Islamism is the politicization of Islam. It isn’t representative of all of Islam.
But it is related to Islam.
Think of Islamists like the Christian Fundmentalists in the United States.
Christian Fundementalists want to outlaw gay marriage. They want Creationism taught in schools.
And they want to see their religious law be the law of the country.
Like their Christian counterparts, Islamists are not usually violent.
Instead, they usually choose to advance their goals politically by trying to change the laws of their country.
What do Islamists want?
How many Islamists are there?
15% of Muslims in Turkey support suicide bombings. 16% in Belgium.
36% of young British Muslims believe a Muslim should be killed if he converts to another religion.
52% of British Muslims want homosexuality outlawed in the UK.
26% of young Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are justified.
18% of Muslim students in Britain would not report a fellow Muslim planning a terrorist attack.
In Muslim majority countries, all polls indicate very favourable attitudes towards honor killings, stoning adulters, and strict Islamic Law.
Again I stress this is not all Muslims who think this way. Remember, if 18% of Muslim students in Britain would not report a fellow Muslim planning a terror attack, 82% would report it.
But Islamism’s popularity is beyond question and its danger is real.
So long as Islamism remains popular, some Islamists will become further radicalized to use violence to achieve their goal of imposing Islam.
Many Muslims, like myself, are dedicated to supporting a peaceful and tolerant version of Islam that is respectful of freedom of expression, democracy, and secular values.
But our fight against Islamism has become all but impossible. Why?
Because in the West, Islamism has found a most unlikely ally…