Bill Maher was set to deliver the key-note speech at the U.C. Berkeley commencement in December 2014, until undergrad students decided to un-invite him in October because of his stance on radical Islam. Berkeley administration chose to keep him as speaker.
The kids took issue with his October 3 show where he commented that Islam:
“is the only religion that acts like the mafia that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”
The students then managed to get 4,000 signatures on a change.org petition demanding he no longer attend. They claimed:
“Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for." “In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment.”But he's right. This is not racism- religion is not a race, dudes- or bigotry, it's the truth. Witness what just happened to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris, and the ensuing violent protests after they published another cartoon. And Maher brought that up during his latest show on HBO.
He lambastes the Pope for his comment on limits to free speech, if it insults someone's faith, and Bill Donohue, Glenn Greenwald, and the Berkeley students who protested his commencement speech.
He called terrorism extreme bullying, and called out liberals for being bullies themselves.
"Liberals hate bullying, alright, but they're not opposed to using it- when they casually throw out words like bigot and racist, it does cow people into avoiding this debate, and if you're doing that you don't get to wear the "Je suis Charlie" button, the button you should wear is the "Je suis part of the problem."
He even brings up Rush Limbaugh, criticizing those who are trying to get him off the air. Maher believes they are part of the problem, and not true liberals because they don't "get" free speech. He said opinions shouldn't be illegal, and that no-one gets a waiver when it comes to freedom of speech, including religion.