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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

Filed under: Belief • Islam

soundoff (985 Responses)
  1. clarity

    God will be our vindicator. God is real. Don't put your trust in men but God.

    April 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Men have created thousands of gods...which one, and why that one and not the others?

      April 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Kroth the Bunny-Hammerer, Viking God of Belgian Waffles

      I am the one true god. Me. Kroth. Kroth the Bunny-Hammerer. Put your trust in me. And give me five dollars.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • faith

      Richard Cranium
      Men have created thousands of gods...which one, and why that one and not the others?

      April 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  2. kevobx

    If you see something say something? Who said terrorists do not wear suits and ties and carries an I pad and I phone. Any device can be set off as a timer, from a pressure cooker to an I pad. (*Jeremiah 18:11-12*) Tell the truth, because facts change constantly to update lies and honesty must prove all things. What people came out of the Caucus mountains? Why is that a secret covet mission (1st Samuel 7:13)

    April 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Lunatic Firnige

      We all know your out there...in your case WAY out there

      April 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  3. kevobx

    When death comes to the door, what will the proud people say? They said pride is their strength, and glorified themselves as gods. How can one be proud of death? All religions belong to the devil worshippers, they are so subtle, so cunning using distractions and colors Purple, gold, blue, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen.*Exodus 28:15* These scarf wearing Satanists! (Jeremiah 13:15-16) That is blood sacrifices, Satan loves his rituals. *Proverbs 6:17*

    April 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Science

      BS = kevobx

      April 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  4. kevobx

    Satanists always say, God bless America, but what god are they worshipping? (Micah 4:5) Deny the Father and he denies you. Christ told us to walk by faith not by sight. The devil is an adversary running to & fro to devour all who rejected grace and truth, for the pride of life (1st John 2:16) Talk about Kazakhstan, that is the root to all this evil. But the media wants to weed out the small villages why? (Habakkuk 3:14) The eagle is America just like Rome *Obadiah 3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that said in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? *Nehemiah 8:9 and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. *Proverbs 30:19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; *Obadiah 4 Though thou exalt thyself as a eagle, and though thou set thou nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. *Luke 9:33 one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. *Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (What bird represents Russia?) *Ecclesiastes 10:20*

    April 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      What satanists do you know personally?

      Pretty sure none. It wouldn't matter anyway since he is just a character in a book.

      April 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Reality

    Crossan's and Ludemann's exhaustive studies and conclusions were not voted on. See their work as published in their books, The Historical Jesus and Jesus After 2000 Years respectively.

    April 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  6. lol??

    Those who can't learn from history will repeat it. Cain was a Veggie

    April 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Science

      url's funny science lol?? ..................check it out learn something new !

      http://www.funnyordie.com/?rel=header

      Peace

      April 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  7. faith

    For out of the heart come evil thoughts

    April 21, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Ted

      No, thoughts come from the brain, stupid.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • faith

      like murder, adultery, sevual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • Ted

      Next time, faith, try to have a point when you post.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Doobs

      My heart pumps blood. So sorry yours doesn't work right.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • biggles

      But the fruit of the spirit is love joy peace patience gentleness goodness faith meekness temperance

      April 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • faith=biggles

      "like murder, adultery, sevual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander."...the hallmarks of a good Christian soldier...italics for emphasis on faithinbiggle's area of expertise.

      April 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

      April 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Kroth the Bunny-Hammerer, Viking God of Sporks

      Kroth may give the bunnies a break and hammer dumb-dumb Christians instead.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
    • faith

      the law killeth but the spirit giveth life

      April 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  8. MennoKnight

    Just remember people, in the race for greatest mass murders of the past 100 years two of the top three were Atheists (Mao and Stalin) and the third mixed Neo-Darwinian Evolution with Nordic Mythology and a little bit of Roman Catholicism (Hitler)

    But here is my main point. I personally know Atheists, Muslims, Catholics, Mennonites and agnostics who are really nice moral people.
    So how about judging people based on their own personal merit instead of their religion or lack there of?!?

