A long overdue debate breaks out about whether rational atheism is being used as a cover for Islamophobia and US militarism http://gu.com/p/3eq3n/tw via @guardian
There is no doubt our country is under siege, but perhaps the more dangerous threat comes from the Christian Right and those who would abuse the guarantees, tolerance, and traditions of goodwill our republic extends to all of its citizens. Sam Harris has been a reasoned, responsible and principled voice in alerting us to the extremes of any “faith” that adheres to intolerant, archaic, death-worshipping superstitions that contramand the common good of progress, education, science, and the advancement of civilization. It is not racist, phobic, fear-mongering or wrong to clearly define these distinctions, and make it perfectly clear the enemy is not a race, a people, or a creed, necessarily, but the stultifying and consciousness crushing nature of beliefs forged long ago in ages of ignorance. H.G. Wells once wrote, “Civilization is a race against education and catastrophe.” It is sad and woefully misguided that Mr. Greenwald would misspend his own talent by turning on one of the educators, and not on one of the many looming sources of catastrophe.
http://gu.com/p/3eq3n/tw via @guardian