The thing that irritated me about this debate is Sam Harris starts by explaining how any criticism of Islam immediately gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people. And what does Ben Affleck do? He immediately proves Sam’s point by pulling the “racism” card.
Here’s the deal. You cannot be racist against Islam because Islam is not a race. A religion is NOT a race. Religions consist of ideas and doctrines. And all ideas/doctrines should be open to criticism. The Quran, like the Bible, has many questionable/contradictory passages that I think are worthy of criticism: [Link]
This is all Sam and Bill are doing. They are criticizing the DOCTRINE of Islam. I’m a big fan of Sam Harris, so it annoyed me to see how many people online were labeling both him and Bill as “racists.” It’s ridiculous. (I’ll probably lose followers for this, but that’s okay.)