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Colorado Muslims Mourn Batman Victims

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Muslims joined thousands of fellow Americans to mourn victims of a shooting spree at a crowded midnight movie. (Reuters)

Muslims joined thousands of fellow Americans to mourn victims of a shooting spree at a crowded midnight movie. (Reuters)


AURORA – The Muslim community in Colorado joined thousands of fellow Americans on Monday, July 23, in mourning the victims of a shooting spree at a crowded midnight movie.

“We are part of this community,” Dr. Ashraf Azeem, a local pediatrician, told Reuters.

“Aurora is our home.”

Azeem led a group of Muslims to join a vigil to honor 12 people killed by a gunmen at a screening of the latest Batman movie in Colorado on Friday.

“We feel like we lost part of our family,” Azeem said.

“It’s our duty to be here.”

He said Muslim mourners had been “extraordinarily well-received.”

“For the first time, we feel like we are definitely part of this community,” said Ashraf, who has been living Aurora for 25 years.

Thousands of Americans gathered at a sprawling park in Aurora City on Monday to honor those killed and injured when a gunmen opened fire at filmgoers at a packed midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Friday.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper solemnly read the names of the 12 victims aloud as the crowd repeated “we will remember” after each name.

As he spoke, red heart-shaped balloons drifted up into the sky from among the sea of people.

Many of the attendees wore Batman shirts and Batman hats, some handmade with “7/20/12,” the date of the horrific shooting.

That sprit of defiance was also reflected in the refusal, by everyone from President Barack Obama on down, to utter the name of the killer.

“The pain is still raw,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said.

“The healing has yet to begin.”

Arms Control

The tragedy has prompted new calls for an arms control across the United States.

“This really is an enormous problem for the country, and it’s up to these two presidential candidates,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the CBS show Face the Nation, referring to President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, reported The New York Times.

“They’ve said things before that they’re in favor of banning things like assault weapons.

“Where are they now and why don’t they stand up?” asked Bloomberg. “If they want our votes, they’d better.”

Police said that the killer, James Holmes, was able to build a 6,000-round arsenal legally and easily over the Internet.

Police said the 24-year-old ordered 3,000 rounds of handgun ammunition, 3,000 rounds for an assault rifle and 350 shells for a 12-gauge shotgun in four months before the massacre.

He also bought bulletproof vests and other tactical gear, and a high-capacity “drum magazine” large enough to hold 100 rounds and capable of firing 50 or 60 rounds per minute.

“This guy literally arms himself to the teeth by mail order without anyone pointing a finger and saying, ‘What’s going on?’ “asked Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, according toDenver Post.

“If my name is Ibrahim or Mohammed and I order a gun or that much ammunition on the Internet, I think within a few hours of the delivery, the FBI and CIA is at my house.”

Annual firearms sales in the US average 4.5 million a year, and the number of privately owned guns is at an all-time high.

A 1999 bill in Congress aimed at regulating Internet sales of ammunition was never adopted.

Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced measures to restrict the sales of large-capacity magazines, but neither measure has gained any traction with the House controlled by Republicans, who tend to be strong supporters of gun rights.

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  1. I think “Batman victims” is a poor wording of the incident. That being said it’s nice that they’re praying.

  2. so are muslim special class citizens? Are they there to mourn as any other citizens, or to express their muslimhood?

  3. We agree, they were not Batman victims, the were victims of a very spiritually ill individual.

  4. We are all the same, can’t we all just get along!!!

  5. Vergeri, just be glad the article didn’t try to accuse the shooter of being a Muslim sympathizer, or soothing similarly hateful and crazy. Any good press is good press.

  6. The imam makes a good point: if someone with an Arabic sounding name had attempted to make those purchases, it would have been investigated much sooner by authorities. Not right, just a commentary on the sad state of affairs in our country today.

    Why does a PhD student in neuroscience, living in an apartment, need an arsenal like that? It’s WAY more than he’d need to protect himself from any reasonable threat. Let’s try not to argue the semantics here. The point is that a group that is often ostracized and suspected simply because of their religious affiliation was demonstrating solidarity with their community. THAT’S THE POINT THAT WE ALL NEED TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS.

  7. Vergeri doesn’t understand the point. Typical. What’s being shown here, for those too dense or bigoted to be able to understand, is that the Muslims who attended are Americans just like the rest of us, and they too are mourning the loss of their fellow Americans and the impact this tragedy has had on the families, the community, and the country. It’s posted so the intolerant might someday understand that these people are not your enemy. But as we can see we are a very long way from erasing irrational fears and intolerances. So to answer the question: they are there to mourn as any other citizen but since they’re constantly persecuted by fat, belligerent, self-centered, self-indulgent, bigoted people they feel they have to show at every opportunity that they too are Americans. Maybe if we would all just accept them as human beings. Because after all they are. Ya know?

