Chris Hitchens embarrases Christian talk host in debate
One of the best moments in my life is that I spoke with the great writer, thinker and debater Christopher Hitchens before he died. I am sure I am not the only atheist or humanist who can say the same. I spoke with him as a caller to a talk radio show. Well, Hitchens, who died of cancer not that long ago, was once a guest on a radio talk show called, What If, where a Christian evangelicalist named Todd Friel asked Hitchens a bunch of silly, "what if" questions.
Friel seems to believe that this god owns us and has the perfect right to tell us what to do. That since he supposedly has made us, he has the right to keep us as slaves.
When asked how Hitchens would measure up to the 10 Commandments, Hitchens replies that when it comes to the first three commandments, "(this god's) jealousy and envy and self esteem", that (Hitchens) he doesn't care about them. He is right, nobody should.
Friel asks if Hitchens has been unjustify angry and when Hitchens agrees that he has, Friel states that is a violation of the Commandment against murder. If so, then Christianity and the bible is even more insane and absurd then even I had thought.
When Friel states that Hitchens hasn't done well with following the 10 Commandments, Hitchens has the perfect answer, "who gives a f.ck."
Friel wants Hitchens to say that this god is so nice for not torturing Hitchens if Hitchens grovels before this god for the supposed sin of the mythical Adam and Eve.
Frankly I don't think Friel has met anyone with the giant intellect of Chris Hitchens who can point out how absurd and idiotic the beliefs of Friel are in fact. I must ask Todd Friel, what if, questions about Allah or Zeus or Odin.
Of course, Friel does not believe in any of these gods. He expects Chris Hitchens and more ordinary atheists like me to take the god of this bible seriously, when Friel takes no other god seriously.
Finally, if you want to support the cause of humanist ideas, and freethought when it comes to religion, please support the American Humanist Association and the Center for Free Inquiry. These aren't church/state separation groups per se, but educational groups on the value of humanist thought in the U.S. and the world.