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.
Evoking the name of the most violent, extremist branch of Islamic militants as though they’re somehow representative of the faith as a whole seems to just prove Affleck’s point about the dangers of conflating a small but deadly terrorist organization with a thousands-year-old religion of over 1.6 billion followers.
On a lighter note, those Gone Girl reviews have been pretty stellar, eh? That Amazing Amy is the real enemy, right?
Sigh. Sorry, it’s just that unlike some of the folks at Fox News, we prefer to not spend our days fretting over ISIS scare tactics.