The matter of the freedom of speech and expression is not just at the heart of economic growth but also of development. I make no apologies about my unconditional and eternal support of free inquiry, speech, and expression. If the exercise of free speech offends someone, then that person belongs to a lower order of existence than that of a human. I have written about the absolute necessity of the freedom of speech. Among the many reasons for my distaste for monotheism is that it prohibits free speech, free expression and free inquiry. By its very nature, monotheism is totalitarian and dictatorial and hence it is anathema to me.
I have had my disagreements with Hitchens, of course. His endorsement of the invasion of Iraq by neocons I vehemently reject. Better sense did prevail over him. It was a momentary lapse of reason. No one is infallible, and we all make mistakes. But I endorse Hitches without reservations on his take of the evils of monotheism, and I place him in the company of the greats such as Gore Vidal and V. S. Naipaul.
There is little gained by not listening to one of the greatest polemicists of our age talk about free speech and the evils of monotheism, Mr Christopher Hitchens. Go watch the video.