The 20 Best Christopher Hitchens Quotes

Christopher Hitchens has a lot of quote-worthy material, but here are 20 of my personal favorites:

“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”


The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

The Portable Atheist


By trying to adjust to the findings that it once tried so viciously to ban and repress, religion has only succeeded in restating the same questions that undermined it in earlier epochs. What kind of designer or creator is so wasteful and capricious and approximate? What kind of designer or creator is so cruel and indifferent? And—most of all—what kind of designer or creator only chooses to “reveal” himself to semi-stupefied peasants in desert regions?

The Portable Atheist


The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.

God Is Not Great


What happens to the faith healer and the shaman when any poor citizen can see the full effect of drugs or surgeries, administered without ceremonies or mystifications? Roughly the same thing as happens to the rainmaker when the climatologist turns up, or to the diviner from the heavens when schoolteachers get hold of elementary telescopes.

God Is Not Great


Religion looks forward to the destruction of the world…. Perhaps half aware that its unsupported arguments are not entirely persuasive, and perhaps uneasy about its own greedy accumulation of temporal power and wealth, religion has never ceased to proclaim the Apocalypse and the day of judgment.

God Is Not Great


Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion.

God Is Not Great


The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.

God Is Not Great


If god really wanted people to be free of [wicked thoughts], he should have taken more care to invent a different species.

God Is Not Great


Is it too modern to notice that there is nothing [in the ten commandments] about the protection of children from cruelty, nothing about rape, nothing about slavery, and nothing about genocide? Or is it too exactingly “in context” to notice that some of these very offenses are about to be positively recommended?

God Is Not Great


Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything important. Where once it used to be able, by its total command of a worldview, to prevent the emergence of rivals, it can now only impede and retard—or try to turn back—the measurable advances that we have made.

Sometimes, true, it will artfully concede them. But this is to offer itself the choice between irrelevance and obstruction, impotence or outright reaction, and, given this choice, it is programmed to select the worse of the two.

Meanwhile, confronted with undreamed-of vistas inside our own evolving cortex, in the farthest reaches of the known universe, and in proteins and acids which constitute our nature, religion offers either annihilation in the name of god, or else the false promise that if we take a knife to our foreskins, or pray in the right direction, or ingest pieces of wafer, we shall be “saved.”

God Is Not Great


Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

God Is Not Great


Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.

God Is Not Great


Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did.

God Is Not Great


If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.

God Is Not Great


I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.

Hitch-22


Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.


Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.


Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.


Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.


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  • John

    You left out one of favorites: “If they gave Jerry Falwell an enema, they could bury him in a matchbox.”

    • http://andybreeden.com Andy Breeden

      Thanks for reminding me of that quote!

    • Alix Brignol

      Ilmao, wonderful.

    • Sarah

      Could someone give me an explanation of this? I’m not sure I get it, but I would like to.

      • Elemenope

        It’s a roundabout way for him to say that Falwell was full of poo, such that if you were to remove the poo, the remainder would fit in a tiny box.

        Metaphorically speaking, of course.

        • Sarah

          ah I see. heh.

          thank you.

  • gamba

    Wish i could have another book by Hitch. Hard to see any here in Nigeria, i was lucky to get the ”God Is Not Great” at a Humanist Convention months ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tais-Tees/112814582169070?sk=info Tai

      do you listen to audiobooks or read ebooks? less visible, digital files are easier to come by.
      -Taiwo

  • Chris

    “The offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can’t give way, is an offer of something not worth having; I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don’t know anything like enough yet; that I haven’t understood enough; that I can’t know enough; that I’m always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom, I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’d urge you look at those of you who tell you, those people who tell you, at your age, that you’re dead until you believe as they do—what a terrible thing to be telling to children—and that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don’t think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice; push it aside, however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way. ”
    – Christopher Hitchens, from closing remarks in a debate at Prestonwood Christian Academy , November 2010

    • Cynthia

      Thank You Christopher Hitchens for reminding me how strong my faith is. It’s always been based on my theory of: nothing good or wonderful or perfect can exist without an equal oppisite of bad or awful or worthless, whether seen or unseen. I was looking for faith and found passion in believing when I saw such passion is disbelief.

      • Ty

        “It’s always been based on my theory of: nothing good or wonderful or perfect can exist without an equal oppisite of bad or awful or worthless”

        You do know that’s idiotic, right? What’s the ‘oppisite’ (sic) of a fluffy kitten?

        • Elemenope

          A bald, fat, pissy tomcat with unclipped claws.

          I have experience, you see.

          • http://theotherweirdo.wordpress.com The Other Weirdo

            LOL! Where can I get me one those? You make it sound so enticing. :)

        • Dave

          If you disagree you need not be crude and sarcastic.

      • justin

        Wow…..I dare you to make less sense.

      • Dave

        Cynthia, you are fairly unique among the faithful. You have civility.

  • Seth

    Gamba, if it is possible and safe for you, please send me an email at sjmyers3142@gmail.com, and I will pay to have shipped to you the Hitchens books I have already read. I would like very much to help you.

    • Rich Wilson

      That’s the best damn thing I’ve read all day.

      • Kenny

        I was going to offer the same thing Seth. I’m glad someone has the same line of thought.

    • Michael

      Should be one in every bloody hotel I reckon

      • Ravi

        Amen to that!

  • Deborah Markus

    Seth’s got a great idea — wouldn’t it be nice if we could set up a foundation to spread great works of skepticism and free thought all over the world? I’d love to be an anti-missionary and balance out the Bible-thumping a bit…

    • Dubravko Jakovljevic

      That’s actually a great idea!

      • Charlie

        Great idea but unfortunately it won’t work. These folks have already had their minds contaminated at an early age and there is no going back for them. Believe me…you are wasting your time.

        This is why I have been blogging (charliesitzesblogspot.com) that contaminating a child’s mind before it has developed critical thinking skills is nearly as bad as sexually abusing their bodies. In both cases the child can (and usually is) affected for life.

        Having said that, I admire you for trying. Let us know how that worked out for you.

        • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

          Well…I didn’t grow up in nearly as repressive an atmosphere as you describe…but I *was* reared religiously and did manage to question my way out of it — with the help of some well-placed books along the way. A friend introducing me to the works of James Randi was tremendously important, though initially I fought some of what he had to say. My parents had paid to put me in one of those Silva Mind Control classes; the last thing I wanted to hear was that it had all been a big waste of time, money, and “going to level.”

          I think in terms of fostering genuine skepticism and freethinking, “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)” is one of the best titles out there. That’s one I’d like to work toward getting around the world!

    • Nzo

      Where would we find the sheeple to donate %10 of their money to our cause? You’d have to set up a wildly successful poe christian organization just to fun the good word… then what, have the heads of the poe organization say “JOKE’S ON YOU”?

      Actually, I kinda like the idea.

      • http://www.iamanatheist.com/16_things.html Deborah Markus

        Aw, c’mon, Nzo — let’s beat them at their own game. Imagine a freethought literature foundation supported by thinkers, not sheeple.

        Maybe to start we could set up something like what Gamba and Seth were talking about. Get the people who have ready access to (or existing supplies of) freethought lit partnered up with people who need it. It’d be a start…

        • Dubravko Jakovljevic

          I agree. We could at least spread the books we’ve already read – I’m sure we all have at least few of those :D

          • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

            My own shelves are groaning with great skeptical works that I’d love to share. And as you say, there must be plenty of us in the same boat. I really think this is an idea worth exploring!

            • Dubravko Jakovljevic

              And it doesn’t have to be only skepticism, but all kind of scientific books. One can be truly skeptic only with the right, educated background.

      • Bryan

        We already have all these things. They’re called “universities.”

      • Poppitsmum

        You could contact the Atheist, free-thinking organizations around the country and see what they could organize. I am sure a ton of money could be raised if it meant waking this world up. Just a thought.

    • S Meyer

      Deborah,
      Is that an offer? I’m an open-minded theist and I’d love to read some Hitchens, Harris, Dennet, Dawkins, et al. If someone wants to send me some of those books, I’d like to interact with the arguments against theism. Thanks.
      S

    • Timothy

      Though it’s a good idea, energies and funds would be better spent on the starving across the world first, we lose against missionaries because we find helping people takes priority over spreading the word.

  • http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.wordpress.com Mike Gantt

    I loved Hitch even though he didn’t love Christ. If he had known Christ, I am sure he would have loved Him, and stood up for Him. Instead of knowing Christ, he mainly knew Christians – and that discouraged him from knowing Christ.

    Nevertheless, I am comforted by the Bible’s promises that Hitch now resides in heaven – along with all the other human beings who have ever died – and that we shall all one day be there, too. Nonetheless, if we do not repent and live more morally in God’s sight, the experience will not be as good as it otherwise could be.

