UC Berkeley Students Seek to Block Bill Maher Speech

Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher is scheduled to be the speaker at UC Berkeley’s mid-year commencement, but some students, who object to what they allege to be his anti-Muslim statements, are asking administrators to rescind the invitation.

A petition urging the university to drop Maher from the Dec. 20 event has garnered more than 1,400 signatures, according to the student newspaper The Daily Californian. The protest was started by the Change.org group and is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition on campus, the paper reported.

“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” student senator Marium Navid told the newspaper. “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.”


UC system student regent Sadia Saifuddin, who is Muslim, told The Times that she and other students are upset by comments Maher made on his Oct. 6 show that they believe portrayed Islam as a violent faith, with the large population of Muslims believing that anyone who leaves the religion should be executed.

“I can’t condone the university inviting a speaker that threatens the campus climate of our university,” Saifuddin said in an email. “I believe there is a fundamental difference between free speech and hate speech, as well as a difference between Maher being allowed to express his views, and being given the honor of giving the keynote address sponsored by the university. And as the Student Regent, I don’t stand for any university-sponsored action that makes students feel unsafe and unwelcome, especially on such an important day as their commencement.”

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  • Oil Can Harry

    The Berkeley Free Speech Movement was about free speech for p.c. leftists.

    Now it turns out even Bill Maher-xist isn’t progressive enough for these dorks.

  • What’s curious here is why Bill Maher has all of a sudden seen the light.

    But the answer may be a simple as who he is and where he is.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      I think lots of people are cracking under dieversity fatigue. Even if somehow they managed to convince themselves on a superficial level that it’s all fine and dandy out there, it’s getting more and more difficult, on a sheer primal sensory basis, to ignore reality

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well I am sick off you cant say anything bad about anyone unless they are White.

        • SlizzardAjeosshi

          On a very good day some sort of criticism of islam seems to be semi-tolerated.

          After all its virulent misogyny and brutish treatment of gay people (a pretty laughable phenomenon if you ask me, considering how widespread homosexuality is in the Arab world) really rub lefties the wrong way.

          And after all libs can always rationalize in their pea-sized brain that it’s not about race

    • Oil Can Harry

      Bill Marxist is a militant atheist. He recently said he’s sick of hearing p.c. atheists falsely claim all religions are equally violent.

      As an example he cited The Book Of Mormon, a beloved-by-elitists Broadway musical that trashes the Mormon faith.

      Maher asked us to imagine a Broadway producer making a musical lampooning the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. Would never happen.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Ironic how the guy came to some legitimate version of Truth through devotion to the abnegation of God.

        An atheist that does not worship Truth is likely a sociopath.

      • JP Rushton

        It’s so bad that the episodes “200” and “201” of Southpark have been banned from digital services. You can only watch them on the DVD or if you download it illegally.

        The thing that was so awful that it is actually bleeped out of the aired version? They were talking about how Muslim intimidation works and that is why they do it.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I think his trip to make the anti-religion screeds has opened his eyes.
      No amount of rational argument or evidence would have worked, though. Libtards are often utterly impervious to the implications of their beliefs, words, actions, until they break through their bubble world somehow.

    • Anna Tree

      It was not sudden. I have hear him a few times in the past trying to throw a few politically incorrect facts about islam. This time, he was denounced by the Media Class. I hope he will continue though. If he stops now, it won’t help him anyway. If he doesn’t stop, he may become a race realist: that’s how I end up here!

