beyond the fray of normal discourse

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Does "beyond the fray of normal discourse" mean "beyond the contest/competition of normal discourse"?

Or does "fray" refer to "a prolonged conflict, quarrel, or fight" (WRF)?

I am not sure.

Thanks in advance

We all know that human beings are capable of incredible brutality, but we would do well to ask, What sort of ideology will make us most capable of it? And how can we place these beliefs beyond the fray of normal discourse, so that they might endure for thousands of years, unperturbed by the course of history or the conquests of reason?

-Sam Harris

Source: The End of Faith (PDF)
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