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September 11th, 2013
09:24 AM ET

Since 9/11, U.S. policy enforces Islamophobia

Opinion by Nathan Lean, special to CNN

(CNN) - The attacks of September 11, 2001, were unthinkable, and are rightfully memorialized with the somber reflection that marks other tragedies of our nation’s past.

From the Oval Office that Tuesday evening 12 years ago, President George W. Bush addressed the stricken nation with a message of hope.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America,” he said. “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace.”

Sadly, though, out of that dark hour came more darkness.

Throughout the past 12 years, government agencies and local law enforcement have often turned inward, eroding the liberties of ordinary, law-abiding citizens.

In the name of defending national security, they’ve fractured relationships with American Muslim communities and undermined the foundations of freedom on which this land was built.

Anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States has not only manifested itself through mosque arsons, assaults, murders and invariably hostile rhetoric from society’s extreme fringes. It has also become a permanent fixture of the very institutions that should provide safeguards against those things.

A long view of the response to terrorism since 9/11 suggests that Islamophobia — an irrational fear or suspicion of all Muslims and Islam based on the actions of a few — is increasingly legislated and enforced.

The most recent example of this comes from the city that bore the brunt of the 9/11 attacks.

READ MORE: My son died as a first responder on 9/11

Revelations surrounding the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan show that, without specific evidence of criminal activity, police officers teamed up with the CIA to form a clandestine intelligence program that spied on ordinary Muslim Americans.

The program sent “rakers” into Muslim neighborhoods to observe restaurant owners and shop keepers, deployed “mosque crawlers” into Muslim houses of worship to monitor sermons, and planted undercover agents on a university rafting trip in Buffalo where they took notes on how many times Muslim students prayed each day.

It gets worse.

The NYPD parked a yellow taxicab, bugged with cameras and voice recorders, outside a popular mosque in Brooklyn, hoping to capture Friday prayer-goers mumbling something about terrorism.

They also designated all mosques in the city as terrorist organizations, meaning that anyone who attends worship services is a potential subject for investigation, and they attempted to infiltrate the board of the nonprofit Arab American Association of New York, labeling the group a “terrorism enterprise.”

The six years of surveilling American Muslims led to no arrests or leads, the head of the NYPD's Demographics Unit admitted in court testimony.

The NYPD says its surveillance programs are lawful and orchestrated to keep the city safe from "those who are intent on killing New Yorkers."

The FBI criticized the NYPD spying program, however, saying that it produces a “negative impact” and makes their job harder than ever.

But it was the FBI who, in 2010, paid informant Craig Monteilh more than $11,000 a month to disguise himself as a convert to Islam, infiltrate Southern California mosques, and have sex with Muslim women. The plan was to entrap young Muslims by initiating conversations about “jihad” and terrorism.

In the end, the very people he was spying on reported him to the FBI — the organization that sent him there. Last year, Monteilh expressed his regret for participating in the sting operation, saying, “There is no hunt. It’s fixed.”

The FBI said its program, called "Operation Flex," was "focused on fewer than 25 individuals and was directed at detecting and preventing possible terrorist attacks."

The FBI came under fire again in August of this year as we learned about a covert security program in conjunction with U.S. immigration authorities.

The American Civil Liberties Union reports that the FBI and immigration officials have the authority to blacklist law-abiding Muslim Americans who have applied for citizenship, flagging their applications on the basis of “national security concerns” and sidelining their path to nationality for years on end.

Those applications are primarily docked on the basis of the applicant’s name, their country of origin, or as a result of their travels to countries on a watch list.

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services says its reviews comply with immigration laws.

READ MORE: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose

Anti-Muslim prejudice is institutionalized at the state level, as well.

Over the past two years, lawmakers in 32 legislatures across the country have targeted Muslims by moving to ban Islamic law, or “Shariah.” Seven states (most recently North Carolina) have signed the proposed ban into law, despite the inability of legislators to name a single specific case in which a court ruling based on Shariah law was allowed to stand.

Additionally, mosque construction projects in states like Oklahoma, Tennessee, California and Minnesota have faced backlash from local lawmakers who, failing to thwart their construction by advancing arguments about Shariah or the supposed threat of radicals, resorted to pretenses like traffic patterns, zoning regulations, parking restrictions and noise ordinances to block the building permits.

