Here’s one of the quieter Maher segments you’ll ever see. Quiet, as in crickets chirping. Mice farting in church. Silence like the depths of space, in the mind of a deaf-mute, who is also dead. That quiet. But then again, maybe that’s not entirely unexpected when you call out your core audience for being “part of the problem” Bill’s never made any secret of the fact that there are things he dislikes about the far left; and if ever there were a secret in it, all was revealed in the deafening sound of this particular silence.
As he has during almost every episode since coming back on air last week, Maher talked about the Charlie Hebdoe Massacre. And for sure, the atheist decrier of Islam an “inherently violent religion” has had good reason to feel a bit vindicated since then. Especially given the fact that a mere three months before the killings, he was the center of a student protest at Berkeley. Many students lined up there, trying to have Maher’s commencement addressed cancelled over his “Islamophobia.” Specifically over this statement:
“[Islam is] the only religion that acts like the mafia, and will kill you if you say the wrong thing, or draw the wrong picture.”
Three months later: Charlie Hebdoe.
But, prophetic as his words have now proven, the student protesters at Berkeley found no wisdom in the statement. Instead, they labelled Maher a “bigot” and “Islamophobe.” See if you can hear the vacuum of space when Maher says this:
“Liberals hate bullying, alright. But they’re not opposed to using it. When they casually throw out words like ‘bigot’ and ‘racist,’ it does cow people into avoiding this debate. And if you’re doing that, you don’t get to wear the #JeSuisCharlie button. The button you should wear says #JeSuisPartOfTheProblem.”
And, cold as that may be, quietly as it was recieved, it is absolutely accurate. This part, not so much. Referring to an effort to get Rush Limbaugh off the air by boycotting his sponsors, Maher said of the campaign organizers:
“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.”
Here’s where we have to point out: Part of free speech is the right to react, in speech, to anything anyone else says. The First Amendment is the Free Market of thought; but unlike the economic “free market,” freedom of speech really does work best when unregulated. In short, if people want to organize to starve Rush off the airwaves by putting pressure on his sponsors, then isn’t that what the free market is supposed to be about? Isn’t that the ultimate expression of the First Amendment?
Still, let’s hope Bill doesn’t see that expression expressed after calling out his fellow liberals for their “bullying” tactics. Comeuppance earned is the sweetest kind, even if it is to the sound of silence.
H/T: Addicting Info