I'm quite pleased that the recent protests by Muslims (London
) have happened and have been peaceful. It's a shame that the extremists (of every religion) are the ones that get all the attention and the public perception of what the religion is all about is shifted by them.
I'm not a follower of any religion, but I do have some some respect for people who are. The more I listen to the normal, moderate Muslims the more sense it all makes to me.
Those cartoons were offensive to followers of Islam so they shouldn't have been printed. It's not an issue of free speech - I'm free to walk in to any pub and insult the biggest thug in there... there will be repercussions to that and I will have been the one to incite it.