadan, which ended August 19, was marred by a spate of violence at U.S. Islamic centers that included a fire, a homemade bomb and pig parts. The incidents were unprecedented in scale and scope, says the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

At least seven mosques and one cemetery were attacked in the United States during Ramadan, according to the council and other groups that track such incidents.

Particularly visible on the anti-Muslim radar has been the state of Tennessee, where a mosque opened during Ramadan after two years of controversy. The new Islamic center in Murfreesboro opened a few weeks ago after delays caused by legal wrangling, community protests and vandalism.

Also in Tennessee, incumbent congresswoman Diane Black found herself publicly opposing Sharia after her opponent Lou Ann Zelenik made it a campaign issue.

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State senatorial candidate Woody Degan's website also mentions Sharia:

"VOTE CONSERVATIVE! VOTE Anti-Sharia, VOTE Against Internet Taxes, Vote FOR Gun Carry Rights! VOTE for your PERSONAL RIGHTS!"

And Gov. Bill Haslam recently came under fire for hiring lawyer Samar Ali, a Muslim woman from Tennessee, to work in the international division of the state's economic development department.

Ali's critics called her Sharia-compliant and a website called Bill H(Islam) attacked the governor for pursuing "a policy that promotes the interest of Islamist (sic) and their radical ideology."

The website links to another that discusses, among other things, Islamic infiltration of public schools.

"I cannot stress enough the seriousness of their push to spread their religion to all non-Muslims throughout our country," says website author Cathy Hinners, another speaker at next Tuesday's 9/11 event in Franklin.

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"Why? Why are Muslims so adamant that we accept their religion? The answer is simple. The answer is in black and white. The answer is in the Muslim brotherhoods "Strategic Goal for North America." It's called a global caliphate. One religion, one government, one law... called Sharia."

In November 2010, more than 70% of voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution that banned courts from looking at "legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law."

The amendment died after a federal court ruled it discriminatory.

"That was very explicitly anti-Islamic," says Glenn Hendrix, an Atlanta lawyer who specializes in international law. "It specifically referenced Sharia."

This year, 33 anti-Sharia or international law bills were introduced in 20 states, making it a key issue. Six states - Louisiana, South Dakota, Kansas, Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee - adopted such laws prior to 2012.

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Two Tennessee lawmakers attempted to pass a bill this year that would have made it a felony to practice Sharia, but it failed.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the anti-Sharia bills are based on draft legislation promoted by David Yerushalmi, an anti-Islamic lawyer from New York.

Yerushalmi founded the Society of Americans for National Existence, an organization devoted to promoting his theory that Islam is inherently seditious and Sharia is a "criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

"Ideally," says the center, "he would outlaw Islam and deport its adherents altogether."

Hendrix says anti-Sharia legislation is not necessary since U.S. courts ultimately are beholden to U.S. law.

But it sends a strong message to the Muslim community.

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The American Bar Association, which opposes federal or state laws that impose blanket prohibitions on foreign laws, says such legislative initiatives stigmatize an entire religious community and "are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence."

Valarie Kaur, a legal advocate and hate crimes specialist, says proponents of anti-Sharia bills are battling an imaginary threat.

"There is no push to install Sharia law in the U.S.," she says. "Anti-Sharia bills target the religious principles of Muslim Americans and fuel anti-Muslim rhetoric and bias. As a Sikh American whose community has too often become the target of hate, I believe it's time to stand against all forms of racism and religious bigotry."

An attack at a Wisconsin Sikh temple last month killed six people. Many believe the shooter mistook Sikhs for Muslims. A Sikh gas station attendant in Arizona was the first victim of reprisal after the 9/11 attacks.

Kaur blames tough economic times and an amplification of hateful speech for incidents like the temple shooting and the momentum behind the anti-Sharia campaign.

For Muslims, Sharia - which means "path to the watering hole" in Arabic - is the divine law revealed centuries ago in the Quran that governs all aspects of life. More often than not, it's the most sensational parts of Sharia - like cutting off a thief's hand - that garner the most publicity.

U.S. courts bump up against it in cases of divorces, inheritance, child custody, enforcement of money judgments and commercial disputes or tort actions.

A trial court in New Jersey, for instance, ruled that a husband, who was Muslim, lacked the criminal intent to commit sexual assault on his wife because Sharia permits a man to have sex with his wife whenever he wants.

