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August 31st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Mosque Fears: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, the calls, threats and violent acts aimed at stopping the expansion of an Islamic center - not in Lower Manhattan - but central Tennessee. Keeping Them Honest, we'll talk with a leading opponent of the center. Plus, Pres. Obama marks the end of the combat mission in Iraq with an address from the Oval Office. We've got the raw politics.

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  1. nancy

    I fully support the right of those who want to build the Islamic center in Manhattan. But just because they have the right doesn't necessarily mean it's the right thing to do. If Islamic followers were to show some sensitivity to the the pain this would cause many people, and build the center elsewhere in Manhattan, it would do great things for their public relations status.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Travis

    Its not islam that is concerning its sharia law and how its incorperated into islam that is concerning.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Susan

    Not all Muslims are terrorist but it seems all terrorists are Muslim. As such Muslims have to regain trust in the world. Until Muslims come together to turn in the terrorists in their midst their motives will continue to be suspect.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Samia

    I've been to a mosque and trust me its crowded. Try fitting 1000 people into like an apartment its not pretty. Thank God there considering expanding. -_-
    & its kinda funny how theres a huge church on every other boulevard but the mosque has all the issues.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    The "paranoid style of American politics"! I love that comment. Thanks Fareed. Seems to sum it up perfectly.

    Excellent panel discussion with Fareed, David and Ari. Politics can be discussed without yelling.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Nick

    I don't understand why the Muslims are like Why are ya'll hating us? Maybe it's because 3,000 of our Americans were killed in NY. Or that so many Muslims have unsuccessfully hijacked planes. It's not our politicians that put fear into us. Trust me, they're only saying what we think. That's why they are getting so popular.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Laura-'We need to be more educated in this country about Islam.. being uneducated leads to fear..'

    I agree, this country just needs to be more educated in everything period.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. LorrenP

    Jews have been persecuted throughout history. Then it was the Christians. Is it now the Muslims' turn? When do we learn to co-exist and tolerate each others' beliefs?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Lori

    I live in Murfreesboro, less than a mile from the new mosque site, in fact. What we have here is a vocal, angry minority making the rest of us look bigoted and ignorant. Most of us here are not against the mosque.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Nancy in Oregon

    I do too, Jo Ann...and Mike. Though I don't think any church should in anyway 'lay claim' to that area...or else they all should.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Jeffrey

    Any why should he not be sympathetic? Hate is amazing.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. shirley ~boston ma.

    i think as americans we need to realize that the islamic people arent all bad just the ones who have bad intentions. not everyone is bad. not all americans are good people. should we be against all americans also? people should be more open to peace and divercity. we should be ashamed with ourselves by acting this way.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Denise Self

    I believe we all still have freedom of speech, that should go
    for freedom of religion and building a bigger place to worship
    in. There are too many judgmental people ready to condemn
    what they do not understand. Take care of your own churches
    let them take care of theirs.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Christian who want the Constitution upheld

    Jo Ann,

    Isn't the President suppose to uphold the freedom of religion?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, if the 'apology tour' wasn't showing he's sympathetic, nothing does.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Robin

    Why did that particular Islamic community decide to build a mosque in the Deep South in the first place not exactly a place known for enlightenment?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Peg

    The only reason we are hearing about "new mosques" is because of the bigots who are condemning the buildings. There has been a mosque in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 1934, 4 generations of American born Muslims have been worshiping here peacefully with no issues. They built a new mosque a few years ago and no one complained. Trust me, terrorists are not going to be conducting plans in a huge Mosque in Tennessee or NYC, they will be hiding in back rooms and assimilating into the American culture without calling any attention to themselves.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Luis Barajas

    It's a shame that America has come to this. This is a religion "thing". It seems as if republicans have to oppose Islam in order to get popular among other republicans. SHAME on you

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Faheem, washington, dc

    the lady sounded really silly when he asked her the reason she dont want them to expand....wow its hard to believe there are people still close minded in 2010

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Douglas Wade

    Anderson,
    Why don't you ask the people of The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway how their acceptance of radical Islam has helped diversify and enrich their culture? The people of this small town have a legitimate concern with respect to this issue. If you have studied Islam as a political system you would understand that subversion and misdirection is a key element in it's struggle with the west.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    Unfortunately I'm afraid that all of our efforts to be rational and fair about the muslim religion will fall on deaf ears of those who are operating out of fear and hate. These things spread like wildfire and are very hard to combat. It used to be communism, "better dead than red".

