I appreciate your reply but I'd like to comment on two points.
First, don't you think it's a bit harsh to judge religion by the misconduct of some of its followers? You say:
..I do not now a days view any of these so called holy text with anything less than contempt having witnessed the results of these doctrines..
I'd like to bring your attention to a point I raised before. The fact that the Muslim civilization was built on the very teachings of Islamic holy texts. Maybe you don't think an old civilization is worthy of mention in today's world but I think it was so great that it's worth of even more analysis especially nowadays. To have a civilization so big, so vast and most importantly so humane (even to animals and trees) at those old, savage times is just astonishing and it was
the result of one set of religious doctrine.
..The intolerance to others within that book is intolerable itself and to be shunned and the doctrine to be mocked..
Second, I invite you to take another close, critical look at this idea by reading each and every aya/verse that you think incites intolerance in its context. You'll find it's about how to retaliate in case of war. (I didn't read the Quran once or twice, I have learned it all by heart, all 604 pages.) Unlike Christianity, Muslims are not told to turn the other cheek but to retaliate in self-defence (I think the same idea exits in Judaism, too) which is very understandable, very clear and sends the right message: Don't miss with me because I'm not an easy hunt. Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, accepted all offers of truce/peace but never showed a weak side when attacked. Very unpretentious and very non-hypocritical. In Islam, we're told never to judge people because it's not our job, it's God's. And the main rule is clearly stated here: "لَآ إِكْرَاهَ فِى ٱلدِّينِ
(2:256) Translation of the meaning: Let there be no compulsion in religion
Thanks for reading.