I agree that it is likely that most Muslims are moderate thinkers, I don’t make a distinction between a religious interpretation by any one group as any truer or falser than another with regards to correctness of Mohammad’s intent.
Interesting comments Mr. Mayers.
I used to think this as well a few years back. But here is the problem.
Do we trust those who have studied (and even mastered) Arabic literature——-classical; modern; quranic, pre islamic;—-, Hadith (Islamic prophetic Traditions), religious history, etc
Do we trust those who (at best) only know Arabic as a spoken language and cant even distinguish authentic traditions from forgeries.
To get a better understanding of what I am saying see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3w_v0aEX38 (this is only a minute long).
This applies to all fields of studying.
Unfortunately, we often speak before studying. We sometimes just end up making fools of ourselves.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b3XR7LdtKo (a comedian documenting what I am saying )
For example, the statement at the beginning claiming that Islam forbids killing civilian: Quran 5:32, ...whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth can easily be interpreted that today’s terrorist acts by some group of Muslims have been justified on the grounds of “corruption in the earth”.
This interpretation has been rejected by all scholars of Islamic studies (including even non-Muslim professors of Islamic Studies)
An interesting note on these terrorists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxiR27qmWw4 (2:00- 3:00; this is the same video I gave before but this time slice is the relevant portion)
I think we should all choose the academic and scholarly consensus rather than trust a few random people who cant even speak classical arabic properly