U.S. actor Ben Affleck slams TV host for ‘racist’ interpretation of Islam
During a debate on Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher claimed that Islam as a religion was intolerant
American star Ben Affleck slammed TV host Bill Maher for comments made on Islam during an interview aired Friday on U.S. network HBO.
During a debate on Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher claimed that Islam as a religion was intolerant.
Maher later claimed in the debate that Islam was “the only religion that acts like the mafia — that will f*****g kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”
In response, Affleck then asked the panelists: “What is your answer? Is it just to condemn Islam? We've killed more Muslims than they have killed us by an awful lot.”
“Yet somehow we are exempt from these things. Because they are not really a reflection of what we believe in.”
He then said sarcastically: “It was by accident, that's how we invaded Iraq. I am explicitly telling you that I disagree with what you think.”
The Oscar-winning director also voiced disapproval when author and fellow talk show panel guest Sam Harris said the Muslim faith was the “motherload of bad ideas.”
“We can criticize Christians…but when you want to talk about the treatment of women, homosexuals and free thinkers in the Muslim world, liberals have failed us…we have been sold this meme of Islamaphobia - where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam is conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people. Which is intellectually ridiculous.”
Affleck responded: “'It’s just an ugly thing to say. It’s gross, it's racist. It's like saying: ‘Oh you shifty Jew."