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August 20th, 2010
08:10 AM ET

Is America Islamaphobic?

A new TIME Magazine article by Bobby Ghosh discusses the growing debate over the Park51 project to build an Islamic Center near Ground Zero.

It goes on to highlight how this controversy has brought new scrutiny to other examples of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim protests happening around the country. Including a new poll that shows that a growing number of Americans believe President Obama is Muslim.

A new TIME–Abt SRBI poll found that 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers. Only 37% know a Muslim American. Overall, 61% oppose the Park51 project, while just 26% are in favor of it. Just 23% say it would be a symbol of religious tolerance, while 44% say it would be an insult to those who died on 9/11.

We want to hear your thoughts. Do you think Islamophobia is a reality? Email us your comments. TJ will read some in the 10am hour.

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  1. Stuart

    Absolutely Islamophobic. This whole thing shouldn't even be an issue.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  2. Joseph Kraatz, Oceanside, CA

    I tire of hearing this word Islamaphobia. American's know full well who our enemies are. They are not Christians, not Jews. Which religion supports terrorism?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    The problem is media outlets like Fox News that thrive by spreading lies. Keep up the good work CNN.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  4. Roger Hooker

    Yes... thanks to the likes of FauxNews and the right-leaning talk radio hosts who hammer this and many or outright lies for purely polical reasons. We need calm, reasonable dialog, not screaming lies.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  5. Doug

    Especially since 9/11 the only thing new about Americans’ fear of Islam is that it now has a name: Islamaphobia.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  6. Shirl

    is Islamaphobia a new word you made up? We are not islamaphobic – but who keeps trying to blow us up? The last man caught trying to blow up a plane was muslim.The Ft. Hood shooter was a muslim. I don't thinks any Christians were arrested lately trying to kill Americans.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  7. Steve

    I don't want Islam in the US. Look at the UK and France. Muslims have taken over and hold violent protests in the streets. People are afraid for their lives. I beleive in freedom and self-expression, but not at the cost of violence and honor killings.
    Muslims are all for their rights while they trample anyone who disagrees with them. That isn't being tolerant. That is being sepratist.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  8. evelyn

    Well, obviously the US is islamophobic. Why else would there be such a huge commotion on the establishment of an islamic cultural center? Even "moderates" on the position suggest it may be best to relocate it. Would this be an issue for any other major religious/ethnic group in the US? NO.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  9. Muhammad Q

    As a Muslim born and raised in America, I feel there is alot of fear of Islam. People fear the unknown, and in general Americans have a very wrong and one sided view of Islam. They watch the media and see terms such as "radical Islamist" and so on. Irrational fear is bound to stir. If people want to rid themselves of this irrational phobia, there is a very simple solution: Do your own research on Islam, or visit your local mosque. You may be surprised to find that Muslims are just normal people like everyone else.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  10. Manul Garcia

    I think America has been exposed to a large anti-islamic propaganda coming from some sectors of the politics and the media of this country, which is reflected in the simple fact that this controversy about the Cordoba House exists. I would say this is the only country which has been a victim of an awful terrorist attack by Al Kaeda in which religion has been so strongly linked to terrorism. Let's keep in mind that Muslim countries are the main victim of this terrorism, as well as Spain (3/11/04) and UK (7/7/05) suffered terrible bombings, and I can tell that this debate wouldn't and doesn't exist in any of this countries, where mosques are built and noone would consider there is something insulting or inappropriate in a religion symbol, becuase although terrorists, as well as politics, use religion to try to convince people, terrorism and islam have absolutely nothing to do.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    America is phobic big time about Islam there afraid of Muslims laws even though that they cannot be practiced in America were all afraid of what Muslim laws are being observed behind closed doors the most phobic of all is the known hatred for Christians by there Koran ,

    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  12. Monica

    Yes, a lot of Americans are "Islamaphobes." The fact that the President's personal beliefs are an issue is proof of that. And CNN isn't helping the situation either. The stringent denials of President Obama being Muslim make it seem like there would be something wrong even if he was. I find the whole "accusation and denial" thing horribly offensive.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  13. IndependentThnkr

    To an extent yes. I am an American born non-practicing Muslim, but my family is practicing. I don't think every person is an "islamaphobe", but at the same time, when I see news stories spending time on whether people thing Obama is Muslim or Christian..I think: who cares??? I know he is Christian, but even if he wasn't..would it be negative? It puts Islam in a negative light. Look at what is going on with the mosque in NY. I thikn the media needs to stop saying "at ground zero" because it´s not at ground zero. What should scare people is not that he is visiting Turkey and Egypt or may be Muslim, but that a large percentage of people don't even know. I think the people need to take a step back and look at things that really matter. It breaks me heart.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  14. Ross, Charlotte, NC

    Americans certainly have rights and very substantive reasons to be "Islamaphobic". I have remembered working in the midst of fellow Islam believing employees during my job past...100% of them were extremely anit-semitic. If all Muslims, Islams faiths were prodded gently they will eventually give up their feelings toward Jews and ultmately all of them are anti-semites. In any event the followers of the Islam beliefs were ultimately the perpetrators of 9-11. There is no denying that, so Americans who are hostile to Islams and Muszlims alike are well-grounded in their hostilities.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  15. pj

    I think the only people that are Islamophobic are the people that are so wrapped up in Christianity that they have no tolerance for anything else. A lot of "Christian" faiths look down on Catholics, Mormons, Protestants, Jews, etc,, and any other faith that doesn't match their own.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  16. Manny

    Americans in general are ignorant to many cultures and faiths. They believe what ever they hear on the television or what they are told by their ministers or friends. And the Internet venom does not help. The so called fair and balanced nwes station is so biased and racist and all they spew across the news is fear, negativity and hatred.

    Today in America it is not just islamaphobia, but race has also come to the forefront. It is a sad day in AMerica when we as a Nation that represents freedom in this world are so engrossed in fear, racism and hatred. We should be a model to the world. So called Christians obviously do not understand the greates commandment of their Faith. Love Thy Neighbor as You Love Yourself. Treat Others as You would be Treated. So much for the Bible. I have never read anything in it that You ONLY love your fellow white Christians.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  17. Richard Caton

    Yes, many Americans are islamaphobic as many muslims are phobic about all other faiths. Paranoia about other faiths and cultures is widely is taught in houses of worship around the world. That's what is wrong with organized religion. The organizers are themselves prejudiced and pass it on to their congregations in the name of God.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  18. neil

    No TJ . America is not islamophobic. It is just waking up to the true message of islam – conquer by the sword!
    submission!. that is the meaning of the word islam
    america is not bowing to NO ONE!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  19. Gail

    Yes, America is wary of Islamics. We grew up without Muslims in our lives, now we see them coming into society and bringing strange ways and we are uncomfortable. It is how we dealt with Italians, Irish, somalians. Our nature is to go through a period of fusing.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  20. Mohammad

    Well ofcourse, from my understanding isnt hundreds if not more americans concerned about the new mosque being built even though we have freedom of religion here. americans need to grow up, islam did not attack this country. and so if a few selective radical arabs attacked it, now everyone is afraid of muslims. when they know muslims are not at fault for what is going on in the middle east. im sure alot of you guys have friends that are muslims and are aware of the pure and original form of our faith. one God and one god only, and his prophets. and its funny when you guys mention prophet muhammad like hes the only prophet. jesus is the most quoted prohpet in the quran. and we pray to him the same way we pray to prophet muhammad, and the almighty one and only God. Americans are ignorant, and need to be re-educated on islam. or they need to shut up if they dont know anything.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  21. Chris

    Most are sure they just dont want to look for the real truth and will beleive anything on tv. I am sure many of them believe there world might end in 2012 as well.

    I wish it was not like that. This conutry needs to learn from its past and yet they say young people don't know. Seem that i am young at 23 years old and i know better than most people.

    as i support gay marriage and people right. and muslims are perfectly fine. the thing is Terrorist attack us not muslims its what people can't garasp. Its like women hating all men since some men rape.

    its wrong. Or they force there religon on other people.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  22. Frankieboy

    I believe most Americans are Islamaphobic and they have phobia about anything unfamiliar. This is due to lack of exposure and broader education. Americans need to be more open minded. They need to get out of their couches, learn about other cultures and read about issues before taking a stand. I'm sorry to say that most Americans are overly dependent on the media and they fail to spend time to research into matters that concern them. America has a long way to go with this pathetic habit....I think

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  23. Adam

    There should not be an Islamic center near ground zero, after so much pain. There is many mosques in Us, why the controversy? Out of so many places why next to ground zero?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  24. donald

    America has two more educated coasts separated by a more xenophobic and closed minded center, the BIBLE BELT.
    ThIis scary center part of our country is again being displayed by this discussion. And what concerns me more is that we should even CARE if he is Islamic or Christian;what a sad reflection on how far we still need to develop as fair minded humans before we can call ourselves tolerant.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  25. Lance K. Evans

    Americans are not Islamaphobic. Consider we have been fighting an Islamic enemy who has declared Jihad against all Americans since September 11, 2001; Muslims are taught all non-believers in the Prophet Mohammed are, "Infidels," and therefore not worthy of the basic moral principals of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. American's are merely being protective of obvious attempt to the Islamify our country.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  26. Mark

    The term "phobia" implies an irrational or unjustified fear. I'm not convinced that when Americans watch TV and see buildings destroyed, planes hijacked and innocents killed that the fear is not as irrational as some might believe.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  27. Nancy Shehata

    I am an American who has been Muslim for seventeen years. Is America Islamophobic? No. America is a nation of over 300 million people. To generalize or to characterize an entire country in this way does a disservice to the millions of Americans who see past the hateful rhetoric and who deal with their fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim in a kind and tolerant manner. Are there Islamophobes in America? Definitely. But I will not define my relationship with this country by its most ignorant and intolerant elements. I prefer to deal with people as PEOPLE, not as classes or stereotypes.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  28. Ponty

    I hate to say this but yes I think America is Islamaphopic. I wish they could understand us more because it really hurts us that someone burned our holy book. My daughter only tells people she is muslim only if they know her because she doesn't want them to take it the wrong way.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  29. M F

    Of course America is Islamaphobic and they have every right to be 9/11 happened before i moved to the us and i thought because of it i would never get a chance to live in the us even though i have no ties to any islamic religion. i know live in New York and don't have a lot of love for islam's, i question their motive in the us and have a lot of fear and paranoia when traveling on plane bus and especially planes.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  30. Blank

    Of course America is, they know VERY little about Islam and just think of it based off 9/11 and the terrorists which are less than 1% of the Islamic world. If we wanted to judge like that then Christians all must be Pedophiles but thats not true... It's the Media that can make something good or bad... CNN,FOX,CBC,CNBC... most are Zionist controlled too

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  31. curtis

    It is hard not to be when it began with the bombing of the towers and then. Americans have their kids fighting a war full of people who die in the name of the muslim religion.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  32. Beryl Bass

    I don't understand how so-called Christians can hate another religion. I have many muslim friends and they, like every belief, come in all sizes – bad or good."People complain about a Muslim Mosque a few blocks from Ground Zero but there is a Catholic Church close by and the damage the Catholic Priests have done through child molestation is far worse and farreaching than any act by Muslims or any other group.

    The whole of this and the ridiculous thing that Obama must be Muslim because his dad was and isn't American born because he was born in Hawaii is so obviously put out by idiots that it's not even worth bothering with. These people are using everything they can grasp onto because Obama is black – what about his white half – does black trump white or white trump black.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  33. Akinsangel

    Yes. I don't understand why the hate and indifference to anything that is different than what they are. Obama had it right with the clinging to guns and religion. They hide behind religion with their hate. The Chistian nation is a nation of hypocrites.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  34. Donna in Williamsburg

    Yes, the US is so scared of Islam, Muslims and anything that is outside the box of mainstream Baptist. The religous right has become the most hateful group in America. They preach fear and hate and everything that happens is blamed on the President. It should not matter what his faith is. Or what faith anyones faith is. He is looking out for this country and the rights of all citizens.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  35. Bill from Florida

    If history is any guide, it would seem to suggest that Muslims have been involved in recent violence. There is also the perception that Muslims have not universally come out in opposition to extremist variants that preach hatred against non Muslims. That leaves the non Muslim with few reasons to be comfortable with those Muslims that purport to be non-violent. My conclusion is that, yes, there is a significant number of Americans that might fall into the Islamaphobia description. Is there really any other way to look at the problem?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  36. Heather

    My husband & I are Chrislim (Christian & Muslim) So what if the President is Muslim or Christian, we are in America and its a beautiful thing that we can practice any religion and not be persecuted. Lately it seems that America has forgotten this.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  37. Stephanie Varnado

    It seems like the less educated we become as a society the more bizarre we become. More and more people believe what they capture through quick soundbites from the demagogue flavor of the day as opposed to doing their own research. No one reads anything anymore unless it's tweeted or blogged. Heaven forbid they pick up a book, study a little history, or step away from their TV to actually meet and greet their neighbor, local faith groups or their communities.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  38. Larry Kurbatoff

    If there are those who are Islamaphobic, let's just hope they are an extremely small group. Eeeeh gads, what next!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  39. orlando

    I know we are founded on Christian principles ,"LOOK AT OUR HISTORY" So we need to stay true and turn back to our principles and know that our God is the one and only true God and we should be honest about that. The Muslim faith is false and they dont like America , Christians , Or any body who is not a Muslim. They will kill and destroy us as soon as they have a moment , Wake up people. Ground Zero is not the place , They should respect us after murdering our people in our face , but they dont and they will accomplish there mission because America is week and Americans are lost. I am sad to see our country in this mess "But our Sin will be paid by all" You TJ should speak up and do a series and show your American public the truth about Muslims and there plan to take over . Its on your head as well as all who broadcast any news.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  40. Kevin

    Yes, I believe many Americans are fearful of Muslims. I, myself, remember vividly the images on 9-11 of Muslims all over the Middle East jumping up and down and cheering with glee after the towers collapsed. This wasn't something in my mind nor was it made up by "Islamaphobics"; this was real! Muslims by the thousands were CHEERING! It is obvious that many, many Muslims around the world HATE us. So, why is it such a surprise that Americans are cautious?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  41. Steve

    I think Islamophobia is nonsense. Is there conservative-phobia or liberal-phobia? Islam is an ideology that deserves to be criticized by anyone, just like political views. Phobia means the irrational or illogical fear in something, but how is it illogical or irrational to be concerned or fear an ideology that promotes, rape, murder, beating, and the burning/flogging of homosexuals. Thankfully many muslims ignore those parts of their holy book, and are great people, but you can not deny the fact that those hideous ideas are contained in Islam. How is it illogical or irrational to fear an ideology that contains such things?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  42. Grace

    Yes, Islamaphobia is rampant in the U.S. Even while I studied for my Master's in Social Work, a Social Worker proclaimed Obama was the anti-Christ and the professor allowed this insult to our Nation's President (Appalachian State University).
    Other students claimed that because terrorists said, "In the Name of God" before they committed their acts that they were somehow a Muslim. It is unfortunate that even University Professors can be prejudiced against Islam in a profession where they are supposed to be Social Change Agents – Social Work.

