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Bill Maher Gets Into Shouting Match With Ben Affleck — Watch

Tue, October 7, 2014 4:45pm EDT by 18 Comments

The ‘Gone Girl’ actor called Bill’s views on Islam ‘gross, racist, disgusting’ during a heated debate on the Oct. 3 episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher.’ Watch their intense argument here!

Ben Affleck appeared on Real Time with Bill Maheralongside former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, and author Sam Harris, on Oct. 3, and he was quick to call out Sam and Bill Maher‘s “gross, racist, disgusting,” ideas about Islam during a heated debate.

Bill Maher & Ben Affleck Fight Over Islam — ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Video

“Liberals need to stand up for liberal principles,” the late night talk show host said, referring to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and equality for women and minorities. “When you say, ‘In the Muslim world, this is what’s lacking,’ then [liberals] get upset.”

Sam, who sided with Bill, said he believes liberals fail when it comes to discussing Islam.

“We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people. That is intellectually ridiculous,” he said.

The Gone Girl actor immediately took issue with Sam and Bill’s logic, specifically what he called generalizations on their part, saying “it’s gross…it’s racist.”

When Sam said, “Islam, at this moment, is the mother lode of bad ideas,” Ben shockingly exclaimed, “Jesus Christ.” He then told Sam that his statement was “an ugly thing to say.”

So intense! Watch Ben and Bill’s full argument in the video above!

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