Egyptian Muslims in Pew poll: We support religious freedom, but we also support killing you

Muslims supporting death penalty

The Washingon Post’s coverage of a Pew poll on the world’s Muslim’s is one of the funniest things I’ve read in awhile.

Poor Max Fisher doesn’t know what to do with himself:

According to Pew’s data, 78 percent of Afghan Muslims say they support laws condemning to death anyone who gives up Islam. In both Egypt and Pakistan, 64 percent report holding this view. This is also the majority view among Muslims in Malaysia, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

It’s important to note, though, that this view is not widely held in all Muslim countries or even among Muslims in these regions. In Bangladesh, another majority Muslim South Asian state that has a shared heritage with Pakistan, it is about half as prevalent, with 36 percent saying they support it. Fewer than one in six Tunisian Muslims hold the view, as do fewer than one in seven Muslims in Lebanon, which has a strong Christian minority. …

It’s also important to note that majorities of Muslims in the countries surveyed, sometimes vast majorities, said they support religious freedom. That includes, for example, more than 75 percent of Egyptians and more than 95 percent of Pakistanis. It might seem like a glaring contradiction. And it is a contradiction, but it might make a little more sense that so many people could hold seemingly mutually exclusive views — religious freedom is good, but anyone who leaves Islam should be executed — if one understands the particular history of apostasy in Islam.

How sad is it when a guy has to put a smiley face on the fact that only 36% of Bangladesh’s Muslim population wants you dead if you leave the faith. And hey, only 16.6% of Tunisians feel the same way.

The topper is that “sometimes vast majorities” of Muslims in these countries “support religious freedom.” Got it. And by “got it” I mean I do not. But that’s okay too, because Mr. Fisher assures us that we all need to do is a better job understanding the history of Islam; once we do that we’ll be good to go.

Remember when Bill Maher generally destroyed deranged liberal professor Brian Levin of California State University in San Bernardino after the Boston terror attack? I do. It was classic:

“I mean, there’s only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam … So, you know, I’m just saying, let’s keep it real.”

Bill Maher essentially states the cold hard truth that the Pew poll shows quantitatively, and the professor’s response is, for all intents and purposes: “I have a nice Muslim dentist.”

Bill Maher points out that no one would be able to write “The Book of Islam” as a musical, and the professor’s only comeback is “I have nice Muslim students.” And yet, at the end of the segment the two are giving each other high-fives when they agree that the primary reason why militias and patriot groups have been created in great numbers since President Obama took office is probably because “white guys don’t want to see a black guy on Air Force One.” Interesting.

Here’s a question for The Washington Post: How come liberal feminists like the ones who assaulted Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard never seem to pull that sort of stunt with the local imam? How come they don’t bust into the local mosque topless? There must be a reason. I wonder…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go to bed. It’s late, and I have an old friend from The Heritage Foundation I’m meeting for breakfast. Maybe the answer will come to me while I sleep.

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