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Far from advocating apathy, I think what the protesters should do is write their own plays, music, and art in celebration of their religious figures if they're concerned that "the wrong message is getting out".
Stopping others from presenting their art and preventing others from enjoying it is not a mature decision in a free world.
Certainly, it is within their rights, but to enjoy freedom, one must allow others freedom, as well.
Actually Sikhism did adopt warrior traits later to quell Islamic aggression, hence why swords are an important part of it's religion. The later teachers/gurus of Sikhism were warriors too, particularly the 10th one. The Sikhs also fought against the British and defeated them.