Biased Jul 27, 2011
by Evarist K
It is true as Sam Harris points out that evils have been done by individuals or groups in the name of religion. Where I think Mr. Harris is wrong is when he treats religius people as the sole source of whatever human evil visited upon the innocent. History is filled with genocides and mass murders perpetrated by people who were not religious at all. The Killing Fields in Cambordia is just but one example of such numerous instances.
The second reason why Mr. Harris is biased, he doesn't acknowledge, like any objective analyst would, the good things that have shaped history because of religion. Education institutions, hospitals, refugee services, mediation in peace talks in different parts of the world, advocacy for the voiceless in oppressive regimes... have been and still are areas where religious individuals and institutions have played a crucial role. Unfortunately, all Mr. Harris does is to demonize religion and its adherents as if they are complete losers who never contribute anything good but just go on spreading seeds of suffering wherever they go.
As a scientist who also claims to be a philosopher, Mr. Harris should know better that subjective analysis, as opposed to objective analysis, has no place in either field, since it can never yield objective results or conclusions. An objective analyst weighs both sides but a subjective one is concerned with justifying his/her side, as Mr. Harris indeed does. This is a mockery both to the scientists and philosophers!