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November 27, 2006

Everybody wants to get into the act

Because we clearly don't have enough books calling for a halt to all that irrational religion out there, Christopher Hitchens now has one on the way. (Watch out for some bad language.)

He described his forthcoming book, God Is Not Great, as "a general case against religion." He says religions promote hatred, while demanding protection from hatred for themselves, usually in the form of censorship, to which he is intensely opposed in all its forms. . . .

Hitchens then goes on to make this highly rational statement:

"My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either. It happens to be my view, but it doesn't challenge any of the findings of Darwin or Huxley or Einstein or Hawking," he said.

This from the same man who later complains, "I get depressed by how easily people are satisfied, with so little argument." Yep, I think I see your point there, Mr. Hitchens.

Via Relapsed Catholic -- although, frustratingly, I've gone and lost the specific post. (Psst, Kathy -- how about an archives page? :-) )

Update: Kathy has been kind enough to provide the missing link, plus an extra one for good measure. Many thanks!

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Kathy Shaidle

When I started doing this 6 years ago, I thought "Who will ever want to check my archives? How pretentious!!" :-)

Found the link:
http://relapsedcatholic.blogspot.com/2006/11/day-in-intellectual-glare-of-hitchens.html

Plus my Time To Throw Hitchens Overboard post, as an added bonus:
http://relapsedcatholic.blogspot.com/2006/09/time-to-throw-hitchens-overboard.html

Gina Dalfonzo

Just goes to show, you never know what to expect in this business. :-) Thanks, Kathy.

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