I recently implied something about Sam Harris that I don’t actually believe. In The Atheist Libertarian Connection, I indicated that Sam Harris was a libertarian. I don’t think this is quite right. It is okay to categorize him as conservative, in the sense that he has been for a number of neoconservative ventures. And I think he was wrong about this. It is one thing to say that we aren’t going to grant legitimacy to Islamic fundamentalists. It is quite another to cheer lead for an essentially religious war waged by Christian fundamentalists. I think that Harris has erred in this regard.
Otherwise, I think that Harris’ thinking is pretty reasonable and humane. As with most things, my thoughts are complicated. You aren’t likely to get to the bottom of what I think in any given article. So now I’ve had my say. For putting up with me, I offer you the following bit of wisdom from Sam Harris in Letter to a Christian Nation: