USA I DAG: Hitch-22

I sidste uge skrev jeg en USA-klumme om Christopher Hitchens, hans nyudgivne erindringer og den foruroligende nyhed om hans kræftsygdom. Vi håber stadig på gode nyheder. Klummen kan læses online her. Erindringerne Hitch-22 kan købes fra Amazon.

Måske var det skæbnen, måske var det en forudanelse om kræftens fremmarch, der fik forfatteren Christopher Hitchens til at udgive sine erindringer allerede i en alder af 61. De gavmilde memoirer »Hitch-22«, der udkom i juni, kan blive en gravskrift for Hitchens, der i de sidste 40 år har været en af det engelske sprogs mest elegante og hårdkogte polemikere. Hitchens er i akut kemoterapi for kræft i spiserøret, og alle bogturnéer – også en tur til Danmark i efteråret – er aflyst. Den litterære verden holder vejret.

Watch What You Say

Christopher Hitchens on the new U.N. resolution on Defamation of Religion:

Rather than attempt to put its own house in order or to confront such other grave questions as the mass murder of Shiite Muslims by Sunni Muslims (and vice versa), or the desecration of Muslim holy sites by Muslim gangsters, or the discrimination against Ahmadi Muslims by other Muslims, the U.N. resolution seeks to extend the whole area of denial from its existing homeland in the Islamic world into the heartland of post-Enlightenment democracy where it is still individuals who have rights, not religions. See where the language of Paragraph 10 of the resolution is taking us. Having briefly offered lip service to the rights of free expression, it goes on to say that “the exercise of these rights carries with it special duties and responsibilities and may therefore be subject to limitations as are provided for by law and are necessary for respect of the rights or reputations of others, protection of national security or of public order, public health or morals and respect for religions and beliefs.” The thought buried in this awful, wooden prose is as ugly as the language in which it is expressed: Watch what you say, because our declared intention is to criminalize opinions that differ with the one true faith. Let nobody say that they have not been warned.