Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sam Harris and Liberal Denial

Harris not my favorite guy but he's more right than wrong here.
I am here to report that liberals and conservatives respond very differently to the notion that religion can be a direct cause of human conflict.

This difference does not bode well for the future of liberalism... correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith.

On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.

This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are.
I shouldn't have been so hard on him at Church. But it was never right to get so bent-out-of-shape about Elmer Gantry.

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