Sam Harris analyses a video where an Imam at a Norwegian “peace conference” claims that most Muslims support killing apostates, global Sharia and stoning adulterers therefore these beliefs are mainstream amongst Muslims, even in Europe, so we cannot describe preachers who espouse these as “radical”. He then goes on to claim that Islamophobia is caused by the Western media and their refusal to acknowledge this.
Sam Harris had this to say:
The organizers of this conference believe (with good reason) that “extremist” views are not rare among Muslims, even in the West. And they consider the media’s denial of this fact to be a symptom of… Islamophobia. The serpent of obscurantism has finally begun to devour its own tail. Apparently, it is a sign of racism to imagine that only a tiny minority of Muslims could actually condone the subjugation of women and the murder of apostates. How dare you call us “extremists” when we represent so many? We are not extreme. This is Islam. They have a point. And it is time for secular liberals and (truly) moderate Muslims to stop denying it.
It his worth watching the video and reading the entire transcript from the organisers.