(re: Maher/Berkeley) So, a liberal college is protesting a liberal speaker for his illiberal comments about a religion's illiberalism. #ahhh
— Samuel D. James (@samueljamesblog) October 28, 2014
As Twitchy has been reporting, libs are quite angry at HBO host Bill Maher for his recent comments on Islamic extremism, but this controversy just ratcheted up a notch with students at the University of California, Berkeley now petitioning the university to withdraw its invitation for Maher to speak at the its fall commencement ceremony:
More details on the petition from the Daily Californian:
Students spring into opposition after Bill Maher announced as keynote speaker
In response to an announcement last week that comedian Bill Maher would speak at UC Berkeley’s fall commencement, an online petition started circulating Thursday that demanded that the campus rescind its invitation.
The Change.org petition was authored by ASUC Senator Marium Navid, who is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, or MEMSA, and Khwaja Ahmed, an active MEMSA member. The petition, which urges students to boycott the decision and asks the campus to stop him from speaking, has already gathered more than 1,400 signatures as of Sunday.
Ban Bill!!! And if you think it’s hypocritical for a liberal university to to censor Maher’s speech, you’re wrong, at least according to the petition’s author, Marium Navid:
“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” Navid said. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”
Not free speech? Unbelievable:
Nah. Banning free speech is more “liberal” we guess.
Let’s end it with this:
Well said, and nor should anyone.