Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English author, religious and literary critic, and journalist. Hitchens later spent much of his career in the United States and became an American citizen in 2007... (wikipedia)
Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
When I meet people who say - which they do all of the time - 'I must just tell you, my great aunt had cancer of the elbow and the doctors gave her 10 seconds to live, but last I heard she was climbing Mount Everest,' and so forth, I switch off quite early.
There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.
A gentleman is never rude except on purpose - I can honestly be nasty sober, believe you me.
Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.
The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy - the one that's absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes.
What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
To the dumb question, 'Why me?' the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, 'Why not?'
Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of 'like' has spread through the idiom of the young. And it's true that in some cases the term has become simultaneously a crutch and a tic, driving out the rest of the vocabulary as candy expels vegetables.