Tag Archives: Christopher Hitchens

Soft on Islam?

Andrew Sullivan notes an irony in the Islam debate: It’s a little amazing to me to watch some liberals who get extremely upset at religious people refusing to bake a cake for someone else’s wedding on religious grounds, suddenly seeing … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens Recites From Memory Wilfred Owen’s Great Anti-War Poem, “Dulce et Decorum est”

The great Hitch reciting Owens. __________ And here’s the text of the poem from 1917 or 1918: Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Revenge Fantasy Movie

One of the ironies here is that this is exactly how a lot of Christian fundamentalists imagine Jesus actually returning (a lamb the first time, a lion the second). Another irony is that one could never even make such a … Continue reading

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Camille Paglia on the New Atheism and Contemporary Humanism

In an interview posted at Salon today, Camille Paglia lets loose on godless chic, arguing that it has poisoned contemporary film and art: People in the humanities have sunk into this shallow, snobby, liberal style of stereotyping religious believers as … Continue reading

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Give George Orwell a Statue Near BBC Headquarters

The exact site has yet to be settled on, but this is in the Telegraph today (quoting the artist commissioned to make the statue): George Orwell is regarded as something of a patron saint of political journalism so his presence … Continue reading

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The Combative Christopher Hitchens

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Albert Mohler: Christopher Hitchens in Hell for Unbelief

Albert Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and Darrel Falk, past President of BioLogos, calls Albert Mohler “among the most important evangelicals in the world” and a “giant” in evangelical and fundamentalist circles. In April of … Continue reading

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The Passion of the Christopher: Hitchens’s Death Eerily Enacts That of Jesus’s

When I read the following portion of an account in the New York Times, by Ian McEwan, of Christopher Hitchens’s last days, I find myself in jaw-dropping awe: [T]his was a man in constant pain. Denied drinking or eating, he sucked on … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens’s Opiate: Not Religion, But Alcohol

Marx was right. Religion is an opiate. But Sophocles was right as well. In the furnace of this world, it’s understandable if, Oedipus-like, a person avoids too naked and persistent a confrontation with the world by plucking out her eyes. … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens on Billy Graham: An Antisemite Who Made of Lying a Career

An example of Christopher Hitchens telling it like it is. In an age suffused with fakery and obfuscation, Hitchens was a breath of fresh air.

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In Memoriam of Christopher Hitchens

On hearing of Christopher Hitchens’s death this morning, my first thoughts went to something he had once said as a play on Socrates: The unlived life is not worth examining. Christopher Hitchens lived a life worth examining. May his future … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens to Kate Middleton: Save Your Soul! Run!

At Slate, Christopher Hitchens sums up the royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William perfectly. He sees it as a form of sadomasochistic theatre in which a human victim, in this case Prince William’s bride, has been added to an altar … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris Debate Two Rabbis

The following was a recent debate on religion in Los Angeles. Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris assume the atheist prosecution of God and rabbis David Wolpe and Bradley Artson take up the burden of God’s defense. In the genre of public … Continue reading

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Vintage Christopher Hitchens from 1989

Christopher Hitchens in high form, speaking out on behalf of Salmon Rushdie in 1989:

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20 Years after Sexual Personae: Has Camille Paglia Become a Big Wash Out?

At Pajama’s Media, Bruce Bawer takes after Camille Paglia, most especially for her failure to extensively critique Islam, which is, he says, among “the most serious issues of our time”: [O]n Canadian TV earlier this year, the once feisty, vivacious Paglia … Continue reading

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Johann Hari Makes the Case for the Pope’s Arrest

Eloquent. Shocking. Pro-Catholic. Johann Hari on Pope Joseph Ratzinger’s flagrant criminality, and why he should not be above the law (and notice Richard Dawkins standing behind Hari): Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic, has also been wise to Ratzinger. Here’s some of what Sullivan said, … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck Watch: Christopher Hitchens on Herderian Religious Nationalism in the United States

At Slate this week, in an article titled “White Fright,” Christopher Hitchens doesn’t call the Tea Partiers Herderians (as I have this past month), but his description of them matches European Herderian politics perfectly. In fact, Christopher Hitchens makes the link between European ethnic politics … Continue reading

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Living and Dying with Purpose and Heroism: Christopher Hitchens and Enkidu

In a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt, Christopher Hitchens contrasts dying in a heroic cause with dying from a terminal disease (which, via Hitchens’s esophageal cancer, he may be doing): But it [dying in a good cause] avoids the boring thought that one is … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens, Henry David Thoreau, and Peitho

Christopher Hitchens was recently interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, and offered an interesting tidbit on a rhetorical strategy that tends to work for him: [W]hen I write, as often as I can, I try to write as if I’m talking to people. It … Continue reading

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David Wolpe Succinctly Explains the New Atheist Moment

Rabbi David Wolpe, in the Washington Post this weekend, on what triggered the New Atheist moment: After Sept. 11, 2001, religion seemed to many to be less a consolation for suffering than a cause. Science, not spirituality, offered the promise … Continue reading

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