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April 20th, 2013
07:39 PM ET

Muslim leaders condemn bombing suspects

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor
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Washington (CNN) - Muslim leaders in Boston and elsewhere have distanced themselves from the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, condemning the deadly terror attack and saying they feared reprisals against their communities.

"I don't care who or what these criminals claim to be, but I can never recognize these criminals as part of my city or my faith community," said Yusufi Vali, executive director for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in the Boston area.

"All of us Bostonians want these criminals to be brought to justice immediately. I am infuriated at the criminals of these bombings for trying to rip our city apart. We will remain united and not let them change who we are as Bostonians."

Vali said Friday that none of his staff were familiar with the suspects, identified by the FBI as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19. The elder brother died at a Boston hospital early Friday after a gunbattle with police. Authorities captured the younger man Friday night.

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On Saturday the Islamic Society of Boston Cambridge Masjid, a small mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, issued a statement saying both men occasionally attended prayer services there.

"In their visits, they never exhibited any violent sentiments or behavior. Otherwise they would have been immediately reported to the FBI," according to the statement, which was read aloud by a congregant outside the mosque.

"After we learned of their identities, we encouraged anyone who knew them in our congregation to immediate report to law enforcement, which has taken place."

The congregant didn't take questions from reporters. The mosque is not related to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Beyond their occasional attendance at services, few other details are known about the brothers' religious practices, apart from remarks by relatives and comments attributed to the elder brother by a photographer, none of which portrayed the brothers as particularly devout.

Messages on a Twitter account attributed to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and posted in the days after the bombings, were broadly secular. Various interviews with high school and college classmates of Dzhokar Tsarnaev offered no hints of a particular interest in religion. Leaders of Boston's Muslim community contacted on Friday said they didn't know the brothers.

However, other parts of the older brother's online and social media presence indicate that he was deeply religious, especially in recent years. His aunt said within the past two years he had begun to pray five times a day. Some of the links on his YouTube channels are to lectures by radical preachers, but the content of those lectures is more to do with religious practice than jihad or Islamist militancy.

Muslim leaders are worried because of past reprisals against their community after terror attacks attributed to members of their faith.

On Friday, the suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told Russian Television that her oldest son "got involved in religion five years ago."

"My youngest was raised from 8 years in America, my oldest he was really properly raised in our house," Tsarnaeva said.

"Nobody talked about terrorism. Tamerlan got involved in religion five years ago. Started following his own religion, never told me he could be on side of jihad. He was followed by FBI for three years, knew what he was doing, where on Internet he was going. How could this happen, they were controlling every step of him, now they are saying this is a terrorist act.

"It's impossible for them to do such things. I am really telling you that this is a setup. My son would never keep it in secret. My son, you tell me, my son wouldn't keep it secret. Who would be knowing? If there is anyone who would know it would be me. He wouldn't hide it. But there was never a word."

The suspects' uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, described his nephews as "losers" who happened to be Muslims.

Tsarni told reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland, that his nephews' religion played no role in the attacks.

"Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it's a fraud, it's a fake," said Tsarni, who described the family as peace-loving, ethnic Chechens.

"Somebody radicalized them, but it's not my brother, who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars," he said. "My family had nothing to do with that family. Of course, we're ashamed, yes, we're ashamed they're children of my brother."

Asked what might have motivated his nephews to carry out such an attack, he said: "Being losers; hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine."

Tsarni said his brother's family arrived in the United States in 2003 and was granted asylum. He said he had not seen them since December 2005 and last spoke with them in 2009.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev talked briefly about his faith - and his aspiration to become a U.S. citizen and box for the U.S. Olympic team - with a photographer while training at a Boston gym to compete in a Golden Gloves competition.

Photographer Johannes Hirn posted an online photo essay of Tamerlan Tsarnaev titled "Will Box for Passport."

One of the captions for the photos reads "Tsarnaev, a Muslim, doesn't drink or smoke. 'God said no alcohol,' he says."

By Friday afternoon, a a link to the photos said the gallery was "private and cannot be viewed."

In Washington, Muslim leaders again condemned the attacks, sent condolences to the victims and said they were concerned with reprisal attacks against Muslims in the United States.

"Those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Boston must face justice," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, referred to as CAIR, told reporters at a hastily called news conference.

"The question will always come up if they are associated with our community," Awad said.