    • Elemenope

      Nonetheless, if we do not repent and live more morally in God’s sight, the experience will not be as good as it otherwise could be.

      Why?

      • trj

        Good question. I thought heaven was supposed to be perfect, but now we’re told it may be less than perfect?

    • TrickQuestion

      According to the bible’s promises, denying that your god/jesus/casper was the truth puts him square in your version of hell. You’re kind of despicable for coming into a memorial type thread and doing what you just did.

    • John C

      No truth here friend, sorry, it says no such thing. The gospel is not about living ‘moral lives’ but instead, is an exchanged life altogether, His (kind & quality) for ours and freely. Neither does it state (anywhere) that unbelievers and those who mock, reject Him in this life will (immediately, upon their physical/temporal death) ‘be with Him in heaven’ as you state, at least not initially, perhaps at the end of the age/eon if you believe in UR.

      Can you show me where it says that specifically, as you state?

      • TrickQuestion

        LUKE 12:10, “And everyone that says a word against the Son of Man, that will be forgiven; But he that blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will not be forgiven
        .
        MARK 3:29, “Whoever blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of everlasting sin.”
        MATTHEW 12: 31-32 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come”.

        • JK

          Heheheh, you beat John C at his own game ^^.

          • John C

            No JK, Trick is refuting Mike, not me. The ones Trick is quoting support my response to Mike’ non-biblical assertions.

            • TrickQuestion

              No, i was clearly refuting you John C.

    • Melody

      No offense, Mike, but is it really any of your business? This is an atheist-themed site, and we’re not here to discuss that. Also, last I checked, the commenting rules specifically say “No evangelizing.” So stop it. (If you’re a poe, I retract my comment.)

      • UrsaMinor

        Um, he wasn’t evangelizing. There is no hint anywhere in his post that he is trying to convert anyone to his religion. He was just stating his religious views, which is perfectly acceptable.

        I’ll have to say that his views are decidedly odd for a Christian.

        • Elemenope

          Universalism? Odd, I guess, but not particularly out-there. This is the first time I’ve heard (outside of Italian epic poems) that Heaven will have layers and gradations of awesomeness, though. Who wants to get stuck in the low rent heaven?

          • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

            According to Mormon doctrine, we’re all headed for a low-rent heaven. Can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s supposed to be a pleasant place for those who aren’t Mormons but didn’t spend their lives axe-murdering.

            • http://fugodeus.com Nox

              I believe their term for it is “terrestrial realm”.

            • Elemenope

              From Wiki:

              Those who reject the ordinances are still believed to have the opportunity to inherit a kingdom of glory distinct from, and of less glory, than the Celestial Kingdom: either the Terrestrial Kingdom or the Telestial Kingdom[7]. Exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom is the ultimate goal of faithful LDS Church members.

              We only get the Earth and the Stars. Neat-o.

              BTW, I liked your post on solstice celebrations.

            • UrsaMinor

              Yes, I will second Elemenope on that. Very nice post about the solstice, and nice points about the fact that you don’t have to be an idiot to be religious, or be religious to be an idiot. Like atheists and theists, idiots come in all flavors.

            • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

              Hey, thanks for the detailed Mormon info and the nice comments! Virtual chocolate right back atcha!

            • UrsaMinor

              Chocolate. The only thing in the universe that I have ever been even vaguely tempted to worship.

            • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

              I have a tray full of chocolate-dipped cacao beans cooling next to me as we speak! I think my apartment building just became a church…

        • Melody

          Okay, if you say so. In my mind, however, telling someone to repent is very much a part of evangelizing.

          • Elemenope

            The way the rule is usually applied here, “no evangelizing” might be too terse a statement. The real issue is when someone comes in, makes a splashy entrance, and then does nothing but sling scripture or half-baked apologetics at the responses.

            “Don’t be an ass while evangelizing” might be too loose a statement, since as a rule people don’t hang out here to sift through scriptural copypasta, but in reality it’s probably closer to the mark than the stated rule.

            • GRPetro

              The term terse isn’t accurately used here in that if something is “too terse” it certainly wasn’t terse to begin with. I do think it was a nice attempt to include a word Hitchens himself was fond of and used frequently.

