Highlights from Sam Harris’ Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islamophobia, Western Hypocrisy, and the Best Prank Ever

Following a controversy where Ayaan Hirsi Ali was offered an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University only to have it quickly rescinded, Sam Harris posted a nearly-9,000-word interview with Hirsi Ali on his website today.

It’s a fascinating conversation and gets right to the heart of the criticisms that have been leveled against Hirsi Ali over the years.

Some of the highlights are below, but I strongly encourage you to set aside some time and read the whole thing.

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S.E. Cupp Accuses Bill Nye of Bullying Others with Science

On CNN’s Crossfire the other night, conservative atheist host S.E. Cupp invited Bill Nye the Science Guy on the show to talk about climate change.

Her argument (and I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt here) was that the public doesn’t think climate change is really a problem. So how come scientists who say otherwise can’t get through to them?

That’s actually a great question. But the way she handled the conversation made it sound like scientists were doing something wrong by teaching the public about the facts.



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Todd Starnes: Atheists Fighting to Protect the First Amendment Remind Me of Hitler

Todd Starnes, appearing on Fox News Channel because he’s the closest thing to an “expert” they have, shows that he doesn’t just save his fictional stories for his articles.

He’ll make stuff up on TV, too.

Just listen to how he talks about the ramifications of the recent Supreme Court ruling about prayer at government meetings. I’ll just add my own thoughts in red…



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Conservative Christian Group Posts Positive Article About Local Muslims and Members Flip Out, Forcing an Apology

The Family Policy Institute of Washington (state) is one of those anti-gay groups that thinks giving the LGBT community equal rights is tantamount to chaos.

Normally, I fight against groups like that. But for the past month or so, the FPIW has actually been doing something pretty interesting: They’ve been visiting places of worship for faiths other than their own in an effort to showcase non-Christian groups that “share our commitment to life, marriage, religious freedom, and parental rights.”

The articles don’t really go into controversial social issues so much as they simply introduce the Christian readers to a different religion. They’ve already visited a Sikh temple, a Catholic church, and a Seventh-day Adventist Church with no problems.

But then, last week, they posted about a visit to a local mosque and all hell broke loose.

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Pat Robertson, Who Ran for President as a Republican in 1988, Blames GOP for Nominating Unelectable Candidates

I know it’s child’s play to rip on Pat Robertson, but he always bring it upon himself… and this time, he’s blaming the GOP for nominating candidates that are extreme enough to win a primary but too extreme to win a general election:



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