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HitchBitch Vs. the Decalogue

Hitchens did a wonderful Job of destroying the Ten commandments in this lovely talk from last June. I really do encourage anyone trying to debate JB to give it a listen, or read. Like I said of the commandments on a recent post, what child couldn't come up with the good ones and what thoughtful adult couldn't greatly improve upon all the silly ones.

Unfortunately though, we can't do this by amending this book, because slavery, genocide, and the rape and torture of children are not merely not denounced in the first five books of the Old Testament, they are rather very enthusiastically recommended. So if we search for ways of doing the right thing, we're consulting the wrong book and we're looking for morality in all the wrong places. Perhaps though, there is still something to be salvaged and if so, it might be found in the long, vainglorious, menacing throat-clearings of the very first commandment. We might give some real thought to the prohibition on the making of idols and of images, we might do well to stop forging manacles with our own minds, and setting up impressions and images of ourselves as if they were divine and rarefied and supernatural. We might cease to make whips for our own backs; we might stop making tyrants and despots in our own image. We have rights as well as duties in respect to one another, and as one can intuit from Thomas Paine, in order to safeguard and enjoy the rights of man, we shall require a new age of reason. Thank you.

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