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Islamophobes Protest Show for Depicting Muslims As Normal People


Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, activists, americans, culture, education, family, freedoms, politics, religion, society )

Kit
- 1009 days ago - motherjones.com
Anti-Muslim activists like Geller and Spencer frequently argue that they are critics of Islam but they are not anti-Muslim--that they are not motivated by bigotry. But their animosity towards "All-American Muslim," as expressed in their own words, -->



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Val R. (243)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:50 pm
Why can't we all be children of God and have our own beliefs and work through them as we grow - the fundamentalist's that are so stuck in their ways with no questioning ever to be asked of them is scarier to me than any Muslim.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:41 pm

Because we have allowed the religious right to take over the national dialogue. That dialogue is the same used to justify wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not for religious reasons but rather political and war profiteering reasons. The right supports these ideas and the fundamentalists follow the carrot. The reason for speaking out about this TV show was totally insane as Jon Stewart demonstrated so well.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:51 pm
An Islamic country just executed (beheaded) a Woman for "Sorcery". I think we have good reason to fear Islam.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:36 pm

I think we have better reason to accept that, like any group that migrates to this country their religion is not the issue. Or do we condemn all of those who practice the religion of Islam as those who will behead each of us? We are talking about a silly TV (so called)reality show, not much to get excited about. These are people living lives just as mundane as the rest of America.
 

William K. (328)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:10 pm
So, people are up in arms because they are not depicting a Muslim family as living according to their stereotypes?
 

Terry King (109)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:29 pm
They scare me because they aren't scary1
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:08 pm
As we who worked or work in the field of mental health like to say, "What's normal?"

Creativity, genius, concern for others......is any of that normal in the world in which we live?

I don't think so!
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:21 am
Of course we must differenciate between the horrors of Islamiists and the overwhelming majority of Muslims who want very much the same things from life as you or I.

Tell you the truth, some the postings from Islamophobes on this website scare the hell out of me.
 

Robert B. (57)
Friday December 16, 2011, 7:14 am
Christian fundamentalists are just as stupid and bigoted as Muslim fundamentalists. Shame on Lowe's for caving in to some whacko bigot group in Florida that dares to use the word "Family" in it's name.
It's time to grow up and act like decent humans for a change.
 

Esther Z. (101)
Friday December 16, 2011, 7:34 am
Noted. Like Robert B. stated, it's the extreme fundametalists of ANY religion that is the danger in any culture.
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:29 am
No religion is best!
 

Mary P. (157)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:45 pm
Thank you Kit. These islamophobes are nothing but hatefilled individuals, who just
Want to spread their inner fear and hatred about a religion they know nothing
Off. They pretend to know 'everything' but the everything they know is all the false
Information they pick up from islam hate sites. Many ignorant people cannot
Identify the Differences between traditions and religions.

Muslims are human beings too, bleed the same colour blood as everyone
else and wish to live a decent life with the freedom of rights to practice
their religion and dress in the manner of their choice without fear of being
arrested.

People of the world should stand up against the bigotted islamophobia and
put a stop to stereotyping ALL muslims in the same category of 'extremists' and
'Terrorists', as ALL muslims are Not terrorists.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:04 pm
Makes as much sense as the 1800's hatred of the Irish poor (I'm part Irish) and the 1900's and 1940's hatred of German Americans (I'm part German too). The groups were catagorized as people to be watched..they could be terrorists..at any second. How about Catholics that insist their partner convert, just a few decades ago.Watching a tv show or walking past a copy of the Koran in the public library will turn Americans into muslim lovers. Heck, watching a commercial about burgers can convert vegans to rush out and get a Big Mac, right? Keep the bigot blinders on America least you see the gray areas and think for yourself, instead of seeing in black and white.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:10 pm
Is it me or does this article contradict itself? It begins talking about the Muslim propaganda this show presents, and in the last paragraph, it tells the "Islamophobes" they have a reason to be frightened.
If they are true to their faith, Muslims would not always make the best neighbors - depending on you beliefs towards women, and civil rights.
 

valda p. (13)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:26 pm
There can be no normal discussion of Islam as you are branded a rascist ,or Islamophobic,or you are being -blasphemous ,being muslim ,you are a convert of an ideology called Islam ,which is made up of -all nationalities,so where is the rascism?if you read the Quarán and the Laws of Sharia you will be under no illusions as to Islam's intentions to convert us all to -Islam ,they openly state this,read what is happening in England ,France etc,there are no go zones for non Muslims as Sharia Law -rules,the Netherlands has done away with multiculturism as they say it doesn't work,and have gone back to their own culture and it's values,for those who are concerned -find out -it's all out there,then you can make an informed decision for yourselves.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:43 pm
Here is an interesting point made by the hatemongers and addressed, slightly, in the article:
"The man has to convert to Islam because a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man. This is a supremacist measure designed to make the Muslim community always expand at the expense of the non-Muslim one. "

I find it equally interesting that there are a lot of "Christian" parents that near violently disown their own children if they do not marry a spouse of the same faith.

