Originally posted by twhitehead
You are totally misunderstanding him, and partly also taking him out of context. Please find the speech where he said that and listen to the whole thing.
Even in the bit you quoted he is not advocating going to war, he is stating that you are already at war.
You are putting words in his mouth then objecting to them.
'Please find the speech where he (Sam Harris) said that and listen to
the whole thing.'
If Twhitehead had read and comprehended what I wrote earlier, he should
know that I quoted something from a book, *not* a 'speech' by Sam Harris.
In contrast to Twhitehead, it seems, I prefer to read books and articles
rather than watch YouTube videos. I don't know if a YouTube video
exists of Sam Harris reading aloud from the book that he wrote.
I have _The End of Faith_ by Sam Harris in front of me at this moment.
Chapter 4, 'The Problem with Islam', begins on page 108. I am not going
to reiterate what I quoted earlier. So here's more of the context (which
Twhitehead has arrogantly claimed that I must have misunderstood):
Here's what just before what I quoted earlier of Sam Harris:
"...the world is filled with poor. uneducated, and exploited peoples who
do not commit acts of terrorism, indeed who would never commit acts of
terrorism of the sort that has become so commonplace among Muslims;
and the Muslim world has no shortage of educated and prosperous men
and women suffering little more than their infatuation with Koranic
eschatology, who are eager to murder infidels for God's sake."
--Sam Harris (_The End of Faith, p. 109)
So Sam Harris believes that it's 'commonplace' for Muslims, even 'educated
and prosperous' Muslims, to be "eager to murder infidels for God's sake".
Here's what's just after what I quoted earlier of Sam Harris:
"...prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran, (new text begins) and further
elaborated in the literature of the hadith, which recounts the sayings and
actions of the Prophet. A future in which Islam and the West do not stand
on the brink of mutual annihilation is a future in which most Muslims have
learned to ignore most of their canon, just as most Christians have learned
to do. Such a transformation is by no means guaranteed to occur,
however, given the tenets of Islam."
--Sam Harris (_The End of Faith_, p. 110)
So Sam Harris believes that *right now* (as distinct from a hypothetical
future), Islam and the West 'stand on the brink of mutual annihilation'
and that *most Muslims* seem to prefer it that way because *most
Muslims* have not--and perhaps could never--'learn to ignore most of
their canon'. I know of no scholarly evidence (Islamophobic websites
don't count) that most Muslims today are in favour of war of annihilation
against the West.
*Even if* Sam Harris is right in believing that many, if not most, Muslims
would like to kill me for being an 'infidel', I don't believe that the only
response (I am *not* saying Sam Harris wrote this) should be to prepare
to launch an offensive war to destroy Islam and all Islamic societies.
While preparing to defend myself, I would like to give any Muslim who
wanted to kill 'infidel' me a chance to change one's mind. I would like to
show this Muslim that I am not the dangerous evil force that this Muslim
(or some writers at RHP) ignorantly presume that I must be. So I would
attempt to communicate with this Muslim and negotiate a peaceful
settlement of our differences. Then, if a war were to begin, at least
I would know that I had done my best to avert it. 'Gott mit uns!'