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Ben Affleck Goes On The OFFENSIVE Against Bill Maher For Perceived Racist Views Regarding Islam!

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He isn't afraid to take on these atheist titans!

Ben Affleck recently went on Bill Maher's HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher but the actor wasn't there just to promote his own movie Gone Girl.

[ Related: Jon Stewart Spoiled Gone Girl?? Watch Ben Affleck Get Bat-MAD In This Awkward Daily Show Interview! ]

In fact he went toe-to-toe against Bill Maher and another famous atheist guest Sam Harris and Mr. Affleck was provoked to do as much when Sam Harris said the following:

"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."

But Ben strongly disagreed with that, and thought Mr. Harris was being racist to the majority of the 1.5 billion people who believe in and practice Islam.

Here's Ben's retort:

"Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam? [Your characterization] is gross and racist. It's like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew!'"

​Later on down the line Bill Maher, who definitely disagreed with Ben Affleck, said:

"It's the only religion that acts like the mafia — that will f*cking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book."

But Ben was NOT down with this argument, and expressed as much when he said:

"Your argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other.'"

Both parties here definitely had their own good points, but we're just impressed with the fact that Ben had the gonads to speak his mind — especially considering how many movies he's working on!

He's got a lot to lose if he potentially voiced a controversial thing in this difficult conversation about religion, but this guy just cannot back down!

And that's what we love about him!

Check out the heated debate that happened on the show down (below) !!!

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70 comments to “Ben Affleck Goes On The OFFENSIVE Against Bill Maher For Perceived Racist Views Regarding Islam!”

  1. 1

    another Hollywood liberal. Hey Ben go take a vacation in Syria. Maybe you will meet a nice kind islamic piece of shit. They are religious fanatics and extremeists and dont u forget this. You have no idea about what is is like living in the real world so take your ridiculous comments and tell them to some other asshole.

  2. 2

    Ben think's that because he won an award for an incredibly mediocre film, that it somehow gives him intellectual license to argue with people that know what the fuck they're talking about. Ben Affleck has no clue as to what Harris was expressing, and no clue as to what he, himself, is talking about. Ben is, in short, a total moron.

  3. 3

    Re: gezabel – Actually, being Liberal has nothing to do with it. Maher and Harris are Liberals. Your point is ignorant and moot.

  4. Affleck for 2018 says – reply to this


    What a surprise… Ben Affleck taking the defence of Islam.
    How ironic. I was wondering ?
    Is this the same Ahole who had blasphemed by ridiculing the holy image of Jesus in one of his crappy movie called dogma.
    Yeah. It was what I thinked.. Now! Is it just me or this lame person sounds pretty biased!

  5. Kster111 says – reply to this


    Whether I agree with him or not, I have to applaud him. Not many celebrities are willing to speak out in what they believe in and actually have knowledge of what they are speaking of. Its discusting to see that as soon as someone speaks against what the majority believe in they are immediately bashed on as it's happening now. There is hate in very religion and it's so stupid to single out one religion and stereotype everyone based on what our perception of what their religion is.

  6. be honest says – reply to this


    Re: Kster111 – Are you sure to be on the same planet we all? Dude, in 2014, there is no more Christians who practice any kind of Holy Crusades against infidels or the murdering of the latters.
    It was just this simple evidence that this atheist highlighted!

  7. 7

    Re: Kster111 – Except he doesn't know what he's talking about, in that eh doesn't understand what Harris, et al, were trying to say. He was very reactionary, like a child, without understanding the concept or ideology behind what was being said. He wasn't being "bashed" for speaking against the majority.

  8. XXX says – reply to this


    Re: be honest – Are you sure to be on the same planet as the rest of us? Dude, in 2014, there is no more Christians who practice any kind of Holy Crusades against infidels or the murdering of the latter.
    It was just a simple fact that this atheist highlighted!

  9. sara says – reply to this


    Oh Ben, Islam is not a race, dear.

  10. lisa says – reply to this


    Ben is the wisest, mature. Wote for Ben!, the others where disturbung immature scary ppl i say (help!).

