Watch Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Argue About Islam

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Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Nicholas Kristol, Michael Steele, and author Sam Harris got into what could only be described as a tumultuous continuation of Maher's comments on Islam from last week, with Maher and Affleck tearing into each other over the influence of fundamentalists in the Muslim community. "We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards muslims as people," Harris began. "It's intellectually ridiculous."

"Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?" Affleck, on the show to promote his movie Gone Girl, interrupted, and argued that criticizing Islam, as Maher and Harris were doing it, was "gross and racist. It's like saying, 'Oh, you shifty Jew!'"

What follows is a few minutes of Affleck and Maher going at each other and yelling over each other, with the occasional interjection from Kristol and Steele providing intelligent perspective on reformers in the Muslim world, smart statistical analysis from Harris about the spectrum of fundamentalism, and then another few minutes of Affleck and Maher yelling at each other.

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

Infographic of the Day: The Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown At a Glance

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Infographic of the Day: The Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown At a Glance
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It's been almost a week since the U.S. federal government has suspended its "non-essential" services. Wondering what kind of damage it has done so far? Check out this real-time infographic which keeps count of the dollars that have been withheld in unpaid salary and food vouchers, courtesy of Enigma!

Bill Maher Calls Out the GOP Vid of the Day

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Love him or hate him, there's no arguing that Bill Maher can certainly get a rise out of people, particularly when it comes to poking holes in political ideology. Last night, he ended Real Time with the keen observation that Republicans are basically waging a war against common sense, but not before taking some pretty good jabs at folks who probably deserve them.

[gawker]