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April 24th, 2013
09:27 AM ET

My Take: I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism

Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the co-director of the upcoming documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" and co-host of a new CNN podcast "The Big Three" that looks at the top three stories of the week. Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I'm an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them with every fiber of my being.

I'm not going to tell you, "Islam is a religion of peace." Nor will I tell you that Islam is a religion of violence. What I will say is that Islam is a religion that, like Christianity and Judaism, is intended to bring you closer to God. And sadly we have seen people use the name of each of these Abrahamic faiths to wage and justify violence.

The unique problem for Muslims is that our faith is being increasingly defined by the actions of a tiny group of morally bankrupt terrorists. Just to be clear: The people who commit violence in the name of Islam are not Muslims, they are murderers. Their true religion is hatred and inhumanity.

The only people terrorists speak for are themselves and the others involved in their despicable plot. They do not represent me, my family or any other Muslim I know. And believe me, I know a lot of Muslims.

FULL STORY
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Terrorism

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  1. My Take: I'm atheist, and I hate terrorism

    Yup, it's true.

    April 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  2. My Take: I'm human, and I hate terrorism

    Seem's logical to me...

    April 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  3. My Take: I'm the IRS, and I tax tacks

    .

    April 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  4. My Take: I'm a carpenter, and I pay tax

    .

    April 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  5. My Take: I'm Christian, and I pray

    i pray that Muslims come to the saving knowledge in Christ and accept the peace that passes all understanding.

    April 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      The efficacy of prayer has been shown false in many different studies. Why don’t you put your time and effort into doing something that actually helps people, like NOT converting them to a religion that values delusional behavior? I’m talking about christianity.

      April 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Atheist Jesus

      Isn't it comforting to know they are doing the same for you?

      I'd rather everyone decide that the time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, and the way to be happy is to make others so.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • sam stone

      if it passes all understanding, on what basis can you claim to understand it?

      April 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  6. Reality

    Only for the eyes of Dean Obeidallah:

    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 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • FYI

      And of course he will never see any of this because you are a nobody.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for those who seek the Truth:

      Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sihkism.

      Added details available upon written request.

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

      e.g. Taoism

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

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

      April 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Jesus Christ on a Triscuit. What an imbecile you are, Reality.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  7. Brother Maynard

    I think a major issue with Islam is that it has yet to have the equivilent of the Catholic reformation
    I'm wondering if Mr Obeidallah has the guts to become the Martin Luther of Islam.
    Assuming he does .. that would modernize his religion to the 16th centry.
    You got a long way to go Islam

    April 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      basically, you're saying, unlike the christians these days, muslims actually follow their outdated holy book closely.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  8. ME II

    This, from the full article, bears repeating:

    In fact, since 1995, 88% of the domestic terrorist plots have been by right-wing groups, ecoterrorists and anarchists, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. But still, 12% were Muslims.

    April 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • meifumado

      Nice how he avoids international attacks LOL

      April 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @MEII,

      Given that the US population is only about 1% Muslim, I'm not sure what that number is supposed to argue?

      April 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  9. Bootyfunk

    "And sadly we have seen people use the name of each of these Abrahamic faiths to wage and justify violence."

    justify is not the word you're looking for. the qu'ran, the bible, the torah - all these books openly promote violence. the qu'ran says men can strike disobedient women. the bible says any woman found not to be a virgin on her wedding night must be dragged to her father's doorstep and stoned to death. there are orders to kill g.ays, non-believers and many others in those books. those books DO justify violence. in fact, such violence is divinely inspired and ordered. god himself kills millions in each of those books, including babies.

    luckily, people DON'T follow those book very closely these days. anyone who did would be among the worst serial killer/mass murders in history. religion teaches people to turn off their brains.

    April 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      BF,

      R'amen!

      April 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • His panic

      Care to mention or research, how many have been killed by atheists and others of the non-Abrahamic faiths?
      Do you really accept at face value the claims of Muslims that their so called "faith" is "abrahamic"?

      Gee, and to think that atheists often make the fabulous claims of being the smartest and less gullible of all people!

