June 5th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

A plea from an exhausted Muslim woman

Opinion by Melody Moezzi, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I wasn’t surprised by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent statement about a “problem within Islam.”

It's not as though I've never heard anything like it before. I hear it all the time.

Still, his words - in response to a recent attack in London that left a British soldier dead - made me wonder: How might the public have reacted in a different context, had Blair replaced the word “Islam” with “Christianity” or “Judaism”?

I’m guessing not well.

But Muslims are used to having their faith openly denigrated by public officials.

We’re used to people failing to distinguish between “Islam” and “a few Muslims.” And we’re used to being called terrorists despite the fact that the vast majority of terrorist acts on American and European soil have been carried out by non-Muslims.

But being accustomed to abuse doesn’t mean we bruise less. If anything, being beaten repeatedly in the same spot makes each successive blow all the more painful.

I’ve written many reasoned commentaries in defense of Islam, Muslims and Muslim women in particular. This isn’t one.

Today, I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to cite relevant verses from the Quran. I’m not going to quote scholars. I’m not going on the defensive.

Today, I’m tired. So tired that I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. Not because I seek pity or sympathy, but because I think people should understand. Because maybe if they really understood, they’d stop.

Today, I’m going to tell you what it feels like to live with hate and hostility directed at you on a daily basis.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to turn on the news and hear people repeatedly call your faith hateful and violent.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be vilified any time a man named Mohammed commits a crime.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to wait at a subway station next to an advertisement calling you a barbarian.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to find a death threat in your inbox.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to know that the police are infiltrating your places of worship, finding nothing and still targeting you.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told that you can’t be a feminist and that so many of your gentlest brothers are misogynists, criminals or worse.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to see your people being slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands by state-sponsored terrorists, only to be called terrorists themselves for the crimes of a handful among them.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to have your own people call you a heretic when you’re fighting to defend their rights, while others call you a heretic for doing so.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told to go back to your country when you’re in your country.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be asked if you walk 10 spaces behind your husband or if he beats you or if he has other wives.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to have people assume you hate them when you don’t.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be expected to know why a stranger committed a crime because he claims to share your religion.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be required to apologize for something you didn’t do.

I’m going to tell you what it feels like to be told that you don’t belong when you know there’s no place you belong more.

It hurts.

Editor's note: Melody Moezzi is a writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her book, "Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life," will be published in August.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Melody Moezzi.

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  1. Colin

    Dear Melody Moezzi,

    I am a Muslim woman and so are my daughters and friends.

    We are very pleased that you are able to express an opinion openly critical of the British government, show your beautiful hair, wear make-up, appear in the national press and be the beneficiary of an educational system that allows you to publish a book.

    Unfortunately, we have none of those privileges, because, you see, we live in a Muslim majority country.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when, at age 14, you first discover the wonders of $exual love and romance, only to discover that your cli.toris has been hacked off in some primitive, barbaric Islamic religious ritual and you will never experience love the way Western women can.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like to know we will never get to wear the beautiful clothes women like you do, because we have to cover ourselves from head to toe to assuage the $exual and social insecurities of the men in your community.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you cannot even socialize with male friends because you will be called a sl.ut.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you need you husband’s permission to drive a car.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you wish to question or doubt your religion but can’t because doing so will subject you to public shame and even physical danger.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you have been forced into an arranged marriage with a man you find physically repulsive and who may even beat you.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you can’t read the books other women do, watch the TV other women do and have access to the internet like other women do, because you live in a totalitarian sh.ithole of a country that is run under Islamic law.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like when you can only vote the way your husband tells you.

    We’re going to tell you what it feels like knowing that you can never accuse a male of wrongdoing because he will accuse you of adultery and you may even be stoned to death.

    BUT MOST, MOST OF ALL, we’re going to tell you what it feels like to have some self-important, indignant woman who has been lucky enough to escape Islam sit in her air conditioned office in a non-Islam country and spout off about how “hurt” she feels about the religion that oppresses us being insulted.


    If you want to be a public hero, please do it defending something that is not ruining our lives and the lives millions of other women like us.

    June 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Lies Make Me Sick Too

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>> PUKE <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      June 13, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  2. What happened is

    Everybody seems to be classifying people by their belief system. Most people posting on here seem to believe beliefs are an accurate way of predicting behavior. I am not convinced this is accurate.