  8. Constant attempts to integrate yourselves but continue to isolate with comments like ‘If my name was…’

  9. I know how hard it is to write headlines, but “Batman Victims”? It wasn’t Batman that shot and traumatised them. Think about your wording, please.

  10. I m AMERICAN & MUSLIM I feel so bad our people in Colorado were killed and hurt I don’t see why people can’t just get along and love one another <3

  11. I m AMERICAN & MUSLIM I feel so bad our people in Colorado were killed and hurt I don’t see why people can’t just get along and love one another <3

  12. Muslims are not terrorists , Islam is perfect.

  13. Muslims, who rejoyced at the atrocities of september 11th 2001 all round the globe, now mourn because of those few dead in Aurora/Colorado?

    Well, that is hard to believe…..rom

  14. Rom,

    When the NATO attacked Serbia and a US jet went down, Serbs were dancing on the plane’s wing. Serbs are historically known to be highly racist and xenophobic. Why don’t you condemn them?

    Christians have been murdering Jews since antiquity. Why are now they so much sympathetic to Jews? Not only Jews, others even fellow Christians have suffered like hell on earth by Christians. It is the Christians who are responsible for the worst massacres on earth yet continue to speak in loud that they are the founders of modern civilisation. Listen you nasty swine: there is no single founder of the modern civilisation. Yes, Christians contributed heavily but that can also be questioned because this great leap forward was possible after looting others, in the name of Christianity of course.

    The greatest murderers in history are now the greatest (!?) defenders and saviours of humanity (!?). What a rubbish!

    Absolutely fucking impossible to believe.

  15. @DONGO: So far the muslim world has contributed nothing to western civilisation. Nothing at all!

  16. Dom,
    What are you, 15 years old?

    So far the muslim world has contributed nothing to western civilisation. Nothing at all!

    Look up the BBC documentary on Islam and Science. Europe was using Islamic Science, especially medicine, for about 5 centuries. If you don’t know what a century is, its 100 years.

    Btw, America has invaded and messed up many Muslim countries around the world before 9/11 and killed tens of thousands of Muslims. Of course you are going to have plenty of people around the globe cheering. Remember when we murdered millions in Japan with our atomic bomb? Would you blame them for cheering? Some will blame the attack as Operation False Flag (Osama bin laden= tim osman CIA).
    You need to grow up.

  17. Taha Abdu,
    Wikipedia gets lots of things wrong. You should try doing more research.

  18. Ekh, Bennett, I hope you aren’t piling up arms at your place. Go read something sane, pleeze.

  19. Rom,

    You better check your CD-ROM (your mind and brain) out. I believe it is either outdated/jammed/deliberately malfunctioning.

    By the way, I have invented a meaning for rom. This may be R=Rotten, O=Or, M=malfunctioning.

  20. “If my name is Ibrahim or Mohammed and I order a gun or that much ammunition on the Internet, I think within a few hours of the delivery, the FBI and CIA is at my house.” that’s an insane statement. this guy is either an idiot or a liar.

    nazrul ali,

    “Muslims are not terrorists , Islam is perfect.” now that is truely funny.

    M Bennett,

    so what has wiki gotten wrong? 9/11? but you got it right. you’re funny dude. “Look up the BBC documentary” WHAT? didn’t you tell me the bbc was run by jews? or was that someone else. but you definately made fun of me for posting from the bbc. now you are referancing them. lmfao….
    “Dom,
    What are you, 15 years old?” you crack me up to no end. so if the wiki page is wrong, why don’t you point out the mistakes? instead you think you insult people by asking if they are 15? what are you 25? lol.

    “Btw, America has invaded and messed up many Muslim countries around the world before 9/11 and killed tens of thousands of Muslims. Of course you are going to have plenty of people around the globe cheering. Remember when we murdered millions in Japan with our atomic bomb? Would you blame them for cheering? Some will blame the attack as Operation False Flag (Osama bin laden= tim osman CIA).
    You need to grow up.” truely hilarious, you need to grow up….. murdered japanesse? (Osama bin laden= tim osman CIA).?
    you clearly have no grasp of reality. but you keep trying your deflection. you forgot to bring up the crusades.

    btw the atom bombs didn’t kill millions. but your hyperbole matters not. and again comparing american foriegn policy to divine writ is apples and oranges.

    but no i don’t remember and japs or jerries cheering after 9/11. or native americans, or philippinos, or puerto ricans, or panamanians, or serbians…..etc. etc.

  21. rom,

    “So far the muslim world has contributed nothing to western civilisation. Nothing at all!”

    http://www.pbs.org/programs/citiesoflight/

  22. Hey Rom…those numbers at the top of your keyboard…guess where they came from?

    not to mention it was findings by a Muslim astronomer that made possible Copernicus’s assertions on heliocentricity.

    Sailing technology taken from Muslims allowed the creation of the caravels that crossed the Atlantic, making possible the Columbian exchange

    Algebra

    The observation that light acts as a stream of particles or waves, reflecting off of surfaces, while Europe continued to think your eyes sent out invisible feelers to see things.