"Our community and our faith detest and deplore these actions and these individuals. We do not know the motives of these individuals but our position has been consistent. Any act of violence against innocent people is deplorable and is condemned in our faith.

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"As God tells us in the Quran, if you murder one person it is as if you murdered all humanity. And if you saved one person, one innocent life, it is like you saved all of humanity," Awad said.

Imam Magid of the Islamic Society of North America said his group has set up a fund to help the bombing victims.

"These are acts of crime, not acts of religion," Benjamin Abdul-Haqq, an imam at Masjid Muhammad mosque in Washington, told the news conference.

Corey Saylor, legislative director for CAIR, said the group feared reprisals.

"We're very concerned, because in past instances some individuals have decided to go out and target further innocent people because they look different or belong to a faith that is a minority," Saylor said.

One reporter asked the leaders gathered at the news conference how they could combat radical videos that pop up on social media.

Saylor said community leaders have forcefully pushed back against what they consider radical elements of the faith.

"Unfortunately every faith has within in it heretical elements, and unfortunately young people in general will listen to those elements."

Saylor said he and other leaders would continue to push back against the heretical element "loudly and clearly."

"We will stand up, we will push back against extremists, and I'm very comfortable we'll win against them eventually."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Massachusetts • Muslim • Quran • Terrorism • Violence

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Cait

    Why are they trying to say this is not terrorism? When did terrorism become associated only with killings by certain political or religious-leaning factions? An "act to create terror" can be pretty much any large scale assault on a community, if the gain is solely to instill fear. "Some people just want to see the world burn," it's a disturbing side to humanity.

    April 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • Call me Bwana

      Seems to me they called this terrorism...

      April 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Kevin O'Barr

      A while back on the News their was American troops doing things to Muslims. And city's being bombed with innocent women and children. When these certain Muslims see this .......even on TV it makes them mad. We need to stop the racist abuse on these people. i am not a Muslim.......but respect them for who they are. Having a "Fake" Victory" parade is only making things worse. Said in "Your" so called bible to turn the other cheek..........

      April 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Kevin O'Barr

      True! I think they both were "Mislead" Tricked because of their young age. Kids with Good Looks like they have i guess do horrible things too. They looked like Models out of a magazine........can't understand it....

      April 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  2. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog–

    Putting the kibosh on all religion especially the contemporary terror and horror that is Islam in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    April 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Call me Bwana

      Don`t like yourself much, do you? Don`t sell me your garbage, I have enough with mine

      April 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  3. mr x

    take your mop head a** back to where you came from...not everyone approves of you being here...

    April 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • G to the T

      "Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
      Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
      Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
      "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
      With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

      April 23, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  4. Farid

    Typical, when it is a "white" guy shooting up an elementary school, or a movie theatre, or a Sikh Temple, or a youth camp, you never hear about their religion, only that they are "crazy" , but as soon as it is someone who has any association with Islam, even if he never followed the faith, that is all the media talks about. Like they are not "crazy" either.

    Like I said TYPICAL.

    April 20, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Farid
      You do hear about the religion, but Americans do not fear christians as most americans are christian.

      You cannot deny that we have good reason to be fearful of ANY religious extremist, especially muslims. The evidence is shown from oraound the world daily.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Farid

      Richard, thank you for the response, but these guys have as much to do with Islam as Adam Lanza or Timothy McVeigh, or Ryan Kleibold, or Jared Loughner have to do with Christianity. These guys were teen-agers with mental issues just like their "Christian" counterparts.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Farid
      You are correct in a way, but when you combine mental illness with the delusions of religions, this happens, has happened and will continue to happen.

      No matter how many people claim that their religion is all about love and peace, the reality is that the same religion will be used for nefarious reasons.

      Best to join us in reality and abandon your religions...they were all created by men, no gods involved at all.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Farid,

      I agree to a point, just because they may have been Muslim does not mean that Islam was the motivation, same with the Chrstians you listed. It is too early to know why they did it. But there is precedent for people commiting violence motivated by religious belief and it is not surprising people jump to that conclusion.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Brad

      Farid: there are No True Scotsmen...worth it for you to google that one.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Palid

      Very good point. The media makes it seem like these "christian" white boys are all mentally ill. Is it not possible that a muslim can be mentally ill? This double standard has to stop it. It is just causing more drift.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Palid, are you saying you think the two brothers shared a familial mental illness? Had known docu'mented histories of abnormal behavior like the (not white, by the way) Virginia Tech shooter or treatment like the Connecticut school shooter? I just don't see that here at this point but we can wait and see what comes out. The older brother just sounds like a generic ass hole looking for an ideology he could easily manipulate to justify his general nasty character. A history of domestic abuse usually tells us most of what we need to know.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  5. ru serious

    ...the religion of peace and love once again infringes on us. They hate us, guess what, that feeling is mutual.

