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. truthserum007

    Wow...the insecurity and hypocrisy of Americans is astonishing. We tend to allow a few hate-filled, racist, and biased people to dictate to us what we should believe instead of researching for ourselves and making up our own minds. The misguided hatred and objections to a particular religion, in this case, Islam, is disturbing. The haters and insecure detractors mostly have no clue about the religion. I am a Christian and always have been, but I know enough about Islam and have met enough Muslims in my lifetime to know that their is absolutely no reason to fear them. The hypocrisy is their are Christians from the U.S. that go all over the world to spread the word of Christianity and to seek converts. So, even if Muslims were trying to convert Americans, and they dont nearly on the scale as Christians do, so what. You have a choice to join or not. With all the Christian criminals and terrorists we have in this country already, Muslims are not nearly your biggest threat. You are afraid because you are misguided, misinformed and your mind and hearts are closed. Do yourselves a favor and try to be inclusive instead of reclusive and you will find there is nothing to fear in any religion.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:00 am |
  2. blinktwice

    Paranoia much?

    September 6, 2012 at 3:49 am |
    • awojoone

      K I L L T H E M A L L !!! ""And let my god sort them out""!!!!

      September 6, 2012 at 4:25 am |
  3. Terry Brookman

    There main job is to keep a enemy in front of the American people, the fear factor. That is the game they play as they rob us and whoever is president is in their pocket, just ask JFK. People think what they want them to think, they own the media and the people who feed us the BS. Obama is the worst ever but good at the job they want him to do, money is power and Obama is breaking the bank. We owe everyone and the bill will be paid for with our freedom, of the fourteen trillion Obama has added to the debt nine trillion went to the banksters in Europe to prop up the Euro. We will be paying the people who we gave money to plus interest, bend over twice. I wonder how much Obama will get? Bill still gets fifty grand for a speaking engagement and his preferred stock is private prisons, a bill he pushed and passed when he was in office, just politics.

    September 6, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • Lind

      Worst of all, Obama is a muslim friend. That's more than enough reason not to vote for him.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • Truth

      Hey fellow Americans, I highly suggest you google "Muslim attacking Christians Dearborn" Michigan. You will not believe this video. All the Muslims 100s start stoning the Christians at an Obama speech. It was also the speech where Obama said to all the Muslims " what a time in american where a misnamed barack hussain Obama, I elected president of the united states". He clearly makes reference to his Muslim heritage and embraces with the crowd. Just freaking amazing!!

      September 6, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • Truth

      The mainstream media blacked out this story.

      Hey fellow Americans, I highly suggest you google "Muslim attacking Christians Dearborn" Michigan. You will not believe this video. All the Muslims 100s start stoning the Christians at an Obama speech. It was also the speech where Obama said to all the Muslims " what a time in american where a misnamed barack hussain Obama, I elected president of the united states". He clearly makes reference to his Muslim heritage and embraces with the crowd. Just freaking amazing!

      September 6, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      Muslims are often crazy and dangerous yes.

      Obama is NOT a Muslim. In fact the US military is killing muslim terorrists by the thousands and Obama is the commander in chief of that military. Obama got Osama.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • truthserum007

      You seem very disturbed. Turn off Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh and come back to reality.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  4. Lossinger


    Qur'an:8:7 "Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: 'Wipe the infidels out to the last.'"

    Qur'an:8:39 "So, fight them till all opposition ends and the only religion is Islam."

    Bukhari:V4B52N220 "Allah's Apostle said, 'I have been made victorious with terror.'"

    Qur'an:8:12 "I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle."

    Qur'an:8:57 "If you gain mastery over them in battle, inflict such a defeat as would terrorize them [infidels], so that they would learn a lesson and be warned."

    Ishaq:326 "If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah's enemies."

    Qur'an:8:67 "It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land."

    September 6, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • The Duke

      Great post.

      You forgot this one:

      "Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and KILL HIM; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews."
      Sahih Muslim 41:6985

      September 6, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • Razorhead

      Yep! Unlike the bible, the koran is (according to islam) god's word. And the koran commands muslims to kill in the name of islam. So basically god tells muslims to kill us non-muslims.
      Islam-appeasers keep claiming there's comparable verses in the bible which is not really correct because the verses there
      1) do not command Christians to kill
      2) are descriptions of events that happened long before Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was born
      3) are in the Old Testament and thus not Jesus' teachings
      4) Jesus preached love, peace and forgiveness (unlike Mohammed who killed and preached, war, slavery, hate and murder).