    April 21, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Ted

      Same old canard, Menno and you should know better than to trot that out. Those killings you refer to were not done due to any dictates of atheism, whereas both the bible and the koran demand murder.

      You and the world lose due to your silly religious fictions, stupid.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Ira

      Agreed! Opponents of the idea are just full of hate. Once you've met and mingled with people of different cultural backgrounds and religion then you will understand how at the core of everything, we are not so different after all.
      The idea of world peace is unattainable if haters leave hurtful, bias comments, without properly examining the subject matter in a post that promotes peace.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Ira

      Yo Ted, get your facts right. Neither the Koran nor the Bible demands murder.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • MennoKnight

      Ted
      You clearly have no idea what Atheistic Communism teaches. Just because you yourself don't subscribe to this type of Atheistic doctrine does not mean that it is not the root.
      Oh I know, your using the idea that these guys were not "True Atheists" but twisted madmen. Do you not know that is the same (and correct) explanation that we people of faith use for people who kill in the name of religion?

      April 21, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • The real Tom

      Knight Shirt, you must really be desperate.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • John

      I appreciate the intent of your last statement, Menno, but your characterization of atheism with respect to individuals of communism represents the type of associations a child makes when it has a new toy and can only fit three or four colored shapes into various holes. World history is just not that simple.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Doobs

      I've had a few discussions with Menno. His chief arguments are that you haven't read the bible, haven't read it right, haven't had the correct translation, etc. Same old BS that every other minister serves up.

      He'll disappear as soon as you start asking the hard questions.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Hitler was a Christian and his Christian belief was

      April 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      People kill for ideals. Atheism is not an ideal.

      Hitler was a Christian and that belief played a very significant role in his death-dealing.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Moby Schtick
      Read your history. He was baptized as a baby into the Roman Catholic Church. He followed Nordic Religions mixed with Neo Darwinian Evolution.

      April 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Bob

      Just to show that MennoKnight is spewing a steaming pile of lies and ignorance, among the many demands from nasty Christian god to do murder and other violent acts in the bible we have the following:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      April 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Hitler was christian. He did not like atheists, and put many to death with the mentally ill and the jews.

      In his own words:
      As a christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.
      Adolf Hitler

      This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existance of a religious belief
      Adolf Hitler

      Hence today I believe I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator – by defending myself against the jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord
      Adolf Hitler

      Certainly sounds like a christian to me.

      April 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Bob,
      I am an Mennonite. I am a follower of the New Testament, not the old. I am a pacifist (expect when playing hockey, then I am a Pass the Fist) equal rights person.
      Please research Anabaptism. That is the root of my theological leanings.

      April 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Richard
      Hitler was what ever suited him for that moment. If you read Hitler's Mein Kampf he rejects all of the major Christian teachings and embraced a mixture of Darwinism and Nordic mythology. He knew how to play to an audience and he told them what they wanted to hear.
      I am a Pacfisitc Mennonite.

      April 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Oh and sorry for not responding earlier, I was preaching then teaching and no preaching again, and I was answering in between the services.
      God Bless you guys!

      April 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  9. rmahaba

    It seems that the comments on this blog post are HATEFUL when this blog was about love and safety for ALL. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Islam is a peaceful religion and what the people do like killing of innocent people, etc is not allowed in Islam at all. Every religion, race, background, or culture – there will be some bad eggs unfortunately. You are all placing a stereotype on Muslims saying we are bad as a group. It is like me saying you guys are all racist and you like to kill just because the US is or was at war with the Mid East. Seriously, what is that? As Muslims, we are supposed to represent our religion the correct way and these people who do horrid acts are not doing their jobs as Muslims. We live on the same planet, came to life the same way, breathe the same air, and we will all die the same. The only difference is how we choose to live our lives and how we will be after we die in regards to religious beliefs. We are the same. Do not use stereotyping as a defense mechanism. Maybe you're scared, but there is nothing to be scared of. Islam is a peaceful religion with so much humility and love for you.

