Islam was very tolerant when it was winning. It's only when it began losing that it went generally bat**** insane. But that is simply explainable by human nature. Trap someone in a corner and the primeval parts of their brain take over.
The same thing happened to Christianity. When it was winning, everything was cool. Until they started losing and then you had the inquisition, genocide and whatnot. Then the tide turned back and it was all cool again (in mainstream sects).
Islam is under threat still: not from religion, but from liberal democracy.
This happens when irrational religion is confronted by rational philosophy.
[Edited by Dhampy, 4/4/2009 9:13:08 AM]