Grow Up Christopher Hitchens

Posted on June 18, 2007. Filed under: Books, Foreign Policy, Open Source, Politics |

Christopher Hitchens is a skillful debater and I think he can sell books. When I listened to him speak on Open Source, an online radio show hosted by Christopher Lydon, I could not help by being impressed that he actually got on the radio to debate this pointless topic.

Now, I want to admit right away that I have not read his new book.

Humans inherited religion a long time ago and it’s pointless to pretend that we can get away from it. Our best bet is to respect others whose beliefs are different from our own. It’s not clear to me what Hitchens envisions as a replacement for our human need to believe in something, but I sure hope it’s not reason or philosophy. If you want some recent evidence of the stupidity of reason, look no further than Iraq, where the U.S. invaded on the basis of “intelligence” and “evidence” of WMD. It’s almost as if Hitchens still has not accepted the fact that the world we live in (and I exclude no corner of globe) is fundamentally (although not exclusively) irrational and uncivilized. When Hitchens says that he hopes humans “grow out of religion,” I just have to smile. The world is stuck with your religion (whatever it is); it’s stuck with mine; it’s stuck with Dick’s religion and Jane’s religion; it’s stuck with religions with one God; it’s stuck with religions with hundreds of Gods. There’s nothing to grow out of. This is it.

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Cancer seems to be with us forever. But not to fight it would be silly. If Hitchens is right and religion is equivalent to a cancer, then why not fight it? What have we got to lose, exactly? I mean, if we don’t fight it, they win by default.

But here’s the thing. Society has been battling religion quite well. That is why most people in the Western world get some kind of education, and can get health-care when they are sick – because religion has been kicked down a few notches from the seat of power they held during the Middle Ages. Why not keep kicking?


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