Hitchens grows on you.
For years, I have bumped into Hitchens’s various performances, in passing. But the older I get, the more I read, the more I think, I must say there really isn’t anyone more compelling in analyzing the role of religion in our society and especially in politics. He is incredibly brilliant.
Wikipedia says it very well: “Hitchens was an ardent advocate for the separation of church and state; a self-described antitheist, he regarded the concept of a god or supreme being as a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and argued that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilization. In 2007, Hitchens published his most popular book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, which was a New York Times bestseller. His best-reviewed works include the essay collections Love, Poverty, and War (2004) and Arguably (2011).”
The beauty of Hitchens is that he simultaneously dismisses the right and left in politics, and racism in all forms – against Muslims, Jews etc.; while at the same time totally debunking religion. And he does so, very often from a scientific mindset. He is very tuned into science, scientific advances and at the same time ethics and morality that emerges from scientific and rational (logical) analysis.
There should be courses taught in “Hitchenology”; and people need to really listen to this man. Here are some excerpts from Youtube.