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August 9th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

'No Muslim parking' signs spark outrage

From CNN affiliate KPRC

Houston - New signs posted outside a mosque in Spring Branch, Texas, have sparked outrage from Muslims nationwide.

In black letters, the signs reads, "No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed."

The posters lined the street near the El Farouq Mosque, where Muslims heading to worship services said they were were offended.

"I feel sorry for the person who wrote it," Ahmed Hassan told CNN affiliate KPRC. "This is what comes to mind because obviously he has a lot of hate."

"I'm very shocked because we do live in a society that's supposed to be very accepting, and this is what we all preach," said Yara Aboshady. "That we all have the freedom of religion."

The parking signs were mentioned Thursday in an newsletter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslims civil rights group.

In recent years, Muslims have faced protests nationwide when trying to construct new mosques, including in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where mosque opponents have filed an appeal with the state supreme court to block construction.

The El Farouq Mosque sits across the street from the shopping center. Store employees did not want to go on camera for KPCR but did say they get angry when mosque members park in their lot, taking up spots meant for customers.

With the Muslim monthlong fast for the holy month of Ramadan ending and a crowd expected at the mosque, the signs anonymously appeared.

No shopping center employees would admit to posting the signs. One worker said the shopping center owner, Steve Kwon, posted the signs. He denied it.

"I did not put up the signs," Kwon said. After speaking with KPRC, Kwon removed the signs.

Aboshady wondered about the sign writer's true motive.

"It could be no parking for the sake of patrons that come in," Aboshady said. "Or it really could be a prejudice and just a mean thing to say."

She and others still find the signs insensitive and offensive.

"It's really offensive and it's hateful," Hassan said.

The shopping center owner says he will call a tow company to try to get all of the cars that shouldn't be parked there out. He also says he'll be checking the property to make there are no more of the offensive parking signs.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Discrimination • Eid al-Fitr • Holidays • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • Ramadan • United States

soundoff (1,063 Responses)
  1. dr

    if it said christians no one would have noticed

    September 1, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  2. zeb

    REWORD THE SIGN TO: SHOPPING MALL CUSTOMERS PARKING ONLY. VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED.

    August 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
    • Terry

      finally, a word of sanity! This is not about hate, this is about stupidity! like MOST of the comments on here.

      September 2, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • NL

      I agree, change the wording of the sign as it does sound a bit harsh – however I can understand why it was worded as it is, as I used to live a block from a mosque in a condo, there were the tenants' designated parking stalls, and there were a few visitor parking stalls, and there were signs in front of those stalls that said "visitors only parking", however on days that the mosque was having get-togethers or whatever, guess where you could always find their participants parked? That's right – in the stalls designated for visitors who lived in the condo's. So I do not blame the property owner at the mall for putting up that sign and I think the people of this land need to wake up & smell the coffee. These people take advantage of the good graces of the Canadian and American government & people, and they have only one agenda.

      September 3, 2013 at 12:33 am |
  3. mg

    This article left out devil worshipers

    August 31, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  4. chris tery

    Wake up every one, 2000 years ago, some smarties wrote the bible with all of to days religions, to divide the world so the elite of that particular sector can rule the world, as well as gather wealth by ruling the world. Well today they are ruling the world. Any one that believes that the government of each country governs that country, is a fool. All religions are a decease to humanity, as well as curse. All wars in history were either religious, or wealth gain. You want to stop that, stop schools like , saint george college, Christian brothers college, muslim college etc, firbit the preaching of any religion and wee will have world pease. Also fairer pay for work, (example only) a doctor or a lawyer, get paid between $500-1500 per hour, whole a labour gets tha much per week, I thought they are all humans, what human rights they are talking about?

