The demand for an apology for everything that offends anyone today in politics and religion bothers me. When people say things, I presume they mean it. What good does an apology do? Take George Allen's 'macaca' remarks. He clearly meant it as a racist slander and didn't seem to think it was inappropriate. So what weight does it carry when he apologizes only after a fury erupts? It's just a calculated political move of a racist. He's not sorry at all.
You will notice that atheists are not protesting or burning little pope effigies in the streets, even though the majority of his speech focused on assaulting secularism and freethinkers with jabs like "being afraid of God...is ultimately at the root of modern atheism." Apparently we just don't get too worked up over the comments of a 79-year-old man who wears a four foot tall hat.