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Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

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The incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant bows out

A personal literary favourite, was Christopher Hitchens.

CNN’s Piers Morgan, earlier today, called Hitchens “the greatest literary provocateur of my lifetime. Huge talent, huge loss.”

Indeed.

Be sure to read the reaction of Vanity Fair, where Hitchens was contributing editor since 1992.

Those who die are the lucky ones, for they have lived; they are the ones who bore the unbearable joy of living.

Some comments…

@MaryPols: Mr. Hitchens, you glorious bastard, thank you for your gift of savagely smart writing.

Time: “He was a militant humanist who believed in pluralism and racial justice and freedom of speech, big cities and fine art.”

@sethmeyers21: RIP Christopher Hitchens. I didn’t always agree with him, but I loved the way he wrote.

Click here for the CBS memorial – rather expansive, and really entertaining!

The Daily Beast: “Christopher Hitchens was easily the most inflammatory writer of our generation, and his specialty was targeting the hypocrisy of the famous and powerful.”

Hitchens’ last interview – by Richard Dawkins.

William Grimes in The New York Times.

Huffington Post – When An Atheist Dies: Religious Reflections On Christopher Hitchens’ Death

Stephen Fry: Christopher Hitchens was a Man of Style and Wit.

The RDF: God Sent Christopher Hitchens to Hell Because He Loved Him.

Simon Schama on how his friend Christopher Hitchens said goodbye.

Sam Harris: One of the joys of living in a world filled with stupidity and hypocrisy was to see Hitch respond.

Daniel Dennett: A lesson from Hitch: When rudeness is called for

Rod Mackenzie: Christopher Hitchens not great, says this “atheist”

Written by Nathan Bond

December 16, 2011 at 09:23

Posted in Religion must go!

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  1. True that, but we also mustn’t forget a few other relevant but unsavoury factors concerning the charitable work done by godiots in the past. First, such work was frequently conditional on conversion to the faith and joining of the church. If you didn’t, you would just be left to rot. Second, the churches were among the very few institutions that had the means to give aid because they’d basically blackmailed the funds from their congregations using false threats. To speak of “voluntary” contributions is disingenuous and self-serving when you hold people to ransom, even if this practice had become normal and customary over many centuries. Moreover, the churches used an appreciable fraction of those funds to feather their own nests, which is very peculiar behaviour for a group that purports primarily to look after one’s afterlife, not so much one’s worldly wellbeing. Third, such “aid” was often characterised by certain cruelties and nastinesses like withholding pain medication. Fourth, the malicious, wanton ills and horrors these institutions often inflicted on others significantly diminish their claimed charitable initiatives.

    These are just a few of the more important aspects that godiots like Hanswors my onerkentlike ou liegbek pêl just love to forget. They’ll say something juvenile and mendacious like that those okes weren’t True Crushtians™ and that they themselves really, really, really are the True Vine™, but never offer a shred of substantiation to their idiotic assertions. What they’ll never do is be “erkentlik” about there being a serious problem, least of all with their own stunted thinking processes.

    It is always so amusing to watch these morons continually grabbing at imaginary straws.

    Con-Tester

    May 14, 2012 at 14:56

  2. And the point is that these philanthropic organisations and individuals raise funds for good causes, not in the hope for a reward in the afterlife, but out of common human empathy, or out of a natural sense of justice.
    No coercion from sky-fairies required.

    Shazee

    May 14, 2012 at 13:42

  3. Hey Hanswors my onerkentlike ou liegbek pêl, it looks like your skydaddy’s losing his balls faster and faster these days. And don’t say shit such as that atheists don’t do things for their fellow man, like you’ve done several times in the past, see? ’Cos the article proves convincingly that your lies in that regard are just bullshit and lies.

    Or are you going to surprise everyone and be “onerkentlik” about that too, Hanswors my onerkentlike ou liegbek pêl?

      
    

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    Con-Tester

    May 14, 2012 at 13:11

  4. Yes Hanswors, but it was Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ) who gave me a bloody nose. So while I’m here smarting with my ice pack and tissues, would you care to answer my questions?

    See, it should be child’s play for you since “[you] understand more of the Bible than what you ever can know or understand” (Discombobulation thread, December 22, 2011 at 23:20). Or are you also going to “rest [your] case with [me]” and “from here on out [I] will for the largest part be ignored by [you]”?

