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. Jesus

    Funny because Muslims are loyal good citizens with lower than average crime and unemployment rates...the elected president is undercover muslim for god's sake...hahaha, his compasion for the weak and 99% comes from his muslim faith (this must upset the bigots lol)

    September 7, 2012 at 2:35 am |
  2. Jesus

    Ironic, because we are told that Muslims preach hate against others and want to shut others' churches and temples. In reality Muslims are being the victim of a well-organized, well-financed hate campaign based on lies and fabrications of non-existent threats.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • Mohammed

      Yes, Jesus – muslims are meek and quiet till they get the upper hand numerically. So of course they're relatively no trouble in the US. Now , apply a little intellectual honesty – and ask yourself if you were a Christian
      (or Buddhist or atheist) in the recently 'liberated ' countries of N. Africa (eg. Libya, Egypt) or any other country with a muslim majority – would you still be making the same claims?

      September 7, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  3. Bruce Wayne

    Many Journalists in the U.S. have expressed fear of speaking their true feelings about the real islam because they get threatened and the same thing happens elsewhere..........Nope this growing hatred is do to the real islam.

    I live near a Pakistani Muslim family and the woman told me she was moderate. So I asked her why moderate Muslims never condmn the radical muslim stuff and she told me that they threaten her and her familly if they say anything bad about islam. Then she told me that her familly was here because americans were in her country...in other words she was here in retaliation and she told me that there were over 1,000 of them in my area..........they are not comming here because they want freedom...they are trying to force america to become Islamic and when their numberrs become great enough the violence will begin...In London, Bands of muslim youth now patrol harrassing non=muslims while they post signs trying to enforce shariah law....But the press is silent on this because their families are threatenned

    September 7, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Jesus

      Then you woke up, all cranky and delusional.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • Jesus

      Muslim Americans are simply the victim of anti-Islam hate propaganda by wealthy war mongers whose interest is not the US, but to keep drawing the US into Israel's bloody wars of hagemony and illegal colonization.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:26 am |
  4. Social Capitalist

    Hello Atheists, If you want to pedal your own form of snake oil give us some proof of your claim that there is no G*D. Liberal and moderate Christians greatly outnumber radical fundamentalist Christians just as Liberal and Moderate Muslims greatly outnumber radical fundamentalist Muslims. Like everybody else you Atheists focus on a relatively small number of trouble makers and pretend they represent all of us. I support an Atheist's right to be an Atheist just as I support a Muslim's right to be a Muslim. I even support the right of radical Christians to hold their radical views. Just keep violence out of the picture and you can fell free to believe anything you please in America. That is the heart of American exceptionalism.

    September 7, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  5. sharon

    I wish all Muslims would go back to the middle east. I do not like their beliefs and yes they are a threat.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Edwin

      As a non-christian non-muslim I can honestly tell you I feel a LOT more threat from christians than from muslims. Christians in my community shut down the only jewish temple - because of the threats of arson and assault, the police could not safeguard the congregation... so the good christians got what they wanted (no jews worshipping in town). Christians in my state work hard to pass laws pushing their religious morals onto the rest of us.

      I have yet to meet a muslim who wants to threaten anyone else, or who wants to push any sort of religious law on me or anyone else. The idea that muslims want to change America is a deliberate fiction made up to scare the weak-minded... and it seems to be working. The real threat to American religious freedom comes from christianity (which is why they needed islamophobia as a distraction).

      September 7, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • Jesus

      haha, except most Muslims are not from the Middle East. Muslims come from every nationality, race, and ethnicity on earth.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      You are absolutely correct Edwin. If the USA ever becomes a theocracy it won't be a radical Muslim theocracy, it will be a radical Christian theocracy. Muslims are about 1% of the population. Radical Christians are about 20% of the population, 22% if you count Mormons who went to Utah to establish an independent Mormon theocracy in the first place, and they are running a candidate for President who thinks he will be G*D of his own planet when he dies (with many many wives). Sounds familiar.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  6. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Back to the essence of the situation:

    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 and 1.7 billion of his followers'
    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 7, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Edwin

      So... you do not like the holy book of Islam. I get that. You don't mind the Bible passages that call for death to infidels, but the ones in the Qu'ran offend you. That odd logic is also your right.

