I really don’t know what to make of this story. A Muslim stonemason helped restore a Catholic cathedral in France, and in return (he’s worked on it for 37 years), a sculptor made a new gargoyle for the cathedral that looks like him and says “Dieu est grand/Allahu akbar”, i.e. “God is great” in both French and Arabic.
And…cue freakout. To be fair, only a small, noisy minority is freaking out. I’m sure the average Catholic and the average Muslim alike is thinking, “Why is this an issue at all? Both parties were just being nice.” And that is kind of what I (the average atheist, I guess) am thinking too. I think both Catholics and Muslims are wrong about a lot of things, but I also think both religious traditions have given rise to some beautiful art, architecture, music, etc. and even some great science, and I can admire and even enjoy art, architecture, music, etc. that is coming specifically from a religious viewpoint. Again, I’m sure the majority of religious people can do the same with respect to other religions. It’s when you listen to, say, Bach’s St. John Passion and go “Oh no, Protestants! They’re going to burn in hell!” rather than “Oh wow, amazing music, this guy’s religion really inspired him!” that you might have a problem.