The west has a long history of people getting into serious trouble for speaking ill of objects of religious veneration, even before Christianity.
In an age of international religious terrorism divine command morality poses considerable problems for the maintenance of the political order.
Judaism, Christendom, and Islam differ in some aspects. But none of these differences can hide the similarity in their understanding of God.
The critic must be able to place himself or herself over against the religious tradition. That presupposes what may be called moral autonomy.
Many people (including the Pope) think that if speech is left free, false views will generally be more easily adopted than true ones.
What should be the state and society’s reaction to these assaults on the principle of freedom of speech by religiously motivated zealots?
For fear of a “Clash of Civilizations”, the Western world increasingly backs down on human rights, and freedom of speech in particular.
What should the reaction of open or liberal societies be to the assault we experience on the principles on which they are based?
Some people think religion has no real influence on what happens in the world. This group is composed of believers and unbelievers alike.
For apologists of religion, the violence in Scripture is only superficially there. It has to do with the "translation" of the text in question.