Sam Harris (born 1967) is an American author,neuroscientist and atheist.His mother is Jewish and his father non-Jewish.He is a critic of religion, along with biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett and writer Christopher Hitchens all of who are of the New Atheism movement.
A Courageous Atheist Critic of Islam
An ever-growing number of atheist intellectuals are critical of Islam.Harris has stated that:
1.Islam is not even remotely a religion of peace.
2.He is against building the Islamic Community Center or Mosque on Ground Zero.It should be said that the government has officially designated the area as being Ground Zero,even though it is like 2 blocks from the ruins of the Twin Towers.Why?Because a part of the plane hit the building there and destroyed it.
So the opponents of the idea like Robert Spencer of jihadwatch.org and Palema Geller are not lying or using deception,it is officially Ground Zero.
3.Western civilization is at war with Islam,the Koran and hadiths tell Muslims to kill or subjugate infidels, and reward such actions with paradise and beautiful women,that Islam is a religion of violence and political subjugation.
Is Poverty the Only Reason why People become Terrorists?
Harris made an important point,often denied by Leftists and Liberals.For most of them only poverty or only politics or only both are the reasons anybody would blow themselves up and kill innocent people.
He points to the fact that the 9/11 hijackers were “college-educated” and “middle-class” and suffered “no discernible experience of political oppression.” Harris thus asserts that religion is a significant cause of terrorism.That should answer the slogan that “Politics is the Only Reason People become Terrorists”.
He says in The Huffington Post on November 29, 2006:
“How many more architects and mechanical engineers must hit the wall at 400 miles an hour before we admit to ourselves that jihadist violence is not merely a matter of education, poverty, or politics?
The truth, astonishingly enough, is that in the year 2006 a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get 72 virgins in Paradise.
Western secularists, liberals, and moderates have been very slow to understand this. The cause of their confusion is simple: They don’t know what it is like to really believe in God.”
The Muslim Terrorists say Islam has its Part
The believe,it is in the Koran,that killing and dying for Islam they get instant heaven and beautiful women.Read the Koranic passages here:
Books written by Sam Harris
1.The End of Faith (2004)
2.Letter to a Christian Nation (2006).
3.The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values (2010).
About Letter to a Christian Nation
There he often talks of Mosaic law but it becomes obvious he lacks knowledge regarding why,according to the Bible,it was accepted in the first place.He thinks Mosaic law was imposed on the Jews but the case is different.
In Judaism it is said:
1.That God made astonishing miracles in front of the very eyes of the Jewish people year after year:parting of the sea,plagues of Egypt,miraculous feeding of the Jews,etc.
2.Then the Jews were given the option of saying yes or no to if they wanted to become the Chosen People of God or not.If they said yes they had to accept Mosaic Law.
3.If they said yes and obeyed Mosaic Law God would protect them.If they disobeyed him he would take it away.
4.The Jews knew that there were some 12 or more capital punishment laws in Mosaic Law:for adultery,blasphemy,apostasy,etc.
5.In Judaism Mosaic Law is only and only for the Jews,never,ever for non-Jews.Salvation for the non-Jews or 99% of the world population is through the 7 Noahide Laws,none of which say anything about capital punishment.Here are the 7 laws:
1.Prohibition of Idolatry
2.Prohibition of Murder
3.Prohibition of Theft
4.Prohibition of Sexual immorality
5.Prohibition of Blasphemy
6.Prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive
7.Establishment of law courts
8.So if the Jews had said NO to Mosaic Law (613 laws in total),to becoming the Chosen People,they could still get salvation through the 7 laws of Noah,or Noahide Laws.
9.The reason why the Jews in Moses’ time accepted Mosaic Law was based on evidence(the numerous miracles) that Yahweh was truly God.Their decision was not based on the word of a Moses and nothing else but on the miracles they say the God of Moses accomplished.
On Top of That
In the NT Mosaic law was accomplished or fulfilled 2,000 years ago.It is not part of Christinaity so why even mention it over and over again in Letter to a Christian(not Jewish) Nation?
Video where Harris criticizes his Fellow Liberals about their Refusal to Recognize Religion is Central to Islamic Terrorism