Quick note about this story: There's a legal argument going on concerning the legality of the crucifixion of Jesus. First of all, what makes Jesus example better than any other? It's not that likely that all of the other "criminals" that were put to death around that time had solid cases against them. It's true that blasphemy should not be punishable by death in any part of the world (especially as it's always very vaguely defined), but couldn't they have picked a more recent example? How about the Muslim call for the death of Salman Rushdie? And what exactly do these Friends of Jesus want to be dealt out as punishment? Let's go and get those Romans, and show them the wrongfulness of their ways!!
That's not even taking into account the fact that the death of Jesus is supposed to have been prophesied, and required as repentance for the sins of all men. What exactly would have been the result of him not dying? Let's go ask some Christians in the US...I can bet that they'd be against this case as much as the rest of us.