    August 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Nic

      Wrong. Nero wasn't religious at all, he hated Christians, tortured and killed them. There are countries in the world today where you can't practice your religion and would throw you in jail. Doctors and Lawyers might get paid more than you could ever dream of but they didn't get there by making assumptions about how other people make their money. Fact is they worked their butt off in college and are successful today because they put their energy towards making something of themselves instead of whining about how other people make more money than them.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  5. Gerry

    The lot is for shoppers. If the mosque wants worshipers they might get spots for them

    August 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Perhaps instead of discriminating the owner should have posted something to the effect of 'Parking for Customers Only'.

      August 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Sara

        Normally these signs are more specific in order to indicate clearly the audience and make clear that they are being watched. I see "No Pizza Parking", "No school parking" and " no church parking" signs all the time and no one has complained. Some times they are even put up by the business who doesn't own the lot to protect them from towing. No mosque parking would have been fine...the sign maker just appears to have had some English literacy issues for whatever reason. People do put up "No student parking" signs though which is very similar in addressing a particular population and no one has ever said "What, I'm a student and I can't use the mall!" If you had a weak grasp on the language it would be easy to extend that to other populations and not expect to shock anyone. Most of us understand that different populations require different sensitivities, but it's not that obvious if you are young, less educated, not a native speaker or unfamiliar with the culture.

        August 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • Syed

          You are justifying it. The day you go though somthing like this you will understand it. Hope you don't have to though. This reminded me black people in America.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • mark bulmer

      yeah but what if a muslim wants to go shopping at the mall? Perhaps this is a contextual type of sign whose intentions were 'no mosque parking at the shopping center'. In case of deliberate intention to make Muslims in general feel unwelcome at the mall...I have this video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0xPIpGhVEI

      August 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  6. acsj

    That sign is incredible tacky and rude. Probably a yankee did it.

    August 31, 2013 at 1:53 am |
  7. Frank Calgetti

    Maybe the Muslims should get outraged by the Coptic churches burned in Egypt and the orphanages burned (who the hell burns an orphanage?) in the last few days by their brothers in faith? Is that worth getting outraged about? Is that worth making the national news? Hey, CNN, play the PC game much? I used to work alongside and respect people who were Muslim but no longer – they are pathetic. Tired of the 'moderate' Muslims not taking a stand against anything except when their feelings are hurt. I wonder how many children burned to death in the orphanage... but, hey, get enraged about some no parking signs.

    August 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
    • Allison

      Frank – I couldn't agree with you more. Why don't the "moderate" or so called "Good Muslims" ever take a stand against radicalization? One has to assume that at a basic level they are all of a like mind...

      August 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
      • JJ

        Define 'take a stand.' Be specific.

        August 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
        • Allison

          I never see Imams decrying Islamic brutality or terrorism that takes place all over the world. Why don't they speak out?

          August 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        •  

          Dipshit
          Have you ever been to a mosque and listened to an Imam?

          August 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
        • Dave

          Not sure if I"m allowed to post a youtube vid link here, but I"m gonna try. it took me literally 10 seconds to find a video of an Imam speaking out against terrorism.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57igW6ZZvqM

          September 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
      • Derrick

        You could say the same about any religion especially judeo-christian religions. People are molesting children in the house of god, killing in the name of god, judging others in the name of god and you want to try and say muslims are not taking a stand. Religious people in general across the board are not taking a stand against extremist behavior. Christians are implicated in this along with the Jewish and the Islamic. They are all infested with extremists who believe they can act on behalf of god. They are all practically the same religion just different messiahs.

        August 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
  8. BeBoppin

    It sounds like the owner of the shopping center across the street from a mosque put up the signs because he didn’t want the worshipers parking there. Why didn’t the sign just say that? If you didn’t want worshipers at a church parking in your lot, would you put up a sign saying “No CHRISTIAN Parking Here”?

    August 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  9. Nis

    There may be a little over one billion Muslim in the world. However, more than 80 percent of them lives in South and south-east Asia. Majority of this population are poor and regularly exploited by their rich fellow Muslims. The imams in most cases funnel ignorance and hat rate to control the mass. The few rich enjoy money, women and wealth . If you live in any country Muslim country (Islamic republic) you will feel what stone age society it is.

