Hitchens curbstomps Friel
Posted by That Other Mike on 12/04/2009
I’m not a huge fan of Christopher Hitchens, generally; he’s arrogant, boorish and often far too pleased with himself. I get enough of that looking in the mirror to want to spend my free time on someone else doing it. There’s also his lurch to the political right in recent years; he’s probably centre-right more than right, to be honest, but he’s still to the right of me, which makes his politics occasionally distasteful. Something I saw this morning, though, has utterly redeemed him in my eyes, at least for now. This comes courtesy of the righteous PZ; cheers, Professor!
Hitch was invited onto an execrable radio show hosted by a class-A douchebag named Todd Friel; the show is, appropriately enough, called Wretched Radio, and was a replacement for Way of The Master Radio. The Way of the Master, in case you’ve been lucky enough never to have heard of it, is the evangelism program created and headed by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort. Yes, Ray “Bananas prove God” Comfort; the same Ray Comfort whose understanding of science and logic is so miniscule because he thinks faith can fill in where he doesn’t get it; the same Ray Comfort who blamed poor sales of his book on an Atheist conspiracy.
Anyway. Comfort’s douchenozzle status aside, we can see that Todd Friel is pushing an agenda from the outset; he’s trying to get the famous Atheist to read from his script and “admit” that under circumstance A, he would think B, etc, and then OMG! Teh Hitch haz teh god-beliefness!!11One! Basically, he’s out for a propaganda coup to wave at believers and use as a weapon against Atheists.
And this is where my new respect for the Hitch comes into play. He refuses to follow the script, he sabotages the process at every turn using good old fashioned logic and Enlightenment values.
I won’t describe it any further: just listen to the clips.