This cannot be our response to tragedy.

We’ve lost our way, and the path that we are traveling down today is hardly representative of the sacred foundations that our founding fathers envisioned.

Surely we can, and we must, remain vigilant in our effort to combat those who threaten us, but we cannot be so overly zealous in our aim to root out potential perpetrators that we abandon our national values and strip our fellow citizens of their unalienable and constitutionally protected rights.

That doesn’t make us stronger; it makes us weaker, and more vulnerable.

Nathan Lean is the editor-in-chief of Aslan Media and the author of four books about the Middle East, including "The Islamophobia Industry." Follow him on Twitter at @nathanlean.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Discrimination • Islam • Muslim • Opinion • Sharia

soundoff (372 Responses)
  1. Apple Bush

    I am now esoteric in my feelings towards believers that that are agnostic, however I do believe that they are, each one, atheist. However since I am a solipsist I know they are what I want them to be, and that is comforting.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  2. Apple Bush

    The grave digs a while, deep enough for you and your flat screen and a few other gadgets. The worshippers believe if you are buried with your valuables you will get to set up a “cloud” in heaven and you can access your music from any of your wireless devices.

    The grave leans on his shovel and thinks for a moment.

    Being older and more knowledgeable, the dirt guru decided to just fill in the hole and quit for the day. The sun burned bright and the pebbles in the grave’s dirt lit up the hole.

    He found some shade and quietly hoped no one would try to bury themselves.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  3. Lycidas

    Good grief....yes, stupid people do stupid things when they are angry or afriad. But we are so much better than...oh let's say The Greatest Generation. At least we are not rounding up people based on religion or heritage and throwing them into camps like they did to the Ja panese Americans.
    I live in what would be called the Appalachia region and we have a number of families that come from Lebanon and are Muslim. We get along fine with them as we always did. I wouldn't say that would be the case if this was 7 decades ago and if they would be Eastern Asia descent.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      I bet they go through razors though, right?

      September 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
      • Jeff

        Huh?

        September 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Nedley

      Shameful chapter of our history. Fear of the unknown is the common thread between then and now.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      War is Hell !!! Putting the Ja-panese in camps during WWII was part of restricting any spying or terrorist activities. It worked quite well in keeping the peace at home.

      With respect to our current War on Terror:

      Only for the new members of this blog as a reminder:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

      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. A
      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- 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 as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in 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 mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      September 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • Lycidas

        "War is Hell !!! Putting the Ja-panese in camps during WWII was part of restricting any spying or terrorist activities. It worked quite well in keeping the peace at home."

        Yeah, and with an atti tude like that, one could justify just about any behavior if it suits them.

        There was NO evidence that Ja panese Americans that lived here longer than even some German Ameircans were in any way spies or causing problems. It was about bigoted racism!

        If it was about keeping people safe, then they should have locked away every person of Italian and German descent but they didn't. Why was that numb-nuts?

        September 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Again, War is Hell !! Please provide evidence from reputable sources that the J-apanese mostly in California were not a potential risk to the war effort? And why weren't ethnic Germans and Italians put in camps? Good question for the FBI archives.

          September 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • Lycidas

          "Please provide evidence from reputable sources that the J-apanese mostly in California were not a potential risk to the war effort?"

          Are you really asking for me to prove a negative?
          What exactly do you tell a person that asks you to prove there is no God?

          "And why weren't ethnic Germans and Italians put in camps? Good question for the FBI archives."

          Oy, probably because there wasn't enough prisons to lock everyone up in the Eastern US that was of Italian or German blood ya idiot. Now the US did have a limited interment of a very select group of german and italians but in comparison to the Ja panese, they didn't do it strictly on race. Heck, if you were Ja panese descent, you pretty much couldn't live or work anywhere along the US and Canadian coast during the war.

          September 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          " if you were Ja panese descent, you pretty much couldn't live or work anywhere along the US and Canadian coast during the war."

          Hmmm???

          September 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
        • Lycidas

          Do a little research on what happened to Ja panese Canadians on 14Jan1942.

