It's a Western concept, though.
You cannot apply the same kind of thinking to a region where that thinking isn't applied.
Yes we can. Even if being public about your beliefs was western concept - which it is not (India embraced such centuries before the West did). These laws exist solely to subjugate non-Muslim populations. Muslims are certainly free to make their statements in such regions, and go about their lives making statements regarding Muhammad, Islamic law, and the ilk.
Not much different than Catholic-dominated Europe (it's not like Muslims tolerated pagans, either, but nor did Christians go about slaughtering pagans more than Muslims did). It did not fail because the Papal See magically became enlightened, it failed because people finally rose up and threw off that nonsense.
We can and certainly do judge certain practices of other cultures as not only inferior, but abhorrent, barbaric, and worthy of annihilation. To quote Napier:
"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."
We hold our freedom of expression very dear, here in the United States.
Believe it or not there is no other country in which I could legally, safely run this forum.
None. Not in Canada, not in Sweden, not in Japan.
I've looked. The Netherlands and New Zealand come the closest.
But for some reason, the legal protection afforded to sites like this in the US is felt in these countries. So sites like this exist elsewhere despite, technically, being illegal.