Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. He is the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason and the author of The End of Faith, which was published in 2004 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list for 33 weeks.
In the wake of the row over the Danish cartoons he wrote: “It is time we recognized – and obliged the Muslim world to recognize – that ‘Muslim extremism’ is not extreme among Muslims. Mainstream Islam itself represents an extremist rejection of intellectual honesty, gender equality, secular politics and genuine pluralism. The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center. In Islam, we confront a civilization with an arrested history. It is as though a portal in time has opened, and the Christians of the 14th century are pouring into our world.”
Source: Truthdig, February 7, 2004
In the wake of the Hebdo Charlie murders he wrote: “The response of liberals – and it’s so depressing to have to use ‘liberal’ in a pejorative way, but liberalism has completely lost its moorings on the topic of Islam…. Needless to say, we have all the usual suspects – Glenn Greenwald, Reza Aslan, Chris Hedges, Karen Armstrong – and as unreadable as these people have become, you can’t help but notice the stupid things they say about Islam even in the aftermath of an atrocity like this.
“As will come as no surprise, they will tell you this has nothing to do with Islam or heartfelt religious convictions, but that it has everything to do with capitalism and oppression and minorities and the racism of white people in Europe, and the racism of cartoonists at a magazine like Charlie Hebdo.”
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