    April 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      which religion are you referring to?
      several fit that description of what it should be but rarley is.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  6. lbpaulina

    I always respected all the religions and I have Muslim friends. I think though that it is not normal that a religion could generate hate, this kind of hate. I also think that it is time that the Muslim leaders should take a distance from the fundamentalists not only in the aftermath of such events, but before them as a prevention. Example: when they are aware that some of their followers took a deviant path, they should call the authorities, if they were real believers. Otherwise they would be just marionettes at the service of an ideology.

    April 20, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Voltaire:

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

      April 20, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • lol??

      Voltaire: keep an I on the amps when encountering resistance.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Shock therapy could do wonders for you, at least its worth a try.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Richard O'Brien

      Ooo ooo shock treatment
      You're jumpin' like a real live wire

      Line from my famous follow up to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Shock Treatment"

      April 20, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • lol??

      ANGIE
      Rogersan, y'know Rogersan Hammerstein?

      Welcome to Woop Woop (movie)

      April 20, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Bob

      Religions do not deserve respect. They deserve critical examination.

      People deserve respect, along with basic human rights. Any religion, such as Christianity or Islam, that clearly violates those rights, should be tossed aside.

      April 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  7. STFU

    You can't trust these people. Period. Koran teaches them to lie and deceive non-muslims, it is called Taqiyya, go look on internet.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      If by these people you mean anyone who feels a devotion to a non-existant god creature, then yes, you cannot trust them.
      They cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • lol??

      Socies sure now when the neighbors have a buck. You can't trust em.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • Bob1god

      STFU, you can't trust any religious people!

      April 20, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • Farid

      You must have a different version of the Qur'an than the one I read every day.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  8. lol??

    Inside sources say the Prez, the Pope, and top Imams are holding intense negotiations to protect american Muslims from taking it on the chin for the latest incident. The Prez and the Imam have rejected out of hand, direct donations to the CHURCH. The Prez has indicated he will approve Islamic donations to the American Insti*tution, Planned Parenthood, as his consensualized and civic minded duty as pastor-in-chief.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Akira

      Could you give us some of those sources? Because I know you just don't make up bullshit about people, especially the POTUS, do you?
      Thanks in advance for those "inside sources".

      April 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • lol??

      Woodstein and Bernward told me some sources need protection. I shall err on the side of the killer docs. 'sides, it's a strategic strategy for Muslims to outprocreate everybody. It worked for the far east.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Akira

      Ah, so you made it up. Okay, thanks.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  9. Paul Brosam Jr

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs4eVuFfqUs

    April 20, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • American Thinker

      This guy is a traitor. The conflict in the ME has to do with land. Two people claiming one land.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Paul Brosam Jr

    The mother was not there to see her son jump out of the vehicle and fire at and throw grenades at the police. She apparently did not see the videos/pictures of her sons placing backpacks at the finish line and walking off leaving them to explode. She did not see them do the carjacking and robbing the 711 convenience store. She is in total denial and does not see her sons as the terrorists that they were.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:16 am |
    • Muslim Mothers Against Getting Sons Hanged

      Oh it was a set up by non-muslims, our sons would never do that.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  11. lol??

    What's with all the cops dressed up as soldiers? I thought it was the job of the military to act as cops? Some kind of unholy marriage occurred with the feds?

    April 20, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • Douglas

      No big deal here.

      Some SWAT teams and ATF units wear BDUs when engaged in tactical ops.

      Best,
      Douglas

      April 20, 2013 at 8:24 am |
    • lol??

      I thought alcohol was legal. My mistake.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:27 am |
    • Science

      lol?? and Doogie together again ........................LOL

      and no god(s) needed to bring them together on this thread !

      April 20, 2013 at 8:33 am |
    • Douglas

      @Science,
      Get a life already!

      April 20, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • lol??

      Maybe if the USA would legalize alcohol the Muslims would want to stay home.The socies sure messed that one up.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • lol??

