The threat to “free speech” has far more often come from “religious fanatics/fundamentalists”- ask Galileo. Lions entertained Romans in “religious” festivals. The ancient Hebrews weren’t exactly a tolerant bunch. The Egyptians didn’t take kindly to those who didn’t follow their religious practices-
In a small corner of the world, eating the brains of your elders was also a “religious” practice, the transfer of prions didn’t due the youngsters a lot of good.
Even “pagan” religions didn’t practice a lot of tolerance, and it hasn’t changed.
Let us hope our cartoonists can continue to speak their minds and prod us to use ours, irregardless their message, exchange of thoughts in this medium is, or should be, a much more peaceful way to “blow off steam”.