Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time” devolved into a shouting match on Friday night as he sparred with his guest Ben Affleck over Islam.
Alongside panelists Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and author Sam Harris, Maher began one of his signature diatribes on what he called the anti-liberal character of Islam.
Harris, a prominent critic of organized religion, lamented the backlash against his and Maher’s remarks on the influence of the Muslim religion.
“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, appearing on the show to promote his new film Gone Girl, couldn’t contain himself.
“It’s gross, it’s racist,” Affleck said of Maher’s point.
Next came a kind of tag team match as the movie star and the comic ranted at each other, with Kristof chiming in for Affleck and Harris continuing to back up Maher.
Watch the clip below:
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