Christopher Hitchens And Tony Blair Debate

Christopher Hitchens And Tony Blair Debate

Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British author, literary critic, and journalist who spent much of his career in the United States and became an American citizen

A noted critic of religion and an antitheist, he said that a person “could be an atheist and wish that belief in god were correct,” but that “an antitheist, a term I’m trying to get into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there’s no evidence for such an assertion.” According to Hitchens, the concept of a god or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilisation. Hitchens wrote an antireligion polemic, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Hitchens died on 15 December 2011 from complications arising from esophageal cancer, a disease that he acknowledged was more than likely due to his lifelong predilection for heavy smoking and drinking.

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs charitable work. Blair was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. Blair led Labour to a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, winning 418 seats, the most the party has ever held. The party went on to win two more elections under his leadership: in 2001, in which it won another landslide victory, and in 2005, with a reduced majority.

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  • MrMorlaf

    yup great debate… not a huge fan of Blair but Hitchens afforded him a huge amount of "respec" here and was complimentary when asked "what good points did the other guy make". quite surprised really as I thought Blair made ZERO good points, but hitchens was very curteous and humble….. for a change! ;-)

  • gaurav singh

    Hitchens won 68% to 32% in the end.

  • Tommy D

    Sit down Tony, you've done enough damage…… Berk

  • Henry Fields

    LOL; "A kind of divine North Korea."

  • Col. Hans Landa

    I just listened to the audio of this as i did homework. I said to myself wow this is a very unbiased and friendly debate/audience. Then i looked and saw Hitch, can't help but think that makes a difference.

  • The Cake

    I wanna know the final vote

  • patch1978

    tooth fairy, santa, easter bunny and god,,, great fables….

  • AtheistLobster

    Wow, Blair got intellectually annihilated. I would do anything to have Hitchens around today.. what a brilliant primate.

  • Ebah

    Hi everybody!!

  • Mark Clare

    TB is nuts!- see it in his eyes!

  • Mark Clare

    Anyone know how much TB got in fees for that?