Don Lemon: Is It Really Fair to Call Maher Racist Just for Criticizing Islam?

CNN’s Don Lemon set up a panel Monday night over Bill Maher and Ben Affleck‘s heated debate over Islam. And Lemon wanted to know if it’s really fair of Affleck and others to call Maher racist just for critiquing the Islamic faith.

Marc Lamont Hill argued that “Islam is not uniquely violent,” but Ben Ferguson shot back that there is no other religion with as much violence amongst its ranks as Islam does. Ferguson specifically cited Muslims who cheered after 9/11.

Lemon asked, “Is it fair to call Sam Harris and to call Bill Maher––who are noted liberals––to call them bigots because they are asking certain questions about Islam?”

Hill said it’s perfectly possible for a liberal to be a bigot, and argued that there’s a difference between critiquing a religion and calling it “inherently violent.”

Watch the segment below, via CNN:

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