Quote of the Day: Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

With a warning against taking "moral code in tablet form"

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Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color. Do not ever use people as private property ... Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature--why would God create so many homosexuals only in order to torture and destroy them? ... Turn off that fucking cell phone--you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above. In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form.

-Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, on updating the Ten Commandments

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