Right you are Klavan on the Culture! Principles are all well and good, until upholding them places us in physical danger. Then the only reasonable reaction is to make endless excuses for those who view murder as a means of debate, and to exercise canine like eagerness to capitulate to their demands. Comdey Central, which finds much humor in spitting upon Christianity, capitulated quite quickly when the sensibilities of muslims was offended, right after they began receiving death threats from some adherents of the religion of peace.
It might take a while learning how to live comfortably on our knees, but I am sure many members of our culture will prove themselves quite adept at it.