A very interresting interwiew with a supposidely "moderate" muslim. She makes some very good points though. But I will give you here an excerpt of the interwiev:
Islamic history is important to study and analyse. It wasn't always like this. Islam was frozen in the middle ages: it's time to defrost Islam. The Quran is a magnificent historical record. Even Imams couldn't possibly understand the depth of it. Millions of us read the Quran in Arabic...that doesn't mean we under stand what we read, we are dependent on translations. That's why I call it the biggest con of the century...interpretations and translations imported into this country for 40 years were more to do with Jihadism than with a peaceful Islam that gave equality to women and was plural. There is an American woman, Laleh Bakhtiar, who is a convert and isn't extreme...she still wears jeans - she doesn't wear the hijab as most do, she has interpreted the Quran in English and has had death threats. I'm waiting to read her translation. Jihadists don't want women translating the Quran or women becoming Imams...Yet the Prophet had a woman Imam in his first mosque who preached where men and women weren't segregated.
Islamists have almost written Muslim women out of history and their natural rights. I do acknowledge that the Quran has violent edicts, but you have to read the Quran in context and time. To say that what happened in the 7th century must be revived and considered the 'true Islam' is ridiculous to any reasonable thinking human being - that would mean reviving desert Arabic Islam, which is becoming obvious and beginning to look like a cult. Muslims have to revive the spiritual message of the Quran, which is often suppressed by Jihadists. I guess I'll get a lot of hostility, but no one owns Islam. We all can have our own personal relationship with God. I'll do as I damn please. Islamists psychologically suppress us. It never worked on me, but that doesn't mean I'm not a Muslim. I'm against the idea of a revived Calipha...I mean for God's sake, who do these people want as a Caliph, Osama bin Ladin or Omar Bakri??
This all sounds reasonable? Well, to some extent it does, except for the line: "I do acknowledge that the Quran has violent edicts, but you have to read the Quran in context and time." - This is because according to the quranic scripts there is no way to read it out of context! It's UNIVERSAL... And if you do- then you are nothing but a apostate- of which should be killed according to sharia law. It is a very simple equation. Either you are an islamist who follows the quran to the letter- or there is no islam! And you're no muslim...
This is what the mujahideen has understood all to0 well. They are the ones who are "good" muslims. Islam is really only a one way road to hell. Either you're with us or we will kill you! That in turn doesn't mean that all muslims are bad or evil. It only means that their ideology are!