It pains me to characterize islam as a religion. In my view it is a cult of violence and stupidity, whose members seek to drag us all back into the dark ages. Here are some quotes from one of islam's major clerics, Sheik Qaradawi: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ http://attackmachine.com/ Qaradawi on Female Genital Mutilation: Anyone who thinks that [female] circumcision is the best way to protect his daughters should do it. I support this, particularly in the period in which we live Qaradawi on Domestic Violence: if this [non-violent] approach fails, it is permissible for him [husband] to beat her [wife] lightly with his hands, avoiding her face and other sensitive parts. Qaradawi on use of Children in Suicide Bombing: We cannot say that the [Israeli suicide bombing] casualties were innocent civilians. They are not civilians or innocent; The Israelis might have nuclear bombs but we have the children bomb. Qaradawi on Destruction of the Jews: O God, protect them and show them the right path. O God, destroy the usurper Jews, the vile Crusaders, and infidels. O God, destroy them along with their supporters. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If that's not enough, here's his "philosophy" on the tsunami disaster: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ http://hurryupharry.bloghouse.net/archives/2005/01/13/livingstone_defends_qaradawi_again.php According to reports in The Times and on BBC TV News on 11 January 2005, Qaradawi said in a sermon broadcast on Qatar TV: People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not others Whoever examines these areas discovers that they are tourism areas .where the forbidden acts are widespread, as well as alcohol consumption, drug use and acts of abomination Dont they deserve punishment from Allah?