For better or worse. I’m not sure what, at the end of the day, this will do for the cause of reason and compassion in this matter, but a situation where drawing certain things will net you death threats and attempts on your life is simply unacceptable. Whatever the history of systemic injustices or problems that feed this mess, they cannot excuse unjust actions of individuals. Stop threatening my friends and peers, who have done nothing but exercise their freedom of expression, and let us join in non-violently criticising those that exercise it irresponsibly.
If you’re interested, you can read my 2006 thoughts on the cartoon crisis here.