    Media adds to the Islamaphobia. When a murderer is running rampant in the U.S. on a killing spree, the report is not that they are a "Baptist Terrorist" or a "Lutheran Terrorist." Yet, if the person is a mentally ill Muslim acting out killing acts in the U.S., they are suddenly a Muslim Terrorist and may be involved in a conspiracy.

    Christians in the South are allowed to get away with their continual rascism against Muslims and Baptist Preachers are yelling it from the pulpit. Is this a remake of Fascism?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  43. Rodney Cole

    No i don't think AMericas is Islamaphobic...The world was not like this until PRES. OBama got in office.sure some peole were mad at Muslims. cause thats who they say bombed the TOWERS,& now they are tryin to tie him with the Muslims.If they sit back & give him a little time he'll make things happen with whats really going on. & they keep saying NO toeverything he try do for we the people...They still praisin Bush,it had to be McCain who would say give Bush some credit,it's still his DERN FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  44. caleb

    Let's say Obama is a Muslim,what happen next .IMPEACHMENT

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  45. Miriam

    Who are we counting as Americans ? Is the media defining who the Americans are in this country? Are the polls restricting their data to those they say are most likely to vote in an off year? If you ask African-Americans, Latinos, and legal immigrants who have attained citizenship I wonder what the data will show. I think first we have to trust the data gatherers are truly giving us a cross section of our country. CNN put it to a vote call in and on-line. Why are these groups constantly being called upon to make accomodations to prove they are US Citizens?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  46. john

    It does not have anything to do with a phobia other than not wanting to have a mosque built near a memorial sight. Even though they have the right to build it, they should not have the right to disrespect the memory of those lost on september 11 2001. And that is exactly what it will do.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  47. Rev. John Throop

    T.J., Americans are indeed Islamaphobic. As a committed Christian and a church pastor,, I find that Americans have a gap in understanding of religion in general. Islamaphobia happens from a gap in knowing anything about Islam and media coverage of this religion from only one–and very narrow–slice of the religion. But that can be said about any coverage of religon. It's too complex to fit into rwo minutes for a story. NBny Americans don't want to do any more than that.

    P.S. In college, I majored in European history and my university required people majoring that way to take a year of non-Western civ. I took a year on Islam. That was 35 years ago. That sure has come in handy in recent years....

    August 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  48. Scott Clark

    I don’t believe that America is Islamaphobic. We have been at war with Islamic nations that use non-conventional methods of warfare to attack us from within. America is distrustful because we are not sure of the motives or origins of some Islamist, and are weary of another attack. (Rightfully so). And as far as the proposed Park51 project, one can view this as constructing a statue or land mark on a battlefield to commemorate a victory. As a soldier and a native New Yorker I would consider that a serious slap in the face. There are several other places that that the Park51 project can be constructed.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  49. Gail Kirchner

    It seems that many people in this country are Islamaphobic. The reason for this is obviously 9-11; but if we really study the Islam faith, we should know that there are a few who will actually be violent. As far as the Islamic center being built near ground zero, President Obama is correct in saying our country gives us the right of religious freedom. As far as President Obama's being Muslum, people want to believe that because they always look for reasons not to like him. Most people are ignorant.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  50. Christopher Barksdale

    Yes America is islamaphobic, to the extent racism is the underlying problem, the Ku Klux Klan has high jacked politics again, I am 45 years old and have seen it before, now members of the Klan dress well and are republicans, they gained momentum upon Obama election to over shadow by good white people, the Klan wants a voice, indeed it has one FOX News, until people are actually murdered democrats will take notice of who or what FOX News is, weekly we all must debate issues promulgated by theses hate mongers the only way to stop FOX is to call it what it is and sue it as a Klu Klux Klan, Organization and shut it down.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  51. gloria lewis

    Yes they are ,they are also race phobia ,gay phobia ,you name it everyone is guilty in one way or another .The problem is no one takes the other person feelings into consideration .I try to live my life through others eyes and thoughts . I agree with both sides of the problem on the mosque but i also diasgee .The way i see it yes the muslims are trying to prove that they are good people and they will stop at nothing ,those fighting against are fighting because they are so hurt they put all muslims in the same category .Now if only those for and those against would try to see how the other person feels they would not be an issue .The muslims should be willing to find a different location thats close to this area so they can prove we done understand how you feel and that it is very disrepectful to those that die .The opposition should understand why the muslims are fighting for their honour and let them build it close by .
    We as a people need to stop and start considering how other feel we say we care and love people yet we continue to hurt and destroy them .We claim we are god fareing people yet we are full of so much hate for others .We do not have the authority to judge people .Imagine some one doing it to you how does it feel .

    August 20, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  52. David - Orlando, FL

    You suggested that President Obama's comment, "my Muslim faith" needed to be seen in context. I find it telling that it was not Mr. Obama that corrected this apparent slip, but rather the interviewer, George Stefanopolis.

    In addition, I don't consider myself in any way Islamophobic, but would be much more inclined to support the large number of moderate Muslims if they'd been more strident in condemning acts of terrorism by radical Islamic elements and taking action to oppose them.

    Incidentally, it radical Islam only makes up 1% of the Islamic faith, that means there are SIXTEEN MILLION Islamic radicals in the world.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  53. ellen richardson

    It is pathetic that the Media does not remind folks that our President was a member of a Christian Church for 20 years.
    He only left the churchafter the Press hounded the Church after the Pastor s statements were taken out of context .
    He left the church but not Christ.
    Further, where did Billy Grahams Son get that theory that if your Father is a Muslem, you are automatically a Muslem.?
    Ask Billy Graham sr.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  54. Micha

    It pains me to see how the US is moving away from its values of tolerance and acceptance of all cultures. Angst has gripped the masses. If you read the Bible, there is just as much fire and brimstone condeming "infidels" as is in the Koran. Everyone please back off and realize it is the same God we all pray to.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  55. Mohammad

    man i am a muslim ..american-palestinian and it hurts to see all this negativity towards islam. i mean it has to end and this country is one big melting pot. we have a right to be here too. i was born and raised here and growing up here seeing te different racial profiling gets annoying.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  56. Doug Koehler

    Despite what many now say, the preambles of each state joining the union show that our Nation's foundations were Christian. It is difficult for many therefore to see a change or denial of that fact. As for the Muslim center at Ground Zero, I remember when a portion of the destroyed towers stood in the shape of a cross. I also remember an outcry to have that "cross" removed.

    I do not believe in "Islamaphobia", I do believe that certain people can't have it both ways. I am certain if a Christian church wanted to go up at the 9/11 site a greater public outcry would have been heard over and above the concern about the Mosque at ground zero.

    Doug K. Oklahoma City, OK

    August 20, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  57. Jmike

    I believe that most Americans are very ignorant about Islam. We as a people have a phobia regarding Islam. I am a soldier in the US Army curious about my religon and faith and afraid to come out because people including my family and soldiers are so homophobic over Islam.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  58. Lance K. Evans

    Americans are not Islamaphobic. Consider we have been fighting an Islamic enemy who has declared Jihad against all Americans since September 11, 2001; Muslims are taught all non-believers in the Prophet Mohammed are, "Infidels," and therefore not worthy of the basic moral principals of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. American's are merely being protective of obvious attempts to Islamify our country.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  59. NKC

    I do not believe that as a whole America is "Islamophobic". However, with the insensitive pursuit shown by certain Muslims to build their Mosque in this particular location, it certainly could become a reality. If they truly want to bridge the gap why increase it by insisting that others lay down their beliefs and feelings in order to accomodate the Muslims' position. Consideration and tolerance needs to go both ways.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  60. Harry Perdon

    I don't believe America as a whole is Islamicphobic. I believe undereducated Republicans and Tea Party members are witch hunters that try to promote that belief. Its the same mind-set that many Muslims have that all Americans are like the Bush Republicans and their Oil Barrens allies. It's the same mind-set that put thousands of Japanese Americans into holding camps that we now know was immoral and illegal. It's the same thinking that creates more enemys and makes terrorist recruitment easier for our real enemys.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  61. Steven Hill

    It is most definitely a reality and that is sad! I think the enthnocentrism is amazingly ignorant. There are good and bad people of all races and religions. Grow up America, Muslims pose no greater threat to you and I, or "christianity", than do the Mormons or Jews.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  62. vernon brown

    America seem to excel at ignorence. Because of our lack of or unwillingness to try and understand what we fear, there will always be a monster to chase. Case in point; Islam.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  63. Rodney Sanders

    TJ,

    Of course this country has become Islamaphobic, and we should be ashamed of ourselves. What happened on 9/11 was tragic, but we have to realize and understand this criminal act was done by extremist. We cannot and should never associate what occurred on 9/11 with an entire religion. I wish that the people who oppose the mosque, and the politician who are using this controversy for political gain, would put as much energy into talking about racial/ religious understanding. It should be noted we have extremist in all religions.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  64. chris murray

    i think most americans are islamaphobic whether they admit it or not, and i think its safe to say had it not been for the terrorist attacks of 9/11 it wouldn't be this way, its not fair to view all muslims as extremists, but its a consequence of what has happened, i think one day we'll move on as a country, but we still have an nasty scar in new york and its very understandable why people oppose seeing a muslim center in the shadow of ground zero

    August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  65. Paul Oskay

    I don't understand why the question "Is Obama a Moslem" is even asked. It doesn't matter if he is Christain, Buddist, Moslem, Jewish or Atheist. What matter, is his ability. I thought General Colin Powell address that issue 2 years ago. Why is the press drudging up the issue again and again?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  66. Tamara

    Absolutely! 100 percent, no question. If not none of this would be topic of the day. It shouldn't matter what the president's religion is to be honest, islam, christian, jewish, that would be his religious choice as we all have that is what AMERICA is truly about so whyis everyone debating and the media even polling and discussing this as if someones religion is even relevent? It isn't. LET IT GO AMERICA....LETS GET TO BEING AMERICANS!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  67. Nader

    Yes, I do think Americans in general are Islamaphobic. Americans view Islam as a threat because they simply have not been exposed to credible information, and sadly, many equate this peaceful religion with terrorism.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  68. Ken Hayward

    Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the US realized that could be the target of terrorism. But instead of easing this fear, politicians and the media have used it for their own gain pushing the public to the point of paranoia. For the most part, Americans are not bigots... they are scared and being kept scared by people who benefit from this.

    Ken Hayward
    Newfoundland
    CANADA

    August 20, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  69. Phil Carman

    US is becoming islamophobic. Ignorance and a lack of healthy skepticism leaves many vulnerable to propagandists and demagogues like Franklin Graham. We are becoming a nation of Marching Morons.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  70. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why do people try to associate a one time event from Oklahoma city to countless attempts by the Muslims in the name of Allah .

    August 20, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  71. simone

    Yes!
    America is supposed to be the land of the free. Yet due to 9/11 which many muslims had no awareness or involvement in the planning or execution of, many Americans think that they shouldn't exercise their rights or that now is not the time! To me it feels like Americans are holding onto their fears and pains and letting them out on innocent people. What is next concentration camps? A new form of the red scare? This is the land of the free its time to be progressive not regressive.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  72. Christina Varga

    There is a caustic perspective towards Islam in this country. People vilify Muslims in conversation, in public and on Facebook. A military chaplain described to me his days in Afghanistan, speaking derisively of the communities in which he was stationed and sharing his conviction that the Christian way was the right way. His self-described mission made clear he was close minded. People are controlled and conducted by religion, industry and commerce to NOT have love for all mankind. You can't fuel a war in the Middle East without vilifying the culture and the people. War is profitable. Bombs cost a lot of money to make. You have to have hatred to deploy these tactics. There is no Holy War. Hatred does not belong in any religion, yet that describes exactly how a lot of people feel about Islam. I shucked religion as an obstacle to harmonious interaction. It's 2010. I don't care what religion anyone is. It's time to grow up and recognize that people, no matter what culture or religion to which they belong, are worthy of love and support. A community is lifted by positive interaction, not bible thumping or judging people outside of our comfort zones. Religion is cultural – like food or clothing. I don't hate people that don't dress like me or eat the same food as I do. Why should I hate someone for being raised in a different faith?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  73. Jenny Hurley

    The Muslims were wonderful when they were giving big money to George H W Bush and his son George W Bush. Now the Republican Party and the Evangelicals want to destroy the Muslim countries and their faith. Do I believe in the Muslim religion? NO – but as long as their faith does not cause us any problems, we need to leave them be. IRAQ did NOT ATTACK the U S. We attacked them.

    The Evangelicals have a lot of bad baggage in their leaders also.

    I am a Christian, I will die a Christian, and I wish that the Muslims would believe in Jesus as their Savior.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  74. Rodney Cole

    Now when i say until President Obama got in office:I mean folks was not this open about Muslims.Even when he got in office it was not all this talk ABOUT Muslims.It was not until this was brought up when we got on this subject.just like they been done brought up Obamas birth certificate,got passed that,he bring up truth about the const.& the Muslims right to build then he BECOME a Muslims.cut it out RIGHT WING.DON'T BE AFFRAID OF A LILTTLE CHANGE.GIVE US COMMON FOLK A CHANCE.LET THE PRESIDENT DO HIS JOB.BUSH DON'T HAVE THE KEYS ANYMORE,OBAMA GOT THE WHEEL.LET THE MAN DRIVE.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  75. Daniel Wilhelm

    As an atheist I find this whole conversation amusing. I think a Muslim center at Ground Zero should be accompanied with an inter-faith center to educate people of all faiths. "Contempt prior to investigation is ignorance". Also, who cares what faith the President is? Is he a good person trying to do a good job for all the people of this country? Unfortunately, we have people in this country trying to divide us by any means available, be it prejudice of religion, race, economic class,or political affiliation. It also sickens me when much of this hate mongering can be traced to our elected officials and our places of worship. We are becoming an ever divided country daily. One last observation... the people needing to hear these comments are being fed hate on another network!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  76. Southgate Jo

    A religion that reaches and kills American men, women, and children because we don't believe in their God. A religion that swears to kill us all...This is a religion who has gone to war against Ameroca. A religion whose goal in life is to end our existence and we sit and chat about our islamophobia? You have to be kidding right?

