I had the pleasure and privilege to hear a talk and question and answer session with Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser not long ago. His organization, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, formed to fight "political Islam" i.e. theocracies like current Iranian government, or those Muslims that hope to gain a demographic majority and then impose sharia law in Western countries.
He was born in the US to Syrian emigre parents who fled oppression in the 1960's. He is a nuclear cardiologist living in Phoenix. He served in the US Navy as a physician aboard USS El Paso deployed to Somalia, and went to med school on a Navy scholarship.
He teaches (this is an oversimplification) that the radical stuff in the Koran and Hadith is not to be taken literally, but should be understood and was meant metaphorically. Separation of mosque and state is essential, because the mixture is "toxic".
From his website, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy:
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state...
He is a libertarian, with a few neocon leanings. Nice guy in person.
If ever in your life you would consider donating money to a Muslim organization, and I doubt anyone reading this is likely to, this is the one, as far as I can tell...
Dr. Jasser is the real deal, the missing moderate for whom the MSM, pundits, and bloggers seem to yearn.
And if it impresses you, he is a friend of Glenn Beck: