That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics are almost uniformly negative.
Bigotry. Intolerance. Censorship. Not words that you would normally associate with a literature festival. Yet, over the last six days at the Jaipur Literature Festival, they've dominated panel discussions, been whispered during readings, and littered furious debates around tea stalls.
It is an interesting exercise to look at how genetic contributions of homosexuality may have been preserved and passed down by our ancestors. Dr. Richard Dawkins' take on the evolution of the "gay gene" is fascinating, elegant, and quite clever.
Too often, established religion does make possible evil things and clearly the Kansas City situation is one such case. The authority and attitude of the bishop makes what happened all too possible and common.
Blinded by his atheistic certainty, Dawkins promulgates a notion of science that is already outmoded. He isolates himself from scientists who are far-sighted enough to leave all possible solutions on the table.
Britain today has become one of the most godless societies on earth. From Richard Dawkins to Christopher Hitchens, the British have cornered the market on being anti-God, at least the Christian and Jewish varieties.
There is a great divide in this country where none should be. I'm talking about the perceived rift between science and religion. There's no real conflict, just one manufactured by manipulative ideologues.