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. jose

    look at egypt and the persecution of christians, look at the middleast and the mess islam brings..doesnt take a genius to figure out islam is bad.. watch this and learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERou_Q5l9Gw

    September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Jt_flyer

      Don't confuse American Muslims with evil, fanatic, militant, jihadists we read about every day. Religious tollerence was what brought the first Europeans to the New World.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Jt_flyer..........they are devout to the same book you read. There instructions are laid out in the Koran. They are just more devout to it than you are. I don't deny you your right to worship how you want to, Islam is what does that and demands that the infadels be killed. It's in your Koran.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Thomas Mann

      Jt_flyer, Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil!

      September 6, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  2. balls

    I have nothing against muslims but I do have to say that any muslim who moved to the US after 911 has some real guts and courage. I would never move to a country in which my culture or ethnicity was repsonsible for the largest attack on a country.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Kat

      I agree with you partially, but violence (when you aren't a member of the Taliban) is far worse in their own country. They came to America for less violence you could say.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • omar

      Is this the new norm? If one or two people of a large group commit a crime, does that mean the entire group is held responsible?What typed of logic is this?

      September 6, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Aces High

      Not guts and courage, just an agenda.

      September 6, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  3. Derick

    These professed Americans who make these ridiculous comments forget that America was founded on one of the principles that you are free to practice whatever religion you wish. When hate is in peoples heart values, rules, and morality get thrown out the window. Islam did not arrive here after 9/11 its just that these small staes seem to have trouble accepting what is no familiar to them. NY, LA, Chicago and many other cities are not new to Muslims and Muslim ways as they have been part of their make up for decades if not longer. These folks should get a life, they seem to forget the Crusades, and the way they treated the Indians, and Slavery and racism perpetrated against every race that lives here who is non-white.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • JDMAZZ


      You sound like a person who would have greeted the nazi's with open arms. "Oh their way is just differant, just because they think differantly we should love them. Even though their culture wants to wipe ours out we should open our homes to them" WAKE UP

      September 6, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Amniculi

      Just as not every German was a Nazi, not every Muslim is a fanatic. In fact the vast majority of them aren't. There just normal people trying to make a better life for themselves in the Land of Opportunity. A good comparison of what you are saying would be like saying every Christian is a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. It's prejudicial and it's insulting. Take your bigotry and go home.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Amniculi


      September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  4. omar

    "I cannot stress enough the seriousness of their push to spread their religion to all non-Muslims throughout our country,"
    What is wrong with the free exchange of ideas and dialogue? Why is it ok for jehova's Witnesses to go around door to door spreading their religion and christian missionaries all over the world trying to convert people? Why is it a problem only when muslims talk to others about their religion to try to combat negative stereotypes? Give me just one case in the US where someone tried to convert a christian or jew at gunpoint,doesn't exist? The quran clearly states that there is no compulsion in faith. Why is an entire religion blamed for the actions of a tiny minority? As a muslim american, I can tell you that I believe in american ideals and I am not less american than any adherents of any other faith and I am not alone in that belief.Most Muslim AMericans are proud of their American culture and appreciate the freedoms that we enjoy , No one wants to inpose Sharia Law on anyone.So stop the hate mongering and intolerance!! THe comment about worshiping a rock clearly shows the ignorance the writer has about Islam. We worship the same god that christians and jews worship.Allah in arabic means god(god of abraham).so Allah(islam) =god the father(christianity) = yahweh (judaism).We all worship the same god!!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      http://christianpersecutioninamerica.com/category/states/michigan/...There's you one. Would you like more!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • omar

