Of course they understand. What they're not doing is cowering in fear of it. Sometimes doing the right thing isn't easy or comfortable. Buy a ticket to Mel Gibson's upcoming flick "The Passion" if you need a reminder about that sort of thing.
(Incidentally, johnb2004, you posted this in a confusing manner. You excerpted the article in the article space, and pasted the entire thing into the space for your comments about it. I suspect a number of posters believe you to be the author of what you put in the comments section. You might want to avoid that next time.)