A while ago someone who is trying to be, but won't be an MP (anyone think a Lib-Dem will win the UK's tightest 3-way marginal?) tweeted a cartoon purporting to show the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
He has received death threats, Channel 4 news blacked out the naughty depiction of the Prophet, and there is a petition to deselect Mr Nawaz. When discussing this on TV, several people supporting mr Nawaz wore T-shirts with the above cartoon, which several women in niqabs claimed were "offensive" and should be covered up.
Now I find the Niqab vile. I don't like seeing it. But I respect the right of Muslim women to wear it if THEY (not their husbands) so choose. My offence at their mode of dress is MY problem, not theirs. Just as some moderate Muslims choose to behave in a way in which their more doctrinaire brethren might disapprove, the only possible response compatible with a free society involves words, not actions. Peoples opinions need to be freely expressed, and the offence cannot lead to censorship.
We have allowed ourselves to be cowed into "respecting" faith's demands to encroach on the rights of secular society to dress, express opinions and behave in ways the religious, and especially hysterical Muslim, people will disapprove. There IS a right to freedom of religion. That does not mean the religious get to interfere with others' rights to free speech, love, association or dress. There is no right to live unoffended.
I don't see why this is complicated. If you don't like Mr Nawaz or his opinions, don't vote for him. Death threats are not acceptable, and the Jesus and Mo cartoons should not be considered "controversial". They are absolutely in the realm of reasonable religio-social comment. The worst form of censorship is self-censorship, especially in response to the hysterical bullies of the more extreme members of the Muslim community, who of course should enjoy the right to speak, but not the right to decide what is "offensive".
The only sane reaction of those hyperventilating idiots who get het up about something as trivial as tweeting a Jesus and Mo cartoon is "Fuck the fucking fuck off, you fucking fuckers, and, when you're there, fuck the fucking fuck off some more. You cunt".
But then, if you're reading this, you probably already agree. The media/political class have already surrendered.