    August 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Intisarul Islam

      From your comment, it is fairly obvious that you either have never been to a Muslim country, or have only been to some Al-Qaeda training camp and hold the false assumption that they represent all Muslims. I'm Muslim, and I have been to some Muslim countries before, and the people there are very kind – even the poor ones. They don't "hate" non-Muslims, and the sermons (at least the one's that I have heard) don't preach violence; they usually have more to do with respecting parents, education, etc.

      August 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
      • finman1966

        ok then, let's recap the civility that is Islam shall we:

        As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

        The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

        ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

        and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

        and more recently

        1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

        1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

        2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

        3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. Iraqi civilians killed as of 05/10/2013/, 113,249-123,978 mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

        4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

        5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

        6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

        7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

        8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

        9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

        10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

        11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

        12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

        13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

        14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

        15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

        16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

        17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

        18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

        19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

        20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

        21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

        22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) – Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

        23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

        o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
        o
        BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

        The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

        25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

        (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

        26 ) September 12, 2012
        U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED
        Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

        27) Boston Marathon horror – April 2013, four dead, hundreds injured and maimed for life.

        Need I go on?????

        August 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
        • The Globalizer

          Keep trying to create a rule out of single examples... That's not how it works.

          Muslims could use to restore some order to their religious house, but they're not all, or even most, radical or violent. Most are people like me, just poorer, browner, and with a different cultural history. I've been to the West Bank, and while I got a few stares, I was never treated with disrespect or put in any discomfort.

          August 31, 2013 at 4:26 am |
        • Md

          You forgot to mention the crusades. Oh, that's right...that's where Christians went about murdering and pillaging Mulsims. My bad.

          August 31, 2013 at 10:53 am |
        • john creek

          So we should add up every act of violence or brutality ever committed by a Christian, and then everyone who is Christian should have to answer for them? Maybe start with 500 years of torture and murder during the Inquisition...

          August 31, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
        • Paolina

          Md and John Creek – Most of these examples are from within the last 20 years. When exactly were the crusades and what implication do they have for the way Christians treat non-Christians in the modern world?

          August 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
        • jason

          Wow you did your home work, may I copy this?

          September 1, 2013 at 7:14 am |
        • Martinez1951

          I will help you continue on your list...
          28) Holocaust : The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by.........never mind....leave it....my bad....

          September 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
      • Resident in Islamic country

        I live in a muslim country, Malaysia, and yes, Nis is correct. The Imams do exactly as he says (with the encouragement of the government) – they use ignorance and hate as a tool to control the population. The vast majority of ordinary Malaysian muslims are decent people, but they are scared and bullied into doing the wrong thing through ignorance (a resort operator was jailed recently for allowing buddhists to use a muslim prayer room for a few hours) and manufactured hate (it is now illegal to spread Shia doctrine in the country). Sermons cover hate and prejudice as well as respect for elders and education – it's not always on the same topic. Ordinary muslims do not hate non-muslims, but they turn a blind eye to atrocities because they are told that it is anti-islamic to do otherwise. Indonesia is even worse.

        September 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  10. Kevin QUail

    How about "Parking for shoppers only- worshippers of the adult imaginary friend will be towed."

    August 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Intisarul Islam

      What if some of the shoppers were Muslim, would they be able to park? Also, your suggestion would also prohibit parking for Christians and Jews, so the parking lot would be empty for the most part.

      August 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Allison

      Ha! Think of all the conflicts, wars and bloodshed that would be resolved if adults stopped worshiping their imaginary "friend"!

      August 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  11. Vasya Bricklyn

    Nothing new here. Chrisitians- "suppressing others for 2000 years."

    August 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • richard miller

      please only use the third world internet,this is for western adults

      August 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
  12. Karan

    muslims should be thankful that they are getting so much respect and safety in US. what are they doing to non muslims in pakistan? raping and killing without any notice!! muslims demand all facilities in other countries but give no facility in their countries. can you break any muslim law in saudi arabia? NO. but here they want non muslims to respect them...

