There has been a great deal of discussion about the exchange between actor/director Ben Affleck and Bill Maher over Islam on his HBO program over the weekend. Although Maher took part in the discussion, the main conflict was between Affleck and neuroscientist and Athiest Sam Harris. Like Maher, Harris doesn't have much use for any religion. But, as with Maher, he doesn't sugarcoat the problems within Islam and the threat they represent to other Muslims and the West.
What got Affleck going was Harris' assertion that liberals have failed us on Islamic theocracy. Affleck responded by questioning Harris' credentials and characterizing his position as "gross and racist" and an "ugly thing to say."