    June 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  3. LIGHT

    All verses in Koran talking about killing or fighting it is just for those who don't believe in God or the last day who are full of all kinds of sins because nothing will stop their evils.

    Even those Christians and Jews the Koran ordered to fight who are not believe in God (atheists) whom you are suffering in your socities from their evils as you for example can not walk in the streets after 09 or 10 pm.

    Christians and Jews were living with Muslims and Muslims are paying the poor-rate,so the others are requested to pay as taxes for the state ( it is not something new) all the countries today are doing the same.

    some countries are putting more taxes for nonchristians.

    can I ask you why you didn't mention that text in Torah " it is not a sin to kill those who are not Jews"?

    It seems that your training to attack Islam is not enough.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      oh... so just kill the Atheists? well now why didn't you say so! that make everything all right!

      June 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      *this* kind of thinking is why I will never trust Muslims as far as I can throw them.

      June 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • LIGHT

      R.M. Goodswell

      who cares your trust???

      June 8, 2013 at 3:10 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Apparently "moderate" muslims.....that's what the above article is about, no?

      The lady has her answers wrapped up in you post ....there will never be peace because you don't want peace.
      You want oppression and blood. So don't whine and cry that you are not being treated fairly.

      You know that even the US can label a religion an enemy of the state right? and thereby deny entry to and/or deport people as needed. We DO NOT have to tolerate a hostile organization. So by all means, keep running your mouth.

      June 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • nafzak

      No verse in the Holy Qur'an says to kill non-Muslims. The Qur'an does give believers the right to defend themselves and yes, to kill the kufars... kufars are defined as those who fight you for your religion. So, I ask, what is wrong with that. We have seen what the colonial powers did to people of color. You know.. the British, Spanish, French and now the Russian and Americans. Russia destroyed Afghanistan and Americans are finishing the job.//not to mention the hundred of thousands they killed in Iraq. And of course, you all know what the British, Spain and French did. Meanwhile another drone attack in Pakistan today killed 10 people.. all women and children. They call it collateral damage. I could go on about all the wars and killings done in the name of Christianity, but I am sure that you know that already. BTW, who created Israel out of Palestinian land and kicked the Palestinians out? And you call Muslims and Palestinians terrorists!

      June 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Small 'c'

    Rightly or wrongly, Christians tend to think that they have out-grown their past- moved on to a more enlightened reality. The days of residential schools, conquistadors, the Inquisition, etc are in the past, and they live in a more enlightened, gentler present. While the reality of that may be open to debate, it is indeed a different mindset from Pizzaro, the Borgian Popes,Jesuits in the Phillipines, etc, etc. While the leaders of the Christian world would like nothing more than to have that as a reality, they are also by and large realistic enough to know that they live in this world. Sadly, the leaders of some other religions, including muslim, still beleive that tolerance of others is a non-starter. Until the leadership of those sects changes,we will just be fodder for the militants who follow such narrow-mindedness.

    Muslims around the world need to rise up and remove their one-note leaders and find a way to live within the true message of the Prophet- peace.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • John 14:6

      No one can find peace unless they know truth.

      June 13, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  5. Duh!!

    ANYONE ever NOTICE that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all MIDDLE EASTERN religions started by cranky JEWS wandering a desert, trying to make their community survive in the face of poverty and a dwindling uneducated population.

    So they made a book of rules and the leader was smart enough to say "this is the work of god" and since then literally trillions of people throughout the course of human history have died, cried, and done some of the WORST most destructive things EVER all because of a (most likely) unattractive Jew that just made up a reason so his followers could survive and carry on their stupid traditions.

    Does anyone understand this? How do the religious live with themselves?

    June 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  6. WBrisky

    My question is, what hurts more, someone criticizing your religion, or someone beating you, killing you, imprisoning you and restricting your ability to worship, all because of your religion? The latter is being done to Christians in the name of Islam all over the world, almost everywhere Muslims are in control of the government (even in "moderate" Islamic countries such as Indonesia, the freedom to worship, evangelize and build new churches is limited in fact if not in law.) I see very little evidence among ordinary Muslims, or any Muslims, in such places trying to prevent these abuses. Whatever may have happened in the past, and I remind you that what are now Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc. were all Christian lands until the Muslims took them by force, the fact today is that religiously inspired violence is most often against Christians and Jews, and most often perpetrated by Muslims.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  7. Sugi