      Here is my journey for the interested:

      The same way the people believed the Catholic Church, for example, a few centuries ago, by blind faith, brainwashing and force, we today believe a new religion, albeit secular. Blind faith doesn’t always revolve around a god… Today blind faith revolve around liberalist dogmas, like diversity is a strength, islam is a religion of peace, Dalai Lama is a saint, races and sexes don’t exist/are a social construct, multiculturalism is our salvation, wealth redistribution like Agenda 21 or the tax to reverse the human global warming (oops climate change), homosexuality is innate, children don’t need a mom and a dad, affirmative action is not racism, “no child behind” is good for all etc etc

      I just accepted what I was told without checking because it made me feel good, this is how a liberal and good person should think, all were mainstream opinions and repeated ad nauseum everywhere. It’s only by coincidence I found out about one of the untruth I was believing blindly in (islam a religion of peace highjacked by a few bad apples… not) and only then I came to realize how much we are brainwashed in so many issues by the elites, family, media, friends, school and of course by even ourselves, because of greed, naivety, taught self hatred, projection, wishful thinking, pathological altruism, ego etc.

      I went through all my opinions, checked arguments from the different sides and I indeed changed my mind in most of them. From now, I check everything before making an opinion, and I am always ready to change it with the proper contra argument: some of the questions I asked myself and went to research on were: Is the “climate change” influenced greatly or very little by man? Is the Dalai Lama who he and the media portray him? Was Tibet a totalitarian theocracy? Is multiculturalism good? Are multiracialist countries safe and successful? Should we forgo the protection of owning arms because criminals are using them? Is homosexuality innate? Why never did some races create a written language or invent the wheel? Is abortion a Universal Human Right? Are a mom and a dad a Universal Human Right? Why killing a 1 month old baby a murder but killing a 8 month old fetus a choice? Was “prophet” mohamed a good man? Is affirmative action racism? Are special rights and hate crimes discriminatory? Is bullying an homosexual worse than bullying a kid with acne? Are men more intelligent than women? If there are physical differences between the races, are there also other differences? Why can the Black or Latinos be proud of their color or heritage etc but not a White? etc etc

      Then I write to those debating me to question everything and make up
      their opinions only when they are mature enough to look for and understand the
      different answers to their questioning everything.

    • ViktorNN

      Islam and Muslims are not popular in Hollywood. At all.

      I’m not talking about white progressive liberal Hollywood, where Ben Affleck lives. That Hollywood is a bit of a sham. It’s the feelgood pseudo-religion du jour.

      I’m talking about the real Hollywood. The one where the decisions get made. You could say Maher is “following his genes” in this case.

      • none of your business

        They boycotted the Beverly Hills Hotel which they loved because a muslim bought it Sultan of Borneo I think. Before it was bought by a muslim it was their favorite place in town. They hate Christianity most of all though.


      He is part of ‘the tribe’ and is willing to bash Islam. That’s why they make an exception.

  • MekongDelta69

    This is my ‘laugh a minute’ AmRen article of the week…

  • Lewis33

    The People’s Republic of California has eaten all of the evil conservatives and now turns on each other.

    • SlizzardAjeosshi

      Lefties are naturally attracted to some kind of Maoist cultural revolution chaos where they start annihilating each other when they run out of enemies.

      They’re basically evil, sadistic people

    • none of your business

      There are still a few of us around although I am not a conservative but a White nationalist.

  • richard garyson

    Poor Bill Maher can’t please anyone.

  • antiquesunlight

    Don’t get too excited. Bill Maher is still an idiot on most issues. His weird hatred of religion has allowed him to see the truth about Islam.

    • B.A_2014

      Not only is he an idiot, he also sleeps with black women.
      Very ugly black women if you ask me.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        I personally have never seen an attractive black woman, except maybe some very light-skinned mulattoes who basically look like caramel-colored whites

        • antiquesunlight

          That is exactly right and even black men know it. That is why they invariably prefer light skinned (i.e., mixed) black women over dark skinned (pure) black women.

          I’m convinced that a white man would only date a black woman if he can’t do any better, for some reason, or if he has some bizarre racial self-hatred going on that makes him want to “try new things.” I’m pretty sure the latter explains Maher’s lapses.

