Well I have a suggestion. It seems to me that a reasonable definition of a moderate Muslim might be someone who is willing to publicly renounce and repudiate:
- the Qur'anic command to punish apostates with death.
- the Qur'anic approval of wife-beating under certain circumstances.
- the Qur'anic tradition of forced marriages and child brides.
- the Qur'anic tradition of honor killings.
Some might -- with some justification -- say that this would require Muslims to cease to be orthodox Muslims. It's something about which I don't know enough Islamic theology to have an opinion. But if there is any validity to it, or to the extent that there is validity, it would seem to throw the whole matter of Islmaic moderation into question. I don't say this is the case, and I certainly hope it is not.
Have I missed something? Any thoughts or suggestions?