    Well Melody Moezzy, Good thing that you are hidding if you are Shia or Sunni, Yoour main worry is not non muslims. If you are Shia watch out for Sunni. If you are Sunni the watch out for Shia. God forbid if you are Amhedia or Hazara watch out for Sunni and Shia. Now don't tell me that is not islam. Every day your Mullahs are shouting at top of their lungs to kill other types of muslims.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  8. meifumado

    Hey lady, Whats the problem?
    You follow a religion that says you are not worth as much as a man , It also states your word is only worth half a mans word and your prophet also says that women are inferior in their religion as well.
    This is your problem for being st.upid enough to follow this cult of evil.

    June 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  9. Nathan

    Sorry, but as long as the "moderate" and "liberal" Muslim populations by-and-large remain relatively quiet about the actions of the extremist groups, then these stereotypes will persist. And saying that the stereotypes hurt won't change that. Encourage your community to take a MUCH stronger voice in publicly and loudly condemning extremism. That's how you solve the problem. Su.cks, but that's the truth.

    June 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • gianluca

      There are plenty of organizations that advocate for Islam and it's image in the Western World. The mainstream media is not interested.

      June 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • meifumado

      @ gianluca
      And all of those organizations are a sham. We know where the funding for these "moderate groups " comes from.
      There are no moderates when it comes to religion.
      Why don't the moderates go out in full force and protest the extremists? Are they afraid? no, they want the same thing as the extremists. That's why.

      June 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • What happened is

      Why do you need to wait for the moderate to state what you already know to be true? Does common sense need to be screamed from the highest mountain top before it sinks in?

      June 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  10. LIGHT

    for those who are saying Islam is the religion of war and fight,you are the last people to talk about that because your faith and your country were established on blood.

    Yes,your faith was established on blood when you said that god needs blood to forgive sins so he killed his only son to forgive.

    Yes,your country was established on blood when thousands and thousands of red Indians had been killed without any reason.

    If you have a calculator at your home just till us how many victims were killed in the first and second world war( I don't think the calculator will be able to calculate them).

    I will not ask about the black history of the Christian church in the middle ages and millions of victims in that period.

    I will not ask you about The Crusades and victims are known for all
    I will not ask you about victims in the Gulf war.

    you can open the antichrist channel (CNN) to see everyday how many victims of women,children and infants die under your forces fires.

    if there is an order in KORAN to fight or to kill it means an army against another army.
    there is no order to kill women or children or infants.

    there is no order to kill for petroleum.

    there is no order to kill to try a new weapon.

    most of your soldiers don't know why they are there.

    most of your people don't know why they are spending all these money and for what.

    Try to watch a film for Hiroshima and Nagasaki to know who are you.

    June 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • midwest rail

      " if there is an order in KORAN to fight or to kill it means an army against another army."
      Wonderful sentiment. Wish more of your brethren agreed.

      June 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      @ light

      Funny how you mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Do you know why atomic bombs were dropped? Do you even know what conflict they were dropped in? I highly doubt you do...

      as for the other points you state with varying degrees of accuracy – and yes you were right on a couple. how does that justify you religion's actions?

      and - you wouldn't know a thing about any of this if it wasn't for our free press broadcasting and capitalizing on every mistake we ve made. Hell you talk about the American suppression of Blacks, completely ignoring the ME's fine record of slave trading.

      Murder isn't even a crime in many ME countries if it happens to the right ethnic group.

      June 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • meifumado


      Ok smart guy would you like to consider the countless millions also killed in the Muslim conquests?

      In the conquest of India alone it is thought to be around 11 million at the very least killed by Islam.

      Do you know the difference in intentionally targeting civilians and not? the west does not target civilians intentionally, it's a shame that Muslims are cowards who hide in densely populated areas causing the deaths of their civilians.
      Now on the other hand we have the Muslims who intentionally target civilians. Whats up with that?
      While your pedophile prophet does say he does not approve of killing woman and children he does approve of them being enslaved and used as s.ex toys.

      June 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • meifumado

      Quran (2:216) – "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

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

      Quran (9:29) – "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." "People of the Book" refers to Christians and Jews.

      Quran (9:30) – "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"

      Quran (9:123) – "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."

