Life sentences for those critical of Islam or offensive to Islam is apparently too soft a punishment, according to these devout holy men. Islamic clerics are demanding death only, in accordance with the sharia.
Anyone telling you the "moderates" (or as I affectionately call them, the unicorns) are moving towards reform in Islam is either hardwired for denial or lying (taqiyya) to you in order to advance Islam.
Reform or reinterpretation is a crime in Islam -- it is the crime of hypocrisy. Also punishable by death.
"Urdu Daily: 150 Barelvi Clerics Ask Pakistani Government To End Option Of Life Sentence For Acts Of Blasphemy, Retain Death Penalty As Only Punishment" MEMRI, December 22, 2013
Sunni Tehreek, a Pakistani religious organization which follows the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam, has called for ending the possibility of life imprisonment in cases of blasphemy in Pakistani laws, meaning that only the death sentence would remain in effect. The following are excerpts from the report:
"150 clerics of the Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board have said that the punishment for blaspheming the prophet is only death sentence; awarding life sentence is against the sharia.
"The demand by the Federal Shariat Court to end the life sentence for committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad was endorsed, on an appeal from Sunni Tehreek chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, by the Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board's 150 clerics and muftis [who are qualified to issue fatwas or decrees], including..."