We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An "apology" today is more along the lines of: "I'm sorry that you are so stupid and inattentive that you didn't understand what I meant." We've all had lots of that kind of apology over the years. What it does is turn the whole thing around to make it your fault. CAIR and other Muslim organizations specialize in this kind of non-apology.
By the way, CAIR lost its case against Mark Steyn and MacLean's magazine. So they're free to write and publish in Canada until the next time some organization gets a wild hair.
Dearie me. Free speech is becoming more expensive all the time.
Content, context and kind are considerations for apologies; the purpose, politics and particulars are considerations as well. An apology can be used to manipulate and obfuscate or to heal and amend, so motives are issues, too. Apologies may be the result of coercion or attempts to mollify overweening demands.
Apologies should be accompanied by an appropriate amount of contrition and reasonable repentance. Unaccompanied, the confession is nothing but words, words, words. If a sin is commited the offender has an obligation to turn or burn--that is, show convincing sentiment and act accordingly or be embraced as an enemy on a sliding scale with weights of wrong doing.
All apologies are not all same thing. God grant us discernment.