That's the kind of ruling that fuels anti-Sharia activists.

Nashville health-care investor Andrew Miller says there's no room for democracy within Islamic ideology. All you have to do is look to any Islamic state, he says.

"If you wanted to pray to a large rock and that was your God, I could care less," he says. "But the minute you want to put a gun to my head and say you will pray to this large rock and your family will or you will pay the price, that's when I see a bully. I see an overbearing ideology that wants to force and coerce people.

Miller describes himself as a tolerant person but not when it comes to people dictating how others will live.

"That's antithetical to the freedoms that we value, the liberty we value," he says.

The message that Islam is evil has been repeated so many times - sometimes directly, sometimes in a more subtle fashion - that it has sunk in as reality in the hearts and minds of many Americans, says Antepli, the Duke chaplain.

Part of it is fear of the unknown, he says.

"I, too, would have a monstrous image of Islam if I did not know any better."

But another part of it is orchestrated, he says, referring to "well-organized and polished" anti-Islam websites that have sprouted in recent years. Marry that with ignorance and the end result is lethal, Antepli says.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal research and advocacy organization, published a report last year that attributed the rise of Islamophobia to a "small, tightly-networked group of misinformation experts."

The report called "Fear, Inc." lists seven foundations that gave $42.6 million to think tanks to promote anti-Islamic thought.

It describes "deeply intertwined individuals and organizations" that "manufacture and exaggerate threats of 'creeping Sharia,' Islamic domination of the West, and purported obligatory calls to violence against all non-Muslims by the Quran."

The issue of Sharia, say some Muslims, has become a political hot potato in an election year.

GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann mentioned Sharia in their campaign speeches. This year's Republican Party platform makes mention of foreign laws:

"Subjecting American citizens to foreign laws is inimical to the spirit of the Constitution. It is one reason we oppose U.S. participation in the International Criminal Court. There must be no use of foreign law by U.S. courts in interpreting our Constitution and laws. Nor should foreign sources of law be used in State courts' adjudication of criminal or civil matters."

That's the message Miller hopes people will take away from next week's 9/11 meeting; that the tenets of Islam go against the constitution of the United States.

It's diametrically opposed to what people like Antepli and Kaur will be saying as America remembers the horror of terrorism. Hateful sentiment, they say, is not the answer.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (2,383 Responses)
  1. Abdel, the ex-muslim

    More lies and manipulation hoping some gullible reader will believe islam is peaceful. This article claims that sharia is "the divine law revealed centuries ago in the Quran that governs all aspects of life". As an ex-muslim, I can assure you this is only HALF THE TRUTH!

    Here is what the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THE classical manual on sharia law/islamic jurisprudence says about Jihad:
    o9.0 JIHAD
    (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said as he was returning from jihad.
    "We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad."
    The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:
    (1) "Fighting is prescribed for you" (Koran 2:216);
    (2) "Slay them wherever you find them" (Koran 4:89);
    (3) "Fight the idolators utterly" (Koran 9:36);
    and such hadiths as the one related by Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
    "I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform the prayer, and pay zakat [TAX].

    THE OBLIGATORY CHARACTER OF JIHAD
    o9.1 Jihad is a communal obligation
    o9.3 Jihad is also obligatory for everyone

    THE OBJECTIVES OF JIHAD
    o9.8 The caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax [...] in accordance with the word of Allah Most High, "Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9.29).

    September 6, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • deserthermit

      Yah,Islam blows

      September 6, 2012 at 12:35 am |
  2. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-0uF3guabw&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • deserthermit

      ScottCa, thanks for putting up the Dawkins hate emails, it's my favorite. I wish he does some more of them.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  3. BH

    We should keep a close eye on the muslim expansion in the U.S. and we should make it uncomfortable for the proliferation to continue. Really, it's enough and the threat to the traditional American life is high. We know what this belief system has in store for the "infidel" and it's nothing short of war.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • bb

      we should welcome all persons into the us who will abide by our law but using religion to endorse wife abuse or any violent actions that is unlawful should not be allowed we make our laws for this country,and do not need to import laws from outside but teach new commers what is leagle here and what is not and if laws are broken hold the law breakers accountable

      September 6, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  4. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXsmtPouEso&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  5. jeremyhornephd

