An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred; gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing
This question arises in the midst of the now-deadly Muslim protests over a Danish newspaper’s editorial cartoon depicting Mohammed, which they consider sacrilegious: Can a non-believer do something truly sacrilegious against a faith not his own?
If it is sacrilegious for a non-Muslim newspaper to publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed, then is it also sacrilegious for:
-- a Baptist to eat pork?
-- a Catholic to kill a cow?
-- a Jew to swear “Jesus Christ!”?
-- a Muslim to work on Saturday?
-- a Buddhist to take communion?
-- a Presbyterian to get an abortion?
-- a Wiccan to cross herself?
-- an atheist to use a crucifix to open a can of beans?
And if those things are truly sacrilegious, what makes some religions capable of absorbing -- even understanding -- the disrespect while others to go on murderous rampages?