These people are a serious case of "pot calling the kettle black" hypocrisy rampant in the wrong wing religious community, worldwide.

The people complaining don't know the facts and are just promoting fear. They clearly do not understand that no religion has the right to make this nation's laws. Not Islam and not Christianity.

If religion had that much power over our laws, then we would have and enforce heresy laws, much like the theocracies of Medieval Europe had and some countries still have.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:03 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:29 pm

This is only the newest group of people that "Americans love to hate" it will last a while then the next group will be singled out.
 

Vicky P. (464)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:04 pm
I think people just want something to hate and this is the new thing to hate for the next few decades...it's quite depressing
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:40 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday December 16, 2011, 11:50 pm
When I married my "Catholic" wife it wasn't possible to marry in the"Church" unless I converted. I did offer to marry her there if I was allowed a secular, non religious response. We married by "Civil Ceremony." with she swearing on the Bible and I "Affirming". We were married for forty six years. Of course she was automatically excommunicated, and by the R C Church our union was not recognised. No matter, later on she enthusiastically embraced the "Quakers" who have no such hang ups. Indeed my home in the "Bush" was often used as a Meeting House with this atheist doing the catering for the visitors.

Kit B ... Victoria Pitchford.... If you'll check, the Muslims actually rank ahead of atheists in America in the popularity stakes.

In Australia it is a non event as non believers outnumber any of the different individual church's members, it is estimated actually non religious believers are thirty per cent of the overall population. In the past my close friends have included a Church of the Nazarene Pastor, and a Muslim Imam. I'd like to add a leader of the Quakers but they don't have such things all being equal. So I'll add the lot of them.

Oh and our present Prime Minister is an unmarried, cohabiting, (for many years) female, atheist, with quite a few of her senior Parliamentary Members who also declined the Biblical oath and swore a secular affirmation.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 4:05 am
Anyone who "dares" question anything is automatically labeled a "hatemonger" here. Not surprised in the slightest....
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 5:19 am
For a few years now in Canada, there has been a comedy tv show called Little Mosque on the Prairie (a take on Little House on the Prairie) and it's been a top comedy show. It's funny, and is basically about a few Muslim characters in a small town. A recent episode I saw was where a born again young Christian woman came to visit her Muslim friend and tries to convert her to Christianity (now imagine that situation lol!).
So it always remains incredibly hard to maintain an all encompassing bias and prejudice against some PARTICULAR race or religion when there are so many races and religions who do all sorts of stupid things.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 7:21 am
What else do you expect! When you are a bunch of hate and fear mongering bottom feeders the only way to make your self look good is to make every one else look worse than you.
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:30 am
Watch TV and read the news papers and you know whom you are suposed to hate and fear.
 

. (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:34 am
Craig, that was one country, and that murder does not represent every person in that country. The US has killed many innocent people on death row, so does that make us worse or in the same standing as this country. I don't see people calling for "fear of an American nation", though we have caused more suffering and murder around the world than this country has. I am just tired of the finger pointing when we are at times holding the bloody knife, but pretending we are innocent.
 

Mary Redden (11)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 9:21 am
This angers me to no end. You would think that there is no such thing as Christian terrorism, or secular terrorism, or just terrorism for the hell of it. All real Muslims are peaceful, loving people. That's the way of God.
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 9:58 am

"Watch TV and read the news papers and you know whom you are suposed to hate and fear".

Could not agree more Just Human !

"Show me a religion of Love and I will join immediately"
- Parsifal Rain Satori
 

ewoud k. (73)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 4:43 pm
Look at it from their (the anti-muslim activists) point of view:

IF the American public watches this show, and as a result of that starts to think that muslims are -on the whole, criminals exist in every faith, there are even atheist-criminals- normal people just like ou and me, how on earth can they continue to make people believe that muslims are evil etc?

They'd prefered a show about hi-jackers and bombers -muslim ones, that is!
 

ewoud k. (73)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 4:49 pm
Take a look at this one as well:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3045755

Thanks for these two posts Kit!
 

Catherine O Neill (73)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 6:53 pm
Just b/c someone has a different opinion who has the right to call anyone fearmongers?? If I say I fear Muslims that's my opinion & I'm entitled to my opinion.The personal Labels to people are totally un-called for.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 9:16 pm
Pathetic.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:28 am
WE ALL BLEED THE SAME !! THANKS KIT
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 6:37 am
Extremists are danger in any religion
 

Carmen S. (611)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 6:54 am
noted, thanks Kit,
 

Ingrid Scott (31)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 8:56 am
@Craig Zimmerman: yes, there are Muslim atrocities, usually directed at their own people because of cultural biases. But this is not typical of the religion and all it's followers and is rejected by the ones who have settled in this country because they agree with the values of this country, which is by far the Muslims I have met here. In the Middle Eastern desert, wearing robes, a flowing head-dress and a dagger in your belt are normal dress; those who come from Saudi Arabia and settle in the U.S. do not dress this way. We do not object to nuns or Amish girls with mandatory headcoverings; why should we be paranoid about Hijabs?
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 9:15 am
For a country that started its existance with genocide, always to have en enemy is tradition.
 

