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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

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  1. Yousaf

    When one religion is losing numbers, it is easier to just try to make the gaining religion look bad. So the dingbats pin all terrorist attacks on a religion so as to make their look better. Christianity is fading in America. Numbers are down and they are desperately scrambling to regroup. Meanwhile, Islam is growing faster than any other religion in America and will soon be the largest in the world. It's adherents have discipline and values and THOSE are the things the world needs right now.

    April 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Krish

      Are you living in caves? There is a reason why almost all terrorists are Muslims. Islam teaches Terroism period. No quesition about this. It is a fact. It is clearly stated that Muslims should slay non Muslims wherever they see them. It is because of these verses people become terrorists. Any one who truely wants to follow Islam will become terrorist.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Islam is growing mainly because so many Islamic countries have either overwhelming poverty or very low status for which has kept fertility rates much higher than the world average. In wealthier Islamic countries laws either prohibiting conversion or giving preference to Muslims are the only things currently preventing widespread secularization and almost all growth in western countries is from immigration. Not exactly an advertisement for the faith.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • VegasCelt

      Of course it's growing. When you continue to kill the non-believers in the Muslim occupied countries, it becomes the major religion.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • VegasCelt

      When was the last time a Christian cut of someone's head for not being Christian? That's hat you call "discipline and values"? Nice.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      You prove the point that islam must be cleansed from the west.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • Allahu Akbar

      You mispelled your screen name, Joseph.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      What about the Manmasi National Christian Army and the National Liberation Front of Tripura, who force Hindus to convert at gun point and are known to encourage the murder of Hindu children?
      Those people are simply following Saint Augustine's doctrine of 'cognite intrare' – or 'lead them in' which justifies and encourages torture, vandalism, forced conversions and using violence to convert others in the name of Christianity.
      How about The Army of God and other groups who kill doctors in the U.S. ?
      What about white supremacist Christian terrorist groups like the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord?

      What of the 3rd Reich?
      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      Any proposition that relies on faith can and will be twisted by unscrupulous individuals for their own gain. Its just far too easy to manipulate those who are willing to suspend critical thinking and accept something without evidence.

      April 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • G to the T

      Vegas – just recently in Rwanda. Very devote the African Christians...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  2. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    If all Muslims believe as the terrorists believe (like so many ignorant people claim), then we better keep an eye on Shaq and Dr. Oz!! Oh no! Pretty scary people aren't they!

    April 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  3. Flooby

    Exterminate all filthy Muslims. Problem solved.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  4. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    @Imam Latif,

    I feel for you and all American Muslims here.

    Before we understand what really motivated these two Chechnyans, people will assume that they were impelled by nothing but radical and militant Islamic jihad.

    Few will stop to recall the Chechnyan terrorism (particularly against Russia) and ask was this about Chechnya? They will run with the flawed notion that all Muslims want to do nothing by kill infidels.

    In case anyone needs a refresher ...

    Let's not forget ...

    From: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/0419/Chechnya-How-a-remote-Russian-republic-became-linked-with-terrorism

    Chechen-led terrorists have struck repeatedly in the Russian heartland,

    – notably a mass hostage-taking at a downtown Moscow theater in 2002 that killed 130 people and
    – a horrific school siege in Beslan, North Ossetia, that killed 330 people, half of them children.
    – A double suicide bombing by "black widow" terrorists – wives of rebels killed by Russian security forces – left 40 people dead in a 2010 Moscow metro attack and
    – another suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport the next year left 35 people dead.

    The Boston Marathon attacks pale in comparison to Chechnyan terror in Russia. (Not that the Russians have been very nice to Chechnya either, mind you.)

    Perhaps it was not their adherence to Islam. Perhaps it was not their being Chechnyan. We need to wait to understand why they felt compelled to do this heinous thing.

    But so many will rush to judgment anyway.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      If Chechnyain Nationalism was the older brother's drving force, then Boston wouldn't have been the target- some point in Russia would have been bombed. No the older brother became more and more devout in his beliefs.
      judging from the various video clips, he was the worst kind.....A narcissist, a bully and a religious fanatic....

