Why events like the #Garlandshooting Mohammad Cartoon Contest are important

By now you’ve heard about the two shooters who attacked the Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. They shot one guard and then were killed themselves.

The raging debate is: is the contest an important demonstration of free speech, or a needless provocation against the Muslim religion? After all, we wouldn’t defend a contest that made fun of Christianity, or a contest that made fun of Judaism, would we?