Sam Harris

While promoting atheism, Harris examines spirituality by means of considering philosophy, neuroscience and mysticism rather than displaying tacit disdain for it. He warns of the threat that fundamentalist religion poses to human progress and survival

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Comment by Stephen McMahon on December 26, 2010 at 10:52am

Sam Harris is a zionist PR hack.


I say this after attending a "lecture" by Harris at CalTech in Oct. 2010 during his book tour to promote "Moral Landscape".  This was not a teaching moment.  No.  It was nothing but a war-mongering screed for Israel's next land/water-grab, the war with Iran.  He sounded like Bush Jr. before the Iraq war.  Yes.  It was THAT obvious.  This guy is nothing but a zionist media apparatchik who is rolled out to gin up the Islamophobic bigotry & fear in the imperialist's quest for more & more WAR.


If you don't believe me, search through ALL of Harris' writings and media appearances.  In the early stuff, you will find plenty of Christian-bashing and, lately, naked, bigoted Islamophobic hate and active promotion of the Iran war.  But you will not find one, single instance of judeo criticism.  Not one.  And even the briefest inspection of the Torah clearly reveals that Judeism is, by far, the most violent of the Abrahamic religions - of all religions, for that matter.  The 2006 Lebanon slaughter and the 2008 Gaza genocide clearly proved that Israel is way out-of-line. Just read "The Goldstone Report".  Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, today's "Billy Graham of Israel", with a nationally televised, weekly show, peppers his sermons with references to non-jews as "snakes, monkeys, and other lesser creations".  Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, in his best-selling book, "Torat Ha'Melech" ("The King's Torah") writes: non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and should be killed in order to "curb their evil inclinations." "If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments... there is nothing wrong with the murder." According to Shapira, "There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults."


If you, like Harris, believe that zionism is something other than extreme, menacing religious dogma, ask yourself (and Harris if you ever get the chance): Does Israel have a divine right to exist? Did the Invisible Super-Grandpa leave the chosen people (and if THAT isn't a bigoted term, I don't know what is) the deed to Palestine? Is this a good enough reason to drop white-phosphorous bombs on Palestinian school children?


Yet Harris ignores this hate-filled, popular rhetoric coming out of Israel today and supports the current right-wing regime in its quest for war with Iran.  No matter what you may think of leaders like Yosef and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, their thirst for plunging the world into an Iran war is reason enough to reject them, and Sam Harris' active promotion of their beliefs, don't you think?

Comment by Sebastian on December 7, 2010 at 5:22pm
I always knew the main issue of the world was religion. He and others confirmed that I was right all along. My friends think it's sin, BS.
Comment by linda wagner on December 7, 2010 at 10:48am
I feel the same way about him too.
Comment by Sebastian on December 6, 2010 at 6:04pm
He has speeches in
That's how I found out about him.
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 12, 2010 at 9:39am
There are enough videos on here to start a film festival. And BTW is there a Humanist/Atheist/Agnostic film festival?
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 24, 2010 at 2:57am
I like the writings of Sam Harris and his world views. I don't know if the Atheist Foundation of Australia would accept him as a member, however, because of his views on Buddhism. I decided to outline the views of the AFA and how they exclude non-theists that don't toe the thin line set by the AFA. You can read more here.
Comment by Objection on March 27, 2010 at 2:45pm
@Greg Anthony, I just pre-ordered using your link. I followed the steps as usual, so hopefully AN will get something out of it.

I'll probably surprise myself in October ^_^ I loved his TED talk about the Moral Landscape.
Comment by Gliktch on March 16, 2010 at 3:33am
"You need to be a member of Sam Harris to add comments!"

I thought his only claim to fame was his intellect and insight...

I didn't realize he had more than one member :P How anatomically curious xD And they can type, too? Holy crap!
Comment by Wonderist on January 28, 2010 at 10:29am
For those who liked Letter to a Christian Nation, don't forget to read The End of Faith. There is some overlap but, in my opinion, TEoF is a powerhouse, and it's the book that kicked off the beginning of the trend of best-selling atheism books.

TEoF makes a solid case against the notion of 'faith' itself, as well as the taboo against criticizing faith and religion. Instead of addressing believers, it's addressed at on-the-fence non-believers, and is a great source of arguments pro-atheist-activism. Very worthwhile.
Comment by James M. Martin on October 23, 2009 at 11:11am
From time to time I like to read Sam's Letter to a Christian Nation, as it so succinctly states my own system of non-belief. How ironic it was that even as I was reading the following passage, news accounts reached the media about finding the body of a seven year old Florida girl (Somer Thompson) in a landfill. Sam wrote:

"Somewhere in the world a man has abducted a little girl. Soon he will rape, torture, and kill her. If an atrocity of this kind is not occurring precisely at this moment, it will happen in a few hours, or days at most. Such is the confidence we can draw from the statistical lives that govern six billion human beings. The same statistics also suggest that this girl's parents believe -- as you believe -- that an all-powerful and all-loving God is watching over them and their family. Are they right to believe this? Is it good that they believe this?


Sam goes on to comment on what I like to call Mackie's argument against God: the fallacy of believing in an omnipotent and loving deity. As he states it, in the final analysis, God is either impotent or arbitrary (and in some cases downright evil). The problem of theodicy was best expressed by the Australian philosopher John Leslie Mackie.

The religious person would say, "God gave the child killer freedom of will and it is not God but the perp who caused the child's death." Fine, but why didn't God see to it that the perp would choose to refrain from killing little Somer?

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