Helle H. (21)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 10:15 am
It used to be the communists now it's the muslims. Wonder what comes next. You must be afraid of somebody.
 

Mary Marchettim (4)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:26 pm
Noted. Have signed a couple of anti-Lowe's petitions because of this.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:00 pm
Why is the USI becoming so extremist?
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:44 pm
The mujadeen have guaranteed that I will never be Muslim; I despise their extremism and tendencies to toss bombs everywhere. The Westboro Kansas fake 'church' can take credit for my rejection of Christianity, along with extremists like the medic-murdering anti-abortion extremists. I'm supportive of having our Jewish citizens treated as proper neighbours and peers, though I'll never be a member because I like pork and refuse to engage their calendar restrictions and scheduling limits. So I went off and based my beliefs on my ancestors: the Vikings before Eirik Bloodaxe. Gods exist; they're just not what everyone thinks they are. I choose the gods (network nodes) I'm most happy with, not the ones everyone else uses. Thus I connect to the Deic Network in a way useful to me, rather than becoming another sheep in a flock of idiots. There is no one 'universal faith' for everyone; religious war and claims to 'universality' are the only two things I regard as heresy. So I reject the extremists and battle for a neighbour who prays five times daily, another who worships a Roman execution victim, and a third whose customs extend back five thousand plus years, among the others who never more than offer their faith vice trying and failing to force it.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:01 pm
We live in a country that is supposed to guarantee our freedom of religious choice. This show is to be applauded for bringing the reality of what a real, normal, group of Muslims live like. Shame on Lowes and all who are angry----weren't they the ones calling for "regular" muslims to speak about what they really stood for? Nah, their minds are made up, don't confuse them with facts.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:17 pm
The last thing I want to do is promote hatred of any religion, but I look at the way women are treated in Islamic countries and I don't want even a particle of that brutal misogyny to take hold in America.
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 7:16 pm
It's not a phobia when these people are really trying to kill you. PM me if you want to get the facts
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 8:13 pm

Helle H.
"It used to be the communists now it's the muslims. Wonder what comes next. You must be afraid of somebody"

fake Aliens, artificial, manmade UFOs to unite the world into one world order:
Who is not with us is with the Aliens ...
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 10:51 pm
I am surprised that American people feel so insecure against a very small Percentage of Muslims living in USA that only shows that they have no faith in their own religion and their believes are week as compared to Muslim who have very strong Faith in their religion
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Monday December 19, 2011, 1:53 am
Yet Parsifal, don't you use various conspiracies yourself as things that people should be afraid of?---oligarchy, elite, 1%, NWO, corporations, chemtrails, HAARP, etc?
I guess it all comes down to what each individual considers true or not, conspiracy or not, real or not, what to be afraid of and not, etc.
 

Dolores M. (8)
Monday December 19, 2011, 6:45 pm
Muslims are slowly taking over, no warfare needed.....just look at Holland, Germany, etc. I for one do not want to be treated as the women are in their country. They are second rate citizens without any rights. If you think that this can't happen here if their influence increases in the US, think again. At least the Communists were visually our enemy and we could expect a war if they really wanted to invade us. The Muslim just infiltrate quietly, increase their population.....and without firing a shoot they will take over. Those wearing blinders will never see this coming.
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 1:13 pm
Hi Dolores,
The one wearing Blinders is you and your paranoia. Look around and see who(america) is invading
Muslim countries in the ME and stealing the resources of those countries. We muslims
Are not asking you to become a muslim neither are we asking you to live in a muslim
Country. Just by reading your comments one can see you are a fan
Of islam hate sites. Please stop as these sites are there ro spread hatred
And fear of fellow human beings.
 

New G. (8)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:28 pm
Love the headline and the article. Thanks.
 

Billie C. (2)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 7:54 pm
there are good reasons for not trusting muslims. just look at the twin towers, look at what's happening in england neighborhoods, look at what happens in muslim countries. the same people that live in those countries come over here. what makes you think they are going to all of a sudden give up their beliefs? they aren't and that's the problem. they are going to try and have their honor killings, they are going to try and make women cattle to serve their less than manly men. we have no reason to trust them and should watch their every move. they don't police themselves, they send money to the terrorists groups. somebody needs to watch and be ready to defend our country.
 

Victoria B. (21)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 1:54 pm
Finally a T.V show would be around to educate people, but of course religious intolerance destroys any attempt to normalize the image of Muslims.
 

Jan Mach (3)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 4:41 pm
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Berny p. (23)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 4:36 am


Anyone who "dares" question anything is automatically labeled a "hatemonger" .... Not surprised in the slightest....
 
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