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  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Can Liberalism Be Saved From Itself?

    10/09/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 30 replies
    Sam Harris blog ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Sam Harris
    The most controversial thing I said was: We have to be able to criticize bad ideas, and Islam is the Mother lode of bad ideas. This statement has been met with countless charges of bigotry and racism online and in the media. But imagine that the year is 1970, and I said: Communism is the Mother lode of bad ideas. How reasonable would it be to attack me as a racist or as someone who harbors an irrational hatred of Russians, Ukrainians, Chinese, etc. This is precisely the situation I am in. My criticism of Islam is a criticism of...
  • Bill Maher, Ben Affleck and Islam

    10/07/2014 2:17:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies ^ | 10-7-2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last Friday night a rare dialogue/debate took place on American television. It was rare because it involved criticism of Islam, one of the many taboo subjects that are labeled "politically incorrect." And it took place on the program "Real Time with Bill Maher," a show not generally known for taking politically incorrect positions. But on this night the host, Bill Maher, along with atheism-advocate Sam Harris, had a vigorous debate with Actor Ben Affleck, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. Bill Maher, a man of the left on virtually every issue, began...
  • Sam Harris: How Rich Is Too Rich? (Barf Alert)

    08/18/2011 7:03:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies ^ | 8/17/2011 | Sam Harris
    Ive written before about the crisis of inequality in the United States and about the quasi-religious abhorrence of wealth redistribution that causes many Americans to oppose tax increases, even on the ultra rich. The conviction that taxation is intrinsically evil has achieved a sadomasochistic fervor in conservative circlesproducing the Tea Party, their Republican zombies, and increasingly terrifying failures of governance. Happily, not all billionaires are content to hoard their money in silence. Earlier this week, Warren Buffett published an op-ed in the New York Times in which he criticized our current approach to raising revenue. As he has lamented many...
  • Is Sam Harris Moral Landscape moral?

    10/15/2010 11:57:24 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 2 replies ^ | Oct 15, 2010 AD | Mariano
    Sam Harris seeks to instruct humanity with regards to morality. Is it moral, one may ask, to puff up your book sales? Well, according to Sam Harris the answer is Yes, or is it No, or perhaps a definite Maybe.... This is all in keeping with his media manipulation savvinesswhereby he and his fellow New Atheists have become instant celebrities...
  • Sam Harris The Moral Landscape will science prescribe morals?, part 2

    10/11/2010 6:35:00 PM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus ^ | Oct 11, 2010 | Mariano
    ...typical Sam Harris; get you feeling something real so that any logic that attempts to overturn his argument seems oh so very abstract and ethereal. What is an idea compared to an emotion? One is tangible the other is not. How do you argue against emotion? Keep this in mind as it is a favorite New Atheist tactic. Indeed, within paragraphs he will mention raping children, a 9-year-old girl raped by her stepfather... This is part of why atheistic ethics or morals are an infinite regress of assertions: when they assert that the premise is human flourishing you can ask...
  • Sam Harris' new book The Moral Landscape will science prescribe morals?

    10/04/2010 11:24:17 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | Oct 4, 2010 AD | Mariano
    ...keep in mind that as you consider Dr. Sam Harris prescriptions for morality that this is the very same Sam Harris, supposed champion of reason (and now science) who prescribed capital punishment for thought crime, Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. He also blames deaths of the 6,000,000 Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust onon the Jews themselves: The gravity of Jewish suffering over the ages, culminating in the Holocaust, makes it almost impossible to entertain any suggestion that Jews might have brought their troubles upon themselves. This...
  • The Case Against Christianity

    02/03/2010 8:14:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies · 542+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | 2/2/2010 | Benjamin D. Wiker
    Letter to a Christian Nation Sam Harris, Knopf, $16.95, 112 pages For those unaware of Sam Harris, his bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason established him as the American atheist laureate, the Yankee counterpart of the Brits' Richard Dawkins. Now comes the inevitable follow-up: Harris has composed a Letter to a Christian Nation for our edification. Harris is no H. L. Mencken. He is not even in Dawkins's league. But, I confess, I like him anyway. Unlike many of our culture's atheists who pretend to be friendly to religion -- and speak to...
  • Secularist Sam Harris says There is a Core of Truth to Religion That We Should Be Interested In.

