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Reconsidering Commencement

An examination of the process to select the commencement speaker

Last semester, comedian Bill Maher ignited controversy upon being invited to deliver the fall commencement address. The campus quickly found itself embroiled in a heated debate about the limitations of free speech. While national coverage surrounded Maher’s public opinions about Islam, a pressing question for Berkeley was how commencement day
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Maher’s invitation shows disregard for students

This is not a matter of free speech — Maher can iterate his beliefs on campus at a debate or club event. This is about granting Bill Maher the honor of being our commencement speaker when he clearly spreads ignorance and intolerance affecting the very people he would be addressing. When the exercise of free speech invokes hatred, we must stand up against that hatred.
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