    Various instruments for measurement, including the most accurate compasses and protractors in the world.

    Early lens-crafting.

    need I go on?

  23. Mike,

    Good to see you back.

    Order any weapon under a Muslim/Muslim sounding name and see the consequences. Just because of utteing something in Arabic, Mr. Joakim Johansson (24), who was leafing through a book about Islam on a plane to London, at which the pilot threw him off. Only being Muslim is enough to be harassed. The Indian filmstar Shahrukh Khan was harassed at a US airport. The Indian embassy had to intervene. Deny that if you have the courage. And what happens to Muslims for being Muslims is pretty visible enough. When you call others as liars or idiots, you must remember that these titles suite people like you.

    When Nazrul says Muslims are not terrorists, Islam is perfect what funny do you see in it? Everyone has the right to call his/her faith as good. What’s wrong with you, Mike?

    Wikipedia has many things wrong. This is why they keep the option of correcting themselves even by readers/users. I myself have corrected many mistakes on Wikipedia. You may notice the columns “edit”, “expand”, “rating page” etc. But at least they are far more honest than you and your ilk, as they don’t make third-class claims like you do and hold onto it.

    When US and NATO invaded Serbia, amidst the aerial bombing, a US fighter jet went down. Serb people were dancing on the plane’s wings. And do not forget, Serb people also took part in the ethnic cleansing besides the military forces of Serbia. Common Ameircans were cheering when Iraq was being bombed in the first Gulf War. Albeit a deputy of Devil, Saddam never harmed US. So why is this celebration? Even former US soldiers became scared of people celebrating the death of Laden (I think he deserved to be half-beheaded and then fed by hungry sharks). Good, a swine has died, but that does not mean you have to dance and drink because when you celebrate the defeat of your enemy, the enemy may in turn celebrate their own win or advantage.

    Mike, you are as distorted as ever. When US invaded Panama and arrested Noriega, it was said by Robert Pastor that 74% of US citizens supported this invasion. When Japan was A-bombed, did Americans show any concern/sympathy for the Japanese civilians perished? No. When Israelis (even Israeli civilians) kill Palestinians and that is condemned by some, that person is immediately termed as anti-Semite. But do you hate the instigators and those who dance at the agony of others? Do you feel the same pain who are losing their all due to your greed and a genetic mentality of showing your muscle off to the hapless? You never do. Because, you belong to the torturers. When Cindy Sheehan sent her son to Iraq War, did she think that one day her son would go to the land of no return? No, because she was enthusiastic about her son’s alleged yet hollow “American” pride: her son would one day return in the form of a nationally cheered hero, roads and streets would be named after him, girls would flock to see this man and he would be termed an “Iraq War Veteran”, media and people would seek his wise opinions. These did not happen; her son returned in body bag instead. These deaths made Sheehan and others turn into antiwar activists.

    Before blaming someone else, you develop some grasp of reality yourself. Americans have never shelved religion. Before the Enola Gay went into its gruesome mission, Pastor Downey prayed and blessed the aircraft. President Bush’s “Crusade” comment, his allegedly divine decree on invading Afghanistan and Iraq, John Ashcroft’s “”Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you”, Jerry Boykin’s “I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol”, US police using motherfuckers like Sam Kharobastard and Raw motherfucker Stencher to take the so-called security classes (actually introduction to busting Islam and Muslims), Tom” Nuke Mecca” Tancredo, US army using virulently anti-Islamic curriculum—-what are these for, Mike? US forces went to Afghanistan for a war. Why did they distribute Bibles in Farsi/Pashto/Dari? The anti-Islamic motherfuckers I mentioned above, continue to say that whatever they say which are obviously sounding offencive to Muslims but those things come from the very Muslims texts. And when Muslims protest these bastards, they are termed as intolerant, jihadist, fundamentalist, antimodern and so on. Not only these, but the entirly Christian concepts like Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, Holy War (a concept totally alien to Islam), Fascism—are put on Muslims. Yet Muslims continue to dance to the West’s tune. One of the most despicable and worthless anal worms, Steven “fatherfucken” Emerson, coined a term “Islamofascism” as if fascism and Islam are related. But what the fascists did to the Muslims are well-known facts.

    I often use the BBC, NYT, Times, CNN etc. I guess you can not accuse me of having grudge against news companies owned by non-Muslims.

    US FP isn’t based on or be compared to divine writ? Sending people abroad definitely belongs to a country’s foreign policy. So, if USFP is not compared to divine writ, why does the US or the west continue to send missionaries abroad and promore Christianity? Why do they keep up spending million on this sector?

    I have a reference which may be useful to you about how Christians promote Christianity and at the same time beat the hell out of Muslims and Islam. Please see it if you have the least honesty left:

    Religion: Missionaries Under Cover – TIME
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1005107,00….

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