There has been a lot of heat and accusation lately over the protests sparked by the schlock anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. It's been hard to find measured voices that offer more than a partisan opinion. Talking points in and around the recent events have tended to polarize along the lines of 'censorship versus freedom of speech'... 'them and us' scenarios.
For some perspective it was interesting to hear the views of Tariq Ramadan in a DemocracyNow interview.
Tariq Ramadan is a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University and visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar. He is the author of a number of important books on Islam and Europe, including Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation. His most recent book is Islam and the Arab Awakening.
More background - here.