. Thus, atheists should shut up to avoid offending Christians and Jews?
Limiting expression always limits thinking. That's always bad for a society. It's regressive and, indeed, evil.
These are powerfully accurate observations. I am constantly editing myself around religious folks for fear of insulting what I believe are their insane views of the world. Watching footage of Muslims celebrating the massacres of Sept 11 is very disturbing. But I do not question their right to do it, only their morality.
. you have to taper your thoughts with regard to the other party's culture, customs and accepted level of etiquette, otherwise your words will likely be dismissed -going against your objective of bringing the issue to light.
I doubt the cartoons were meant as any kind of constructive criticisms for Muslims. In fact, though the cartoonist claims he did not think it through, it was probably meant to arouse a negative response in Muslim world to further emphasis his point.