March 25, 2015

Christopher Hitchens on the Importance of Free Expression

Although I enjoyed some of Christopher Hitchens' books very much, especially God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, I have only recently started watching videos of his various speeches and debates. As I do so, it is hitting me once again that we lost an important voice when he died in 2011.

Here is Hitchens explaining the importance of free expression and highlighting the interesting predicament in which we still find ourselves: some of those who commit hateful acts in the name of their religion are successfully suppressing criticism by labeling it "hate speech." This continues to pose a problem for anyone concerned with the many atrocities committed in the name of religion.

I hope that videos like this remain easily available and are often viewed. We certainly need more voices like this. I don't just mean those that are as eloquent and insightful as Hitchens since they are hard to find; I mean we need more people willing to speak out in support of free expression. It is simply too important to neglect.

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