    August 30, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Dean

      Indeed, Muslims are burning churches and raping Christians for sport in many other nations. Forcing them to keep their traffic overflow out of a commercial lot in the US? They can deal with it.

      August 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • mbm

      I am so sick of people getting all upset if a Muslim is critisized. Are American citizens getting dumber by the minute, hello! they killed thousands of our soldiers, attacked our country and they want our respect. I know not all Muslims are the bad Islamic maniacs, but the Muslims Brotherhood has declared it is going to destroy American from within. They are moving in day by day, living a grand life on our soil, and plotting all the time to destroy our way democracy and they are gettig no resistance from Washington, if anything they have gotten a green light. It's our nature to want to wecome others into American, but not if they have made threats, attacked, maimed and murdews our citicizens. Give me a break! I am sick of al of this and no one seems to know what is going on or is willing to step up to the plate and say "enough already". And don't tell me to vote for our leaders, I do, but the make broken promises and turn and look the other way if they think they can make a dime on it. Disgusted. Sr. Citizen.

      August 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • Intisarul Islam

        Idiot redneck,

        Who's plotting to destroy America? Muslims? There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world and 6 million Muslims in America. If what you said were true, all the Americans would be dead right now, which is clearly not the case. More Americans are killed by Americans, than will ever be killed by Muslims, and THAT"S THE TRUTH. I wish you the best, and hope that you grow a brain one of these days.

        August 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
        • Allison

          Are you kidding me!? The vast majority of terrorism worldwide is committed in the name of Islam! Do you follow the news?

          August 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          You response does not weaken my argument, nor does it even touch the point I made. Just because a small minority of Muslims use religion as their "justification" for terrorism, does not mean that the religion itself condones terrorism. Nor does it mean that most Muslims are terrorists. By your lone of logic, all White men would be serial killers, all Indians would be gang rapists, and all White people would be KKK members and skinheads.

          August 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • joel

        Muslims are infesting every city, even up here in montreal, quebec. The entire area I live in has been polluted with these parasites and land value has dropped considerably...they opened a mosque a block away which constantly needs police presence. I for one have lived in the area for over 20 years and im getting away!!! Peace or no peace, when you pray 5 times a day and your whole life revolves around an imaginary ghost, you're a fanatic!!! There are plenty of arab countries around, this part of the world is catholic and thus should be accepted and respected by foreigners! Otherwise stay in one of your countries!!! Noone wants you people in there backyard!!!

        August 31, 2013 at 8:46 am |
        •  

          Dippy
          Who's "noone?"

          August 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
        •  

          Dippy
          And it's "their," not "there."

          August 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          You're a horrible representation of our great country! Muslims are not polluting Canada-bigots like you are!

          August 31, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Intisarul Islam

      Idiot,

      You clearly have never met any Muslims before, nor have you ever visited any Muslim country. Islam tolerates other religions (unlike Evangelical "Christianity"), and minorities can practice their religion freely in almost all Muslim countries. There is no "raping" or "killing" of minorities for their religion; it is all in your head.

      August 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • finman1966

        All in our heads???? I suppose September 11th was a hallucination. Yup, all in my head.

        August 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          Read my comment before responding to it, idiot. I said Islam (the religion) does not support killing civilians. Just because a small minority of Muslims use imaginary quotes from the Quran to justify what they do, does not mean that their actions have any REAL basis in Islam. Christians throughout history have used their religion to kill and start wars, but does that men that Christianity itself, or Jesus preached violence? No.