          • UrsaMinor

            I would agree if the statement in question was clearly urging me or some other poster personally to repent, but it was phrased very broadly. I.e., “if we do not repent” in this context sounds a lot like “if people do not repent” or, more archaically, “if one does not repent”. It refers to no one in particular and is a general statement of his philosophy- and if you can’t make a general statement here about your philosophy, what’s the point of allowing anyone to comment?

            • Melody

              Fair enough, I stand corrected. I’m very much a right-brain thinker and tend to see the big picture rather than the details. I see the word “repent” from someone who is vocal about being a Christian, and my knee-jerk reaction is to assume he/she is being judgmental and trying to evangelize, since I’ve seen it so often.

            • Elemenope

              I see the word “repent” from someone who is vocal about being a Christian, and my knee-jerk reaction is to assume he/she is being judgmental and trying to evangelize, since I’ve seen it so often.

              This is going to sound irredeemably geektastic, but every time I hear the word “Repent!” I think of the Batarian street preacher on Omega in Mass Effect 2.

            • Jabster

              @Elem

              Can’t say I remember that bit … still a bit geekish though.

            • Elemenope

              @Jabster

              The Batarian is standing in front of the intersection of the paths to the plagued quarter and the apartments. You have to walk by him maybe twenty times if you do all the Omega side-quests and every time you do, you’ll hear “Repent! The End is nigh.” in a gravelly alien voice, as flavor noise from the street preacher.

            • Noelle

              There must come a point where one reaches the highest level of geek, and no amount of bonus points can push you further. There is no reason to ever apologize for living geektastically after that.

            • Jeremy

              That’s semantics. If someone is engaged in conversation with me and says “If one does not repent, one will burn in hell,” and I am, as my grandmother calls me, an ‘unrepentant sinner’, then that person is talking about me, to me. This is pretty clearly evangelizing. Basically, a person doesn’t have to use the proper second person pronouns to be talking about you directly.

        • Lisa66

          Speaking as an American who is no longer religious but with many years of experience in various American mainline and evangelical churches, I’d say his view not at all unusual. An awful lot of American Christians are universalists or if not universalists they do believe that many people of other faiths or no faith will go to heaven. But you don’t hear much from them because they aren’t as inclined to evangelize or argue like the fundamentalists are. I myself was a universalist for the last several years that I was a Christian (before finally becoming agnostic) and I encountered many like me in the mainline and even evangelical circles I travelled in those days. Here’s a quote from the NYT about a recent Pew Forum survey:

          In June, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published a controversial survey in which 70 percent of Americans said that they believed religions other than theirs could lead to eternal life. This threw evangelicals into a tizzy. After all, the Bible makes it clear that heaven is a velvet-roped VIP area reserved for Christians. Jesus said so: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” But the survey suggested that Americans just weren’t buying that. The evangelicals complained that people must not have understood the question. The respondents couldn’t actually believe what they were saying, could they? So in August, Pew asked the question again. Sixty-five percent of respondents said — again — that other religions could lead to eternal life. But this time, to clear up any confusion, Pew asked them to specify which religions. The respondents essentially said all of them. And they didn’t stop there. Nearly half also thought that atheists could go to heaven — dragged there kicking and screaming, no doubt — and most thought that people with no religious faith also could go. — Charles M Blow, The New York Times

    • Kenny

      He did know your Christ Mike. That’s why Hitch was an atheist.

    • milo rosenbloom

      “If he had known Christ, I am sure he would have loved Him, and stood up for Him.”….No no No NO no NOT…….stop with your condescending sideways digs……Christopher Hitchens, along with a very healthy majority of rational thinkers know your christ concept better than 95% of jeebus’ fan club.

      This is why we do not subscribe to such an awful belief system. A hateful archaic method of controlling the unwashed and uneducated masses(in the 1400′s). I know jesus and this is why I know that there is no jesus.

    • Mike Manion

      In John 3:13 the Bible dogmatically states that NO ONE, except Jesus Himself, has ever ascended up into heaven? John 3:13. Could anything be clearer?

  • Eric

    1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment. from the Amplified Bible p.s. Mormonism and other false religions will meet up with Chris in judgment.

    • John C

      ‘Mormonism and other false religions will meet up with Chris in judgment’.

      Do you delight, revel in that friend? What spirit is that? ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and consume them? But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘you do not know what kind of spirit you are of’ (Luke 9:54&55)

      Haven’t you heard that (in the end) mercy triumphs over judgment/condemnation? (James 2:13).

      • TrickQuestion

        Chris can be very judgmental.
        Yeah, screw that guy.

