Hey Glenn, thanks for the response.
The thing is, nations actually do whatever they believe is a core part of their culture. Look at the US and gun control.
I think the core point of difference between us is that you seem to believe in an absolute right and wrong (and that right or wrong is determined by the words in a book) and I do not think an absolute right or wrong applies in this case. The French believe, as I think is their right, that satire and the use of cartoons forms a core part of legitimate discourse in the public space. And since they define a secular state, they do not believe religion (of any sort, not just Islam) should have any privileges. Now from your article I understand that because of your own faith you may disagree with this. And I get that and respect it. But you are not French. Nor am I. And even though I respect and understand your point of view, it does not mean that it should place any limits on my behaviour.
If we require that nothing said or done should cause insult or offence then we set the bar of public discourse very low. Being offended is a choice. My ‘religion’ is misrepresented in US popular culture all the time, but I do not chose to be offended and nor would I wish to limit other people’s rights of expression or debate to protect my ‘fragile’ sense.