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

Filed under: Islam • Politics • Tennessee

soundoff (2,383 Responses)
  1. Ahmet Seyhan

    My dear Christian brothers and sisters,
    It appears to me so, most of you do not not what actually islam is. It is in the nature of the humans to be afraid of something which they do not know.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • JR

      Christians seem to Fear something called Hell, how is that any different?

      September 6, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      There are no brothers and sisters in any religion. Just masters and servants. Fools and the foolers. Islam is a lie.
      No god ever spoke to mohammed (peace all over him) or wrote a book. There are no gods. Grow up.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • Sniper9021


      First, of all I don't think anyone is scared. Secondly, Muslims don't have the right to come to the USA and start forcing people to convert to Islam. Christians, Hindus, Buddhist and other religions have the right to pray to who they want. Islam doesnt have much tolerance.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:03 am |
    • Randy

      I think we know everything we need to know about your desert fairytale. Believe what you want, rube, just keep it to yourself.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:03 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Randy's words should be applied to all religions.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • Frank

      That we do not know? We know 911, we know that ISLAM and the KORAN was the "ONLY" motivator of all those involved and the WORLD WIDE CHEERING of the Muslim world let us all know what ISLAM and the KORAN teach! There are people murdered and genocide being performed EVERY SINGLE DAY in countries all over the world in the name of ISLAM and "ONLY" ISLAM, no other religion or even cult for that matter is murdering people for their GOD, to rid the world of everyone and every thing "NON MUSLIM" There has never been a nation in the history of mankind that has "EVER" lived in peace along side a sizable population of Muslims in the entire history of mankind, the country "Always" ends up in civil war and chaos just like Lebanon which was a free, peaceful Christian nation in the 70's then the Muslims turned on them! And the free world is suppose to think we are going to be the first to live in peace with ISLAM!? WE WONT! IT WILL END IN CIVIL WAR!

      They do this because their GOD and their KORAN "DEMAND" all Muslims to do as a DUTY to ISLAM and ALLAH! Thats all we need to know to BAN ISLAM from the free world because its against the RELIGION OF ISLAM to assimilate into a non Muslim nation much less to even befriend a non Muslim is a dire SIN in ISLAM! Look it up, those facts are all in the KORAN and as the Koran says, its not up for interpretation because the Koran is said to be the word of their phony, twisted, blood thirsty GOD!

      Dont pi$$ down my back and tell me its raining buddy! ISLAM is the new Adolph Hitler of the 21st century and posses a much worse threat than Na zi Germany every did! Just keep your eyes on the middle east and Europe and watch ISLAM DESTROY them both while they are working on America, Canada and Australia which are the only nations left with a chance to BAN THIS SCOURGE "ISLAM" from the earth!

      Has anyone ever read anything "GOOD" about Islam? No, JUST HORROR and GENOCIDE EVERY DAY! What do they do FOR people, to help people? NOTHING, its against their religion, they are commanded to HATE freedom and every thing Americans stand for! That's in their Koran too!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Buddhist Monk

      I don't know of any religion in modern times that still kills its members for perceived religious crimes other than Islam. When Islam pulls its head out of the dark ages then maybe I would change my mind about Muslims.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • wjshelton

      Frank, I apologize for my earlier comment about you not reading much history. I need to amend it somewhat: you don't read much of anything, do you? Where do you get your information? It certainly isn't from reliable, verifiable sources.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  2. atomD21

    Muslim is the new Black! It's sad but hardly surprising to see this ignorance and hatred increasing. As for Sharia Law, does anyone in their right mind actually think that will find its way into our government? The people of this country would not stand for ridiculous things such as barring women from education and executing practicing ho mo se xu als... Stop associating all Muslims with Bin Laden.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • AusieSceptic1

      the fundamentalist baptist version of sharia will sneak in ahead of islam's version, if the fundamentalists get their way

      September 6, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • Frank

      Google guideance residention and note the heading of this Muslim website "Home Ownership
      the Sharia Way" yes IN AMERICA!

