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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 05/ 3/2010

'SOUTH PARK': Bill Maher to radical Muslims: Freedom of speech is 'not negotiable'

By Michael Cavna


On "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart relatively soft-pedaled his defense of fellow Comedy Central employees, "South Park's" Matt Stone and Trey Parker, against a group of Muslim critics. Over at HBO this weekend, though, Bill Maher wasn't holding anything back.

On his show "Real Time With Bill Maher," the show's every-incendiary host opined during his segment "The Rules":

"When South Park got threatened last week by Islamists incensed at their depiction of Muhammad, it served -- or should serve -- as a reminder that our culture isn't just different than one that makes death threats to cartoonists. It's better."

In his defense of the First Amendment and other Americal civil liberties, Maher -- who made the film "Religulous" -- continued: "The Western world needs to make it clear: Some things about our culture are not negotiable. And can't change. And one of them is freedom of speech, Separation of church and state is another."

Maher's comedic kicker to the segment: "If you don't get that, and you still want to kill someone over a stupid cartoon, please make it Garfield."

Video of "The Rules" segment, captioned "Cartoon Nutwork," can be seen HERE.

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By Michael Cavna  | May 3, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
Categories:  General, The Animation  | Tags:  Bill Maher, Comedy Central, Daily Show, HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Religulous, RevolutionMuslim, South Park, Trey Parker  
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Comments

RE: MOLLY NORRIS AND'EVERYBODY DRAW MOHAMMED DAY'

hEY! I Know: let's have "Scream Stupid After Watching an Episode of South Park AND DAN SAVAGE Day!"
The point of South Park, if you ask me, is male prepubescent humor in adult bodies. It's cowardly and stupid to poke fun in such an obvious and juvenile way. At least they could be clever, like Molly Norris' cartoon was.

Posted by: frontporchtalker | May 5, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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