13 December 2012

"Religious belief is a totalitarian belief. It is the wish to be a slave. It is the desire that there be an unalterable, unchallengeable, tyrannical authority who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep, who can subject you - who must, indeed, subject you - to total surveillance around the clock every waking and sleeping minute of your life - I say, of your life - before you're born and, even worse and where the real fun begins, after you're dead. A celestial North Korea. Who wants this to be true? Who but a slave desires such a ghastly fate? I've been to North Korea. It has a dead man as its president, Kim Jong-Il is only head of the party and head of the army. He's not head of the state. That office belongs to his deceased father, Kim Il-Sung. It's a necrocracy, a thanatocracy. It's one short of a trinity I might add. The son is the reincarnation of the father. It is the most revolting and utter and absolute and heartless tyranny the human species has ever evolved. But at least you can fucking die and leave North Korea!"

Christopher Hitchens

1 comment:

dmarks said...

Interesting that he mentions North Korea, which has as its official reiigion a sect of the late Hitchens' faith.

In fact, if you look at human misery and death, atheism is the worst religion of human history. The excesses of the Crusades, Inquisition, etc when all added up don't even total the massive pile of skulls built up by just one of the great Atheist leaders, Mao Zedong.