      Science is all messed up with s*e*x* selection, makin' luv, not war and sellin' por*n on the side. Kidde por*n.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:41 am |
    • Science

      no gods needed..............might be to detailed for you ?

      Brain Development Is Guided by Junk DNA That Isn't Really Junk

      Apr. 15, 2013 — Specific DNA once dismissed as junk plays an important role in brain development and might be involved in several devastating neurological diseases, UC San Francisco scientists have found.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130415172010.htm

      And your sick lol?? talking like that ! About kids !

      April 20, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Science

      Oops............................ you are

      April 20, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • Science

      Doogie got one stuck in the throat ? How you can read doogie !............do not go into denial OK

      Evolution wins hands down ...........time for god(s) to get the hell out of the way..........so humanity can evolve !

      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

      April 20, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • Science

      That is suppose to say hope you can read doogie !

      April 20, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • Science

      Becuase I know you have seen the Prof. Higgs article too doogie.

      Have a great life !

      Or I can post it again !

      April 20, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • Paul Brosam Jr

      This is the normal gear for tactical police officers. The military and police officers are very similar in nature and their tactics are quite similar. A soldier can perform the same tactical jobs as police officers, but they are not trained in state and federal laws like the police are.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  12. Douglas

    Boston PD, FBI, CIA, ATF, DOJ, DIA and other agencies,
    Great Job!

    Thanks for bringing these punks to justice.

    The USA will give this uncelibate, fornicating, sissy a fair trial and then he will be condemned to death
    where he will burn in h-e-l-l, where he truly belongs.

    Thanks again first responders in Boston and West, Texas for your selfless courage in the face of danger.

    May God Bless all of you and your families.

    Our prayers go out to the dead and to the wounded and their families.

    Yours in Christ,
    The Douglas Family

    April 20, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • clarity

      fornicating? LOL. Always amusing to see the world thru the eyes of the Dougie.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Douglas: Why is fornicating is your every post? Are you that fixated on the sex lives of everyone? Has your wife smartly refused to let you touch her or are you simply a nymph?
      Prayer won't help...do something useful!

      April 20, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Truth
      Nymph is female
      satyr is male.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • clarity

      Maybe that's it. Maybe Dougie was born not fully developed toward either in that department.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I hope to fornicate tonight....mmmmm fornication

      April 20, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Akira

      I would like to know just how you obtained the inside information that this kid was an "uncelibate, fornicating, sissy."
      Do quote your sources, Douglas.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • Doobs

      Was he having gay coitus?

      April 20, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      By definition, coitus is exclusive to hetero $ex

      April 20, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Doobs

      @ Richard Cranium

      "Gay coitus" is a doogie-ism, take it up with him.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  13. Name* d jane

    Do any of you know if that boat is OK? I do believe that a good marina will be able to buff out the scratches and Stanley Steamer can do the interior.

    Did the car have a flat tire after the young brother ran over his brother? Cheap tires don't pay off, he should have purchased Goodyear or Firestone.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Paul Brosam Jr

      I'm wondering about all of the bullet holes in the boat. There were alot of rounds fired. That poor boat must of went through hell.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  14. Reality

    (Only for the new members of this blog)

    What said "leaders" need to do is to condemn their "holy book":

    To wit:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 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..................................

    Scroll to p. 1 for some examples of koranic-driven terror and horror and list of actions taken to combat all acts of terror and horror, koranic and non-koranic.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:04 am |
    • seve

      Let me inform you of a little thing called the The Crusades, led by Christian armies to eradicate "infidels" You clearly show your racist behavior

      April 20, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Islam is a religion, not a race.
      You can't choose your skin color – but you can sure as hell choose your religion.

      but you are right about the Crusades....religious insanity.

      BTW........Muslims beat Christians to the Jihad thing.....they invaded Spain in 700 AD. they weren't driven out until the late 1400s. Its all religious bullshiite.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • PereivedReality

      @Seve,
      Instead of parroting talking points of your athiest masters, read about the history of the crusades. The crusades were a response to centuries of islamic invasion and conquest. The crusades were completely justified, too bad they were not able to finish the job, if they had, we wouldn't have all this jihad today.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Percy
      The crusades were justified?...By what were they justified? I'm pretty sure your bible thingy says thou shall not kill.
      So they weren't justified by their religion, the religion says NOT to kill. If the islamists did what you say, why not turn the other cheek as the fictional character jesus taught you ?

