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On Sam Harris and Bill Maher

I had a lot of flak for disagreeing with Sam Harris over the treatment of Palestinians. I think people simply bought too much into the simple view of the issue of Israel vs. Palestine and rather than listening to the Israelis and Palestinians and paying actual attention to the situation, people are more likely to listen to the hearsay and gossip. Hence atheists LOVE that conflict in demonstrating the folly of Zionism or the folly of Islamic Fundamentalism without realising what the situation is. I am kind of expecting more from this.

Harris and Condell are two such figures whose blind support of Israel covers up the damage that Israel has caused while ignoring the people who have paid the price the most.

Sam Harris and Bill Maher both took on Ben Affleck over ISIL and Iraq quite recently. [Read more...]

IS and James Foley – Why War Journalism has gotten more unsafe

I noticed general upswings in the number of readers due to the new front page format, so I need to do this from the beginning!

I am a big fan of photography. I got my first SLR from my dad, his old one. I learnt to shoot on film as a kid. I loved war photographers for what they did in telling the story of those who suffered. [TW - About the murder of James Foley and the transcript of his execution] [Read more...]

Criticising an Atheist Horseman – Sam Harris is wrong about Israel and Palestine

I had exams. So I let this slide. My next two are on Saturday and Sunday so I have some time to field this one.

Sam Harris’s take on Israel and Palestine shows an incredible naivety about the situation and buys into the whole notion that the conflict is purely religious in nature. Let’s break it down.

And I fear that writing this will get me accused of being a secret Muslim. The count of accusations due to the prior piece was at 43.  [Read more...]