Friday, September 12, 2008

Gallup's "Who speaks for Islam?"

During Ramadan the Gulf News is running a series of excerpts from "Who speaks for Islam?," a summary of conclusions from an opinion survey of the world's Muslims conducted by Gallup.

From today's excerpt:
In our data, the emphasis that those in substantially Muslim countries give to a new model of government — one that is democratic yet embraces religious values — helps to explain why majorities in most countries, with the exception of a handful of nations, want Sharia as at least "a" source of legislation.
Ironically, we don't have to look far from home to find a significant number of people who want religion as a source of law. In the United States, a 2006 Gallup Poll indicates that a majority of Americans want the Bible as a source of legislation.

Forty-six per cent of Americans say the Bible should be "a" source, and 9 per cent believe it should be the "only" source of legislation.

Perhaps even more surprising, 42 per cent of Americans want religious leaders to have a direct role in writing a constitution, while 55 per cent want them to play no role at all. These numbers are almost identical to those in Iran.
The series will appears in five parts. So far Part I and Part II are available.


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