I was really struck by "The Black Cloud of Islam", with the words "I've not read the book so I cannot recite, but I'd bet Salman Rushdie is just about right." I've read John Shelby Spong's books on Christianity and its need to reform, and his book "The Sins of Scripture" tells how the scriptures have been used in the past to justify slavery, oppression of women, calling gays "sinful", etc. I see the song as an indictment of a religion that needs to update and reform its outlook, as Christianity also does. However, the song resonated with my brother-in-law, who is a conservative Republican Christian, and my other friend who is pro-gun, actually pro-war (if pressed), and much more to the right of my own left-of-left political and social views. I guess Islam is a much easier target now than it was in 1990 when "Once" was released. Harper seemed ahead of the curve in his views on Hizbulla (sic), jihad, etc. He seems to be specifically criticising "books written hundreds of ages before", which is where a lot of the problem lies. Scriptures are often offered up as "proof" for whatever sin is at hand. • Another song that comes to mind is "Don't You Grieve" from Flat Baroque and Berserk. • What do the British think of the Mel Gibson movie "The Passion Of The Christ"? I, for one, thought it emphasized the crucifiction over other more valuable aspects of Christ's life, perhaps creating a "righteous anger" effect, when what we need is love. My brother-in-law, as usual, loved the movie.