          • none of your business

            What were White men doing in the 300 years from about 1640 to 1960 when they created millions of blacks who would never have been born if black women had been left alone by White men.
            Some of our greatest enemies from Frederick Douglas to Jesse Jackson had or have White Fathers. Look at Holder. Look at the brown and tan skinned black population. We all know who their paternal ancestors were, White men.

          • Jerrybear

            Very true. It seems to be the reason why American blacks have higher IQs than their sub-Saharan brethren.

          • antiquesunlight

            Circumstances were different back then. I think most of the past errors are easily explained by the nature of men who might have a hard time avoiding easy sex even with an ugly person. The rest of it, and certainly most of what goes on now, is explained by what I said above.

      • antiquesunlight

        Yes, but to his credit, he did date some really cute white girl a few years ago.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well name me one none gay Hollywood personality on the left, think about it.One.

  • A difference between hate speech and free speech? I think not, Mr. Muzzie. Hate speech is free speech in action. And by the way, Mr. Religion of Pieces, criticizing your religion is NOT hate speech. Your sharia law is hate speech, which is why you, Mr. Dune Coon, should go back to your sand dunes and take a ride on Cylde the Camel.

  • dd121

    How could even the leftist lunatics at Berkeley, support Muslims after they hanged a woman who had been raped and then killed her attacker when Sharia law wouldn’t protect her? Could somebody parse that for me?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Muslims would shut Berkeley down in a heartbeat and New York minute!

      Men and women mixing together…women being educated…gays “proudly” shouting about homosexuality as normal…

      A lot of heads would roll.

  • Massif1

    Bill Maher is getting a bit more conservative as he gets older. Just recently he called Michael Brown – a thug, something no liberal would ever say.

    • MrC

      Yes, but Maher also called Darren Wilson “an obvious murderer” in the same breath.

      • none of your business

        Why do you guys watch the White hating anti Christian Maher?

    • TruthBeTold

      It’s difficult to know what Maher really believes. He stays relevant by making outrageous statements.

      I believe this started with Ben Afleck saying he believe Muslims are victims of ‘racism’ or something like that.

      Afleck was an easy target. Only someone who is blind wouldn’t see Muslims as the threat they are.

  • Massif1

    Read this somewhere else: “Marium Navid and Khwaja Ahmed, members of an on-campus group, are circulating a petition calling Maher “a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values U.C. Berkeley students and administration stand for.””

    Funny how Muslims around the world want to kill non-Muslims and they’re not called “racist.”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Maher is famous for include calling Sarah Palin a “t**t” and a “c**t” (comments that offended even the liberal National Organization of Women), saying Christians are schizophrenics, and comparing ‘retarded children’ to his dogs.

    I guess Mumia wasn’t available.

    Cal Berkeley is the home of the collegiate “Free Speech Movement” led by commie radical Mario Savio in the 60s, the outcome of which was totalitarianism – – freedom of speech for ME and other marxists while shutting down and silencing ANY opposing views.

    “Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,”

    Maher is a lefty loudmouth getting a taste of what it’s been like for conservative speakers for the past 20 years.

    It’s Schadenfreude when the left eat their own.

  • TruthBeTold

    “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.”

    How long before our Constitution is amended reflect such views?

    • none of your business

      When Obama’s next non White woman gets appointed to the vicars of Satan on earth, the supreme court judges.

  • JohnEngelman

    Everything liberals hate about the religious right and the Bible Belt is far more true of Muslims and Muslim countries.

    • none of your business

      Go away and stop posting your nonsense. Liberals disapprove of Baptists who think women should submit to their husbands but they think it is just fine when muslims rape and injure their 8 year old slave wives. Liberals claim Christians are evil bigots because they don’t grovel before the gay agenda but muslims enslaving boys and teens as gay sex slaves is just part of their superior culture.
      Go away.

      • antiquesunlight

        You’re saying the same thing John said.

    • A Freespeechzone

      True, but isn’t it ironic that liberals tend to meet the demands of muslims at almost every turn?

