Muslim Riots and 14th Century Christians

As I was thinking about the recent fundamentalist Muslim mobs, this Sam Harris quote came to mind from The End of Faith:

In thinking about [fundamentalist] Islam, and about the risk it now poses to the West, we should imagine what it would take to live peacefully with the Christians in the fourteenth century—Christians who were still eager to prosecute people for crimes like host desecration and witchcraft. We are in the presence of the past.

Indeed.

Dealing with these pockets of Muslim fundamentalists is like dealing with Christians many centuries ago. They are undeveloped morally and intellectually. They actually think getting angry and killing people over a movie rumor is going to solve something. But they’re just grown-up children, throwing murderous temper tantrums.

How can we stop the cycle of violence? How can we help them grow the fuck up?

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