  11. Nska says – reply to this


    The fact that those two are atheists means nothing. I am an atheist, and what they were saying appalled me. Bigotry is bigotry regardless of religion or lack thereof.

  12. 123456 says – reply to this


    It disgusts me to read some of the ignorant comments posted on here, i can't believe some people actually have this view on the world. Islam is a religion of billions of people worldwide. A few extremists don't define all those people. As an atheist living in an islamic country, i can honestly tell you that 99% of muslims are peaceful, ordinary people - who's beliefs are not that different from those who are christian. Of course, the fundamentalists are horrible people, but please do not generalize all muslims. I know many ordinary muslims who are 100000% against all fundamentalist groups, and the killing of all people. By generalizing them all as evil, all you're going to do is push them even further into fundamentalist beliefs, so do us all a favor and start thinking of muslims as PEOPLE, just like any christian, Jew, Buddhist, atheist, OR Black person.

  13. ^^ says – reply to this


    Re: lisa – you know you go to hell sucker isn't.

  14. 14

    Re: adg100Re: adg100 – Hey smart ass. You should calm the fu*k down and quit being a nasty asshole. I would like very much to see what you actually look like. You sound like an angry fat, ugly bitch. Ding, ding ding. I think I just won the jackpot!!!!!

  15. 15

    Firstly, ISALM is not a race ..and secondly.,…how a gay man could defend it is beyond me..Hoesntly Perez…the day you draw ur last breath will be one worth celebrating

  16. Elhugh0 says – reply to this


    Every religion has it's extremists, to single out the whole Islamic religion as evil is incredibly ignorant and narrow minded. Of course these extremist Muslims are disgusting, however people like this kind be found in most religions and to define all Muslims as being the same is wrong.

  17. Becks1121 says – reply to this


    Atheism has nothing to do with being against Muslim extremists or the fact that Islam sets women back to the middle ages.

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    Re: Elhugh0 – God u are a fucking dumbass. When Israel was bombin Gaza, we had protests by muslims all over the fucking world in every major city by muslims…yet when ISIS is on the loose massacring fellow MUSLIMS all u hear is SILENCE by the muslim community at large…They are the biggets hypocritical pieces of shit in the entire world…I honestly believe that every muslim should stay ina muslim country and elave the rest of su to our devices…

    They can stay in the middle ages worshiping their pedophile prophet and the rets of us will advance in life. Fuck muslims and their bullshit.

  19. Mianni says – reply to this


    We need to focus on what we have in common. Parez has a child, Ben has children and these men are open to diversity. The classrooms, in the free world, should look like a gathering of the United Nations so the fear of "others" can be dispelled. There is always hope and it seems Ben is not going to judge those who he comes into contact with based on their colour, race or religion…his children can take comfort in that.

  20. 20

    Atheists are usually on the liberal side anyway.
    But what a surprise, a Hollywood person who is rooting for the enemy of the US.
    Hey Perez, maybe you should get an apartment in the middle east, I hear they think highly of people like you, who have a "specific" lifestyle. Islam loves that.

  21. AmeenaP says – reply to this


    Ok crushing on Ben Affleck big time now! We live in a horribly racist an misinformed country and I'm glad he's not one of them. Swoon!

  22. Ameena says – reply to this


    Re: gezabel – You clearly are a racist idiot.

  23. ameenap says – reply to this


    Re: Becks1121 – your statement about women is wrong. The religion doesn't set women back. I was born and raised Muslim. I do not over my hair, I have a great deal of education, I married who I wanted as have ALL of my cousins and family members. Are some women oppressed? Yes. But those are cultural issues not the religion. Many women in Africa, China, Indonesia, Russia etc are oppressed and are not Muslim…most are Christian.

  24. deestar says – reply to this


    Re: ameenap – Right …because Christianity and any other religion for that matter covers women's bodies particularly their MOUTHS, yet husbands are entitled to several wives…. Women have no place or voice in Islam, their main purpose is to reproduce.
    Its not oppressive at all.