    April 21, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • Guest

      Noting that the vast majority of terrorist attacks are carried out by Muslims acting in the name of Islam is not bigotry, it is the cold truth. While not all Muslims are terrorists, there is clearly something about the common religion or culture that lends itself to extremism for some. To deny that is to deny reality.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • rmahaba

      There is nothing in the religion or culture that allows these kinds of acts. Peace is peace no matter how you put it. Violence is violence no matter how you put it. Stop over analyzing things that do not need to be analyzed and saying that Islam or the culture is the root for the terrorist attacks. Like I said, there are bad eggs in every religion or background. They do not represent Islam as a whole.

      April 21, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Me

      I am not a Muslim, but I am ashamed of this world that perpetuates hatred towards ALL Muslims because of those who use Islam as an excuse, a reason for their actions towards others. I, too, am saddened that this article was about love and peace, and all we find here on these posts is hatred.

      However you look at it – good morals, lessons from whatever God you subscribe to – we are all "supposed" to be loving and caring with others, we are supposed to be inclusive and open minded. Whether anyone has a faith or not, we were taught to be kind, yes? Humanity is failing here. People who hate, are bigots, cast broad brush opinions on an entire group are the problem in this world. I'm not just talking about the hatred towards Muslims, but FROM anyone TO anyone...this is the cancer of our entire existence.

      Sadly, I don't think we will ever rid the world of ignorance, hatred, stupidity. I don't think we will ever rid the world of people who perpetuate this hatred, whether through terrorism or simple posts below that says "let's exterminate them". I am peace loving, and I wish to exterminate hatred, ignorance, bigotry.

      Fat chance of that ever happening with the stupid people on this post that perpetuate the hatred!

      April 21, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  10. Reality

    Only for the eyes of Khalid Latif:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi––

    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 21, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  11. I love ham

    I am in favor of exterminating all muslims.

    April 21, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • Ira

      Well then, who is the Jihadist/extremist here? Ohhh the irony

      April 21, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Me

      Are you, then, the next "Hitler"? Are you supporting the next holocaust, this time of Muslims?

      Have we learned nothing from our past? This world saddens me. So much hatred for each other.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  12. p2lee

    Islam is not compatible with Democracy. Period.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:31 am |
    • lol??

      For a great example of demobocracy, see Sodom.

      Mob Power!

      April 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Akira

      For a great example of theocracy, see Iran.

      April 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • lol??

      So what's with the marriage between Iran and the Ruskies?

      April 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  13. w

    how long are we to go on forgiving religions for their idiot followers. This goes for Christianity as well as Islam. I just hope that between the catholic pervs, and the psychotic muslims these days are spelling the beginning of the end for the evils of religion once and for all. It serves no purpose in a modern world.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:25 am |
    • Science

      Hey w agree..............evolution wins hands down..........it is tjme for god(s) to get the HELL out of the way...............so

      humanity can evolve !

      Where do morals come from?

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

      Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

      Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

      Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
      bears his name as the “God particle.”

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

      Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
      Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

      Science

      Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
      By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

      Science

      It would be nice......... but
      Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!
      The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
      convictions.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

      April 21, 2013 at 5:38 am |
    • Sciernce

      .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

      Facts work best when teaching children !

      April 21, 2013 at 6:06 am |
    • Ira

      You dear, lonesome W will never know how it is to have beliefs; to stand for something. You will fall for nothing.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Science

      Hey w.....................for a good laugh check out the chessy add too when it shows up !

      http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4b3afc5c2f/president-bush-reacts-to-osama-bin-laden-s-death-with-will-ferrell?rel=by_user

      April 21, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • lol??

      "..........these days are spelling the beginning of the end ..............."

      The wurld has been in the end times for at least 2,000 years.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Ira

      There are plenty of things I believe in and stand for. An imaginary sky daddy with an ego problem just isn't one of them.

