I was at the time one of the many post-war baby boomers, attending a suburban Detroit elementary school with eight kindergartens in one building. I had little understanding of what it would have been like to attend a one-room school in Kansas. I was most interested in how my mom walked to school early every morning to stoke up the wood stove before the children arrived.
In a January interview with PBSHarris said, "We don't have a word for not believing in Zeuswhich is to say we are all atheists in respect to Zeus. And we don't have a word for not being an astrologer.
He promotes a conversational intolerance, in which personal convictions are scaled against evidence, and where intellectual honesty is demanded equally in religious views and non-religious views. It is not at all clear how we should proceed in our dialogue with the Muslim world, but deluding ourselves with euphemisms is not the answer.
It now appears to be a truism in foreign policy circles that real reform in the Muslim world cannot be imposed from the outside. But it is important to recognize why this is so—it is so because the Muslim world is utterly deranged by its religious tribalism.
In confronting the religious literalism and ignorance of the Muslim world, we must appreciate how terrifyingly isolated Muslims have become in intellectual terms. Harris wrote a response to controversy over his criticism of Islam, which also aired on a debate hosted by The Huffington Post on whether critics of Islam are unfairly labeled as bigots: Is it really true that the sins for which I hold Islam accountable are "committed at least to an equal extent by many other groups, especially [my] own"?
The freedom to poke fun at Mormonism is guaranteed [not by the First Amendment but] by the fact that Mormons do not dispatch assassins to silence their critics or summon murderous hordes in response to satire. Can any reader of this page imagine the staging of a similar play [to The Book of Mormon ] about Islam in the United States, or anywhere else, in the year ?
At this moment in history, there is only one religion that systematically stifles free expression with credible threats of violence. The truth is, we have already lost our First Amendment rights with respect to Islam—and because they brand any observation of this fact a symptom of Islamophobia, Muslim apologists like Greenwald are largely to blame.
And it is doing its job, because people like you have been taken in by it. 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 is, however, in a rather narrow sense, the truth.
As a consequence, they have spent the last two thousand years collaborating with those who see them as different by seeing themselves as irretrievably so. Judaism is as intrinsically divisive, as ridiculous in its literalism, and as at odds with the civilizing insights of modernity as any other religion.
Jewish settlers, by exercising their "freedom of belief" on contested land, are now one of the principal obstacles to peace in the Middle East. I think it is obscene, irrational and unjustifiable to have a state organized around a religion.
So I don't celebrate the idea that there's a Jewish homeland in the Middle East. I certainly don't support any Jewish claims to real estate based on the Bible. Though I just said that I don't think Israel should exist as a Jewish state, the justification for such a state is rather easy to find.
We need look no further than the fact that the rest of the world has shown itself eager to murder the Jews at almost every opportunity. So, if there were going to be a state organized around protecting members of a single religion, it certainly should be a Jewish state.
Now, friends of Israel might consider this a rather tepid defense, but it's the strongest one I've got. I think the idea of a religious state is ultimately untenable. He said, "while I am now one of the public voices of atheism, I never thought of myself as an atheist before being inducted to speak as one [ Compassion, awe, devotion, and feelings of oneness are surely among the most valuable experiences a person can have.
A Guide to Spirituality Without ReligionHarris describes his experience with Dzogchena Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice, and recommends it to his readers. It depends on many factors—ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. He believes that once scientists begin proposing moral norms in papers, supernatural moral systems will join " astrologywitchcraft and Greek mythology on the scrapheap".
These choices we make are determined by those causes, and are therefore not really choices at all. Nevertheless Harris maintains that the absence of free will does not erode the distinction between voluntary and involuntary actions, arguing that intentions tell a lot about the global attributes of a person's brain.
Harris argues that this realization about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
Social and political views[ edit ] Harris describes himself as a liberal, and states that he supports raising taxes on the very wealthy, the decriminalizing of drugs and same-sex marriage. He was critical of the Bush administration 's war in Iraqfiscal policy, and treatment of science.
However, he believes liberals dangerously downplay the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism.
Harris was a featured speaker at the conference Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival. He made two presentations and participated in the ensuing panel discussions.
Harris has also appeared a number of times on the Point of Inquiry radio podcast. Harris engaged in a lengthy debate with Andrew Sullivan on the internet forum Beliefnet.
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