Updated 01:45 AM EDT, Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Watch Bill Maher and Ben Affleck's Heated Exchange on 'Islamophobia' [Video]

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"Real Time With Bill Maher" has always been a fascinating political debate show, wherein which honest and often-uncensored opinions are voiced for an audience to hear. "Real Time" prides itself on the debate format partially due to the accolades of the guest stars. Keep in mind that this is a show for the intelligent, not just screaming radicals reacting with pure emotion rather than logic.

Most of the time there is a clear divide between the Republican and Democrat guests, but on Friday viewers got to see some "liberal on liberal" action. Guest panelist Ben Affleck and host Bill Maher exchanged a decently heated debate on the issue of Islam and whether or not it is "safe" or "racist" to condemn the entire religion based on the actions of radicals.

In recent weeks Maher has begun to address the topic of Islam in a critical way because vast parts of the Muslim world believe that it is "right to stone someone for committing adultery," or worse "being killed for leaving the religion." Maher said Islam was "the only religion that acts like the mafia that will f--king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book" and that, "we have to empower the true reformers in the Muslim world."

While these are merely a couple examples of Maher's overall point, the issue at hand was that Maher would like to say that, "liberals have to stand up for liberal principles" and the attitudes of many Muslims in respect to basic human rights, are an abomination in part.

Affleck quickly fired back, visibly enraged at Maher's "stereotypical" interpretation of the Muslim world. Affleck firstly made the point that "the Muslim world" consists of more than 1 billion people and to make any blanket statement is to fall into the trap of generalization.

"I think we all feel frustrated because I think we feel like the people who are arguing with us are not listening," Maher told Salon in an interview posted on Monday. "We're liberals! We're liberals. We're not crazy teabaggers, you know, and so it's kind of hard to be making this case-based on facts, based on polling, I think based on what everybody really knows."

"We are not bigoted people," he added. "On the contrary, we're trying to stand up for the principles of liberalism!" he added. "And so, you know, I think we're just saying we need to identify illiberalism wherever we find it in the world, and not forgive it because it comes from people perceived as a minority."

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