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We Ain’t Talkin’ Cecil B. DeMille

August 28th, 2003 - 12:17 pm

He claimed that Mother Teresa was a poseur. Then he argued that Henry Kissinger should be tried as a war criminal.

And now, Christopher Hitchens takes on The Ten Commandments:

The first four of the commandments have little to do with either law or morality, and the first three suggest a terrific insecurity on the part of the person supposedly issuing them. I am the lord thy god and thou shalt have no other … no graven images … no taking of my name in vain: surely these could have been compressed into a more general injunction to show respect. The ensuing order to set aside a holy day is scarcely a moral or ethical one, unless you assume that other days are somehow profane. (The Rev. Ian Paisley, I remember, used to refuse interviewers for Sunday newspapers even after it was pointed out to him that it’s the Monday edition that is prepared on Sunday.) Whereas a day of rest, as prefigured in the opening passages of Genesis, is no more than organized labor might have demanded, perhaps during the arduous days of unpaid pyramid erection.

There’s more, much more, and it’s all blasphemously funny.

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