A new Pew Survey sheds much insight into the views of Muslims worldwide, especially palestinian Muslims.
As EoZ explains:
Select results from a new Pew survey of Muslims worldwide show that Palestinian Muslims are among the most religiously conservative and intolerant of all Muslim-majority countries.
Many of the questions showed that Palestinian Muslims rated behind only Afghanistan, Iraq and sometimes a handful of others in their levels of fanaticism.
Here are some of the survey questions with how Palestinian Muslims answered:
Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with this statement: Members of your religion have a duty to try and convert others to your religious faith.
“Completely” or “mostly” agree 82%
Some people think that if a man engages in premarital sex or adultery it is justified for family members to end his life in order to protect the family honor. Do you personally feel that this practice is:
Often or sometimes justified: 33%
Some people think that if a woman engages in premarital sex or adultery it is justified for family members to end her life in order to protect the family honor. Do you personally feel that this practice is:
Often or sometimes justified: 37%
Which comes closer to your views? “Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life in heaven” or “Many religions can lead to eternal life in heaven”?
Statement #1 89%
“Women should have the right to decide if they wear a veil” 53%
“Women should not have the right to decide whether to wear a veil” 35%
“Sharia law is the revealed word of God” 75%
“Sharia law is developed by men, based on the word of God” 16%
“Sharia law should be open to multiple interpretations” 42%
“There is only one, true understanding of sharia law?” 51%
Do you ever participate in inter-faith religious groups, classes, or meetings with Christians or not?
Yes 8% No 91%
“A wife should have the right to divorce her husband” 33%
“A wife should not have the right to divorce her husband” 57%
Agree or disagree? “A wife must always obey her husband”
87% ”completely” or “mostly” agree (46%, 41%)
“Do you favor or oppose making sharia law, or Islamic law, the official law of the land in our country?”
89% favor 8% oppose
For those who answered “favor” – should Sharia apply to non-Muslims?
39% yes 43% Muslims only
“Who should have a greater right to parents’ inheritance – sons or daughters, or should both have equal rights?”
Sons 51% Daughter 1% Equal 43%
Is polygamy morally acceptable?
Yes - 48% No – 20% Not a moral issue – 17%
Is drinking alcohol morally acceptable?
Yes – 1% No - 92%
Is homosexual behavior morally acceptable?
Yes – 1% No - 89% Not a moral issue – 5%
Some people think that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies… Do you personally feel that this kind of violence is:
Often or somewhat justified 40% Rarely or never justified 49% (highest percentages justifying suicide attacks of all countries surveyed)
Do you favor or oppose the following: the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion?
Favor - 62% Oppose – 29%
Do you favor or oppose the following: punishments like whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery?
Favor - 72% Oppose – 23% (behind only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Niger)
Do you favor or oppose the following: stoning people who commit adultery?
Favor - 81% Oppose – 14% (behind only Pakistan and Afghanistan)
EoZ has also created this handy, dandy infographic to illustrate the point.
As for me, I’ve decided to unleash my own brand of creativity to make a point.