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. John

    @Jo Ann – what about all those terrorist attacks in Ireland perpetrated by protestant and catholic christians? I think Americans conveniently hear what they want to hear about Muslims.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  2. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am glad we are getting out. Enough already. Too many have died in this useless war

    August 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Nina

    @ Heather – Spokane, WA

    It will take a long time for the citizens of Iraq to organize a strong government and defend themselves!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Eric Lorson

    Ari, the evidence against Iraq was a joke, and the people knew it. Bush lied to avenge his father.

    Also, the cost of Iraq war would have paid for most of the financial problems we have today, and I would probably still have a job.

    Bush is the worst president in history – period.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Janis Hewitt

    I think George W. Bush did the best he could with what he knew at the time. I think Pres. Obama did a good job bringing in the feeling of consensus between the administrations for the sake of closure. I agree with diplomacy as the right direction.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike – Las Vegas, "Bush should have gone after OBL in Afghanistan and caught or killed him. Period."

    I can agree with that. Going into Iraq seemed pointless.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Karen

    Thank you, Paul Begala, for speaking the absolute truth about Bush and Cheney's bogus war.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Paul Belala's statements contradict reality. The intel was all provided to Congress, and they voted accordingly. Sorry, but you can't rewrite history.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  9. barry

    give paul credit...he spoke the truth and did not waiver....

    August 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Jake from Oklahoma

    Im responding to Arri and Paul discussion about Bush and the war in Iraq. I have to totally disagree with arri, the majority of the public knows that bushs administration lied to get us into war. They said there were weapons of mass destruction, know we know that was untrue, at least ive never seen said weapons. Paul may have been a little strong with his points, but i think the majority of the country realizes the war was about oil......

    August 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  11. David

    Can we not agree that bad human beings have done the horrific in the name of each and every religion, including atheism, and that good human beings have done good in the name of their religion?
    Come on.
    I want some grown-ups to talk to.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  12. Mike - Las Vegas

    We had Saddam boxed in and grounded. Any time he sent up planes into the no-fly zone we shot them down with ease. Bush was bluffed by Saddam and the Iraq war was the wrong war to be fighting. Bush should have gone after OBL in Afghanistan and caught or killed him. Period.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Pam

    The President doesn't favor any religion. He is doing his job that is being fair and observing the freedom of religion. Fareed wins my vote on thsi panel. Anderson needs to go and interview may American citizens overseas who work overseas whether for our government or private companies in the muslim world were there are mosques in every corner. If they so fear of muslims why do they chose to make a living there and stay ther enot months years, decades in those oil rich countries. Ask if they have any good muslim friends. It is not about a religion. Look beyond the horizon.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There is strong evidence that Iraq moved WMD's to Syria just prior to the invasion. It explains a lot.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. aya

    its just a mosque? So much hate and ignorance. Unless any funding is proven to be by groups or individuals connected to terror, then why not build it? Terror is global, terrorists hide behind religion..world leaders hide behind the meaning of 'peace' all lies, its all abt power, a map a plan an agenda.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Minnie - Troy, MI

    My heart breaks that in a country which celebrates its diversity, people that contribute to it are treated so wretchedly. Diversity is not tolerance, it is about acceptance. Let us not besmirch a religion like Islam when its followers are outstanding, law-abiding citizens.

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

    Regardless of who said what when and why they said it, I'm glad the troops are coming home. Let's remember however that 4,400 of them are not coming home alive.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, "bombs have been set off in America against Americans who are not Muslim."

    Yes, but I thnk what frightens people is that every time you hear about a terrorist attack it is linked to a Muslim. The last terrorist attack linked to someone other than a Muslim was McVeigh back in 1995. It is frightening to imagine how many attacks by Muslims there have been world wide since then. Thousands.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The vote to authorize the war was bipartisan. Congress had access to the same intel Bush did.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  20. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Paul Begala is right! He's awesome~

    August 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  21. Larry Domer

    Kudos to Obama. Finally, stopping the 1 Trillion dollar drain started by Bush-Cheney lies.


