Thursday, May 09, 2019

Why is author Dan Harris so controversial (with Carlos Maza, anyway)?


Eric Johnson of Vox publishes an interview by Kara Swisher of Recode Decode of Sam Harris, whose best known book now is “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” (Simon and Schuster, 256 pages, 2015).

Harris gets into why even mainstream Islam, in his view, has a problem, that tends to invite radicalization. By comparison, white supremacy among Christians, he thinks, is at the very fringes, even given Charlottesville.


He made some comparisons of Sri Lanka with New Zealand that many will not welcome.

Yet, Carlos Maza yesterday tweeted that Vox should not have published this, and that “bad faith actors and bigots should be quarantined” from speech. They can be explained around without being given a platform. 

As for Harris’s ideas, I’ve worked for persons of Muslim faith and with them for years, and never imagined a problem before 9/11 happened.  The point of terrorists is to force others to become polarized.
  
And it’s hard to say what scripture has the most clobber passages.

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