Today's edition of The Sunday Times includes a piece of author Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray) in its magazine. The interview quotes him describing the research that he undertook into islamic extremism in the UK for his new book which is published soon. Faulk's openly criticise's the Koran in the interview, claiming that it has 'no ethics' and is 'depressing' and 'one dimensional': http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6806488.ece I fully support and defend the right of any author to exercise his/her freedom of speech; but in the current climate Faulk's may have to watch his back, literally. I'm old enough to remember the furore over the 'Satanic Verses' and the Iranian backed fatwa that forced Salman Rushdie into hiding, protected by armed police for many years. Sensitivites over religion and islam in particular have increased many fold since Rushdies book. Although I don't want to see anything bad happen, I am now worried for the safety of Sebastian Faulks. There are too many hate filled extremists out there now.