      Look at the ginormous mosque near Ground Zero, the met demands for prayer rooms in schools and colleges—and that liberals support muslim terrorists over Israel.

      Moreover, deafening silence from liberals when Americans are beheaded by this vile and dangerous cult.

      Meanwhile, Christians are seen as the enemy to all liberals.

      • JohnEngelman

        There are religious liberals, and liberal Christians.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    Maybe they can get Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to fill in?

  • none of your business

    Close the entire system down and send the students, profs and employees to the valley to work in the fields doing something useful like picking vegetables and sweating in the 120 degree packing houses.

    • Kenner

      Heck, that’s what they’ve done in many a worker’s paradise these twits so admire.

      • none of your business

        Right, Mao’s cultural revolution when he sent all the communists who overthrew Chaing Kai shek and the nationalist govt to die doing hard labor with no food. Ha ha

  • donkeypunch

    Blah, blah, blah… What doesn’t send these primitives into a frenzy ?

  • none of your business

    Go away with your google result posting. Why is this anti White who hates us allowed to post?

  • LHathaway

    What always amuses me is that a guy who is so incredibly politically correct is host of a show named ‘politically incorrect’.

    • Kenner

      He’s doing it wrong.

    • antiquesunlight

      Ha, yes. That is one of the funniest liberal delusions. All my liberal friends think they are so counter culture and independent, but most of their views are 100% mainstream.

      • LHathaway

        Certainly 80 to 90 percent or more of Bill Maher’s stated views are extremely, tightly, narrowly, politically correct. He could be a lesbian feminist humanities professor at Berkeley.

  • ckmariner

    I don’t understand why Bill Maher tells the truth about Islam, but gives the violent negro community a total pass.

    • Kenner

      Um, because he’s only half Irish?

    • M.

      He did call Michael Brown a thug last week.

    • antiquesunlight

      I think the contradiction is explained by the fact that Maher is a representative of the “intellectual” liberal movement. One of the main tenets of intellectual liberalism is staunch anti-religiousness. The other, common to all liberals, is that ethnic minorities are angels.

  • Folina Rai

    Maher is a lunatic, he calls radical people like Same Harris and Ann Coulter on his show and than demonize all Muslims.

    is what Ann Coulter once wrote about Muslims : “We must Attack Muslim
    countries, kill their leaders, convert them to Christianity.”

    is what Sam Harris wrote in his book : “What will we do if an Islamist
    regime, which grows dewy-eyed at the mere mention of paradise, ever
    acquires long-range nuclear weaponry? If history is any guide, we will
    not be sure about where the offending warheads are or what their state
    of readiness is, and so we will be unable to rely on targeted,
    conventional weapons to destroy them. In such a situation, the only
    thing likely to ensure our survival may be a nuclear first strike of our
    own. Needless to say, this would be an unthinkable crime—as it
    would kill tens of millions of innocent civilians in a single day”

    this guy invites Anti-Muslim lunatics on his shows and never questions
    them but questions total Muslim population of world that follows Islam.

    • antiquesunlight

      Maher doesn’t demonize all Muslims; he just points out that a very substantial percentage of them are woefully backwards and crazy. And he’s exactly right.

      • Folina Rai

        Its not substantial percentage, Its minority of people who act out. That is the truth.

        • antiquesunlight

          See JohnEngelman’s post above for one piece of evidence to the contrary. From Wikipedia:

          “According to an ICM Research poll in 2006, 20% of British Muslims felt sympathy with the July 7 terrorist bombers’ “feelings and motives”, although 99 per cent thought the bombers were wrong to carry out the atrocity. In another poll by NOP Research, almost one in four British Muslims believe that the 7/7 attacks on London were justified.

          In a Pew Research study from 2006, at least 1 in 4 respondents in the Muslim nations surveyed, except Turkey, had at least some confidence in Bin Laden. Confidence in Bin Laden was 16% or less among Muslims in the four European nations surveyed.

