When you consider the battles between Sam Harris and the Regressive Left, it occurs to me that neither side has the moral high ground. Now, I’m not very familiar with Harris’s anti-Islam writings. But I do know that when it comes to his anti-Christian writings, Harris likes to create straw men through the careful application of cherry picking and reliance on stereotypes. These straw men then come in quiet handy when Harris begins to traffic in fear-mongering. After all, we are talking about the guy who tried this approach to lead a crusade to prevent Francis Collins from becoming head of the NIH.
Now, I doubt Harris has changed his methods when it comes to Islam (and from what I have seen, he doesn’t). So if his anti-Islam writings are also characterized by cherry picking, straw men arguments, stereotypes, and fear-mongering, it makes sense that the Regressive Left will rush in to exploit this and condemn Harris as a racist. After all, cherry picking, straw men arguments, stereotypes, and fear-mongering are the bread-and-butter of racists.
Of course, the Regressive Left comes off no better.
When Harris uses the same approach against Christians, the Regressive Left says nothing. In fact, one gets the distinct impression that if Sam Harris would just keep the Catholic and Evangelical Christians in his cross-hairs, the Regressive Left would be happy to promote him and hold him up as a great thinker.
Many in the Regressive Left seem to have this “What happened to my hero?” attitude. That is, they claim they used to be a huge fan of Dawkins or Harris back in the day, but no more. Y’see, when Dawkins/Harris focus their bigoted approach only on Christians, the Regressive Left was there to guffaw and slap em on the back. “Good one, Richard!” “Brilliant as ever, Sam!”. But when Dawkins or Harris turn their focus, and same approach, on feminists or Islam, suddenly the Regressive Left is appalled. How dare they rely on by cherry picking, straw men, stereotypes, and fear-mongering!
As for me, I notice that both sides tend to think themselves as being smarter than the rest of us, as being Champions of Reason, Defenders of Science, and paving the way for a better future. Yet what I see is one side trafficking in cherry picking, straw men arguments, stereotypes, and fear-mongering, while the other side insists this approach must be guided by political correctness.