      June 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • LIGHT

      @ meifumado

      you headed your comment with "lies" which means that all what you are going to say are lies.

      thanks for your clarification.

      June 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell


      lol ..buddy:) you had to skip over his second post.....those verses...are they lies?

      June 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  11. Muhammad Khan

    Melody well written article thank you for writing it.Surely Islam is not the religion that spread with sword,it was not the religion which forcefully converted residents of continent South America,or Africa,or Australia or north America and central America or Newziland or Phillipines yet only Islam is called that spread with sword.We shoudl keep on writing and presenting facts and hope that balanced people with intelligent thinking will reach to impartial truth.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that.

      What about the Islamic conquest of India? Or the Moors? They didn't convert people with hugs and rainbows.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Islam, if anything has gotten worse It has an iron grip on the ME, is slowly spreading through Asia- killing people and destroying and defacing religious symbols of other culture – some thousands of years old. Islam has been locked in a centuries long struggle for Africa with Christianity – millions dying there. The invasion of the Iberian peninsula predates the First Crusade by some 300 years and can arguably be called the trigger for the Christian Crusades themselves. And Islam tried a couple invasions through the Balkans – with varying degrees of success.

      And today It is trying to spread into the west, trying to convince us that its given all that history up, trying to convince us the killings in the last couple decades are not them...not their fault.

      Don't like being called on the violence or being blamed for the deaths cause by Islam? Stop carrying its torch...because one thing you can be sure of, Islam will not stop this on its own..its how its operated since jump.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • meifumado

      Why are you Muslims blind to your own history?

      June 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • STFU

      Muhammad, go to Ancestry dot com, you might find your ancestors were hindus, forced converted by desert rats into M U S L U M .

      June 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  12. arab christian

    Yes, lady. I do know. I know how MY FAMILY was forced to leave a country where they had been since the beginning of time in order to survive. I Do know how a middle eastern girl is treated by all blond hair, blue eye students and ignorant teachers. I do know hearing jokes on any television show/ movies about my faith. LADY GET OVER IT! History PROVES you are following a religion of war and death, There is NO denying it. If you disagree, PLEASE READ A HISTORY BOOK.

    June 7, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  13. Joer

    saggyroy, appearantly you do not know the bible, and especially the New Testament. That is a story of the love God has for us, that He sent his only begotten son so that he could carry the weight of our sins. No where in the new testatment, outside of Revelations, is there any mention of carrying war unto your enemies, the message is of loving one another and preaching the gospel to non-believers – not prosecuting them. Try reading the bible you may gain some enlightment.

    June 7, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • saggyroy

      I have read and studied the NT and the OT up thru Leviticus. It was then I went from Christianity to atheism. Most of us atheists are probably more learned about religion and biblical history than you would guess.

      June 7, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • saggyroy

      I believe Jesus said at one point that he came to to overturn the Mosaic laws but to add to them...so the OT with all the killing still stands. So now all the killing and suffering in the name of god is because he loves us so.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • saggyroy

      Sorry – typo – he said he did NOT come to overturn those laws but to add to them.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • STFU

      Joer/saggyroy, anyone who claims to know more than others in any religions are fools, be it christianity, judaism, hinduism, buddhism, or Islam. You should always keep your interpretation of religious books to yourself.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • saggyroy

      @STFU: I did not say I knew more, he told me I should read the bible, and I was merely point out the fact that I have read it. I do agree with you that the bible being what it is, no one can claim to know anymore about the message itself than anyone else.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Up through Leviticus?

      June 7, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • saggyroy

      @Bill sorry I meant the entire NT and then the OT from Gen – Leviticus

      June 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  14. RobertT

    On a personal level, I do feel for this lady.

    On a macro level, I cannot find sympathy. Almost every hot spot in the world today is tied to Muslim/Islam. Not simply the western world, but China, Russia, India, Philippines, etc. People of your faith have shown an inability to live peacefully amongst other cultures and unfortunately to the rest of us, our perception is that that is routed deep in the culture of your religion which is not just a religion, but also a legal and political affiliation. In my country, the law of the land is suitable for virtually everyone ... except Muslims (at least some of them) who actually asked to be able to solve "community" issues under Sharia law. Well guess what, our Country is Canada and the "community" is the whole country. When you work hard to segregate yourselves, what do you think is going to happen?