          September 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  4. Reality # 2

    For our sisters and brothers of Islam:

    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.

    Translations are free at Google Translate if your Muslim friends do not understand English.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • 616

      Thank you for being a tool of the US govt.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        Tool of the US government? Give me a break !! Below are the koranic passages that drive the horror and terror that is Islam:

        http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/005.asp et al
        o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
        o
        "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

        "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

        "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

        "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

        "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

        "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

        "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

        "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

        "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

        "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

        "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

        "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

        "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

        "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

        September 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
        • 616

          Yes, you are a tool because you are flaming up the Islamophobia right here.

          September 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          And we are supposed to just overlook all the terror and horror being caused by Islam's holy book?

          September 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
        • 616

          Who are we at war with? A book or fanatics?

          Fanatics do not make up a majority of Muslims. They don't even make up more than a single digit percentage of the population. If you know for a fact (with citation) that it's higher, please show us.

          September 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      He could smell her from his position, directly downwind of the Santa Ana’s, the putrid air-born tendril of urine and body odor makes a formidable weapon. Her socks, slung over the tops of her borrowed Converse flaps. Here teeth only a reminder of public service announcements. The hair was everywhere. Not untidy exactly, just….everywhere. Like a blanket over her. She had a pleasing form though. Hard not to look twice. So hard in fact, many had made her their project. Each had failed. For her the addiction was her destiny and would lead to her death. But not today.

      Joe Skinner rarely looked up when he was walking in L.A. Nobody on these streets needed directions or knew where any stars lived. This was Korea Town, the crossroads where Heaven and Hell conduct their business. It was different now. The riots broke the peace and historians were quick to point out that Korea Town was marginalized during the Rodney King Riots of 1992 and it was happening again. Neighborly “hellos” became tense and less friendly. If you want someone to get your back, stay in your part of town. And don’t bother calling 911.

      Joe called 911. The voice on the other end of his “iMate” spoke in hushed tones. Joe laughed. He knew they would have to follow up on any call. If Ryerson shows up, He’s dead. Joe still had friends everywhere in the eight block neighborhood of K-Town. He walked without being disturbed, but only because he understood protocol. K-Town in 2033 was not only unsafe, it was anarchy and there were untouchables.

      That is when he saw it. A photograph. Hard to see in the wet gutter, but the man in the image was beautiful. Long flowing hair that wasn’t messy but practically covered his whole upper section. Skinner reached for it. It sizzled in his fingers and glowed. This was Jesus and he was come unto the Earth to save humans at long last.

      Joe on the other hand really wanted to get baked before work and needed a paper and Jesus was handy. It was wet but they had one of those electric 2025 hand dryers in the rest room of the filling station he stood next to. He blazed, and soon saw Jesus once again. This time Jesus stood before him saying, “I brought unto you a miracle and this is how you betray your lack of awe to the sight of me?

      Joe thought a moment and finally looked at Jesus and said, “You crazy fuck, here, toke up bro!” The party lasted long into the night. Jesus got tore up and the moral of the story is that Marijuana should be legal in the United States.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      All Muslims believe their holy book is the word of their god as such all are then potential terrorists.

      To wit:

      http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/005.asp et al
      o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
      o
      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      September 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  5. Apple Bush

    sweet smelling flowers roam the sidewalks
    while big bellied dandelions platoon;

    the spring rains are falling a funny tune at the expense
    of a funny man;

    stepping on and off the curb, looking a bit bored;
    eyes up and shoes flexed for the sprint

    suddenly bright sun elbows its way between two clouds;
    a funny man flaps his ready feat into a small puddle and smiles

    September 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  6. Apple Bush

    Double dose,
    shouldn’t ought to do it

    Tell myself I got to have it
    But do I really crave it?

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Is addiction just a brain fuck
    Or a physical attraction

    You wanna get your own junk
    Or find out my reaction

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Man I get ills, I need pills
    I got the paper; call for delivery

    Blow your own mind
    doubt what you find

    Gotta have drugs, gonna have drugs

    Put the bottle down fool, pill popping fuck

    September 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  7. CommonSensed

    And the beat goes on.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  8. THIS BLOGGER HAS EXPIRED

    .

