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April 20th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

My Take: Don't lump evildoers with Muslims

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and executive director of NYU's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

(CNN) - April 19, 2013, marks the 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings, a terrorist attack that took the lives of 168 people and injured another 680. In the wake of the tragic events that took place in Boston this week, we should remind ourselves that the actions of a few deranged individuals don’t represent or reflect the communities that they more broadly come from. Timothy McVeigh, the Tsarnaev brothers and the likes of Adam Lanza, Wade Michael Page and Nidal Hasan are a group unto themselves, and we should not let their utter disregard for humanity affect our embrace of it.

This morning I woke up to messages from three different Jewish friends, a current undergrad at NYU, an NYU alum and a rabbi from the Bronx. Their respective messages, though short and simple, represented to me the kind of approach we all should be taking at this time.

"I will walk with anyone who feels unsafe, anywhere they need to go."

"(As) a past member of the NYU community, and as a Jew, I want to wish you, your loved ones and your community safety and health. May G-d bless us all that there is no backlash against the Muslim or any other community over the currently transpiring events. Hatzlacha and Bracha to all of you."

"If you find out any way we can be helpful please let me know."

This is what America is about. The courage of these words resonated deeply within me, especially in response to the cowardice of those who seek to divide us through their hateful acts of violence. Our coming together is our strongest asset in the face of this hate. We should not let terrorists divide us.

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My hope is that no one in Boston is left intimidated by this attack. We should do what we can to alleviate the fear that results from these acts of senseless violence.

It was beautiful to see the response from people - diverse in their race, ethnicity and religion - as they came together to help the people of Boston. My further hope is that we continue to stand together throughout this ordeal and not turn against one another. Our strength lies in embracing our diversity, and just as we are united in our anger and our grief, so, too, should we be united in our resolve.

Leaders of all backgrounds should step forward to condemn any act of bigotry and take full responsibility to ensure that no one further gets hurt due to a backlash from the attacks in Boston.

Racism, xenophobia and anti-religious hatred of any kind goes against the core values of equality and freedom that our country is founded upon, regardless of who is carrying it out or who it is being carried out against.

It is not OK to target innocent people just because they are Muslim. Since Monday, there have already been two hate crimes reported, one targeting an Arab, female doctor in Boston and a second targeting a Bengali man in the Bronx. How is it OK to inflict violence and hate toward individuals simply because of the way they look or their religious affiliation? And even if we are not perpetrating it, how is it OK for us to sit by and let it happen?

Simply put, it's not. We must be better than that.

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My continued thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston, those who we lost, those who were injured, their loved ones, the courageous first responders and the law enforcement that has spent the last week finding those who carried out these heinous acts.

May people once again come from all over to run Boston's streets, and may we not let those who lack compassion triumph.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khalid Latif

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Bostontola

    Muslim extremists have been on a tear in the past half century, but how soon we forget that Christians committed genocide against Muslims less than 20 years ago in Europe. The US saved countless Muslims but that is not recognized. Religion would probably be good if there was just 1 of them.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  2. Priori

    It is appropriate to consider the fact that an "extremist" in some religions is someone who becomes a missionary, or who volunteers to help in soup kitchens. In other religions, an "extremist" is someone who blows people apart. No judgement being made here... for as you see, I'm not attaching names of religions to these attributes. You can decide for yourself which religion's extremism fits which description.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I wouldn't strain your arm patting "certian religions" on the back. Abortion clinic bombings, doctors being shot in the face, threats to round up gays, blaming natural disasters on the "godless heathens" and "ho.mose.xuals" happens all the time. The step between blame and action is not a big one. There are real extremists in "that" religion too, but it helps that secular society and a secular gov't keeps them in check....those extremists would love to get rid of those barriers though.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Science

      Cheech & Chong Read the Bible

      Cheech and Chong read the bible for all to hear.

      http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/7e64d0be37/cheech-chong-read-the-bible?rel=featured

      April 27, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  3. Slvrkng

    While almost all religions have spawned violence in their name, it does seem prevelant in the Muslim world. Any thing written sparks protests, going back as far as I can remember most international terrorism has Muslim origins. The bigger point is we probably be better off if all religions would mind there own business and let the rest of us mind ours.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Mark

      I question your assertion that most terrorist incidents are Muslim in origin.

      The Radical Jewish Stern Gang are considered the originators of modern terrorism. The British had untold terror visited against them by that outfit. The IRA was christian (Catholic). The Orange opposition to the IRA was christian (Protestant). Both groups spawned many terrorist acts. If you tabulate statistics over the last hundred years the results may surprise you.

      Are our drone strikes terrorism?

