05 March 2010

Share Your Faith Question #8: "The New Commandments"

"The New Commandments"

In a piece for the April 2010 issue of Vanity Fair, writer Christopher Hitchens revises the Ten Commandments for the 21st century. Hitchens' guidelines to live by:

1. Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.

2. Do not ever use people as private property.

3. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.

4. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.

5. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature.

6. Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.

7. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.

8. Turn off that f*cking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us.

9. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.

10. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.

This week's question: Do you agree with Hitchens commandments? Are there any you'd add?

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