It seems like it was only yesterday that liberals suddenly turned into staunch defenders of religious dignity. The President had a story about "spontaneous video protests" to sell, there were demonstrations by angry Muslims around the world, and presto! Suddenly the rank-and-file Left was following Obama's lead, and wondering if maybe this whole "freedom of speech" thing was over-rated. Why, maybe speech that insults the feelings of Muslims shouldn't be so "free" at all. Blog posts pondering the wisdom of either voluntary or mandatory censorship to avoid another "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube video fracas blossomed across the left side of the Internet.
Oh, but it's not just Muslims, our liberal friends assured us! They were super-concerned about insults to all religions. They grew quite haughty when reminded that they've actively stepped forward to defend "edgy" artists who defamed Christian and Jewish beliefs. No, this wasn't just a special liberal fear of violent Muslims, or the Left opportunistically hitching a ride on Islamic rage to bash its domestic adversaries. This was noble and universal religious tolerance!