    Which reminds me: Hey Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ), what’s your answer, “yes” or “no”? (Crickets chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and…)

    Con-Tester

    January 2, 2012 at 15:57

  5. Hans, jy is moer snaaks jong. Wat se antwoord wou jy van con – tester gehad het? Wat was die vraag? Hitch se stelling is inderdaad een waarmee alle atteiste saamstem, dit is juis ons punt.

    Shazee

    January 1, 2012 at 22:25

  6. Con-Tester, as you have no reasonable response, you are just emphasizing your fear and incompetence regarding the Bible. You are putting up a poor show for one who is regarded so highly by your fellow atheists. You appear to be all talk and no worth. Balanced Truths has just dealt you a blood nose, shame!

    Hans Matthysen

    January 1, 2012 at 21:16

  7. Indeed.

    Which reminds me: Hey Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ), what’s your answer, “yes” or “no”? (Crickets chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping…)

    Con-Tester

    December 31, 2011 at 02:07

  8. “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    Balanced Truths

    December 30, 2011 at 18:01

  9. Hanswors, instead of making unsustainable accusations and a bunch of ridiculous excuses, why don’t you rather answer my questions?

    It should be extremely easy for you because “[you] understand more of the Bible than what you ever can know or understand” (Discombobulation thread, December 22, 2011 at 23:20). Or are you also going to “rest [your] case with [me]” and “from here on out [I] will for the largest part be ignored by [you]”?

    Which reminds me: Hey Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ), what’s your answer, “yes” or “no”? (Crickets chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping…)

    Con-Tester

    December 29, 2011 at 22:44

  10. Con-Tester, you have just used an untrue, old excuse, so that you don’t have to get involved with discussing the Bible. A trick all you Atheists use because darkness always flee’s from the light. You must have realized that your understanding of the Bible is a weakness on your part.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 29, 2011 at 22:22

  11. Hanswors, you’re wrong about me “hating” your “book of wisdom” or one that I “fear to go near”. I think it’s a book of fairytales that you read far too much into. It is also a book that has been used to justify great evils, and you are evidently not able to answer my questions about it adequately. You just keep saying, in effect, “It’s true because I say it’s true. Look at this old book, which you are too dense to understand.”

    As I have pointed out many, many, many times Hanswors, your “answers” don’t make any sense! In each case, I’ve provided reasons why they don’t and you apparently cannot explain any better. Therefore, your “answers” are unsatisfactory and my questions remain unanswered. Will you answer them properly?

    It should be easy enough for you since “[you] understand more of the Bible than what you ever can know or understand” (Discombobulation thread, December 22, 2011 at 23:20). Or are you also going to “rest [your] case with [me]” and “from here on out [I] will for the largest part be ignored by [you]”?

    Which reminds me: Hey Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ), what’s your answer, “yes” or “no”? (Crickets chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping and chirping…)

    Con-Tester

    December 28, 2011 at 23:42

  12. Con-Tester, I have answered many of your questions you have not been able to contradict my answers as they are from this book you refer to. It hurts your ego and so, your hate for this book of wisdom that confuses the so called wise. I have even challenged you to contradict me and you are clearly not up to it, as this book is a mystery all you atheist fear to go near.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 28, 2011 at 23:26

  13. Verifanie, I never new my mother as she passed away before I could remember and most of my childhood, I was in a home for orphans, yet I have peace, I am happy and have no pain. I love who my parents and family are or were and I love God above all and my fellow beings, you atheists also. You just need to change your attitude and stop allowing yourself to be influenced by negative literature, also just do the best you can and be gracious. It would appear that you are reading stupid books?

    Hans Matthysen

    December 28, 2011 at 23:14

  14. Correction…….
    “Even the birth itself could have been a long and protracted process”………

    I should add Hans, that the mere fact that you have to cling so ferociously to that stupid book of yours, tells me volumes about you, and that you have definitely suffered enough hurt to have turned you into such a neurotic. You see, Hans, every single person who has to believe in some or other esoteric crap, is in fact………NEUROTIC.

    verifanie

    December 28, 2011 at 12:01

  15. Hans,
    First of all, open your eyes and look around you. Read some other literature except that stupid book of yours. All of us were hurt in some way, either by very stupid parents, such as a mother who smoked and drank whilst she was pregnant, or if there was severe strife in the house between the parents during that time. Even the actual birth could have been a long and extracted process, laying down deep imprints of pain into the newborn.

    Perhaps the mother was heavily sedated whilst giving birth, a big no-no for the baby, and also many babies do not get a chance to bond with the mother during the first fifteen minutes or so after being born. So you see, whether you as an adult remember what happened then or not, it doesn’t matter. The imprint of massive pain is there already, long before your intellect is developed.

