This means that the terrorists have achieved some of their objectives. That is, change the behavior of non-Muslims to "respect" Islam. It emboldens further fear and intimidation. More precisely, the double standard that PE notes subjugates all other religions to Islam. We must not allow ourselves to be intimiated.
It's the militant arm of the Salvation Army we should be worried about.
Sheesh... there are literally tens of thousands of people (some may be your neighbors) who are trained to use those bells as truncheons.
Let's not even discuss those buckets. This is a family blog.
(The Knights have those swords, ac!)
Br, your tense betrays you -- as you point out, we have already allowed ourselves to be intimidated. Game over.
We have certainly lost a few battles, but The Refugee doesn't think the war/game is over yet. Americans have a history of being pushed just so far. This Refugee is not ready to break out the prayer rugs just yet.
I suspect you're right. It just seems that publishing is now lost to freedom. First it was academia, then media, now to see Random House afraid to publish a book after we saw booksellers capitulate on Salman Rushdie in the 90s.