Western society is becoming more acquainted with the punishments mandated by Islamic law as the religion spreads in Europe and North America.
But punishments such as the chopping of a hand for thievery, stoning for homosexuality or death for conversion from Islam are demanded only by the radicals who support suicide bombers and the 9/11 hijackers, right? The average, “moderate” Muslim couldn’t affirm such uncivilized actions, could he?
That’s apparently wrong, according to video of a session at a recent “peace” conference held by IslamNet, an organization whose website is published in Norwegian.
An unidentified speaker is rallying the crowd around the idea that Muslims are moderate.
The crowd affirms that they consider themselves moderate, yet they still would impose the prescribed penalties.
The speaker says critics constantly “come with the same accusations, this speaker supporters the death penalty for homosexuals … for this crime … he’s homophobic. ”
“They subjugate women, etc, etc. It’s the same old stuff coming all the time,” he says.
“I try to tell them, it’s not that speaker that has these extreme radical views as you say. These are general views that every Muslim actually has. Every Muslim believes in these things. Just because they’re not telling you about it, or just because they’re not out there … doesn’t mean that don’t believe in it.”
To make his point, he asks Muslims in the room to raise a hand if they consider themselves “not extremists.”
Virtually all hands go up.
Then he asks: “How many of you agree men and women should sit separately?”
The response is the same.
“How many of you agree the punishments described in the Quran and Sunna, whether it is death, stoning for adultery, whatever it is, if it is from Allah and his messenger, that is the best punishment possible for humankind … and that is what we should apply in the world?”
Again, all hands rise.
The scene apparently was from IslamNet’s conference in Oslo last month. It was described as Scandinavia’s “largest Islamic peace conference where all are welcome, regardless of religion, nationality or denomination.”
The video has the same logo, backdrop and staging as other videos from the event.