    Did your mother hold you and did she pick you up when you cried? Did she breastfeed you?
    (Very important one that) Did she allow you to cry your pain out, quietly without saying a word, while holding you in her arms, even if it took an hour or more? (Even more important)
    Did she just hold you or did she shush and shake you? (Another no-no)

    Did your father love and hold you, play with you? Did he get down to your level as a child, and did he engage your mind and feelings wholeheartedly? Did he listen when you cried as a young boy whilst trying to tell him something that hurt you? Did your parents give you a vocabulary with which to express all your feelings adequately? Or did they shush you when you expressed feelings, or cried, or got angry? Were you completely free to say, do, think, play, laugh and express any emotion or feeling that you needed to? Did they listen to that fool Solomon, and used the rod on your back?

    DID THEY INDOCTRINATE YOU WITH BULLSHIT?????

    Note well Hans, one does NOT TEACH a child to be “good”. One ALLOWS the natural goodness that there is in all of us, to be freely expressed. Only hurt and abused children whose needs were not met and who were suppressed, become “bad”.

    If you are so blind that you cannot see the wholesale suffering that is going on in this world right in front of our eyes, then you are truly blind. Where do criminals come from? Alcoholics? Child abusers? Paedophiles? Psychopaths? Murderers? I should include Religious idiots?

    Oh, let me guess, Hansie slim:

    “They did not read the baaaaible and they did not follow the RIGHT religion like yours, and they did not pray pray pray to little jesus and the angels and the three gods etc.etc.etc.” Ad nauseum. Right? Hans, do yourself a great favour and Google Alice Miller. Read a lot of her stuff. Your eyes may just open.

    She found that in just one hospital in the one city that she lived in, the number of children that were brought in daily, who had been smacked, slapped, fist-beaten, kicked, thrown against a wall – some with broken bones – beaten with belts and objects, were shockingly high.

    verifanie

    December 28, 2011 at 11:17

  16. I have asked many, many, many questions of you, Hanswors. Those are usually the sentences that end with this symbol: “?” But you don’t answer. Not really. You just keep citing incomprehensible gumph from your fairytale book, which doesn’t really get to the heart of the matter.

    Will you go back a few comments to find the questions? Will you answer them? (Those are more questions for you. See the “?”?)

    Giving well-considered and cogent answers to some very pressing questions would meet quite well with my understanding of “kindness”.

    It should be easy for you because “[you] understand more of the Bible than what you ever can know or understand” (Discombobulation thread, December 22, 2011 at 23:20). Or are you also going to “rest [your] case with [me]” and “from here on out [I] will for the largest part be ignored by [you]”?

    Which reminds me: Hey Bollocksed Goofs (😆😳 ), what’s your answer, “yes” or “no”? (Crickets chirping and chirping and chirping…)

    Con-Tester

    December 27, 2011 at 21:18

  17. Con-Tester, you assume I regard you and your friends as lost, yet I don’t and you haven’t asked a question. You have only bad mouthed religion and your perception of kindness seems to differ from mine.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 27, 2011 at 21:02

  18. But Hanswors, just like that other twerp, Unhinged Bulldust, you see only what your narrow view permits. Your “kindness” doesn’t extend as far as seeing that I’m asking genuine questions that you should answer honestly and to the best of your abilities. I really am trying to understand.

    Please answer what I have asked for us lost okes. I promise, you’ll be the one contradicting it for us…

    Con-Tester

    December 26, 2011 at 21:56

  19. The knobs in your head must be big as you seem to have a big head, with no space to understand small things. I have and am willing to share much, yet you are not even willing to try and understand. Change your attitude and you will find, that I have been kind as you have never once been able to contradict my understanding of the Bible, that I have shown you.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 26, 2011 at 21:49

  20. Verifanie, you seem to think most children are abused in some or other way. Stop abusing your children by teaching them not to love, because God is love. Stop teaching them lies, as God is the truth. God is light (understanding) so stop teaching them darkness. Teach them rather to love their fellow man ect. as that what God wants from us.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 26, 2011 at 21:36

  21. At times, it seems as if the basic outline or context of this blog is something along the lines of: “There is a god”……..No, there isn’t”………….Yes there is…………..No there isn’t ………..Is……Isn’t……..Is………Isn’t……..

    Ad infinitum.

    The only other thing that happens is that insults are slung at each other.

    Perhaps I am deluding myself by thinking I can get things to move forward in a direction for us all.

    We hear about “stress’ everyday of our lives. It does seem as if every human being on this planet is under stress, often or always.

