The Washington Post published a poll-induced barely comprehensible laundry list of what a ‘moderate’ Muslim should be. Let us pick it apart one by one. With apologies to the author of the said piece, Qasim Rashid, we may not have understood what you were trying to say but let it not distract us from what we thought you were saying.
In the absence of a unified voice . . .
First, a moderate Muslim recognizes that Islam requires complete separation of mosque and state. . .
Contrary to Faisal Shahzad’s ambitions, the Quran requires a Muslim to obey, and be loyal to those in his charge.
Moderate Muslims reject violent Jihad, recognizing that true Jihad is the struggle to attain nearness to God through good works. Would-be Portland bomber Mohamad Mohamed apparently never . . .
Therefore, a moderate Muslim recognizes that Prophet Muhammad promoted freedom of religion and speech for all mankind . . . .
Moderate Muslims also recognize the equality and empowerment of women. Prophet Muhammad clearly stated that education is . .
Additionally, a moderate Muslim recognizes that Islam does not monopolize salvation. . . .