When Oklahoma passed its anti-Sharia law, Muslims in the U.S. indignantly characterized as “Islamophobic” the notion that they would ever, ever, under any circumstances at any time, want to bring Islamic law to this country. Islamic supremacist pseudo-moderate Reza Aslan has claimed falsely that “no American Muslim, zero, absolutely none, not a single one has ever, ever called for the imposition of Shariah in America.” In reality, Honest Ibe himself, Ibrahim Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR, has said he would like to see the U.S. Government become Islamic sometime in the future, and the Washington, D.C. imam Musa has called for Muslims to work for the establishment of an Islamic State of America by 2050.
And in saying such things, they reflect a view confirmed by this new poll: that Islam is inherently political, and its political aspect cannot be separated from its religious aspect.
“Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says,” by Meris Lutz for the Los Angeles Times, December 6 (thanks to Twostellas):
Reporting from Beirut — A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries’ political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, but have mixed feelings toward militant religious groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
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.
Turkish Muslims were the most conflicted, with just more than half reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics. Turkey has struggled in recent years to balance a secular political system with an increasingly fervent Muslim population….
Despite an overall positive view of Islam’s growing role in politics, militant religious organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah spurred mixed reactions. Both groups enjoyed fairly strong support in Jordan, home to many Palestinians, and Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based. Muslim countries that do not share strong cultural, historical and political ties to the Palestinian cause, such as Pakistan and Turkey, tended to view Hezbollah and Hamas negatively.
Al Qaeda was rejected by strong majorities in every Muslim country except Nigeria, which gave the group a 49% approval rating….