          August 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
        • finman1966

          Oh? Would you consider the Islamic government in Iran to be a "minority" since they also support Hezbollah? Before they were removed from power, what about the Taliban in Afghanistan- which supported Al Qaeda and we all know what Al Qaeda did. Heres the thing- your premise is flawed. If you are viewing terrorists as a minority and so many Muslims are concerned about "extremists", then the majority should be all over them and policing them up. Especially if they are disrespecting the Qu'ran by using invented passages to justify their means. They are not, meaning that they would have a lot more respect in the world if they were cleaning up their own act. Oh, and before you get going on how "bad" Christians are, I don't see many Christians flying airplanes into buildings to advocate Christ, or running over the limbs of children and breaking those limbs because they stole bread (happened in Iran). That is not love- is it not a greater crime to let children starve yet Islam is strict in terms of sharia law and that is where I have the issue. Maybe if the child was fed, he would not steal. But no, Islam sees the need to disfigure him for life and not address the fact he is hungry. That is why, while there may be many who are decent Muslims, this type of barbarity is allowed and encouraged by the Qu'ran.

          August 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          What? Your response is not even logical. Show me the verse in the Quran that commands you to break limbs and kill civilians. Almost all Iranians are NOT even terrorists. Even Hezbollah has a political wing. Idiot.

          August 31, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
        • finman1966

          The same verses that provide the justification for sharia law, or are you going to disavow that? Further, the Iranian government is a theocracy based on Islamic law- the rank and file won't dare challenge the status quo just as the North Koreans would entertain thoughts of overthrowing Kim. Something about weapons and bullets and getting killed. You conveniently gloss over the fact that if Muslims are so concerned about how they are treated, that they should police up the extremists. Finally, are you telling me there is NO mention in the Qu'ran (must not be such an idiot as I spelled it correctly), of killing nonbelievers, of waging holy war? Or Osama and the Wahabbis just dreamed all of that up on their own? Keep dreaming Skippy. Your pedantic protests are mildly amusing but like a mosquito get annoying after a while.

          August 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          Wow. Since CNN did not let me post my response the last 2 times, I'm going to give it another try:

          You have clearly never read the Quran If you knew anything about Islam, you would have known that the Quran forbids killing civilians, or aggressive war. The quote that people like Osama bin Laden distort when "justifying" terrorism is "fight the infidels, but fight in the way of God, against those who fight against you, for God does not love the aggressors." The historical context for this is that when this was revealed, Muslims were being killed off by the Pagans of Mecca (the people the Quran calls the "infidels"), and the Prophet Muhammad did not know whether it would be justified under Islam (it was still not fully a complete religion at the time) to fight back. When he was faced with this dilemma, according to Islamic tradition, the quote I mentioned was revealed. The "infidels" the Quran says to fight, are the pagans who were persecuting the Muslims, so the Quran is NOT saying to kill random Non-Muslims; it was actually giving Muhammad permission to fight back the Pagans, and telling Muslims to fight back under similar conditions. People like Osama bin Laden only take the first part of the verse that says "fight the infidels," leaves out the rest of the sentence, throws out its historical context, and wrongly uses it as "justification" for terrorism to achieve their POLITICAL aims.

          As for your assertion about Sharia law. Sharia law merely tells you which actions are considered crimes. It does NOT specify on how to punish most of them – deciding punishments are left up to judges, in most cases. So when someone gets his limbs broken (as you claimed) for stealing, it is NOT because the Quran says to break his limbs, but because a judge deemed it an "appropriate punishment" for his crime. So when you see a punishment as excessive, blame the judge, not the faith itself.

          September 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          Wow. Since CNN did not let me post my response the last 2 times, I'm going to give it another try:

          This is a response to the comment where you said : "The same verses that provide the justification for sharia law, or are you going to disavow that? Further, the Iranian government is a theocracy based on Islamic law- the rank and file won’t dare challenge the status quo just as the North Koreans would entertain thoughts of overthrowing Kim. Something about weapons and bullets and getting killed. You conveniently gloss over the fact that if Muslims are so concerned about how they are treated, that they should police up the extremists. Finally, are you telling me there is NO mention in the Qu’ran (must not be such an idiot as I spelled it correctly), of killing nonbelievers, of waging holy war? Or Osama and the Wahabbis just dreamed all of that up on their own? Keep dreaming Skippy. Your pedantic protests are mildly amusing but like a mosquito get annoying after a while.

