Why have religions of various kinds have been mostly declining over the years and why some Christians shun the church!
France is a law abiding country. The law is above religion. The law protects freedom of expression as a fundamental right.
There is not fundamental right of "respect". If you are offended that's too bad, perhaps it was wrong of the other person to offend you. At the same time being dishonoured or disrespected at no point allows anyone to take action in the form of violence.
Why are my beliefs not protected in religious countries? -because they differ and thus deemed wrong. Religion has no tolerance in a modern world. Perhaps 2000 years ago it was thought of as peaceful but not today, it is outdated and no longer needed.
All these religious outrages cause is to show how they have no place in society and that people should abandon thousands of years of fairy tales for reason and acting reasonably.
If you do not like what is written somewhere, don't read it. If you don;t like what's on a TV show do not watch it. No one is forcing you to be "offended".
Richard Hawking was so right when he questioned why must we "respect" religion. Does religions enshrine respect for my beliefs?
Even smart people can believe stupid things and believing violence is a correct or even expected response to being offended is stupid indeed.
Dear pope; how many times should one turn the other cheek? -Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22: Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven..
Religious people are not pious or better morally, they are flawed and dumb like everyone else, biased towards their own beliefs and cherry pick what works for them when they want to anyways so all this talk of peaceful religions is nonsense.