Well over 80% of Muslims favor making Sharia Law the official law of the land

The Myth of the Moderate Muslim Majority

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How many times have we heard the same old tired line, that only an infinitesimally small, almost imperceptible number of Muslims are radicalized? You know the story: a couple of young men cut the head off of a soldier in middle of a busy street yelling “Allahu Akbar” is followed by a litany of Islamic apologists on the airwaves claiming that the majority of Muslims are quite moderate and would never, ever condone such actions. Sounds great, but is it true? Short answer: Not even close.

The truth is the majority of Islamists are far more radical than what most Americans can appreciate. Take the question of apostates; those who leave Islam for another religion. According to the Koran the penalty is death. No negotiation, no compromise, just take the poor victim out back and cut off his head. The vast majority of Americans would consider such a penalty for switching religions a bit extreme, but according to a 2013 Pew Research Survey over 50% of Islamists in the Middle East and South Asia view beheading as an appropriate punishment for turning your back on Allah.

Then there’s the question of punishment for female adulterers, which according to Islam is death by stoning, a view that is once again shared by over 50% of Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa. No wonder Islamic fathers and brothers have a tendency to murder their daughters and sisters when they “dishonor” their family - they’re just following the example set for them by the Koran. Abu Azmi, a leader in the Indian Socialist Party and practicing Islamist, went even further by suggesting that female victims of rape should “be hanged” because they engaged in “sex” outside of marriage, a not at all unusual opinion in the Muslim world.

So while millions upon millions of Muslims are calling for the violent death of their neighbors who find Christ or are smitten with love, what do they think about actual dyed-in-the-wool terrorism? Here is where things get interesting. Rather than a majority getting behind bus bombings and school bloodbaths, the support for terrorist attacks against civilian targets drops to 20% or less in most Muslim communities, which is still around 250 million people worldwide openly applauding heinous crimes against their fellow man, a gigantic, mind-numbing number, but also likely means that 1 in 4 of them are lying. If you’re going to support murdering your next door neighbor for converting to Christianity or stoning your daughter to death for having a boyfriend, what could you possibly care about a bus full of Brits getting blown to hell in London?

Then there is the question of Sharia Law, which well over 80% of Muslims favor making the official law of the land. Decidedly non-Western values like legalized slavery and second-class citizen status for non-Muslims would soon follow. Iraq recently showed what happens when you base a modern legal system on 7th century values - the Iraqi parliament is considering a bill that would legalize marriage for 9 year olds, prevent women from leaving the house without their husband’s consent, and permit marital rape, practices that most folk in the heartland of America would likely find not so moderate.

American Muslims might not be jumping on the child rape bandwagon, but neither are they immune from radical morals and values. A 2012 WND survey found that 46% of American Muslims agreed that those who “criticize or parody Islam in the U.S. should face criminal charges”, which kind of negates the First Amendment and quite a few other fundamental rights that most non-Muslim Americans hold dear.

No wonder there is no mass movement in the Muslim community to stand up against brutality against women or minorities. No wonder there is no unified Islamic voice speaking out for moderation in these troubled times. When the majority of a community supports principles that actively oppose freedom and call for wholesale violence against their fellow man, then that community can hardly be considered moderate.

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Fred Dardick got a BS in Biology at Boston University and MS in Biology at Stanford University before deciding that science bored him. He now runs a staffing company in Chicago where he is much happier now.

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