      Europe said the same thing, they now have over a hundred Shariah Courts and Shariah Finance (Banks). They are creating a complete parallel society with their own laws, courts and finance right in the FACE of the Europeans with the blessing of their own government! Thats how they take over countries without firing a shot. We already have Shariah Compliant Finance in America, the courts are right around the corner and dont think that MUSLIM in the White House will stop them! HE IS ONE!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Frank

      Google guidance residential. TYPO

      September 6, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  3. Kebos

    Islam is like any other religion. Total mind control with the view that you will be killed if you don't conform. Not so strong is this sentiment in America as in Eastern countries but give it time. It will develop into that if allowed.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Frank

      With the "VIEW OF"

      Hey buddy, they slaughter people EVERY DAY all over the world in the name of ISLAM! No other religion on earth has done that in 1500 years! ISLAM DOES IT DAILY EVERY DAY!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • wjshelton

      Frank, you don't read much history, do you?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  4. Altee11

    Saudi Arabia has very oppressive leadership and it is the host nation for two of Islam's holiest sites. That leadership is very oppressive; it is anti-democratic. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood gave birth to Ayman al Zawahiri, leader of al Qaeda. Iran has thugs hiding behind Islam. These are very badly led places and these leaders are trying to spread their oppression. Everything is run by people; it's the people running things who can be good or bad. If a very large number are bad, then people get concerned. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran are very influential to hundreds of millions of people; the leaders are not democratic, nor tolerant, but claim Islam as their basis of belief, so these leaders represent Islam worldwide in a bad way.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • Kebos

      If not for oil, Saudia Arabia would be a backwards nation with little attention paid to it. But for the time being, there is money in those sand dunes and American interest and support as a result. Islam would be nothing if not for oil.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • harlequin

      The Salafist -Movement which bread Al-Qaida and originated in Egypt as a result of American support for an oppressive dictatorship that has just recently been replaced. Salafist are generally Sunni and have no ties with the Shia Islam in Iran.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:51 am |
  5. chuckmartel

    Considering all the crazy religion nonsense in the US, the last thing this country needs are a bunch of rag headed, dark age primitives who whip out rugs and pray 5 times a day. Standing around shoeless at airports with 3 oz carry on is also a nice celebration of their diversity.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • nick

      So why dont you dum Americans get the f–k out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Both wars started on false lies and you dum Americans believed your dum former president Bush. By the way your former president Bush knew before hand about the attacks of 9/11. what president would do that to his own fellow people. Islam is one of the biggest and fastest religion growing in the U.S.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • Chris

      Before Nick starts calling people dumb, he really needs to learns how to spell the word. Right dum dum?

      September 6, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  6. Luis Wu

    I hate all religions equally.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • Kebos

      Me too. Total mind control meant to gain control, wealth and power. Made by man for man.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Now you're talking about Republicans.

      September 7, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  7. yo!

    i work with quite a few muslims and they're cool.

    some do come off as arrogant and i associate that with their religion. its like they go pray and come back with a chip on their shoulder like they know whats up in a sea of heathens. whats weird and difficult to contemplate is how to be cool with that in the presence of the reality of other self-righteous actions ppl practicing islam have done to our country.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • chuckmartel

      they don't sound very cool.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • yo!

      but i think i'm getting to the source of the problem. self-righteousness rationalized terrorism. so whenever a muslim is self-righteous concerning their religion even in subtle ways, its potentially going to make some ppl uncomfortable.

      and while most muslims are cool, every religion has self-righteous followers who like power instead of love.
      and that's where we are.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • Frank

      See how "COOL" they are when their population increases. They will turn on you like a rabid dog when the time comes!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  8. Counting Wizard

    I can't believe this topic is still an issue. Are people really that blind to their own hypocrisy and their own humanity? Muslims don't believe in a global caliphate; islam is just the boogyman that televangelists at the megachurches have come up with to make money off of dvd sales.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Peedy Oor-ree-on

      If you believe it's a radical witchhunt, you should check out the website, IslamQ&A.com. Islam is not a religion, it is a theocracy.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • WASP

      @peedy: the only difference between a religion and a theocrasy is one is practiced by the people the other is practiced by the government.

      when any religion is endorsed by a government and practiced by a government then that government becomes a theocrasy, otherwise it's just a religion followed by a country.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Frank

      Tell that to those living in Europe who's nation is being taken over by them! Paris looks like PAKISTAN!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • WASP

      @frank: paris has always had a large islamic/muslim population due to the invasion of islam bad during the middle ages. if not for the actions of el sid to stop their forward motion islam would have truly conquered europe

      so it's not that more muslims are moving into europe, it's the fact that they have always been there.......they just weren't paid much attention until recent years.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Frank

      ISLAM is a Violent Radical Ideology. Not a religion. Read about the slaughters all over the world. Google it. You wont find anything on the liberal websites but whitewashed BS!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  9. Jesus

    I am here now to tell you that as the son of GOD, the Muslums are a bunch of goat loving phycho's that can't quite understand that they are not wanted here in the U.S. They bomb us and can't understand why we don't want them. They sicken us up here in heaven and they always end up going down than up. To all you Muslums down there, "we dont want you". Our father says that they are a vial group of camel fcks. AMEN.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      The taliban want you to know that your invaluable help in furthering the cause of radical Islam is greatly appreciated. Satan wants you to know that he thinks calling yourself Jesus was a nice touch (he loves it when people blaspheme the son of G*D) and you will be getting extra drug rations this payday. Hitler wants you to know how very much he appreciates you carrying on his legacy. The daemons of Hell are composing a song in your honor and hope to have it posted on Republican web sites by this weekend! Don't you feel Proud!!!

