Ben Affleck gets into heated debate over Islam
Los Angeles: 'Gone Girl' star Ben Affleck clashed with author Sam Harris over the topic of Islam and radicalism on TV show 'Real Time With Bill Maher'.
The 42-year-old actor, who was on a panel discussion on current affairs became angry when Maher and Harris started talking about radical elements in Islam.
"We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards muslims as people. It's intellectually ridiculous," Harris said.
Affleck interrupted him saying, "Hold on ? are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?" He then told them their talk was "gross and racist".
Harris argued that Islam was currently the "motherlode of bad ideas" to which Maher agreed but an angry Affleck said, "It's just an ugly thing to say."
Affleck said, "How about the more than a billion people who are not fanatical, who don't punish women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, pray five times a day and don't do any of the things that 'all Muslims do'? You're stereotyping. You're taking a few bad things and you're painting the whole religion with that same brush."
The actor finally countered Harris' views by saying that he disagreed with everything that he said. "We've killed more Muslims than they've killed us, by an awful lot... Yet we're exempted from these things because they're not really a reflection of what we believe in... I'm specifically telling you that I disagree with what you think," the actor said.