    August 20, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  77. Mohammad Abdullah {SoCalifornia}

    The Quran speaks for itself, and so does its 1.5 billion followers around this globe. this month of ramadan and this blessing to be alive today.

    mashallah.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  78. Ross Villarreal

    Yes I think America is Islamophobic but not because of ignorance but because of the reality of the situation that exist in the world. Islam is based on the teachings of Mohammad based in the Quoran. Those teachings profess that Islam is the only true faith and that all so called "non believers" are "infidels. Look at the many Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan where there is no tolerance to the existence of other religions other than Islam. In addition Muslim leaders have not come out and condemn or criticize members of their faith who are radical and profess terrorism. "When good people do nothing, evil prevails". Look at what happen in Germany where good people did nothing about the Nazis when they first came into existence and we know what happen after that.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  79. Tracy in Tampa

    Most of the Muslims who’ve come here to make a life have done so because they believe in our way of life.

    Unfortunately, many Americans are very Islamaphobic. It is often fear that spurs discrimination and hatred and that is exactly what’s happening here. It makes them so illogical that they don’t seem to realize that they are being un-American and they are calling for policies that are un-Constitutional.

    It reminds me of how I felt watching suburban church-going PTA mothers throw rocks at the children entering Little Rock HS during desegregation. I wonder if they see themselves that way or if they understand that their values are more similar to extremist Islamic governments than they are to American values.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  80. Barbara Diamond

    Unfortunately, I believe that many US citizens are Islamapobic. Some European Americans and even some African Americans have a distorted view of Islam and the Muslim religion. It would be helpful if they educated themselves before taking a position that somehow Islam and the Muslim faith/religion are bad! I'm a Christian and I know that our religion teaches that we are to "love our neighbor as thyself". As an African American, I've experienced racial intolerance "first hand". I would hope that one day people of all faiths could acknowledge that everyone has a right to his/her beliefs and there is more than one road to salvation!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  81. David Watson Gray

    Is it even up for debate whether or not America is Islamophobic? For anyone in doubt, yes, we are as ignorant about Islam as we are about geography outside our borders on a map. Americans didn't feel like they needed to know much about Islam before 9/11 and since that time we've been overwhelmed by false messages and demagoguery about what Islam really is from people who think like Newt Gingrich, who are bent on convincing us that Islam is to be feared, not understood. Result? Most Americans think terrorism represents Islam when nothing could be further from the truth. This mosque with this imam would be a good way to build a positive bridge to fill in the gap between Islam and false perceptions on the part of most Americans.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  82. wkareem

    Many Americans are not unfamiliar with Islam because it is not part of the dominant culture. Muslim Americans partake of the American cultural lifestyle; but they restrict themselves from socializing. They don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or wear explicit sexual dress. Many Muslims in America stay busy living their religion and taking care of their family. Many Americans learn about Islam through family members or work associates.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  83. patricia osthoff

    religious freedom, our country was founded on it. phobias, we have plenty of them. we will fuss, fight, argue til the cows come home. but in the end we will figure out the right thing to do. that's what makes this country the best in the world. let the islamic center go forward, otherwise we are no different than the most oppressive country in the world.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  84. Scott

    The tenets of the islamic faith and it's radical interpretation violate the fundamental rights expressed in our founding documents, and are counter to the principles our entire country was founded upon. For example, the sharia law practiced in these countries does not recognize our inalienable rights granted to us by God in our declaration of independence and Constitution.

    Until countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria denounce violence in the name of God, allow religious freedom in their lands and the endorsement by their banaba republic courts of oppresion of women is eradicated, the Islamic faith is going to have a hard time convincing Americans that it is a legitimate religion verses a political idelogy that uses religion to to justify the violations of basic human rights and freedoms we hold dear.

    Islamophobia is an inaccurate description to describe American sentiments concerning the islamic faith. There are dangerous people living amongst the islamic community, and the people of islam who are not violent have failed to rid themselves of those who would hide in their ranks who seek to harm us, or help us identify them, making them somewhat complicit in the violence they have perpetrated. They are no where to be found protesting the violence terrorist commit. Those are that facts, and I dare you to show this to your audience.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  85. Samantha Wilkinson

    I believe a large percentage of Americans are Islamophobic due mostly to the 9/11 tragedy and general ignorance about the religion. Certain parties have been very successful in feeding the fear of people who practice this religion, blurring the lines between extremists those who simply observe Islamic beliefs. The idea of religious tolerance was realized many years ago when this country was founded, and was considered important enough to be included in the Bill of Rights. The U.S. is a 'melting-pot' of the world's cultures, and we need to learn to practice tolerance and realize that we are a people of many beliefs and not condemn each other because of our differences.
    The President is also granted freedom of religion. Muslim or not, it is his right to practice any religion he wishes. Showing tolerance can only help our image in the eyes of the World. It would be refreshing to see certain parties stop using scare-tactics to make people fearful of other religions and that which is different.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  86. margaret

    i do not believe Obama is a muslium. even if he was what does it mean. Obama is the best hard working president we have ever had. more people need to be informed and not lied to. people must be told what the intentions of the republican is. we can't afford to put a republian in the office of the president. they put us in recession. as the saying goes when they came for some religions i did not speaaka up. then when they came for me nobody spoke for me. people are islamophobic. why because they are not informed about the islam religion. do the people a big service and have a program on the beliefs of the muslium religion.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  87. Grace

    Yes, Islamaphobia is very much a reality. It is rampant in the Southeastern parts of the U.S.

    I suggest that Southern preachers be scrutinized and under surveylance for their rascially incited "Brimstone & Fire" rantings at the pulpits against Muslims. That is where the real Islamaphobia is brewing. Now these denominations in many Southern churches are even joining the Zionist movement as if somehow that will redeem them for what their belief system did to the Jewish people in WWII.

    After WWII, Muslim paid for the errors of Europe for far too long. Muslims are not the ones that should be under the microscope. We should be receiving compensation for all the acts of terror committed against innocent children, men and women just trying to survive after having their food and water supplies blown up.

    Muslims do not have a watch-dog that can protect our civil rights like the Jewish people and the African-Americans do. Since when has it been okay in this country to bash a specific religion on the air over and over again?

    Thugs and Guerilla Fighters declared war on America on September 11th. As a result, the U.S. declared war on some four plus Islamic countries: Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Palestinians (an ancient Phoenician / Greek people.)

    The Muslims have lived peacefully with many religions and races for thousands of years. We have a factual history of tolerance. Christianity DOES NOT. We do not protheletize and "spread the gospel" door-to-door and in the workplace like Christians do.

    Apparently Christianity is feeling threatened, or maybe it's their pocket-books that are being threatened.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  88. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If our soldiers were not still in the middle east dieing and the sleeper cells were not still here in America plotting death wishes in the name of Allah there would not be no phobias .

    August 20, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  89. Ben

    I do not know if you have read the Koran. I have been trying to read it since the Muslims have turned their attention and wrath on the US. It clearly states that any nonbeliever is worthless and can be killed at the discretion of any Muslim. We are called Kefurs by them and can be struck down at will. It is an extremely hostile and aggressive religion catering to thugs and antisocials. All faiths in America should be wary of Muslim individuals because we can not be sure which ones are intent on destroying us just for living. Many of the 9/11 terrorists had been in country for some time and we did not know their intent until it was too late. We will never be safe until we do something to stop them. We are too tolerant in this country. I think it is time to have to carry a national ID and allow police to check them at will as well as have Muslims register. There is so much more to say, but I get so angry thinking about how they have ruined our lives with their threats!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  90. Chris M

    I think alot of Americans see Islam for something other than a Religion of Peace. Some key points that alot of people do not discuss are:
    It was founded 600 years following Christianity .

    The prophet Muhammad was a General, a Legislator, and a Merchant. Not quite humble peaceful works, but those that placed him as a leader of lesser peoples.

    People see that even within Islam, their own people Shia and Sunni, are willing to kill each other on a daily basis over disagreements within their common religion. Thats something you don't see in Christian environments.

    The countries associated with Islam typically are ruled by a heavy handed figurehead that presses the threat of violence or death over the society in the name of religion. Historically Islam is a religion of third world and at best second world countries.

    The actual texts of Islam can easily be shown to be hostile towards the "non-believers". This can be distorted in favor of those leaders who do preach violence.

    Isalm allows for Jihad and Fatwa to be issued by any of the religious Leaders, But since there is no hierarchical priesthood No one leads.
    No one can control these random issuings and no one can condemn the bad ones.

    There is much more that a person ponders, but I'll stop at these.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  91. donald

    This country is not only anti Islam in general, especially in the intolerant Midwest, but against atheism, which as more than 60% of all natural scientists will profess to.
    Thank the founding fathers for the constitution; if it didn't exist, many parts of this country would be as intolerant in laws as it is in the attitudes portrayed by these scary and xenophobic people

    August 20, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  92. joe

    Amazing, last time I checked the constitution, there was nothing about not having a Muslim president.Even if he was a Muslim so what. maybe we should invade every country with a Muslim country and install a Christian .

    August 20, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  93. Jim Botuchis

    The deceptive nature of the 9/11 terrorists(Muslims) who lived in American communities as neighbors and friends then killed Americans without remorse left most of us sick and baffled. Our troops in Afghanistan & Iraq have experienced this same deceptive nature with local people(Muslims) who they befriended that worked in our compounds and who then subsequently tried to smuggle explosives in to our compounds to kill many innocent people. We had the Islamic psychiatrist at Fort Hood who also was trusted and then betrayed the trust. All Muslims may not be this deceptive but the majority of our exposure has been negative and the Muslim community needs to condemn these actions and re-gain our trust.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  94. Patricia Gann

    Asking a question about American's feelings about Islam and using the word "Islamphobic" presupposes that any of our concerns about the spread of Islam is, by definition, phobic. The swell against the Mosque at Ground Zero is not phobic.

    It has been a tenet of Islam since Mohammad roamed the earth to spread Islam and it's culture throughout the world. They were only slowed by the fall of the Ottoman Empire by the Holy Roman Empire at the Siege of Vienna on SEPTEMBER 11, 1683. Then the attack on the US on SEPTEMBER 11 and now they want to build and open a Mosque on SEPTEMBER 11!!

    Objection to the Mosque is not being phobic it is being aware.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  95. JPO

    I think the question of America being Islamaphobic is just another piece of evidence to support our founders insistence on the separation of Church and State. Historically religion has been divisive and it appears we humans haven't learned anything from human history. In my view, the real question should be are Christian leaders as well as those politicians that claim to be Christian, Christian or self serving criminals who prey on those who are insecure and vulnerable? Religion will continue to be divisive in America as long as Americans continue to accept without question the actions and words of the various Christian leaders and politicians.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  96. Greg

    Yes! America is very Islamaphobic. Much of it ,I think is due to the violence we see from some of those who consider themselves Muslim. The many incidents that we see from some in the Muslim community leads many to believe that Islam is a religion of violence . At the same time we don't see the violence perputrated by those who consider themselves as Christians as a symbol of Christianity being a religion of violence. Just as an individual does see their own fault too well ,or justifies their behavior groups do the same . Both groups if you take an unbiased look at history can be considered equally as violent. In addition, being religiously different in America has never been easy.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  97. Ro

    Just read or listen to the latest news on Lebanon. The islam radicalists have taken over that country. I have a friend that came from Lebanon. He is christian and when he goes back to visit he does not wear his cross because the muslums would cut of his head. Lebanon at one time was a free country like USA welcoming everyone. This same thing can happen here.
    God Bless America
    In God We Trust

    August 20, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  98. Chris M

    It doesnt matter what a religion is supposed to be once one uses it to create hate and oppression of their own.

    If they cant disassociate their wars and hate from their religion can anyone blame the US for Islamaphobia.

    We are forced to fight wars against these people who clearly combine their religion and attacks. But we aren't doing it in the name of Jesus, Yaweh, Buddah, or anyone else.

    You dont see Billy Graham or Pope Benedict issuing statements of hatred towards countries or peoples.

    Their religion has Zero accountability. No one is in Charge, No one can Control it. Its like a Gang in that those who force their way to the top local leadership often do so through opression and infighting rather than popularity or votes.

    What is not to be feared within Islam? It has no leadership, no accountability, and no control over its many proclaimed leaders, factions, and followers.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  99. Diana Reardon

    T.J.,
    Let me start by saying that most Americans do believe that the Islamic people have the right to live and worship in their faith. It is when a person pushes their beliefs onto others forcefully that we object . I do beleive Islamophobia is a problem in America. There are good reasons for this. Islam in many ways is counter culture in the U.S. Since womens liberation in America, we do not tolerate suppression of women in marriage, work, or any other fashion. As long as the Islamic majority allow the few percentage of Islamic people to continue without oppisition and suppression of the genocide, sexisum, and antisemitisum, the majority of the U.S. will not accept their standards of living. To be fair, I would never support the rape of children by Catholic preast or the financial theft of many fundamental christian leaders in their own religious organizations. Immorality crosses all religious and ethnic boundries. Americans are only defending what our country stands for when we oppose a group for their immoral actions or beliefs. To accuse us of being racist or bigotts becouse of these values we hold so dear is only a tactic used to silence the real reason we do not fully accept all of Islams actions or deeds. Americans should not have to agree with all of their beliefs in order for them to feel like they are accepted. The soulition should start with the Islamic people cleaning up their immoral mess from within their own religion like the Catholics and Protistants have done.
    Sincerely,
    Diana

    August 20, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  100. Scott

    Phobia: –noun: a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

    Based on this definition I would say America is not islamaphobic. Americans are not afraid of Islam or have a desire to avoid it. Rather Americans recoginize the Islamic faith as it is, not a religion, but a radical ideology...

    Ideology: noun; The body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.

    ... that is rooted in values that run counter to the values our country was founded on. There is no room inside the islamic ideology for freedom of thought, choice, or tolerance. All radical islamic terrorist have done, is take the Koran, and it's ideological priciples and move it's message forward, which justifies using all necessary means to accomplish it's ultimate objective, the eradication of all things non muslim, even if it means using violence as a ways to achieve that objective.

