But there is a certain amount of cant in the air. Nick Clegg quoting (selectively) from the Koran.
A great deal of attempting to distance the Muslim faith from this act of barbarity - but, the fact is, in many Muslim countries the authorities themselves dish out barbaric sentences on Christians.
Stoning and flogging are relatively common in Saudi, Nigeria and some of the Gulf States; Islam does have a savage facet and the Koran has passages on both peace and on vengeance against the 'infidel'.
Kate Edwards has a sound post on the subject of Islamic denialism, you may read it HERE