Bill Maher's commencement speech at UC Berkeley is just two days away (December 20) in spite of the best efforts of the fascist elements of Berkeley that don't believe in free speech. The question I have is what Maher will say in his remarks.
First of all, I don't think he should bash Islam as he has on his show. There will be Muslim students in the class and nobody should hear their religion bashed in that forum. A commencement speech is not the proper venue.
I do think that rather than telling the students to "follow their dreams" or something like that, Maher should speak very forcefully on the principles of free speech and how they have been circumscribed in the universities. In fact, I can think of no more important message that these young people need to hear given the controversy over his appearance.
In addition, I would encourage the university to pump the live feed from the speech into the office of Hatem Bazian, the professor who has been leading the drive to have Maher cancelled. He might learn something about America-something he is woefully ignorant of.