      April 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Jesus Is Lord

    Jesus is the answer. He is the ONLY way to the Father in Heaven. Trust your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, repent, obey and be saved!

    April 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • IndInJax

      I Am not a christian, Isn't Jesus just a prophet. Why do you call him lord. He is the son of the lord

      April 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Be saved from what? I'm happy and at peace with my life and my coming death. What can Jesus save me from? I'm not afraid of life or death or the whatever afterlife may or may not be waiting.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  6. cheetah2003

    Sorry, but Islam by it's very nature is intolerant of anyone who is not a Muslim. They believe everyone who isn't them is an enemy to be conquered or exterminated. I can tell you right now with 100% certainly, if an Islamic nation was a super-power like the USA is now and Russia used to be, there would be no non-muslims in the world. Period. This religion is far from peaceful, they'd as a group like nothing better than to eradicate all non-believers. At least the world's other major religions have learned they must be tolerant of non-believers. Not saying they're were all like that all the time, but they are now. Maybe Islam will get there, but they ain't there yet. And until they do, they must be kept well, contained, as a group, because they're dangerous as a group. Just look how the group reacts with a tantrum everytime someone offends their religious beliefs. 'nuff said.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • IndInJax

      I agree!!. Most Islamic countries are theological. They have conflicts with all other religions
      including Buddhist monks in Myanmar.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      While I agree with your overall context, I would argue that it's more to do with culture than religion. The bible repeatedly condoned the slaughter of people who didn't share its beliefs, but christians are mostly in advanced cultures and therefore only take a portion of the bible seriously—that portion being whatever suits their particular feelings at the moment.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • John Doe

      GOD Bless America! There is no place on earth i would rather be, and may justice prevail for everyone who has been wronged in this world

      April 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Interesting

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

      April 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • badcafe

      That statement is an incredibly misinformed one. I am from India, and I can tell you that India had Muslim rule from ~1200AD to 1700 AD (500 years), and yet the majority of Indians were not converted into Islam – in fact, the Mughal kings created ways to incorporate Hinduism, Islam, and other local religions into a hybrid version for people to follow, but with no compulsion at any point. This is why India still has a minority of Muslims. The same happened in Spain – Cordoba was Islamic (Moorish) but incorporated Judeo-Christian theologies and made sure there was no forced conversion. Not all Muslims are intent on converting you, and not all Christians are uninterested in converting (judging from the Jehovas' Witnesses who come to my doorway from time to time). And before you judge me, I can tell you that I'm a Hindu who studied in a Christian missionary school all my life, and this is quite common in India. Find me a Christian who studied in a non-Christian religious school, and we'll talk about who is more open minded.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @badcafe,

      thank you for your sensible post. Many if not most of the people who post here are historically illiterate.

      They don't realize that it was the Christians who expelled or forcibly converted the Jews of Andalusia after the reconquista – despite those Jews living peaceably under Muslim rulers for centuries.

      They don't realize that (certainly with exceptions) much of the Muslim conquest resolved itself with cities choosing to surrender to the Muslims and simply pay their taxes (now as jizya) to Muslim overlords instead of their former (often Greek in Asia minor and north Africa) masters.

      An interesting case is Alexandria where it appears the Copts there may have deliberately chosen to surrender to the Muslims rather than continue under Chaceldonian Greek rule. The Greeks had banished the Coptic patriarch and replaced him with a Greek one shortly before the Muslim invasion of Egypt.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Jtom

      Badcafe: I know nothing of the history of India wrt Muslim, but you clealy know nothing of the invasion of Spain by the Moors, subjugation of the non-Muslim population, bloody wars to free Spain, and the resultant Spanish Inquisition. Please do some research before spouting such nonsense.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
    • badcafe

