Ben Affleck Slams Bill Maher for Slamming Islam & Calls His Views 'Racist' (VIDEO)

Ben AffleckIt's not often I agree with Bill Maher. Like, almost never. But people never fail to surprise me, and on Friday night on Real Time With Bill Maher, the host had me wanting to give him a virtual high-five. Maher got into it with Ben Affleck on the subject of Islam, and basically took the Gone Girl actor to task for defending it.

Maher pointed out that liberals are funny for generally being big supporters of Islam, when that religion basically goes against everything else they applaud, like feminism and homosexuality. Not to mention freedom of speech.


The host addressed fellow panelist, author Sam Harris, and said, "You and I have been trying to make the case that liberals need to stand up for liberal principles ... freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, including homosexuals, these are liberal principles that liberals applaud for ... but then when you say in the Muslim world this is what's lacking, then they get upset."

"Liberals have failed us," Harris agreed.

To which Affleck sarcastically replied, "Thank God you're here ... are you the person that understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam?"

"I'm actually well-educated on this topic," Harris responded. Yup, dude has basically made a career out of studying and questioning religion.

Anyway, a heated debate ensued, in which Batman Affleck said Maher's views on Islam were "gross," "racist," and "disgusting," Harris said the religion is "the motherload of bad ideas," and Maher pointed out, "It's the only religion that acts like the mafia that will f--king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book."

Are you Team Affleck or Team Maher when it comes to defending Islam?


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