may 12, 2007
hitchens is someone who can be respected: a principled atheist. however, like dawkins before him (see discussion we had here on dawkins' even more incendiary book bashing that, in his words, 'fictional' 'monster', the semitic god yhwh) i suspect everything hitchens shows to be idiotic is strictly true only of the semitic faiths (including communism). these old or new leftists in the west have not been exposed to the far more interesting and challenging religions of the east -- hinduism and buddhism are infinitely more satisfying as religions (and they are not dictatorial edicts telling people what to do). these people should read the gita and the upanishads and the buddhist scriptures, and they will find that, indeed, there are religions that make sense. oddly enough, these religions don't even push you into god-worship.