reflections of a pragmatic optimist, lover of freedom

Month: November 2006 (Page 1 of 2)

Christopher Hitchens on Faith

Wise words from the mind of Christopher Hitchens, from the closing of the “Holier Than Thou” episode of Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit!” (Season 3):

“Faith is the surrender of the mind. It’s the surrender of reason. It’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the virtues, of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”

A French Filmmaker on Islam vs. the West

Via Pajamas Media, a video clip of comments by filmmaker Pierre Rehov at this year’s Liberty Film Festival, regarding what may yet be in store in the fight against radical Islam:

I’m going to give you my honest opinion. I think we are on the edge of World War III. This is no longer between Israel and the Palestinians. This is between Islam and the West.

I hope he’s wrong. I fear he may be right.

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