    Non-violent Islamic people understand that to deny these facts stated in the Koran is a sin, and so they remain silent becuase when confronted by the world with the very words in the book of thier faith, they are faced with the ugly truth that there is no room for reconciliation. According to their book, everyone must convert, or be killed. That is the choice they pose to all of us.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  101. Dianne

    @ Grace, I agree but for hundreds of years there wasn't any protection of any kind. The civil rights excluded African Americans. African Americans did not have citizenship. To the USA, the Constitution written by our founding fathers were merely chattel. The Constitution is suppose to protect the rights of the few. It does not follow the majority. Evidently, Americans are not and were not taught this in school or college. Instead of learning about what they donot understand they remain ignorant. Yes, a large portion of Americais Islamaphobic, Racialphobic, and Homophobic. Did Christian America not wage war on Iraq? The Bush Administration lied, cajoled, and did whatever to go to war on Iraq? President Bush and Cheney attended church regularly and Bush carried a Bible. How many innocent Iraqs died and our own men and women at the hands of a christian president based entirely on lies. How about this christian nation interfering in Iran in the 1950's and replacing the government. America interfered in Panama installing Noriega who became an enemy. Also the US help install Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Nobody is without sin. Learn to REALLY live by the Constitution of the USA and we will not have this kind of problem.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  102. Rick Voit

    I think that the term "Islamophobia" is inaccurate. With Muslims around the entire world conducting violent acts and wishing death to Americans and the United States, it really wouldn't be that surprising, would it? No...not a "phobia" per se. I think it's more Islamohatred for their deeds and sentiments. Even more than that, there is very good reason to simply not trust Muslims.

    You want to know what's missing? There is no outcry among American Muslims for those deeds and sentiments. Instead, silence. We might hear, "we're not all terrorists," we do not hear of any efforts for American Muslims to influence their brothers and sisters throughout the world to be less violent and extremist. When I hear such a concern and protest, I will welcome Muslims into my community. In the meantime, it's not hard to understand why non-Muslims hold them in the same contempt as their more violent kin.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  103. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    A small but growing sector of our American culture is Islamaphobic, at least for the time being. The question is why? Is Islam really a great danger at this point in time? Is there a great danger of Islam 'taking over this country' and forever changing our way of life? The clear answer is no, there is no danger of that. However, there IS a great danger of certain sects of Christianity taking over this country. Unfortunately these sects do not have the best interests of the American people as a whole at heart. Governments throughout history have used religion as a means to get into power and then as a means to stay in power. If enough people believe the world will end at some time in the near future, then somehow religion, governments and its peoples will find a way to make it so, even though it does not have to be. Be aware of those who are 'rightious', those self-professed 'true conservatives' who are prejudiced against everyone except themselves. They believe themselves to be the 'masters'. Call me theophobic if you like, but that is where the danger lies.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  104. ACC

    Judging from the comments of your Muslim guests, I'd say they have little experience in dealing with oppositional statements.

    For example, when mentioning tenets of Islam that are anathema to Westerners, the speakers of the tenets are called "bigotted".

    We should continue to debate this. Everyone deserves to be heard.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  105. Ross, Charlotte, NC

    For those wanting to build a mosque...they should be pointed out that they should earn the right to build a mosque this close to 9-11 ground...to do so nine years later is not time enough...let them go away from hallowed ground to build at THIS TIME!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  106. Greg

    T.J. , I think Farrakhan can help if people really wanted to solve this issue.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  107. Shanna

    Re: Islamophobia
    I understand those that have Islamophobia. All we ever see broadcasted are rallies with thousands of people chanting “death to America.” Hate and destruction over and over again. Where are those who represent the loving and gentle side of the Muslim faith? Where are their rallies? We need to hear it and see it. Until the good (Muslim faith) over-shadows the hatred, nothing will change.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  108. Marguerite

    I don't think America as a whole is Islamaphobic, but I do think there are pockets of people all over America that are, and they are getting all the media attention. These same individuals are easily whipped into a frenzy by the media, and have a hard time thinking for themselves. Quite frankly, though there's one "news" agency in particular that's mostly to blame, all of the msm have contributed to the hysteria.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  109. Jonathan

    Is America Islamaphobic? Yes much of the country is for the simple reason that the most vocal Muslims are the Extremists. If the less violent would denounce attacks consistently it could change... the underlying issue is that while most Muslims are not violent terrorists, most terrorists (as seen by Americans) are Muslim so many in this country do not accept any. If the more moderates would shout down and denounce the bin Ladens and those types things could change.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  110. Deepak

    Muslims in America has to condem the attacks which are carreid out in the name of their religion. Average person wants good for their family and people around them however there are some fanatics who will do anything to tarnish that image. Muslim leaders needs to isolate themselves from these types of groups. Why are they silent? Why dont we hear anything from their religious higher ups?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  111. Ivan

    I realy like the discussion and poll results about Obamas religion...
    Is he Christian ? Is he Muslim ?
    Well, he was born in to Muslim family, lived his youth in Muslim country, now he is "practicing Christian"...
    As a president only public pictures of him in the church are of attending funerals, as opose to other presidents.
    And he hosted a RAMADAN feast in the white house – once again first of any residency... I put it to you Christian celebrating Ramadan ?

    So you tell me what to think ... and that is just begining of the puzzle – birth certificate ?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  112. Jerry Mund

    Mainstream Muslims take no active voice against terrorism. I see nothing in the papers or on TV . Even your guest today said nothing negative. When Muslims wake up and take our side I will change my mind

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  113. Ruby

    Um, isn't it already an Islamic Community and Prayer Center? What's the difference? And they already own the building! They can do whatever they want with it.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  114. Randy

    I think just as the uninformed may be quick to condemn Islam, others-just as uninformed- are quick to defend it. While there are many peaceful muslims, what about the many texts in the Quran that encourage the murder of non muslims? ie, chapters (Surahs) 9:5; 2:191; 2:193; 3:118; 4:75,76; 5:33, 8:12; 8:65; 9:73,123; 33:60-62

    August 20, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  115. Taner

    It is absurd to associate 1.5 billion muslims as members of Al Qaeda. I am surprised by the fact that nobody is talking about the active, aggressive role we play in the muslim parts of the World. Didn't we after all create/train/fund Taliban (and Al Qaeda indirectly) and Saddam Hussain for years against the Soviets and Iran? Haven't we become accomplice to Israel's aggression against Islam for years by our support to Israel? These are facts! Why can't we use our power to bring peace between Islam, Judaism and Christianity? Why all these wars? We need dialog NOW.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  116. mark mach

    Phobia is an unnatural fear. Perhaps Time's focus should be whether Americans have legitimate reasons to fear Islam. Many of their actions so far point to reasons for a "natural fear".

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  117. Raameen

    I think that America is Islamaphobic but most of that is because of what happened in 9/11. As the mayor said Muslims are the same as Christians or Jewish people.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  118. Brian

    No mosque, or structure of any religion should be built near Ground Zero. Easy solution. Or, build a structure for every single religion, all next to each other.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  119. bill

    I think that putting a mosk that close to the sacred site of the twin towers and people that were lost is a slap in the face to America by islams. Let them go home to their countries. Putting up a mosk that close to that area would have been the same as Japan building a Japanese war momerial on Ford Island in Hawaii near the USS Arizona memorial.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  120. Chelsea

    I believe that much of America has become "Islamaphobic" and it saddens me deeply. It has almost become accepted prejudice. As a history student, I have studied racism and prejudice and the impact it has had on society. Our constitution gives us the freedom of religion, not just the christian ideology. The truly American and patriotic thing to do is to accept people for who they are, their religious beliefs being a part of that. People forget that we were once the outsiders, the different ones, coming to America for a safe haven and acceptance, why deny that same right to fellow citizens?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  121. Charla Harrison

    I would say that I can see both sides of this story the American people are scared after 911 however, on that note they are not taking the time to do the research on the web or looking at the difference between the religion and the terrorist.
    I researched terrorist and terrorist groups those that involved with these terrorist organizations are those who have taken a religion and twisted to what they think it is meaning to justify their acts against other races.
    In my opinion this is another form of racial discrimination in which this country is so good at performing.
    I am not one to practice Islam religion I am a Christian and I believe that we all have the right to worship what GOD we will and believe in a Faith that we will and that brings us comfort.
    I would hope that the President would take the time to do his homework have his team do the research and step out and speak on this issue.
    In this matter I would take the side of the Muslims because not all Muslims engage in violence nor do they encourage it. The violence that comes from those who as I stated above take a religion and faith twist it to what they want it to mean or what they are taking the meaning to be to justify their actions of violence.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  122. Wayne Miller

    Americans only know what we see and hear. Americans saw the World Trade Center come down and kill many of our American brother and sisters. We saw and heard them laugh and smileon national TV because they where able to achieve this act of WAR against the us. You ask if we are fobic, why not ask those who would demand to build their palce of prayer close to where their war was started on American soil, to build their place across town.
    Fobic your dam right.

    They build there they win again.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  123. Dan

    i was doing a search on the term "The Teachings" and I came across a page on The young Muslims of Canada site. This page was not accessible from their main page. The page was very interesting as it listed all the fundamental beliefs of the Muslim religion.
    it including information on how to build bombs and stated that Muslims should at no time be purchasing and products or services from any non-Muslims. it said that it is ok to sell products to us but not to buy from us. I sent the link to our CSIS the Canadian security agency.

    i think we are very afraid of a culture that will strap on bombs and commit suicide with the goal of killing both non-Musims and Muslims that don't agree with their fanatical beliefs.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  124. Michael

    There are definitely some Americans who are Islamaphobic. There is a huge problem because so many people associate all Muslims with those who attacked the country in 2001. They don't realize that Islam is a religion of peace. I can't believe my ears when I hear Christian pastors speaking out against Muslims like they are evil people. Even if there are disagreements, there must still be peaceful coexistence. Muslims in the US are normal citizens and they want to lead a life of freedom, like all other Americans. We need to keep and open mind and we need to learn to coexist. It's very much a matter of intelligence. I hope, for the good of the country and all it's people, that Muslims in the US and overseas are accepted as normal, harmless people.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  125. Tom

    IF i may put my two cents in, I believe this whole thing is about a message to our polititions, mainly to say this is amarica and what we want here should come first. Like the gentalman said bring a dog is a insalt, by pushing to build this center and not being willing to relocate, is a insalt. and any politition wanting to use this issue to gain political points is a fool.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  126. Letty Bradley

    We cannot blame all muslims for what a few radicals within their ranks think or do. For instance, as a Baptist, should we feel that all people of that faith are horrible When i see some from a radical viewpoint picket
    our fallen soldiers at their burials as we have. That absolutely horrified me. Imagine how i would feel if i was grouped in with those Baptists. To me, this is the same thing that is going on with Islamics.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  127. Rita Nalette

    so, to prove we aren't islamophobes we will cover our women, declare ramadan as the next federal holiday, surgically mutilate little girls, and add stoning to the accepted form of execution?

    islam the worlds fastest growing religion, that also is a form of government, scares the crap out of me because i'm not hearing any renunciation or denouncement of this ‘peaceful’ religion's more abhorrent practices.

    God bless America – please.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  128. william raymond ritchie jr

    I believe that islamphobia is real and has a legitamite stance in American culture. Islamic extremist attacked us. We have a right to be weary, hell shouldn't we all be a little islamaphobic?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  129. Dolly Dimple Schumann/Kester

    Yes, I am sad to say , many people in our country have become Islamaphobic. this is a time that we could try to better understand each other. I like the term, thinking about 911, "we can either become bitter, or better". I like to think that I have learned a little bit more about Islamic people , and believe that most, just as most of us are, believe in and want peace. Also, if we aren't "part of the solutio,we become part of the problem. It seems to me that a Mosque, teaching tolerance, near a place of violence, could be a good thing.GOD is LOVE, and we could love thru God.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  130. Larry Love

    To all good Muslims ! America is not Islamaphobic we Americans as well as good Muslims are at war with radical Islam. I think if you say you are of "good" Muslim faith you are first in line to eradicate these lunitics that have no respect for human life at all. GOOD MUSLIMS CLEAN UP YOU OWN HOUSE !
    This is America freedom of religon !

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  131. Donald J. Glidden JR.

    There are only three major differences that separate the Bible and Koran (a derivative of which/truly one and the same explained in a different way). It is in identifying the when and how’s (not vice-versa), looking @ the moon and not the finger pointing the way (enter the dragon), and in not letting a few differences get in the way of the truth of the word that was accepted (the awareness that there really is a lord our GOD and that is/was suppose to be the entire point). In the Second World War we were successful allies fighting the Turks (centuries old enemies) and Germans (etc), today (and ever since) we have been trying to make things right without revisiting the time everything changed, went wrong and completely thrown in reverse such as now attempting in using the Turks (now our allies) to lead them (the Arabs) anywhere in a major way. If so many disturbing issues keep bringing us back to the major point of any timeline, then it is there where everyone can find a correlation (reason/ such as the allies breaking a pact). Every time anyone tries to revisit the last time (this point/regardless of reason) those now at war were on the same page someone in the shadows (whom are leading us) throws up a brick wall and says “hey look over there (while pointing)”, or “no you can’t have access”, ETC. The sooner that we conclude that nearly all our faults are the direct result of our allowances the closer to the truth will we become. The future plan of establishing a new world order is not certain. It is incomprehensible when trying to communicate that a few differences which are only the same words spoken in a different way (and/or people) can undermine all the rest. Regardless of any topic once a known most identifiable “something” appears where it ought to be the undeniable facts of its origins and truth of its words cannot be mocked or separated for any reason due to its significance. Everyone regardless of circumstance admits someone is intentionally keeping us at each other’s throats, maybe if we can first all confirm that it isn’t at least the same person (or affiliated people) and then go from there we would all see better results.
    "Most sincerely",
    DONNIE Salem Mass.
    EST. 1626

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  132. yonatan cohen

    The problem in todays america is that all liberals want to speak out on how america has forgot about how to welcome or adapt to new cultures, well people have to travel the world to maybe change their minds, specially when islam promotes war and hate and violence. Africa? Afghanistan? Every country in the middle east except israel? Society should physically see the facts instead of justy watching tv,if the mosque is built on ground zero it would be a spit in americas face,and destryoing the memory of all the people and the firefighters and soldiers who lost their lives because of this mess. Shame on the muslim society for pushing this idea forward.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  133. Fred Cronkhite

    I believe Americans would be quite relieved to hear prominent Muslim leaders decrying the tactics and motives of Islamic radicals like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Muslims go apoplectic over cartoons of the Prophet, but we never hear Muslims condemning Taliban acts of brutality, or, say, the Palestinian thugs who desecrated the Church of Nativity some years ago. Seems a distrustworthy double standard.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  134. Antwan

