Even some of the most prominent liberals in the country are turning against the Left.
They’re seeing how the Left is becoming authoritarian and they want nothing to do with that.
Now, a top liberal has decided to abandon the radical Left and defend free speech for all.
Bill Maher has been famous for a long time as a liberal pundit and comedian. He has consistently taken shots at the right and at conservative causes.
He still considers himself a liberal. He despises Donald Trump.
But Maher is still an American who believes in values like free speech. And he is furious that his former allies on the Left are turning against those sacred values.
Now, on his talk show on HBO, Maher has gone on the attack against Left-wing censorship, especially at Twitter.
And his statements shocked a couple of the Leftists on the panel with him, including MSNBC host Ali Velshi.
Maher said, “the argument to me is ‘has Twitter failed in setting themselves up in the past as the judge of what can go out there?’ And I would say yes, you have. You failed when you took the New York Post off of Twitter for talking about Hunter Biden’s emails, and it turned out that was a real story. You failed when you said we couldn’t read about whether COVID had come from a lab. You failed.”
Maher then brought up the example of the Babylon Bee, which recently got frozen out of Twitter because they “misgendered” Rachel Levine, who is biologically male.
“Did you read about this Babylon Bee? Do you know what the Babylon Bee is? It’s like a Christian version of The Onion,” Maher said.
“Cause everyone needs that,” Velshi sarcastically snapped back.
But Maher hit back, “Well some people do. They’re not all you and me, okay?”
“I’m not everybody. Have a little humility.”
This is an incredibly important point that Maher made. Disagreeing with someone is not justification for taking away their free speech.
Everyone should have enough humility to acknowledge the possibility that their own views are wrong. No one is smart or wise enough to have all the answers or know the full truth.
That’s why we allow free speech – because someone else might genuinely know something that we don’t. Someone else might be right, and we might be wrong.
Neither Velshi nor Maher are Christian. But the difference is that Velshi is convinced that his views are correct, and so he thinks Christian satire sites should be shut down and removed from Twitter.
Maher admits that he doesn’t know everything, and his views could be wrong. And so people have the right to hold their own views, and he doesn’t have a right to silence them.
Maher’s attitude towards free speech is the same one everyone should have. No matter if you hate Biden or support Biden, no matter if you’re Christian or atheist, you have a right to speak your mind.
If we give up those important values, we lose our entire society.