      Remember one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Mary P

      The Lehi were not in any form the founders of "modern" terrorism. That said, Muslim Arabs used to lead the world in math and science in many areas. They are credited with many early significant equations and inventions. Then.. something happened. It's in dispute but it's obvious that at some point, extremism was celebrated, then farther extreme and farther until what we see today, where beheadings just for existing and not being born in the right country are not uncommon (but not prevalent either). While of course they follow Muhammad, it was not a killable offense not to follow to the letter and education or furthering contributions to science and thought were not punishable with severity. It is now in many parts of other countries. Now, Quran 2:193 commands: And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah." (born of driving non-believers away) and it is taken to such extremes that not only are Arabs wanting to kill citizens of America and other Western Civilization – but kill each other. This isn't subject to opinion. That's a direct verse and that's a provable comment.

      Quran 4:74 "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward."

      Quran 4:89 "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks."

      Quran 4:95 What if you don't attempt to kill or become a martyr? "Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-" ~ You rank less than others to Allah.

      I leave you with 8:12 "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

      And 9:5 "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

      April 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • Mary P

      Mark, also, as to drone strikes – while I have objections in certain situations, they are generally carried out to kill those who have killed others and their own people. Eye for an eye per se. Is it fighting for freedom from one while killing your sister? (And I of course only reference extremists here since there are Muslims in America and such and so no such thing as here they are exceptions and not the rule.) If you work and seek to plan to kill innocents in ANY one's name, then you do not deserve to walk this Earth. It is unjust to rob someone of their life and do so believing in impunity on Earth.

      April 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  4. Mary P

    If Christians were running around killing Muslims indiscriminately, would the Muslim world not say that Christians are evil? Well, many do now, but you get my point. Until major Muslims leaders across the world start condemning this stuff and the Muslim leaders who support and cheer these attacks are long gone, then maybe we will get somewhere. Silence is just as loud. If Popes, Priests, Reverends or Rabbis ran around telling people this was good, or if they were completely silent when their followers were committing crimes in their religions name – you can bet your butt there would be an outcry.

    Heck, it's in evidence for the Catholics right now. The Vatican has been under fire for YEARS for being notoriously silent on the Priests who molested little boys. Ushering in Pope Francis has given all people who follow Catholicism or all those who observe the inner works, that the Vatican will finally come clean and punish hard.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • Mary P

      As a comparison – if a family is made through all parents having psychosis, would you watch for it in their children, or would you just assume he is safe until he hurts or kills someone? Law of averages. I don't judge them all, but I'm not going to pretend that I'm more aware when Muslims are around right now. A spade is a spade is a spade. Muslims are the most likely to commit terrorist acts. Are there exceptions? Well yeah. There always is to any situation. But suicide bombers are killing fellow Muslims, and the bombers are blowing up the US. We'd be remiss not to be more aware. Just as I would a black person, wearing all red with a Bloods tattoo. Not all of them kill right? Or even not all of them kill innocents... Does that mean I shouldn't be concerned for my safety? Unless you are willing to tell me that you have no problem walking into Compton or wherever there is a heavy gang presence and not worry about your safety, then don't lecture me on me worrying about mine.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Only way to peace, Islam is, for hindu denires of truth absolute to live by truth absolute on earth, or humanity has no chance to survive, with hinduism criminality of hindu secular s, self centered.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • G to the T

      I would counter that to most muslims in the middle east, WE (the 'west') are all evil because we've been screwing them over (and killing innocents with our "collateral damage") for decades.

      This hate didn't arise in a vacuum...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Offthepink

      There is no silence. They are telling non-muslims one thing, then celebrating with their fellow muslims. It really is a "them vs us muslims" mindset they have. Many respect higher-ups in the muslim world smilinlgy say openly they will dominate the world, and they aren't taking about peace. They say people who aren't muslims aren't people at all. Pretty easy to commit atrocities or even exterminate those you don't see as people, you know. In the quran, it says "War is deceit"...and people who think muslims actually came to the west for anything other than havoc and conquest have fallen for it. Stop falling for the Taqqiya. ANY muslim male can become a terrorist at the drop of a hat. The reason is always the same, regardless of how confused the news outlets try to act afterwards: they do it for their religion. The boston bomber has even said so during questioning. We've got a lot of ticking time bombs out there, and they far outnumber white males with bad brain chemistry.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  5. SeenKeen

    I believe most people are the same and depending on where they are born and which system they grow will affect their actions most of their life. The problem is WE people have brains that can have many margins for flaw thus pick a number say one in a 1000 or 10000 have dangerous swings. The problem is when a system has verses of impact that let these fragile few among us to find verses they latch onto to unleash themselves as its instrument. We need all system to remove such verses.
    So to put a point on this, I believe most Muslims are indeed good but allowing such evil verses gives more of their frail to be seen than it happens in other systems with fewer verses. What irks us is that Muslims are not down playing (or removing) these verses.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  6. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    What one to be designated as, a cross between human and primate?

