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On Friday, Ben Affleck appeared on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher as part of the promotional campaign for his latest film, Gone Girl.

Though both are famously left-leaning in their political beliefs, Affleck and Maher got into a heated debate with regard to so-called "Islamo-Fascism," with Maher arguing that violence and contempt for other faiths are inherent to the Muslim belief system, and Affleck countering that Maher is simply prejudiced against adherents to the world's second-largest religion.

It's a thorny issue and the debate seems to have no easy answer - unless, of course, you're Bill O'Reilly.

"Maher is correct on the overall impact Islam is having on the world right now," O'Reilly said on his Fox News talk show last night. "Ben Affleck should understand that he himself would be beheaded in a heartbeat by these ISIS animals."

While it's true that ISIS has beheaded multiple American civilians and filmed the horrific acts as part of their efforts to strike fear into the hearts of world leaders, we can't help but feel that - as usual - O'Reilly has missed the point of this debate entirely.

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Despite a unique set of circumstances that made the idea feasible and rumors of his political ambitions, Ben Affleck will not be running for U.S. Senate.

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"I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office," the Argo director wrote on his Facebook page Monday, December 24.

"We are about to get a great U.S. Secretary of State and there are some phenomenal candidates in Massachusetts for his Senate seat," he added.

"I look forward to an amazing campaign."

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Actor Ben Affleck is refusing comment on a slew of recent reports that he's a candidate for Massachusetts' soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat.

In Washington to raise awareness about the violence plaguing Congo, Affleck was also scheduled to meet Wednesday with other D.C. lawmakers.

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Among them? Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), a fellow Boston native, who is widely believed to be replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013.

Clinton will step down once her replacement is named by President Barack Obama. Kerry's appointment would open up a special election for his U.S. Senate seat.

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While his BFF continues to express disappointment in Barack Obama, Ben Affleck also stepped into the political arena this week, testifying before the House Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee.

The actor, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, stated his case regarding the central African country, which is mired in violence, and why America must do more.

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“If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck said. "The last time Congo collapsed, armies came in from across Africa and five million people died... We must learn from history."

The Oscar winner is asking Congress to protect Congolese civilians from ongoing attacks. He wants the U.S. to offer support in this November's elections and to appoint a representative to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.

"This is an ambitious agenda, but it can be accomplished," Affleck said. "The federal budget may be seen as a zero sum game but our morality, our sense of decency, our compassion for our fellow human beings, is not."

Cindy McCain, a member of Affleck's nonprofit organization, has joined the actor in his fight.

Ben Affleck Biography

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Berkeley, California
Full Name
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
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