      September 6, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Peace all over Islam.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:11 am |
    • Truth

      Hey fellow Americans, I highly suggest you google "Muslim attacking Christians Dearborn" Michigan. You will not believe this video. All the Muslims 100s start stoning the Christians at an Obama speech. It was also the speech where Obama said to all the Muslims " what a time in american where a misnamed barack hussain Obama, I elected president of the united states". He clearly makes reference to his Muslim heritage and embraces with the crowd. Just freaking amazing!

      September 6, 2012 at 3:15 am |
    • abcd

      Lossinger you are twisting the words from Quran All of your references are wrong and twisted.
      Seem like you are among those reference in this article as the real culprits behind these organized hate groups

      September 6, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  5. Bryan Moffitt

    People talk about Muslim vs. Christian like it has just been an issue since 9/11. This disagreement has been around much longer than our country has. The Muslim religion wants to dominate the World and get rid of Christianity. Since WW!, that is no longer an option. People in the past decided that Muslims ruling the world was unacceptable. I agree with them. We believe as a nation that people should be allowed to practice whatever religion they decide. The Muslims believe that they should rule the world and that Sharia Law should be the law of all nations. That is why when anyone attacks Israel, they will get a good old fashion butt kicking from the United States. You pro-Muslim folks need to read your history and understand that you will not be running the world during our lifetime. The Ottoman Empire screwed things up so bad that any talk of return to that will be met with missiles.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • Truth

      The mainstream media blacked out this story

      Hey fellow Americans, I highly suggest you google "Muslim attacking Christians Dearborn" Michigan. You will not believe this video. All the Muslims 100s start stoning the Christians at an Obama speech. It was also the speech where Obama said to all the Muslims " what a time in american where a misnamed barack hussain Obama, I elected president of the united states". He clearly makes reference to his Muslim heritage and embraces with the crowd. Just freaking amazing!

      September 6, 2012 at 3:21 am |
    • foreigner

      say sellam to your mama.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:23 am |
  6. A-Rod

    Islam – the religion of bigots, hypocrites, terrorists, racists and haters.

    Yet CNN keeps defending it.

    Tells me all I have to know about CNN.


    September 6, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • Truth

      Hey fellow Americans, I highly suggest you google "Muslim attacking Christians Dearborn" Michigan. You will not believe this video. All the Muslims 100s start stoning the Christians at an Obama speech. It was also the speech where Obama said to all the Muslims " what a time in american where a misnamed barack hussain Obama, I elected president of the united states". He clearly makes reference to his Muslim heritage and embraces with the crowd. Just freaking amazing! Main stream Media blacked out this story!

      September 6, 2012 at 3:18 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      Truth here is employing taqiyya to divide and distract us from their advances.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:20 am |
  7. Phenobarbitol

    Of course they are troubled by it, wouldn't it be odd if they weren't?

    September 6, 2012 at 2:47 am |
  8. Social Capitalist

    I have tried to post this twice and it doesn't show. I can only conclude it is too long so I have broken it into two posts.

    Hypothetically, for the sake of discussion, let's say that you Islamaphobes actually do understand the heart and soul of the Koran's teachings. The vast majority of Muslims worldwide are nevertheless co-operating with us in our actions against the jihadists. They at least claim to disagree with you and act as if they disagree. If your thesis is correct they are apostate Muslims, but they do not consider themselves to be such.

    Even if you are truly convinced that your position, which is in agreement with the jihadists, is in fact correct, I don't understand why you would want to encourage moderate Muslims to reconsider their positions. I would think that from your viewpoint it would be advantageous to encourage Moderate Muslims to stay that way.

    Instead you are broadcasting that the west hates Islam, and they are bad Muslims. Pragmatically speaking, that just doesn't seem to be strategically expedient to me. I think talaban recruiters might find this helpful. The standard answer to this is that people don't care about what is said in blogs, Muslims aren't reading this. Well, you obviously care about what is said in blogs, and you are reading it.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      "Kill 'em all."

