Watching Christopher Hitchens on television after Jerry Falwell died, it was clear the celebrated writer was beyond irked. Rather than politely disagreeing with the deceased preacher’s doctrine, Hitchens smeared on gobs of spite, from “it’s a pity there isn’t a hell for him to go to” to “if you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”p>Why the clear psychological torment? For starters, he no doubt played it up to promote his new book, God Is Not Great It’s a case for atheism, and he states his reason for writing it (and presumably by extension, for lashing out at Falwell) thusly: br> /p>
I would be quite content to go to [my religious friends’] children’s bar mitzvahs, to marvel at their Gothic cathedrals, to ‘respect’ their belief that the Koran was dictated…. I will continue to do so without insisting on the polite reciprocal condition — which is that they in turn leave me alone. But this, religion is ultimately incapable of doing. As I write these words, and as you read them, people of faith are in their different ways planning your and my destruction.Very dramatic, particularly the clever shift between his friends (whom he wishes would leave him alone, apparently) and terrorists. And it’s certainly true that some religious fanatics threaten their fellow human beings. But are Hitchens’s friends the threat he makes them out to be?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?