In recent weeks Bill Maher has become less tolerant of the left’s cover of the intolerant Islamists and has said so on his television show.
This week he engaged in that discussion with his panel, which included as a member the actor turned activist for Islam, Ben Affleck. Affleck has some real problems with the content of the conversation and the connection of Islam to intolerance, brutality, murder and other atrocities consistent with the radical’s 7th century belief system.
Affleck interrupts the reasoned comments of his fellow panel member Sam Harris, labeling his comments as being “racist and gross” and questions his qualifications to make such determinations. One might ask the actor how he was able to conclude that Islamic is a race, while they’re on the subject of qualifications.
When Harris says that we have to be able to criticize bad ideas, Affleck agrees, saying, “of course we do.” When Harris opines that Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas, and Maher says that it is “just a fact,” Affleck becomes visibly pained.
Affleck wants to ignore the percentage of Muslims who butcher and abuse their fellow man, choosing to focus on only those who behaved in a civilized manner.
Harris provides facts to back up his claims, and a reasoned perspective on the problem citing a minimum of 20 percent of Muslims who are Islamist that support the caliphate type of global authoritarianism.
What Maher describes as “the key point” is the Harris observation that we are led to believe that the jihadists are the fringe.
The other two guests, Nicholas Kristof, and Michael Steele make the typical excuses of there are fringe elements in all religions and faulting the reporting, sounding also like apologists for Islam, failing to produce evidence of Christians or Jews beheadings, mass executions and mass indiscriminate rape and murder.
Bill Maher makes an excellent point, describing Islam as the only religion “That acts like the Mafia, that will f**king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.” Steele and Kristof, in arguing further with Maher actually just help him to make his point.
Affleck might want to try making his next film in Syria or Iraq and see if his views are in any way impacted by the threats to his very existence which he will encounter every day, both before and after he is given an orange jumpsuit to wear.
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