    If reasoning and critical thinking, philosophy, logic, scientific methods (and science courses) were a mandated part of the curriculum at all levels in the schools system – including university/college – we might not have so many of these problems with these sectarian religions. Xianity = Islam = Judaism = ... etc. They are all ideologies, sets of ideas based on faith and not subject to question. Some are "mild", like Unitarianism, but others, like "conservative" Islam, Judaism, and Xity" are horrific, but all have that common denominator of belief, instead a a quest for knowledge. The former denotes the closed mentality, the latter the open.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  6. Crazy Islam

    On what basis should I read Koran, inspire me first

    September 6, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Educated Muslim

      You shouldn't worry about the Koran. Just do good to others. That is the basis in what we should live by.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:27 am |
  7. DylanB

    Islam has its extremists like any other religion. I have met many Muslims (two tours in Iraq). Islamic people stem from countries that are so far behind the times that they have little education and little money to progress. The majority of people that worship under the Islamic principles are not hateful. Ignorant people choose to ignore and to discredit someone of Christian faith who commits a crime saying they aren't Christians but assume that someone who commits a crime that is Muslim it is because of their religion, which just isn't true. So sad that we have so many uneducated people in this country.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • deserthermit

      That's why all religions must be treated as fairy tales or fables of ancestors who didn't know any better. Religion has no place in the civilized world.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • BH

      Muslims are the only group in recent times that flew planes into buildings killing thousands of innocent people setting off massive celebrations in muslim nations. It's not a religion, it's a sinister cancerous threat.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  8. Educated Muslim

    As a educated Muslim and a student of Sharia Law, I would ask my fellow Muslims to please STFU. Muslims these days are too stupid too comment because they do not understand the difference between their head and their backsides. The Muslims today are full of stupidity and violence. I am ashamed to be associated with any of you.

    The violent passages in the Quran and Hadiths are for those that are facing genocide only – because that's what the early Muslims were facing. This would only apply if you were fighting Hitler, Genghis Khan, Stalin, or the like.

    To the idiot Muslims out there, please pack your bags and leave this country. I am ashamed to be associated with you.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • ScottCA

      There is no such thing as an intelligent person believing in gods with no evidence to support their existence.

      Faith requires one to believe in something even in the absence of evidence and in the presence of evidence to the contrary. This suppression of the minds ability to logically reason leads to belief in untruths that send ripples of distortion into every area of examination and study. This in turn leads to political and social decisions based in misinformation. The end result is the suffering of people.

      Examples are 9/11 hijackings, The holding back of stem cell research that could save countless human lives, Aids being spread due to religious opposition to the use of condoms, Christians legally fighting this year to teach over 1 million young girls in America that they must always be obedient to men, the eroding of child protection laws in America by Christians, for so called faith based healing alternatives that place children's health and safety at risk, burning of witches, the crusades, Nazi's thinking the Aryans were gods chosen to rule the world, etc… But who cares about evidence in the real world when we have our imaginations and delusions about gods with no evidence of them existing.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • ScottCA

      The problem is not fundamentalist Muslims; the problem is the fundamentals of Islam.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • jhgfjhjhgfj

      You're an idiot!!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Educated Muslim

      SCOTT CA: The difference between Theism and Atheism is one. By factual evidence, you believe as an atheist that we are here randomly and in this randomness, we have human intelligence. Hence, matter created intelligence randomly.

      By factual evidence, I come to the conclusion that intelligence comes before matter. As someone that is extremely educated, I can assure you that the probability of the latter is mathematically higher than the former. Beyond that, there is much little argument.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • ScottCA

      Oh the lack of morals from religious people displayed clearly . jhgfjhjhgfj thanks for showing us clearly why religion teaches nothing in regards to morality.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuowNcuGsc

      September 6, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Educated Muslim

      To those of you that do not understand Islam, it is imperative to study Al-Ghazzalli. St. Thomas Acquanus studied him to reform the Catholic Church.

      SCOTT CA: Spend time studying and understanding. Then open your mouth to criticize.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • ScottCA

      The mind is rooted in material matter. It is an emergent property of the interaction of neurons in the brain.
      There is no evidence of a mind divorced of the brain whatsoever.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GW7_1b_oHQ

      September 6, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • ScottCA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qnb9sd4DUk

      September 6, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • deserthermit

      Educated Muslim, evolution is not random,nor accidental. It is impossible for intelligence to pre date matter. Read something besides fairy tales.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • ScottCA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQxJi0COTBo&feature=fvwrel
      The interaction of neurons are the action that leads the the mergence property of consciousness especially the 3 second loop in our brain termed the remembered present.