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    Re: deestar – That is ridiculously near sighted. Not all muslims believe and practice polygamy or have women with the sole purpose or reproducing. There are several accomplished and educated muslim women in the IT company I work for. And do you really think it doesn't happen with the rest of the religious people? Just look at the Duggars, the women have no control over their bodies and are just for reproduction and they are christians… go to redneck-ville USA and you'll find little white girls being married to their cousins.. Travel to South America which is fervently catholic and say that you will not be harassed or attacked for being openly atheist. It happens EVERYWHERE, so either hate on everyone or admit you are a big hypocrite

  26. reddy says – reply to this


    I have new found respect for Ben Afleck !! Awesome ! I wish more celebrities had the courage to speak up when ignorant schmucks like Maher air their prejudices.

  27. kelly says – reply to this


    They werent saying that ALL muslims are bad people or are fundamentalists. They also werent saying that ALL muslims abuse women and gays. What they were saying is that the majority of muslims in the middle east do share oppressive views on women and gays, whether that comes from the religion or culture i don't know. But what I do know is that millions of women in the middle east are suffering horrendously and are beginning to try to speak out against the abuse they are receiving from their husbands, fathers, and males in their communities. I just watched a documentary about a group of muslim women who are working together to try to change the living conditions for middle eastern women and they were actually ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE WESTERN WORLD. They said that non-muslims are afraid to speak out about the abuse going on in the muslim world because they then are called racists. They were pleading for non-muslims to speak out against the abuse regardless of whether or not they would be titled a racist. Everyone should be able to practice whatever religion they want BUT they should not be able to abuse other people just because they believe it is apart of their religion or culture.

  28. zynp says – reply to this


    Im a muslim and im turkish. I can truly say that islam not what youre thinking. As a law student i will do anything for women who needs help for abuse all over the world.it makes me cry seeing the news middle east is really in a danger and its not islams fault.Hz.Muhammad taught us threat your woman right and Quran always says dont kill if you read it you can see how lovely it is.Please stop thinking bad about us.if you do then just know that true muslims dont care your idea and they will spread anything but love everywhere

  29. Mumble speak says – reply to this


    Ben was doing a hit-and-run mumble speak offensive. Actually I din't get the impression Ben was a big part of the discussion, at least the parts which contained any substance.

  30. zynp says – reply to this


    Re: kelly – iam seeing american news all about killing a wife,beating a child,rape,guns at schools… just like everywhere with people. unfortunately there are bad people and good ones.its not about middle east.iam living in the istanbul(its like bridge between the asia and europe
    ) and we are so close to middle east.believe me syrian people everywhere in my neighborhood.we are(my country) trying to give them foods and houses but its never enough.really really hard seeing those little babies and mothers living the streets.russia,china,iran dont want this cruel thing to stop.and usa doesn't help my country.how this can be our fault?iam always praying for these poor people.dont get me wrong im not a hater im a believer.you guys are thinking we love ISID but we hate it more than you can ever do..

  31. Cynical says – reply to this


    Does Ben realizes Muslims and Jews aren't races?

  32. lame says – reply to this


    Who even watches this show? Seriously though… lol

  33. Sally Wells. says – reply to this


    Re: Kster111Re: sara – Correct..islam is not a race, but Islamists LUUUV to trot it out as a pathetic defense. I'm so glad Sam Harris was there to put Ben Twerp in his place.

  34. Erin says – reply to this


    It's important to have an open platform on these topics, so an actual discussion can be progress and informative. I think on Ben's part he wasn't interested in hearing out the other side or understanding what they were saying. They were talking about facts, but instead of coming back with anything substantive he ridiculed them and took it to an extremely defensive position. Without a platform for discussion no one can learn, no one can have a change of mind and no one can be informed!!!

  35. Mary Tomes says – reply to this


    Re: zynp – Hi zynp: So why are women in Saudi not allowed to drive alone, or even vote (maybe 2015) So many Islamic nations women are 2nd class chattel, covered head to toe while men can go around in Speedos.
    So pls Zynp, stop peddling this male chauvinist nonsense about islam.koran says about how you're "supposed" to treat woman. If you're a lawyer and so smart, you'll dump the koran - a book of tales about a middle aged self confessed illiterate who talks to angels. Plz. Quit with the garbage.

