Newsweek's cover this week has sparked controversey as has the story inside written by Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who claims that Muslims who believe that blasphermers deserve punishment are the "mainstream of contemporary Islam."
In her Newsweek article, Ali writes:
The Muslim men and women (and yes, there are plenty of women) who support—whether actively or passively—the idea that blasphemers deserve to suffer punishment are not a fringe group.
On the contrary, they represent the mainstream of contemporary Islam. Of course, there are many Muslims and ex-Muslims, in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere, who unambiguously condemn not only the murders and riots, as well as the idea that dissenters from this mainstream should be punished.
But they are marginalized and all too often indirectly held responsible for the very provocation. In the age of globalization and mass immigration, such intolerance has crossed borders and become the defining characteristic of Islam.
The magazine stood behind its cover in a statement to Politico.com: “This week’s Newsweek cover accurately depicts the events of the past week as violent protests have erupted in the Middle East (including Morocco where the cover image was taken).”