      atheist hunter posted a story form an islamophobic site that hasn't been posted on any credible news site.WHy is that? Because it's a fake story that islamophobes created that is nothing but a lie.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      omar.........We're not talking about trying to peacefully convert others to your religion. We're talking about devotion to beliefs that demands you destroy all infadels, just because of their beliefs and kill people who refuse to convert. It demands you beat and mutilate your wife, behead your own children, and teaches that none are worthy to live except Muslims. You truly don't have a clue what you are talking about. Although I don't agree with the teaching of Jehovah's witnesses, they do not demand conversion or death. Negative stereotypes??? What a joke. Do you know anything about the religion you defend? Any negative stereotype comes from the Koran. If they don't want Sharia Law then why do they teach it in the Koran? You need to preach to your fellow Muslims about hate mongering and intolerance. That's a part of your book not ours. You're free to worship how you want and who you want, but so are Christians. The Koran teaches that they should be destroyed. Do you even know the content of the book you carry? There are legal battles in the US right now over imposing Sharia Law, so save it.
      " We worship the same god that christians and jews worship.Allah in arabic means god(god of abraham).so Allah(islam) =god the father(christianity) = yahweh (judaism).We all worship the same god!!!!" You are sadly mistaken. The God of Christians is the ONLY God. The Father of the Only Messiah, Jesus Christ, who already came and died on the cross for all our sins. He is the ONLY son of God, another will not come. That is not the God of Islam. The God of the Bible is love, he desires to have a personal relationship with each of us. He forbids murder. He forbids us to kill you for your beliefs. That is not the God of Islam. The Bible says many will come in my name, but do not be deceived. The God of Christianity is the ALPHA, THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END. THE FIRST AND THE LAST. The only Father of the ONLY BEGOTTON SON, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, the ONLY Messiah! Jesus is the way the truth and the life and NO ONE comes to the Father but by HIM. No, you do not worship my God if you are devout to Islam. Islam is a religion of war and hate who worships a God of War and Hate. My God is LOVE!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Amniculi

      Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, Atheist Hunter.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      omar........ islamaphobia is a crock! Read your Koran and then tell me that we are just islamaphobic. Better yet, read the world news just for today. Look at the hundreds of innocent people dying in the name of Allah! Tell the thousands of fleeing Christians in Syria that they are just islamaphobic. Your God kills innocent babies and women just because they don't worship him. That is not peaceful and the dead people, at his hands, were not islamaphobic. You say I posted from a fake site, of course. You reseach it for yourself because the world news is full of it EVERY DAY, by the hundreds! Jesus is the only way period!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Amniculi.........I don't need advice from atheists who think they evolved from monkeys and who's lives are empty. Don't worry about my kool-aid. Try figuring out why there are exact species of bugs today that were around millions of years ago, identical, that didn't evolve.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Amniculi

      Name one animal that hasn't evolved. Support your argument.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  5. Bruce

    I live in Dearborn, MI a city with a large population of Muslims, and I can tell you this; not once have I ever been at home on a weekend enjoying my afternoon, and have had someone of Islamic faith knock on my door proselytizing their religion to me; however, the same unfortunately cannot be said of Christians or Mormons who have tried to convert me to their faith, by coming to my home or approaching me on the street. I experienced the same thing while serving in the Army as fellow service members tried to convince me I was leading a sinful life, and needed to follow their particular tradition of Christianity. In parts of Central and South America I witnessed both Christian and Mormon missionaries working diligently to spread their faith, never once did I come across a Muslim missionary doing the same. The US Air Force earlier this year launched an investigation into accusations against improper proselytizing from Christian (Not Muslim) Commanders at the Colorado Springs Campus. School-prayer advocates, who push to put prayer back into public schools, want it to be Christian prayer that is brought back in to the school (They don’t want you saying the rosary of course, and certainly wouldn’t propose praying to Allah). They also are pushing to have Creationism, or Intelligent Design taught as acceptable alternatives to Evolution, again these are Christian beliefs only. So although I live in a city consisting of a large population of Muslims, people who are my neighbors and friends, my Doctor and Dentist, the most trusting mechanic I have ever known, people who are my son’s best friends, his fellow classmates, his teachers, coaches, and teammates. Not once has anyone of them betrayed our relationship by trying to convert me to their religion, unfortunately I cannot say the same for the Christians and Mormons who continue the age old crusading intrusive tradition of heartless coercion.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  6. snowboarder

    rest assured that we will work as tirelessly keeping islam from corrupting our government as we do against christianity doing the same.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  7. sharkfisher

