Oldy But Goody From Hitch
I just came across this, and, well, Hitchens is such a pompous, gin-drenched ass, I thought I would put it up for fun:
"We know very well what the 'grievances' of the jihadists are. The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way." Christopher Hitchens (07/08/2005)And how are the grievances of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson any different? Ever read their views on why 9/11 happened, Hitch?
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."Ever hear of Timothy McVeigh? Yeah the terrorists on 9/11 were pure evil and should burn in hell. But religious extremism is not limited to one religion. The extreme elements of the Christian Right "hate us for our freedoms" Hitch.
Oh, and good move attacking Iraq. That's really helped the problem you referred to.