Steam is already coming out of the ears of conservative AVIs over PEW’s new survey, which found an overwhelming majority of Muslims worldwide favor entwining sharia law into politics and policy. (Oklahoma! Look out!)
Nobody, however, seems to be reading the VERY NEXT PARAGRAPH:
At the same time, the survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion, and fully 96% of those who share this assessment say it is “a good thing.” Yet 84% of Pakistani Muslims favor enshrining sharia as official law. These seemingly divergent views are possible partly because most supporters of sharia in Pakistan – as in many other countries – think Islamic law should apply only to Muslims. Moreover, Muslims around the globe have differing understandings of what sharia means in practice.
The survey – which involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages with Muslims across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa – shows that Muslims tend to be most comfortable with using sharia in the domestic sphere, to settle family or property disputes.
So in other words, they sound like…Christians. And by and large more tolerant than, say, people who legislate against other religions, like, say, lawmakers in Oklahoma. And frankly, I’ll take the folks in the above graphs over this guy or these guys any day.