  36. Sally Wells. says – reply to this


    Re: zynpRe: zynp
    Hi zynp: So why are women in Saudi not allowed to drive alone, or even vote (maybe 2015) So many Islamic nations women are 2nd class chattel, covered head to toe while men can go around in Speedos.
    So pls Zynp, stop peddling this male chauvinist nonsense about islam.koran says about how you're "supposed" to treat woman. If you're a lawyer and so smart, you'll dump the koran - a book of tales about a middle aged self confessed illiterate who talks to angels. Plz. Quit with the garbage.

  37. fily says – reply to this


    I have to agree with Ben on the point thay we have been sold Islamaphobia and that all the US media does is perpetuate this negative stereotype. Dont get me wrong what ISIS and other terrorist organizations are doing is wrong and not Islamic. But with such a vast following of 1bn you have to ask yourself what its doing right to have such a large following?

  38. Mary Tomes says – reply to this


    Re: zynp – Hi zynp: So why are women in Saudi not allowed to drive alone, or even vote (maybe 2015) So many Islamic nations women are 2nd class chattel, covered head to toe while men can go around in Speedos. Plz stop peddling this male chauvinist nonsense about islam. If you're a lawyer and so smart, you'll dump the koran - a book of tales about a middle aged self confessed illiterate who talks to angels. Plz. Quit with the garbage.

  39. Sally Wells. says – reply to this


    Re: zynp – Hi zynp: So why are women in Saudi not allowed to drive alone, or even vote (maybe 2015) So many Islamic nations women are 2nd class chattel, covered head to toe while men can go around in Speedos. Plz stop peddling this male chauvinist nonsense about islam. If you're a lawyer and so smart, you'll dump the koran - a book of tales about a middle aged self confessed illiterate who talks to angels. Plz. Quit with the garbage.

  40. wissam says – reply to this


    Islam is a religion of peace

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    Any woman that defends the Quran and follows the Muslim faith has either not read the actually book or doesn't understand what that religion actually entails. They're fine with being second class citizens. The same could be said for the Bible, but that's a whole other issue. Islam says death to infidels. It says women a essentially property. Children are perfectly viable wives. You need not look any further into than that. It's totalitarian. Islam or death. There's no defending it. You can cherry pick all you like, but at the end of the day it's not the religion of peace the non-violent Muslims would have you believe it is. Just because they're not fully following it the word of their god, doesn't make it a good thing. Where are they to stop the ones making them look bad? They supposedly outnumber the nutjobs, so why aren't they putting an end to the madness? Christians don't stay quiet about Westboro. What's what is it, Muslim women? Are you complacent? Indifferent? Or are you just taking a seat behind the men, like you were told do to, like the obedient things you are to them? If you want to change the world's perspective, then change it. Rise up. Speak out. Right now, all we hear is deafening silence from while we watch the suffering. It's not islamophobia. We're not afraid. We're disgusted and angry.

  42. kelly says – reply to this


    Re: zynp – Of course terrible things like murder and rape happen in every county and with people from every religion but the difference between say Canada (im Canadian) and many parts of the middle east are that these horrible things are illegal in Canada and offenders are punished. In many parts of the middle east these terrible acts are not illegal or if they are illegal, the police and government turn a blind eye and allow them to continue. An example is honour killings, if a father killed or beat his daughter because she had pre-martial sex in Canada then he would go to prison for life for murder. In the middle east honor killings happen all the time and the offenders are never punished. Also, in Canada women are not forced to marry a man that they dont want to marry. In the middle east this happens all the time. THIS IS ABUSE. And it should not be tolerated.
    The thing that people need to realize is that non-muslims or people that are not from the middle east are NOT against muslims and the middle east. We want to help, that is why we are trying to speak out against the abuse. We are not trying to condemn all muslims. We dont want you to take offence. I think that everyone needs to band together in speaking out against the abuse that is taking place and let people know that we are not going to tolerate it.

