Henry Rambow wrote an article which essentially regurgitates Sam Harris’s argument about religious moderates being blamed for the existence of extreme religious fundamentalists.
Like Harris, Rambow approaches the whole issue with incredible tunnel vision. He seems oblivious to the fact that there is no reason to restrict the focus of his logic to religion. The very same logic can be used elsewhere.
For example, think about how a moderate concern for animal welfare fuels animal rights terrorism. Do you support your local Humane Society? Then, according to Harris/Rambow logic, you are helping to legitimize extreme animal rights organizations and their acts of terrorism.
Concerned about the environment? Then you are both legitimizing and fueling eco-terrorism.
Do you consider yourself a supporter of civil rights and a good liberal? Then, according to Harris/Rambow logic, you are both legitimizing and fueling the Regressive Left. After all, if religious moderates are to blame for religious fundamentalists, then moderate leftists are to blame for the extreme, Regressive Left.
The irony of this New Atheist Logic is that while Harris points his finger at religious moderates and blames them for the extreme acts of some religious fundamentalists, his same logic would make him (as a environmentalist liberal who supports animal rights) partly responsible for animal rights terrorism, eco-terrorism, and the anti-free speech efforts of the Regressive Left.