    08/23/2009 4:10:02 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 8 replies · 554+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 23, 2009 | David Swindle
    See Part I of my NewsReal Sunday discussion of Friday night's interview between Bill Maher and Sam Harris on Real Time. Leftist comedian Bill Maher just can't help being a jackass even toward people he respects. You'd think that if anyone could get him to at least attempt to grasp the value in the religious experience it would be believers who share his "progressive" political faith: Maher: I have unending respect for Bill Moyers. He's a brilliant man. He's also a Baptist minister. Jimmy Carter, y'know, a pretty bright guy. How do we reconcile someone who is so intelligent but...
  • Science Is in the Details (Atheist Sam Harris whines about a Christian scientist heading the NIH.)

    08/02/2009 12:20:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 790+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 27, 2009 | SAM HARRIS
    PRESIDENT OBAMA has nominated Francis Collins to be the next director of the National Institutes of Health. It would seem a brilliant choice. Dr. Collinss credentials are impeccable: he is a physical chemist, a medical geneticist and the former head of the Human Genome Project. He is also, by his own account, living proof that there is no conflict between science and religion. In 2006, he published The Language of God, in which he claimed to demonstrate a consistent and profoundly satisfying harmony between 21st-century science and evangelical Christianity. Dr. Collins is regularly praised by secular scientists for what he...
  • A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down (What the Evos really think of Christian compromise)

    04/23/2009 7:27:24 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 165 replies · 4,263+ views
    WEIT ^ | Jerry Coyne, Ph.D.
    For if we ever begin to suppress our search to understand nature, to quench our own intellectual excitement in a misguided effort to present a united front where it does not and should not exist, then we are truly lost. Stephen Jay Gould [Y]ouve heard me complain about scientific organizations that sell evolution by insisting that its perfectly consistent with religion. Evolution, they say, threatens many peoples religious views not just the literalism of Genesis, but also the morality that supposedly emanates from scripture. Professional societies like the National Academy of Sciences the most elite organization of American...
  • Churches celebrating the Year of Darwin: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools .4
  • CHANGE IS ON THE WAY(A tribute to Barack Obama) [liberal doofus alert!]

    09/19/2008 8:31:51 AM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies · 94+ views ^ | Sam Harris
    "Written for and inspired by President Barack Obama, and now in support of Vice President, running mate, Joe Biden." CHANGE IS ON THE WAY (A tribute to Barack Obama) Change -- Change -- Change Change is on the way. Change -- Change -- Change Change is on the way. But, hey -- but, hey -- hey! Listen to me, when I say... That I feel... -- Change! It's in the air! -- Change! It's everywhere! -- Change! ... and we aint gonna pass this way again. -- Change! So, take my hand, -- Change! and take a stand. --...
  • How to Respond to a Supercilious Atheist

    01/26/2008 7:40:54 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 48 replies · 185+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 1-26-2008 | Alan Roebuck
    Not all atheists are supercilious, of course. Many are content to live and let live, and some even grant that religion (which, in America, basically means Christianity) does some good. But atheism as an organized, evangelizing movement has been on the offensive lately. Witness the "New Atheists" such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, with their aggressive stance against God and their bestselling books attempting to debunk religion. So, assuming you are a theist, what do you say to the atheist who asks, "You don't (chuckle) actually believe in God, do you (snicker)?" The natural response would be...
  • Nietzsche Would Laugh: Morality without God

    01/03/2008 8:33:44 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 212 replies · 318+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 12/26/2007 | Chuck Colson
    One of the biggest obstacles facing whats called the New Atheism is the issue of morality. Writers like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have to convince people that morals and values are possible in a society that does not believe in God. Its important to understand what is not in doubt: whether an individual atheist or agnostic can be a good person. Of course they can, just as a professing Christian can do bad things. The issue is whether the secular worldview can provide a basis for a good society. Can it motivate and inspire people to be...
  • Atheism and Amputation - (A new obsession of anti-Christian atheism)

    11/30/2007 7:51:42 AM PST · by xzins · 68 replies · 121+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 28 Nov 07 | Peter Rosenberg
    A national weekly news magazine recently featured a debate between atheist/author Sam Harris and author/pastor Rick Warren ("The Purpose Driven Life"). As part of his debate, Mr. Harris threw down a challenge to prove God's existence by finding a deserving amputee and having 1 billion people pray for God to grow the leg back. In trying to disprove the existence of God, it's unclear why Mr. Harris chooses to focus on amputees growing limbs back rather than looking for a sea to split open or fish and loaves to multiply, and it's equally unclear why Harris specifically asked that it...

