Mel Gibson on Christopher Hitchens: 'He's an Atheist, Right?'

By Jeffrey Goldberg

In honor of Christopher Hitchens, whose memorial is today, I present the ineffable Mel Gibson on the subject of our hero. This is from my interview with Gibson, posted last year, on his now-blessedly stalled Judah Maccabee biopic spectacular:

I mentioned to Gibson the Hitchens critique of Judah Maccabee. Hitchens argues, in essence, "No Judah, no Jesus," that Judaism at the time (2,100 years ago or so) would simply have been swamped by assimilationist forces, and would have disappeared before the birth of Jesus. And if Jesus had not been born into a traditional Jewish household... well, you can figure out  the rest.

"I can see where Hitchens is coming from, but he's pretty puny in his thoughts, because he left out one vital ingredient," Gibson said, "and that is that God can do what he damn well pleases! No matter what the Greeks did! And you know, he doesn't bring that into consideration. I think he thinks that way because he might be an atheist. He's an atheist, right?"

Right.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/mel-gibson-on-christopher-hitchens-hes-an-atheist-right/256180/