          The quote that people like Osama bin Laden distort when "justifying" terrorism is "fight the infidels, but fight in the way of God, against those who fight against you, for God does not love the aggressors." The historical context for this is that when this was revealed, Muslims were being killed off by the Pagans of Mecca (the people the Quran calls the "infidels"), and the Prophet Muhammad did not know whether it would be justified under Islam (it was still not fully a complete religion at the time) to fight back. When he was faced with this dilemma, according to Islamic tradition, the quote I mentioned was revealed. The "infidels" the Quran says to fight, are the pagans who were persecuting the Muslims, so the Quran is NOT saying to kill random Non-Muslims; it was actually giving Muhammad permission to fight back the Pagans, and telling Muslims to fight back under similar conditions. People like Osama bin Laden only take the first part of the verse that says "fight the infidels," leaves out the rest of the sentence, throws out its historical context, and wrongly uses it as "justification" for terrorism to achieve their POLITICAL aims.

          As for your assertion about Sharia law. Sharia law merely tells you which actions are considered crimes. It does NOT specify on how to punish most of them – deciding punishments are left up to judges, in most cases. So when someone gets his limbs broken (as you claimed) for stealing, it is NOT because the Quran says to break his limbs, but because a judge deemed it an "appropriate punishment" for his crime. So when you see a punishment as excessive, blame the judge, not the faith itself.

          September 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
      • Debbie

        Are you serious? You think Christians live and worship peacefully under Muslims? Have you read about how many Christians have been killed over the last few years in Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Sudan, Philippines, etc? You can't even have a Bible or a church in Saudi Arabia. So, definitely no, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, etc., and even other Muslims do not live peacefully in Muslim countries. You seriously need to read more.

        August 31, 2013 at 12:00 am |
      • Debbie

        Furthermore, where are evangelical Christians killing anyone? Muslims are killing/raping/causing violence in Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, Chechnya, India/Kashmir, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Sweden, Denmark, France, UK, US, Yemen, Kenya, Syria, Mali & many others. Like someone else on here said, I am sick and tired of not hearing a word from the "peaceful Muslims" when it comes to all of the people who are killing others, especially Christians, on a daily basis and calling themselves Muslims. We see Muslims throwing fits over everything else, but we never, ever see Muslims protesting against these barbaric animals calling themselves Muslims & killing in the name of Islam and Allah. The world is getting sick of it.

        August 31, 2013 at 12:08 am |
        • Intisarul Islam

          What???? Minorities are treated just fine in most Muslim nations. The few nations where there are problems are having POLITICAL TROUBLES, where people wrongly take sides by religion (both sides) rather than by looking at the issues themselves. If the few troubled nations were stable, there would not be any religious conflict, like the case with the majority of the world's 57 Islamic nations. Muslims repeatedly have denounced terrorism because IT IS A FACT THAT TERRORISM HAS NO JUSTIFICATION UNDER ISLAM, but everybody is too busy covering idiots blowing themselves up to cover the views of most Muslims. What do you want Muslims to do – carry around signs saying "I'm not a terrorist"????? If that is what you want, we should have all of your fellow rednecks carrying around signs saying that "I'm not a KKK member" or "I'm not racist." And nobody is getting "sick" of Muslims, only your fellow redneck conservatives. I'm happy I live in NY where most people are not idiot bigots like you....

          August 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • M Savick

      Most American Muslims have zero connections the the horror stories you relate. Just like most American Christians are not related to the violence and terrorism during the "troubles" in Ireland or the Holocaust in Europe. People are a combination of their culture, faith and other factors. If you live ina vilet repressive culture your version of faith will likely mirror the culture. There are Muslims in Indonesian, Africa, China, South America, etc. that you never hear any violent stories about.

