Hollywood actor Ben Affleck engaged in a heated debate with author Sam Harris and TV host Bill Maher on Friday in the HBO talk show “Real Time With Bill Maher”.
Harris and Maher were trying to make the argument that Liberals in the West weren’t doing enough to stand up to radical Islamic beliefs, including those about the treatment of women and minorities.
Affleck insisted that Maher and Harris were over-generalizing when they characterized the majority of Islam as violent.
“So let me understand, are you the person who understands the official codified doctrine of Islam? You are the interpreter of that?”, Affleck argued. “It’s gross – it’s racist,” said the star of the hit movie, “Gone Girl“.
Harris said: “We have to be able to criticise bad ideas … and Islam right now is the mother lode of bad ideas.”
Watch the 10-minute exchange below: