Ignorane masquerades as wisdom and bigotry pretends to be science. Thus the Los Angeles Times gives space today to naked anti-Christian, anti-religion prejudice in the form of an op-ed. They allow Sam Harris, the author of “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason,” to trot out the same old “I’m more civilized because I reject reliigon” arguments that have been debunked a thousand times.
He argues against using biblical principles to guide our society because it’s so backward. For example, he says that the Bible doesn’t merely condemn homosexuality but in Leviticus it orders that homosexuals be killed. In other words, he conflates everything in the Bible onto the same level, pretending that every utterance carries equal weight into today.
He also argues against the pro-life position, saying that it’s dumb for Christians to believe embryos have souls because “there is no reason to believe that embryos at this stage of development have the capacity to sense pain, to suffer or to experience death in any way at all.” So what? That’s a non sequitir. The presence of a soul does not confer the ability to sense pain. What it does it impart the image and likeness of God and an innate human dignity.