In complaining about the “regressive left” on Thursday, author and atheism advocate Sam Harris took another shot at supporters of Noam Chomsky in an interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.
Harris referred to critics of his views on Islam as “liberals who followed Noam Chomsky off the edge of the world, and believe that everything that is happening in the Muslim world is the result of US foreign policy, [that] there are no monsters in the world apart from ourselves and those we made.”
The neuroscientist was promoting a new book he co-wrote with Maajid Nawaz, a former self-identified Islamist — though not a terrorist — who told O’Donnell that he spent five years in prison in Egypt for attempting to incite opposition to former President Hosni Mubarak’s administration.
“There are plenty of people on the politically-correct side of this debate who are prepared to take the position that [Islam] isn’t a religion of war,” Nawaz argued. “The problem is, at the same time, what they’re not prepared to do — and what I wish they were more prepared to do more of — is to recognize that, though it may not be a religion of war, it’s also not a religion of peace.”
As a Muslim, Nawaz said, the “correct answer” is to say that the link between terrorism by Islamic extremists and the religion itself is defined by the connection between their interpretation of scripture and what they feel needs to be done.
“Islam also has a role,” he argued.
Earlier this year, Harris engaged in an ill-fated correspondence with Chomsky, during which Chomsky accused him of “condemning others for ignoring “basic questions” that they have discussed for years, in my case decades, whereas you have refused to address them and apparently do not even allow yourself to understand them.”
Harris later published the exchange, then said “morally confused” liberals came away from it thinking he had lost.
Watch Harris and Nawaz’s appearance on The Last Word, as aired on Thursday, below.
Secret recording features Trump falsely claiming that weed makes people ‘lose IQ points’
President Donald Trump falsely claimed that marijuana makes people "lose IQ points" in a secret recording released by indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
Parnas released the recording, which captured more than one hour of conversation at a private donor dinner with Trump in 2018, to show that the president told him that he would fire then-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. But the recording, which was apparently captured by Parnas' indicted associate Igor Fruman, also featured Trump discussing Kim Jong Un's golf game, the European Union trying to "screw the United States," the 2016 election . . . and his views on marijuana.
Former Trump official worries about the president’s mental state: ‘How long can this be ignored?’
President Donald Trump's mental fitness for office was called into question after a campaign rally in New Jersey.
During his speech, Trump began to slur his words, causing somebody at Fox News to laugh on a hot mic as the network cut away from the speech.
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was concerned by the clip.
"Wondering how long this can be ignored," Scaramucci posted.
"Is there anyone left in his team that cares about his health and mental acuity?" he wondered.
Watch Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell on the GOP effort to convict Trump for President Pence
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday reported on the effort by "Republicans for the Rule of Law" to convince GOP senators that the party may be better off with Mike Pence in the Oval Office.
If Trump is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office, Vice President Pence would ascend to the presidency.
"Here it is in the wild. This is a billboard truck that puttered around Washington, D.C. all day, shuttling between the capitol and the White House and the Trump Hotel," Maddow reported, showing images of the moving billboard.
Moddow noted that on one side the truck read, "Remove Trump for Pence" and on the other, "Pence, it could be worse."