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42 Responses to Christopher Hitchens Owns The 10 Commandments

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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    Link: Christopher Hitchens Owns The 10 Commandments - Christopher Hitchens breaks down the 10 Commandments.
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    Discobiscuit Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    Enough of this poo. Still bored.

    Oh, and RIP.
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    tenshin Female 13-17
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I can`t wait to see the comments on this. :D
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm
    Well, he does better once he`s gotten past the 10 Commandments part! (5:30 apx)
    Aaaaand then he gives his own flippant "commandments". Lame! Lacking in both sense and teh funny.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Am I not the only one who thinks the Mr. Hitchens is quite dreary and miserable? He just seems so unhappy.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    1: I am the Lord they God and thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

    So you can have other gods as long as Jehova is first among them, right?
    Is this then an idication that GOD acknowledges the existance of lesser gods? The un-capitalized kind?
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    I like him, but this is a god-awfully executed video.
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    (...) blindly by others
    10. Question everything
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    @5Cats: Lacking in sense? How dense are you?
    I liked Dawkins` 10 Commandments better (The God Delusion, pp. 263-264):

    1. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you
    2. In all things, strive to cause no harm
    3. Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect
    4. Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted
    5. Live life with a sense of joy and wonder
    6. Always seek to be learning something new
    7. Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them
    8. Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you
    9. Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    Oh wait, Richard Dawkins copied those 10 commandments from a website to prove a point how simple it is for any normal, decent person to come up with nice rules.

    Dawkins DID add these himself, and I quite like them:
    1. Enjoy your own sex life (so long as it damages nobody else) and leave others to enjoy theirs in private whatever their inclinations, which are none of your business.
    2. Do not discriminate or oppress on the basis of sex, race or (as far as possible) species.
    3. Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
    4. Value the future on a timescale longer than your own. (<my favourite)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    @neoptolemos: I`m about the same density as water, why do you ask?

    The Dawkins ones are better! (#1 is "The Golden Rule" btw.) Are you agreeing that Hitchens` lack sense?
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    Brilliant. I remember watching this ages ago. A second time around and he seems remarkably fair toward the whole thing.

    Oh, and 5cats is an idiot. But we already knew that. So nothing new here.
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    "Are you agreeing that Hitchens` lack sense?"

    @5Cats: By saying that I prefer Dawkins` alternative commandments over Hitchens`, doesn`t mean I agree with you.
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    Norris Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    waiting for right wing nutjobs to reply :D
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    All we need is 1 commandment: Don`t be a douchebag.
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    That said. I still like Hitchens` rules too. especially number 8.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I live by only one commandment;
    Don`t harm others without just cause.

    Anything more than that is unnecesary.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    or there is another possibility that Chris left out.

    that God exist, as evidenced by the fact that matter itself cannot be created nor destroyed so the very fact that it exist at all means that something outside of the normal laws of nature (God) must have acted to create matter. AND that man has completely misunderstood the message from God and perverted it completely for their own causes.
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    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm
    @jamie78 this is a matter of ignorance, and bias. First off, we only know of no ways to destroy/create matter, maybe millions of years down a civilization could figure it out. Second, just because thats your explanation, doesn`t mean there HAS to be a (God) who did it, you`re a fool if you really think that argument will ever hold up in a conversation with a person of intelligence.
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    Malakamike Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    @jamie76, so because we can`t explain it there has to be a GOD or higher power? How bout there are theories of parallel Universe`s and other poo that would blow your mind but religious people are to scared to learn the truth and explore possibilities and think heaven is real when it was made up by the Jewish people a long time ago. All Religion comes from the same stories, the story of Jesus has like 8 different versions before it that are exactly the same. For all we know we should worship a flying spaghetti monster because there is no right answer and that is the beauty of science, you just don`t know and religion tricks you into believing you know.
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    methelod Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Ah, the old argument that god exists because we do not know how the universe was created. I love it because it does not necessarily prove that god exists, merely reaffirms the fact that he MAY exist. Although yes the process that created the universe did not apply the same rules, maybe that which created it gave it new ones. Perhaps one day scientists will create a new universe with it`s own set of rules unique to itself and people will wonder if there is a god in there.
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    grindinblade Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    @jamie76 Not only do I disagree with your connection to not understanding something means it must be God, but the fact for your basis is flawed to begin with. We can and have destroyed matter, in the atomic bomb. First proposed by Einstein E=mc^2, allowed scientists to develop methods to destroy matter and perhaps, in the distant future, create it as well.
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    blacktoothgr Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    To jamie76
    dont be such a pessimist.
    "man has completely misunderstood the message from God and perverted it completely for their own causes."
    Man isnt so bad. Now if you want to talk perversion...the church perverts the bible to further its own causes. Now before anyone disagrees with me the only way you can win this argument is to prove that the work in the current bible has not been editted, was not a selection of the ancient texts available, oh ya and Christians following the words in there. If you want harm to come to your enemies, you cant exactly call yourselves christians -Bill MAher
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    I just had a penetrating Moment of Zen here: Do you think he ever resented being named "Christopher"?

