Mr. Harris wrote:
"While the stoning of children for heresy has fallen out of fashion in our country, you will not hear a moderate Christian or Jew arguing for a 'symbolic' reading of passages of this sort. (In fact, one seems to be explicitly blocked by God himself in Deuteronomy 13:1-'Whatever I am now commanding you, you must keep and observe, adding nothing to it, taking nothing away.')."
We must be careful when reading the works of Mr. Harris, as he tends to either pepper his statements with statistics or, as in this case, make very bold and emotionally charged statements. While in and of themselves, bold and emotionally charged statements are not inaccurate, we advise caution because it is easy to get so caught up emotionally that research, citations and context seem irrelevant-how does one argue against an emotion?
Let us begin by opening up the Bible and seeing what Deuteronomy 13:1 states:
"IF there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder."
Ok, a minor mistake on Mr. Harris' part. He accidentally referenced the location of a passage that he had just cited when hoping to cite another verse. That said, notice that the person who wrote the article refrained from reproducing the initial passage that Mr. Harris cited.