That Irish Times editorial and the observations of Richard B above state the position for me and for anyone who values our hard-one liberties. And before anyone says: 'What liberties? How come I can't go on TV?' Yes, I mean the liberties we do have and that were hard one by the French revolutionaries, the English trade unionists and the masses of people in Europe over the past 200 or so years.
Charlie Whatsit magazine - like it or loath it - has defended one of our basic and hard-one rights by calling the bluff of the Islamic mob. Even with the government of Pakistan sponsoring a 'Day of Love for Mohammad' (a day off work to attack Western institutions), it has been a damp squib. And the next cartoon, novel, film that is critical of Islamic nonsense will be even damper and so on until it is accepted that we have a right to express opinions that others may find hurtful.
Fluffy's reasoning that "I have no beef with Islam as Islam has done nothing to me" is baffling. I have never been forced into a marriage/whipped/sexually mutilated/made to stay silent/beaten but I, and I'm sure Fluffy, oppose those who do do such evil.