Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

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by Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj

Real Time With Bill Maher“How about more than a billion people who aren’t fanatical, who don’t punch women, who just want to go to school, have some sandwiches, pray five times a day, and don’t do any of the things you’re saying of all Muslims. It’s stereotyping.” Ben Affleck on Real Time With Bill Maher

I never thought I would live to write the words that will follow, but here goes. I am grateful to Ben Affleck. Not particularly for his outrage or his words on Bill Maher’s show, which, albeit entertaining, were not exactly all that insightful, but more so for bringing a particular brand of Islamophobia to the attention of the world – the kind peddled by we-love-liberalism-ers like Bill Maher and Sam Harris.

Millions of Muslims around the world, both in Western nations as well as others, experience Islamophobia every day as a lived reality. A genuine discussion…

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