    Sharia law is from Satan straight out of hell.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • snowboarder

      just like everything else in religion, it is straight from man for the control of his fellows.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  8. Primewonk

    The fundiot Muslim nutters are no better or no worse than the fundiot Christian nutters. Both groups want to live in a theocracy. Both groups seek to force their bizarre religious drivel into our secular laws. Both groups worship the same sick, sadistic, psychotic, schizophrenic, version of god. The holy books of both groups contain the same commands from this god – kill infidels. Kill gays. Kill women. Seems like the fundiot Christian nutters are upset that the fundiot Muslim nutters obey the commands from this god.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • An Atheist

      agreed, i have a hard time sometimes because i strongly oppose all religions and muslims are one of them and its hard because i hate this countries bigotry so i have to be careful of not being lumped in with that. im completely against sharia law. im a soldier and have seen its results in foreign countries and can tell you, its not pretty. personally i wish there were a way to truly remove religion from our society or move to a place where people came together and came to a consensus that religion is illegal.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  9. sharkfisher

    Muslims all over the world cause the Anti-Islam feelings in America. Muslims here try to hide the true nature of muslims but we see what Islam is like in the rest of the world. Lies,hatred and murder. They will lie about a 9 year old girl to try to legalize killing her.Why? Because she was a christian.Anti-Islam feelings will keep growing here.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  10. cynicalme

    Everything you need to know about Islam you should have learned on 9/11. If you want more, Google "Hindu Holocaust".

    September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • hateislam

      I guess the KKK spells out everything about Chistians???

      September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  11. Scott

    Christians have Hitler and Islam has Osama.........Why can't we be friend, Why can't we be friends?

    September 6, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Scott E. F.

      Hitler was anything but a Christian. The Catholics and Lutherans figured that out really quick. Go read the Declaration of Barman where a number of Lutheran ministers wrote a paper against Hitler. Some of them lost their lives over that stance.

      Now, you were out gassing?

      Scott E. F.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Amniculi

      Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf: "I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews. I am doing the Lord's work."

      September 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  12. Norm

    Sharia...Conservatives ....same thing.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Derek

      Add liberals to your list Norm!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Scott

      The difference between Norm and Derek is that Norm just doesn't care, and Derek is completely clueless.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Derek

      ...and Scott wants to ignore the issue!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Scott

      The only issue is that you are clueless and don't understand the relationship between culture and ideology.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Derek

      You're simply uneducated

      September 6, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  13. billy

    Islam is a sickness and like cancer needs to be destroyed.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Mark

      So we are clear, I am a very devoute Roman-Catholic. Islam is not more of a sickness than being Catholic or Jewish. Even the Catholics and Jewish have radicals that do crazy stuff.

      Anti-Islamism is something being stirred by the media. I have studied their way of life, and although their practice traditions are different, their beliefs on how someone should live is very simliar.

      After all, if you going to do Anti-Ilslamism, then what was Timothy McVey? He was Baptist, I believe. So we should be having Anti-Baptism by that logic. And think about the crusades done by the Roman Catholic Church. Over 1200 years of slaughtering women and children. Or the inquisition, slaughtering of hundreds of women who practiced a peaceful, different way of life (wicca). And even some of them were wrongfully accused.

      It's time to forgive and move on. But never forget. Let's make our country strong and focus on our country instead of others. Let's show we know the right way to live. Let's be morale and virtuous. I leave you with one comment from Jesus which basically said to hold others accountable only when you are sinless. And none of us are!

      September 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Mike

      I couldn't agree more. Also, we don't need nor do we WANT any Islam mosques being built here in the U.S.A. – PERIOD! I have no issues with race. However, whenever it comes to a specific race/culture that prays upon and kills innocent people and forces people to do things that they don't want to do.. then yea, I have a serious problem with that and I will speak my mind about it, period.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Upset&Mad


      what the difference between you showing this much hate and a muslim showing the same – NOT MUCH – just as you said it like cancer you on other hand are a waste of DNA strands that make up your stupidity, you are a waste of the O2 that you breath!