      Jtom, I know quite a bit about it, and about the inquisition and the burning of heretics - we can find examples of torture worldwide in every religion (in fact, if Islam is the most violent religion historically, guess which one would come in second)! But my knowledge is not just bookish – I have actually visited Moorish Spain and visited their mosques and churches. The great mosque at Cordoba, an incredible work of art in itself, has large segments that were deliberately left Christian with images of Christ and crucifixes – and it was one of the greatest examples of religious open-mindedness when the rest of Europe is in the Dark Ages.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Jtom,

      "...the invasion of Spain by the Moors, subjugation of the non-Muslim population, bloody wars to free Spain, and the resultant Spanish Inquisition"

      you do realize that the terms of the Spainish Inquisition was "convert or die by torture" and was imposed by Christians on Jews and Moors that remained in Andalusia right?

      The Jews and Chistians had lived peaceably under the Moors since the Moorish invasion of Spain in 711. The reconquista was not complete until 1492. There were almost 8 centuries of Moorish Spain. The Moors didn't kill or convert everyone like the Christians would later do.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • IndInJax

      Bad Cafe : Thats the way Muslims behave. When they ruled India they were in Minority, there was no way that could be their immediate priority. But there were still a lot of conversions. A significant part of north India/pakistan was converted. There were no Muslims in India before the invasion from the Muslim thugs. How come a large part of north India/pakistan may be about 30% was islamic. On the other hand less than 5% are christian after the rule of the British for 200 years. So I am not sure if your observation is based on facts.
      Also in the Current Pakistan and Bangladesh the hindu minority can not practice their religion freely and their numbers are dwindling.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • cheetah2003

      That's nice an all, thanks for the history lessons. But I'm not really interested in history, I'm interested in the here and now, and these people, these Muslims, the majority, at least the vocal majority, and pretty much all their leaders are behaving intolerably toward the rest of the world. I really don't care who started it, it's irrelevant who started these feuds, but they need to stop and people need to wake the f up and realize this is not how the world works anymore. Violence is NEVER the answer and as long as Muslims and their leaders continue to condone violence in any way shape or form, I will look down upon them and call them what they are.. a bunch of intolerant little temper-tantrum throwing brats that need to be put in their place. That is all. Distorted? Perhaps, but who generated this distorted view? Hmmmm, Muslims did that! Imagine that? If you don't want to be looked up as extremist freaks of nature, then stop behaving like you are. Pretty simple.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @IndinJax,

      what were the dominant religions in the area we know as Pakistan when the Muslims first invaded Sindh in 712?

      April 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @cheetah2003

      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" – George Santayana

      April 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • IndInJax

      @IAm not a Goper..
      Dominant religion in the current pakisthan was both Hinduism and Buddhism. Just type the following "religion before islam in pakistan" in google to get your answer.

      April 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      @ GOPer

      The Moors conquest of Spain wasn't peaceful or benign – it wasn't a simple tax that was paid...that came after a couple centuries of rule...When the Moors launched their push it was no different than any other region that they took...those who showed a hostility to Islam were beheaded straight away. Then slaves where taken...a lot of women wound up in harems throughout the Caliphate. After about two hundred years that tax you speak of was hatched. ....No my friend the Muslims hated the Christians every bit as much at the Christians hated Muslims.

      Painting their occupation at relatively tranquil is...stretching the truth a bit- it did calm down but it took a loonnnngg time.

      April 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  7. Mustafa

    I am a Muslim. You can lump me how ever you feel like. I dont care what others think about Islam, just dont put your hands on me.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Mike

      And if I draw a picture of Mohamed will you lay your hands on me?

