A new study is out from the Pew Research Center regarding what a majority of Muslims around the world would like to see. The LA Times has the data:
According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace.
Muslims in Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria and Jordan were among the most enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters of poll respondents in those countries reporting positive views of Islam's influence in politics: either that Islam had a large role in politics, and that was a good thing, or that it played a small role, and that was bad.
Further data revealed that a majority of Muslims want to see theocracy installed as the governing system of...wait for it...the world.
Remember that the next time you see Americans United for the Separation of Church and State fretting that Sarah Palin or some other Christian politician believes our laws should reflect the values of the Judeo-Christian ethic. While AU and their ilk flip out the notion our laws would reflect the principles of Christianity, they turn a blind eye (at best) or approving eye (at worst) towards those whose ultimate objective is the imposition of Islamic religious doctrine on the masses.
As Lachlan Markay highlighted:
Ibn Warraq observed a similar trend: "There may be moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate."
The word "moderate," when used to describe Muslims, most often refers to the means by which they hope to achieve very extreme ends. Fundamentalist Islam is not moderate, though its followers may opt for moderate means of its imposition - i.e. something short of the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents.
But the means don't make the ends any less extreme. And so it is a bit puzzling when pundits refer to people who want adulterers stoned as "moderates." A refusal to take part in or condone terrorism doesn't make medieval (literally) religious practices any less extreme.
Indeed. We better get our heads screwed on straight with this one. I'm glad there are Muslims who don't want to blow me up. That doesn't make them moderate, however. Why? Because it isn't "moderate" to want to bring down the United States and impose religious theocratic submission upon everyone.