      September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Ace

      Religion is a sickness created by man to control the people, and use it to validate violence.
      Jesus tought the word of God.
      John Lennon was right.
      Spiritualism is the answer.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Primewonk

      " Also, we don't need nor do we WANT any Islam mosques being built here in the U.S.A. – PERIOD!"

      Cool. And I don't want fundiot nutter Christian churches being built here either. Wait – I bet you have a problem with that, right?

      September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  14. Michael, Chapel Hill.

    In India where Islam invaded with – will cut your throat or convert- policy later became more moderate like Hindus. However, moderatin has almost ended and Muslim youth is turning to terrorism and terrorist training. Sariah is in the heart of many... atleast in a limited way.
    Islam has the same 1400 year old policy of whatever you do for the advancement of Islam is worth doing and are justified.
    Sharia is a way to prevail Islamic will on others...

    September 6, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  15. Reality

    Back to the nitty-gritty:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    September 6, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Norm

      "What a lovely book of death you have"........

      Ace Ventura....

      September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Upset&Mad

      You people are blind folded by fear and no education. America was founded on the basis of religious freedoms, if at the time the Indians were fighting religions like you are I dont think I would such ediotic comments to read and posted by you or anyone else. I work in the middle east and I happen to know many muslims and believe they are real nice people once you get to know them. Learn your facts educate yourself on the many religions and than talk about rewriting a religious book.

      It is so disppointing to know that my country still has people so blinded by their NO KNOWLEDGE, living in a glass house and persist on walking around naked throwing rocks.

      Every religion has good and bad!!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • TheTruth2121

      @Upset&Mad, good points. The problem is that many of these people posting here are too stupid to realize they are promoting the same hate that they say they are opposed to.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • fatal42

      I will NEVER EVER trust any Muslum plus I teach my children & grandchildren the same , they are NOT to be trusted , never turn your back on them.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Upset&Mad

      @fatal42 – what other ethinic groups are you preparing your children and grandchildren – the KKK, the blacks, the Asians, the Latinos, the Cripples, the Gay I could list more if you like.

      I would love for you to post something back on this site when of those your inserting hate into comes home with the ONE!

      Hi mom, this is Ahmed my new boy friend! what are you going to do, disown your child or grandchild because they fell in love without looking at the color or the person!!

      GOD help you fatal42

      September 6, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Reality

      Our Wars on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      September 6, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Reality

      And what we have accomplished with said tax payers expenditures:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      September 6, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  16. BigAl

    it's not a religion, it's a cult

    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Primewonk

      All religions are cults. What's your point?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  17. Derrik

    It's not a flare up. It's consistent and I am completely against it. Islam can go hide itself somewhere else. There's a whole world out there they can live in, I'd just prefer it not to be in my backyard. Christianity presents enough problems here at home with people.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Upset&Mad


      Please lift up the rock on your head it may be causing you spinal problems. Look in the mirror, do you really think that you have more right be an American than any other racial group/s in America. This was not your land nor your ancestors. All religions, all race, all color have as much right as you do.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  18. Atheist Hunter

    It's okay all day for Christian churches to be burnt, Christians to be beheaded and beaten, and containers full of Bible to be ordered burnt by the Pres. of the U. S. when they were sent to Afghanistan. It definitely won't be reported on this site, but let the Muslims feel fear and it's a top story. What about the fear of the Christian children in America who are being harassed by their school administration and peers for their beliefs, not to mention the fear of the Christian children all over the world who watch their parents and sibling tortured and killed for their beliefs. That's not worthy of a story on this site either. Go take your poor Muslim stories to these children who watch their families mutilated by the peacful muslims and see if you can sell this to them. Should they be persecuted? No, but neither should they persecute others for their beliefs and promote hate, torture and murder. What you sew you will reap! GOOD DAY!

    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • exlonghorn

      Frankly I couldn't care less if your Christian children are "harassed by their school administration and peers for their beliefs". They shouldn't be bringing their beliefs to a public school with the expectation that the school support and even promote their narrow agenda. If you want an accepting environment based on your religious views, you have the option of home schooling or having your children attend a private school.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Norm

      "It's ok all day for Christian churches to be burnt and Christians to be beheaded"????????
      What planet do you live on...

