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The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Ben Affleck Confronts Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


Ben Affleck Calls Out Bill Maher and Sam Harris on Their Islamaphobia: ‘It’s Gross and Racist’

Just days after religious scholar Reza Aslan criticized him on CNN for his views on Islam, comedian Bill Maher decided to defend them, this time with actor Ben Affleck.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Christian Heretics

After his talk on the myth of human progress, the Truthdig columnist discussed the influence of religion on his work and why he views Christian conservatives as heretics.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A Come-to-Jesus Moment for American Religion

It now seems a necessary qualification for the Republican nomination, at least at the present primaries stage, to be a born-again fundamentalist Protestant. Yet in the United States the majority of the electorate is not fundamentalist, evangelical or Protestant.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Sam Harris Responds to Chris Hedges’ ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ Column

On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Sam Harris: ‘The Separation Between Science and Human Values Is an Illusion’

We were a little slow on the uptake when it came to finding this TED talk that author and Truthdig contributor Sam Harris gave this past winter, but it’s definitely worth a belated look, or even a second look, as the case may be.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Sam Harris on Sarah Palin and ‘Mediocrity’

The trailblazing atheist and Truthdig contributor takes on Sarah Barracuda in the new Newsweek: “When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. ‘They think they’re better than you!’ is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE


The End of Faith

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Sam Harris Strikes Back

The following is Sam Harris’ response to Chris Hedges’ essay, “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.” Last week the two Truthdig contributors battled one another over the issues of religion and politics during a live debate in Los Angeles. While they both agree on the dangers posed by religious fundamentalism in America, their views on religion in general differ greatly, as you will soon read.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdig / Todd Wilkinson

Chris Hedges: I Don’t Believe in Atheists

On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


On Atheists and Easter

Easter is as good a time as any to delve into the issues raised by faith and reason. In this essay, E.J. Dionne challenges the arguments of “neo-atheism.” For an alternative point of view, read “An Atheist Manifesto” by Sam Harris.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan

Finally! Sam Harris vs. Andrew Sullivan

Ladies and gentleman, the main event: The nation’s most prominent atheist dukes it out with one of America’s most eloquent defenders of faith. Check out the opening salvos in their “blogalogue” at Beliefnet or AndrewSullivan.com.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Check out this great debate on Jewcy.com between Truthdig contributor Sam Harris and nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager, in which the two men square off via e-mail on questions of atheism and faith in America.

Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, the Dems, and Sam Harris

This week Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, sits down with interviewer Peter Scheer to discuss the Chavez-Ahmadinejad friendship, Democratic prospects in the upcoming elections,  the Bill Clinton-Fox performance, Sam Harris and the American support of fanaticism in the middle east.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


A Critique of the New Religious Left

In the tradition of Sam Harris, Truthdig introduces secularist radio show host and author Barry Seidman, who argues in this essay that the new religious left could prove to be just as dangerous and divisive to the country as the religious right, because the admonitions of Abrahamic religious texts can never be reconciled with democracy.

Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


Moussaoui Proves Sam Harris’ Point

To justify his hatred of America, the Sept. 11 conspirator read passages from the Koran in court. This is exactly the kind of thing that “The End of Faith” author Sam Harris was talking about in his Truthdig interview.

Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Sam Harris: The Truthdig Interview

The best-selling author of “The End of Faith” talks about the way to navigate a dinner party without coming off as the Antichrist; about the “Salman Rushdie effect” that accompanies his newfound celebrity as America’s most prominent atheist; and about the new secular foundation he is founding.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE



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Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam

“The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center,” writes America’s most prominent secularist in a challenging and provocative new essay.
UPDATE: Harris responds to a deluge of comments and some criticism.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Sam Harris Takes On the Muslim Cartoon Controversy and His Critics

UPDATED: America’s most prominent secularist and author of the international bestseller “The End of Faith” reacts to the worldwide Islamic cartoon riots and responds to many of the criticisms lodged against his Truthdig essay “An Atheist Manifesto.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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An Atheist Manifesto

Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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