Bill Maher Discusses Free Speech and Salman Rushdie's Attack in Real Time

Bill Maher Discusses Free Speech and Salman Rushdie's Attack in Real Time ...

The recent assault on writer Salman Rushdie was discussed on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher last night. A man rushed the stage and stabbed him. He is currently on a ventilator and is in serious condition.

Maher said the issue is somewhat personal because Rushdie is a good friend (and frequent guest) of his. He read the attackers' name, Hadi Matar, and said that his guess is that he is not Amish given the threat of Islamic extremists killing Rushdies.

Sal, as Maher referred to him, intended to talk about artistic freedom. Maher said, "Don't come at me with Islamaphobia. It's just a way to shut off debate."

Piers Morgan, a guest who has had his own issues with free speech, said, "Free speech starts with something you cant stand." Morgan cautioned that you may dislike the opinions or the individual. However, you should be able to accept their right to have a different opinion.

Morgan noted how the number of calls for trigger warnings and cancellations of offensive remarks in the United States and the United Kingdom is increasing. It's nuts, he said, insisting that there's a very thin line between that and Salman Rushdie.

Rikki Schlott, a New York Post columnist, claims that her generation was never taught the principles of free speech. She believes that increased sensitivity to words has been one of the main causes for incidents like the Rushdies incident. The moral conclusion to those who believe words are violence, she said, is You fight words that offend with violence.

A short segment of this discussion can be seen below.

Maher touched on the FBI's raid of former President Donald Trump's house in Mar-a-Lago throughout the episode, but then got serious about the items that might have been found in Trump's safe harbor.

Is this a political catastrophe, or is it a legal one? Maher enquired.

If it turns out to be the real deal, Morgan said, that is a serious crime and he should be held accountable. If it does not turn out to be there, then there are legitimate concerns from Trump supporters about the different standards that have been applied to Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Hunter Biden, and others.

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