    April 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • STFU

      Mohammad (pbuh) !!!!!

      April 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Offthepink

      Humans ARE primates, retard.

      September 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  7. jamessavik

    We have a saying where I'm from: WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS TALKING SO LOUD, I CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  8. Charles

    Muslims have been attacking and destroying Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists for 1400 years. It is the most violent of the religions.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  9. john

    Common sense has nothing to do with racism or hatred. The World Trade center, ft hood, the shoe bomber, and Boston were all perpetrated by Muslims on US soil. Considering that Muslims represent only 2% of the US population, I would say they have been busy little bees compared the the other 98% or 305 million Americans. Does this mean all Muslims are bad?? , of course not. It just means they statistically are much more LIKELY to commit these crimes. Common sense would indicate that that is where our resources should be used, not to search Grandma in a wheelchair.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • berserkr35

      I concur

      April 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Shecky

      Agree 100% with John.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • John

      Whether you accept or not the human DNA by nature is building defense mechanism against this religion

      April 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • G to the T

      Why are you comparing the number of US muslims in relation to these terrorist attacts? Unless I"m very much mistaken only a couple of those were done by US citizens...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  10. Chad

    the actions of a few deranged individuals don’t represent or reflect the communities that they more broadly come from
    - Khalid Latif,

    that is absolutely true.

    But, what about the situation when the communities that they more broadly come from endorse this deranged activity?

    The activities of Timothy McVeigh, Fred Phelps, Adam Lanza are endorsed by an extremely small number of people.

    The same is not true of the activities of the Tsarnaev brothers. Right?

    Entire countries endorse their actions, NO ONE can claim that Muslim extremism is a fringe movement. It is absolutely mainstream in the world wide Muslim community.

    No one should paint an entire people with the actions of a small minority, but we're not talking about a small minority here. It's time for Muslims to police their ranks. Your problem is not one of perception, but one of your actions.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • G to the T

      It's easy to call people evil – it releaves you of the burden of having to consider they may have a valid grevience...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  11. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    How do they designate, cross between human and a monkey, Human or a monkey?

    April 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • STFU

      cross between human and a monkey, Human or a monkey !!!! half human, called Mohammad (mbuh).

      April 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Offthepink

      Last I checked, muslims called them Jews and unbelievers.

      September 29, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  12. Kurt Turner

    It's kinda hard not to "lump evildoers with Muslims" when 90% of all the present Conflicts and Wars in the World directly involve Islam.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      conflict borne out denial of truth by cross between human and monkeys.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • STFU

      make it 99.99%, your information is outdated

      April 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Offthepink

      Islam has pretty much been causing problems and killing others since it was founded. What do you expect of a cult (literally) started by a warlord?

      April 27, 2013 at 8:39 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Offthepink: Christianity has been doing the same, muslims just go one extreme further. It's a simple matter of who has the bigger imaginary friend. Dispose of the god factor and this garbage would decrease.

      April 27, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  13. Dr Suess

    I feel Dr Watson's pain.
    It must have come as a heartbreaking disappointment that he couldn't blame this atrocity on pro-gun, anti-Obama, white supremacists.
    Unfortunately the truth hurts, as it does daily for the dozens of victims of Islamic terrorists dying in bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mail, etc.
    If they had the opportunity they'd do this daily in our country as well.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Shecky

      You bet they would. Muslims need to stand up against these atrocities. But they don't.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  14. Texas Democrat

    They may have been Muslims, but the ignorance and intolerance of the vast majority of Americans is both astounding and shameful. Christians have been terrorizing Muslims and Jews for 2,000 years (open your history books, folks...). Christian extremists bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors. The point is that there are ALWAYS extremists in every religious group - Christian, Jewish AND Muslims. Blame the extremists – and their extremist mullahs - but don't blame Muslims as a group any more than you blame Christians as a group for the wrongs that their extremists commit. I travel in and out of the Muslim world (UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) on a regular basis, and some of the kindest, most polite and respectful people I know are the Muslim colleagues in the Muslim world. They are certainly a lot nicer than most Americans I see in UAE and Egypt, who are rude, pushy and disrespectful. Those of you who say "they were Muslims so they're evil" are a disgrace to the HUMAN species and shame everyone around you, and I must say that the kind of intolerance and hate that I hear from the majority of Americans make me ASHAMED at times to carry an American passport. Tolerance and understanding are the key to everyone getting along. We're all on this big blue ball together, for better or worse, and intolerance and hate have no place in a civilized and intelligent human society.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Kurt Turner

