Ben Affleck Debates Bill Maher Over Islam

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 3:12 PM PDT, October 04, 2014
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Ben Affleck is not afraid to speak his mind.

On HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher last night, the actor got in a heated debated with the outspoken host over radical Islam.

Joining them, author Sam Harris opened up the debate when he said that, "The crucial point of confusion is that we have been sold this meme of Islamophobia where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets confused with where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. That is intellectually ridiculous."

The Gone Girl actor asks, "Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?" He continues with, "(Your characterization) is gross and racist. It's like saying, 'Oh, you shifty Jew!;"

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In conversation that goes back and forth, Maher says,  "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."

"What is your solution? That we condemn Islam?" Ben asks him. "We've killed more Muslims then they've killed us by an awful lot, and we've invaded more Islamic nations. But we're exempted from these things?"

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You can see the men in the heated debate here.

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