The Daily Elephant believes Islam is a political idealogy (and hence open to more criticism):
Islam is not just a religion. It is also a political movement. Here is a statement from a popular Islamic website:
Secularism cannot be a solution for countries with a Muslim majority or even a sizeable minority, for it requires people to replace their God-given beliefs with an entirely different set of man-made beliefs. Separation of religion and state is not an option for Muslims because is requires us to abandon Allah’s decree for that of a man.
If Mosque and State cannot be separated than Islam is, by definition, a Political Entity. It is comprised of both faith and political ideology. While I make no arguments against Muslims believing in God, I make every protest against this belief in Theocracy. No ideology has ever been more destructive than Theocracy. It has never worked, and will never work. Religion can bring people inner-peace, guidance, and self-respect. But when it is placed in the hands of Kings or Congressmen, it turns into a weapon.
It is important to distinguish between the religion and the political movement. You don’t have massive numbers of Muslims in this country clamoring for an Islamic state. The rantings of some are not the beliefs of all. By the same token, you have some Christianists calling for theocracy here at home (no mention of them in subtlepress’s post, although his view of Huckabee’s presence in the race as bogus hints at an equal approach). They too, do not reflect the religion they base their theocratic tendencies in. So while theocracy is undeniably destructive, and it is to be opposed with vigor, the theocratic railings of some Muslims does not a condemnation of Islam make.
I also find contention with another point subtlepress makes implicitly, namely, that religions are not open to dissection and critique. I think they are. Turning a critical eye on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism is a good idea, and I believe entirely proper even without the trappings of overt political involvement.