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Sam Harris, New atheism and Islam
This is a comment on the Sam Harris - Glenn Greenwald debate about Islam.
Sam Harris, New atheism and Islam
This is a comment on the Sam Harris - Glenn Greenwald debate about Islam; see :
I think that the Harris - Greenwald debate missed the main issue of the matter they debated, that is Islam and Muslims. We could agree with the poll quoted by Greenwald, that only 7 % of Muslims are radicals, and religiously devoted. And that the rest (93% of Muslims) are moderate and good. But unfortunately both writers wasted their time arguing about the goodness of this 93%, while I think that the whole issue related only to the other 7%, who neither argued about their "goodness". For Islamists, those 7% of Muslims, they used this debate only to stigmatize ant criticism of their dogmas as racism and bigotry, etc. But I don't think that convinced and devoted Nazi or fascists never exceed 7 % of German or Italian population at any time. And that the remaining 93% were always moderate and good, even when they were used by the ruling 7% to inflict atrocities on others.
Being controlled, brainwashed and suppressed themselves, they became tools in the hands of the 7% to suppress and control others. What we saw in Iraq after 2003 and in Syria and Libya after 2012, that this 7% claimed superiority and hegemony over the rest (the 93%) , as self-proclaimed, sole representative of the divine, the sacred. They assume moral and intellectual authority over others, then using this authority, combined with brutal force; to suppress the rest, who couldn't fight back properly. In fact , both Harris and Greenwald are dangerous representatives of their ideas. Harris didn't hide that his atheism is an authoritarian, Euro-centric one; as he called for repressive measures to counter the Islamist fundamentalist threat. In fact , this type of atheism is not new to Middle East or "Islamic" countries, where generations of autocrats and dictators practiced such atheism for a long time now. Not only that any "victory" won by such measures was only a false and transient one, but that this authoritarian atheism has no libertarian content at all, it is just another dogma to support some brutal and harsh dictators.
Greenwald is also a dangerous "friend" of the 93% of Muslims, whose goodness he wishes to prove. By underestimating the threat of the 7% on this good majority, and the potential of using Islam as undisputed justification of the hegemony of this 7% upon the rest of Muslims and upon other minorities and neighbors of Muslim societies, Greewald is not of real help to this 93% he wishes to defend... Finally , it is true that Harris questions (1) that the present situation of Muslim countries could be Euro-centric or even racist, but they are very serious ones, that dismissing them simply as being racist is a lost opportunity for the 93% of Muslims to look thoroughly in their present and try to find deeper answers to such serious questions....
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The attack on Charlie Hebdo last January was carefully designed to the full benefit of IS, but also to the benefit of the ruling Elite in the advanced capitalist world. It was not intended as punishment for Charlie Hebdo's satiric attitude toward what IS considers as "sacred", but as punishment for millions of Muslims who accepted such an attitude by their silence, especially Muslims who live in France and the west. IS, like everyone else, knew very well that Muslims in Europe and the west will be under heavier pressure after such an attack. IS offered Muslims only one way to defend themselves: to accept its fundamentalist hyper-dogmatic version of Islam and join its ranks - martyrdom and heaven through killing and suicide bombing. The message of IS was clear: freedom of conscience and expression is never a part of Muslims' identity, so it must be declined, denied and fought against. Both IS and the western elite accepted this as a "fact". [Italiano]
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