    Perhaps your culture is just not compatible with other cultures? Perhaps your culture does not want to peacefully co-exist with other cultures while following the laws of the land in place?

    June 7, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      "Melody Moezzi is a writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author"

      that's like a prize fighter signing on for fight after fight all the while screaming that he's tired of getting punched.

      no- the lion's share of these supposed attacks are fabricated or greatly exaggerated. This lady looks for a fight.

      June 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  15. Ray

    Sorry Melody but there IS a problem with Islam, just as there is with Christianity and Judaism. All three are inherently violent and misogynistic if followed to the letter. The difference is that the latter two have been reined in by humanism and the Enlightenment. Islam has yet to go through this process and that is why it is dangerous.

    June 7, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  16. Pam

    I understand religon persecution. I am a Christian. When I meet new people or start a new job, people start judging me as soon as I say I go to church. I love Christ and going to church helps me in so many ways. But being judged hurts, people say I am a hater and that I put down other beliefs or religon before they get to know me. I want people to see the love that Christ puts in my heart. Do I believe that a sin is a sin? YES However, sins are between you and Christ and not for me to judge, make fun of, or condemn. I talk and am friendly to everyone I meet. I do not force my religon on anyone and never will. At work, I am poked fun or given stupid jokes about Christianity. Like this is going to change my faith. In this day, all religons are being persecuted! Muslims for terrorist, Christians being hater, Judism, Baptist, etc. I just would like for you to know that there are other people just like you that have religous beliefs and are being persecuted. It is my hope and prayer that you find peace in your faith, hope for today, and comfort with your fellow believers.

    June 7, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  17. Food for Thought

    How might the public have reacted in a different context, had Blair replaced the word “Islam” with “Christianity” or “Judaism”? It would have required that Christians or Jews to be murdering people in the name of their religion, which wouldn't happen because the members of those faith communities wouldn't stand for it and that's why it doesn't occur today.
    Melody, please take your meds before attempting another "article".

    June 7, 2013 at 8:03 am |
  18. Fred Appl

    Muslim, Islamist, Christian, non-Christian I could care less. However, when any segment of a society takes it upon themselves to invoke radical views upon others through threats and intimidation it simply goes over the top.

    I've read the articles of the Muslim and Islamist defaming andm at the same time expressing remorse over the acts of those purportedly representing their religious beliefs, what I haven't seen is a concerted effort by these communities within our shores to take positive steps to quell the tide. They pay lip service and then disappear. Where is their active involvement in stemming the hate? I haven't seen any protests, marches or concerted efforts to bring radicals to their knees. What I do see, read and hear are situations where those who abhor the actions of their brethren simply slink to the side of the road and let other citizens of this country combat the problem.

    No guts, no glory, you're either with us or agin us, and then you sit on your hands and wonder how it is that people have little faith or tolerance for you. I'm sick of dragging your baggage and I'm sick of letting you hide behind a façade. Get off your collective asses and do something to help resolve this problem. The problem, after all, is your brethren. WHEN IN TROUBLE WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES SCREAM AND SHOUT.

    You folks are either part of the problem or part of the solution, what's your decision???

    June 7, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  19. Marcus

    I know it must be exhausting having to host the cognitive dissonance of a 6th Century mentality while living in the 21st century all day, everyday, all of your life. She can solve her own problem. Stop being Muslim.

    I'm outraged by her outrage. If Muslims wouldn't go around hacking people to death in the street and flying planes into buildings in the name of their religion then there wouldn't be so much public outrage hatred toward that religion.

    If I was a member of a group of say, middle-class white men, that had demonstrated a propensity for specific violence based on the teachings of a random 1500 year old book. A club where the men were killing people at random in the streets, bombing schools, throwing acid in the face of girls that want to be educated, I think I would end my membership in that club and would no longer associate with its members. If you want to remain a member of an organization that endorses violence against innocent people as such, practices that violence regularly in disgusting and inhuman ways, then you deserve to be exhausted trying to defend it.

    June 7, 2013 at 7:19 am |
    • saggyroy

      That is what I was thinking, but you so eloquently stated.

      June 7, 2013 at 7:30 am |
  20. saggyroy

    "I’m going to tell you what it feels like to turn on the news and hear people repeatedly call your faith hateful and violent." – I think most of us know how truth can hurt.

    June 7, 2013 at 7:12 am |
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