Christopher Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

Christopher Hitchens — he’s an irritant to the left (a big defender of the bungled Iraq war) and to the right (an atheist who wrote the controversial bestseller God is Not Great). He’s an equal opportunity polemicist. Now, in the April edition of Vanity Fair, he’s back. This time, he’s deconstructing the Ten Commandments and offering his own updated set of commandments for our modern times. I’m normally not the biggest Hitchens fan. But, I’m on board with the gist of his guiding principles.

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  • Ali says:

    I am a muslim and i am afraid I am agree with his statement…paradox

  • Stanton says:

    It is interesting to note that while Hitchens denounces the tenth commandment given by Moses as absurd for condemning thought and not action (coveting), he says, “Do not even think,” in his own second commandment.

  • Roderic Rinehart says:

    Yet another excellent piece from Hitchens.

    His dry wit is as fantastic as always. And #8 – “Turn off that fucking cell phone. You have no idea how unimportant your call is to us.” Codifying one of the biggest annoyances in modern society – priceless.

  • Cranleigh says:

    Hitchens wants society to abandon Christian beliefs altogether but his alternative looks a little flimsy for the job. What are the underlying principles of this new secular faith and will it be durable as a way of life? Is human life still sacred, merely special or just one more factor to be considered? If children are so precious, what about fetuses of the same gestational age? Doesn’t adultery and divorce often bring serious harm to children? Can killing be justified to save more eventually e.g. in Iraq? As an atheist myself, I’m content to mind my own business rather than hectoring the believers.

  • mrs p.m.a. judge says:

    News of your health-very SAD indeed.
    That BIG “C” -HATE IT,must be in our system for year’s till it SHOW’S UP then its up/down lke a yo!yo!
    With medication and are presently treated by your DOCTOR’S -I hope you will find relief.(BLESS YOU)my dear.
    After reading your book”GOD’S NOT GREAT”
    I completely blew away!!!-on to a different PLANET STUNNING,OUTSTANDING,SUPERB,AWE,ELOQUENT,what a way of expressing/for the people of this planet Earth of our’s-MR HERO!!!!
    May your OWN belief go with YOU.
    BUT in the deepest of HEART’S -My truly opinion is that YOU are NOT truly ATHEIST-Why not!!!-I detected few thing’s in the book THAT came across spritual/GOD like ish!!!
    Take each day and enjoy, with family/friends/ YOU ARE WORLD FAMOUS PERSON -THEY ARE ALL THINKING OF YOU CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS WITH SADNESS. your’s sincerley, MRS. JUDGE.

  • Racheal says:

    Dear Mr.Christopher Hitchens,

    Your first 6 letters says “Christ” isn’t that amazing? You know what Mr.Hitchens…God loves you so very much that how much ever far you run away from God.. God will keep chasing you until you stop running and take a big U-turn and face God boldly and say to God “God I’m done please stop chasing me… God you won and I’ve lost.”

    The much you do not believe in God Mr. Hitchens that much and more than that God believes in you and loves you. Because its He who created you and its He who would change your heart too.And this day will come very soon, u just watch out.

    You are in our prayer daily, God Bless you.

    Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart,”There is no God.”

  • Dean says:

    A great voice of reason has been silenced.

    Ok Racheal, while we’re cherry picking excepts from the bible, it seems Jesus does not chase people as you say…all from the mouth of Jesus meek and mind.. yeah right!!!
    “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be a king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.” (Luke 19:27)

    What happened to loving your enemy…

    “Love your neighbor and love your enemies.” (Matthew 5:43-44)

    or  “…but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:17-18)

    The major 4 gospels have contradictions running all through them. None of the people who wrote the gospels every met Jesus, they were written long after his death. The only explanation I have been heard is that the Holy Spirit spoke through them…well how did they get ever get to contradict each other, surely the holy spirit is infallible and not prone to memory lapses or more than likely they were written by four guys just making it up as they went along.

    My favourite quote…
    “Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” – Isaac Asimov

  • Victoria says:

    One of his best, most thoughtful pieces. Too bad about the Iraq thing.

  • John Wallerich says:

    He’s not a pain to democrats, he just thought it noble to take out Hussein since he was the embodiment of evil. He doesn’t support Bush, but he supported invading Iraq – 2 very different positions. This man is brilliant, hands down.

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