      But... you then promise to withhold protection to American citizens who are muslim unless they renounce their beliefs, at least to your satisfaction. That puts you in a category much like the Inquisitors of Medieval Spain. I find it scary that you openly admit this to strangers.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Jesus

      except the terrorists nor OBL never claimed that they attacked the US on 911 because of something in the Koran or "to kill infidels" or because of "our way of life", never. They only keep saying they attacked the US because the US and its parasites had been attacking them for decades.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  7. Achmed The Dead Terrorist


    September 7, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Achmed, Shut up or the Mormons won't give you the Baptism of the dead and lift you up out of hell. You will never get to be the god of your own planet at this rate. Wouldn't you hate it if you couldn't hang out on the planet Coball and hob nob with the other Mormon gods. Just think Romney will actually talk to you when you are both gods.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:33 am |
  8. Brad


    September 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Jesus


      September 7, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      Go easy on Brad now. His double-wide trailer got foreclosed on. Now he has to live in a single wide and he doesn't have any beer money. The people in the new trailer park are lot dumber than even he is, so naturally he is upset.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  9. Porky Pig Jr

    Bed bug sentiment: why no one likes me?

    September 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  10. Barry

    When I read the hateful, willfully ignorant, backward spewings by my fellow Americans, I have to say that I am ashamed we salute the same flag. To all the decent, hardworking Muslims who are just trying to get through their days, providing honorably for the families they love, this is NOT what the American ideal is all about.

    Unfortunately, none of this is anything new. In the 19th century, the Irish were hated because Catholicism was considered an alien insidious threat. At the turn of the 20th century, Eastern Europeans were feared, and despised and shunned. During WWII we put an entire group of American citizens in internment camps because of fears of divided loyalties. Funny how little things change. We can be better than this.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist


      September 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Hamid


      "...When I read the hateful, willfully ignorant, backward spewings by my fellow Americans, I have to say that I am ashamed ..."

      And what do you do when you read the willfully ignorant, backward spewings from Mo/Allah in the Koran and Hadith?

      eg. "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews , when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." .Sahih Muslim, 41:6985

      Barry – your thoughts on the Muslim Brotherhoods motto:

      "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."

      Or some of their goals:
      "The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and by the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. - As stated explicitly by Yusuf al-Qaradawi acolyte of Mohamed Akram, in his “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America”, May 22, 1991"

      Their atttude isn't quite as laissez faire as your own, Barry, is it?

      September 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Edwin

      Barry: I'm not sure we can do better. Prejudice and intolerance are VERY American. At least this time we're not putting the "bad" people in internment camps and taking their property away... well, not yet, anyways.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  11. HeavenSent

    Boo hoo, I know from Moe Curly of the 3 stooges that nothing works on Muslims. Those that believe in Mohammad go with Him to eternity. You have snakes in your belly. I use my ironing board as a prayer rug. You muslims walk in the light of the the lies of satan Mohammad, your father, who is the devil.


    September 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      True picture of a hindu ignorant in his hinduism, ignorance.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Please Please Help my Mohammad he is burning in Hell. I smell his burning flesh day and night someone help my poor Mohammad.

      September 7, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  12. tuvia



    September 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  13. Hamid


    "..a community which is absolutely not a threat to the fabric of USA"

    Just as Nazism was not a threat to Germany in 1929...

    Open your eyes – this awakening to Islam's true designs is not just happening in the USA. Check out Canada, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, the UK, Myanmar, Australia, Russia etc etc

    All these diverse people are independently discovering the divisive nature of the fascist ideology of Islam by its results in their own countries.

    The last thing we need are more 'useful idiots' more intent on trying to put lipstick on a pig rather than face a GROWING reality.

    Islam wants the world. And doesn't really care how it gets it.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Social Capitalist

      You and those who agree with you are the new NAZIs, spreading lies more insidious than the blood liable, only the target is Muslims rather than Jews. You are using an emotional racist thesis to get new recruits to further your agenda of conquest.
      Tomorrow morning when the attendant comes to dress you and feed you breakfast, tell him to stop feeding you this crap.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Venture Capitalist

      Social Captialist can give you the full schedule of the asylum. LOL Straps wrapped a little tight? LOL

      September 7, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  14. memoe

    You didn't watch the Beslan video did you.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  15. ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Few 100% true Reasons why Islam is a terrible and evil religion to stay far away from...

