Yet another poll of “regular” Muslims seems to show that a shockingly high number actually agree with Muslim extremism. This time, a poll finds that a whopping 42 million support the creation of a worldwide caliphate, an Islamic order that would outlaw all other religions.
Many non-Muslims console themselves with the assumption that “most Muslims” don’t support extremism or terrorism. But nearly every time a poll is taken, this notion that Muslims stand four square against extremism is shot down.
According to Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project, this new study should serve as a warning about Muslim extremism. With these results, “ISIS is only a fraction of what it could potentially become,” Mauro said.
“If we don’t act quickly, this is still going to grow,” he continued, “and what we’re looking at today is going to look like the good old days compared to the future.”
This isn’t the first time a study seemed to show that Muslims agree with or lean toward Islamic extremism.
A recent study of British Muslims found that fully a third felt that the British government was at fault for the radicalization of young Muslims, not Islam, not ISIS, and not al Qaeda.
Britain isn’t alone. A new study of U.S. Muslims conducted last month by the Center for Security Policy found that a large number of American Muslims felt that sharia law was better than the U.S. Constitution. They also felt that they should be allowed to ignore the Constitution and instead be judged by “sharia courts” in America.
Not long ago, another poll by the Pew Research Center found that 88% of Muslims in Egypt and 62% of Muslims in Pakistan favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion.
The same poll found that honor killings were acceptable to many Muslims and that putting adulterers to death was a perfectly sane punishment.
Finally, during the “draw Mohammad” controversy, not to mention the murders of 12 staff members of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, large numbers of Muslims around the world agreed that freedom of speech should be illegal and that any harsh words against Islam should be made a crime.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth