This new organization, Muslims Against Sharia, sounds interesting. "Muslims Against Sharia is an international non-profit organization formed by Muslims who understand that Islam has two choices: reform or destruction." Their goals:
- to educate Muslims about dangers presented by Islamic religious texts and why Islam must be reformed
- to educate non-Muslims about the differences between moderate Muslims and Islamists (a.k.a. Islamic Religious Fanatics, Radical Muslims, Muslim Fundamentalists, Islamic Extremists or Islamofascists)
- to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Moderate Muslims are also targets of Islamic Terror
I liked this item from their Manifesto:
The need for reform
Islam, in its present form, is not compatible with principles of freedom and democracy. Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century perpetuated by Hassan al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Yassir Arafat, Ruhollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hizballah, Hamas, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, etc., leading to a global war between Dar al-Islam (Islamic World) and Dar al-Harb (non-Islamic World), or we can reform Islam to keep our rich cultural heritage and to cleanse our religion from the reviled relics of the past. We, as Muslims who desire to live in harmony with people of other religions, agnostics, and atheists choose the latter option. We can no longer allow Islamic extremists to use our religion as a weapon. We must protect future generations of Muslims from being brainwashed by the Islamic radicals. If we do not stop the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, our children will become homicidal zombies.
I like that they name names, instead of the generic "We're reject terrorism against civilians," which the Islamic Fiqh Council of North America declared a few years ago. That means not much, unfortunately, as "civilian" is a tricky term for Islamic radicals. Anyway, this group specifically calls out the extremists and their organizations by name, and they include the Muslim Brotherhood, which has numerous front groups in the U.S.
This group appears to have been started in response to the Swedish cartoon controversy. I can't say I think much of the cartoon. Seems like the work of an adolescent, thinking he's being daring when he's just being rude. Designed to insult and provoke, to what end? I understand and appreciated the Mohammed cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten . I don't get the Swedish cartoon. I wouldn't be impressed by a cartoon of Jesus' head on an animal's body either. What's going on with these folks?
That said, I'm happy to see that there are Muslims Against Sharia. The U.S. branch is based in Nebraska, of all places. A Boston branch would be nice.