      "The supposedly immaterial soul, we now know, can be bisected with a knife, altered by chemicals, started or stopped by electricity, and extinguished by a sharp blow or by insufficient oxygen."
      — Steven Pinker (How the Mind Works)

      September 6, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • ScottCA

      jhgfjhjhgfj I apologize if my comment was misdirected towards you. I mistook your idiot comment as an attack at my response rather than the attack on the initial comment that upon review it seems more likely to be. My apologies for the unnecessary retort.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • ScottCA

      Educated Muslim, my field of choice in university was evolutionary psychology and neurology and you are not displaying any understanding in regards to what we know and have proven regarding the clear anchoring of consciousness in the brain. With a single cut inside your brain a neurologist could render you a madman unable to control your emotions, or cut out the right side of everything from your visual sense, so that you would see only the left side of a room. only the left side of a clock, and only the left side of what is outside your home. Turn you around and suddenly you can only see the other side. You are material based completely and when your material dies, your emergent consciousness blinks out of existence forever with it. Now grow up and stop be a child trying to hide from the truth because you are afraid to die.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Abdel, the ex-muslim

      @Educated Muslim, while I welcome your position regarding violent islam, I believe you are wrong. You state that "The violent passages in the Quran and Hadiths are for those that are facing genocide only".
      This is not correct.
      But before you start arguing with me and tell me I don't interpret the corresponding koran verses correctly, why don't you just check the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THE classical manual on islamic jurisprudence clearly states (section o9.8). There it states what the THE OBJECTIVES OF JIHAD are (this is from the Al-Azhar University approved English translation). I believe this manual should leave no doubts:
      "The caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax [...] in accordance with the word of Allah Most High, "Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9.29)."

      This clearly shows this is not during genocide. This is about forcing non-muslims to become muslims or pay zakat or die.

      Also, if you look at section o11.0 NON-MUSLIM SUBJECTS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE (AHL AL-DHIMMA), it says this:

      o11.3 non-muslims must (a) follow the rules of Islam (b) and pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya).
      o11.5 non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and
      indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they:
      (1) are penalized for committing adultery or theft, thought not for drunkenness;
      (2) are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);
      (3) are not greeted with "as-Salamu 'alaykum";
      (4) must keep to the side of the street;
      (5) may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims' buildings, though if they acquire a tall house,
      it is not razed;
      (6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite
      the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
      (7) and are forbidden to build new churches.

      SO YOUR STATEMENT THAT VIOLENCE/OPPRESSION OF NON-MUSLIMS IS ONLY ALLOWED DURING GENOCIDE IS WRONG. IT IS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED AS LONG AS THERE ARE NON-MUSLIMS.

      You probably should think whether you really want to be a follower of islam considering your comment as you seem to be a peaceful person. Islam is not.about

      September 6, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • stevekasian

      Hey, Educated Muslim... Are you a native American (not the ethnic group)?

      If not, have you assimilated into American society and actually 'become' an American? If so, kudos to you, as yours are the types of people the US needs, and with whom a vast majority of Americans wants to associate.

      If you have not, but have instead continued to wear "foreign" clothing at all times, gone about living your life in a "foreign" manner, and are determined to be "a Muslim American" first, allied with other Muslims, before being an American, allied equally with all Americans, regardless of their race, color, or religion, then you are not American material and we don't want you.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Educated Muslim

      You guys believe in whatever you want. I don't have time to give large explanations because I have to sleep. On that point, we have to agree to disagree. Insulting each other doesn't work – mostly everyone here is acting like children.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  9. Mike

    Muslim should be forced to convert to any other religion before allowed to come to Western countries .This Religion preached by Demons . Muslims are the biggest KAFIRS ,They throw Stones on ALLAH teachings and do every thing opposite what ever QURAN ( Their Holy Book ) Say . The Women in Islamic Countries has no rights what so ever and their value is same as a chicken. If you are in Islamic countiry they will kill you just being a non Muslims but they want they should be protected with our tax money . Try to open a Church or a Temple and see how they will stop you by killing you.
    So wake up people and kill a Muslim in you life and God will Bless you. , This is the only way you can save Democracy and the Humanities .

