Never have I ever respected and related to a democrat so much, nevertheless an opinionated liberal pundit! Finally, out of the heavy fog of today’s leftist moral delusion, reflective of a politically correct hypocrisy that reigns over the Western world, emerges a left-leaning thinker that actually embraces values that encompass the true meaning of the word liberal! Hallejulah for Bill Maher.
As for Ben Affleck, he should crawl back into his cozy Hollywood hole with the rest of the ignoramuses like George Clooney and Leonardo Dicaprio who have the hutzpah to act as if they have the slightest expertise on political issues as they live in fantasy worlds, cruising around on their private jets, expelling their envirofascism and accusing the rest of us of being bigots.
On Real Time with Bill Maher last week, a panel consisting of Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Nicholas Kristol, Michael Steele, and outspokenly atheist author Sam Harris got into a heated debate about Islam. Maher’s main point in the discussion is that Liberals need to start speaking out in support of the very principles that Liberalism is about. The problem with liberals today is that they conveniently support minority rights, freedom of speech and liberty when it suits them, but when Islam is involved, extremism gets a free pass because to criticize Muslims is racist and politically incorrect.
It’s actually a really great thing that the moronic Ben Affleck was on the panel to chime in, because he supports Maher and Harris’ accusation against the common liberal beautifully. Was Ben Affleck high while he was filming a movie based on the Iranian revolution – an event symbolic of a Muslim state breaking away from secularism and ties with the West that has since delved into extremism and persecution? While Harris calmly tries to explain to Affleck a logical paradigm of how extremism lies in the core of Islam and gets less radical towards the fringe, he continuously interrupts Harris with this whiny passive aggressive tone and gets increasingly emotional as the talk proceeds. His immaturity and inability to have an intellectual conversation is obvious.
Affleck annoyingly asks Harris, “hold on – are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?” Oh Ben, any intelligent person who follows the news, let alone an expert in religion and philosophy with a PHd in neuroscience will easily understand the codified doctrine of Islam. Affleck’s main points throughout the talk are that speaking out against Islam is basically the same as being homophobic, anti-Semitic and racist, Americans have killed more Muslims than vice versa so that makes America worse than Islam, and that it is better not to condemn Islam at all than to risk being impolite and offensive.
Maher and Harris admit that the majority of Muslims are not extremists and that it is important to encourage the moderates to speak out against the oppressive. There is nothing unreasonable about this statement, nor would anyone defending moderate Islam feel the need to argue it if they really cared about Muslims. Ben Affleck does not actually care about Muslims, he cares about looking like a good person against a group of people that his community has ignorantly labeled Islamophobic based on a political discourse that they do not have the intellectual capacity nor the historical knowledge to understand. Affleck and Kristol ignore their counterparts’ points and insist that the millions of Muslims who don’t believe in Jihad are being done a disservice by a harsh condemnation of extremism. And this encapsulates precisely a crisis in the current debate on the threat of Radical Islam which should not even be a debate at all.
There is a moral obligation that comes with calling oneself a liberal and claiming to care about the millions of peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to the principals of extremism. As a liberal, and a purveyor of human rights, this school of thought is morally obligated to condemn radical Islam. Defending moderate Muslims, and at the same time ignoring the plight they suffer under extremists who deny them rights such as freedom of speech, women’s rights, gay rights and most importantly the right to dissent is a contradiction of interest and such a blatant display of hypocrisy.
The politically correct Ben Afflecks of the world who erroneously call themselves liberals exhibit a very dangerous attitude towards the current discourse on Islam and their refusal to acknowledge the severity and influence of radical Islam encourages a twisted tolerance for a hatred that seeks to destroy their own societies in the West and also the moderate Muslims they so blindly seek to protect and defend.