          In a 2007 Pew Research poll in response to a question on whether suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets to defend Islam could be justified, in Europe:

          …19% believed it could be justified rarely, 10% sometimes, and 6% thought it could be justified often.

          …9% believed it could be justified rarely, 12% sometimes, and 3% thought it could be justified often.

          … 6% believed it could be justified rarely, 6% sometimes, and 1% thought it could be justified often.

          … 9% believed it could be justified rarely, 10 % sometimes, and 6% thought it could be justified often.

          In mainly Muslim countries:

          25% believed it could be justified rarely, 20% sometimes, and 8% thought it could be justified often.

          61% of Muslims in Turkey believed it could never be justified, 9% believed it could be justified rarely, 14% sometimes, and 3% thought it could be justified often.

          43% of Muslims in Jordan believed it could never be justified, 28% believed it could be justified rarely, 24% sometimes, and 5% thought it could be justified often.

          28% of Muslims in Nigeria believed it could never be justified, 23% believed it could be justified rarely, 38% sometimes, and 8% thought it could be justified often.

          69% of Muslims in Pakistan believed it could never be justified, 8% believed it could be justified rarely, 7% sometimes, and 7% thought it could be justified often.

          71% of Muslims in Indonesia believed it could never be justified, 18% believed it could be justified rarely, 8% sometimes, and 2% thought it could be justified often.”

          So, while you are correct to say that a majority oppose radicalism, you are absolutely incorrect to suggest that the minority who does support it is insignificant.

  • ViktorNN

    Islam is incompatible with the global White Nation. These Muslim students should feel unsafe in our countries. They’re not wanted here.

  • Douglas Quaid

    The first sensible thought to gurgle out of Bill Maher’s mind in years gets the guy black balled in the capital of the so called free speech movement. Liberals give hypocrisy a bad name.

    • M.

      He does say sensible things once in a while. Last week, he said Michael Brown was not a gentle giant and was “acting like a thug”.

  • bubo

    Sorry muzzies, but you aren’t at the top of the victim pyramid in this country. That is the property of Godlike blacks with the homos not far behind. You are probably just below undocumented dreamers and ebola tourists.

  • none of your business

    What were Jesse Jackson’s parents doing in the 1940’s when they created him? What about Strom Thurmond’s daughter although to her credit she loved him and appreciated him? White slavery ended by 1800 and millions more mixed race people were born after that.

  • fgbrunner3

    When Muslim terrorists start attacking US shopping centers and beheading babies, maybe our sophisticated brothers and sisters at Berkeley will see the light.

    • antiquesunlight

      I don’t recommend holding your breath. If liberals responded sensibly to facts, the world would be a very different place right now.


    I’m sorry, but I just can’t feel sorry for these liberals (“finns” or gentiles) that openly mock whites, push diversity on us, constantly degrade anything that made America/Europe great and then their pawns (muslims, nonwhites) see through their BS more and more and are turning on them.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Look how quick the winds of PC blow. Bill Maher, super-progressive, points out some facts about Islam and is now a bigoted racist. I didn’t know Islam was a race. I’m also not sure how Bill Maher giving a speech would make students feel “unsafe” because of a 10 minute debate a month ago.

    My take on this is that most students in college are going to one day have a huge reality check when the big bad real world intrudes on their perception of reality.

  • brior

    Progs eat their own, how funny and so so satisfying .

  • Whirlwinder

    Tell the Mu-slimes that they are the kaffer here and to shut their pieholes.

