From an answer over at Quora.com to the question: “What do normal Americans think about ‘Draw Prophet Muhammed Cartoon Contest’ organized in Garland, Texas? Was the event about freedom of speech or did it focus on developing anti-Islam sentiments?”
The whole answer is excellent, but I wanted to archive this portion:
We are as viciously, passionately, ready-to-wage-warringly, married to our freedoms as Muslims are to their prophet Muhammad. Never presume that your beliefs are somehow magically more super-duper special than ours just because they are attached to a religious idea. Never fool yourself into believing that others aren’t as dedicated to their philosophical perspective just because you think that your belief is right and theirs is wrong.