As we all know, Sam Harris likes to blame faith and religion for the killings caused by extremist Islamic terrorists. In fact, after the terrorist attack in Paris, many atheists on the internet were sharing the following Sam Harris meme:
Apart from the nonsense of the terrorists not being cowards (brave men don’t attack defenseless civilians), what of this idea that it is “perfect faith” that drives the extremists to kill?
Consider the following news article from the Washington Post:
The tiny pill fueling Syria’s war and turning fighters into superhuman soldiers.
A powerful amphetamine tablet based on the original synthetic drug known as “fenethylline,” Captagon quickly produces a euphoric intensity in users, allowing Syria’s fighters to stay up for days, killing with a numb, reckless abandon.
There’s plenty more all over the internet. For example:
Earlier this week when French police raided a cheap hotel room rented by the Islamic State (Isis) terrorists who had unleashed the Paris massacres on Friday the 13th, they were surprised to find among the debris of pizza boxes and sweet wrappers, used syringes, needles and plastic tubing. But there is growing evidence to suggest the gunmen, who killed dozens at the Bataclan venue, fuelled their slaughter with drugs, with some of the survivors of the horror reporting the killers appeared to be in a “zombie-like” state…… Captagon is known to be a drug used by fighters all over Syria, leading some to suggest that the hotel room discovery tells us that the Paris attackers had taken Captagon as part of their preparations before the attack……. Meanwhile, Isis pharmacists are understood to have produced the drug to supply to its militants to enhance their fighter feelings of invincibility and increase endurance.
Oh, the delicious, delicious irony.
First, it looks to me like many terrorists need to supplement their “perfect faith” with…..drugs. And that tells me faith is not a big part of their “perfect faith.”
Better yet, the terrorist drug of choice is an amphetamine-like designer drug.
And that takes us right back to Sam Harris:
in the winter of 1987, I took the drug 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as Ecstasy, and my sense of the human mind’s potential shifted profoundly. Although MDMA would become ubiquitous at dance clubs and “raves” in the 1990s, at that time I didn’t know anyone of my generation who had tried it. One evening, a few months before my twentieth birthday, a close friend and I decided to take the drug.
Ecstacy is another amphetamine-like designer drug.
Oh. My. Goodness. While it was an amphetamine-like designer drug that awakened Sam Harris’s atheist spirituality, it’s another amphetamine-like designer drug that allows terrorists “to stay up for days, killing with a numb, reckless abandon.”
Harris wants to blame faith for the terrorist killings at the hands of ISIS when we could just as easily blame Sam Harris’s notions of atheist spirituality.
In fact, with this new information, we should revisit many popular Gnu memes. For example,
Drugs are an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes drugs.
And if we are supposed to blame religious people for ISIS, why not use the same Gnu logic and start blaming pot smokers for ISIS?