      April 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @his panic

      care to show me where there is an atheist book that all atheists follow that says to do evil? let me save you some time - there is none. we don't have a book telling us to commit evil on others. there is nothing in atheism that says anything like that - but you can't say the same about the bible and qu'ran, can you?

      islam is an abrahamic faith. check the characters in their book of fiction and compare them to the books of fiction called the bible or the torah. same made up cr@p. yes, it is an abrahamic religion. do some homework.

      if you want to make a comparison, compare christianity to humanism, an atheistic ethical philosophy. humanism is in every way superior to christianity. no orders to kill anyone, for instance. so go look up Humanism and tell me how christianity or any other religion is better. humanism supports logic and compassion, something religions only pretend to do.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • His panic

      Aha, so in the absence of an answer out of supine ignorance, you reply with questions. Really, you probably call that a complete refutation.

      April 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      @ His panic

      Do enlighten us then...how many have been killed by those with atheism as the prime mover? you ll probably be tempted say Stalinmaopolpothitler – Don't -- it ll be shot to pieces like it always is....

      and without Judaism and Christianity, there d be no Islam...it borrows heavily from both...it is an Abrahamic religion start to finish.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      hispanic
      How ironic that you call someone else ignorant while incorrectly using the word supine.

      Often in discussion answers are in the form of questions. Most of the time, christians think that questions mean attack and hate, because they know their belief and faith fail in the light of inquiry.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • The real Tom

      So, His Panic and Salero are one and the same.

      The moron can't even manage to disguise his sock puppets.

      Dipsh!t, look up "supine." It doesn't mean what you think it means. Although to assume you "think" at all is likely silly.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • His panic

      So I guess I'll have to ask again!

      Care to mention or research, how many have been killed by atheists and others of the non-Abrahamic faiths?
      Do you really accept at face value the claims of Muslims that their so called "faith" is "abrahamic"?

      Gee, and to think that atheists often make the fabulous claims of being the smartest and less gullible of all people!

      Omg the Real Tom is the same as Bootystunk, Akira, RM Goodswell and other stupid atheist pseudonyms.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Salero21

      @ the Real Fake Tom aka, Bootyfunk

      Speaking about yourself again huh!

      April 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Nobody's responding to your request because it's a futile endeavor. You won't be able to comprehend what's written or you'll lie about it and deny the truth.

      Grow up, dork. Get a life. Get a girlfriend. Oh, wait. THAT'S not happening.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • Salero21

      Atheism is stupidity in Full bloom!

      April 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
    • His panic

      It most certainly is!

      April 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "the smartest and less gullible of all people!"

      You failed English in 8th grade, didn't you?

      April 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • EX catholic

      YEAH! And on top of that atheists are always kissing up to IDOLATRY and Idolaters. Whenever they need some sort of appearance or feeling of a religion they ran to the RCC and kiss the rear of the POPE. Actually they have much in COMMON.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Did you look up "supine" yet, ya fvcktard, or are you still trying to learn the alphabet?

      April 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Blind leading the Blind

      It's fun to watch morons give each other A's on their "F" work like Salero & His Panic are doing. Their posts are about as accurate as a man describing what birth pains feel like.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Salero21

      @the Real Fake Tom, aka a$$ with a Diploma,

      Just don't call me sweetie!

      April 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Aww, honey, don't be sore.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • The real Tom

      @Blind, you nailed it. I love to see the sh!twits babble. It's a great way to end the day, baiting the ball-less wonders.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Dictionary

      SUPINE -" mentally or morally inactive,sluggish,and having only an accusative and ablative form"

      April 27, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • Salero21

      It's fun to watch moronic atheists give each other A's on their "F" work like Blind & the Real Fake Tommy are doing. Their posts are about as accurate as a man describing what birth pains feel like.

      April 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  10. TC

    Let's get real here. The treat to Americans via muslim terrorists is serious, but still almost nonconsequential when viewed against the home grown gun violence that kills so many more Aemericans.

    How many Americans have been killed by guns – by their fellow Americans – in this country since 9/11 – over 100,000.00.

    How many Americans have been killed on our soil by by radical islamists?

    It's not even close.

    If we must live in fear, we should at least be fearing the right things.

    April 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Trick or...

      Doesn't sound like a treat to me....

      April 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      And with an average of 40,000 people per year kiIIed by cars then 520,000 people have died from cars. Lets outlaw cars.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  11. Trance

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxk9TvyJrs&w=640&h=360]

    April 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  12. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    The bottom line is if you believe absurdities you are that much closer to justifying atrocities.

    Islam has to cover their woman and mutilate their genitals because the men can't trust themselves or the women.

    Christians think the god they believe in is justified to punish people for nothing more than non-belief.

    The Abrahamic religions should be shunned for the immoral pile of turds they are.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Big Shiz

      Most people of Abrahamic religions are good people even if we don't believe in what they do. It is the right of every sentient being to believe in whatever they want(as long as there not hurting anyone).

      April 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I agree with your first sentence and think that people really do need to look at the root teachings of all religions, especially the infallibilty claimed for religious texts, and realize that is a large part of the problem.

      In fairness to Islam, I think we need to recognize that only a tiny fraction of Muslims have ever practiced FGM and that that is not in any way an integral part of the religion. The culture of male dominance may have responsibility for allowing it to go on, but it is not a part of Islam.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Religiona ARE hurting people.

      Catholics are prevented from using life protecting prophylactics...because the religion says so
      Meanwhile preventable diseases run rampant...then they come in with treatments after the fact...too little too late.
      It's like they want their people to die.

      That is only one example of how harmful religion is.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Richard,here in America no one prevents anyone from anything thats not illegal. People choose religion and that's there right. I will say there are lies and truth in all religions.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Big Shiz,

      It certainly is the right of anyone to believe what they want, I would never advocate legislating belief or non-belief. My point is that the religions are inherently immoral and people should freely reject them on that basis.

      Sara,

      I know FGM is not praticed throughout Islam but the subjugation of woman is a central theme of Islam and Abrahamic religions in general though to different levels. It can all be justified in their "holy" books. My point was more about justification of immoral acts because of absurd beliefs.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Science

      Big Shiz......................where is the truth in what the pope said back in 2010 ?

      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... \

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

      April 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Fuk the pope,there doesn't need to be religion for god to exist. And just because he seid there is no need for a supreme being doesn't mean there isn't one. The fact is you can't prove there isn't a god and I can't prove there is one. But I really don't care what you believe is or not believe in because I understand nothing I say will change your mind one way or the other. Now you need to understand the same,about everyone.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Big Shiz,

      Me, and a lot of other people have changed our minds.....I will do so again with better information.

      April 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  13. Sylvester McMonkey McBean

    There is only one winner in this ridiculous religious war of attrition between Christians and Muslims, the one selling both sides more guns...

    April 24, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      The profit on hardware pales in comparison to the power of fiat currency and deficit spending to fund the wars. It's good to be the printer!

      April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Sylvester McMonkey McBean

      You keep printing it, i'll keep taking it! That paper is backed by black gold!

      April 24, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Big Shiz

      Or the 3 trillion in minerals Afghanistan has.

      April 24, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  14. ALI

    I AM ALSO A MUSLIM WHO HATES TERRORISTS AND ANYONE WHO KILLS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION, ISLAM PROHIBITS TAKING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING REGARDLESS WHAT FAITH THEY BELIEVE IN. THOSE RADICALS WHO KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD WILL ANSWER TO GOD HIMSELF ON HEREAFTER AND DOES NOT REPRESENT 1.6 BILLION MUSLIMS IN THIS WORLD.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • STFU

      Ali, you sound like a good guy, but "WILL ANSWER TO GOD HIMSELF ON HEREAFTER" is not acceptable, they have to be stopped and punished right here, people who gets killed by these looney fanatics have done nothing wrong to shorten their lives, or leave this planet prematurely, they have families and loved ones, sons and daughters, husbands and wives; they have done nothing to deserve to live with missing limbs, live handicapped lives. These people are criminals, and if your religion is feeding them oxygen, you must do something to stop them.

      April 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Islam follows the writings of a lunatic ped0phile. I wouldn't be so proud of that.

      April 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Alias

      @Richard
      I'm not so sure your jesus was any better.
      People were just more generous when they did the editing.

      April 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Alias
      I am an atheist, and have very little to say of jesus except that he is a character in a book of myths. Even the experts say he PROBABLY existed, but they don't know for sure...some god there.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • lol??

      experts, RC? some authorities say you OK and I OK.

      April 27, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  15. Read this

    If any group of people religious or otherwise bothers you..you need to read this...

    http://powerstates.com/10-cognitive-thinking-errors

    April 24, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  16. STFU

    who is going to take it seriously when a political comedian says "I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism"; bwa ha ha ha ha

    April 24, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Read this

      http://powerstates.com/10-cognitive-thinking-errors

      April 24, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  17. HotAirAce

    Of corse there is an us vs them out there – us vs the terrorists. It's unfortunate for islam that if the anti-terrorism forces only focused on muslims, they would still prevent the majority of terrorist activity. Call it religious profiling if you like, but it's a fact – most terrorism is carried out by muslims. The best way for muslims to show that they are peaceful is to openly "name names" – to identify clearly and loudly which imams and mosques are the problems. But there's a unwritten "code of conduct" in all cults – never seriously criticize fellow delusionals.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • Read this

      http://powerstates.com/10-cognitive-thinking-errors

      April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Sylvester McMonkey McBean

      We all know the Star bellied sneetches on this planets beaches are really quite the best, but the bare bellied sneetches have made up their minds to give them quite a test. Only one sort of sneetch will be left on the beach when these Star bellied sneetches start sorting through each, bombing those bare bellied sneetches who would dare to beseech, our good Star bellied brethren who know they are right, to stomp out the bare bellies with all their might.

      April 24, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Big Shiz

      Since there is no legal definition to being classified as a terrorist I don't see your point.

      April 24, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Big Shiz, I'm not sure who you are replying to but if me, I would define a terrorist as anyone (yes, we would probably need an exception for legitimate military personnel) who publicly or privately declares their intent to harm, plans to harm, or actually harms, anyone else. If these "people" we're reported early and frequently, and investigated, the number of actual attacks would decrease. If "good" muslims turned in every potential terrorist, it would become very difficult for "bad" muslims to operate from within the muslim community as it appears they do now.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I'm tired of the focus on groups proving that they are peaceful. Peaceful isn't enough if a group is still teaching hate. If you tell your people to hate, to look down on and dehumanize those around them, it will ultimately lead to violence no matter how much you preach your people not to kill those they are asked to hate and demean.

      April 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Hotretard,you don't define the definition of terrorist the government does. Saying good Muslims should turn in potential terrorists is like saying white people should turn in potential white supremacists. Most white people have never even known a white supremacist just like most Muslims have never known a terrorist.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Big Shit, I never claimed that I have a right to define anything – I merely gave my opinion, and as you have said elsewhere, everyone is allowed to believe whatever they like, so fuck you.

      That being said, muslims are the ones getting the black eye because of muslim terrorists. They can become an obvious part of the solution (turn in anyone that might be a terrorist) or remain part of the problem (maintain their silence in order to protect their cult). Otherwise your and others drivel is just apologist crap to deflect attention from an essential fact – virtually all terrorist are muslims.

      April 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Camel Toad

      @Big Shiz " Most white people have never even known a white supremacist just like most Muslims have never known a terrorist."

      Right, they hide among you and you don't even notice them until they go boom or drag a black man along the ground with a chain and into a curb, or hang the gay kid up on the fence. And just like you sneer when you think about the muslims who say they "didn't know any terrorists" I am sneering at you as you say you "have never even known a white supremecist". Yes you have, you just havn't taken the time to find out what every white person you know is really thinking.

      April 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • lol??

      allah will make the women libbers wear a veil.

      April 27, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  18. Ghostriver Studios

    Reblogged this on Ghost River Studios Blog.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  19. connie anderson

    Lively discussion! Truth vs. Evil? And is there a way out, without a God to recreate this mess into the beauty it could be? IGod hates evil. So He sent His Son as an ambassador to Earth. He who HATES TRUTH, loves lies. And the wise are reproved because they know this is life. They learn from their mistakes. Hopefully! We are only human and in great need of a Good Shepherd. I would like to believe Jesus taught us something about being good neighbors. And seeking justice.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  20. This is sad

    I don't know squat about Islam, but I do know humans and their "one bad apple spoils the bunch" mentality. Go on posters, riddle "them" with your insults, just try and pretend that there is such a thing as an "us" and a "them" and that humanity isn't one big thing after all.
    It's what you do best.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • connie anderson

      Humanity is ONE BIG THING...after all...we are them...when we INSULT THEM...it perpetuates...US vs. THEM. It's been reported the Islamic men are thinking it would be good for the Jews to pray to their GOD Too, on the Temple Mount. Self control and a smile converts an enemy into a friend...they just can't figure out...how you could SMILE...at them!

      April 24, 2013 at 9:49 am |
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