      How can Christians possibly have been "terrorizing Muslims and Jews for 2,000 years"? Islam has only existed for 1400 years. Please tell me ONE instance when "Christians" have terrorized Jews. As for Christians bombing abortion clinics. Um, once every 4-5 years maybe? Islam extremists are killing people daily, just like Blacks are killing Blacks daily here in the good ole US of A. Of course being a good Democrat you believe it's all the fault of Whites, Christians, Corporations, SUVs, Fracting and the NRA. It's a shame that you have your mind made up that "everybody over there" are oh so kind and sweet and "us here (not including Muslims, Women and Minorities, of course because they are always "struggling") and oh so mean and nasty. Oh, one more thing. Texas has two S's not one.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Shecky

      Texas "Democrat"
      That says it all.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • D

      Could not have said it better myself. Thank you.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I agree that a fundamentalist Christian is as bad as a fundamentalist Muslim. The problem is that there are still more fundamentalist Muslims than Christians and that Muslims who are not fundamentalist are a lot less free to speak out, not only in the many countries where such speech is banned, but in families and neighborhoods. This may not be an inherent problem of Islam, but it is today's reality.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • D

      Kurt Turner....was Hitler not a Christian?

      April 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • G to the T

      "Please tell me ONE instance when "Christians" have terrorized Jews."
      Spanish Inquisition
      Holocaust

      Oops! You only wanted one right?...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  15. jamesfrank

    they were muslims.

    April 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Dr. Watson

      Brilliant deduction, Sherlock.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • Sherlock

      they will be muslims, always, Watson.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Kroth! Bunny-Hammerer of Throgonia and yodelling coach to the stars!

      McVeigh was a Muslim?

      April 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
  16. lou50

    I think 1400 years of history says it all, they have no redeeming value and they had a chance. Before you comment list one charity they sponsor that helps non muslims along with an equal amount of scientific achievements as the Jewish people! Remember they do out number the Jewish people so they should have more just with probability!

    April 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • STFU

      why go all the way to 1400 years, just look last 10 or 20 years, they have turned the world upside down, you can't go to any country without being watched through cameras, we have lost freedom, once and for all, thanks to muslims.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindus criminals have to be watched all the time, not some time, as you wish.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Saraswati

      "I think 1400 years of history says it all, they have no redeeming value and they had a chance"

      That's as stupid as the people who say Christians never contributed anything. What the heck do you think Muslims were doing when Europe was in the dark ages? Pick up a history book. I believe Islam and Christianity are both outdated, but to say either one as a culture failed to contribute is crazy.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Lou50,

      what was Christian Europe doing in 1400?

      Besides gearing up to burn scientists at the stake or imprison them for accurately discerning the motions of the planets a century or two later of course.

      That's right – they had just wrapped up a couple of centuries of religious warfare we call the crusades. A couple of hundred years later Christians would turn their animus inwards and the wars of the reformation would rav@ge Europe for centuries. Over what? The "true" form of Christianity of course.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Kenman

    Just like Whoopi tried on The View, liberal apologists always trot out Timothy Mc
    Veigh, thinking they can equate that one lunatic with the thousands of Muslim attacks and attempted attacks in our lifetime! Well, it doesn't fly.

    The terrorists in this story, like most literally every other story of terrorism, were Muslim, "radicalized" by their more devout allegiance to the most vocal wing of the "religion"; remembering that it is Islam that most minorities take up in prison as a unifying ideology for their anti-social and bitter gangs, and it is Islam that is at war with civilization, striving to keep their followers uneducated and backwards, especially the women.

    No other "religion" has such unenlightened and primitive traditions that must be followed and none others dictate the laws and the intolerance of outsiders as it does.

    Why are so many afraid to criticize it, when it is popular in politically correct culture to bash every sect of Christianity? Really, ask yourselves that honestly and your eyes should be opened to the danger.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • Dr. Watson

      Within the United States, the vast majority of terrorist acts have been by Christian white supremacist organizations.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • flaguy

      Yes, because there is no hatred, racism, bigotry, or violence tied to Christianity—only Islam. The KKK is a Christian terrorist organization that has been around for 150 years. When a Christian bombs an abortion clinic in the name of God and holding the bible I don't see the reaction that ALL Christians are tied to terrorism. Of course not. But Christian are quick to go after other religions. They should look closely at their history before pointing fingers at other.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Shecky

      Yup. The libs were HOPING and PRAYING that the marathon bombers were white, blonde, card-carrying NRA members.
      How disappointed they must be that the terrorists were, . . . . big surprise . . . MUSLIMS.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Dr. Watson, There are 70 times as many Christians as Muslims in the US. Is that the ratio you see?

