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August 9th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Video: Is opposition to Muslim houses of worship growing?

Akbar Ahmed is a professor of Islamic studies at American University and former Pakistani ambassador to the UK. He just completed a year-long study of Islam in America, visiting 100 mosques in 75 cities. His findings are included in a new book, "Journey into America: The challenge of Islam." Watch Video

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  1. Dave Nettles

    We here constitution allows it people only throw up the constitution when they don’t have another good excuse. It is not an issue of religion yours against mine it is an issue of common sense. And here is why! Just turn on any news channel read any news on any blog or the old fashion newspaper. In all countries of the world there is disruption caused by muslims in the name of islam. Why is American so desperate to get this disruption in America? This is question we should be asking?

    August 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Muslim, Islam, Koran, Mosques = Terrorists! ? Personally I try to respect everyone's religion. However, why is it that I hear the muslim religious leaders citing the Koran and that Jihad and killing the infidels is OK, but you do not see the Muslim people stand up to deny these statements? IF in fact this is true then you have to think that a Good Muslim, following the teaching of the Koran, would also support its teachings, which again, as I understand, says it is OK to kill others,
    even their own people? ALL Muslims have been labeled as terrorists and until the majority stand up and yell and shout that these acts are not the teaching of the Koran it is going to remain that way.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  3. FreeinUSA

    I am sick and tired of Muslims using the same old KKK scape-goat. Please come up with more compelling arguments. The number of innocent deaths caused in this day age by KKK and radical Muslims makes your comparison a matter of apples and oranges.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  4. sherri

    Instead of arguing about if a mosque should or should not be built at ground zero, show the tolerant attitude of the America we learned about in school which makes us all proud to be Americans. Let the mosque be built but also on either side of it build a Christian church and a Synogogue and Islamic Temple. This would illustrate our constitutions freedom of religion; with no violent forcing of said religion on others, nor insinuated threats of any type or kind. After all, all those who have been called from us of that horrific disaster were of many great and varied backgrounds. Peace between humanity. We are all flesh and blood created by the same force whatever name we assign it.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  5. Curtis


    The Sharia "courts" in Britain are not actual courts, they are arbitration tribunals, they are only allowed to rule on civil matters, and they are only allowed to arbitrate an issue if both parties involved in the dispute agree to it. Similar Jewish arbitration tribunals have existed in Britain for over 100 years.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  6. Hector

    Sally- Same to you. The KKK can claim they are Christian but they do not act in a way that Christ or Christianity would ever condone. That's the big difference, Islam does condone extremist behavior. read their friggin' book and be honest about it. Wake up, naivety is very unflatering.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Arlene

    I am a Christian and am surprised by other Christians who operate from fear, panicked by the circumstances around them. If we believe what the scriptures say, then we know that the nothing can separate us from our omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. Every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus! Who's afraid of the taliban?? What power does sharia law have over the believer??? None. We can better spend out time looking for ways to show love to others and sharing from the bounty of our blessings.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  8. Syed

    I am a muslim living in America and I get frustrated by the hateful comments by online users. Sometimes I feel like there is no difference between the so called civilized people of this country and the talibans. But I keep telling myself that just like talibans don't represent Islam and majority of the muslims, kkk/online posters don't represent Christianity and majority of the Americans

    August 10, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  9. NAS

    The problem lies with Islam constantly being mentioned after terrorism, attacks, and bombings. Christianity is not mentioned after raping's and gang violence, or affairs and abuse; Judaism is not mentioned after civilian casualties in Palestine, or infidelity or corporate injustice . Neither should Islam be mentioned after these senseless acts because those who are committing such acts are far from Islam! ISLAMIST is not a word, but enables conservative bigots to define Islam as a fundamentalist ideal, rather than a peaceful way of life. MOSLEM is not a word that describes a people, rather its been used in place of Muslim to show that people are not ready to embrace Muslims in America. American's need to wake up and embrace Islam as a way of life for Muslim's. As a people caught in the middle of media tactics to raise ratings and conservative ideals, Muslim's should know better than to keep silent. I believe this directly deals with the Muslim's lack of voice and community involvement. Basically, generation after generation American Muslims are being taught by their parents desire to assimilate into American society by keeping silent. Muslims fear that raising a moderate voice will be taken as a radical movement. Its truly hard being a Muslim in America.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  10. Mike

    In Britain they now enforce Sharia law in British courts....Horrific!

    August 10, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  11. Sally

    I respect nina ra's experience, but what one Moslem community did is not representative of Islam in general. The KKK claims that they are Christian, but they certainly do not represent Christianity as I know and practice it. Right-wing whack jobs exist in all places, and many claim religion as the basis for their misdeeds. That does not make it legitimate.

    As for the "do not enter" signs, American law would not permit such segregation.

    August 10, 2010 at 10:24 am |


    August 10, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  13. nina ra....

    As a immigrant who was born in an Islamic country, I fear the spread of Islam in this country. I am for every religion, but not if it is against the fundemental rights that America and Americans have worked so hard to establish. In England, the Muslim community have "do not enter" signs on streets, in which non-Muslims are not allowed. So, do we want that here in USA.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:23 am |