      September 6, 2012 at 5:35 am |
    • The real Jesus

      Odd, that doesn't sound like something I'd say.

      I believe I'd say something more like:

      But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
      Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
      And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
      Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
      And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • Kebos

      Ok, Jeaus. BTW, someone needs to tell you, you're part of the problem. Please go away for another few thousand years. 🙂

      September 6, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • atomD21

      The OP Jesus is most definitely the real Jesus to the vast majority of the churches in this country. Hatred and bigotry in his name are all but basic tenets of the Evangelical arm of Christianity. It's pretty disgusting. I hope and pray for a rise in Christians that are sick of the political nonsense and absolutely unchristlike teachings hijacking the church.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  10. Eligah G. Barrett Jr

    Do we understand what is going on. We as a nations is so lostin what really is happing here down below. Our god has a plan but do we truly understand what it si or are we just going though the motions

    September 6, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Our god has a plan but do we truly understand what it si or are we just going though the motions"

      Who is "our god"? This should be good.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:33 am |
  11. Hasan

    Dear All, i just want to clear a few things even if one of you all understands it i will feel accomplished.

    1. Real Muslim are bound to give more education to women than men as they are the center of education themselves.

    2. In Islam one cannot force a women to marry someone if she doesn't want to.

    3. One cannot be a true Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus.

    4. One cannot be a Muslim if he respects other religions, as Christians and Jews Specially are like brothers for Muslims.

    5. Killing is out of question.

    Find the answers to your questions by yourself people... please don't let the mass media guide you.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Hasan, thank you for posting. I think you made a typo on number 4. I think you wrote respects where you meant disrespects.

      Please encourage moderate Muslims to participate in these discussions. The Islamaphobes are constantly asking why more moderate Muslims are not speaking out against the radicals. It doesn't matter that they will call you a liar, and say it's all part of the Islamic conspiracy. You won't be speaking to the Islamaphobes, you will be speaking to those they might recruit if they go unchallenged. Liberal Christians are defending you, but we need your help or there will but lynch mobs hanging innocent American Muslims soon. The Islamaphobes are by far the most dangerous of our homegrown radicals.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • SImran

      Well said Hasan,
      I agree with what you say. Most Muslims that I personally know are very good people.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Muslim lover

      The question is can you or will you say the same thing when you are in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan...its nice of you to project your own people as very nice ...but unfortunately your BS does not pass the smell test. Switch your fricking TV on or read some newspapers...also a visit to downtown Manhattan may help.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • Kebos

      The point is Muslims are people first. And people are people wherever you go. What it takes to spoil that is an ideology, a religion, to differentiate these people, moderate for many, extreme for some, to spoil the whole batch. Moderate beliefs are a breeding ground for those that take it to the next level, who become extremists. And when a religion becomes a monopoly in a particular region, extremism becomes prevalent.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • Frank

      Everything Hasan said is a direct contradiction to the KORAN. More Taqiya to open the door for them to invade this nation. No nation in the history of mankind has "EVER" lived in peace with a sizable Muslim population. "NEVER" Any complete M oron that thinks Europe, Canada, U.S. or Australia is "miraculously" going to be the first one in the history of mankind to live in peace with Muslims and ISLAM is crazy as he11 or simply has the mind of a child.

      LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THIS CULT. Look at Lebanon in the 70's. Majority Christian, welcomed the Muslims with open arms to their FREE country and the BAM! As soon as they got enough of the population the bombs and rockets started falling on Lebanon and now its run by Muslims and Sharia Law!

      Thats how ISLAM ROLLS!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • Frank

      What do you think would happen to this guy in a Muslim country for making these comments? We all know what would happen. He is whitewashing ISLAM to proselytize and recruit more soldiers of Allah for the eventual take over of the U.S. as commanded by their KORAN and their GOD. Their KORAN makes it clear that their duty is world domination by any means necessary and to make ISLAM to "ONLY" supreme religion on earth. THATS WRITTEN IN THEIR KORAN!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Simran

      You make it sound like the Muslims migrated to Lebanon from some other place and then took over control of the region! So sad, you donot look into a region's history. Lebanon has been a focus of inter-religious strife between Christians and Muslims for centuries ever since the first crusades. This time, the Arabs got the upper hand and Christians complain!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  12. Eligah G. Barrett Jr

    History and Prophecy of the Middle East

    The next time you read about peace in the Middle East, consider the facts: For over 4,000 years, the Middle East has been fraught with cultural, political and religious violence. Much of this history is recorded in the history book almost no one relies on the Holy Bible. And what makes the Bible so unique, compared to other historical accounts, is that it is recorded much of this history before it occurred!

