Last week, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, a devout Muslim, blew a gasket on HBO’s “Real Time” when host Bill Maher stated that the Koran demanded that Muslims despise non-believers. Maher backed up his statement by quoting from Sam Harris’s book “The End of Faith” which itself endlessly quotes the Koran’s passages which demand intolerance, death and damnation for all non-believers.
Ellison’s response was to sputter that Muslim fanatics are not inspired by the Koran to commit acts of violence but instead by “political teachings”.
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Well, on hearing Ellison’s argument, Sam Harris begs to strongly differ with the Muslim Representative that the Koran doesn’t preach intolerance. Below is the link from Harris’s blog wherein he confronts head on the Koran’s “religious hatred (which) has become a problem for the entire world“.
In the aftermath of the House hearing on American Muslims, Representative Keith Ellison appeared on HBO’s Real Time to further testify to the benign nature of Islam. Attempting to bring some glint of reality to the conversation, Bill Maher posed the following question:
Have you read Sam Harris’s book, The End of Faith?… [Harris] says, “On almost every page, the Qur’an instructs observant Muslims to despise non-believers.”