        • TrickQuestion

          Obviously referring to the Chrisian Chris, and not Hitchins.

    • Custador

      That or Muhammed will butt-rape you for all eternity.

  • http://holloway.co.nz/ Matthew Holloway

    When a Christian claimed that God had given him “throat” cancer to
    punish the “one part of his body he used for blasphemy”, he replied:
    “My so-far uncancerous throat… is not at all the only organ with
    which I have blasphemed.”

  • eric

    all will face judgment, saved christians included, the question is what that judgement will be, so don’t get it twisted friend

    • Jabster

      Serious question Erik … are you choking the chicken when writing these posts?

      • eric

        what a sick puppy

        • Jabster

          Is that a yes Erik?

        • http://fugodeus.com Nox

          Gloating about someone dying of cancer is sick.

          As is your happy little fantasy of seeing someone cast into hell for the sin of saying things you don’t like.

          • Jabster

            “Gloating about someone dying of cancer is sick.”

            … especially if you have a box of tissues to hand!

            • UrsaMinor

              What is that quaint British word again? Ah, yes, “wanker”.

              What I really can’t figure out is why saved Christians would still face judgment. That’s breach of contract.

            • Jabster

              Describing Erik as a wanker would be fair comment …

          • Jeremy

            It is very christian, though.

        • http://theotherweirdo.wordpress.com The Other Weirdo

          The question is indelicately phrased, perhaps, but nonetheless valid. Christians often don’t realize how their professions of faith in the existence of hell and who goes there look and sound to outsiders. We’ve also heard it a million times: Oooh, the person I don’t like has died and I’m absolutely awash with glee that he is roasting in hell forever. You didn’t say those exact words, of course, but the implication is clear. Believe in Jesus and your judgement will be positive. Disbelieve(even for positive, well-meaning reasons) and you’ve earned yourself a permanent residence down below.

          It’s a snuff fantasy, and not an original one, either.

          • UrsaMinor

            Personally, I prefer to spend my nights lying awake worrying that I’m going to be reincarnated as a cockroach in my next life. How come Christians never take that threat seriously?

    • Melody

      You sick, twisted, self-righteous SOB., Who do you think you are, passing judgment on something you know absolutely nothing about? You are the only sick puppy around here, and you should be downright ashamed of your pathetic self.

      • Jabster

        Honestly, I wouldn’t let idiots like Erik get to you. He’s either just a troll or really means what he says. Either way it’s not worth worrying about.

        Maybe being older helps … you get to realise that it wasn’t just that people were older, a lot of people really are arseholes!

        • Melody

          I know, you’re right. It just annoys the hell out of me, and I’ve been so stressed lately that I haven’t been responding well to these kinds of comments. Usually when I start feeling like this, I take a break for a few days or weeks until I’m feeling better. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time.
          But the thing is, blogs like this, John Shore, and JNNPR are my only real outlet, since I don’t want to handle my very conservative, very Christian relatives sending me passive-aggressive messages on Facebook. It’s happened before, and it’s even more stressful dealing with that kind of conflict.

          • Noelle

            “where can I go find a fight?” would make a good forum topic.

        • Melody

          And you’re right about being older. I love my dad dearly, and he’s very intelligent, but even in his age (72), he never learned to be open-minded about a lot of things, and if the topic lands on politics or religion, things get really tense and sometimes heated between us. We’re both very stubborn and opinionated, but I try to be as open-minded as possible, which is not easy to do around right-wingers.

          • Jabster

            “but I try to be as open-minded as possible, which is not easy to do around right-wingers.”

            Left wingers, all though not as prevalent, can be just as bad. Being poor is never your fault, whatever the EU does is correct and disagreeing makes you a racist, Islam is always a force for good and terrorists are just giving people what they deserve … and of course the biggie – if you’re anti-American then you can do no wrong.

            • Melody

              I can tell you, I don’t meet those extremes. Having now been on both sides of the political spectrum, I’ve seen the real damage that obstinacy and extreme ideology can do. But living in the state from which W and Perry emerged makes it hard not to be biased.

            • Melody

              Also, having once been quite conservative, I sometimes project my regrets onto others, and I see my former self in them sometimes (making homophobic and anti-choice remarks, complaining about the “liberal” media and such nonsense). It’s the whole “I see something in that person that I dislike about myself.” I think we all do that to some extent. But what’s important is trying to respect everyone to the best of our abilities. Anyway, I’m rambling and really exhausted. Peace.