    Yes there are Islamaphobic Americans but that is no surprise. During WW2, we put Japanese Americans in concentration camps because we were afraid of them. During civil rights fear was used as a reason that black americans were opposed from recieveing equal rights. It is easier to be afraid and react out of fear than to have the courage to although afraid do what you know is right. It's a sad truth but it has always been this way in this country; we need more people to show courage as Americans.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  135. Joseph Clark

    I think I have Islamophobia mainly because the leaders of the religion do not openly condemn extreme Muslims activity and try to stop these killers. It seems some Imams condone murderous activity in the name of Allah. Allah must be mortified.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  136. Gem

    It is a sad day in America when we are unable to see the positive of muslims that number in the billions around the world, when the mosque debate in new york makes reference to 911 connecting the religion not the terrorist but religion to the attacks on the world trade center, it shows that we have lost our way as a society, We are the home of the free land of the brave with liberty and justice for all, when did we make an entire religion responsible for a handful of radicals that also kill muslims, we must be better than that as a people

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  137. Melody

    I do think some people are Islamaphobic, just as some people are racist.
    I would like to see a building that would house a place of worship for all religions A Catholic portion, a Protestant portion, a Mosque, a Synogogue etc.
    Let's show the world that America does allow freedom of religion and we will be united with all religions in showing those who would knock down our buildings that we will rise stronger than ever, and we will defend what this country was built upon.
    For some to single out Synogogues, and Islam religions makes them as narrowminded as the terrorists.
    We are all mankind. Regardless of religious beliefs.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  138. mac

    After more than 6 years overseas, I have sadly returned to an America of fear and paranoia. No matter which side of any of these issues you are on, the image of be afraid of what you do not understand is a disease that is choking this great country and our people. The media does not help, neither do politicians selling fear first, think later attitudes. I lost 6 people I knew well on 2 different airplanes on September 11 2001. I lost a lifestyle and a career at the same time.
    I do not fear any peaceful representation of faith built in my neighborhood or near the site of such heartbreak for so many.
    I do not hate or fear people because of their faith, I fear radicalism and hatred, from any source. I am not muslim, nor christian, nor any other organized 'faith'. I simply believe there is something greater than us all, and however we choose to accept this love and faith, in true spirit of love and faith, should be welcomed and encouraged.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  139. Dan

    It is very frustrating to constantly hear the lecture that we as Americans must be sensitive to Muslims on this and every issue. The organizers and supporters of this drive to build at this site have every right to build on the site but should should ask themselves (AND BE ASKED) is this the right thing to do?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  140. Doug Strenke

    I am sick of every time you do not agree with someone, you are labeled phobic. The USA has displayed far more tolerance than anyone else in the world would under these circumstances. Would you label muslims Christainaphobic because they would forbid the Vatican to build a cathedral in Mecca?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  141. Steve

    What TJ said about the Q'uran not condoning the type of violence that was 9/11 matches what I've learned, but that message will never sink in, so long as (as it seems to me) so few moderate Muslims, both lay and clergy, fail to condemn, publicly, frequently and emphatically, the violence and inflammatory rhetoric of Al Queda and other extremist "Muslim" leaders. If these moderates did speak out, perhaps more people would really get that Al Queda's version of Islam represents true Islam as much as the "Christianity" of the Spanish Inquisition represented true Christianity.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  142. Dianne

    IN the Constitution a citizen does not have to earn their rights. Those rights are a guaranty granted by the Constituition of the USA to its citizens of the USA. It doesnot matter which religion or race. It is their right. The Constitution and the government survive today because
    America does not change on a whim. We follow the Constituition as President Obama has stated. We are suppose to be a tolerant nation. Americans need to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  143. Randy

    While a lot of the uninformed are quick to condemn Islam, others-often equally uninformed- are too quick to defend it. While there are many peaceful muslims in USA and abroad, what about the many texts in the Quran that encourage muslims to kill non-muslims? ie chapters (Surahs) 9:5; 2:191; 2:193; 3:118; 4:75,76; 5:33, 8:12; 8:65; 9:73,123; 33:60-62.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  144. sean

    Islamaphobia? This just shows how ignorant, insecure, and uneducated people are in this society. As Americans, we have pushed ourselves away from our core values. 9/11 occured 9 years ago! Seriously, we understand the loss, but grow up and move on! Many muslims were killed in those bulidings. We have many muslims serving in the U.S. Military. We have many muslims in practice at peace. What happened with one of the deadlt sins, anger? Anger has overwhelmed our hearts and brains because people do not use them anymore. We are not getting stronger as a nation. We are destroying ourselves. Sheer ignorance is our downfall. I am a born American muslim, and I disagree with the plan of a being built ground zero because there are plenty of mosques in this country. Let alone in NY, so there is no need to stir controversy. Muslims are attacked as bad enough as it is. However, the way the people are handling the issue, makes me ashamed and sick to be an American.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  145. Elis Beddau

    Islam is also the most violent religion.

    Tusicisny, Andrej. (2004, Jul.). “Civilizational Conflicts: More Frequent, Longer, and Bloodier?" Journal of Peace Research, 41(4), pp. 485-498. Retrieved from JSTOR database.

    “This article examines… on the basis of a dataset derived from the Uppsala Conflict Data Project...The majority of intercivilizational conflict-years during the post-Cold War period have involved Islamic groups." (485).

    “Regarding the warfare between civilizations, the Islamic civilization remains the most conflict-prone. During the Cold War period, the intercivilizational conflict-years involving Islamic groups constituted 27.8% of all conflict-years and during the post-Cold War period 25.4%. The number of conflict-years within the Islamic civilization rose from 12.6% to 22.5% likewise" (495).

    “But the strife between the Islam and the West remains marginal (3.5% of all conflict- years)… These results are consistent with the findings of Fox (2001), Russett, Oneal & Cox (2000), de Soysa (2002), and Roeder (2003) suggesting that 'the Islamic civilization is not conflicting in particular with the West'" (496).

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  146. Renee

    My dislike of Islam began before 9/11, in the grocery store, with a woman whose eyes could only be seen through slits, and whose hands were covered in black gloves, stood sheepishly next to her normally-dressed male companion while he tried to stare down every woman who walked past him. This offends me as a woman, and as a person who has the right, not only to choose how I dress, but who I marry, and what property I own. Islam is oppressive to women, but masquerades behind the noble virtue of protecting them. If Islamic men have such a difficult time controlling themselves around a woman who is not covered from head to toe, why don't they wear blindfolds?

    Add to this that hard-line members of the religion seek to silence freedom of speech, killing people who speak out against it. We've seen it happen here with South Park, and in other areas of the media, where every religion is a target for jokes and sarcasm, except Islam, because the writers are afraid of being killed.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  147. Sam

    I truly believe America is Islamaphobic, but it is not America's fault. It is the way Islam is shown in the media. You don't see the average Muslim, who works his 9-5 and comes home to have dinner with his family. You only see the extremist Muslim, the one that is pro-terrorism. The media portrays this religion as a violent and heartless one that only believes in war and terror, when realistically this is a religion that believes in Jesus Chris, believes in Moses. This is a religion that is based on love of God – and yes, that is the same god is the religions i mentioned earlier – Allah is he Arabic word for God, not a made up individual that preaches terrorism. This plague that is Islamaphobia will continue to rip through the world, not just America, until we can be educated on actual pure Islam, not the extreme Islam that is practiced by less that 2% of the Muslim population. I will wrap up with a quote from the Quran, "Whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind."

    August 20, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  148. Joe Sillivent

    It is frustrating for American's like me to listen to conversations about Islamiphobia. The reason? Most of the violence in the world that gets reported is coming from Radical Islamic groups that tout their acts are in the name of Islam. You don't hear from the Islamic leaders on these acts of violence, condemning them. Yes, Islam does have a bad name in America! When the leaders of those Islamic countries that have these radical groups based in them start pursuing the Terrorist in their country aggressively, it will have a positive affect on the perception of Islam. Until they and their religious leaders clean their own house, they will continue to have bad PR.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  149. Julie Landes

    It is a shame the the Islamic leaders don't publicly stand-up against what is shown on the news, such a stoning, keeping women in completely covered up, under age marring of young girls, ect.. These things are wrong for the "American" cultural.

    Islamic leaders don't seem to speak out that what we see on the news is wrong.

    The fear I think in America is – are we as "Americans" going to allow "tolerance" because of religion the abuse of women's rights that we as "Americans" have come to believe in. The killing of infidels in the name of Allah, the marriage of young girls given by the blessing of sick Islamic leaders

    August 20, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  150. Dee

    Different Islam scholars disagree on the interpretation of the Qur'an themselves – violent vs non-violent – which one is it folks? Can you make up your mind?
    How about some common sense, consideration and respect for the 9/11 victims – people just doing their jobs, paying taxes, not living on welfare, not claiming they needed everything because they are a minority, etc., etc...?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  151. dmk

    Where to start? I want to be inclusive of everyone but I am angry with Muslims. I read about women in Afghanistan who are cockled by the Taliban by their horrible, punishing, pre-historic ideas about the treatment of women. Women there are denied healthcare,denied help during pregnancy and delivery, and widows (among whom there is a 40% suicide rate) are denied inheritance from their husbands and left to beg in the streets. WHERE are the "good" Muslims in this world who are working to help this situation? Plenty of Christians and others have offered assistance only to be persecuted or killed.

    I don't see Muslim countries being "inclusive" about other religions and allowing them to practice in their countries, What about that? Why is that? Shouldn't inclusiveness be reciprocal is they are going to make their own demands here in America? There is a huge lack of credibility here.

    I have just received an e-mail, supposedly verified by Snopes, that points to the fact that there is a section in our new Healthcare Bill that EXCLUDES Muslims AND its converts from BOTH purchasing healthcare and being penalized from NOT purchasing it based on the premise that they don't believe in insurance as it is considered "gambling"! This is America! We have to follow the laws of the land don't we? WHERE is the separation of church and state in this instance??? Every Tom, Dick and Harry who is looking for a free ride will turn Muslim just to avoid paying for healthcare and increase the cost for the rest of us? Isn't this crystal clear to our lawmakers??

    Can any Muslim authority out there refute or confirm or clarify any of these issues for us?

    Can any Congressman out there explain this issue of the Muslims in the Healthcar Bill? Respectfully submitted.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  152. Kennan Nunez

    It is not surprising that Americans are fearful and hateful of Muslims. We have a long history of fearing those we don't understand and hating entire populations based on the actions of a few. We came to America seeking freedom for all, yet we have spent the last 234 years denying people their freedom. From the Native Americans, to the African slaves, to the Irish, the Italians, the Germans, the Japanese, the Russians, the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the North Koreans, the Mexicans, and the Muslims – Americans are equal-opportunity haters. It has been the voice of our religions, our politics, and our media. It is disgusting. It is detestable. It is the Ugliest side of the American.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  153. Dee

    No. America is not islamaphobic. It is not a phobia to have a fear when it is justified. And it is not ignorance of what the religion stands for when quotes from the holy book of that religion spell out a mandate to destroy all who do not adhere to their beliefs. Rather it is a sensible reasoning to fear the effect that the spread of that religion in America will destroy the very freedoms that we hold dear.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  154. Rev. Frank Cannon

    I am a retired Methodist minister and have been appoached by Christian friends with comments about the Quran and Islamic faith promoting violence against Christians and Jews. I decided to read the Quran to find the truth (or falsehood) of these allegations. I found that the Quran is similar to the Old Testament of the Christian and Jewish faiths with one major exception. The Quran embraces the Jewish and Christian faiths as believers who serve the same God. Violence is included very much as in the Old Testament, directed toward "infidels" who oppose the one God and those who worship him. Many Christian and Jews distort their scriptures to try to support their prejudices much like the Islamic radicals distort the Quran to justify their prejudices. Both are equally guilty of the same sins of distorting God's truth which intended to bring peace, love and unity to his world.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  155. Samantha

    It's pretty clear that many Americans are still Islamaphobic, especially when we look at representations of Arabs and Muslims in popular culture, like Hollywood movies. There is an endless list of movies in which Muslims are depicted in a negative way (most often as terrorists or other violent beings) or as Muslim stereotypes (like women always being either silend black-clad figures or as scantily clad belly dancers). The rising amount of hate crimes against Muslims also supports the claim that America is Islamaphobic. Also, since we, as American citizens, are influenced so much by our political figures, when we hear them using derogatory language when speaking about Muslims, our attitudes toward Muslims are inevitably influenced as well. Most of this negative attitude so many Americans harbor toward Muslims and Arabs is based on misunderstandings. Education about the true beliefs of Islam instead of basing all of our knowledge about Muslims on the fundamentalists and radical terrorists, could truly affect the way Americans think about Muslims.

    As an added note, the Islamaphobia is further evident as, on this show as I was writing it, there was a segment about the "Snazzy Napper" and someone said that "If you wear that on a plane, they'll arrest you for terrorism." So just because someone is wearing a blanket over their head (which I assume many would think looks like something like a burqa or niqab), they are thought of as a terrorist? So in an airport or on a plane, Muslim=terrorist? Something to think about.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  156. ken

    Most people do not view islam as a religion. Most people view it as
    a cult. Name one other religion associted with suicide bombers, burqu's, 72 virgins, Sharia law, stoning people, honor killings and Taqiyya. What you need to do is to have a poll asking "Do you think islam is a religion or a cult"?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  157. patricia

    their american right to build yes as our president so freely tells them. our hearts our broken, for the fears put into them that terrible morning. when our safety as american on our own homeland was invaded from above. we watched in horror as loved ones died and little children mothers, father, brothers sister,granparents. all innocent had went to work or taken innocently to day care were killed trapped burned to death. or jumped to death. this is a place where our hearts will always be tender. why would any one with any compassion for us as americans find wrong to not want them to build there mosque there. come on give the american people a break for a change. if they would listen to our hearts this all would go away. if not its gonna grow out of control i am afraid.. this will be victory if for 911 if built i believe most americans feel

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  158. Mike

    your story is on "Islamophobia"... i noticed you use the term "muslim insurgents" in the ticker below your story. Thiis could perpetuate the problem. I consider them just terrorists/criminals who use islam as an excuse to commit crimes/do whatever they want in the name of something noble and good. Consider just referring to them as terrorists.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  159. Yahya

    If you ever lived out of United states then i think you'll know whether America is Islamaphobic or not. I was born a country where 80% of the population are Christian and 10% are Muslims but i never heard of them even talking about religion. I believe America is the only country that has problem with either Race and Religion. i don't know when will America ever let it go the talk about race and Religion. Islam means peace. America needs to seperate the bad and the good guys. it seems like "All muslims are terrorist" but thats not the fact. America is missing the fact, and the only way to find out the fact is to do research about Islam. Islam teaches not to harm anyone, and some people misunderstood the word "Jihad". Jihad is only allowed when you get attacked.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  160. Donald J. Glidden JR.

