Michael did say one thing that irked me quite a bit: he said (emphasis added):
I think the fear of Muslims in America is unfounded, and racist.
How on earth is fear of Muslims or Islamophobia or whatever-you-want-to-call-it racist? Islam is not a race; Muslims do not make up a race. Muslims are South Asian, African, Europen, American, and even Oriental. I’m sorry, but calling it racist is plain wrong.
I have only heard Muslims and Islamists whine that anti-Islamic feeling is racist. If those are to whom Michael is listening, then we have lost Michael from the beginning.