Not a great tragedy, indeed. So why is everybody acting like it's at par with the someone stabbing somebody to death?
Is it because it was 'sacred'? No matter how you look at it, it's just a building. And they can repair it anyhow.
I can already see the repercussions of this one. They'll blame liberals, they'll blame atheists, and they'll blame gays. And it will most likely be something far in excess. Might even increase the number of gaybashings if it becomes connected with the GLBT rights movement.
The number of times religions have started wars just because of a perceived 'desecration' is uncountable. People will kill and torture other people just because someone named wrote graffiti on the temple of a religion, spat on a sacred object of one religion, protested against certain doctrines of a religion, did something that went against doctrines of a religion, dared to lay a hand on something decreed untouchable by a religion, etc.
That's the concept of 'sacredness'. Where you are excused to retaliate in more than the original wrong because you are doing divine justice. I don't see anything about common humanity in that.
It's still just a building.