Ben Affleck Blasts Bill Maher for Insulting Islam. Bill Maher compared Islam religion to being in the Mafia. While Guest Sam Harris said that Islam was the 'motherload of bad ideas'. Heated discussion took place on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday. The trio collided while debating whether large numbers of the Muslim population share the beliefs of jihadists.
It led to the actor saying: 'It's just an ugly thing to say. It's gross, it's racist. It's like saying: "Oh you shifty Jew".'
The conversation begin with Harris, who was promoting his book Waking Up, by saying: 'The crucial point of confusion is we have been sold this meme of Islamaphobia - where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam is conflated with bigatory towards Muslims as people. Which is intellectually ridiculous."
Affleck responds by saying: 'Are you the person who understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam.?'
Harris then returns by saying 'I am actually well educated in this subject' before Affleck says: 'You are saying that Islamaphobia is not a real thing?'
Maher then says: 'That's not what we are saying' before Harris adds: 'We have to be able to criticize bad ideas and Islam is the motherload of bad ideas.'
The Gone Girl star then sits back in his chair in shock and adds 'It's an ugly thing to say.'
Maher continues the conversation: 'Lets get down to who has the right answer. A billion people you say, all these people don't hold these pernicious beliefs. That's just not true Ben, that's just not true.
'You say its down to these few bad apples, but the idea that someone should be killed if they leave the Islamic religion is just a few bad apples...'
Affleck then says: 'The people who actually believe that you should murder someone if you dishonor the Islamic faith is not with the majority of Muslims at all.