    Do you think he ever got pi$$ed off enough to consider changing it, Malcolm X style?

    We shall never know...
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    "Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child." - Robert Heinlein
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    I`ve decided i`m going to tell people I worship the Norse Gods. When people ask why, I shall tell them `Well, your god was nailed to a cross, my god carries a hammer. Any questions?` Because fu*k religion.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 1:25 am
    RIP Hitch. You will be missed.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 3:47 am
    What kills me is that Christians would disregard their own Messiah`s commandments for the ones that suit him.
    I seem to recall a biblical story, where a pharisee, trying to trick Jesus says, "Which of God`s laws is most important?"
    Jesus`s reply? "There`s only one law: Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbour as you love yourself."
    Bam. There you have it folks...the whole tenant of the Christian teaching in one simple sentence. "Be good to each other." And all of his teachings surround that fact. All of his parables fall to that simple teaching. He even goes on to say that he`d (as God) would rather people do their best to help each other than to go to church every day, or even every week. He even identifies it by the story of the "prodigal son". Simple premise boy (man) leaves his father (God) to make his mark on the world. Boy (man) fails, and returns to his father (God) and asks for forgiveness. Father (God) for
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 3:57 am
    (cont) this is followed up by the story about the master (God) who gives his servants (man) a portion of his wealth (aka our soul). Time passes, and the first servant (man) says, "Well, I took your money, and I made a little bit...not much, but a little...so, here`s your money back." Second says, "I took your money, made a little more, so here`s your money back." The master (God) is pleased, and asks the third, and the third says, "Well, I was so worried about losing the money, so I hid it...here`s your money back." The master (God) is furious. Why? He got all his wealth back, but why be upset that the third one didn`t have any for himself? He was furious because the third servant did nothing with his gift other than fear retribution if he failed.
    I was raised in a Catholic environment. I`ve got a great deal of respect for the religion and its history...but, like so many other religions it fails on so many levels. It lays down too many laws that
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 4:03 am
    (cont) Do I believe that Jesus was the Messiah? I don`t know...he didn`t even make it clear himself. Even when he was condemned to death, and Pilate said, "You are the Son of God?" His reply was, "That`s what you call me." Not once did he claim to be the Messiah. Not once did he claim to be God. It was his followers that held him up in that regard. But, regardless, his teachings changed the world. And these teachings were simple: Be good to each other, m`kay? He even said, "Faith without works is empty." And he said that he`d rather have people helping each other than going to church paying lip service. And, early Christian church was just a gathering of followers to teach each other how to do the works. Now, it`s just a way for the preachers to bash you over the head and tell you you`re going to hell because you looked crossed-eyed at someone. Cherry picking what they want from the bible to build their own standing in the eyes of their "Go
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 21, 2011 at 5:31 am
    @Samsquanch: Not meaning to argue, but Jesus did say "I am the way, the truth and the light, without me there is no salvation". SOunds rather God-like to me, eh?

    But yeah, all religions have rules rules rules! That come from Men not God. Thus I`m a Deist, I don`t follow the rules of men (well, except non-religious ones) and trust that God is a nice guy.
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    NILE12 Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 6:21 am
    The bible and their hymns don`t even make sense to me.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    December 21, 2011 at 7:48 am
    I love this guy. I wish he could`ve lived longer.
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    DOUBLE_L7 Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 7:57 am
    Still prefer George Carlin`s version of the commandments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-RGN21TSGk
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    snakecharmer Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 8:16 am
    Christopher Hitchens = Leader of those who are not that experienced in life, and just loves to hear himself talk.

    He made no solid arguments in this video. Apparently conjecture and opinions influence the weak minded.
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Now these are 10 commandments I can get behind.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Leader of those who are not that experienced in life, and just loves to hear himself talk

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    Gr1ill3d Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 11:52 am
    snakecharmer
    Male, 18-29, Southern US

    SOUTHERN US... I am not shocked.

    He wasn`t trying to make any arguments. Maybe you should watch the video again and listen to what he says, instead of stopping it part way thru because it clashes with your belief?
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    OutWest Male 50-59
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    December 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm
    LOL... owned? Really? didn`t you mean pwned?
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    Aragnarok Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    Christopher Hitchens is to understanding the 10 commandments as Justin Beiber is to music, or Twilight is to movies or Dane Cook is to comedy.
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    snakecharmer Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    "because it clashes with your belief?"

    My beliefs have nothing to do with the fact that Mr. Hitchens` arguments are as valid as anyone else`s opinions. If I were a Christian bible thumper, agnostic, aithiest, or whatever, it would not change the fact that this whole video is silly, and all of you who sing his praises are silly as well.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    haha, patchgrabber wins

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