As if trying to prove that everything anti-Islam groups say about them is true, the Muslim terrorists by police on Tuesday had more than police officers in their sights. Usaamah Abdullah Rahim and his ISIS-minded companion wanted to kill Pamela Geller, the woman who organized the Draw Mohammad contest in Garland, Texas last month. As readers will undoubtedly remember, that contest was interrupted by a couple of shooters who were stopped by police before they could kill innocents.

 Since that incident, Geller has become a figure of national controversy. In one of the clearest examples of the media’s agenda, the focus quickly drifted away from the violent Muslims and onto Geller and her “hate speech.” Liberals have spent the last month questioning her motives and condemning her attacks on modern-day Islam. Meanwhile, Rahim and David Wright were putting together a plot to travel to New York and handle Geller the way these radicals always handle their disagreements: With murder.

 Thankfully, Rahim and his associate were thwarted before Geller or any police officers could fall victim to their plan. Wright has been arrested and authorities are reportedly looking for a third suspect. Rahim was shot and killed when he came at an officer with a knife.

 “They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws,” Geller said upon learning that she was a proposed target. “They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily. This is a showdown for American freedom.”

That it is. Liberals see people like Geller and accuse them of using fear and xenophobia to make a profit. They write up passionate defenses of Islam and they confront Geller and others with the flaws in their logic. All the while, they are completely missing the point. This isn’t about whether Geller and other anti-Islamic groups are being hateful. It’s not about whether their biases are ground in reason. And it’s certainly not about who gets offended by what they have to say.

This is about the freedom to criticize a religion without having to worry about getting beheaded for it. It doesn’t matter if every single thing out of Geller’s mouth is dripping with unjustified hate. It doesn’t matter how disgusting the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo are. It doesn’t matter how many or how few Muslims believe in the “radical” version of the religion. It’s about exercising the right to free expression in the face of mortal danger.

The way the media would have it, we would all simply submit to the fear. Muslims get riled up and kill people when we mock their religion, so we’d better not do it. They don’t seem to understand how dangerous this precedent is. Is there room in the conversation for criticizing Geller? Of course. But when you weigh Mohammad cartoons against murder and terrorism, there really isn’t much room. One set of crimes is far more serious than the other. Everyone understands that, right?

Sometimes I wonder.