      Thomas Johnathan "Stonewall" Jackson

      September 6, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      The Taliban thanks you for your invaluable help with radicalizing American Muslims, Lucy. Satan is especially pleased with your work and wants you to know that you can take some R & R back in Pakistan now.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  9. Just call me Lucifer

    Religion is a virus. It must be eradicated to keep it from spreading and infecting susceptible humans. The truth shall set us all free.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • Phenobarbitol

      Why do atheists keep stating that religion is a disease, an insane danger to humanity? It's such an ill thought glib response, religion does not have a monopoly on dogma. Any dogmatic movement, political or religious has, does and could go down the dark path. Remember Communism? Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, need I go on? How many millions died in gulags, forced labor camps because they were "bourgeiouse" counter-revolutionaries? Or Nazism, which was just racist anti-Semitic insanity which didn't give a damn about religion, except that of Hitler's bizarro Aryan supremacy.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:07 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Lucy is just proselytizing, everyone wants others to accept their religion and dogma as correct. We Christians have Satan and his servants as the enemy, and atheists have religion and believers as their enemy, and explanation for the existence of evil.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      This is a form of taqiyya, pretending to be atheist and attacking all religions whenever there is bad news about islam. It's acceptable to deny islam to further its aims.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  10. stasha

    Islam gave us the majority of the math and science we have today and was once one of the greatest cultures in the world. Yeah you know what they have radicals that skew the Q'uran just like catholics have the vatican that skew the bible to their neds and just like christians used the bible to justify the crusades. Every religion has their block of nut jobs who totally desecrate what the religion actually stands for.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      That is an extreme lie. Islam is making claims on the cultures it conquered. Most of those things you described predate Islam..

      September 6, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      Just another taqiyya post. They shamelessly lie about thigns Islam never created and gave the world. Islam has only invented a lot of misery to add to whatever is already existing.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Luke

      Not true. Math came from India and was invented by Hindus. Same goes for chess.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • Lind

      Yeah. Taqqia. Islam never achieved anything so they have to resort to lying.
      Islam is soo backward and a complete failure.
      Why do we even pollute our country with this cult.
      Muslim immigration should be stopped now.
      I will never vote for a politician who is not against islam, muslim immigration and sharia.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:12 am |
    • Setta

      The Urartu and Sumerians were the first to study the stars and create astronomical maps. Persian Zoroastrians and Greeks formalized and developed new systems to further astronomy. Mathematics began in Babylon and Egypt and was advanced by the Rationalist Greeks such as Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid. After the Arabs reached India during their bloody Muslim conquests, they discovered an existing system of numerals called the Hindustani numerals. They "borrowed" it, brought it back to the Arab world where it proceeded to be misrepresented throughout the Western world as "Arabic" numerals. After the Moors invaded Spain, there was a period of darkness where virtually no scientific advancements were made. The Renaissance began in 1300 – after the Muslim Moors had been driven out of Spain – resulting in the rise of scientists such as daVinc and Gallileoi. The Muslims stole the mathematics and science of other people (after killing them en masse) and then redacted them as Muslim sourcework. The number of Muslim "scientists" who actually developed an original idea? Zero. The so-called Golden Age of Muslim science was in fact the last vestiges of the Zoroastrian, Christian and Hindu people who had been forcibly converted to Islam. For approx. three centuries, there was progress in the Muslim world due to the residual traces of the old religions. As soon as those generations died away – so did the "Golden Age."

      September 6, 2012 at 3:28 am |
  11. Sharad k Surujnath

    Religion as a fundamental is fair but for those who use religion as a tool of war should be cut off from society. Unfortunately Muslims believe just that as did the catholic's did during the crusades. But those times have changed. The hatred preached in the name of god is horrible. hatred is widespread in all religions. In countries where religion is a freedom (mass of different religions) compared to countries where religion is basically muslim as a majority you see the hate towards other religions.And when the muslim religion is the minority religion and they are treated otherwise how they become e the victims. But in their countries the kill and hate other religions. And yes this is a religion that preaches love (my backside). From my time here in a muslim country, the amount of liars and deceitful Muslims are too many to count. Whether they are from my current location or Muslims from another part of the world. They can burn flags, bibles, people or what ever they see fit to and that is acceptable. No out cry or a peep. Who condemns these awful acts. NO ONE!!!! Heck they will even set up a child with down syndrome (christian to say), lock her up in a an adult prison and no one should say anything. But let these people come to country that is majority christian they want to be treated the same as if they are in a Muslim country. If you want the same treatment, buy a ticket and go live there. But they won't because they don't have the freedom to do as they please. This the problem with the christian countries. They give too much freedom and lose it's own belief. As I was growing up we always stood up in the morning and said our pledge of allegiance every morning, Where has that gone? Why is it gone? If you live in America you should pledge your allegiance to that country. If not please buy a ticket and head off to your former residence. Go to a school in a Muslim country and see how many other religious studies there are. NONE!!! Only Muslim. So why should kid in other parts of the world have to learn about Muslims? Is it so we can please them? And yet they plan and carry out hate in our own back yards. To finish a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian pray to their god to kill the other. So all three drops dead. Same god!!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • foreigner

