Psst…hey, Bill Maher…no shame in apologizing, you know!

I initially concluded that Maher was getting an unfair rap a few weeks back for his comments about what he perceived to be the irrationality of Islam. However, the controversy has dragged on way too long, and only Maher can end it with a nice, simple “My bad!” Hopefully, he’ll do so soon:

UC Berkeley’s administration is insisting that a campus speech by Bill Maher will proceed as scheduled in December despite opposition from students who say the offer should be rescinded to protest what they allege were anti-Muslim statements by the political satirist.

Citing Maher’s right to free speech, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said in a statement that “the invitation will stand, and [I look] forward to welcoming Mr. Maher to the Berkeley campus.”

The statement noted that the decision “does not constitute an endorsement” of any of Maher’s views although it supports the television personality’s right to express them…

Maher, a comedian, author and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” was asked to speak at UC Berkeley’s mid-year commencement on Dec. 20. But protesters wanted Maher to be disinvited because of statements he made on his Oct. 6 show that some believe portrayed Islam as a violent faith; the protestors say he suggested most Muslims believe that anyone who leaves the religion should be executed.

Considering the foul forces that have embraced Maher’s remarks, there would be nothing wrong with Maher declaring that he understands why reasonable people objected to his remarks about Islam, and that he is sorry for having caused any ill will. Be the bigger man, Bill. End this controversy in real time.

UPDATE: Oh, for crissakes, Bill…

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.