    September 6, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • DylanB

      You are very uneducated. People of Islamic faith are no different than Christians or Jewish people. The majority of them simply live in countries that are not as civilized and are not up to modern standards. Hence why we have Muslims in this country that are actually good people. It is all in the learning.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Megan

      @DylanB, you state "You are very uneducated. People of Islamic faith are no different than Christians or Jewish people. "

      You don't seriously believe that, do you? How come we have so many problems with muslims worldwide, but not with jews and christians? Fighting non-muslims and imposing islamic/sharia law is one of the central tenets of islam.
      I absolutely doubt that muslims should be allowed to live in any western country.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Simran

      Megan,
      How many Muslims do you personally know before you conclude they are inferior to Christians and Jews?

      They are as good as you Ms Megan, only if you leave aside your prejudice. The real issue is misuse of power and centuries of ignorance. They are victims to the same ignorance, intolerance, hatred and bigotry that plagued and still plagues Christianity and of course, all the other world's religions as well.

      They are just about a few hundred years behind Christianity for that matter. Do see what Christians did to innocent women (refer to witch hunts) and minorities (slaves) not so long ago. Oh, I forget, even today the Christians want to decide whether a woman (even if she is of another faith) can have abortions or not! Amusing.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  10. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH9fhDK8IqU&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  11. Abdel, the ex-muslim

    This articl;e claims that islam and sharia do not promote violence and oppression against non-muslims. Well, why don't we see what the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THE classical islamic manual on sharia law/islamic jurisprudence says:

    o1.2 The following are not subject to retaliation:
    (2) a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim;
    (4) a father or mother (or their fathers of mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring;

    o5.4 (O: There is no expiation for killing someone who has left Islam, a highwayman (def: o15). or a convicted married adulterer

    o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.

    o11.5 Such non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they:

    (1) are penalized for committing adultery or theft, thought not for drunkenness;
    (2) are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);
    (3) are not greeted with "as-Salamu 'alaykum";
    (4) must keep to the side of the street;
    (5) may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims' buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed;
    (6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite
    the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
    (7) and are forbidden to build new churches.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  12. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUs9w0n68Hc&feature=relmfu

    September 6, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  13. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l7_jUxf0Do&feature=relmfu

    September 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  14. WASP

    if only people could stop with this modern witch hunt; islam isn't evil and neither is christian based faith.....the evil is when HUMANS use religion to seperate people into groups for their US vs THEM mentality. it's one of the easiest ways to motivate followers is to give them a BOOGIEMAN to watchout for and to blame their troubles on, whether it's illegal immigrants or people of another faith it can lead to things such as the holocaust. the germans were suffering from the first world war, hitler used their troubles to coerse them into blaming jews for their problems, the jews became the germans boogieman it leads to nothing but pain and regret when it becomes US vs THEM.

    we are good at unifying against a common enemy, let's unify agianst the real problems we have, it's not illegal immigrants or islam, it's not unemployment or the have's vs the have nots; our ommon enemy is any one that wishes to repeat history by leading people away from working on the real issues by blaming another group for them.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thank you, WASP. Good post.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Good post indeed.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • ScottCA

      Faith requires one to believe in something even in the absence of evidence and in the presence of evidence to the contrary. This suppression of the minds ability to logically reason leads to belief in untruths that send ripples of distortion into every area of examination and study. This in turn leads to political and social decisions based in misinformation. The end result is the suffering of people.

      Examples are 9/11 hijackings, The holding back of stem cell research that could save countless human lives, Aids being spread due to religious opposition to the use of condoms, Christians legally fighting this year to teach over 1 million young girls in America that they must always be obedient to men, the eroding of child protection laws in America by Christians, for so called faith based healing alternatives that place children's health and safety at risk, burning of witches, the crusades, Nazi's thinking the Aryans were gods chosen to rule the world, etc… But who cares about history or evidence in the real world when we have our imaginations and delusions about gods with no evidence of them existing.