      April 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  14. Mark Bevans

    I'm not religious at ALL. I don't believe in any religion... I'm not a fool and I don't need a religion to help me cope with my weakness.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:13 am |
  15. Mel Stricker

    People who are not Muslim will decide that the Boston Bombing were the work of Muslim so ALL Muslims are to blame. The fact that Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) and Eric Rudolph (Atlanta Olympic Bombing) we not Muslim probably doesn't matter to these people. Especially Christians since Timothy and Eric are (or were) Christians.

    A bigot is a bigot and there is no way to explain to these people not to condemn a group for the acts of individuals.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:09 am |
    • Guest

      It isn't bigotry, it is simple statistics. Of course not every single act of terrorism is carried out by Muslims, but most are. I'm sorry that is difficult for you to accept but it's mathematical fact. Not to mention the two bombers you cited we're not acting in the name of religion, but politics. Maybe these two weren't acting for Islam, but a simple look at history will reveal that it's a decently safe assumption.

      April 21, 2013 at 5:31 am |
    • Saraswati

      @Mel

      "People who are not Muslim will decide that the Boston Bombing were the work of Muslim so ALL Muslims are to blame. "

      It looks like you are the one making generalizations about all non-Muslims. Who would that make the bigot? Show us a study in which all non-Muslims thought all Muslims were to blame for September 11 or acknowledge your own ignorance and be quiet. Given that I don't personally know any person who thinks all Muslims are to blame for anything I think you're going to have a hard time finding that data.

      April 21, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • Anon

      Most Muslims are not bombers, but most bombers are Muslim.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  16. more2bits

    Declaring a religion is actually a cult is not bigotry. It is freedom FROM religion as well as freedom OF religion. If people honestly feel that the religion is run amuck then they have the right to declare that as a fact based on the evidence–almost all suicide bombers are Muslims therefore the religion is a cult.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:41 am |
  17. James PDX

    Not all Muslims are evil. The Muslims religion is evil. Muslims have a higher percentage of evil people than any other religion. Therefore, if Muslims want to be accepted they will denounce the actions of the bad Muslims among them, instead of either remaining silent or actively assisting or hiding them. And they need to drop their religion. When those 2 things happen, I'll start respecting them.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:31 am |
    • Ira

      You only think this because this is what the media make it look to be. The media is bias, and only reports stories which are most likely to be assimilated. And everyone will believe in stories which condemn muslims. When muslims speak up, standing up for their beliefs? Nooo those kind of news don't get spread around. Millions of Muslims, children and women, killed in Pakistan? No one talks about that.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • Me

      You are clearly over generalizing and casting all Muslims in the same light, which is so self righteous of you. I spent time with my Muslim friend, yesterday, who completely condemned what happened last week, condemned those two guys, and very pointedly said that they did not act in the name of true Islam. Is he assisting them, or hiding them? Absolutely not! He has been a long-time, loved friend of mine, and through him and our mutual Muslim friends, I have been shown a very peaceful, open minded, and normal side if Islam. I would NEVER, EVER cast them in the same light as terrorists! Terrorists are unto themselves. But to cast all Muslims in the same light shows one is full of the same hatred for them, as terrorists show others. It is self righteous and close minded.

      April 21, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  18. Pro Death

    Don't lump evildoers? 9/11 is still a bitter pill for me

    April 21, 2013 at 3:22 am |
  19. Meh

    My hovercraft is full of eels. Would you like to go back to my place, bouncy bouncy

    April 21, 2013 at 3:20 am |
  20. Jay

    This was committed by a Muslim in America whose intention is not known as not established yet. But we have seen Islamic terrorism on Sept.11 and so we need to question it. Obviously peaceful Muslims in America will be shocked as anyone else at this. However the Muslim religion does make references to fighting non-muslims and so we need to make sure Muslims in America understand this and live peacefully in the US as obviously these 2 brothers did not. We need to stop Islamic terrorism in the US and around the world.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:20 am |
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