    September 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Box

      Fish, and plankton. And sea greens, and protein from the sea. It's all here, ready. Fresh as harvest day. Fish and sea greens, plankton and protein from the sea. And then it stopped coming. And they came instead. So I store them here. I'm ready. And you're ready. It's my job. To freeze you. Protein, plankton...

      September 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Fascinating... please tell us more...

        September 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
        • Box

          Overwhelming, am I not?

          September 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          It sounds like you make spirulina... great stuff. Extremely good health supplements... even if it does smell like a fish's ass...

          September 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  9. guest

    My observation of the difference between humans and animals.
    The ability to redesign existing materials, i.e. to be creative or inventive
    To define time, i.e. create a calendar or clock. (BTW, has there ever been a culture that divided the hours of the day into more or less hours than 24 hours? Has there ever been a culture that divided the year into more or less than 12 months? Other than the French fiasco during the French revolution in the eighteenth century, has there ever been a culture that had more or less than seven days in a week? I don’t know of any.)
    Communicate in unnatural ways, i.e. writing etc.
    Has there ever been a culture that did not have sense of a supernatural force, i.e. worship a higher being?
    Do animals have the sense to forgive, they can forget, but can they forgive?

    September 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Nobody has the slightest idea the secret life of other animals, any more then they understand us.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  10. Douglas

    The same Islamic mindset that flew planes full of innocent people into buildings full of innocent people is also the
    Islamic mind set that allows six year old and eight year old girls to marry 50 year old men! The six year old died of internal
    bleeding from the blunt force trauma to her genitalia at the behest of her Islamic "husband" on their "wedding night".

    No outcry from the "Islamic faithful" at this atrocity and there won't be because it is done in the name of their reilgion!

    This practice is not a religion it is a sick cult of pederasts!

    September 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I just don't think they know any better. They need to be trained.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
    • Nedley

      And you know all about that, don't you "gay coitus man"? No mention from you about the sick men in your chosen faith, huh? Hypocrite.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
      • Douglas

        Nedley,

        I have condemned the sin of "gay coitus" as it is condemned in the Holy Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

        I have condemned unclothed gay men walking around near Harvey Milk Elementary School in San Francisco.

        I have condemned pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.

        I have condemned those who wish to pursue war in Syria behind lies.

        No hypocrisy here. Sin is sin and shall be condemned...be it gay or straight.

        Don't shoot the messenger, Nedley!

        September 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          Gay basher trend analysis... indicates that you are a self-loathing religiously overcompensating closeted homosexual... it's ok, you don't have to live that way anymore... come out of the closet into the light...

          September 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
        • Nedley

          Bull. You are obsessed with people's nether regions. You are a pervert.
          According to your Bible, only God can condemn, Captain Coitus. Save your pious bull for people who will buy into your brand of hypocrisy. There's a few left out there you can pervert the teachings of the Lord to. Westboro would be a perfect fit for you.

          September 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Nedley, you are mixing common sense and evolution with superstition and ancient legends. You should separate the two to get closer to the truth. There is no such thing as sin. There is right and wrong and, barring mental illness, we all understand that regardless of whether or not religion is involved.

        September 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Sorry that was for Douglas

          September 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  11. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    "Since 9/11, U.S. policy enforces Islamophobia"

    I understand the intent to post a religious slant on remembering 9/11, but "Since 9/11, U.S. policy enforces Islamophobia"

    I'm tempted to say 'is the pope Catholic?' 'does a bear poop in the woods?' etc.

    And the author didn't even mention TSA profiling.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      The phobia was greatly heighted after 911 but it has been pretty bad since the 1970's.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  12. Ungodly Discipline

    Does God watch me when I, you know....

    September 11, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Alien Orifice

      God is the biggest perv in the universe bro.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Cool.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Talking to yourself is not a healthy sign...

      September 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
      • Ungodly Discipline

        Cool

        September 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  13. HeavenSent

    You atheists try to make me upset by stealing my handle and upsetting me but I have the Lord on my side. Ever since my first wedding at 13, the Lord’s guiding hand has caressed the parts of me that tingle when I pray. Thank you Father.

