As decent people recoil in disgust at the religious persecution of innocent Muslims they must also reserve some disgust for the reactionary demagogue Sam Harris and his demented underlings. In concert with a deeply Islamophobic tabloid media they have created a climate of hate from which a proto-fascist has risen to become the most powerful man in the world. Through their promotion of far-right ideals hidden behind a liberal and intellectual veneer they have shifted the equilibrilium of acceptable discourse where self-declared liberals now passionately defend the torture (of Muslims) and the racial-profiling (of Muslims). Fringe ideas have become mainstream. Once unthinkable religious persecution has become the reality. Sam Harris has been softening the American public up to this persecution for a decade. His rhetoric is remarkably similar to Trump’s.
ON MUSLIM VS CHRISTIAN REFUGEES/IMMIGRANTS
TRUMP: They were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.“
HARRIS: Is it crazy to express, as Ted Cruz did, a preference for Christians over Muslims in this process?Of course not. What percentage of Christians will be jihadists or want to live under Sharia law? Zero. And this is a massive, in fact the only, concern when talking about security. We know that some percentage of Muslims will be jihadists inevitably… So it is not mere bigotry or mere xenophobia to express that preference
HARRIS: And one of the problems we have is that many Muslims, for understandable reasons and some for really deplorable reasons, are playing hide the ball with the articles of faith, and are eager to have the conversations of the sort you have had from a very cynical and manipulative perspective. We’re just going to keep having big families, and eventually it’s going to be Eurabia, and the war will be won. There are people who really think in those terms, and they’re not necessarily just the people in the center of the bull’s-eye of Islamic infatuation.
HARRIS; When I search my heart, I discover that I want to keep the barbarians beyond the city walls as much as my conservative neighbors do.
HARRIS: Islam is the fastest growing religion in Europe. The demographic trends are ominous: Given current birthrates, France could be a majority Muslim country in 25 years, and that is if immigration were to stop tomorrow. Throughout Western Europe, Muslim immigrants show little inclination to acquire the secular and civil values of their host countries, and yet exploit these values to the utmost—demanding tolerance for their backwardness, their misogyny, their anti-Semitism, and the genocidal hatred that is regularly preached in their mosques.
HARRIS (impersonating the perfect Clinton): No one will be brought into this country without proper screening. No one will be brought in who seems unlikely to embrace the values of freedom and tolerance that we hold dear.
ON WAR WITH ISIS
TRUMP We should declare war with ISIS
HARRIS: There really are some circumstances where war is the answer. …It would be much, much better if Muslim armies were turning their guns on this death cult. In the absence of that effort non-Muslim armies are clearly going to have to do this, until that’s done, until the jihadists have suffered a defeat so resounding that noone can even pretend their cause is still viable we are going to continue to see the violent machinations of religious lunatics against us.
TRUMP: I would absolutely go after the wives of terrorists
Harris: Advocates war against his “enemy” which includes non-violent and non-threatening “cloth-bag” wearing Muslim women who have emigrated to the “Islamic State”
ON RACIAL PROFILING OF MUSLIMS
TRUMP: We have no choice
HARRIS They must tolerate, advocate, and even practice ethnic profiling
TRUMP: But we have to be, you know, you have a woman who is 87 years old in a wheelchair from Sweden, and we have to look at her. We have to look at somebody else. It’s ridiculous what’s going on there.
HARRIS: “We’re not looking for 80-year-old women from Okinawa,”… “We’re not looking for little girls from Norway
ON THE DISLOYALTY OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS
Trump: And we have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on. When they see hatred going on, they have to report it.
HARRIS: It is not enough for moderate Muslims to say “not in our name.” They must now police their own communities. They must offer unreserved assistance to western governments in locating the extremists in their midst.
TRUMP: It’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.
HARRIS: Wherever “moderate Islam” does announce itself, one often discovers frank Islamism lurking just a euphemism or two beneath the surface.
ON TORTURING MUSLIMS
TRUMP: The U.S. should “go a lot further than waterboarding
HARRIS: If we are willing to drop bombs, or even risk that rifle rounds might go astray, we should be willing to torture a certain class of criminal suspects and military prisoners; if we are unwilling to torture, we should be unwilling to wage modern war.
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
TRUMP: They have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety, and above all else
HARRIS: Political correctness and fears of racism have rendered many secular Europeans incapable of opposing the terrifying religious commitments of the extremists in their midst.
ON ISLAM AND “THE CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS”
TRUMP: I think Islam hates us
HARRIS: the world’s most important culture war: the zero-sum conflict between civil society and traditional Islam.
HARRIS: All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology (Islam) that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
HARRIS: It is time we admitted that we are not at war with “terrorism”; we are at war with precisely the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran
HARRIS: the basic thrust of the (Islamic) doctrine is undeniable: convert, subjugate, or kill unbelievers; kill apostates; and conquer the world.
HARRIS: It is clear that the doctrine of Islam poses unique problems for the emergence of a global civilization.
HARRIS: Islam is undeniably a religion of conquest. The only future devout Muslims can envisage—as Muslims—is one in which all infidels have been converted to Islam, politically subjugated, or killed.
On SAYING ‘RADICAL ISLAM’
TRUMP: President Obama won’t say the name. But the name is there. It’s radical Islamic terror. And before you solve it, you have to say the name.
HARRIS: Only Trump has expressed moral clarity on this issue, and he did it in the following sentence in his speech: America must unite the whole civilized world in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Why can’t Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama say that?
In short, Sam Harris believes “most Muslims are utterly deranged” and “the people who speak most sensibly about the threat that Islam poses to Europe are actually fascists“. To resist Trump you must also resist Sam Harris and his New Atheist Cult.