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From Monty Python to Camus a clip from the 2007 LA Times Festival of Books - LIVE Religion & Culture Panel The link is to streaming video of the entire show.

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Hitchens tossed in some good lines there above and beyond his usual talking points.

Any idea what that "fascist crackpot" was all about, at around 55 minutes into it? I wonder what exactly was on his t-shirt.

I liked Hitchens' deadpan description of Thomas Aquinas flying around the Notre Dame....

Not sure what the 'Fascist Crackpot' tiff was about, though I imagine Hitchens-haters found it ironic.

Thanks for posting this. Totall reversed my opinion of Hitchens.

And the "Facist Crackpot" (FC) should be forced to leave.

FC could not put aside his issues to follow the social ground rules of this forum and just ask a question. I think he illustrated Hitchens point to a T.


From other blogs I gathered that the "fascist crackpot" was a 9/11 conspiracy nut.

i am unable to watch the booktv link on my apple. any help would be appreciated

(ps i have flip for mac)


The video is in RealPlayer format. You can download RealPlayer (it's free) here:

Enjoy! :)

thanks patrick. realplayer now dnlded.

Usually when I download a file here, I need to run a conversion of it in itunes, then it will go into the player and run.

And it is odd listening to Hitchens, if he is on Iraq he seems to abandon 75 to 90 percent of his reason. On religion he applies it more fully.


The new hero of this blog, on religion and Iraq:

"Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now. And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the left. . . . The blood-maddened thugs in Iraq, who would rather bring down the roof on a suffering people than allow them to vote, pictured prettily as 'insurgents' or even, by Michael Moore, as the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers. If this is liberal secularism, I'll take a modest, God-fearing, deer-hunting Baptist from Kentucky every time . . ." -- Chrissie Hitchens

Oh, and that's just the beginning. You can read the rest here:

Particularly moving is the part where Michael Moore is equated with Osama Bin Laden. Enjoy.

I think this guy is a total cock, but i have to agree with him here.

If anything he's one of the few assholes that I don't actualy mind istening to.

Having watched the entire panel discussion, I'd have to agree that Hitchens is 95% dead-on. His weakest moment came in response to the guy who pointed out that the Hubble telescope needed a "reformation" – supposedly demonstrating the "weakness" of science! The correct response to his stupid comment was: Even before its "reformation", the Hubble telescope could gather more revealing information concerning the cosmos in 5 minutes than religion has provided in as many millenia

can someone convert this to avi and torrent the whole thing? i have a terrible allergy to realplayer.

RealPlayer is terrible, but there is an alternative...

If anyone wants the complete file in quicktime or an avi file send me an email.

I understand and appreciate that people have problems with some of Hitchens' other opinions, but I'm glad to see that this kinda stuff is appreciated.

He's really dead on here.

No fan of Hitchens, but I particularly like his comparison with Camus's "L'Peste"(The Plague).

Comparing fundamental(not fundamentalist)religious beliefs to bacilli in sewer rats that are ever ready to re-emerge was right on the spot.

If you have never read the book, do it now.


I was quite taken by how weak and apologetic the other panelists were and how divorced they appeared to be from what actually constitutes 'mainstream' Christianity in modern America.

The great majority of evangelicals, not just the right wing fundies among them, would not consider those individuals to be real Christians but apostate intellectuals, veritable enemies of The Truth.

They persistently presented a version of Christianity that has no clout, no sizable presence in American Christianity.

Re the guy at the mic: Since Hitchens repeatedly referred to the guy as a fascist, I suspect he was a left leaning sort that Hitchens had ran into before this discussion began.

Iraq aside (if that is even possible) Hitchens has an interesting and often enlightening perspective, at least what I have seen or read of him. Although there has always been something about him that made me uncomfortable and untrusting and I think I have finally figured out what that is… His voice reminds me of William F. Buckley Jr., who has always creeped me out a little.


One little thing which bothered me, his choice of words at the end, about innoculation against religion instead of the spread of a gentler version of it. Sorry to play devil's (or in this case angel's, I suppose) advocate, but the way many innoculations work is precisely to spread weaker versions of the disease in question (via dead or weakened virus bacteria). I got the message, but I suspect that some moderately religious medical doctor might make this argument.


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