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Sam Harris: I’d vote for Ben Carson over Noam Chomsky “Every Time”

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, neuroscientist Sam Harris

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, neuroscientist Sam Harris

Cenk Uygur, of the Young Turks has described fellow atheist Sam Harris as “Scam Harris” in light of Harris’ comments that he would, given the choice between Noam Chomsky and Ben Carson, “vote for Ben Carson every time.”

Harris’ comments are part of a pattern of support for extremist right-wing politicians. In the past he’s spoken favorably of European fascists, stating they are “the people who speak most sensibly about the threat that Islam poses to Europeans.”

By Tom Boggioni, RawStory

During a discussion on whether the U.S. should allow Syrian refugees into the county, neuroscientist and atheism advocate Sam Harris continued his personal jihad with author Noam Chomsky while finding common cause with Christian conservative GOP presidential candidates who want to keep the refugees out.

In his podcast interview with author Douglas Murray, Harris lamented the “demagoguery on both sides” by the political parties, while accusing President Barack Obama of being “politically stupid” in the way he addresses the threat of Islamic fanaticism. Harris did have  kind words for Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, despite admitting that he is a “religious maniac.’

“The Republicans are right to be completely outraged by this — and they’re completely crazy,” Harris explained.”This is a terrible situation to be in politically.”

“Take the personalities of the people on the right out of the equation. Is it crazy to express, as Ted Cruz did, a preference for Christians over Muslims in this process?” Harris asked. “Of course not. What percentage of Christians will be jihadists or want to live under Sharia law? Zero. And this is a massive, in fact the only, concern when talking about security. We know that some percentage of Muslims will be jihadists inevitably… So it is not mere bigotry or mere xenophobia to express that preference. I hope you understand that I am expressing no sympathy at all with Ted Cruz’s politics or with Ted Cruz. But it is totally unhelpful to treat him — though he actually is a religious maniac — like a bigot on this point. This is a quite reasonable concern to voice.”

It was toward the end of the broadcast that Harris had to take a shot at author Chomsky with whom he has had a running battle over ideology and political worldviews.

“Given a choice between Noam Chomsky and Ben Carson, in terms of the totality of their understanding of what’s happening now in the world, I’d vote for Ben Carson every time,” Harris stated. “Ben Carson is a dangerously deluded religious imbecile, Ben Carson does not…the fact that he is a candidate for president is a scandal…but at the very least he can be counted on to sort of get this one right. He understands that jihadists are the enemy.”

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  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    They had a hatred for essentially anyone non-Aryan, for them all Semites would be the same (in theory at least). My point was more on their theory and how they tried to hide their views fro resources

    But I agree with you in general anti-Jewish hatred held a special place for them seeing as Jews were the main target.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    This is the article & I think it was Antisemitismus that was replaced with Jew
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/1571079

  • Just_Stopping_By

    No problem on the wait. Exams are more important than internet discussions!

    I’m still not sure this is correct. Mein Kampf explicitly uses forms of the word “jude” numerous times, but it seems that perhaps all of the references including “semit” are in relating to “Antisemitismus” or a form of that word. You can check by searching the German text here: https://archive.org/stream/Mein-Kampf2/HitlerAdolf-MeinKampf-Band1Und2855.Auflage1943818S._djvu.txt

    Still, if you do find that article online, even if for pay, please send a link.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Ok sorry for the long wait.
    So this was not in the propaganda posters but in the Arabic as well as English translations of Hitlers book Mein Kampf done by German Ambassador to Iraq Fritz Grobba. Where they replaced Semite references with Jew

    Some of this is talked about in an article but I can’t find a free pdf of it LOL

  • 1DrM

    Was that an attempt at a comeback, atheist weakling? Lay off the lead chips and seek the parental supervision you so desperately need.

  • 1DrM

    Yawn, just the sort of infantile, boring “response” I expected from the butt hurt atheist fanatic in damage control mode. Owe up to your words, maggot. Was there no life guard around when your parents decided to further pollute the gene pool with your worthless existence?

  • William Faulkner

    Doubling up on your ignorance? I am telling you I am on Cenk Uygur/Glen Greenwald/Noam Chomsky side, and you say “Too little too late” Why? Because you linked to my youtube comment: “I am with Sam Harris on this, let’s nuke Pakistan.”

    Wow, you’re seriously stupid. I hope you don’t have children that rely on your “guidance.”

  • Mohamed

    Could you at least accept the post directed to one of the writers for the site.

  • 1DrM

    Why would I waste my time looking at ALL your comments online when it’s already been established you’re an atheist terrorist wannabe who nonchalantly wants nuke an entire nation? And by your own words at that.

    Typical of the inferior breed.

  • Mifeng86

    It’s strange that Dr. Carson, a black man supports Israel even in light of instances like this and this.

  • Mehdi

    I talked about religious and political sentiments being used because you mentioned it in the end of your comment.

    You brought up the quote so I don’t know when exactly Sadat said that, no clue on what audience that was. As this was in 1972, a wild guess is that it could have happened at a time when the Rogers plan was failing (hence the reference to the negociation?), but no idea.
    The statement includes some politics (talking about negociations for instance), religion (by referring vaguely to the example of the prophet), and yes, there is some antisemitism discourse there. But that’s as far as I know, I can’t comment further as I don’t have all the context.

  • L_King

    Which part of Sadat’s statements were political, which were religious and which part, if any, was purely anti-Semitic? How would the audience have been educated by his remarks and would they have rejected any part of it as inauthentic? I’d like to read your analysis, and I’d invite others to remark as well.

  • The greenmantle

    I came across this today and I thought the real feelings shone unlike most politians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVMdh6d3h0

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    Strange that the USA republican presidential candidates came to mind when you said that 😉

    Sir David

  • Mehdi

    Many politicians use religious sentiments and stories (sincerely or cynically) for political purposes, nothing new there.

  • Marinater

    amazing how they twist muslim terms to mean something else..Jihad can be quiting vices, providing for your family, picking up litter on the streets..you know..stuff that non muslims are also engaging in?

  • Marinater

    can a muslim be a juggalo? can a juggalo be a muslim? #seriousquestions

  • Mehdi

    Hitler’s relationship and views of Arabs and Muslims were a mix of his typical racism and the search for local allies, which meant either relying on local fascists (as in France, Norway, Belgium, etc. that option was minor in the Arab world) or seeking the support of local nationalist/anti-imperial movements (as he succesfully did for a moment in Ukraine, the Baltic states against the soviets). To your Balkan example, Husseini’s only achievement during WW2 was the buildup of a Muslim Bosnian SS unit, they participated to some fights in Bosnia but their role was minor, in the Balkans, the nazis relied more on the Croatian Ustashis.
    There are a lot of different theories about Hitler and Islam (in my opinion more driven by current politics than by facts), but nothing that shows anything further than a mix of opportunism, he was looking for ideologues that would either support his views on Jews (to your point as with Husseini, and he constantly linked Judaism with Bolishevism, and Capitalism at the same time) but his interest in using Arabs was more driven by his need for their suppport against the English, some people did respond to that in the mindset of “My ennemy’s ennemy is my friend”, a good example is Anouar Sadat, but that’s how far it went. Most Arabs who had an appeal for Germany back then did so out of nationalism and tactics, as did ukranians, latvians, etc.

  • HSkol

    I would think Christian people in lands of literal Christianity would dig Sam Harris; however, I’m not sure of the Christian lands in question. Sweden and Denmark maybe?

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