      September 6, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      exlonghorn.....and frankly we don't care what you want! I will bring my Christian values where ever I please! Just like you bring your liberal atheistic values where ever you please. This is AMERICA buddy and if you don't like freedom of religion, move to Iran. Children have a right to believe in God in America and they also have freedom of speech here. Don't like that, you and Obama go back to wherever he was born! You and your children have the option to be home schooled if you can't deal with freedom of religion and freedom of speech! Go lock yourself in a cave and you won't have to deal with Christian beliefs!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Norm

      And whats this? This never even happened.

      "containers full of Bible to be ordered burnt by the Pres. of the U. S. when they were sent to Afghanistan"

      People like you are whats wrong with this world.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Norm..........then join the coward almadenijad and start beheading us if you are so tough! That's what I thought! Just tough behind a keyboard!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      Norm............wrong again norm. It did happen. Just won't make the news on CNN. You can bank on that. People like you live in an egg shell. Sheltered from reality!

      September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • TheTruth2121

      @Atheist Hunter, you are are a fanatic and the true coward. You are the same as the Muslims you rage against. America will never give in to your mission to impose Christianity on all Americans. You mention freedom of religion, however you do not believe that. You are a fanatical nut.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Upset&Mad

      Hey Atheist – How can you say your a Christian with this screen name;

      Definition of Atheist – a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or being.

      are you Christian or are you not?

      September 6, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Cicero

      Your point is amusing, but despite the rhetoric you have subscribed to, Christians are not under attack in America. I have never been afraid to be Christian in our republic and never will.
      There are some who believe that, when their attempts to get the state to sponsor their beliefs are stymied, there is a war on their religion; this is utter nonsense.
      I don't want someone to tell me that evolution didn't happen because it isn't in a sacred text. In fact, I call it creation in motion. And the fact that the world is billions of years old doesn't mean that God didn't create the earth in 7 days; 7 days to God could be an eternity.
      Please look at the rhetoric that has fueled your opinion and then examine fact. It's hard to take away the emotion, when we are talking of religion-issues of life and death....

      September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • JB

      Foghornleghorn here does have a a good point about homeschooling. I don't know why anyone would want to send their kids to a school that forces them not to believe in something. Let the public atheist run schools crumble, support private, home, and charter schools. On the other hand longhorn, do you really think the kids were running around trying to convert everyone and force the school to teach their religion. That really shows how ignorant you athiests are. I imagine the student probably wore a cross necklace or said bless you when someone sneezed and the school suspended them for it.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  19. mike

    Islam is the worst religion ever. Its impossible to trust ANY of them because they all could easily be assisting terrorist efforts. Even the cute, happy-looking familes that Muslims try to shove on us. Its been proven that they are ll in this together and slow infiltration of the USA is the only way they can get us since they cant do it with military might. Its important for US citizens to keep vandalizing, terrorizing, and wrecking their ugly mosques. make them squirm and be sure to invite them to your neighborhood Pig Roast.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Comment

      Talk is fine, mike. What do you do?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Norm

      In this country we live by our laws.
      They know this.
      So unless you want to go to jail, I suggest you do the same.
      Don't be stupid enough to fall for the bait Mike.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Upset&Mad


      please do me favor and tell me one thin that you know about Islam. I dont want you tell me "ITS A BAD RELIGION", that would media talk stuffing your mind and mouth with words. I dont want to hear "BECAUSE I SAID SO" either.

      Just one fact about the religion, where it started, how it started, the population of muslims in the world, the largest muslim country, etc.etc.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  20. ROMNEY2012

    GEE WIZ I wonder what the religion of peace (as long as everybody they don't like is dead) could have possibly done to deserve hate?

    Obummer is giving the country away on a silver platter!

    September 6, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • midwest rail

      Delusional nonsense.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Norm

      Foxtards are so articulate...aren't they?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Derek

      Just as demfucs are Norm

      September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am |
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