Everyone is free to have his own opinion — so long as it precisely tracks Islam

The Economist has a chart that tracks the data Pew gathered when it polled Muslims around the world about their beliefs.  It turns out (no big surprise here) that those of you who denied the existence of assimilated, “moderate” Muslims were right.  To the extent these MINOs (Muslims in Name Only) exist, they’re a very, very small minority.  Most other Muslims, given their dream world, see sharia as the answer, not the problem.

What I found amusing, in a grim, bitter way, was this statement from The Economist:

The report also reflects man’s infinite capacity to hold contradictory views at the same time. Almost 80% of Egyptian Muslims say they favour religious freedom and a similar number favour sharia law. Of that group, almost 90% also think people who renounce Islam should be put to death. Confused? So are they.

They don’t seem confused at all to me.  When the Muslims polled speak of religious freedom, they mean the freedom to practice Islam — or else.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Freedom is for free men, not those who submit to Allah as slaves.


    From the Pew Report:
    The percentage of Muslims who say they want sharia to be “the official law of the land” varies widely around the world, from fewer than one-in-ten in Azerbaijan (8%) to near unanimity in Afghanistan (99%). But solid majorities in most of the countries surveyed across the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia favor the establishment of sharia, including 71% of Muslims in Nigeria, 72% in Indonesia, 74% in Egypt and 89% in the Palestinian territories.

  • Spartacus

    Many a thing you know you’d like to tell them
    Many a thing they ought to understand
    But how do you make them stay?
    And listen to what you say?
    How do you focus fools from Samarkand?

    How do you solve a problem like Sharia?
    How do you keep jihadis from your land?

  • Danny Lemieux

    To paraphrase H.L. Menken, Sharia is the theory that Muslims know what is good for them and they deserve to get it good and hard.

  • http://tim.2wgroup.com/blog/ Tim (Random Observations)

    An objection, and an agreement:

    Objection: To me, it looks as if large percentages of Muslims in Russia, Lebanon, Kosovo, Turkey, and Kazakhstan actually *support* pluralism, freedom, and oppose religious courts.

    (I’m also a little familiar with Tajikistan, and things seem reasonable there, too. I’d love to see where Muslims in the US & Canada would fall on those charts. I suspect over toward the left — which, for once, would actually be good. :-) I’m also saddened at how badly Malaysia did, considering their rather moderate recent history.)

    The concern, as many on the right will point out, is that even a small percentage having extremist views can result in havoc — but I’m not sure how to justify the statement that moderate Muslims don’t exist, based on these particular charts.

    Agreement: Others also complain about the freedom/sharia paradox. Ravi Zacharias tells a story in which he meets with (IIRC) the head of Hamas, who insists (as the Koran says) “there is no compulsion in religion” — and then agrees that non-believers should be killed/suppressed (jizya; dhimmi). Ravi rebuked him for “playing with words”. (And lived, apparently!)

    I’ve heard others point out that the constitutions of many Islamic nations guarantee complete freedom of religion — when it’s obviously not so. The lesson being that Constitutional guarantees are useless if only on paper — they must live in the minds and hearts of citizens. This bodes poorly for the US, too, I fear.

    Thanks for the kind comments on the Islam/Left thread, BTW.