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  • #1
    Christopher Hitchens
    “We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #2
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

  • #3
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #4
    Christopher Hitchens
    “[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #5
    Christopher Hitchens
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #6
    Christopher Hitchens
    MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #7
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #8
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with 'you' in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #9
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #10
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #11
    Christopher Hitchens
    “[Said during a debate when his opponent asserted that atheism and belief in evolution lead to Nazism:]

    Atheism by itself is, of course, not a moral position or a political one of any kind; it simply is the refusal to believe in a supernatural dimension. For you to say of Nazism that it was the implementation of the work of Charles Darwin is a filthy slander, undeserving of you and an insult to this audience. Darwin’s thought was not taught in Germany; Darwinism was so derided in Germany along with every other form of unbelief that all the great modern atheists, Darwin, Einstein and Freud were alike despised by the National Socialist regime.

    Now, just to take the most notorious of the 20th century totalitarianisms – the most finished example, the most perfected one, the most ruthless and refined one: that of National Socialism, the one that fortunately allowed the escape of all these great atheists, thinkers and many others, to the United States, a country of separation of church and state, that gave them welcome – if it’s an atheistic regime, then how come that in the first chapter of Mein Kampf, that Hitler says that he’s doing God’s work and executing God’s will in destroying the Jewish people? How come the fuhrer oath that every officer of the Party and the Army had to take, making Hitler into a minor god, begins, “I swear in the name of almighty God, my loyalty to the Fuhrer?” How come that on the belt buckle of every Nazi soldier it says Gott mit uns, God on our side? How come that the first treaty made by the Nationalist Socialist dictatorship, the very first is with the Vatican? It’s exchanging political control of Germany for Catholic control of German education. How come that the church has celebrated the birthday of the Fuhrer every year, on that day until democracy put an end to this filthy, quasi-religious, superstitious, barbarous, reactionary system?

    Again, this is not a difference of emphasis between us. To suggest that there’s something fascistic about me and about my beliefs is something I won't hear said and you shouldn't believe.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #12
    Christopher Hitchens
    “One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #13
    Christopher Hitchens
    “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #14
    Christopher Hitchens
    “To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase 'terrible beauty.' Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else's body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #15
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #16
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #17
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Evolution has meant that our prefrontal lobes are too small, our adrenal glands are too big, and our reproductive organs apparently designed by committee; a recipe which, alone or in combination, is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #18
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Past and present religious atrocities have occured not because we are evil, but because it is a fact of nature that the human species is, biologically, only partly rational. Evolution has meant that our prefrontal lobes are too small, our adrenal glands are too big, and our reproductive organs apparently designed by committee; a recipe which, alone or in combination, is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #19
    Christopher Hitchens
    “[T]o believe in a god is in one way to express a willingness to believe in anything. Whereas to reject the belief is by no means to profess belief in nothing.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    tags: belief

  • #20
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The drops (polio vaccine) were designed,said these believers. Their intention and effect was genocidal. Nobody was to swallow them, or administer them to infants. Within months, polio was back...”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #21
    Christopher Hitchens
    “People keep saying, "God is in the details". He isn't in ours, unless his yokel creationist fans wish to take credit for his clumsiness, failure, and incompetence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #22
    Christopher Hitchens
    “There still remain four irreducible objections to religious faith: that it wholly misrepresents the origins of man and the cosmos, that because of this original error it manages to combine the maximum of servility with the maximum of solipsism, that it is both the result and the cause of dangerous sexual repression, and that it is ultimately grounded on wish-thinking.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #23
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #24
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The human species is an animal species without very much variation within it, and it is idle and futile to imagine that a voyage to Tibet, say, will discover an entirely different harmony with nature or eternity.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #25
    Christopher Hitchens
    “In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #26
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The North Korean state was born at about the same time that Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, and one could almost believe that the holy father of the state, Kim Il Sung, was given a copy of the novel and asked if he could make it work in practice. Yet even Orwell did not dare to have it said that "Big Brother's" birth was attended by miraculous signs and portents - such as birds hailing the glorious event by singing in human words.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #27
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #28
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The most educated person in the world now has to admit-- I shall not say confess-- that he or she knows less and less but at least knows less and less about more and more.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #29
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I don't have a body, I am a body.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

  • #30
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Don’t swallow your moral code in tablet form.”
    Christopher Hitchens



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