Quote Of The Moment

Listening to an older episode of DB Skeptic, I heard a paraphrase of a quote from Christopher Hitchens that I thought was quite humorous, but also quite accurate in it’s portrayal of theism.

Theism is “the wish to be a slave under a totalitarian being”, one that watches you at all times, is overly concerned about your sex life, needs constant worship, and wants you to slice the tops off penises. It’s “a celestial North Korea”. And, “the tyranny only begins by your death”, and during your life, you are forbidden to think for yourself or to gain scientific knowledge.

And to balance out the post, I’ll also include a quote from Sam Harris about Atheism:

The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which the obvious is overlooked as a matter of principle. The obvious must be observed and re-observed and argued for. This is a thankless job. It carries with it an aura of petulance and insensitivity. It is, moreover, a job that the atheist does not want.

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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3 Responses to Quote Of The Moment

  1. Skepdude says:

    Christopher Hitchens is the man!

  2. makarios says:

    According to the drunken Hitchens:

    Matter is eternal, or
    Matter is self-created, or
    Matter can pre exist itself chronologically and physically, or
    There CAN be an infinite regress of cause, and
    Everything can from nothing by nothing.

    Who cares what science says? Observing that only leads to Creator God. Nothing like living by the obvious.

    • Rodibidably says:

      I’m curious about a number of things you said here, so let’s try them one at a time:

      According to the drunken Hitchens:

      What exactly does his drinking have to do with this quote? Do you have evidence that he was “drunken” at the time he made these comments?

      Matter is eternal, or
      Matter is self-created, or
      Matter can pre exist itself chronologically and physically, or
      There CAN be an infinite regress of cause, and
      Everything can from nothing by nothing.

      What is your source for Hitchens saying these things? Some of them seem contradictory, and I’m curious where you have examples of him saying them.

      Who cares what science says?

      I’d guess that everybody who lives in modern society cares. You’re able to eat because of scientific advances in agriculture. You’re able to post on this blog because of countless scientific advances in electricity, computing. networking, etc… Modern medicine, flight, food, and MUCH more are based on scientific understandings.

      Observing that only leads to Creator God.

      Which god is that exactly (christian, hindu, muslim, egyptian, roman, etc)? Where is the observable evidence for this god (or gods)?

      Nothing like living by the obvious.

      What EXACTLY do you find so obvious? If you want to claim that YOUR version of god is so obvious (no matter which god you claim to beleive in) why is it that at an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM, 70% of the world disagree with your assessment of that god?

      I’m curious where the evidence is that seems so obvious to you. And why the disdain for science, which has added so much to society, including expanding average life span, etc?

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