    August 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The people of Iraq need to learn to take care of their own country and to protect themselves against radicals and the same with Afghanistan. We cannot always be there for everyone, we have to take care of our own country too

    August 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Mike - Las Vegas

    Bush did lie about the WMDs that were supposedly in Iraq.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  24. cicly

    right on again, paul. i want that excellent wit.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Sam

    by the way...love seeing Fareed on AC360!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Sunni Awakening didn't cause the drop in casualties, the surge did. The Awakening would have never happened without the surge. That is history. Begela is wrong.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Leah

    I think it is the number of mosques being built in America that is concerning citizens, especially after the 911 murderers all being muslims. I do not agree with a mosque being built near ground zero. The muslim community should be more sensitive with the American people about the ground zero mosque. If we are all to live in peace together each side must give and take, build the mosque elsewhere

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Maria

    Everyone lie! Nothing makes sense! Are Taliban Muslims? What exactly is a Taliban?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    God bless out soldiers!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Taylor

    I just don't know what country I live in anymore. This is a non-issue per the constitution and somehow it has consmumed every waking moment for the media and a large segment of america. What is going on? Is change such a shock?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  31. Terry Wyatt

    remember what happened when we pulled out of Nam.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Nina

    History shows us, If nothing more, that when we fight a war on another's land... during the process of receding, the other country will be unstable for a period of time

    August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Peg

    Maria, when they asked people in Alaska why they did not like Murkowski, most said it was because of Nepotism. Overwhelmingly majority said it was because they felt she was given the job by her dad- so I think that's why he said Palin was not as big of an issue as other reasons.

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

    All of the troops are not back at home as of yet! Will there be a parade?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  35. michelle

    Anderson could you ask the panel if fear,hatred,
    bigotry and misinformation ever lead to anything
    positive in history. I am thinking the answer will
    be never but we know the history of what things
    like this lead to in the past and it is not pretty.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Maria

    Contractors make more money than soldiers anyway!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It would have been nice to give credit for the surge allowing this withdrawal.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Maria

    Who replace soldiers? Contractors? who pay them ?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Babar

    These muslims are American citizens and Obama is President of all Amrecians', even if the GOP agrees or not. It is his responsibility to safeguard the constitutional rights of "ALL AMERICANS", that's what he pledged to do with his hand on the Lincoln Bible.

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

    Unfortunately, the Iraq war is over on paper only. Remember what happened last time we celebrated "mission accomplished".

    August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Maria

    I think the President should thank lobbyists and the investment class too!
    He is one of us now!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Maria

    David Brooks said Sarah Palin had nothing to do with Miller winning? I do't get you people! The media must lie!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Saraa

    I think this is all due to ignorance of Americans. With greater education and knowledge about TRUE Islam, I'm sure that many would convert to the beautiful religion and way of life of Islam. Btw, Jihad does NOT mean holy war. It means "to struggle" – struggle in the path of Allah. And that could mean anything, not necessarily war.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Emmanuel

    I believe Americans are quite tolerant. Islam has a lot of acceptance in the US but Christianity is completely caged in the middle east.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Palin's endorsement record is pretty good.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  46. David, Indiana

    Isn't there usually a Republican or opposition response to a Presidential address? Or is that only after a State of the Union address?

    I don't know what to make of the polls. Different questions can be asked and could elicit other aspects of what the interviewee thinks or feels.

    What have the miners subsisted on up this point?

    Why would you need to put on lipbalm during a traffic stop?

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

    @Zeina,, I like your comment. I think it's because of the lack of understanding about the muslim religion that has caused so much confusion. I've also had many questions that needed answered. It seems like the more I educate myself the more I'm understanding.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Nancy in Oregon

    Paris Hilton seems to not really have a life or a grasp.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The rich and infamous always get away with bad behavior, that is why they do it.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Nancy in Oregon

    And, Heather, bombs have been set off in America against Americans who are not Muslim.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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