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How non-biased is Sam Harris,
This review is from: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (Paperback)
I started reading the book and I was expecting a non-biased and free treatment of all religions and religion inspired activism. Sam Harris refers to the suicide bomber (Moslem) who blows himself up and others in Israel. He fails to mention that Israeli state is built on a religious idea (Judaism). He does not attack this state that was formed around Judaism. He does attack the Israeli state that is racist and supremacist in its core. This state is good example of how religion and religious state is so bad. Yet he chooses to write about a desperate Palestinian squashed by the Israeli state, resorting to suicide and killing others (Jews?) as prime example of religious crime. I am sorry I could not read the rest of the book.
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Initial post: 23 May 2010 11:22:56 BDT
Mikey C says:
Actually Israel is not "built on a religious idea" and many of its founders were secular. The right of national self-determination for a people seems to be universally respected for everyone apart from the Jews; I wonder why? What Harris misses in his "all crimes committed by Muslims can be traced back to Koran" nonsense is the influence of European anti-Semitism in the problems of the Middle East and on Islamism in general.
By the way, please don't give us that tired old "desperate Palestinian ... resorting to suicide" line. One of these people worked in a chip shop in Leeds - how desperate can you get! The Islamist death cult certainly needs investigating, but by a sharper mind than Harris's.
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