            • Custador

              Agreed. The Gaurdian is every bit as bad as the Mail.

            • Brian K

              Sorry…but none of these are “left wing” core beliefs. There are individuals, prominent self-appointed “leaders” who may believe or state these things, but they are certainly not creeds or fundamental truths.

  • Al Inguist

    There is nothing as annoying as a religious fanatic, but there is something oxymoronic about a fanatic atheist.

    • Brian K

      So are you claiming Mr. Hitchens was a “fanatic”? Why? Because he wrote strong-worded texts? Are strong beliefs always a bad thing, or in your word is tepid accomodationism the only “appropriate” tactic?

  • fake Gebus

    Fuck the Bible. Seriously? That’s just one book. One big assanine parable of little more worth than childrens’ books at teaching morals. Quoting it is missing the point, or perhaps it is precisely demonstrating the dogmatism. Quit placing any credence in one stupid book. Reality is not that easy to pin down that you can pinpoint your worldview understanding to one book only. Read. That’s the point. Hitch was exceptionally literary. Read READ READ! And remember that the bible is only one book. One of the several billion that are out there. Religion is antiquated judaic, desert dwelling, ancient, bygone, antiquated bullshit. Stop it already.

  • Michael Moore

    I am 72 years of age. Lost my wife of 50 years about 9 months ago. During her illness and suffering, which lasted approximately two years, I tried every option that I knew of to engage the powers of believers, to at least stop her suffering. It didn’t happen. However, as a recent acceptance and understanding of the true meaning of Agnostic, I have found a Supreme to respect and ask favor in my subconcious mind. It is simply Nature, in all its beauty and glory, while possessing the ability to destroy anything, anywhere and at any time. I am at peace with my decicision to accept the fact that I am an Agnostic, who simply remains awed by all the powers within Nature. After a personal loss, I don’t need to ask, “Why me, or why them?” Nature is what life is, and it deserves the respect of every living thing in our world. Nature is the Boss! It is King, it is reliable and unreliable at all times. I simply live with it as best I can, knowing that it is the force that controls all matters of importance in my life. Science is the study of Nature. Scientific study is the “Bible” intwined into our lives. Christians, Jews, Mormans, or Islamics, any religious persuasion have no controls on Nature. I find that easy to believe and to accept.

    • http://www.bitternotes.com Deborah Markus

      That’s lovely, Michael. The chaotic glory of nature really is awe-inspiring.

      I’m glad your wife had a good man to help her as much as possible through her final days. All my best wishes to you.

  • vaughn brakhage

    Good selection except that the second one is not Hitchens. It was written by Ayaan Hisi Ali in her contribution to The Portable Atheist, which Hitchens compiled and edited but not written by him. Just thought I should point that out.

  • David

    What a strange site for one purporting to represent “resonable thoughts.” You claim to be interested in open-mindedness and reason, and then not only dimiss out of hand any input expressing viewpoints you have already decided you don’t like, but judgmentally attack the individual contributor, himself, rather than intelligently attempt to discuss their viewpoint.
    i.e.,
    “Mike, but is it really any of your business? This is an atheist-themed site, and we’re not here to discuss that.” and “You sick, twisted, self-righteous SOB., Who do you think you are, passing judgment on something you know absolutely nothing about? ” (Melody)
    “Chris can be very judgmental.
    Yeah, screw that guy.” (TrickQuestion)
    “Describing Erik as a wanker would be fair comment …” (Jabster)
    So much for “reasonable thought.” You sound just as judgemental , narrow-minded, and hypocritical as you accuss them of being.
    Don’t bother responding to me. With this level of intellectual pursuit and open-minded reason, I won’t be back to notice it.

    • TrickQuestion

      look at the previous post to mine. i am obviously making fun of a spelling error, the omission of a “t” to be precise.

      And, i replied, because i think for myself and won’t be told what to do.
      :P

      • kholdom0790

        Haha TQ

  • Hakeem

    Food for thought.

  • Praveen

    Hitchens is one of the few thinkers who could get a good view of the world without getting distorted. There is a saying in India that the person who is not afraid to tell the truth is a condemned to be a fool.

  • IonCiprian

    God didn’t write any book. Men write the book or books.
    I can write the most compelling book, bible, koran etc…
    What that means: I was inspired by god?…..thank you wine,
    or I am a shrewd charlatan!


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