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree with Paul Begala...it's definitely a political thing.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Cate Gardner

    Look beyond the curtain of allowing religious freedom to an organization that took over Iraq and whose pattern is building in the US. In the 1950-60's that country was 90% christian and Jew. Today it's 95% Muslim. We could all use a little "peace", however, where's the allusion here?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Bernard new york

    i say let them build the mosque's in tenn.. and nyc......and i agree with jo ann

    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am an independent, and although I don't believe Obama is technically a Muslim, his actions suggest that he is indeed sympathetic to their views.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Peggy

    I am a Baptist and try to live a Christian life. I however, have no fear of someone that is of the Muslim faith. It is an American freedom to choose where one is to worship. Why do so many people presume that all Muslims are terrorist ? Talk about radical!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Jeffrey

    Hate is on the raise in this country. I have not heard people ask about priest who lead the Catholic church and their background. Where does the Catholic church get its funds? The questions asked of Muslims should be asked of every organization. If not then that is clear bias.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Nina

    Because so many Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim or a Muslim sympathizer gives excellent credence that propaganda and Rhetoric work well in this country!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Janis Hewitt

    @Sami I can't apologize for all Americans but I understand and hope you keep well. Their really are people who care in America. I guess they're hiding somewhere for fear not to appear pro terrorist. Stand up and yell 'foul' America! The 360 group is a great American forum.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Zeina

    Good evening you cannot be a true muslim if you do not beleive in Christianity or the jewish religion ( ref in Koran as ahl al kitab ) . It is so sad to see what is happening in America today !

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Larry

    Why are muslims less american than Jews?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Lori, CA

    I have never met a Christian who believes that killing others is acceptable in the name of God.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Laura

    We need to be more educated in this country about Islam.. being uneducated leads to fear..

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "People have a legitimate issue with the Ground Zero mosque."

    I totally agree with that.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Amadu

    I think Islam is a peaceful religion,people should learn about it before condeming it.
    i believe for all this people who are opposing building mosque in America they ought to no better and i think they should be dead wrong for that

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Just want to give "Praise" and "Thanks" to all of our brave men and women who have served in our military.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Matt

    Hello Anderson,

    As a middle Tennessee resident, I would have to strongly disagree with the statement, "way more people support us than oppose us."

    This is a lie, and a large one at that.
    The majority is opposed, just silent.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  38. shirley dohms

    i think as americans we need to realize that the islamic people arent all bad just the ones who have bad intentions. not everyone is bad. not all americans are good people. should we be against all americans also? people should be more open to peace and divercity.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Rebecca, "If we are going to do that... Then maybe we should stop catholic churches from being built while they investigate priest allegations of child molestation."

    Excellent point!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "True Christian should grow so rapidity!"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Jeffrey Sykes

    America cannot fall prey to xenophobia and hatred. I like how the spokeswoman for the center focused on the positive support from the community.

    Hate is not acceptable in America.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Jeff

    Would Pat Robertson work to stop the spread of radical Christians across the country? Does he support the radical Christians who blew up abortion clinics? Why are Muslims less American than Christians? Our constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Pat Robertson enjoys that freedom. He should allow these people to enjoy it also.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Jason

    Why is this Mosque, such a big issue? Isnt our country the land of the free? Religous freedom is one of the things our counrty is based on, but everyone seens to forget that when it comes to the Islamic religions. Yes some are terrorist we also have child abusers, and everything else in the Catholic church, but people aren't trying to stop Catholics from building Churches.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Kevin

    why cant people take time and stop and understand other cultures or religions i would be willing to bet that alot of americans don't know anything about Islam they just jump on the hate bandwagon without trying to understand

    August 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That is really sad that the building of a church needs police protection from other residents, very sad

    August 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Lori, CA

    Very interesting interview. Who is terrorizing who?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    People have a legitimate issue with the Ground Zero mosque. That doesn't mean they oppose all mosques. People are demonizing those with real issues about insensitivity.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Kaytee, it is a human tool for manipulation...a pathetic one too.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The authorities cannot act against anyone without proof. If this woman has proof let her bring it forward, if not, leave them alone.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Rebecca

    I completely agree with Jo Ann... We cannot have a whole religious community punished because of allegations that never resulted in charges because of ONE person.

    If we are going to do that... Then maybe we should stop catholic churches from being built while they investigate priest allegations of child molestation.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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