  • guest

    Speech on the Berkeley campus was a posting topic here on September 10, if I recall.
    While campus freedom of speech is very important, it is the Internet that is of ultimately
    vital importance. The great power of the Internet is its infinite capacity to put the full rage
    of details and primary source materials–court documents, newspaper articles, minutes of
    hearings, correspondence, etc.–out into a kind of Information Commons that provides
    basic commentary about the “raw material”. Such basic facts and documents may at first
    glance seem a grand mess, but the very interesting phenomenon is that such raw material
    tends to a useful, if limited, extent to sift and sort itself into a degree of natural coherence.
    This sure affords a secure foundation for further discussion and elaboration and exploration.
    Some comments on September 10 , referred to the Milwaukee Project and the late Rick Heber. Without getting specifically into that topic, it can be indicated how valuable an
    “Information Commons” can be. For many years, academics were puzzled why no final
    and conclusive Report had been issued by the Project–indeed especially in view that
    about $14 million was spent–most of it in a six year period for the study of an N20
    treatment group—about $900,000 per child! An Information Commons could show
    the Project got into grant money in 1962 before it was started (!) for the conduct of a population survey of inner city Milwaukee. This survey was a sine qua non for the Project
    that itself got money fuel into it in 1964-65. In May 1979, Rick Heber said in the only
    interview he ever gave in his life that the Report was being “pulled together”. A newspaper article re Heber’s trial for mishandling funds, incidentally mentioned that
    the Report had been completed by a chief aide to Heber in about May 1980 only to
    find that Heber wanted it delayed (ostensibly to add some further data ??). Then another
    local newspaper item in 1982 reveals it had been sent to an academic journal to be
    printed in that medium. But it never was printed. Then a December 1983 article reveals
    that the 1,500 page typewritten manuscript of the Report has been accepted to be published as a book in the spring of 1984. But it never appeared….Well, the facts
    go on into a chain of details that, unlike most investigations, gets more puzzling as the
    details are unearthed and set up for viewing, each in relation to the other. Woven into
    this litany of omissions are dates in 1983 and in 1985 when the Project came under
    withering academic discussion and documentation–none of which would have arisen
    in such form and intensity if a Report had been issued by at least early 1983 or so.
    The details and basic documents relevant to Heber’s career and to the Project are
    far more fascinating and challenging than is the mere content of the research design,
    or the data, etc. Huge questions arise.
    The June 1971 Office of Education glitzy article by Strickland (later revealed to have
    been covertly levitated into place by Heber himself ) claimed the Project to be a
    “Miracle in Milwaukee” that was changing disadvantaged ghetto children into
    gifted level learners. But digging into the details, one discovers that an employee firing
    led to a momentary focus upon the Project by the then inflammatory civil rights “leader”
    Fr. James Groppi. Also, at that time the Madison campus was about the equivalent
    of a Maoist Red Guard Convention. It is not unlikely that details and a specific
    chronology will yet suggest that all the “glitz” was a raw, realistic move by Heber to
    keep the Left “comfy” about the Project. Lacking such details, critics have made
    arm chair conjectures that Heber was a lefty wanting to vindicate “nurture” over “nature”.
    (He likely was quietly and privately very far right in his politics ) The effect of this
    Stickland glitz was to cause Jensenism to be widely disregarded for two decades by
    intellectuals outside of behavioral science who assumed that a huge question mark
    faced Jensen from Heber. But it is likely Heber just wanted Jensenism to stay away
    from his Project–especially, if by 1971 he had begun to wonder if the big test scores
    would turn out to be “teaching to the test” inflation and that the Project might turn out to be
    rather more supportive of Jensen’s hypotheses than challenging to them. It turned out
    that way when the Report was issued in 1988 and when a very fact rich dissertation
    regarding the Project appeared from UW Milwaukee at about the same time.
    The Internet would have made it possible at the time to get a wealth of details out
    that conventional newsprint and certainly chatter media could not then do at all.
    A retrospective on Heber’s career and on the Milwaukee Project would be most of all
    a dramatic demonstration of what is now anachronistic and Luddite and how much
    better off academe would be to make full use of the Internet and to break free of
    remaining anachronisms and Luddite affinities. Freedom of information on campus
    is NOT job one. Freedom of the Internet is.