    Amen.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • Apple Bush

      tambourines count as drums. All percussion instruments. Even piano.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        sorry wrong place. down there.

        September 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    It just occurred to me that the drums are the best instrument because if the electricity goes out you can keep dancing.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Meatball

      I like dancin'!

      September 11, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • Peach Vine

      ...but tambourines are portable!

      September 11, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      ...more cowbell

      September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  15. Native Americans

    🙁

    September 11, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Puerto Ricans

      🙂

      September 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
      • Germans

        🙂

        September 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
        • Canadians

          🙁

          September 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
        • French

          .
          🙁

          September 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Oklahoma

      🙁

      September 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • GA, AL, TN, LA, MS, TX, AZ

      🙁

      September 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  16. Neo Agnostic

    In America you can now only practice state sanctioned religion. If its not on their list, its illegal.

    September 11, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Right....@@

      September 11, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  17. Dyslexic doG

    when is the last time Atheists flew planes into buildings?

    when is the last time Atheist groups went to war with each other to prove who didn't believe in god the most?

    September 11, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • Rynomite

      Nov. 8, 2006. Southpark aired the "Go god Go XII" episode. In, the future athiest only population of earth is waring with each other over the Great Quesition!

      I think South Park is prophetic. Once we abandon the silly mythologies of our races' youth, we will still find something else to fight about.

      September 11, 2013 at 11:47 am |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        That was the point of the 'Great Question' episode. That and Cartman should never be allowed to travel through time...

        September 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

        People will find a reason to kill other people (or otters). It's inevitable.

        September 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
        • Johnny

          They were lucky the otters didn't just eat them off their bellies.

          September 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Really?

    "Over the past two years, lawmakers in 32 legislatures across the country have targeted Muslims by moving to ban Islamic law, or “Shariah.” Seven states (most recently North Carolina) have signed the proposed ban into law, despite the inability of legislators to name a single specific case in which a court ruling based on Shariah law was allowed to stand."

    -Is this bad? Sharia law, really?

    September 11, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      No, it isn't. One law for all.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Just another case that shows how inefficient our local governments can be. They focus on a non issue instead of helping people who need it.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • ME II

      Perhaps the author's point was that is useless legal posturing. Sharia law has no basis in the US and passing laws to ban it, is like passing laws saying counterfeit money is illegal.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:15 am |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

        Actually, that's a good point.

        September 11, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      The problem really occurs whe people who believe in sharia law, come to America and within their own community or family, enforce the laws. Many would violate various laws that already exist here, and in this country Sharia law is trumped by our laws. Many do not feel our law is above sharia, so you have confilct.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:22 am |
      • ME II

        True, that is an issue, but is an issue with any isolated community in the US, e.g. Orthodox Jews, FLDS, Amish/Mennonite, etc.

        September 11, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Rand

      Ah yes, we have a dearth of laws and are looking for more!!

      Bring on Shariah to fill in the void!

      September 11, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  19. Lionly Lamb

    Atheist sectarianism is the breeding force of religious extremists... I say this because Christendom and Islam cannot cohesively exist outside and away from embroiling religious turmoil ever to be raising the ugliness of each others religious devotional constructs thru a third party affiliation which turns out to be the atheists agendas ridiculing connotations... Instead of seeing religious contemptuousness atheists should be considering any religions positives... God may well ever be the God of personal ideals firstly and a God of socialistic desires secondly... I do so love any person's beliefs no matter their partial or impartial attributes...

    September 11, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwc1Wi-mlCI

      September 11, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • Dyslexic doG

      LL ... you have written some foolish stuff over the years but this one wins the booby prize.

      please go and get help.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • Neo Agnostic

      Wow, just when I thought you couldn't sink to a new low in stupidity and ignorance.

      September 11, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • Nedley

      They cannot coexist together because they constantly fight over which God is better. Atheists have nothing to do with it, so your contempt for atheists is not only silly; in this context you are flat-out WRONG.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      LL: I know you're against this while it's still not legal but do us the favor and take your chance...find a local pot dealer, sit back smoke a 'j' and clear your head...all this mumbling will come to an end and maybe just maybe you'll join us in the real world.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
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