    Regardless of opinion (or position) why not just say it like it really is? The truth about the Mosque controversy is because of the danger factor of those who would like nothing better than causing further damage there from those who would like nothing better than for us to think they did (or could). "Most sincerely",
    DONNIE Salem Mass.
    EST. 1626

    August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  161. Mike

    Americans are not blind. They can clearly see what happens to other countries that "accept" people who practice Islam . They do not and will not assimilate to there new homeland customs and cause much grief for the local population who for generations have lived there. Just look at what is happening across the globe as proof. Look at some of the neighborhoods in France and Spain where if you are not wearing the Islamic garb you are an outsider in your own country. Can we build a church in Saudi Arabia? well why not? Will that mentality carry over to this country should Islam take hold here? In the U.K separate building entrances for Muslim school children. Check out Detroit where The University of Michigan has installed separate bath rooms for people who practice Islam. Is this the American way? Do a search and check out some youtube videos of what is happening with the growing Muslim population in Michigan and see if that is what you want to happen in your neighborhood. Islam is a just a small part of whole picture. It is a way of life. Sharia law – maybe CNN can due an in debt show on some of things mentioned above and let the American population decide if this is something we can tolerate and want to see become part of our country. Not every Muslim is a terrorist but it seems every terrorist is a Muslim.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  162. Scott

    Pass a law that is If they want to build a Mosque near Ground Zero, we should be allowed to build a Cathedral next to Mecca and a giant cross on top of it. Create a place where all religious teachings can be debated and laid down side by side and people can be free to make independent decisions based on what they observe in the realities of each faith's world view.

    Put it to them like this and I think they would reconsider their plans because they would ultimately lose to the power of "Love thy neighbor as thyself", verses the power of "destroy the infadel." While this may be framed in the Christian context, it is actually a Universal law that cannot be refuted. One promoted unity and harmony, the other the opposite. The door doesn't swing both ways outside of the USA.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  163. dmk

    Where to start? I want to be inclusive of everyone but I am angry with Muslims. I read about women in Afghanistan who are cockled by the Taliban by their horrible, punishing, pre-historic ideas about the treatment of women. Women there are denied healthcare,denied help during pregnancy and delivery, and widows (among whom there is a 40% suicide rate) are denied inheritance from their husbands and left to beg in the streets. WHERE are the "good" Muslims in this world who are working to help this situation? Plenty of Christians and others have offered assistance only to be persecuted or killed.

    Muslim countries are not "inclusive" about other religions and allowing them to practice in their countries, What about that? Why is that? Shouldn't inclusiveness be reciprocal is they are going to make their own demands here in America? There is a huge lack of credibility here.

    Can any Muslim authority out there refute or confirm or clarify any of these issues for us? Can any Congressman out there explain this issue of the Muslims in the Healthcar Bill? Respectfully submitted.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  164. dmk

    I have just received an e-mail, supposedly verified by Snopes, that points to the fact that there is a section in our new Healthcare Bill that EXCLUDES Muslims AND its converts from BOTH purchasing healthcare and being penalized from NOT purchasing it based on the premise that they don't believe in insurance as it is considered "gambling"! This is America! We have to follow the laws of the land don't we? WHERE is the separation of church and state in this instance??? Every Tom, Dick and Harry who is looking for a free ride will turn Muslim just to avoid paying for healthcare and increase the cost for the rest of us? Isn't this crystal clear to our lawmakers??

    August 20, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  165. John - Wappingers Falls, NY

    People forget the real reason the First Amendment was created. At the time the Founding Father's feared that the Anglican Church which was controlled by the King of Britain could use religion to regain control of the Colonies.

    A century later the same Amendment was often used to keep immigrants and their children of Roman Catholic faith from gaining political office, and part of the reason only one president in our history has been Catholic.

    Now we argue with a group of people's right to build a place to peacefully assemble and practice their religion. Let's read it out load; Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    In this country religion is not to have any place in the country's government. So lets stop the bickering and move on to more important matters like paying down the debt and creating new jobs.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  166. jameela abdul-malik

    Hi TJ,

    I am an African-American Muslim who converted from Chrisitianity while in college in 1977. Islamaphobia has always been a part of the American fabric and is just one of the many phobias that we Americans have. What we also have is an over abundance of civic pride in our country and the rights we are afforded. The unfortunate state of the economy has caused us tp behave like children who are feuding with the kids down the street over something that will not matter next week. Just think what we could do if we used half as energy demanding that wall street give back our jobs, our 401K and pension fund monies!

    Jameela
    Florida

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  167. Anna

    Of course all Muslims do not support fundamentalist extremist ideology. What troubles me is their lack of a voice in condemning it. Terrorists around the world are successfully furthering their campaign of hate and killing in the name of Islam. I don't understand why Muslims everywhere are not shouting from the roof tops that this ideology and behavior is not Muslim, and more importantly, is deplorable. If they had done so in word and deed since 9/11, I doubt that so many would be protesting their proposed NYC mosque.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  168. kevin

    First, every religion looks down on those of other religions. Every religion wants to pull everybody into their religion, convert the non-believers.

    Second, I do not think it is necessarily Islamophobia but rather the fact that Muslims have historical built Mosques on sites of their great victories. 9-11 was their greatest victory since Jerusalem. There are more than 100 Mosques in New York now. Building one is not the problem. Building one on the site of their victory is.

    Third, we are told to be tolerant of the Muslims. That is fine, but they need to be tolerant as well. If they want to create peace instead of hatred move the Mosque a few blocks away and no one will have a problem with it.

    Before you start freaking out and say i hate Muslims i have probably spent more time in Muslim Countries than most of you. i have been to Saudi Arabia more than 20 times in the last 12 years. i have never felt any danger and was always treated very well. I have been to the celebration of Ramadan in Mecca.

    The majority of Muslims are very peaceful. Like Every religion there are radicals. But the attack on civilians by the radicals on our own soil is the difference. There should not be a Mosque on that site. Do they have the right? Yes. But just because you have the right to do something does not mean you should. You have to look at how it affects the local community.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  169. Elizabeth Murray

    I didn't get much out of this news program. Perhaps, when people were first kneeling, well, they were all men as women aren't allowed. This is a reiigion/culture that devalues women, and no one seems to acknowledge that. What about the fact that Muslims want their relgion to be "the one true religion globally". What happened to the Caliphate that used to be mentioned? Do we really want to be so tolerant towards them when tolerance isn't a part of their faith at all?

    Most Americans know a little about the Sharia Law, the disfiguration, acid in women's faces, father's who "honor-kill" their daughters, and the awful-looking clothes the women wear. Yes, I do think the Muslim women think American women should dress that way , too.

    So, why don't the newsanchors address this type of criminal and intolerant religious/ cultural belief? Don't we deserve some answers or more facts about this type of thing.? I doubt many Americans respect that behaviour. After all, we have enough crime here already.
    The newspeople and lots of politicians are overlooking these aspects of the Muslim religion which just don't fit within American society and are against the law of the United States.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  170. robertmekoski

    Many people have hijacked truths found in various religions, Christianity has had more than it's share. Recently w/ preachers fleecing their flocks in the name of Jesus. This happens because most "Christians" don't know the Bible, just like most Muslims don't know the Koran. But when you read and study,you see the differences. Look at Saudi Arabia, Iran, and recenlly the missionaries murdered in Afganistan, Having traveled extensively through the middle east, Islam is not tolerant of other religions when they gain the power. You can change laws all you want but only Jesus can change the heart. I found Him in a foxhole in Viet Nam. The truth will set you free.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  171. Jake.

    I do not have any phobia.
    Peaceful religion my foot. Let's see, the countries had been peacefully convert it by sword and fire. Let's start with Persia, Indonesia parts of Philippines, parts off Balkans, Turkey, some former Soviet republics, China, India, Afghanistan, one third of African continent. I apologize to the countries I did not mention. What is next for the rest of the world?

    August 20, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  172. Diana

    Of course, some of us are "Islamaphobic"! We're human! Especially for those of us who were affected in some way by the bombings of the World Trade center and the Pentagon; those of us who have lost loved ones in those awful bombings, and then, those of us who have been separated from loved ones over the last 7 years. You hear about this "jihad", and the trainings of these types of people who are trained throughout childhood to "kill" the American. Come on, for heaven sakes, they kill themselves just so they can hurt Americans. Of course, we have a phobia for Islam. Everytime I see a person who even looks like they may be a "Middle Easterner" in the airports or on a plane, I cringe – and its not on purpose, its automatic. I believe it's a valid stigma – and it will remain as long as "Muslim" is not proved as other than what we have had to endure for the past 10 years (at least). That's just the way it is; and I'm a Christian person who knows that I have to love my enemy. They betrayed a certain trust of the American that cannot be ignored – to ignore it would be to lose our sense of personal and even more detrimental – "national security". They ended up programming more than just themselves!

    August 20, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  173. John W. Baker

    There are no two religions on the planet more alike than Judaism and Islam. The latter arose from the former, and they are far more alike than they differ. This includes values, beliefs, jurisprudence, and practices.

    Jews know what it is to be attacked with vile slurs. For centuries antisemitic lies were told about Judaism in old Europe, lies which were so widespread the truth was helpless to resist.

    All people of good faith need to speak with one voice to teach tolerance and let understanding replace islamophobia. If people will allow harmony to happen, bitterness will fade away.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  174. walter smith

    Religious tolerance and rule of law are core American values. Denying Muslims rights that we grant to all other religions would send a terrible message. The atrocities on 9/11 were committed for political and economic reasons, not religious.

    walt smith
    aurora, IL

    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  175. Carol

    I believe many people who call themselves "Christian" are acting as anything butt!! Islamics have the right to worship and build their place of worship anywhere, just as Christians, Jews, or whoever. The Terrorists who bombed the WTC were just that: Terrorists! They did not set out to just kill as many people as they could, but more importantly to generate fear and dissention, intolerance, and hatred among the Western world. Are we going to let them????
    I have been born and raised as a Christian. I've seen so-called Christians bomb Abortion Clinics, and kill a young man just because of his sexual orientation. Now, we have a Pastor who is planning to burn the Koran on 9/11. I am sometimes of ashamed of my fellow Christians, but please don't judge all of us, on the actions of a few.
    We're all in this together. Let's support and love each other in spite of our differences. We are so Blessed to live in the greatest Country in the world. May God continue to Bless the USA>

    August 20, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  176. Michele King

    Yes! America is Islamophobic. I have received emails about how all Muslims view non-Muslims as the enemy. My book club took the time after 9/11 to read about Islam so I know this isn't true, but I get an angry response when I try to explain that there are as many sects of Islam as their are of Christianity, all with different beliefs. I regularly get anti-Barak Obama emails tying him to anti-Muslim issues. I had guests at my home the other night who are opposed to the mosque near the 9/11 site because "they attacked us".

    Islamophobia is another version of the illegal alien hatred.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  177. Ahmed

    Reading these comments and being a Muslim, I say yes.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  178. Karen N

    Our Constitution includes freedom FROM religion also...this point is being drowned out of the conversation, pushing many Americans out of the public square. A subtle example of the total infiltration of religious submersion is your use of the term "lifting up" of Chad Drake in your Home and Away segment this morning. Although I don't believe you were attempting to insert any particular religion into his tribute, we should recognize that this term has its roots in the fundamentalist Christian movement. The terms "honor", "remember", "commemorate" would work just as well to convey our respect for a fallen soldier.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  179. kevin

    Antwan, one point on the Japanese internment camps. Part of it was to keep an eye on them because of lack of trust, but much of it was for their protection. With the attack on Pearl Harbor being out of the blue while their government was talking peace created untruest. many people were taking it out on the Japanese Americans and they were in danger. there were many considerations that went into the decision to intern them. only those who lived through that era can say how the public felt at the time.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  180. William Moore

    As America moves away from God and as a God-fearing nation (God help us), we would be cautioned to....be islamic-careful, to recognize Islam as a politoco-religious movementwith dangerous Sharia laws. The news is full of unforgiveness, laws weighted 2-4x's in favor of a male dominated society where affection in public can open one up to death, where domination of your fellow-man ('Brothers") is paramount and to be worshipped, etc etc. I question whether Imams are either religious leaders or political activists and can Islam really function with the ideal of separation of religion and state.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  181. Dyrron

    I believe the media is the problem!..especially television media! Some networks are making major issues out of minor issues just to increase their viewer ratings and/or keep chaos and controversy brewing among different cultures within america. This issue will only get worse because of the media!, just like people's opinion of President Barack Obama because of the media!, the use of the N word because of the media!....if americans were mediaphobic maybe these issues that are constantly being broadcast won't have as much of a negative impact within our society and hopefully people won't get so worked up that they become verbally abusive or violent.... which is what some television networks want to you to see anyway..

    August 20, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  182. Joe

    The biggest problem is this, Muslims are the ones who are at war with us. They are the ones who have perpetrated the most devistating attacks on us (with the exception of Oklahoma City) in recent years and the silence from Muslims in America on terrorism is deafening. Even "moderate Imams will not call Hamas a terrorist organizaton even though our government has. We need Muslims to stand up and be counted againgst groups like Hamas, Hezbolah, Al=Qaida, and other terrorist organizations. Much of this would disappear if they did.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  183. RC Vaughn

    Yes its true for many hundreds of years Islamist have practist violence against nonbelievers. I know that many Muslims world wide are trying to effect changes and install Western values but at risk to their own lives. They hate Americans and will kill use all unless we submit to their shrea Laws. I oppose the Park51 project, and yes it would be a symbol of Islamist victory. It would be an insult to those who died on 9/11.

