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Flashback to When Ben Affleck Lost It While Debating Radical Islam

Remember when actor Ben Affleck debated the dangers of radicalized Islam with Sam Harris on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”? Affleck infamously melted down while debating whether or not the Muslim religion can be criticized.

On today’s show, Glenn and Stu revisited this clip as part of a discussion about liberals’ resistance to discussing ideas in spite of their claim that they value free speech. Glenn pointed out that Affleck not only denied the open discussion of ideas and mocked the First Amendment, but also rewrote the Declaration of Independence while he was at it.

“We are endowed by our Cre- … forefathers with unalienable rights,” Affleck misquoted, seemingly starting to say “Creator” and then switching to “forefathers” as the origin of our basic rights as people.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Sam Harris, Bill Maher, trying to have a conversation with Ben Affleck about radical Islam. Listen to this.

VOICE: Every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people.

VOICE: Right.

VOICE: That is intellectually ridiculous.

VOICE: So hold on, are you the person who understands the officially codified (?) are you the interpreter of that?

VOICE: I'm actually well-educated on that topic.

VOICE: I'm asking you. So you're saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing. That if you're critical of something --

VOICE: Well, it's not a real thing when we do it.

VOICE: It really isn't.

VOICE: I'm not denying that certain people are bigoted (?)

VOICE: Right. That's big of you.

VOICE: Why are you so hostile about this?

VOICE: It's gross. It's racist.

VOICE: But it's so not. It's like saying you're a shifty Jew.

VOICE: You're not (?)

VOICE: Believe in liberal principles. Like freedom of speech. We're endowed (?) all men are created equal.

GLENN: Stop. Stop. Do you notice what he's doing here? He's mocking the principle of freedom of speech. And he also changed in sentence. Oh, yeah, we're all endowed by our -- by our Founders with certain inalienable rights.