I am not going to completely argue you. That would be stupid. I admit that there are fanatics who do terrible things in the name of religion. Terrible things are not limited to those people though. There are bad in any group of people. For example, what I'm seeing happening with many responses to this book is an increased intolerance (which could lead to hatred and vilolence) toward the religious. I can assure you that it is impossible to force people to give up their religion by any means less then violence. The assurance that the after-life is better then the current aid many in refusing to give up their believes even in the face of death. Both fanatics and otherwise can not be forced out of their beliefs. The only thing that can be done on this path of intolerance that is being followed is to kill them all. Wouldn't that make the people complaining of the damage religion causes just as guilty? Rather, I think acceptance may offer the only way out of the situation. The fanatics are killing and acting as they are frequently because they are being convinced that they are not accepted and people are trying to take their beliefs from them. Convince them the otherway and all you have left are a few ring-leaders who probably don't even believe what they are useing as a tool to recruit others. While freedom of speech allows Harris to print whatever he wants, I find him following the same path that he seems to hate so much.
In addition, everyone seems so into making a group bad because of bad members. Why not make it good because of good members. Mother Theresa was a Christian. I was under the impression that she was widely considered good. I simply ask for fairness. Prejudice against religion will not make the religious either agree with or react possitively toward the others. Whether right or wrong, forcing religion away will end in even more violence.