If I had been watching live, I probably would have guessed that the Bill Maher/Sam Harris/Ben Affleck video (with a mediocre cameo by ex RNC chair and full time goofball Michael Steele) would go massively viral. And go massively viral it did. Why? Simple. Maher and Harris are bigots! That was the basic counterpoint of Ben Affleck who, while not interrupting Sam Harris, spent most of the clip scowling and holding his mouth shut with his hand. That’s how you stand up to bigotry.
I don’t mean to imply I wasn’t on his side. Ultimately, his arguments, and those made after the clip by long time Maher critic Reza Aslan, win by default as Maher and Harris made a clumsy case that was impossible to believe – even for atheist-leaning agnostics like myself. The crux of Harris’s argument is that Islam was a “really bad idea.” Okay, but what do we do about that really bad idea?… Read the rest