Ben Affleck defended Islam while on Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher.
The two sparred when Affleck felt Maher and guest Sam Harris were painting an overly broad and negative picture of those who practice Islam.
Affleck did not appreciate Harris’ comment that Americans have been “sold this meme of Islamophobia.” Affleck responded by asking Harris, “Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?”
“It’s gross, it’s racist,” Affleck added about Maher and Harris’ remarks. “It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew.’ ” Maher told Affleck that he wasn’t actually listening to them.
Harris said Islam is currently the “motherload of bad ideas,” with which Maher agreed, leading Affleck to counter: “It’s just an ugly thing to say.”
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