    September 6, 2012 at 4:53 am |
  13. ScottCA

    A hero for all humanity

    September 6, 2012 at 4:49 am |
    • rhondajo3

      How can anyone say that Jesus is the founder of hate? Have you read the New Testament? Have you read Jesus' words? There is no hate there. You are trying to blame Christianity for all of the world's troubles. It isn't going to work....

      September 6, 2012 at 5:40 am |
  14. Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes nothing, but it is a good way to make a childish @ss of yourself talking to imaginary friends.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 6, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  16. Wolff Bachner

    this article totally ignores the massive abuses by Islam throughout the Muslim world. but living with lies is the new American way. I am a proud son of America and I want no part of anyone's oppressive ideology. Sharia dictates every moment of life from cradle to grave, and has no business even being considered in an American Court room. stop making excuses for immigrants who try to turn their new home into a smaller version of the hellhole they left and tell them to learn English and assimilate. no more enclaves like Dearborn.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • Lysette

      Do not confuse abuses by governments, warlords and criminals with religion. When the USA bombed and killed children, was that an act of Christian atrocity? To say all that is bad in another nations is because of a religion is hypocritical when at the same time the USA has committed unspeakable horrors but calmly justifies them as "regrettable collateral damage".

      September 6, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • B.S.

      Lysette, do not confuse US military action with religious actions. Muslim nations jail, harm, and kill those that go against their religion. The US does not do that and is therefore not hipocritical.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  17. Social Capitalist

    CNN please fix your web site. I don't think having to try to make the same post two dozen times before it actually shows up is going to encourage discussion. Have you started pre-screening posts, or are you just IT challenged?

    September 6, 2012 at 4:14 am |
    • Go

      It's because they know you're a greedy idiot. We don't need more greedy idiots or their comments. Go suck on Ayn Rand's baggy old dried up flapjacks!

      September 6, 2012 at 4:55 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Hello Go, actually I'm a progressive Democrat and Obama supporter. Ayn Rand is the Lyin' Rayn's hero, mine is FDR.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:05 am |
  18. truthserum007

    It has been Christian Americans doing all the mass killings in this country. It has been Christians with a history of attacking Blacks, immigrants, especially Hispanics, burning churches etc. How can they criticize another religion with the violent, criminal history they have. It is not the religion people. There are good and bad people who claim to be part of all religions.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  19. Social Capitalist

    All you Islamaphobes are doing a great job of turning all Muslims everywhere against America. If you actually succeed we will have to fight 1.2 billion people. Taliban recruiters love you and want you to know how much they appreciate your vitally needed help in furthering the cause of radical Islam and the jihad against America. US Military Intelligence wants you to know that you are being watched closely, and giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war is a serious offense.

    You must be an extremely cowardly bunch if you fear 1% of the population. The FBI wants to know if you are just using a cause to get recruits for you own revolution, or if you are radical Muslims just trying to stir up support for jihadists?

    September 6, 2012 at 4:04 am |
    • Ash

      If only every country in the world starts attacking jihad Islam by doing what General Pershing did... we can save all the expense and trouble of home land security..... simply by using Pershing doctrine.

      When General Pershing was troubled by Muslim terrorists in Philippines in the 50's, he did something every government around the world should try.... he caught a bunch of camel jocks, made them dig up their own grave pit, rubbed some pig blood on all of them, shot most of them and dumped their bodies and a pig carcass on top of those bodies and made sure the remaining Mohmads watched this. The 2-3 Mohmads that remained were allowed to runaway, and guess what, Phillipines was spared problems from MohMads for another 50 years. Genius idea. If you can take away the prospect of heaven and the associated 72 virgins from Mohamad men, there is no more Jihad and terrorism... they can all return to sheep and goat rearing quickly.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:34 am |
  20. southernwonder

    my hindu friend once told me that the hindus of india terribly suffer from the stockholm syndrome vis-a-vis islam and muslims. this could explain the hindu author moni basu who has a pattern of talking islam periodically. why would she not talk about the state hindus in usa?

    September 6, 2012 at 4:01 am |
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