Students at Berkeley – home of the Free Speech Movement – want nothing to do with ‘bigot, racist’ Bill Maher

(From Wikipedia: The Free Speech Movement (FSM) was a student protest which took place during the 1964–65 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley under the informal leadership of students Mario Savio, Michael Rossman, Brian Turner, Bettina Aptheker, Steve Weissman, Art Goldberg, Jackie Goldberg, and others. In protests unprecedented in scope, students insisted that the university administration lift the ban of on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students’ right to free speech and academic freedom.)

Some students at the University of California-Berkeley are petitioning to get comedian and talk show host Bill Maher’s planned graduation speech at the institution cancelled due to his “racist and bigoted” views on Islam.

Maher, who identifies with liberal and some libertarian views, has been an outspoken critic of radical Islam, accusing the left of being too politically correct on the subject.

So far, 1,925 people have signed a Change.org petition to stop Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley in December. The petition was reportedly created by two members of the Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Coalition.

“Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition states. “In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment. Bill Maher’s public statements on various religions and cultures are offensive and his dangerous rhetoric has found its way into our campus communities”…

Free speech for me but not for thee.

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