      August 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Debbie

        Actually, China had a lot of trouble out of their Muslim community not long ago, but China put a firm stop to it. Did you not hear about the 3 little Christian girls who were walking home from school in Indonesia and Muslims cut their heads off? There have been other Christians killed in Indonesia, too. I think you mentioned Africa where many have been killed by Muslims, also. Actually there are not many countries Muslims live in where they are 8% or more of the population where they do not kill rather frequently. It's very disturbing that no Muslims ever protest against these barbaric animals who say they are Muslims killing in the name of Islam.

        August 31, 2013 at 12:12 am |
  13. Paolina

    I agree that Muslims should be offended by this sign and it is fair that they should speak out against it. But where are all of them when someone perpetrates heinous crimes in the name of Islam? Why aren't their voices louder then? The Islamic community is very vocal when they feel oppressed by the non-Muslim community but how about directing some of that rage at their own who cause the fear of the non-Muslims in the first place?

    August 30, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • M Savick

      I am not Muslim and I am offended by the signs. This is just another version of anti-Semitism but with a different scapegoat. People are a combination of their culture, faith and other factors. There are probably as many different tribes, states, nations that practice Islam as Christianity. New immigrants and minority communities often keep a low profile to avoid the discrimination and insults. Do you feel the need to apologize for or rage against crimes committed by predominantly Christian groups or nations. You can start with Georgia whose priest led mobs against gays.

      August 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
      • Frank Calgetti

        Actually, M Savick, many Christian leaders express horror and outrage over acts like those of the fake "priests." Did CNN cover it? Did people condemn it? I have yet to go on ANY story about Muslim atrocities and have someone clearly state they are a Muslim leader and then go out of their way to condemn it on a blog, national news etc. I have yet to hear one Muslim leader denounce the Imams who encourage such sicko acts as heretics and fake leaders who deserve to be ousted. The silence is deafening.... well, until a no parking sign goes up.

        August 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          Which "Islamic leaders" do you want to denounce terrorism? You are wrongly assuming that Islam is like Catholicism, or Judaism. Islam does not have any priests, and the imams don't even know English. All the Imams I know condemn terrorism, because terrorism has NO JUSTIFICATION UNDER ISLAM; IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT ISLAM, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT!!! What do you want Muslims to do? Hang signs around their necks that say "I'm not a terrorist"???? You don't have white people carrying around signs saying "I'm not a serial killer," or "I'm not a skinhead."

          August 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • Paolina

        Your hypothesis that Muslims try to keep a low profile to avoid discrimination and insults crumbles due to the simple fact that they prove over and over that they do have a voice and they’re not afraid to use it. The Islamic community is very vocal when they feel that they have been wronged, offended or ethnically profiled. My question is why they don’t maintain the same or greater volumes of anger against radical Islam? You want an example of Christians speaking out against radical groups? Westboro is an easy example. A Muslim gets angry in the face of a rude parking sign but stays silent when “infidels” are murdered by those claiming to worship the same God? Does a rude sign really cause more damage than these murders?

        August 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  14. chron

    "It's really offensive and it's hateful," Hassan said.

    Yea, nothing the Islamists do is offensive or hateful towards anyone. Islam is one of the most intolerant religions when it comes to people of other faiths, anyone who claims otherwise has never opened up a Koran. I find it hilarious that they have the nerve to complain about people being intolerant of them and their beliefs. You want to be a part of this country then prove it and shut up about people not liking you because that is just the case. This generation will never accept Islam, we will forever remember what Islam did to our countrymen in 2001 and has continued to this very day.

    August 30, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • jboh

      Better watch out. Your bigotry is showing. Many Americans feel the same way about talibangelicals. Be careful what you sow. You just may end up reaping the same

      August 30, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • lol@computer warriro

      stop acting like youd say that to any muslim's face. you sound like a little petulant POS. how many Muslims have you come across in America, who you hate because of their personality? smh at this little bigot computer wariror.

