Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Moderate Muslims

We hear a lot about moderate Muslims these days but no one ever bothers to define what they mean by a “moderate Muslim.” For example, if a Muslim supports the implementation of Sharia law in America should they be considered a moderate Muslim even if they don’t actively support terrorism?

I would suggest that, at minimum, no Muslim should be considered “moderate” who cannot wholeheartedly:

· Support freedom of speech; even freedom to criticize Muhammad, the Qur’an and Islam.

· Support freedom of religion; including the freedom to change religions.

· Denounce violent jihad, i.e. the spreading of Islam through violent means.

· Denounce dhimmitude, i.e. the relegation of non-Muslims to second-class status.

· Denounce the teaching that allows men to have and to beat multiple wives.