      Put an end to ALL of this religious ridiculousness and then we can move forward. Religions are now, and always have been holding humanity back.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • PereivedReality

      DH,
      Total pacifism is impossible because your people will be completely wiped out. Turning the other cheek is for a slap, not a sword. How can a people exist if they do not defend themselves? How can any culture/ideaolgy survive and thrive without defending its people. It seems you would have had the Christians just jump on the mohamadians schimitars. You see, with islam, they will never stop thier conquest until they rule the entire planet. The difference with the Jews in the OT was that when they secured the land promised by God, they STOPPED! Why did the crusaders have to invade Isreal? Because the muslims invaded it first.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Percy
      Like I said, eliminate the ridiculousness that is religion, you eliminate the problem.
      As long as people continue to believe in these gods men have created, we will continue to have this sort of thing happening, and the believers will continue to find justification through their "god"

      Join us in reality.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • PereivedReality

      DH,
      You lump all religions together, as if all have killled in the name of thier god. When was the last time someone killed in the name of Brahaman(Hindu), Jehovah(Jews/Christians) or Budda? I know you want to bring up the guy from sweden, if you read his manifesto you would see he was athiest. The only religion that kills for its god is islam. As far as joining you in reality, there is no need, i live in reality. You cannot see the falseness of this material plane, you think all that exists can be percieved through your five senses, therefore you reject all that cannot be measured, you have closed your mind to a large part of reality. Keep thinking, keep searching, keep studying science. If your mind is open to new insights, you will realize that science, logic, and reason are insufficient to explain our existence, then you will keep searching. I hope to see you in the ultimate reality were we can interact on a much higher level with billions of other spirits for eternity.

      Peace and love to you Brother.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:08 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Islam is not the only one...christianity has been the catalyst for countless millions beiing killed too.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • PereivedReality

      DH,
      Please name a conflict in which following the teaching of Jesus has lead to massive slaughter. If you look at the death caused by athiest leaders and then added that to the death caused by islam, you will find the majority of the destruction accounted for. The rest can be alotted to human greed plain and simple. If you simply look at abortion in China and the US in the past 30 years you will see 600 million dead, that is more then all wars in the history of mankind. If you are trully outraged by the death of innocents, you should direct your efforts there, it would be a good start.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      French wars of Religion
      Nigerian Civil war
      second Sudanese civil war
      Thirty Years war
      Lebanese Civil war
      Crusades
      The Holocaust ( Hitlers christianity gave him the justification for killing jews )
      Salem witch hunts
      Murder of doctors that perform abortions.

      Christianity persecutes many as well. Even in this country the christians have forced their religion into the pledge of allegience, and the motto "in god we trust", the lie they started using officially in the 50's. There are laws still on the books in several states where you cannot hold public office unless you claim there is a supreme being, and in Arkansas, an atheist is not even allowed to testify in court.

      Try this experiment...for the next month tell people you are an atheist, and see the reaction you get from christains.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Science

      Percy.................here is.good rread for you might learn something ?

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/13/my-take-nothing-wrong-with-nazi-assignment/#comments

      But denial works ha ?

      April 20, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • The real Tom

      How pompous can you possibly be, Reality? The idiotic caveat "Only for new members of this blog" is just so ridiculous I don't know how you can post it with a straight face. What an idiot you must be.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:02 am |
  15. LAST DAY

    Moses, Jesus, David and Muhammad

    have strongly condemned the terror;

    because GOD of Abraham was/is the God of Peace, forever.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    April 20, 2013 at 6:32 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      God of peace

      Really?...

      The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
      Exodus 15:3

      April 20, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Science

      LD....................is one stuck in your throat ? Evolution wins hands down ...........time for god(s) to get the hell out of the way..........so humanity can evolve !

      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

      April 20, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • Jose

      Seve, you know you will burn in hell for being gay. God doesn't like deviants like you.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • ...

      Who are you talking to, Jose? No matter, you're still a deluded idiot.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  16. John Rgood

    If Muslims have soooo much to say. Where were they after 9/11 and the 30,000 plus terror attacks since? Cheering for terror. Islam is a blight on the history of humanity.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:24 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Correction...RELIGION is the blight.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:05 am |
    • seve

      Radicals of any Religion are a blight of humanity, just like your ignorance about religion, it's a blight on humanity, but we still have to deal with you

      April 20, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Palid

      Retards and bigots like you are a blight

      April 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  17. 12 oz Raw Meat

    Those who follow in faith the teachings of Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed are deceived.

