Monday, 22 September 2008

Funnily enough, Sam Harris is unimpressed by Sarah Palin

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Yes, more Palin, but I'll make it quick. In the latest issue of Newsweek, the prominent American atheist Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, spells out why the rise of Sarah Palin unnerves him ("if anyone could make Christian theocracy smell like apple pie, Sarah Palin could").

Of course we wouldn't have expected Harris to be out campaigning with a "Hockey Moms for America" sign, but his assessment of Palin might just be the most strongly-worded we've seen so far:
"Every detail that has emerged about Palin's life in Alaska suggests that she is as devout and literal-minded in her Christian dogmatism as any man or woman in the land. Given her long affiliation with the Assemblies of God church, Palin very likely believes that Biblical prophecy is an infallible guide to future events and that we are living in the 'end times'. Which is to say she very likely thinks that human history will soon unravel in a foreordained cataclysm of war and bad weather. Undoubtedly Palin believes that this will be a good thing—as all true Christians will be lifted bodily into the sky to make merry with Jesus, while all nonbelievers, Jews, Methodists and other rabble will be punished for eternity in a lake of fire."
I wonder if Harris and Matt Damon have ever met? I'm sure they'd enjoy a beer together.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, Sarah Palin is a Fundamentalist Christian and she believes all true believers will be taken up and the others perish; but God plans to save all sentient life and his will- will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are in the end times of the old order and have started a new dispensation of peace and enlightenment that will eventually lead us into a Golden Age. We are also in the Great Tribulation and will soon pass through it. The darkness that has covered the land was very thick. The Holy Spirit by the blood of the Prophets will consume this darkness. Sam Harris should have more tollerence with different evolutions and understand we are all on a different page of awareness.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" is equally unqualified for President as is Sarah Palin, for some of the same reasons Sam Harris outlined. Tolerance for unsubstantiated viewpoints ends when those viewpoints endanger others.
Stuart