Those who leave Islam and preach against the Muslim religion must be jailed, declared the imam who has become the new face of the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City.
That, by the way, is the "moderate" view. The centuries-long historical punishment for apostasy has been death.
Adhami, speaking to a non-Muslim audience, claimed Islamic law only calls for punishment for public apostates and that most Islamic scholars demand only that public apostates be jailed as opposed to killed.
Now, he's just blowing smoke.
"The Quran distinguishes between public and private apostasy," he said, failing to note most medieval Islamic scholars did not make such a distinction.
The distinction that he's trying to make is utterly meaningless. Imagine if the Western world said to the Muslims: "Hey, you can believe in Allah and praise your vile prophet; just don't mention such atrocious things in public. Otherwise, we'll throw you in prison."
Quite a "moderate" view, isn't it?