  43. Truth says – reply to this


    Islam is a vicious cult and violent political ideology.

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    There's lots of rumors about Ben cheating on Jennifer. He also cheats at cards. That's why he got kicked out of the Hard Rock Cafe. He's had a serious gambling problem for years. Dude has issues. He is anything but perfect.

  45. Boncoeur says – reply to this


    Shaniqua, I'm very sad to see that out of all the people, someone that saw their grand-fathers suffering from similar prejudices and hatred would have those negative ideas. How about trying to get more information and not repeat what history has done to your brothers. How about learning how to spell one language of the world before pretending you understand other cultures. How about cursing a bit less when you are trying to defend your values.

  46. 46

    I love Bill Maher and think Sam Harris is a very intelligent person with a lot to say about religion. That being said, they both have obvious prejudices against ALL religions that precludes their ability to be truly objective. Ben was right in that most people's views on Islam are based on the exact kinds of things they were spouting: "Women are sold into marriage, you can't leave the religion or they will kill you", etc. The Bible is FULL of similar rhetoric that has since been "phased out" with history and the socialization of our country. The same is happening (has happened in some aspects) in Muslim nations. We don't know the tiny details because we don't live there, but they ARE happening. And Ben is also correct - assuming you KNOW ALL about a situation and that it applies to EVERYONE ever born into that situation is BIGOTRY and propagates ignorance. Shame on Bill and Sam. Both could learn a little bit if they got out of their own heads and were willing to admit that their bias limits their intelligence….

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    Re: Truth – The same can be said of many religions. Sad, but true.

  48. defamation, you know? says – reply to this


    Re: venus_oriental – They have simply highlighted an ever-present barbarism mostly or only in Islam in 2014.
    For what you wrote previously, I do not believe they would have contradicted that if they had approached this topic.

  49. Max says – reply to this


    Both are right. Should not generalize. We should not make wrong assumptions and judge people for what they believe or not.

  50. Sashamini says – reply to this


    A few good points really perez u think u would be more understanding of people being misunderstood. I stopped watching Bill Mayer last night and I will stop reading this site Now!

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    Dated and was briefly engaged to a Persian in college (this was pre-Ayatollah), what a narrow escape. would have had to live with his mother until we had children and do what she told me to do. And this was a slightly upper middle class person.

  52. duh says – reply to this


    This is clearly proof that Maher never used a rubber when he used to fuck Ann Coulter. Ignorant stupidity is contagious.

  53. Greg says – reply to this


    I hope you all do realize that in Muslim majority countries, most of the women do not have clitorises, and homosexuals and non-Muslims are banned from Mecca and even whipped or stoned to death if they ever found it.

    But no let's be out rage when a church doesn't want to have a nude scene filmed inside one of their churches for Game of Thrones.

    This is the problem with living in America. You have no true point of view of how disgusting the world really is. So whenever a perceived minority in America is perceived to be under attack, everyone acts as if somebody was just lynched.

    And somebody remind me when Islam became a race. Hopefully he does a horrible job with Batman and no longer has a career

  54. sfcroatprncss says – reply to this


    I watched the whole interview and I believe Ben Affleck came off looking like a clueless, babbling idiot!! He was not listening to the point that Bill Maher was trying to make at all. It was just sad to see.

  55. Amanda says – reply to this


    I Admire Ben for standing up for what is right! every religion has extremists. Christianity has the KKK, Muslims have ISIS…To all Muslims are extremist is just plain stupid and inaccurate! Every single muslim friend I have condones ISIS and call them non-believers. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

  56. Ana says – reply to this


    Re: Greg – I can assure you that in my Muslim majority country women all have clitorises and gay people might not make out in the street but they are safe.

  57. zynp says – reply to this


    Re: Sally Wells. – actually this is my choice to believe you cant say anything about that.i studied 4 years science.and it only made me more.it doesnt makes me 'stupid'.pls dont talk about a religion that you dont know much.AND STOP JUDGİNG PEOPLE WHO HAS SOMETHİNG TO HOLD ON.

