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VIDEO: Ben Affleck, Bill Maher Debate Gets VERY Heated After ‘Racism’ Accusation

The Real Time with Bill Maher panel got heated on Friday after Ben Affleck went after Maher and author Sam Harris for their take on Islamic fundamentalism.

“We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people,” Harris explained. “It’s intellectually ridiculous.”

“Hold on,” Affleck interjected. “Are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?”

Affleck said that criticizing Muslims as a whole is “gross and racist. It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!’”

“Why are you so hostile about this?” Maher asked. “You’re not listening to what we’re saying.”

“You guys are saying, if you want to be a liberal, believe in liberal principles,” Affleck replied. “Like we are endowed by our forefathers with inalienable rights, all men are created equal.”

“Islam is the motherload of bad ideas,” Harris said.

“Jesus,” a frustrated Affleck exclaimed.

“That’s just a fact,” Maher added.

“How about the more than a billion people who aren’t fanatical, who don’t punish women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, and don’t do any of the things you say all Muslims do?” Affleck replied.

“It’s the only religion that acts like the mafia,” Maher said. “They will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”

“I’m simply telling you, I disagree with you,” Affleck said.

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  • Thom Lee

    Saw it live and it reminded me of the women from The View. If cool heads and respect prevailed. They may actually have accomplished something. It disappointed me.

  • lugnut

    I agree with Affleck. It’s as though the others forgot about people belonging to other religions cruelty. And you don’t have to look back to far for the evidence. In fact, you can see it today. Curious, did people like Harris and Maher, label Christianity as a whole, a violent and suppressive religion? As I’ve learned, people belonging to all religions, have murdered millions. Most recently, 270 years of bondage and massive child molestation on black people in a country (The U.S.A) that was close to 100% Christian.

    • I think their point is, if liberals are going to criticize religious zealots in the US attacking gay people, women’s rights, etc. then liberals should then acknowledge that Muslim-majority nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, (long list) all have laws that are not just anti-gay and anti-women on the books but also horrific punishments for those offenses. And this is not an ISIS or extremist thing, it’s wide spread phenomenon as witnessed by the fact that it’s state law in the vast majority of Muslim nations.