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Let’s Talk About Islamophobia

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In a recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Ben Affleck had a heated debate with Bill Maher about Islamophobia. This conversation, of course, was being held within the context of terrorist attacks, including the beheadings of American citizens, by the group ISIL. Affleck’s point was that it is racist to assume that, because some religious extremists commit terrorist acts, all Muslims are to be feared: “The question is the degree to which you’re willing to say, because I’ve witnessed this behavior, which we all object to on the part of these people—I’m willing to flatly condemn those of you I don’t know and have never met.”

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