The following quote by the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is, technically, the spiritual leader of one half of me) i think puts the whole cartoon debate in perspective....the excerpt is from the Guardian, the whole piece (though not really worth reading) can be found here.
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a speech at Mansion House in London last night called for Christians and Muslims to show each other mutual respect, vital to a healthy society. "The western world likes to think it is inviting other cultures into a peaceful and enlightened atmosphere of civility. But the strangers ... may well be dismayed to discover that this peacefulness and enlightenment seems to include licence to express some very unpeaceful and unenlightened attitudes to minorities. Just what kind of civility is this? 'Can't you take a joke?' is the immemorial alibi of bullies."