As anyone who has followed my postings on RR will know, I am no fan of religion in general. However, my intolerance of Islam has steadily grown over the last few years, and I have moved my platform from one who defends anyone's right to worship as they see fit and to defend Islam in general. Now, I am of the belief that Islam is an unregulated morass of Middle Aged thinkings founded on the principle of the bloodshed and intolerance. With no central body equivalent to the Vatican or the General Synod, Islam has remained rooted to ideals from a bygone era and there is little momentum to change the present day decline in its acceptance of other faiths and attitudes. What has prompted this rant? Many recent events around the Islamic world, but 3 most recent ones have exemplified this idiocy: a) the sentencing of a gangraped woman in Saudi Arabia to imprisonment and suffering 200 lashes (or whatever the number is) b) the charging of the teacher in Sudan (talk about petty) c) the investigation into whether the publisher of Dawkins' "The God Delusion" is guilty of incitement to hatred in Turkey (http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/11/28/dawkins.turkey.ap/index.html) It is becoming evident that the claim by the extremist elements of Islam (such as Al Qaeda, Hezb'allah, etc) that the "West" is waging a religious way against Islam is set to become a reality. There is a growing intolerance to the West's tolerance and secularism in Islamic circles, while there is growing secularism in non-Islamic circles. I've got bored of the claims of the moderate Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace. There is little that I have seen to prove that. Increasingly, those countries that are governed according to the tenets of Islam are proving to be fundamentalist, intolerant and anti-freedoms. So my point is this: are we on the cusp of seeing the resurgence of open religious wars between Islam and Christianity/Judaism on an international scale?