From what I’ve been able to gather from the things I’ve read it appears that to be a true Muslim you have to believe in the last utterances of Mohammed and that would put you in the category of an Islamic Extremist. I address this in more detail in my essay “Extreme Islamism” on this site.
Then there is the immutable fact that Islam is both a religion and a form of government. Differing from what we believe in which is keeping state and religion separate and behave accordingly. All Islamic nations are also a church. Their government functions through the requirements of the Quran and Imams have as much authority as their government leaders. Correct me if I’m wrong but, it’s my understanding that the government of an Islamic nation cannot pass a law prohibiting the stoning of a woman who has shamed her husband.
A guy writes a book criticizing Islam and they want to kill him. Another one draws a caricature of Mohammed and they want to kill him. Some nutty preacher burns the Quran and they riot, burn the flag, cause people to be killed and want to kill us – and we've been trying to help them! What is wrong with these people? Where is the up-welling of denial by the Muslims? We've had bibles burned and flags burned and leaders burned in effigy and, most recently, ambassadors killed, and haven’t threatened to retaliate, at least not since the Crusades. I've read in a couple of places, but can’t confirm officially, that when you enter many of the Islam countries, including Saudi Arabia, all non-Islamic religious items you are carrying are confiscated!
I know there are some Islamic led groups that say that is not what they believe in or want but they’re being awfully quiet and meek about it. That bothers me. What are they afraid of?