December 2, 2010

Christopher Hitchens Is My Hero

Richard Dawkins, The Guardian

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I'm not much given to straight, irony-free hero-worship. The last time I did a "heroes and villains" piece I chose Pope John Paul II as hero, on the grounds that he was doing everything possible to discredit the appalling institution of which he was head. Fatuously, the newspaper (not this one) ruined the joke by titling it not "Richard Dawkins chooses the pope as his hero" but "Richard Dawkins on the dubious heroism of the pope" (like those Victorian Punch cartoons whose captions drove the joke into the ground by painstakingly explaining it).

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