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Mr. Deity and the Hitch

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 12, 2012. 1 Reply

Guess who's coming to the pearly gates ... and no, it isn't Sidney Poitier!Continue

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Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by vegantiger Apr 18, 2012. 3 Replies

Yes, I know, there have been plenty of tributes to the Hitch.  Considering the impact that he had on the world and on atheism, one more can't hurt.Besides ... things like this keep Hitchens alive for…Continue

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Comment by RustyBertrand on July 23, 2011 at 7:47am
Well said!
Comment by James M. Martin on July 23, 2011 at 7:26am
I am not a liberal.  I am a progressive.  We are independents, politically, though we usually vote Democratic.  I support legalization of all drugs, with careful monitoring, taxing to the hilt, and money spent on rehabilitation of addicts instead of the D.E.A.  I support full rights of citizenship for all the sexual minorities.  I support pacifism, non-intervention, joining the World Court, a more sensible role in the U.N., and all socialist, or quasi-socialist (European style) causes.  I think organized religion should be outlawed.  I think churches should be taxed, and heavily.  Etc.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 8:05pm
I think we share many things together. I am on the right on many issues. I mistakingly had thought you were one of those leftists about to attack Hitch. I am no liberal and do not consider myself as such.
Comment by James M. Martin on July 22, 2011 at 7:56pm
We will have to agree to disagree, Sassan.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 6:55pm
Oh "God is Not Great" lol ...that was an amazing read. lol I thought at first you were referring to your brother.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 6:53pm
And I am interested, what are you referring to when talking about "G.I.N.G." and his "sources" and "autobiography"?
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 6:50pm

I am not a liberal like that. I believe in a strong foreign policy and admire President Bush for his foreign policy initiatives (although going to Iran would have been much easier as the people in Iran are pro-American and demand secularism) - I also believe in the enforcement of our laws and dealing with illegal immigration by changing our ridiculous law in which the children of illegal immigrants automatically become citizens - it is not like this anywhere in the world including all of Europe.

I am to the left on environment, separation of church and state, science (although this is overblown - it does affect stem cell research and the likes but for example, President Bush in my opinion had a much better vision for NASA) - but I apologize for jumping to conclusions. I thought you were one of those liberals who was about to start attacking Hitchens for supporting the Iraq war and the war on terror which I admire. Hitchens is not a political ideologue as he has gotten older and calls a spade a spade. He has stood on the right side of history.

One last thing: isn't it funny that those very same extreme left liberals are the ones continuously giving excuses for Islam and blaming the west? I find it sadomasochistic as atheists would be the first ones killed if Islamists had their way.

Comment by James M. Martin on July 22, 2011 at 6:37pm
Sassan K., I think I should not have said right of center: it ceases to amaze me how many leftist issues are embraced by atheists simply because it is the correct, not "left" thing to do.  I made so many notes when I read "G.I.N.G." in Mexican hotels, reading out loud to my brother, I quit in desperation, and had a bibliography to take home so that I could expand my knowledge of his sources.  I can't wait to read the autobiography.
Comment by Sassan K. on July 22, 2011 at 6:08pm
James, how would you define him as "right of center"? IF you are referring to foreign policy - sure you are right. But I think he is still to the left except on certain issues. He is a rationalist so he decides issues on their merits, not "left or right" - I would still consider his core beliefs as leaning towards the left. He has stated such himself.
Comment by James M. Martin on July 22, 2011 at 5:12pm
@Pangea Girl: Hitchens is somewhat right of center politically, though he'd probably be embarrassed by now at the behavior of the current conservative Downing Street occupant, soon to be taken down by the connection with the Aussie pirate.  Still, it is his atheism that colors every line he writes.  An atheist of his intellect carefully analyzes any situation with a view toward exposing its theocity or not, and you can't argue with him by reliance upon dogma and talking points on the left or right.  It also helps that he is one of the best writers of his generation.
 

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