On Friday’s episode of Real Time, Maher discusses the tendency for opponents of atheism to label any belief system (or lack of a belief system) as a religion, clearly trying to create some equivalency between what they believe and what atheists don’t. To be clear, belief in climate change, for instance, is NOT a religion. Likewise, atheism is NOT a religion – but watch the clip because Maher explains it better than I can. By the way, the piece is worth it just for the graphic of Hitchens’ face on a tree stump. If I didn’t see it, I never wood have believed it (ok, admittedly a bad pun).
With the news of the most recent mass school shooting (if you missed it, don’t worry there will be another one soon) There have been many posts about Hitchens’ views on gun control. It seems he thought the gun control faction had it all wrong. Consider these points from a 1994 article for The Nation.What’s wrong with that? A lot Hitch. With so many gun deaths relative to other countries, the status quo is clearly not working.
In this clip from Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill and Richard Dawkins discuss the disconcerting trend on the left toward what Sam Harris calls “regressive leftism”. It describes people, usually left leaning, that are afraid to defend ideas they usually support (like free speech) because they think they might be labeled as Islamophobes.