What Fresh Hell Is This?

April 18, 2011

Missed This One...

It was Christopher Hitchens' (author of God Is Not Great: Now Religioun Poisons Everything) birthday last week and I am told that this is Holy Week.

As one small twig braced against the flood of religious news this week, I give you some of Hitchens' own thoughts on religion:

At 7:27 or so:
It is a horrible idea that there is somebody who owns us, who makes us, who supervises us waking and sleeping, who knows our thoughts, who can convict us of thought crime, thought crime - just for what we think - who can judge us while we sleep for things that might occur to us in our dreams, who can create us sick (as apparently we are) and then order us on pain of eternal torture to be well again. To demand this, to wish this to be true is to live as abject slave.
And then at the end:
You're better off thinking for yourself and taking all the risks and I might add all the pleasures that will come.
Happy Monday (I still hate Mondays!)

1 comment:

Kim said...

I found one of the best parts to be at around 11:51, where he says If you want to get good people to do wicked things you need religion.