Comedian Bill Maher on Friday night bashed liberals who have protested his controversial comments on Islam, but now show solidarity with French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Maher referenced the students at University of California-Berkley who tried to keep him from giving the commencement speech last year, and criticized the efforts to suppress his viewpoint.
“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,” he said on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “And if you’re doing that, you don’t get to wear the ‘Je suis Charlie’ button. The button you should wear says ‘Je suis part of the problem.'”
“Opinions shouldn’t be illegal,” he continued. “Everyone can always come up with a reason why the thing that bugs you should get a waiver, but free speech only works if there are no waivers — no waivers, including for religion.”
Watch the video via “Real Time with Bill Maher.”