Sure, Rummy, count me in. Now where exactly do I find those moderate Muslims who are advocating peaceful change, freedom and tolerance? Ibrahim Hooper? Well, no, as it seems that CAIR no longer contests the assertion that it is an “organization founded by Hamas supporters which seeks to overthrow Constitutional government in the United States and replace it with an Islamist theocracy using our own Constitution as protection.” Hamid Karzai? Uh, no, there’s that little matter of the death penalty for apostasy that is still allowed for by the Sharia provision of the Afghan Constitution, despite the freeing of Abdul Rahman. Ayatollah Sistani? Well, despite Rich Lowry’s cheerleading, he still considers unbelievers to be unclean on par with urine and feces.
Rummy, can you give me a hint as to where I might find some real moderates?
Here, I’ll help you by defining the term. A moderate Muslim, as far as I’m concerned, would be one who rejects jihad violence against non-Muslims; rejects the idea that Sharia law should be instituted in the Muslim and non-Muslim world; and teaches the idea that non-Muslims and Muslims should live together indefinitely as equals. A moderate Muslim would also teach that women should enjoy full equality of rights with men. An honest and forthright Muslim reformer will acknowledge that the Islamic mainstream has historically held just the opposite of these principles, and will reject the elements of the Qur’an and Sunnah that give rise to these imperatives to violence and subjugation.
Send me the names of these moderates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rumsfeld: Terrorists Our Most Brutal Enemy,” from AP, with thanks to Ray:
…“The enemy we face may be the most brutal in our history,” Rumsfeld said. “They currently lack only the means – not the desire – to kill, murder millions of innocent people with weapons vastly more powerful than boarding passes and box cutters,” he added, referring to the terrorists who hijacked the airliners on Sept. 11….
Rumsfeld said progress is being made in the global war on terror, particularly in making it more difficult for the terrorist groups to recruit, train, raise money, establish sanctuaries and acquire weapons. But he stressed that more needs to be done.
“The strategy must do a great deal more to reduce the lure of the extremist ideology by standing with those moderate Muslims advocating peaceful change, freedom and tolerance,” he said.