      April 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Mustafa

      no I mean don't touch my ass.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
    • G to the T

      @Mustafa – ZING! Lol that was was awesome...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  8. Aminata

    A tenuous connection to Islam. What this all does illustrate though is the egocentricity and superficiality of men – unable to see beyond their 'moment of glory' – unaware of the profound and reverberating impact across the lives of individuals, communities, professionals, .... Over 10 years of unyielding and loving work obliterated in a second. Why on earth is there tolerance for these characteristics in our society?? A good place to start would be to reform and update what we see as 'normal' in the way we function on a daily basis.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  9. Krish

    It is true that more than 90% of terrorists are Muslims. There is no way this religion is a symbol of peace. Quran has verses that clearly says that where ever a Muslim lives he should rule over the unbelievers (non Muslims). There are also verses in Quran that says unbelievers should be slayed where ever they are seen. Jihad very clearly means killing of unbelievers. Modern day Muslims who fool people that Islam encourages peace, quote the peace related verses in Quran between the Muslim Brothers. There is no peace preached in Islam between Muslims and non Muslims. Please do not fall for this lie.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  10. manhandler1

    Look no further than this very Country to find which nation has killed more innocents than any other. Whether in the name of a religion or not, killing innocent people is killing innocent people. At least 120,000 Iraqi civilians were killed directly or indirectly in our attack on Iran and who knows how many more in Afghanistan. Americans are the biggest hipocrites in the world when it comes to this. We believe our own sick propaganda about how everyone else is evil...but not us. Then an incident like this happens where 3 are killed and many maimed and injured.....just a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of what we ourselves have wrought. Keep believing the lie....the truth is horrific.

    April 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • OpenMinded

      Don't let something like FACTS get in the way of your opinion. FACT: The US invaded Afghanistan ONLY after the attacks of 9/11. FACT: Sadam told his own generals they had chemical and biological weapons, proven by after action interviews with them where they stated they had called up for them to be sent to them during battle. The VAST majority of Muslims killed in Iraq were killed by other Muslims for no other reason than they were Sunni or Shia. Funny how you forget how hard American soldiers worked to protect innocent Iraqis and how many hundreds of Iraqis were killed at a time in terror bombings put on by OTHER MUSLIMS. So, keep believing your own narrow minded lies about how evil the USA is, but the rest of the world knows the truth. Each day, radical Muslims kill innocent people in every corner of the planet. They kill Buddist, Jews, Christians, and they kill more fellow Muslims than anyone else. As an American Christian, I stand FIRMLY by the vast majority Muslims who are good, decent, wonderful human beings. I will fight to protect them from any ignorant person who might try to soil their good name because of the radical, hate filled terrorist. The fact is, it is TIME for us all to stop this division of Jew against Christian, Buddist against Muslim, Black against White. It is TIME for the GOOD people of ALL RELIGIONS, ALL RACES TO STAND UP AGAINST THE EVIL IN ALL RELIGIONS AND RACES. The GOOD Christians, Muslims, Jews, Black, White, Arab, Westerner, to stand TOGETHER against the evil Christians, Muslims, Jews, Black, White, Arab, Westerner. I am Christian, but I will stand with the good Muslim against the evil Christian every time.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  11. John Doe

    Everyone asks us (muslims) to condemn those who hijack our faith and commit evil, and we do!
    Western powers invade our countries and kill 100's of 1000's in the name of freedom while at the same time creating more turmoil, and we (muslims) say THANK YOU!
    FYI for those who are openminded: There are 71 types of Muslims in the world, 1 of which who truly practices the true faith of Islam which means to "submit to the creator". This 1 type of muslim is the person who practices his faith with LOVE for all human beings regardless of Religion, Race, Gender. All other types of muslims are NOISE for this 1 type of muslim. People practice a religion, people are weak and are sceptable to all kind of demons. Islam is a pure religion, people contaminate it by falling off the straight path. One last point, a muslim cannot practice Islam if they do not believe in Christianity and Judaism. The only reason we (muslims) practice Islam is because we believe in worshipping a higher power than man (ie. Jesus, Moses) peace be upon them, we believe in worshipping the one who created them.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Mike

      What does your religion say about what to do with non-muslims?

      April 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • IndInJax

      Why are most Islamic countries theological with little tolerance for other views and other religions, the religion has not evolved with time. It is regressing..

      April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  12. really?