    10/10/2007 6:07:15 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 9 replies · 653+ views
    New Perspectives Quarterly ^ | 10/09/2007 | Sam Harris and Salman Rushdie
    As you read this, Ayaan Hirsi Ali sits in a safe house with armed men guarding her door. She is one of the most poised, intelligent and compassionate advocates of freedom of speech and conscience alive today, and for this she is despised in Muslim communities throughout the world. The details of her story have been widely reported, but bear repeating, as they illustrate how poorly equipped we are to deal with the threat of Muslim extremism in the West. Hirsi Ali first fled to the Netherlands as a refugee from Somalia in 1992 after declining to submit to a...
  • Attack Dogs of Christendom

    08/28/2007 6:50:36 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 17 replies · 377+ views
    When atheist Sam Harris wrote his 2004 bestseller The End of Faith, a radical attack on religious belief in any form, he was prepared for strong rebuttals from Christians. Related articles and links What may have surprised him was the vitriol in which many of the emails and letters were couched. The most hostile messages came from Christians (not Muslims or Hindus). "The truth is," he explained in the forward to his latest bestseller, Letter to a Christian Nation, "that many who claim to be transformed by God's love are deeply, even murderously, intolerant of criticism.""How do I know this?"...
  • Atheist Sam Harris at Aspen Ideas Festival (Vanity)

    07/19/2007 4:01:25 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 16 replies · 386+ views
    LifeEthics Blog ^ | 7-18-07 | Beverly Nuckols
    Sam Harris, author of the books, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and Letter to a Christian Nation, was given a forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival. I'm not sure how I ended up finding the video, "Believing the Unbelievable: The Clash Between Faith and Reason in the Modern World," but I believe I was referred by one of the Science Blog forums. I can't remember which one, and, as far as I can tell, only one of these blogs is owned by a believer. Which is probably how I got lost. There's a bit...
  • Harris in LA Times: Millions of Christians Working to Turn US into 'Totalitarian Theocracy'

    03/15/2007 7:45:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 104 replies · 1,984+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What in heaven's name has gotten into Sam Harris? The Los Angeles Times regularly lends its op-ed page to the atheist activist. In God's Dupes, Harris took advantage of the opportunity today to make a bizarre and slanderous accusation against American Christians. He began by equating conservative Christians with Jihadist murderers: "Within every faith one can see people arranged along a spectrum of belief. Picture concentric circles of diminishing reasonableness: At the center, one finds the truest of true believers the Muslim jihadis, for instance, who not only support suicidal terrorism but who are the first to turn...
  • Why Are Atheists So Angry?

    12/04/2006 11:00:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 247 replies · 4,297+ views
    Jewcy ^ | 12-4-06 | Sam Harris. and Dennis Prager,
    Day 1 (Sam Harris): Why Are Atheists So Angry? Zeus, Thor, Poseidonand Hashem. by Sam Harris, November 16, 2006 ENTRIES: Day 1 (Sam Harris): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 1 (Dennis Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 2 (Harris): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 2 (Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 3 (Harris): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 3 (Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 4 (Harris): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | Day 4 (Prager): Why Are Atheists So Angry? | TAGS: Atheism God Hashem Poseidon Religion...
  • Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history

    11/20/2006 5:42:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 40 replies · 1,059+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 21, 2006 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In recent months, a spate of atheist books have argued that religion represents, as "End of Faith" author Sam Harris puts it, "the most potent source of human conflict, past and present." Columnist Robert Kuttner gives the familiar litany. "The Crusades slaughtered millions in the name of Jesus. The Inquisition brought the torture and murder of millions more. After Martin Luther, Christians did bloody battle with other Christians for another three centuries." In his bestseller "The God Delusion," Richard Dawkins contends that most of the world's recent conflicts - in the Middle East, in the Balkans, in Northern Ireland, in...
  • A Dissent: The Case Against Faith

