“Hitchens secretly loved my Jesus,” is the overarching message that Larry Taunton tells himself but shows absolutely no evidence for in “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist.” The radical, religious fundamentalist slanders the late atheist writer and thinker, Christopher Hitchens, in a short, badly argued book, designed not to illuminate, but rather to make yet another religious huckster a lot of money. In the book, Taunton wholesale invents an inner life and struggle of the superior author, creating a straw man so flimsy Hitchens himself could have blown it down with a single puff of cigarette smoke.
As an atheist myself, I’m not nearly as well read as Hitchens, but even I have heard every one of the shallow arguments presented in the book many times over. The author isn’t even an effective or interesting advocate for his faith. He’s trite and lazy, lobbing the sort of silly claptrap Hitchens spent a lifetime refuting. The central conceit of the book is that the author’s arguments were so “persuasive” that Hitchens began to warm to Jesus. It would be laughable, except that it’s utterly disrespectful to the deceased man and his life’s work.
It could be ignored or laughed at, except that the book isn’t just a mediocre hit job on Hitchens himself. It’s filled with subtle jabs, outright insults and fiery damnation aimed at the usual fundamentalist boogeymen—atheists, gays and liberals. Aside from insulting Hitchens, Taunton creates something much more sinister. He denies the rights of all atheists, agnostic and freethinkers—every single one of us—to exist. Continue reading The Ugly Slandering of Christopher Hitchens
This week, we talk a lot about Donald Trump, who clinched the nomination, the anger of Bernie Sanders supporters and the article about large people. I also go into detail on my epic battle with the City of Reno. Long live the rebellion!
Recorded the night before Super Tuesday III, this is the last time we talk about Trump. I hope to god. Watch for my piece in Salon on the working class community that created the Trump phenomenon. We also jibber-jab about the CESLetter, a critique of Mormonism by an insider.
One thing about Donald Trump is that he has brought the level of political discourse to a place that even I can understand it.
“Fuck that guy.”
That makes sense to me.
In this week’s podcast, Rick,RobRoy and myself have a wide ranging conversation on real estate, Donald Trump and the continued movement of all political discourse to the kind of discourse I remember having when I was a dishwasher at the Owl Club. We also talk over my personal experience as a Bernie Sanders delegate at my local caucus.
On this week’s Podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss their predictions about the Iowa caucus. We also mock Sean Anderson, the last douche bag standing in Oregon. There is also a fun digression about large men in Speedos.
The last two podcasts hosted on Armchair Blasphemy have been extra long and filled with profanity.
The first one: Living in a work-a-day world goes in depth on our collective work malaise.
The second one: Posted today, this podcast covers the massive news last week about gay marriage, Bristol Palin and the Confederate flag.
We’re up to our fifteenth podcast. As we do them, I think they get more relevant. Join us and don’t forget to subscribe!
I enjoyed the heck out of the latest podcast:
Check out podcast 13 on camping, guns and Amway scams.
Very shortly, I’ll have a piece up on Salon that covers some of the Amway scam. Suffice to day, we have become a nation of people preying on each other. Instead of working, saving or building stuff, we seem intent on selling each other cheap, Chinese shit no one wants or needs. But hey, let’s have fun anyway!
This week’s podcast was particularly fun, with Edwin, Rick and RobRoy sitting down to talk the presidential contest and then discussing the Josh Dugger scandal. For a preview of the issue with the Dugger’s check out this piece in Slate and then listen:
Listen to the whole podcast here
There is a lot of interesting stuff going in with religion, hypocrisy and social issues in America– check out my latest on Salon for a taste. You can be sure we’ll be chatting up these issues again soon.
The Pew Religious Landscape Study came out last week showing big gains for atheists, agnostics and so-called “nones,” those who profess no religious faith. The Armchair Blasphemy team sat down to discuss their respective beliefs: CLICK HERE for Podcast 11.
Be warned, RobRoy uses the phrase “soft agnostic,” which (along with the word “moist“) always makes me a little uncomfortable.
On a side note: I wrote a piece for Salon spiking the football just a little about the study. I just couldn’t help myself. At any rate, watch for more discussion on this blog about America’s dramatic culture shift. There are a great many implications for an ever-more-secular America.
On this week’s podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss the presidential correspondence dinner, the fleshy face of Ted Cruz and why Ed can never, ever seem to make a coffee pot last. Open it here and listen!