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Why UC Berkeley got it wrong on Bill Maher's speech
Why UC Berkeley got it wrong on Bill Maher's speech

There’s been a great deal of celebration about UC Berkeley sticking to its invitation to Bill Maher as a commencement speaker. Free speech in the cradle of the free speech movement, students should be open to provocative views that differ from their own, and all that. Maher’s invitation was decried by some student groups because of his recent questioning of Islam as a religion that he saw as perhaps inherently more violent and intolerant than others. I think Cal is wrong. Don’t misunderstand. As a journalist and a fierce advocate of the right—the necessity—of providing forums for uncomfortable and dissenting speech, I think Maher and all manner of such...

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