I challenge everyone to actually listen to the questions posed to Sam in the media. Case in point is the NPR interview on Oct 2nd, Talk of the Nation, in which Michelle Martin seemed particularly defensive with regard to the religious roots of the civil rights movement. Sam Harris speaks from a position of erudition, in philosophy, cultural anthropology, basic biology and biological sciences. Unfortunately, the level of sophistication possessed by the general public, not to mention the media, in these areas is equivalent to the grade-school level at best. How can the media pose accurate, informed questions about such topics as the rational basis of religious belief if it lacks even the basic fundamental knowledge to debate and articulate the core issues?
After reading "Letter to a Christian Nation", it has become clear to me that Harris's position is firmly routed in our own history, philosophy and fund of knowledge - how can anyone argue that the Bible tells the truth? Yet the "media" fears alienating segments of the public who are invested in Truth-By-Bible, including those on the so-called "right" side of issues such as racism and slavery, and who ask questions like, "How is faith different from love?"