      we know hindy opinion about muslims.hindus in india treat christians like pigs.so,nice try,but you missed.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  12. Akib

    If Muslims treat women so badly according to all the haters here, how come the three largest Islamic countries in the world Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh all had women head of the government and the most advanced and progressive state in the world, the beacon of hope and example for others had none, ever?

    September 6, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • foreigner

      when americans badmouth people,they don't bother to check the facts.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • Weatherman

      Qur'an 4:34 "Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is most high."

      September 6, 2012 at 2:54 am |
    • Weatherman

      Qur'an 38:41-44 "And remember Our servant Ayyub, when he called upon his Lord: The Shaitan has afflicted me with toil and torment. Urge with your foot; here is a cool washing-place and a drink. And We gave him his family and the like of them with them, as a mercy from Us, and as a reminder to those possessed of understanding. And take in your hand a green branch and BEAT HER with It and do not break your oath; surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent m returning (to Allah)."

      September 6, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • Akib

      Ezekiel 23:20-21
      There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled

      September 6, 2012 at 3:52 am |
  13. foreigner

    hatred is integral part of american being.hatred is more american than apple pie or superbowl.americans never got fully civilized.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • Dana78

      couldn't agree more. we are regressing as a country. 🙁

      September 6, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  14. Lawrence

    Of course people are against these people because a majority of them are against the USA.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Dana78

      "these people?!" american muslims are very much part of the fabric of america.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • foreigner

      we are not against usa,we are against wars and bullying.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:33 am |


    September 6, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      I bet 100% of people who believe in gods are weak-willed sheep.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • Johnny

      Islam is a religion, not a race. Don't conflate the two. Also, stop trolling and shut up.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:28 am |
    • ChenDongWong

      Nope. I am Asian and despise islam. And many people I know who despise islam as well are actually Africans, african-americans, east asians or Indians. This on top of all the white folks.
      How could anyone sane like islam?

      September 6, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  16. Social Capitalist

    It really is a shame that 1/2 of the people are stupid. That's not opinion that is an unfortunate fact of reality. 1/2 of the population has an IQ of 100 or less. It is these dim-wits (mostly Republicans) which cause all the trouble.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Mike Speakman

      You really go no farther than looking in a mirror to see a true dim-wit. You are no better than the worst worst racist in the KKK. An Independent by the way.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      My IQ is 135. What's your's rocket scientist? It is not racism or bigotry to call a duck a duck.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • Ross

      Ha! I have a doctoral degree (no kidding) and dislike islam more than anything else.
      Smart people oppose islam because they realize how evil it is. Numb nuts don't because they are gullible and stupid.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Ross, people with PHD's never just say they have one. They say I am a Doctor of (something). I'm not concerned about you hating Islam. I'm concerned that you are encouraging moderate Muslims, especially in America, to hate Americans. That's why I say you people just aren't very bright. If you oppose Islam your tactics are stupid in the extreme.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:48 am |
  17. ScottCA


    September 6, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • Pork chops plz

      That's nice but this is really a trick to divide us against saying bad things against muslims and instead focus on other internal divisions of other religious natures.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  18. reader

    Read the facts and go to:

    People are getting paid to spread hatred. Lobbies everywhere in America to make public away from real fact whether it is about religion belief , healthcare, MSG corn or products......

    September 6, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • ScottCA

      To argue on the side of religion against the process of rational and logical deduction of the natural world, is to paint yourself asinine, for you doom yourself to be proven wrong. A small thing called reality keeps getting in the way.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  19. ScottCA

    Good talk on Atheism

    September 6, 2012 at 1:36 am |
  20. ScottCA

    Seeing through the nonsense of religious lies.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:32 am |
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