Is there a “Moderate Islam”? [Video]

Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Al-Akbar Mosque in Oct. 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS/ISIL… Is there a “moderate Islam”?

Sharia Law, honor killings, genital mutilation, infidels… Is there a “moderate Islam”?

Islam is a religion of peace… so we’re told.  The acts of violence and intolerance are carried out only by a select few radical extremists and are unsupported by Muslims at large. So we’re told.  What do the numbers say? Are most Muslims truly “moderate”?

In the debut of Reality Check, Ben Shapiro took on Ben Affleck and the myth that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide are radical. –

Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center that says the religion will nearly equal Christianity by 2050 before eclipsing it around 2070, if current trends continue. – NPR

As of 2010, it was estimated that there were 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. If you accept the “tiny minority” of radicals argument, at 1% that would be 16 million radical extremists. If you expand your definition of “radical” or “extreme” to include what most of the “civilized” world regards as human rights violations, such as a theocracy (Sharia Law) that condones such things as genital mutilation, honor killings, oppression of women or other religions, spousal abuse or the execution of homosexuals… Well then it is not such a “tiny minority” and “moderate” would seem to be a somewhat selective term in relation to Islam as a whole. However, all that being said, there are actually moderate Muslims, but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Their silence is deafening when the “radical extremists” dominate the headlines. The media constantly reinforces the idea of a “moderate Islam,” but again I ask, is there such a thing?

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