She had been disputing an earlier statistic that I had advanced where Sam Harris had cited 38% of British Muslims as advocating the death penalty for any apostate. It may be heard here at 3:03 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZVYfADAnw8&list=PL45FAA00C0F2F490E
I had sent her one link to Harris on Youtube where he gave a high % and was now moved to e mail her across (she was in an adjacent room!) another one where he gave a still higher figure.
She slagged Harris off saying that she had heard he was a rabid Islamophobe and that what people like him were doing was akin to anti-Semitic talk in Germany in the 1930s.
To prove her point she sent me across this link - http://www.loonwatch.com/tag/sam-harris/
I began reading it, and did not find it very supportive of her accusations.
Whilst I did so I had a Youtube link continuing to play in the background.
When I reached this point in the loonwatch piece -
where this link occurs -
- and as I read Krauss´ questioning and Harris´ response on the subject of reincarnation I also got to hear it, because the Youtube link - which was not actually quite the same one as that supplied in the loonwatch link - reached precisely the same point.
Even though I see little in the above piece to affirm Fiona´s statements re Harris´ supposed Islamophobia, it did, to me, lend even more weight to the supposition that he was, quite possibly, not being 100% truthful about his beliefs concerning life, the universe and everything.
Harris is CEO of Project Reason (which I also followed on Twitter) and he and I had exchanged a few tweets a few days earlier, e.g.