    This phrase Islamophobia is a realy a Islamlst effort to switch the blame.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  184. Jacalyn

    I have lived 10 minutes outside of New York City my entire life and I saw first hand how 9/11 effected so many people including myself. It is still such an emotional subject for so many of us and I think it's hard for people to understand unless they were here to witness it first hand. To say that we are against Islam as a religion I feel is wrong. I personally do not discriminate against any religion and am open to all races and religions. I just feel that N.Y.C is such a big place that the center could be put anywhere, why so close to Ground Zero? Unless you were here on 9/11 to see the smoke and know people that lost their lives I don't think you can understand the raw emotion of that day and how it still is so real for many of us, even people of Islamic culture. It just seems to me that someone is trying to make a point by putting this center so close to ground that so many people of all races lost their lives, that is almost a slap in the face. Again, I am not one to say you can't have your religious rights or that you can't practice your faith if you are Islamic but why so close to Ground Zero? It just doesn't make sense to me and upsets me deeply.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  185. Adam

    Yes, many Americans are Islamaphobic, mainly because of ignorance, and because of the media. Even prior to September, 11, Arabs and Muslims were portrayed as terrorist and evil. Al-Qaida is a terrorist group, but not all Muslims are. Mosques and Churches are built right next to each other in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and many Muslim countries. We can't hold all Christians liable to what Hitler did to the Jews, or what radical Christians did to the Blacks. Any book can be misinterpreted. People make out what fits their desires. There are many versus from the bible and the Torah that appear violent as well. I think we all need to remember that all Americans are equal and they have equal rights regardless of their color, creed, or background. We look back and what happened to the original Indians, Japanese Americans, African Americans, and others with shame. Let us not go there again. America is a secular country. It is not Saudi Arabia, or the Vatican.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  186. Ben

    The planed ground zero mosque is a monument to hatred by millions of muslims(not all,but millions) over the entire planet. If mayor Bloomberg and other liberals allow this, Islam will claim another major victory over the despised American Infidels. this is rubbing salt in the wound . Every American should take this as a cruel affront to a grieving nation. We don't display Truman in Hiroshima and they don't display Hero Hito in Honalulu. Neither would ever be allowed or dared to be proposed. Stop this insanity.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  187. Elis Beddau

    Toft, Monica. (2007). “Getting Religion? The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War." International Security, 31(4), pp. 97-131. Retrieved from Project Muse database.

    “In 42 religious civil wars from 1940 to 2000, incumbent governments and rebels who identified with Islam were involved in 34 (81 percent), far more than those identifying with other religions, such as Christianity (21, or 50 percent) or Hinduism (7, or 16 percent). In addition, civil wars in which key actors identify as Islamic are more likely to escalate into religious civil wars than civil wars in which key actors identify with other religions.
    In this article I argue that overlapping historical, geographical, and, in particular, structural factors account for Islam's higher representation in religious civil wars. Together, the historical absence of an internecine religious war similar to the Thirty Years' War in Europe (1618–48), the geographic proximity of Islam's holiest sites to Israel and large petroleum reserves, and jihad—a structural feature of Islam—explain why so many civil wars include Islamic participants" (97-98).

    August 20, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  188. gordon west

    PLEASE READ. All over the world almost on a daily basis Muslims martyr themselves for the glorification of Allah, killing innocent unsuspecting people. Trusted Muslim members of our community have done so as well. There seems to be a possible trend of young people being convinced this is a noble thing to do. Why should Americans and other civilized societies not be concerned with this growing Islamic jihadist phenomena. Before these Muslims commit what they consider sanctioned murder of innocent people they usually holler out "Allah akbar!"God is great! How is this not something to be alarmed about? It is not Americans that are casting a negative light on Islam it is Muslims. Until they commit this act they are known to be average people with families and careers. Moderate peaceful Muslims should jihad against this heinous trend and convince the world that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. Also if they could let the rest of the world know how we can differentiate between those of their religion that believe this type of behavior is appropriate and the ones who do not, it would really help. In our society we pride ourselves in religious tolerance, however in many Islamic countries it is a crime to talk about another religion. That in itself is something that forms a wariness amongst freedom loving tolerant societies

    August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  189. ken

    America is all for religius freedom. Most do not believe that islam is a religion. Most believe it is a cult. Please conduct a poll on people views on this. When you get the results from the CNN poll, people will understand the nation debate.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  190. BB

    The US being Islamaphobic is something the islamic community has to try to deal with and change. I can not think of one positive thing they have done humanitarian or charity they do things for there own community but not for the well being of the everyone no matter what religion.
    Help us see what there motives are and the commitment of growing a harmonious community.
    Islam is way to self centered for most Americans.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  191. Tony Frederick

    Until we understand, how Islam and the Koran all work. We as a nation will always be afraid. I for one, am " Islamaphobic" All I have seen is a radicial religion that breeds anything but peace. They seemingly put more belief in dying than we do. I don't understand how a religion can be such a threat. If the Taliban were here in the United States they would be destroyed. We should have taken a warning from the Russians. They spent 10 years and billions trying to bomb these people back to the "stone ages". They too failed!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  192. Sam

    To Gordon West

    The hypocrisy and double standard in your "please read' message amaze me. "Moderate peaceful Muslims should jihad against this heinous trend and convince the world that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. Also if they could let the rest of the world know how we can differentiate between those of their religion that believe this type of behavior is appropriate and the ones who do not, it would really help."

    Someone call Nike and get them to make t-shirts that say "terrorist" and "not a terrorist" to hand out to the Muslim Community.

    The problem is there is a lack of education on the muslim religion. and when i say education, i don't mean google and wikipedia, i mean actual education on the religion, then come to this debate with facts rather than prejudice.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  193. Sharon

    I think this problem is being fueled by Fox News as has been pointed out by one of your "talking heads" and I think Fox News has been on a disinformation campaign against President Obama since he appeared on the political scene. Obama and the Democrats did not cause the sorry state of our economy and the Republicans in Congress have blocked or attempted to block every single piece of legislation put forth by the Democrats. The Republicans caused or economic mess and, it would seem, Fox News has been somewhat successful in rewriting history. The Republicans obstruct every possible remedy and speak of fiscal responsibility (of which they had NONE during their years of control). Obama, as bright and engaged as he is, cannot fix what took 8 years to toally screw up in two years–no one can. He has taken an oath to uphold the US Constitution and is doing just that by asserting the right of any religeon to practice its faith within the law. What "faith" was Timothy McVeigh??? He was formerly in the armed services. Should we persecute everyone of his faith and the armed services are terrorist organiations? The al Queda group is USING Islam to justify a sick agenda and to get even with the Western world for what they perceive as their sorry state of existence. If they don't like the way their countries are run, they should be at war with the members of the royal families or their own governments, not those anywhere else. Islamic Americans did not perpetrate 9/11 and shame on Fox News for demonizing these innocent people. The rest of the press needs to condemn Fox News for all the lies the put forth.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  194. Dianne

    @Karen N I totally agree with you. Until recently to a certain degree the US has managed to keep religion out of the government. Now we seem to be moving toward situations similar to Ireland, Spain, and many other governments that are ruled by religion. It is not the religions are bad it is the people who use it to show their power, fears, hatred and prejudice, all the time convinced they know God better. How many wars concerning all religions from the beginning have been fought, because my God is the right God and better than yours? Since everyone claim to be christians, where is your tolerance of which the Bible speaks and teaches? There are many kinds of christanity, Church and God of Christ, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Luthern, Mormon, etc. There are differences in each. Can You not see this for Islam. There are bad christians and good, bad Muslims and good. People are just that human beings. It is not logical or fair to blame the sins of the few on the many.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  195. kevin

    Tony do you know why the Russians failed? Because we armed and trained the Afghans. they were getting slaughtered before we steeped in. the big problem was after the Russians left we did not get the weapons back and the house and senate would not approve funding to help rebuild. This left the door wide open for the crazies like Osman Bin Laden to move in.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  196. Sharon

    Let me add: I am more afraid of our home-grown "Christian" fanatics who believe in the "second coming" and are trying to hasten this event. I think all religeon is "magical thinking" (common in children until about age 10 when they develop cognitive thinking and give up believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc.–too bad they don't also give up believe of some magical man in the sky at the same time). All religeon is nothing more than accepted insanity. The beliefs of Islam are no more or less crazy than those of any Christian faith. The argument that the universe is so "miraculous and complicated" that someone had to have created is total insanity when one knows just a little about how galaxies come into being and how the universe actually got started. My question for those who hold this belief: Who created God??? The answer is obvious, MAN. Man has been on the planet for about a million years. And man clearly EVOLVED along with all other flora and fauna. Only a sadsit would design man's body to have the flaws of a primitive, reptilian-like brain that operates on a largely unconscious level, surrounded by the more madern cerebral cortex that was added during evolution.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  197. Richard Choo, Orange County, CA

    Haven’t we acknowledged 9/11 was caused by terrorist and not the religion Islam? We also know those terrorist uses and hides behind the Islamic religion.

    Are we Americans now become hypocrites because we are associating the religion Islam with terrorist acts? I am ashamed of those so called americans (and I say it with a small “a”), who I thought were intelligent and religious that are now protesting against Islam. They should be reaching out in support of our American family of Muslim faith.

    CNN reported a few days ago, Muslim prayers were being conducted in a small stable where all faiths are practiced, and this is a few feet away where the plane had crashed at the Pentagon. As reported, no one, and absolutely no one, complained or protested. This is what America is about, and not those few ignorant bigots.

    This is the 21st century and we still call ourselves civilized. I hope to think this is true for the majority of us. And if you think I’m a Muslim, I am not.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  198. John W. Baker

    There are plenty of moderate, reasonable Muslims. I wish we could say the same for their critics. That is the problem in a nutshell.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  199. John W. Baker

    There are critics who claim to tell us what is being taught in every mosque who have never set foot in even one mosque and whose only knowledge of Islam comes from rabid Islam-bashing sources.

    You don't hear about moderate Muslims for the same reason you don't hear about moderate Jews or moderate Episcopalians or moderate Catholics. It doesn't sell newspapers, doesn't attract viewers, and doesn't attract bloggers. Choose your news sources carefully!

    August 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  200. Andy

    Americans very frequently, and openly, speak negatively about Christians. They say all kinds of things without concern for the feelings of Christians. Many people even cheer them on. After all, religion is a very controversial subject in the US.

    People are now speaking negatively about Muslims. Welcome to America.

    Part of this problem is that Muslims are not used to being criticized so directly. Their sensitivity shouldn't stop this debate from taking place, and it certainly shouldn't stop people from airing their feelings about Islam.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  201. Ishmael Campbell

    with all the talk about the first amendments guarantee of freedom of religous practice without government interference, no one mentions the fact of activist federal judges tossing out the first amendment with impunity. Example: an Indiana graduating class was forbidden to have prayer in their commencement exercise because it might offend an atheist. How does this rate with freedom of religion for all with equality? How many people would the mosque near ground zero offend? By the above example even one would be enough to forbid it.
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    August 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  202. Linda

    I believe that the muslims want to take over the world and they are doing it one strike at a time. If they want such a strict religion and only want to be around other muslims, why don't they stay in the middle east? Why don't they answer that type of question? Why do they even want to come to America? I believe that they think if every American converted to Islam then it would be a perfect world. I also believe that Americans are going to rise up pretty soon and say enough is enough or had better. I personally think America is being tainted and completely ruined. I don't like the Islam religion, never will and there are millions of Americans that feel the exact same way I do. They hide behind veils and mosques and secrecy and pray nine times a day. If you own a business do you really want your employees stopping nine times a day to pray? I think not. What about the customers?? I'm personally SICK of it all. America is just too kiss ass anymore.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  203. Eleazar

    This country is not only Islamophobic it is racist period, against blacks, hispanics, asians, and any other race. We live in a racist country. We will soon be looking up and seeing everything that is not white in concentration camps if we leave this up to the racist republicans that are stirring this boiling pot of hate against anything that is "non-american"

    August 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  204. Altee11

    The debate about the mosque in New York is about an ideology in Islam that has taken hold of some muslims in America from a broad range of racial backgrounds. The ideology in Islam that says that Sharia must rule; this is inherently against the separation of church and state. It is about an ideology that says any converts from Islam must be killed; this is inherently anti-freedom. It is about an ideology that seeks to establish theocracies around the world; this runs counter to our belief of having no official state religion. It is about an ideology that seeks to destroy Israel; which comes across as very similar to other past atrocities against Jews. Islam has an ideological component that must not take hold, or else everyone will suffer. The moderates of Islam don't fight their radicals as much as they fight others; is it because they are christianphobic, or secularphobic. We need a real debate; lets stop this phobia thing because there is a debate about ideology to be had.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  205. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    Building of Mosque near Ground Zero

    All religions are based on belief; freedom of religion is freedom to believe what you will which lead to the destruction of the World Trade Center and mass murder of more than 3,000 people and some people today are still dying from it. My name is Spencer J. Atkinson, I am the incarnate soul of Jesus of Nazareth-the Christ. I am back with proof, not mere belief that I am. I don't see why Islamic Clerics can't humble themselves and build the Mosque in a less offensive area. The area they have chosen is too close to the burial ground of those who died in the World Trade Center destruction which was directly caused by followers of Islam, whether they were twisted followers of the Islamic belief or true followers of Islamic believe is irrelevant; it was still Islam. If the Islamic center is built, it will not only be a distortion of religious freedom and far from the American way, it will also be an insult to the true God of America-El-Elyon-the God of Christ. America will suffer God's wrath if this center is built, whether you know it, accept it, understand it, believe it or not!!

    August 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  206. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    Blog about Is America Islamaphobic? 8-20-2010

    I don't think that America is Islamaphobic. I do think America is suffering from PTSD, (post-traumatic stress syndrome), as a result of a number of traumatizing events created by followers of Islam. The most traumatizing event of course was the destruction of the World Trade Center by followers of Islam. Most phobias can be treated with medication and so can PTSD. So for the sake of Islam having their way perhaps we should give PTSD medication to 65% of Americans who oppose the Islamic Center being built in the shadow of the World Trade Center burial ground. If this sounds farfetched, it is, but the only other solution is to let Islam rebuilt the World Trade Center first, and perhaps this will be a more effective treatment for the Islamic induced PTSD America suffers from.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  207. ken

    What is the minimum age for muslims to marry??? There is none.
    It is a cult. Anyone that thinks it is a religion needs to spend 15 minutes on the internet doing a little research.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  208. Gray

    I've heard the same, old "Evil Muslims" mantra from the same fonts of ignorance and bigotry since I can remember.
    Military service made me a certified sceptic so I decided to go find out for myself.
    I spent 10-11 months, in 1973, walking, hitch hiking, riding camel back throughout the Islamic world:Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Lebanon until the '73 War Broke out. At that time I was helping out in one of many, dismal Palestinian Refugee Camps.
    However, during my travels, I stayed with Muslim families in their shops, homes, tents etc and was welcome in their villages and various spirited gather in places as someone's guest; a sacred position.
    In every place and situation, I was treated with the utmost hospitality, kindness and generosity the entire time.
    The question I was asked most frequently was: "Why do Americans suddenly Hate us?"
    I tried to explain about AIPAC's Influence and America's anti-Muslim Media bias but they gave AMERICANS more credit than falling for such things.
    Sadly, their former admiration for and trust of America has been betrayed by the "Elephant in the Room": America's overwhelming pro-Israel Media bias.
    While it is admirable that CNN hosted this Comment Opportunity,
    it is unlikely that CNN, with a former AIPAC spokesman as chief anchor, that this memorable and enlightening Mid-East experience will see the light of day.
    Americans and my former, Gracious Muslim Hosts deserve an honest representation of the truth I had to travel so far to discover.
    Israel's Criminal Acts are just as Newsworthy as those of their Semitic Brothers and to make informed decisions, Americans deserve to know both sides of the conflict.
    Many Thanks (I hope)
    Gray

    August 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  209. Gary Bkeys

    "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Do we fear Islam? I think we do. Is it a "phobic" fear?

