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Free Speech Politics

Bill Maher Trashes Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Controversy [VIDEO]

Written by Philip Hodges

Bill Maher and Ann Coulter do indeed make strange bedfellows.

One is a foul-mouthed liberal atheist, and the other is a highly opinionated conservative Christian. They may be diametrically opposed on every issue, but they’re actually friendly with each other when one is being interviewed by the other.

So, if these two can be that cordial with one another, why is it that a place like the University of California, Berkeley – a place that prides itself on championing ‘free speech’ – want to disinvite people who have differing opinions than those on campus?

Bill Maher said that he was scheduled to give a talk at UC Berkeley a couple years ago and was disinvited by the university before relenting and allowing him to speak. Ann Coulter, as you know, is having to deal with the same thing.

UC Berkeley wants her to come during ‘dead week’ when everyone is ostensibly cramming for the following week’s finals. In other words, when the least amount of people are likely to attend.

They’re citing ‘safety’ concerns, saying that they don’t want any rioting or violence. And how is that Ann Coulter’s fault? If people are throwing temper tantrums and committing violent acts, that’s not Ann Coulter’s fault. That’s purely the fault of the spoiled brats on campus who aren’t getting their way.

But to appease the spoiled brats – instead of having the police treat them equally, like any other violent criminal – the school wants to punish the conservative speaker.

But Coulter insists that she’s showing up on April 27, with or without the school’s approval, since that was the original agreed upon date. And if they don’t want her to speak, then they’ll have to have her arrested.

(They’d arrest the one person who did nothing, while letting everyone else wreak havoc with overall impunity. If I were in Ann Coulter’s position, I would not want to deal with that level of idiocy. I think I would stay far away and let the place implode on its own.)

Maher may not agree with anything that Coulter says, but he stands up for her and rails on liberals who can’t handle opposing viewpoints.

BILL MAHER: Let me ask about an issue that is always near and dear to my heart — the First Amendment — because Ann Coulter ran into a little problem this week. I know, we don’t like Ann Coulter’s views.

[AUDIENCE LAUGHTER]

S.E. CUPP, GUEST: You do.

MAHER: I like her as a person. I’ve never agreed with one thing she ever said. That’s different…

I was the speaker at Berkeley a couple of years ago and they disinvited me and then they got their act together and I wound up doing it, and apparently, that’s what’s going to happen to her. I think. But, Berkeley, used to be the cradle of free speech but now it’s the cradle for f****** babies.

This goes on all over the country on campuses. They invite someone to speak who is not exactly what liberals want to hear and they want to shut her down. I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop.

Howard Dean tweeted today about this, ‘Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.’ Yes, it is. Threats are not protected by the First Amendment. This is why the Supreme Court said that the Nazis could march in Skokie. They are a hateful bunch. But that is what the First Amendment means. It doesn’t mean just shut up and agree with me.

S.E. CUPP: I can’t believe you have to remind liberals this.

MAHER: I can’t believe it either.

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

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