In a Sept 29 Orange Country Register article, "Voices Unite At Ramadan" we learned that the Friday message at the Islamic Center of Orange County was that "Islam is the religion of peace" and "the religion of harmony, tolerance and justice for all people", themes which were repeated in other O.C. mosques.
One local Muslim, Kamal Fasa, of Huntington Beach even says, "I am disappointed that after the initial shock (of 9/11) is over...people still have hatred towards Islam."
Let's look beyond just 9/11 where Muslims murdered nearly 3,000 innocents in the U.S.and now expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 202 tourists in Bali and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 333 schoolchildren and their teachers in Beslan and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 292 innocents, mainly Kenyans and Tanzanians at two US Embassies and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 241 US and 58 French peacekeepers in Beirut and expect no criticism.
Muslims fired 4,000 Katyusha rockets into Northern Israel killing over 50 innocent civilians and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 52 in London and 191 in Madrid and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 200 in Mumbai and expect no criticism.
Muslims beheaded Western hostages in Iraq, Buddhist monks in Thailand and Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia and expect no criticism.
Muslims murdered 500,000 in Darfur and expect no criticism.
Muslims regard Jews as 'sons of pigs and monkeys', and vow to nuke Israel and expect no criticism.
Muslims force women to wear hideous sacks, stone women to death for getting raped, flog them for leaving the home unescorted, engage in honor killings of sisters and daughters for unapproved relationships, and expect no criticism.
Muslims danced in the streets and handed out sweets to their kids to celebrate the 9/11 atrocity, and still expected no criticism.
Since 9/11 Muslims have killed over 26,000 and wounded over 50,000 in terrorist attacks worldwide and expect no criticism.
Since 9/11 Muslims have committed terrorist attacks in ...Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad , Chechnya , Dagestan , Denmark , East Timor, Egypt , England , Eritrea , Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Jordan-Iraq, Kabardino-Balkans , Kenya , Kosovo , Kuwait , Kyrgyzstan , Lebanon , Mauritania , Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria , Pakistan , Gaza-Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey , United Arab Emirates , United Arab Republic , United States , Uzbekistan and Yemen, and still expect no criticism.
Muslims have carried out over 5,800 fatal terrorist atrocities since 9/11, and countless millions since Islamic conquest began in 623 AD and expect no criticism.
But when the Pope dared to voice a truthful statement about Islam....... by some twisted reach of logic, these arrogant Muslims demanded the Pope issue an apology.
It is going to take far more than some coordinated Friday sermons in their mosques to convince us Islam is a religion of peace.
How about these Muslims who love justice and peace uniting and rising up and putting an end to the terrorism being perpetuated by what they reassure us are really only a very tiny majority of their believers?
Or are they truly just too tolerant and peace-loving to undertake this kind of a united effort?