|“||Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the Supernatural and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.||„|
|~ Christopher Hitchens, Letters To A Young Contrarian|
Hitchens resides on the extreme end of atheism comparing religious faith to that of North Korea, despite the undeniable reality that in a free country, no religion can ever be forced on any citizen of that nation, unlike North Korea where the citizens are forced to worship the current leader of the dictatorship no matter what their views may be. He also made similar but equally vile comparisons to the Christmas Season. A time of the year to be cherished but is not forced on other people which does not fit the criteria for authoritarianism.
He is also labelled as misogynistic with his disparaging towards women in comedy describing them as unfunny and then contradicting himself with refereeing to the existence of great female comedians which was in speculation, to avoid offending his female listeners with no availing affects.
Even his followers have mercilessly criticised him for his support of the 2003 Iraq War with the potential decimation of religious authoritarianism despite the secularity of the state, the loss of innocent life and with the country’s political system arguably even more broken today than it was during the event.