It seems that Islam has a lot of Muslims and non-Muslims proclaiming it is only a few radical Islamic extremists beheading, raping and murdering “unbelievers”. These Islamists and their Islamic fans say the majority within the Islamic faith are moderates! In fact the United States Commander and Chief went as far as to say on CNN that “ISIL is not ‘Islamic”! Is this the rhetoric of those who are simply fools or simply fooled?
Daniel Greenfield recently wrote in Front Page Magazine that “The true moderate Muslims are secular liberals of loosely Christian and Jewish persuasion who have invented and believe in a moderate Islam that doesn’t exist outside of their own heads. This secular Islam, which values all life, is dedicated to social justice and universal tolerance, is a counterpart of their own bastardized religions. And they are too afraid to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist.”
According to Reuters news the supposed ally of the United States in its fight against Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has beheaded 26 people in August of this year alone!! This brings the total of those beheaded to 59 for 2014!
What can a person lose their head for in Saudi Arabia? Well, committing adultery or converting from Islam to another religion can cause one to literally lose their head! Is this ally, Saudi Arabia, the face of moderate Islam? Is this the type of government those in Australia, the United States and the UK wish to live under?
Totally following Islam includes Sharia Law. Sharia affects every part of ones life. The following is from Atanswers.com.
“Countries using strict forms of Sharia Law include:
Death for Blasphemy:
8. Saudi Arabia
Imprisonment for Blasphemy:
12. United Arab Emirates
Nations that include some level of Sharia (leniant sentences for honour killings, ban on new churches, floggings, etc):
1. Indonesia (Flogging, Caning; Sharia applied strictly in Aceh province)
2. Turkey (Restrictions on alcohol)
3. Brunei (Caning, Alcohol is illegal)
4. Jordan (2 years or less for honour killings)
5. Eritrea (Girls as young as 8 can be married, spousal rape is not recognized)
6. Syria (1 year or less for honour killings)
7. Djibouti (Sharia law regarding divorce)
8. Chechnya (Modest dress enforced, Alcohol and gambling suppressed by local authorities)
9. Niger (girls can be married off before they reach puberty)
10. Nigeria (Sharia is enforced in the northern states)
11. Kenya (Ad Hoc Sharia enforced in the east near the border with Somalia)
12. Gambia (Sharia courts decide all family matters, including for non-Muslims)
13. Qatar (public consumption is illegal during Ramadan, Alcohol heavily restricted, blood money acceptable punishment for murder, “kafala” law which is also shared by all Gulf states but Bahrain is technically slavery)
14. Uganda (Kadhi Courts overseeing family and civil matters)
Most ‘Western’ nations also have parallel Sharia legal systems (for example in Canada polygamy is widely practiced and authorities look the other way, Imams refusing to condemn or work to stop it). Sharia finance is also practiced in many nations around the world. Many other Islamic nations that do not apply Sharia (such as Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikstan) have large portions of their population who do want it applied or who actively seek to abide by it extra-legally.”
Which of those nations listed above qualify as moderate and if they do somewhat qualify as moderate would a true freedom loving person ever want to live there? It is said that when the Muslim population reaches 2% in a nation they begin to aggressively proselytize. This proselytizing centres on those within other ethnic minorities and those in jails and street gangs. Australia’s Muslim population in the 2011 census was 2%!
In 2012 Muslims in Sydney protested on the streets because of a film about Mohammad. In those protests a photo was taken of a mother standing by while her young son proudly held a sign saying “Behead all those who insult the prophet”. Is this moderation?
In 2002, ten years before the Sydney protests, the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) filed a complaint to the Victorian Equal opportunities Commission against two Christian pastors. The complaint was filed under Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act accusing Pastor Daniel Scot of vilifying Islam in a seminar where he spoke about the Koran and Jihad. After several years, thousands of dollars spent on lawyers and an appeal the pastors were found not guilty. Are those in the ICV moderate Muslims?
Where are the moderate Muslims? In the UK there is Imamsonline.com which has a you tube expressing their unity against ISIS. It took well over half of the video, 2 minutes and 50 seconds of a 4 minute video, before anyone actually said they were against ISIS! Are these moderates?
How can one tell if a Muslim is moderate? Here are a few suggestions:
A moderate Muslim will allow a cartoonist to make light of Mohammad.
A moderate Muslim will allow a Christian preacher to say publically that God does have a Son!
A moderate Muslim will allow someone not a Muslim to hold a seminar and speak on the Koran and Jihad. A moderate Muslim will allow an author to write a book depicting Islam in an unfavourable way without the author needing to go into hiding.
Are there moderate Muslims? Here is a challenge on how to find out. Rent a hall in Lakemba (a suburb of Sydney) and advertise that you are going to speak on a certain night at a certain time about the true God having a Son. This Son is called Jesus and this Jesus died for our sins, including the Muslim, and that unless all people, including the Muslim, repent of their sins, accepts Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible as their personal Saviour for and from their sins, they will go to a place called the Lake of Fire for all of eternity. Now, if you do all that and keep your head then there just might be some moderate Muslims.