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Bill Maher says Something That Anti-Free Speech Police NEED to Hear

This is probably not surprising, but as a conservative, I don’t find myself agreeing with Bill Maher very often. However, on his show Friday he said something that has my full support.

In a monologue to wrap up his Friday episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher went on the rampage cutting down those who would seek to limit free speech for any reason… even if that reason is fear of Islamic terrorism.

My favorite bit comes as he talks about how liberals don’t like free speech when they don’t agree with the speech being said and that while Maher doesn’t agree with Rush Limbaugh – he believes that Rush Limbaugh should get to say whatever he wants. But the culmination of Maher’s rant was epic and perfectly said…

In much of Europe denying the Holocaust is a crime. It shouldn’t be. The French arrested an anti-Semitic comedian this week for his comments about the attack, which were vile, but opinions shouldn’t be illegal. Everyone can always come up with a reason why the thing that bugs you should get a waiver. But free speech only works if there are no waivers. No waivers. Including for religion.

 

Fast forward to the 2:00 minute mark or prepare to be very offended at the way Maher speaks about the Catholic Church, the Pope and Bill Donahue (who leads the Catholic Church in America).

 

 

Partial Transcript from Real Clear Politics

Glenn Greenwald says anti-Muslim speech like the cartoons in Charlie are, “a vital driver in bombing and occupying Muslim countries and killing the innocent.” Really? Newspaper cartoons did all that? Wait until they get to the horoscopes and the crossword. It reminds me of one of those protest signs that I saw up in Berkeley last month; it said: “Islamophobia kills.” Does it? The phobia kills? Or maybe it’s more the AK-47s, and the beheadings, and the planes into buildings. 

(MAHER to audience): Anyway, wow, you don’t agree with that?

Thank you. Thank you. Hey one guy, thank you.

free speechYou’d think that someone like Glenn Greenwald wouldn’t be so ambivalent about terrorism since terrorism is really just bullying. Extreme bullying. And I thought that we hated bullying now? When it happens in high schools these days people go nuts. When I was a kid adults just shrugged and said, “kids are a**holes, what are you going to do?”

Yeah, liberals hate bullying alright but they’re not opposed to using it when they causally through out words like bigot and racist. It does cower 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 wear is “Je suis party of the problem.” And that goes for everybody.

This may surprise you, but I am not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh. However, if you’re one of the people with a website devoted to making him go away, you are part of the problem. Ironically you’re not even a proper liberal because you don’t get free speech.You’re just a baby who can’t stand to live in a world where you hear things that upset you. Oh, you’re not alone.

In much of Europe denying the Holocaust is a crime. It shouldn’t be. The French arrested an anti-Semitic comedian this week for his comments about the attack, which were vile, but opinions shouldn’t be illegal. Everyone can always come up with a reason why the thing that bugs you should get a waiver. But free speech only works if there are no waivers. No waivers. Including for religion.

Like, say you are, and I’m just picking a religion at random here — Muslim. And you love, love, love you some Islam. It’s what uplifts you and inspires you and you can’t imagine your life without for what everyone doesn’t love it too. Believe me, I get that, that’s how I feel about weed. But when someone criticizes weed, I think, “good, more for me,” not off with their head. And as a comedian I like it that jokes can hurt. I like it that Kim Jong-un was wounded by a movie. If you’re a satirist, that’s winning. Kim Jong-un hates jokes, he doesn’t get them and he takes them too seriously, which proves something I’ve always expected about him. He’s a lesbian. (HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, January 16, 2015)

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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