    I believe American's fear of Islam is a reasonable fear. "Islamic" terrorism did not begin with 9/11. I am 62 and I don't remember a time when their threat didn't exist. Why is it unreasonable to fear Islam?

    As with the Bible, there are passages in the Qur'an that require actions that, in today's world, are simply unacceptable. I don't recall lately that a "christian nation" under law has sentenced to death a prostitute by public stoning; and even when we were still "lynching" black men, most Christians had the good grace to denounce it as the murder that it was. Would that I could say the same for Iran, an enemy, and Saudi Arabia, a friend; among many others.

    According to their beliefs and their Holy documents, Muslims who kill unbelievers in the name of Allah are, more often than not, just "good muslims" in the very same way that a Catholic who protests at an abortion clinic is a "good Catholic".

    Nothing will ever allow me forget the pictures of vast numbers of "Muslims" throughout the world celebrating in the streets on hearing of the collapse of the World Trade Center and the murder of very near 3,000 people.

    Untill Islamic peoples... and their leaders, AND IN VERY GREAT NUMBERS, find a way to specifically denounce the barbaric practices, against their own people as well as us infidels, required by their Holy documents, you cannot say that Americans are Islamaphobic. We have reason to fear.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  210. John W. Baker

    As always, the most vicious lies and defamations against hated religious groups are blamed on the victims, as though they are responsible for somehow inviting the hate

    "Well if the Jews weren't so clannish...."
    "Well if Muslims would speak out more...."
    "Well if Catholics would use some birth control..."

    August 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  211. Madelyn

    Of course America is Islamaphobic. The uproar about the religious center near Ground Zero is proof of this. The real problem is the lack of education on the Islamic faith. The fear-mongering done by certain news networks and talk radio hosts has caused a fear of a religion instead of the terrorist groups that should be causing this fear. Many religions go through periods of violently trying to convert others, including Christianity. The problem in the society that we live in now is that extremists are the ones who get the most attention even though they are in the minority. There are extremists in every religion and in every political party. There was a Christian group not too long ago that sought to demolish the American government by blowing up banks.

    The point is, Islamic extremists are merely a small minority. By creating such a fear of Islam in America, those extremists are in a way victorious. There is no reason to fear a religion because of a minority view.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  212. Tyndale2

    I am anti-Islam but not anti-Muslim, so am I an Islamophobe or Islamophile? The reason a continuing and growing number of Americans think Pres. Obama is Muslim is because he favors Islam publically (perhaps as a political, peace making initiative?) but never comment (especially favorably) on Christianity.

    John King tried to do a real hatchet job on Billy Graham’s son, but Graham stood up to the bullying and today King had to bring on a professor to cut him down more. John King is despicable.

    August 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  213. roadrunner

    Yes America was founded under a Christian God for Christain people. Muslim has no part in our culture but is being slammed down our throats by the same politians by the same reason "greed for the almighty dollar.However there children will suffer the same outcome after muslims revolt here in the good ol USA.And wipe us out.Thanks to you rich treasonists.It's already to late to take back our country.they are all over.and thanks to obama for just bring in all the 10000's ot palastine "refergees"paid homes clothing and food.At least Mexicans are Christains.Oh that's a very good side tracking
    tyactic from whats relly going on.Obama should be impeached as a traiter .read his book you'll see who he really is.Amoung his black panther muslim friends and shady other friends.Nothingsi free

    August 21, 2010 at 4:41 am |
  214. Camille

    TJ-I am watching CNN right now and you just did a story on a study of 40% of TOP performers wanting to quit their jobs, which is a great topic but then your guest had no information on the subject and could not answer ANY of your good questions....the biggest of which is CAN a person quit without a job...YES they can I did it, it's hard but I am 100% happier as I am now in control of my life again...employers ARE exploiting the workforce period. Please get a guest who is qualified and continue this conversation it is extremely relavant.
    Thank you!

    August 21, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  215. Zee

    Building a mosque near ground zero really should not be a problem, islam in no- way preaches hatred or violence. America is the land of the free and muslims are welcome

    August 21, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  216. Gary S.

    Ever see the movie Wag the Dog?
    What exactly do you think happened to Mr. Wiki-Leaks?
    I would venture a guess that someone was paid to file false charges against the gentleman an attempt to dis-credit and stop the leaks about the almighty US military!
    Bye the way I am an honorably, proud discharged veteran of the USAF!
    Things that make you go Hmmmm!

    August 21, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  217. Haneen

    as to the person that quoted verses from the quran in the begining funny how you left out all the rest. those verses come with much more before and after and if your going to state one part of it you might as well write the whole thing not just the part you want. islam is one of the most peacefulo religions and if its as horrib;e as you make it out to be then why are so many americans converting to islam daily if not by the hour. if you guys would just block out what the media has to say about islam and just read the quran you would know what our religion is about. isnt it enought that there are so many scintific miracles in it and this book was created way before 2000 years ago. before you critcize and judge look and research. the way we do for all other religiongs and ask questions dont follow blindly cause the more i looked into other faiths the more i saw that islam is truly the right path and if you do that too im sure youll see that too. there should be no islamaphobia we are just like you.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  218. AALLY

    In short America is not islamhobic yet but only the media can induce to people.

    August 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  219. Idil Abdull

    No, America is not, but it seems that CNN anchor Don Lemon seems to be. He seems angry and showing unfairness when interviewing CNN guests that are Muslims. He just interviewed a Muslim employee at Disney and he was rude, cut her off and did not seem to have his facts straight.

    Hey Don, how about you stay fair and neutral and just ask questions without your unwanted sarcasm.

    Furthermore, the more the media talks about it the more it adds or creates problems. When a Christian person does something wrong, you never hear the media picking on their religion, but when a Muslim person does something wrong then it is their religion that is wrong rather than the person. The media needs to be fair and only report the facts and not add emotions.

    idil

    August 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  220. Ginette Quézel

    To be able to send a message that in occidental countries we do not tolerate the differences between women and men, that we do not tolerate to be designated as bad because we do not feel the Islam, to be named intolerant because we do not share their beliefs, to be named infidels because we are not muslims, to remember arab peoples celebrating after September 11th, 2001, to have witness that pleasure and proudness for americans to be dead, is the ultimate message certain islamists send. And if to be able to stand up and say that we are welcoming them in our countries for them to be able to live FREE is an insult to our intelligence and I am tired to hear so called "moderate" tell us we are not tolerant, not good enough. When I see a muslim woman protest at Disney to wear her scarf, this is the end for me. Women in America made big battles to be free and equal. If anyone coming from elsewhere is not happy to live as free americans, then they should return home.

    August 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  221. NK

    well well well, i am a muslim woman who kinda yeah agree american are scarred of mulims, ( i don't blame them) ....i am from a very moderate muslim family, i person am islamophobicccc !!!!!
    ,...because beleive it or not ? the extreme, very conservative muslim will no allow any other religion to be practiced on their end/country...will not be open to any other religion...
    – i am completely against!!! Verses the US, where u can practice any religion freely...u have mosques, synaguogues, churches, temples....where in the world could u find such freedom?

    .... While i undersdtand since 9/11 americans are more cautious with mulims...i beleive it is necessary to be fair also...not all muslims are alike.

    also responding to that lady in walt disney concerning suing disney for not allowing her wearing hijab!
    fyi: I tried to teach at a muslim school, i was told despite being muslim i cannot get a job because i didn't wear a veil...sorry but this confuses me about muslims BIG TIME!!! wake up 🙂

    they demand others to approve of heir nonsense ...but yet impose sanctions ????????????

    August 22, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  222. LyndaLB

    Are Americans Islamaphobic – I don't know, an immense attack on the USA, by Islamic extremists, sorta brings to mind – ATTACK!!! We've Been Attacked!!! So....I don't know, do you think we are Islamaphobic? Yep, I sure do, and it makes sense. What we all suffered after 9/11 – PTSD. That was serious. And I guess I'll just go on saying what I've been saying all along -..... Do Not Become Complacent – Be Ever Vigilant! Makes sense to me.

    August 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  223. Victoria

    I find it quite interesting, that people are calling questioning Islam "Islamaphobia". Where is NOW and some of the other "womens movements regarding Islam? Women are nothing at all. In Islamic states, even a son or grandson takes precedence over a woman. All the "cultural centers" are places where only men can worship. What about "honor killings" in Islam?
    I can not believe people don't understand that Islam wants to take land by ground zero as a place of victory over "American infidels." People are being lulled into a place of , what is so wrong with Islam? Plenty. . . when we can't print a cartoon saying something about allah, without there being an uproar, when writiers or tv news segments are squelched with saying the truth about islam, or when we are in a place of "dimmetude" because we don't or haven't converted to Islam, then, and maybe only then, will all the people who think Islam is so fabulous wake up to the reality of what it truly is. I am not talking about the "people in and of themselves, I am speaking solely on the doctrines of Islam. Pure and simple. . . if you are not a Muslim, you are an infidel, and an enemy. So why do we want to call "friend" those who in actuality call us enemies, would kill me or you and lying to get your point across is acceptable ?
    "The truth will never make it's way to your tv."

    August 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  224. CEJ

    It pains me to see the fear and anger yet again focused on a group of people. I am not a Muslim. I have Muslim friends and live in a neighborhood heavily populated by Jews, Christians, Muslims and probable everybody else. I live in Brooklyn, NY. On the evening of 9/11 my friend from Yemen came up to me with tears in his eyes and apologized. What was that? He was in no way responsible. Perhaps he foresaw what is now going on in our beautiful country today.

    I have the grace of living in a neighborhood where I interact daily with almost every group of people persecuted in the last 100 years. And as a white male I am not in love with we’ve done. I often ask “Why”?

    We can not continue to persecute or single out a group of people and deny them the same rights as all Americans. That is not what this country is about, period. What we can do is get to know one another. This will dismantle the fear and misunderstanding. Ask a question. Say hello. It does not have to be that complicated. We can not leave it up to the politicians and the media. That’s about money not change. Change comes from within and at the local level. Let’s be the ones to show the “big boys” how it’s done. We can do this. This is not about a mosque. It goes much deeper than that.

    August 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  225. Nick

    Little step back in history, Christian crusades – forgiven, killing and cheating for natives in USA and Australia etc by western Christians – forgiven; slavery by westerns of Africans in almost all continents – forgiven; just 6 decades back whole German race joins in to kill Jews – forgiven and just a few are required to pay. On the other hand a few fanatic Muslims and all are terms terrorists and none are forgiven, why??

    August 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  226. derek

    YES ... period

    America has been terrorized by a small group of self serving individuals. Terrorized by political strategists, pundits, media and fear mongers. It was the Irish and jews, then it was the blacks, Japanese, the catholics, Vietnamese boat people, now it's Muslims and Mexicans.

    American's have a long history of fear, lead by fear and hate mongers.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  227. Arthur

    You know, remember "BaBoo" on the Sienfeld show who opened a resturant nearby? BaBoo's resturant environment was friendly, but, Jerry had to change the environment and created a mean "BaBoo"... Well, I remember in college, a middle eastern instructor in chemistry. His language was heavily souped with his middle eastern accent. We all assumed he was a genius because, well, we were dumb kids and just assumed he was, after all, he had a Ph.D. Well, he really was, BUT, he was funny as crap. Every time he opened his mouth, he said things in his middle eastern way, that just was so hilarious. I hated the subject but I made an A in the class. Middle Easterners were always friendly, funny, and enjoyable to be around. Now, all of a sudden, because a bunch of idiots who grabbed control of the huddled mass' minds, have created monsters from what used to be very funny people. This is all just a shame... so very much a shame. I miss BaBoo.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  228. Penny Forthome

    Ali, Let's suppose, for the sake of argument, that the Vatican had destroyed the World Trade Center and murdered almost 3000 Americans. For the sake of argument, imagine that now, the Vatican wanted to erect a multi-million Catholic Cathedral two blocks from ground zero, or multiple stauest honoring Catholic Saints? Do you think Americans would protest that? I would bet my savings on that! This protest has nothing to do with hating Muslimsm-it has to do with what was done to America, and by whom.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  229. Elaine Sekerman

    America is not Isalamaphoibic. America is phobic against people who want to eradicate the infidels, or who stick up for those who take down our buildings and kill our citizens in the process, and then make excuses for doing so saying that WE americans caused this in some way. No, americans are not Islamaphobic. However, saying that we are, is very typical of the left. No critical thinking there. Just name calling. Always the same names: Bigot, racist, homophobe, xenophobe, the list goes on. They should be ashamed, but they never are.

    August 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  230. Susan

    Trust me, the last thing islam wants to do is to take over US. I think its called a free country for a reason. So we all should practise that. You can be wtv you want, wtv religion, colour, and it goes on. Everyone should just wake up.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  231. Raj Kumar

    Hello TJ,

    Is there any Catholic Church in Saudi Arabia? Any Hindu or Budhist place of worship? What do the Wahabis in Saudi Arabia need from this non-muslims in the world??

    Thank you!
    Raj

    August 25, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  232. Robert Stroney

    Is America Islamaphobic? I think we are afraid of Muslims; we lump them into one group, since 911. It's not fair, but that's what we do. This is a two-part story; part one – the Agony of a Nation after 911 and part two – the lack of understanding about Muslims verses extremists. People in the Muslim community have been silent and this silence has created a vapor lock between the two of us – until now, with Mosque Developer.

    If organized religion is about love and community and peace and sharing and giving, then I strongly suggest in this instance, the Mosque Developer / Faith Builder – donate this land/building to "The Living of 9/11". IMAGINE the IMPACT this simple act would create world wide. PLEASE IMAGINE. Thank you.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm |