First, I’ll admit that I’m at least temporarily addicted to this board, and I may need to seek treatment.
Ed, I agree with your point, even though I still have high hopes for Sam Harris. Sam seems to have screwed up, as everyone does from time to time. But going public with such an inflamatory statement is not acceptable, much as Chris might imply.
Chris, all I can say is that I hope you reconsider your position. You appear to be a lawyer, and I certainly respect that. But keep in mind that America currently hates lawyers for a very good reason. Literalistic argument is unbecoming of a J.D., though it seems to be commonplace these days. Keep it in the courtroom, but good luck sleeping at night.
Thekeez, it may not seem serious to you, but then—you’re not James Watt. Incidentally, I don’t at all approve of Watt’s positions. But I do approve of fairness in what is publicly stated about those positions. Sam got it wrong. Fortunately, Sam has gotten most everything else right.