    11/10/2006 5:53:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 60 replies · 1,425+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/06 | Sam Harris
    Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of life and the greater antiquity of the Earth, more than half the American population believes that the entire cosmos was created 6,000 years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue. Those with the power to elect presidents and congressmen?and many who themselves get elected?believe that dinosaurs lived two by two upon Noah's Ark, that light from distant galaxies was created en route to the Earth and that the first members of our species were fashioned out of dirt and divine breath, in...
  • Bad reasons to be good [secularism BARF alert]

    10/22/2006 10:49:51 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 19 replies · 437+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 22, 2006 | Sam Harris
    THE MIDTERM elections are fast approaching, and their outcome could well be determined by the "moral values" of conservative Christians. While this possibility is regularly bemoaned by liberals, the link between religion and morality in our public life is almost never questioned. One of the most common justifications one hears for religious faith, from all points on the political spectrum, is that it provides a necessary framework for moral behavior. Most Americans appear to believe that without faith in God, we would have no durable reasons to treat one another well. [...] The problem, however, is that much of what...
  • Head-in-the-Sand Liberals

    09/29/2006 2:27:23 PM PDT · by definitelynotaliberal · 23 replies · 867+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 18, 2006 | Sam Harris
    TWO YEARS AGO I published a book highly critical of religion, "The End of Faith." In it, I argued that the world's major religions are genuinely incompatible, inevitably cause conflict and now prevent the emergence of a viable, global civilization. In response, I have received many thousands of letters and e-mails from priests, journalists, scientists, politicians, soldiers, rabbis, actors, aid workers, students from people young and old who occupy every point on the spectrum of belief and nonbelief. This has offered me a special opportunity to see how people of all creeds and political persuasions react when religion is...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-20-06 (DUmmies Put Liberal Apostate On Trial)

    09/20/2006 8:32:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 1,341+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 20, 2006 | Sam Harris, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    It is a set part of Leftwing orthodoxy that the United States is the cause of Muslim terrorism. Therefore, when one of their own liberals questions that core belief, as Sam Harris has done, he sets himself up for a heresy trial as has happened in this DUmmie THREAD titled, "Head-in-the-Sand Liberals by Sam Harris." The evidence against Harris is his recent Los Angeles Times ARTICLE of the same name in which Harris dares to question the LIHOPian and MIHOPian orthodoxies of the left. So let us now analyze the heresy trial of Sam Harris in Bolshevik Red while...
  • Will Liberal Who Admits 'Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism' Lunch In The MSM Again?

    09/18/2006 7:17:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 829+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein September 18, 2006 - 10:03 Who would have thought that someone who wrote a book condemning all religions as dangerous hokum and who favors higher taxes, drug decriminalization and gay marriage could become the right's favorite liberal? But in the wake of his LA Times column of today, Head-in-the-Sand Liberals, Sam Harris might be on the way to being celebrated on the right and castigated on the left. The column's subtitle really tells the story: "Western civilization really is at risk from Muslim extremists," and Harris' essential point in that liberals refuse to recognize that fact. Excerpts:...
  • The End of Faith (?)

    10/22/2005 8:16:33 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 29 replies · 850+ views
    Reason Online ^ | January 2005 | Chris Lehmann
    The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris, New York: Norton, 336 pages, $24.95 For nearly as long as there have been villages, there have been village atheists, the hypervigilant debunkers who lovingly detail the many contradictions, fallacies, and absurdities that flow from belief in holy writ. As a strictly intellectual proposition, atheism would seem, on the face of things, to have wiped the floor with the believing opposition. Still, village atheists are as numerous, and as shrill, as theyve ever been, for the simple reason that the successive revolutions in thought that have...
  • Book Review: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris

    10/21/2005 8:33:47 PM PDT · by Tefilo · 3 replies · 187+ views
    A book fit for the garbage can. A bad, bad book. Sam Harris writes from a condescending, self-centered perspective, casting aspersions left-and-right and jumping to surprising conclusions from flimsy argumentation. The author's analysis of religious experience is simplistic and his anthropology rife with reductionism. His description of the Catholic Eucharist is particularly odious, even more so his assertion that it is a bloody ritual connected to genocide. Toss this ill-conceived clap-trap away and read instead The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God, by Kitty Ferguson, a more intelligent, thought-provoking treatment of the subject.