Activist, Islamic apostate, and writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a question for Ben Affleck: would you play the role of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in a movie? The question is of course rhetorical; there is zero chance the actor would dare touch the part. He would call it respect, but fear is the obvious motivation. Only Muhammad is safe from Hollywood. Because actors don’t want to die.
Ali’s question for Affleck is in reference to a semi-notorious segment from Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time in which Affleck battled Maher and religious critic/atheist activist Sam Harris on whether criticism of Islam is racist or bigoted. (It should be noted that no one suggests Harris’ criticisms of, say, Roman Catholicism, do not face the same branding issue. )
And I will give him one point, which is this: so Muhammad, an individual who is influencing over one fifth of humanity, he is…
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