Free Exercise of Religion? No, Thanks.

September 6, 2010

The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization.
By Christopher Hitchens

A recent blizzard of liberal columns has framed the debate over American Islam as if it were no more than the most recent stage in the glorious history of our religious tolerance. This phrasing of the question has the (presumably intentional) effect of marginalizing doubts and of lumping any doubters with the anti-Catholic Know-Nothings, the anti-Semites, and other bigots and shellbacks. So I pause to take part in a thought experiment, and to ask myself: Am I in favor of the untrammeled "free exercise of religion"?
Read more (Sept. 6, 2010, Slate)

Hitchens' verdict on Tony Blair's memoir

"The righteous will evidently never tire of the pelting and taunting of Tony Blair."

Read more. (The Guardian, Sept 5, 2010)

From A Friend To Hitchens

Hugh Hewitt posts an email sent to him following "Unanswerable Prayers".

Christopher Hitchens in his column in the new Vanity Fair dismisses those who have been praying for him. He adds that on September 20th, somehow designated "Pray for Hitchens Day", no one should bother to "trouble deaf heaven with your bootless cries. Unless, of course, it makes you feel better". He is quoting from Shakespeare's Sonnet # 29.
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Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir