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Entry from September 11, 2010
“Everything I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11th, 2001”

"Everything I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11th, 2001” (or, “All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11th, 2001") refers to the September 11th attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and on the Pentagon. The bumper sticker saying reveals that the speaker ("I") believes that the acts of Islamic terror are a reflection of the religion.

“All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11” has been cited in print since at least August 2002.


Wikipedia: September 11 attacks
The September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

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Reader comment on item: Islam’s Future
Submitted by Luke Cierpiot (United States), Aug 14, 2002 at 18:55
Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11.

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From: “Dave Zero”
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 08:54:15 -0700
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Subject: Re: Who is making our war policy?

Julian’s line about “everything I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11” really comes pretty damned close, in a rather poetic way, to capturing a sentiment that I believe exists in larger amounts than you might think, here on this newsgroup.

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From: Julian D.
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 23:15:18 -0400
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Subject: Re: The coming 9/11 media circus. A parade of talking heads will tell us how we feel about 9/11.

‘All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11.’

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From: Julian D.
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 21:31:11 -0400
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Subject: Re: Knew this was coming…

‘All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11.’

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From: Kambei Shimada
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2002 16:00:15 -0700
Local: Sun, Sep 8 2002 6:00 pm
Subject: Re: ALL I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11-2002

On Sun, 8 Sep 2002 15:06:09 -0700 (PDT), (USA USA)
wrote:
>ALL I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11-2002!

Not just stupid - proud to be stupid.

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From: Julian D.
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2002 17:19:34 -0400
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Subject: Re: Julian Admits D He’s A Bigot Re: Tarver Engineering Again Calls for Mass Killings

‘All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11.’

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From: “Toaster”
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 15:40:39 +0100
Local: Wed, Oct 2 2002 9:40 am
Subject: Re: Mandela’s Racist Comment Against U.S. Is Regrettable,

Would like to take some time and reflect on the signature below ‘All I really need to know about Islam, I learned on September 11.’ and then just say…

All I realy need to know about America, I learned from the inocents that died during the vietnam war and lets not forget america kill thousands with atomic bombs.  America is a cruel, brutal and self righteous nation… o yes forgot to mention inocent afgans that died in the recent war and I assume america will get great joy out of killing civilians during the next war.

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one45auto
September 25th, 2004, 09:37 PM
I want this sticker:
“EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM I LEARNED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH”

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From: “Flanstein”
Date: 4 Jan 2005 11:32:28 -0800
Local: Tues, Jan 4 2005 2:32 pm
Subject: Re: ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD UNNDERSTAND THIS

Everything I need to know about islam, I learned on September 11th, 2001…

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Considering Islam and America after Bush
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All I ever need to know about Islam I learned on September 11, 2001.
Posted by Never Forget December 8, 08 02:14 PM

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by rwhobs May 6, 2010 12:26 PM EDT
Ah yes, the religion of peace. Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11!

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Everything I Need To Know About Islam, I Learned on September 11, 2001..

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What’s the Problem
By m2smith
This entry was posted on August 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm
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Let’s face it – it really is about the religion. Just as you shouldn’t judge all Christians by the actions of the Ku Klux Klan, you can’t judge all Muslims by the acts of al Qaeda, but this is what is happening. There is a bumper sticker that says “All I need to know about Muslims I learned on 9/11.” How about “All I need to know about Christianity I learned from the Inquisition?”

elephant journal
“All I need to know about Islam, I learned on 9/11.”
on Aug 25, 2010
(Photo of sign—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
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