    Why not their history tell us they are very mean folks who only care what a false prophet tell them is true, just look how the treat their women.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Ronnie

      Absolutely right. Deeds not words. They continue to show us what they are yet we refuse to acknowledge the truth before our eyes. I suppose there were probably a few good Nazi's as well, so what, we did away with them for the betterment of our existence. Same needs to be done with this lot.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • G to the T

      Exactly... now when did women in America get the right to vote? Right, almost 2000 years after Christianity started...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Phillip Rogers

    Personally, I could use a little help not lumping Muslims together.

    How about all Muslims world wide denouncing terrorism and violence, Publicily vowing to accept Isreal as a State and
    disavowing Jihad against Isreal and all westerners, and declaring that Islam will live in peace with Cristianity?

    Yeah, that's what I thought....

    April 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • kindlydank

      You know what would be a good start? if CNN and this author would stop defending muslim terrorists.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  14. steve

    All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. The Quran advocates violence against everyone who is not a Muslim. There is no way to argue that it is a peaceful religion.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Bostontola

      If you look up the list of terrorists organizations, there are non-Islamist groups on it, so not all terrorists are Muslim. I was amazed to see that more than 90% of the organizations were Islamist.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Maiya78

      *cough*
      IRA
      *cough*

      April 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Bostontola

      ETA

      April 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Muslims may be quite disproportionately represented among terrorists, but there are certainly other groups capable of producing them. Some ideologies are just a bit more conducive to that type of extremist thought by diminishing the worth of outsiders.

      April 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "but all terrorists are Muslims"

      just how moronic can people be here?

      April 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  15. Green Oak

    Well Mr.Khalid Latif, we are just like home-plate umpires. We call them like we see them.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  16. John Paul

    The entire premise of this article is based on a fatal error. First, of all, the Quran REQUIRES that Muslims kill infidels (i.e., non-Muslims who will not convert to Islam). Do all those who are from Islamic countries do this? Of course not. Many are nominal Muslims and don't even know this. And most of them have strong families and strong family values. However, because of the religious teaching, this always, always, always terrorism in Islamic countries. If it's not the suicide bombers, it's the Islamic government that rules by gross legalism, violence and terror. And when you invite large numbers of Muslim peoples to immigrate to America, it's like bringing in a cargo ship of reasonably good product, but those products are infested with rats. The majority are the reasonably good product and the terrorists, ant the teaching that spawns them, are the rats. The only solution to this problem is to not allow Muslims to immigrate to America, and that is the very reason why our fathers didn't allow it.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • lol??

      Fathers are irrelevant except for child support in a socie society.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Akira

      What's a socie, lol?? I seem to keep missing your answer.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  17. Charlie

    Don't lump gun owners with Adam Lanza. Freaking Hypocrite!!!!

    April 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
  18. Bostontola

    You can argue about whether god made man or man made god, but it is in arguable that man made religion. Man runs all religions, makes the rules and traditions, decide to go to war, ethnically cleanse, etc. you may want to blame one religion, but that is BS. Conflict between religions and within sects of a single religion have killed millions and continues to this day. Believe in your god, but religion kills.

    April 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  19. jack milliman

    i believe a high % of of alquida and those like them are muslim

    April 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • STFU

      lol!! there are no non-muslim al qaeda.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  20. michael

    There are 10 types of cars. Occasionally each type has a problem that kills people. One type is in the news all the time for people getting killed by them and the others rarely. Is it safe to assume that the type of car that causes all the problems is somehow more defective than the rest? Yes...Now change this analogy to religion and apply it.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Case by case basis only bud... you are NOT supposed to notice reoccurring patterns.

      see that way they can kill whenever, wherever they like without fear of reprisal.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Bostontola

      People have selective memory. Muslims do more violence than most, but you may be surprised to see how much killing has been done for religion by Christians in the past few decades.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Oh im sure Christian have killed people but few of their murders are religion driven – the abortion clinic bombers come to mind but that's about it.

      Feel free to enlighten me further though......

      April 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
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