  58. zynp says – reply to this


    Re: CanadianMyst – iam a woman.i know how to read Quran (arabic and turkish).i know word to word.like so many Muslim women around the world.how can you think that iam believing something i dont know.you guys are really out of your mind.like the other religions islam has VERYYY different groups.(sadly) those people who does that to women arent living my religion like i believe(my country).thankfully they are about the end.covering your head is something youre free about it.of course forcing women(like iran) unacceptable.i dont understand why is everyone thinking like muslim women dont have brains.being married for so many times has always been 'normal' in Arabia.thats why they are still keep doing it.its not about religion its about a nation's tradition.(for example not in my nations history)sadly there are people who calls themselves muslims and do that shit.but every religions has those kind of people.you shouldnt hate something you dont know.its normal youre afraid.THEN YOU SHOULD SEARCH ABOUT İT.TRUST ME İTS NOT LİKE THAT.İT REALLY HURTS WOMEN LİKE ME.

  59. zynp says – reply to this


    Re: Amanda – thank you thank you so much for being 'wide awake'.

  60. zynp says – reply to this


    Re: kelly – we have family ministery to solve peoples probiems with any kind of violence and abuse.judges are giving the best punıshments they can do.thats why people who rules middle east countries dont want mine to be strong.they want their public live 'blind'.but they dont.they wanna raise theirs voice and if they will succeed western countrys will no longer rule behind the doors.you see my point?they dont want this to stop.if you think wisely,is it really hard to stop bleeding in palestine for decades,syria,egypt? is it really hard to stop russia and china for killing eastern turkish muslims?i am not from those people who thinks this is all americas and europeans fault.we,muslims, did that when we become economically slave.and as a 1 country we have our faith.ruling the world is not our job we ruled for 600 years and it gave us only drama and wrecked economy. but people like you who considers whats happening in middle east gives me hope that you can see the whole thing.i have a coffee cup that malcolm x and rachel corrie pictures on it.i know i am way too dreamy about the peace but as a human i need to do at least a comment about the truth.

  61. emily says – reply to this


    Re: Shaniqua Jones – dude seriously,dig up some REAL news will you ? ISIS DOESNT REPRESENT ISLAM ! Almost 99% muslims agreed on this. Find some true resources that speaks about the TRUE islam . The media have twisted all kinds of facts about islam. I have many friends who are muslims yet they are the kindest,nicest friends i've ever had. THINK before you speak. Stop hating and bashing other people. Its just UGLY.

  62. emily says – reply to this


    Re: gezabel – okay seriously you guys know NOTHING about what ACTUALLY happens in the middle east. The people that's terrorizing the syrian, egyptians people ARENT muslims. They are the syiah or syi'i people who DOESNT practice the TRUE islam religion. Stop believing what the negative media have been potraying about islam and start dig up the real truth about something before you start commenting on a topic you know NOTHING about.

  63. dj says – reply to this


    Re: Shaniqua Jones – — learn to spell , and secondly don't talk about 2 things you know nothing about Islam and being gay …. and if Muslims are so bad now , that means during world war 2 Christians and Catholics were the most ruthless people in the world killing and burning all the Jewish people . One small group does not mean the whole religion is ruthless so eff yourself.

  64. Matt says – reply to this


    Ben had absolutely zero good points, everyone else had at least something coherent to say. Ben just got all huffy while he was waiting for his turn to talk.

  65. Jack says – reply to this


    Ben sounded unintelligent. He really seemed stupid, unimpressive.

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    Re: dj – Go fuck yourself. Islam has been poison since it existed.

  67. 67

    Re: emily – Bitch please…Islam has caused nothing but violence since it was formed so FUCK OFF HO!

  68. 68

    Re: dj – And by the way, don't fucking dare tell me what I know and don't know ass. I am gay for a start and I read the damn Koran so go eat SHIT!

  69. 69

    Re: dj – Btw, Hitler and Stalin were atheists u DUMB FUCK!

  70. obadiah says – reply to this


    Bill Maher and Sam Harris need to read: Critique of Islam by Obadiah. He is enlightened. Bill Maher and Sam Harris are not.