    God does not want us to be happy or to be saved. He wishes only that we be strong and prepared to fight the enemy.

    When that time comes prayers will not help you protect your children. Bombs will not defeat your tormenters. Fear will not sway the legions.

    You cannot smell the stench of decay you yourselves have piled in front of the door to reason.

    Your suffering will continue to be great.

    April 20, 2013 at 1:05 am |
    • sweetster

      Hey dude, eat it raw, you deluded Allah following.boy

      April 20, 2013 at 1:26 am |
    • sweetster

      Hey dude, eat it raw, you deluded Allah following boy.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:26 am |
    • 12 oz Raw Meat

      I follow no god of man sweetster. Most humans are completely blind to the truth.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • James

      Dude, Islam ,Christianity and Judaism have many bitter divides between them.

      Quran. [5:52] O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. And whoso among you takes them for friends is indeed one of them. Verily, Allah guides not the unjust people.

      P.s. Read up on All The Worlds' Religions.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:03 am |
    • 12 oz Raw Meat

      James, you read but you do not comprehend. You are lifeless.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:08 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      12 oz Raw Meat: How do you know what your imaginary friend wants? You did state it doesn't want 'us' (meaning you and your ilk) to be happy, that just spells out vindictive ass to most.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:02 am |
    • Reality

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
      be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      April 20, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • 12 oz Raw Meat

      You are, all of you, unable to see beyond stereotypes to find reality. You shuld not fear Muslims, Christians or Jews. You should fear the image in the mirror.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  18. James

    In todays Modern Society Do you Think Muhammad should be painted as a Holy Man Or, a Great Conquer like the likes of Attila The Hun ,but with his on Religion?

    Mohammed, the prophet of Islam and the founder of Mohammedanism, was born at Mecca (20 August?) A.D. 570. Arabia was then torn by warring factions. The tribe of Fihr, or Quarish, to which Mohammed belonged, had established itself in the south of Hijas (Hedjaz), near Mecca, which was, even then, the principal religious and commercial centre of Arabia. The power of the tribe was continually increasing; they had become the masters and the acknowledged guardians of the sacred Kaaba, within the town of Mecca – then visited in annual pilgrimage by the heathen Arabs with their offerings and tributes – and had thereby gained such preeminence that it was comparatively easy for Mohammed to inaugurate his religious reform and his political campaign, which ended with the conquest of all Arabia and the fusion of the numerous Arab tribes into one nation, with one religion, one code, and one sanctuary.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:49 am |
  19. CS

    Kindly remove my head, as for my kind, leaving the head can lead to undesirable things.

    Please hang my body thusly in the forest. The critters that scurry below me and above me can nourish their hungry kittens.

    Watch over my family for they will surely lose their minds and harm you. Put them away and lock them behind many locks.

    Forget get this horror religion has wrought.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:48 am |
    • Akira

      Ah, my friend, you have a dark and inventive mind.

      Where has all the humor gone?

      April 20, 2013 at 1:06 am |
    • CS

      Hi Akira! I missed you and it put me in a bad mood.

      April 20, 2013 at 1:09 am |
    • Akira

      Well, my goodness, CS, put your head back on your neck where it belongs, and come up with some more tempting delicacies for me to enjoy!

      April 20, 2013 at 1:54 am |
    • CS

      Well alright then. I will head back to the kitchen. Toshi has left half a dozen messages.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:09 am |
    • Akira

      Lol. I've missed you, too.

      April 20, 2013 at 2:33 am |
    • Hepperdesher

      Are you guys going to start massaging each other now? Could you please do it somewhere else? Thanks.

      April 20, 2013 at 4:47 am |
    • Toshi

      Hepperdesher, you are correct-o. CS is no a very smart you know? U like Sushi?

      April 20, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  20. panorain

    Real tough day for Obama, Mathews, Guilliani & Cenk. But they were both angry white men, loved guns and believed in radical conservative ideologies. Religion is immaterial. It is also racist to focus on nationality, except for nationalism. They were homegrown American terrorists. Just like the president of Chechnya said. Just like their father said.

    April 20, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • Akira

      Didn't their father say they were framed? Are we onto conspiracy theories this soon?

      April 20, 2013 at 1:09 am |
    • HotAirAce

      And why do you want to leave out religion? Not much is known at this time but it looks like religion did play a role, at least with the older brother.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:31 am |
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