While I believe in the right of any person to choose whatever they believe about their God, or even the right to believe nothing at all, like the old adage says “your right to swing your fist ends where my face begins.”
This right to follow whatever faith you want does not extend to killing those who disagree with you. CNN has issued guidelines forbidding posting the cartoon listed here, but they have no problem posting on their website a picture of “Piss Christ” which features a crucifix soaked in urine despite it being just as offensive to Christians as the cartoon is to Muslims.
I am posting this cartoon here not to offend any Muslims who truly have tolerance for others, but rather to show those Muslims who riot and kill over someone who does not share your faith posting a picture of Mohammed that we here in America will not be terrorized by you. You are the ones who have made this act necessary. I want to also ask why is it you do not do similar things over depictions of Moses and Jesus, who you also consider prophets. By your actions you prove your hypocrisy. While others may say we should not be insensitive to you, I submit that this attitude is condescending by implying we cannot expect you to behave like civilized human beings.
I also want to say to the so-called moderate Muslims that if you are serious about wanting to condemn those who kill over this cartoon and others like it that unless you are willing to publicly state a person has the right to post these types of pictures without fear of death then you are part of the problem. I did not say you have to embrace the pictures but you need to stop blaming the victims whenever something like this happens.
Also, if you are sincere when you say these people are not Muslims then will you also publicly declare that if they are captured they should not be given prayer rugs and a Koran. If not, then you are admitting that they are in fact Muslims.