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As a fellow Atheist, Mr. Hitchens is preaching to choir, so to speak, in this informative, captivating work in which Hitchens judiciously provides hisAs a fellow Atheist, Mr. Hitchens is preaching to choir, so to speak, in this informative, captivating work in which Hitchens judiciously provides historically documented and personal examples of what he sees as an ever-increasing war being waged by a variety of religious fundamental organizations. In our very own country we have troops of well-funded, born-again fanatics preaching hatred of anyone who doesn’t fall in line with their standards.
Worse, these groups instill a deep-rooted fear in the most vulnerable, forced members of their congregation; young, helpless, defenseless children, sometimes as young as three. Hitchens provides chilling eye-witness accounts of these tactics which are slowly tearing away at the fabric of this great nation.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, if you have an open mind and enjoy reading well written, fact-based, relevant nonfiction, then you will enjoy this book. Certainly, deeply religious people may find certain parts upsetting as fundamental beliefs are challenged with factual, cited information. Hitchens has a way of peeling away the absurdity of certain religious beliefs and how these beliefs, at their very core, are contrary to very ideals shouted to the masses during worship services. Something I learned at an early age, as a baptized Roman Catholic about to be confirmed, is that before anyone blindly accepts what they’ve been told over a period of time about a particular religion, it is your right, your responsibility and your duty to pick up a couple of books about Judaism, Hindu, Islam, Buddhism, Heavens Gate Kool-Aid Lovers or whatever they were all about, even Mormonism and Jehovah Witness, and read. Read about each of these religious. Get a book along the lines of Religion for Dummies (there is a joke in there somewhere) and get an overview of what these groups are all about. Then study philosophy and science and art and history. Read Ayn Rand and Aristotle and Plato and study and research and think for yourself. And then, one day, years later, you’ll realize what is true for you and that will be your own religion.
There are too many great stories in Hitchens’ book but some of my personal favorites pertain to religious interference with women’s reproductive rights. Islamic authorities of the Council of Ulemas in Indonesia urged that condoms only be made available to married coupled (HUH?), and then only with a prescription. He also quotes an article from Foreign Policy magazine in which a n official of Pakistan’s AIDS Control Program stated that the [AIDS] problem was smaller in his country because of “better social and Islamic values,” This, in a state where the law allows a woman to be sentenced to be gang-raped in order to expiate the “shame” of a crime committed by her brother.
Good ol’ repression and denial. The building blocks of religion. Pro or con. Christian or Agnostic. Cubs or White Sox. This book will, if nothing else, be educational and thought-provoking.
A random guy at a used bookstore recommended the Thursday Next series to me. When he tried to explain the plot my eyes glazed over and my mind just heA random guy at a used bookstore recommended the Thursday Next series to me. When he tried to explain the plot my eyes glazed over and my mind just heard a buzzing noise. But then I gave them a try and Well of Lost Plots has been one of my favorites so far. I love the correlations between Fforde's BookWorld and our real world, they way he conceives how books are created and pushed to readers, and the similarities of the workings of politics, news and technology in his fictional world set in the 80's, with what's to come in the fictional future/our real now. The downside, for me, was that while reading, I got the distinct feeling that it was being written in anticipation of being turned into a screenplay. I could see this series being a successful film franchise if done right. Overall, a nice work of fiction to take ones mind off of the seriousness of real life. ...more
If you work in an office then you should read this book. Plain and simple. It took me a while to realize all of the things that I've done (possibly stIf you work in an office then you should read this book. Plain and simple. It took me a while to realize all of the things that I've done (possibly still do but trying really hard not to) that must have really had my wonderfully, sweet boss biting her tongue. It wasn't until I witnessed other people doing it to me that I realized - HOLY CRAP, this is exactly what I do to my boss. If it's bugging/annoying or frustrating me than I can bet my favorite pen that I'm doing it too.
This book is an eye-opener and if you're will to really take a look at your own behaviors in a honest way, this book might prove useful as you attempt to improve the dynamic between you and your boss. ...more
So far, so good. My work days are back down to normal hours, I'm organized in the office, less stressed and feeling so much better. I recommned this bSo far, so good. My work days are back down to normal hours, I'm organized in the office, less stressed and feeling so much better. I recommned this book to anyone who finds themselves constantly multi-tasking and at the end of the day you realize you didn't get anyting done at all. ...more
I've never done stand-up and last week (March 12, 2008), I decided I was going to give it a go. My friend Sammy gave me this book (to borrow...I'll giI've never done stand-up and last week (March 12, 2008), I decided I was going to give it a go. My friend Sammy gave me this book (to borrow...I'll give it back) and it's a good start. It won't make you funny but it just might help me learn to deliver. ...more
For some reason this site shows this book being published in 2003 but I am here to tell you that this is one of the first books I read as a child andFor some reason this site shows this book being published in 2003 but I am here to tell you that this is one of the first books I read as a child and it is full of amazing tales, moral lessons and some are just a bit on the twisted side. ...more