    1. "Prophet" Muhammed was an evil pédophilé who was an intolerant murder, destroyer and had many wives, incl. 9 year old!
    2. Islam = submission. Allah tells Muslim to submit to his will; otherwise he will torture and torment you in life for eternity.
    3. Islam treats non-adherents worse than animals. If they are people of the books (Christians or Jewish), classify them as "dhimmis" and make them pay a special tax (Jizya) to the Islamic government, or they should be enslave, rob, rápe, and lynch them as you please unless they convert to Islam.
    4. Islam kills those who leave Islam and/or convert to another religion.It also says to kill gays, atheists and those who insult Islam.
    5. Islam says "Men are better than women", "Men could have many wives", "Women are worth half a man", "Selling a wife is perfectly ok".
    6. Unlike Christians – Muslims pray and serve Allah, rather than praying for themselves or someone else.
    7. Islam is the most violent Religion by far –>> http://www.thereligionofpeace.com <<–
    8. Muslims frequently persecute and kill Christians unless they convert to their cult. Churches have either been converting into Mosque. (Hagia Sophia an example) or being burned down in Islamic countries.
    9. Non-Muslims are forbidden visiting Mecca, and no religious freedom in Saudi Arabia (No churches, No non-Islamic stuff, etc.).
    10. Islam is spreading like rats in western countries (Europe & North America), and seek to spread their "Sharia Laws", as well as trying to convert as many people to their "peaceful" religion and ev. Taking over the nation.
    11. It is the DUTY of every Muslim to expand Islam and strive for world domination.
    12. Quran is nothing but hate and violence. Muslim children are brainwashed and brought up with violence and hatred towards non-Muslims.
    13. Islam says they believe in Jesus (Isa), yet they deny his words and the Bible.
    14. Many Muslims in western nations tries to act "nice" and "tolerant" like normal humans so people think that their religion is "peaceful" and ev. people falling into converting to Islam and accepting them.

    May our Lord save us from Islam and its disgusting people!

    Muslims could openly practice their religion freely in western (Christian) nations, but Christians or Non-Muslims would risk getting their head cut of doing in in any Islamic nation, both secular and extremist.



    September 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of a Mithraic hindu, savior ism pagan, labeled as Christian to hind, fool humanity, Islam is not a religion, but Theen Allah, Consti tution of truth absolute, proven by Quantum Physics, foundation of justice system around the globe. Get some education, knowledge before spewing your hinduism, absurdity against Muslim's and Islam, Visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html for some education, follower of hindu racist sign cross.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist



      September 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Get lost hindu, ignorant or visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html to act like human.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist


      September 7, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  16. ..

    Remember president barack HUSSEIN obama's middle name. Then choose whom to vote for.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Wait are you serious?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      His middle name could be Satan, and I'd still vote for him before Romney,

      September 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Social Capitalist

      Remember that Obama's opponent wears magic under-ware and thinks he will be god of his own planet when he dies (with many many beautiful wives), and vote the other way if you don't want the Mormon profit to be the real president.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • Social Capitalist

      BTW I spelled profit that way on purpose. It works just as well as prophet in this case. LOL

      September 7, 2012 at 6:53 am |
  17. Fritz Hohenheim

    Lets face it: Islam has declared war on all of us, not just the "radical minority" as our gouvernments want us to believe. I think if we are being hated by most of the moslems, it's understandable that we hate back

    September 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      You have no right to speak for other's but your self, hinduism, terrorism of hindu's deniers of truth absolute is deserving of nothing less than their hinduism, criminality, punishment for hinduism, criminality is not a hate, as you hind, absurd but punishment due, for more visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html

      September 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist



      September 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Edwin

      The government claims most American muslims are moderate, peace-loving people; you claim otherwise. The government offers evidence of this. You reject the government's claim, but provide what form of proof for your theory?

      The saddest part of your conspiracy theory is that it feeds into the Islamophobia already rampant in this country.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  18. memoe

    Remember "Beslan"?


    September 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  19. Justice

    Good news!

    Muslims have no place in America and they should leave!

    September 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Shakira

      Good News!

      I am an American, a Muslim and not going anywhere!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • RJLAW

      Justice: You are a bigot and I am ashamed that you are an American

      September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Not before you hindu, ignorant, America belong's to Muslim's, pay attention to fundamental, of American consti tution we trust. IN GOD, TRUTH ABSOLUTE OR ALLAH, AL, THE , LA, LIMIT, H, MOST HIGH OR ABSOLUTE 360*. HINDU, IGNORANT TRINITY, DIVIDE OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE , defiance under cover religion, of American fundamental is not permitted, hindu's deniers of truth absolute have an opportunity to follow fundamental of, truth absolute 360* un divided or go to hindered gutter of hinduism, illegality called india. Visit http://www.limitisthetruth.com/blog.html to learn more.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Achmed The Dead Terrorist


      I KILL YOU

      September 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  20. American man

    Dont we have actual problems which need to be addresed in this time of economic difficulty rather than hateing a community which is absolutely not a threat to the fabric of USA? Dont let these politicians distract us from the real issues at hand !

    September 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
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