      August 30, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Intisarul Islam

      Wow, idiot redneck. You clearly have never read a Quran before. The Quran only allows war in self defense, and it preaches tolerance of other religions. Dumb bigots like you who claim otherwise like to pull imaginary quotes out of your smelly fat a***s and never take into account any historical context. You should grow a brain to fill your empty skull before you comment. If you really can't control yourself, or can't stop yourself from spewing out lies, you should comment on Fox 5.

      August 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • Allison

        Intisarul Islam – The Koran also says all infidels need to be wiped off the face of the earth and those who kill them will get 72 virgins in heaven. You can't have it both ways and you show your own ignorance by insulting those with a different opinion of you.

        August 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
        • Intisarul Islam

          You have clearly never read the Quran, and you also clearly never went to school. Or maybe it's just possible that your parents passed on their stupidity to you genetically. If you knew anything about Islam, you would have known that the Quran forbids killing civilians, or aggressive war. The quote that idiots like to cite when demonizing Islam is "fight the infidels, but fight in the way of God, against those who fight against you, for God does not love the aggressors." The historical context for this is that when this was revealed, Muslims were being killed off by the Pagans of Mecca (the people the Quran calls the "infidels"), and the Prophet Muhammad did not know whether it would be justified under Islam (it was still not fully a complete religion at the time) to fight back. When he was faced with this dilemma, according to Islamic tradition, the quote I mentioned was revealed. The "infidels" the Quran says to fight, are the pagans who were persecuting the Muslims, so the Quran is NOT saying to kill random Non-Muslims; it was actually giving Muhammad permission to fight back the Pagans, and telling Muslims to fight back under similar conditions. Unfortunately, people like Osama bin Laden, who are not educated, and who do not know the historical context of the Quran, only take the first part of the verse that says "fight the infidels," leaves out the rest of the sentence, throws out its historical context, and wrongly uses it as "justification" for terrorism to achieve his POLITICAL aims.

          August 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  15. Sammy Z

    "I'm very shocked because we do live in a society that's supposed to be very accepting, and this is what we all preach,"

    Dude, you live in Texas...........Texas

    August 30, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  16. K

    Soooo........ if you happen to be a Muslim and shopping there you can't park there and must park out on the street? Just a modern day Jim Crow. Jeez

    August 30, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  17. The Disqualifyer

    I find the religion of Islam offensive. Should it not be illegal?

    August 30, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Noelle Broussard

      Just because you find it offensive does not mean it should be illegal. I find ALL religion offensive, yet religious organizations get tax breaks – and I find THAT offensive! You are obviously uneducated. Do you consider yourself a religious person? Saying you hate Muslims is not going to help anyone or anything. It is just showing everyone who reads these posts that what Muslims are saying is true. They have to fight discrimination on a daily basis. I'm an atheist, so I don't believe in any religion. However, my good friend is very religious and we get along famously. We just respect each other's ideas and values. Religion is responsible for so much bloodshed that continues to this day – it is the great divider of all.

      August 30, 2013 at 9:15 am |
    • Howie

      I find all religion to be offensive. I wish it was illegal.

      August 30, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Intisarul Islam

      You find Islam offensive? Then you know NOTHING about Islam. It's that simple.

      August 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
      • Allison

        Intisarul Islam – you seem to be having trouble understanding the subtleties of what people are saying... this post is saying all religion incites conflicts. I think your culture/religion has taught you to think only in polemics. Sad for you, scary for the world.

        August 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  18. gwg76

    Don't park your stupid asses anywhere in America!

    August 30, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  19. gwg76

    Garbage bag trash!

    August 30, 2013 at 3:23 am |
  20. gwg76

    Child molesters!

    August 30, 2013 at 3:22 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Hmmmm. How many muslims belong to the RCC and are pedophile priests?

      August 30, 2013 at 4:02 am |
    • Intisarul Islam

      Like Jerry Sandusky the Redneck? Or all the Catholic priests who like to fondle little boys?

      September 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
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