      This is why religion is bad for all of humanity.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Tril

      Obviously you do not know Islam. http://www.faithfreedom.org

      September 6, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • stevekasian

      Nice post, Wasp... if you're looking for some feel-good ignorance to brighten up your day. 🙂

      Unfortunately for America, you're fundamentally wrong. Islam is a wicked religion, based on oppression and hate from the standpoint of a non-muslim in muslim society, and based on love and brotherhood from the standpoint of a good muslim. The good in Islam, save for the whole 'eye for an eye' thing and the like, is all for muslims! It is not for anyone else in muslim society. That's the whole problem with islam! It's not inclusive to non-muslims in any way. Sure, it is for purposes of establishing a foothold in a foreign society, but the long-term picture is not all about unity, peace, love and respect. In fact, it couldn't be further from that. It's about making anyone who is a non-muslim pay a socio-economic price for their infidelity. That is, provided that they abide by islamic law and are allowed to live.

      The fact that you don't know this is damning evidence of the fact that you don't know anything whatsoever about islam. All you know about it is essentially worthless little tidbits of information you catch from the random CARE spokesperson as their words whiz past you in the midst of a 24 hour news cycle on CNN or FOX or MSNBC or whatever it is you carelessly soak your brain in at the end of every day.

      Wake up, dude... get out of that box you've been living in all your life and take a look around.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  15. ron

    2 problems: 1. It is wrong do distrust, or dislike someone on the basis of ethnicity or race. 2. 75% of Americans do not know what Islam is or what a moslem person stands for..they do believe that if you are not white however, you shouldn't be trusted.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Dunker

      Islam is not a race or ethnicity.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Mojo

      Islam is not a race or ethnicity. It is a cult with mission to destroy non-muslims. American Muslims have never ever condemned 9/11, but supported it whole heartedly.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  16. Jafar

    RandallS: you are a liar.

    In fact, in Islam, a woman who marries keeps her property separate from the marriage, so her husband can't use that property, completely unlike western marriages. In Islam, a woman's income is kept to herself, while the income of the husband/father is to be spent on his family, including her. Therefore, Islam is way ahead of you.

    In the light of the above, please provide sources from the Qur'an in defense of your fabrications. Start with your lie: "Under Islamic Sharia Law women are not individuals. They are property."

    September 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • education?

      what kind of job would she have with no education

      September 6, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Patriot

      Are they not? I suppose that's why women are not allowed to speak with other men, women are beaten to ensure they know their place, women are required to stay and tend to the home, women must obey their husbands. You can spread all the false truths you want, but women in Islam are property, they are baby factories and house maids, that's all they are seen as.

      So don't go spreading that crap saying your medieval ideologies are more "forward" or "developed" than our way of life. If you want to practice your religion so be it, but don't pretend to be some high values group justified in what you do...

      September 6, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  17. labandme

    Stop muslim immigration and try and educate the ones we have.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • ScottCA

      I agree that a slower inflow of Muslim immigrants may help limit the danger, but the education is needed for all religious people. Faith based religion is based in no evidence at all.

      The null hypothesis is that there is no god. Since there is no evidence in support of the existence of god, the null hypothesis holds. To depart from this position without evidence is to delve into insanity.

      September 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • Mike

      I agree: muslim immigration needs to be stopped NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Scott, that isn't going to happen. You can't force people to stop believing by "educating" them out of it.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  18. McDuck Quackerton

    What we should really have is an anti-religion sentiment. Religion poisons the mind and impedes our forward movement as humans. Islam is a sickness. So is christianity. Any sky fairy worshiper needs to be helped and shown the folly of their ways.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • deserthermit

      I wish people would study up on how religion deteriates our progress and just enslaves everyone involved. Nip Islam in the bud before it grows any larger here. I want to say the people are fine, but I don't know how to separate them from their hanous beliefs.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  19. pat carr

    christ, what are all these embedded videos here for?

    September 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  20. JackAttack

    Rising anti-islamic sentiment? GREAT! That's exactly how it should be! No day passes without me meeting others believing that islam is hateful, intolerant, backward and racist.
    And we are becoming more and more!
    We want a muslim immigration stop!

    September 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Arod

      Are you a closed minded christian or just an idiot?

      September 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Jafar

      @Arod: those two might not be mutually exclusive

      September 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • Abdul

      stop muslim immigration? I thought, only native americans can say that because everyone else migrated from some where Europe, africa Asia, maxico. who is ready to go back.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:14 am |
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