Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Talking tough

Christopher Hitchens, as quoted in the Toronto Star, Nov. 19, 2005:
I don't mind being called Islamaphobic. I can't stand all religions and am perfectly happy to include Islam on the list...

(A)ny government that allows any privilege to any one faith is preparing to commit cultural suicide...

Those who believe it is possible to lead an ethical life without religion, who are agnostic or atheist, who believe in the separation of church and state must learn to fight back. We too have strong convictions, we too can be offended, insulted and annoyed, and we have to say we're not going to put up with it. Our opinions must be taken into account.
So, do you think Hitchens "fought back" when he gave his speech to the Family Research Council, which states its purpose this way?
The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.

Core Principles:
  • God exists and is sovereign over all creation. He created human beings in His image. Human life is, therefore, sacred and the right to life is the most fundamental of political rights.

  • Life and love are inextricably linked and find their natural expression in the institutions of marriage and the family.

  • Government has a duty to promote and protect marriage and family in law and public policy.

  • The American system of law and justice was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic.

  • American democracy depends upon a vibrant civil society composed of families, churches, schools, and voluntary associations.

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