Friday, August 20, 2010

In Search of the Moderate or Mainstream Muslim

I've heard quite a bit about moderate, mainstream Muslims lately as we are told they should not be, in any way, connected to the Jihadist terrorists.

I have a couple of questions I would like to get honest answers to (with some evidence please)

Do moderate Muslims beliieve that woman are equal to men, legally speaking? Can you reference a commonly used bit of text or teaching that supports that, i.e. "women have just as much right to education, career, self-determination as men"?

Do moderate Muslims believe that church and state should be separate institutions and that government should be secular, serving all religions, and the non-religious equally?

What is the moderate view of honor killings?

Do moderate Muslims believe that ulitmately, Sharia law should be the law of the land?

Do moderate Muslims believe the Taliban, Al Quaida and their allies are murderers and their enemies? Have they unequivocally been condemned by the moderate Muslim community? Or do they believe they are working toward the right goal, using the wrong tactics?

Again, if you care to comment, please supply references.
Thanks

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