    Believe it or not, but the actual “stress” that we suffer from, actually has nothing to do with our daily comings and goings, our lifestyle or anything else that occurs in the present. There are exceptions of course.

    What most people do not realise is that the actual painful trauma that causes us to feel “stressed”, has already happened to us, long ago when we were babies, toddlers, children or teenagers, or even during gestation.

    Pain distorts. It distorts our feelings, our thinking, and even our bodies. All and any sort of pain, whether it came from a severe accident or other physical trauma, such as a serious operation, or from emotional or mental abuse. When a surgeon cuts deeply into a patient, that pain is registered in the brain and body, even though the patient’s consciousness has been put to sleep.

    The younger we are, the deeper the pain is registered, because our defence mechanisms were not adequately developed as babies or toddlers, less so when we were in the womb.

    Once again, in order to cope with this pain, your brain will mercifully do everything it can to keep you unaware of it, It will split, it will take you on a trip, it will shut down certain of its functions, (make you “dumb”), it will allow you to invent all sorts of IDEAS and BELIEFS. It will also tense up your entire musculature, forming and shaping you into a particular character structure, which will stay with you till your death.

    We know now that traumas in the womb are pre-cursors to certain conditions such as homosexuality, alcoholism, schizophrenia and even certain physical ailments. You may die at the age of 50 of a kidney disease, not knowing that the stage was set when you were a foetus.

    Sexual, emotional and physical abuse as a child, are of course all factors that set the scene for a later “stressful” life. Even as an adult, living with a severely abusive spouse for many years, can cause someone to trip over into a fully blown neurotic condition. When you read about such cases, it is always interesting to note how these victims then “find god”, and you hear statements such as: “I have now put all my faith in god”, which could mean “I do not/cannot/will not trust another human being again”.

    We all need to become aware of the destruction that takes place within families. Here you have a “very nice loving couple”, who “lovingly tell their little girl about jesus” from day one, thus starting the indoctrinating process. I shudder when I see that.

    verifanie

    December 24, 2011 at 12:06

  22. I was being kind, Hanswors: “Tiny little knobs” as in “brain cells.” Maybe you should be kind too and start providing me and the other readers with answers. That should be all too easy for a biblical whiz kid of your vast talents, since you can claim that “[you] understand more of the Bible than what you ever can know or understand” (Discombobulation thread, December 22, 2011 at 23:20). Will you share your immense expertise with us? Come now, don’t be so selfish.

    Con-Tester

    December 24, 2011 at 08:35

  23. Con-tester, nothing to do with my knobs and it is obvious that you have no answer.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 23, 2011 at 23:42

  24. Whatever twiddles your tiny little knobs, Hanswors. Yes, both of them.

    Con-Tester

    December 22, 2011 at 23:15

  25. Con-tester, constructive when correctly understood and destructive when not. You clearly do not understand.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 22, 2011 at 22:57

  26. Throw on, MacHanswors, throw on. That won’t change the eminent fact that god-belief is not an indispensable requirement for being charitable. Nor that, as a matter of moral practicality, religion is a conservative force, even a destructive one, for its stultifying intellectual sterility.

    So, as ever, you’re still spouting laughable kak.

    Con-Tester

    December 21, 2011 at 22:24

  27. Con-tester, you really are talking shit as most welfare and charity organisations originate from those who believe in God and are religious, yet none from atheists so wake up your coffee is cold you poor self centered freak. I am throwing you with mud as you appear to enjoy it.

    Hans Matthysen

    December 21, 2011 at 22:10

  28. Oh, but Hanswors, lack of “good will” [sic] and self-centredness is one of the principal defining characteristics of the crediot/bibliot/religiot/godiot. The other is a manifest and self-centred inability to conceive of even the possibility of being mistaken. You goofy blokes are so funny!

        
    

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    Con-Tester

    December 20, 2011 at 22:18

  29. It would appear that you can not do or keep yourselves occupied with things constructive and therefore you try and run down others. You are a sorry part of creation, who have no good will towards man and you are so self centered. Shame!

    Hans Matthysen

    December 20, 2011 at 21:35

  30. The post-mortem shafting begins.

    Crushtianity exposed for the sick fucking fraud that it is. Again. *Yawn*

    “Religion poisons everything.”

    Indeed.

    Con-Tester

    December 19, 2011 at 18:29

  31. He gave me the courage to say, straight out, that religion poisons everything. As a personal tribute, I am re-reading God is not great. His fearless humanism will be missed.

    Irma Kroeze

    December 17, 2011 at 11:44


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