      April 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Kenman,

      have you considered the possibility that this is about Chechnya and not about Islam?

      Let's wait and find out before you throw down your "Islam" trump card.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @not GOP,

      What would be the motivation for people who are well capable and experienced in international travel to select the US as a place to make a statement about the situation in Chechnya?

      April 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Saraswati,

      we'll have to see. There is an unsurprisingly long history of Chechnyan terrorism against Russia. (Remember all those people killed in the Moscow movie theatre? That was Chechens.)

      Perhaps they saw Boston as a soft target? With no claims of responsibility or purpose we don't know what their motives are or why it would comport with our definition of a "logical" thing to do. Anyone committing terror is likely to be short on logic.

      We need to wait and see – presuming that the younger brother lives, and then talks.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @not GOP,

      I'm very aware of the history in Russia, but it doesn't make a lot of sense here. I wouldn't think it was just a soft target but a stupid one. Evidence already indicates that these kids thought there was a world plot against Islam. It's certainly too early to conclude anything, but given the bios we're getting off these kids, odds are Islam was a major motivating, or at least rationalizing, factor. It may be worded politically, as that they imagined they were protecting Islam from some imagined plot against it. But that still puts Islam and the ongoing myth of Islamic persecution at the probable core.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Saraswati,

      my primary point is that we don't know yet.

      Were they motivated primarily by militant and radical Islam? Maybe.

      Until we know further, from Monday on, this event made me think of the IRA bombings in Britain. There was certainly a religious aspect to 'the troubles' but it was primarily political in nature.

      These two come from a background where political terrorism is prevalent. This could easily be their motivation. It's still too early to tell.

      A question that is nagging me is why did the FBI give up on this guy? I suspect there will be a lot of uncomfortable questions asked in the Hoover building in DC next week.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @not GOP

      "Until we know further, from Monday on, this event made me think of the IRA bombings in Britain. There was certainly a religious aspect to 'the troubles' but it was primarily political in nature."

      Right, but notice you refer to the bombings in Britain. Not "The IRA bombings in India" or "The IRA bombings in India".

      April 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Saraswati,

      I understand your point. Until we know more, it's too soon to tell.

      The MO is very similar to the IRA who used mailboxes and trash containers for most of their bombs. It is fear campaign, not a 'kill the infidels' act. This isn't your Afghani or Pakistani suicide bomber here – which are much more common in places like Kabul, and a hallmark of 9/11.

      I'm not yet convinced there isn't a political angle here. Hopefully, time will tell and we will understand what we were up against.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @not GOP,

      I guess I don't think there's that strict a line. It's not only perfectly possible but very common to run a fear campaign in the name of protecting your religion. You can call that political if you like, but without the religion (and in this case the conspiracy theory) you've got no motive.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  18. Bill Busch

    These two came legally. They are in no way connected with 20 million mexicans.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Zingo

      In general I find that Mexican immigrants just don't explode as much as Muslim ones.

      April 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Mojoman

    Just yesterday, a Jew got assaulted by a muslim in NYC and a few weeks ago, a muslim DECAPITATED two Coptic Christians in New Jersey. How come this phoney chaplain Latif and the low quality news outlet CNN didn't write an article back then?

    April 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Because you will believe anything

      The decapitation story can only be found on right-wing looney websites. It appears to be a lie being repeated by people like you.

      April 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Jon

      http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/02/bodies_of_decapitated_jersey_c.html
      http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_jersey&id=8989357
      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/headless-bodies-new-jersey-lead-murder-arrest-article-1.1261218

      Those don't look like right-wing looney websites.

      However, the left-wing rags of CNN and NY Times have no reports of the murders.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • J.W

      Generally, they do not report every single murder that happens across the entire country.

      April 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Offthepink

      The major news networks are under orders to keep Obama's favorite people out of any negative light as much as possible, and when they do something that makes national news, cover up as much as possible. We were lucky to find out they were muslim except THAT detail had already leaked online, so the news networks had no choice but to include that detail, even though they're downplaying it.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:44 am |
  20. Dave

    A society rushing to judge by looks or faith would never have allowed an outsider to leave an unattended back pack behind an eight year old child as seen in some of the videos. The bigotry shown this past week was by the bombers, not the people of Boston or the US.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Kenman

      Thank you for that dose of reality!

      April 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • john

      Very well put!

      April 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • D

      Well said

      April 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
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