Bill Maher has defended Kirk Cameron's, Rush Limbaugh's and Tracy Morgan's right to offend others.

In an op-ed titled Please Stop Apologizing published Wednesday in The New York Times, Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, wrote that public figures have the right to offend others.

“When did we get it in our heads that we have the right to never hear anything we don't like?” Maher said. “In the last year, we've been shocked and appalled by the unbelievable insensitivity of Nike shoes, the Fighting Sioux, Hank Williams Jr., Cee Lo Green, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan, Don Imus, Kirk Cameron, Gilbert Gottfried, the Super Bowl halftime show and the ESPN guys who used the wrong cliché for Jeremy Lin after everyone else used all the others. Who can keep us?”
While Morgan, a co-star on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, apologized after he drew the ire of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for jokes he delivered during a standup routine in Nashville in which he condoned anti-gay bullying and said he would stab his son to death if he found out he was gay, Cameron has instead dug in his heels, saying that his anti-gay comments were taken out of context.

Maher said that while he finds radio host Rush Limbaugh “obnoxious” he coexists comfortably with him because “the only time I hear him is when I'm at a stoplight next to a pickup truck.”

“I don't want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone,” he concluded. “That's why we have Canada. That's not for us.”