Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christopher Hitchens vs. Tariq Ramadan: Is Islam a Religion of Peace? (Clip)

October 5, 2010 at the 92nd Street Y
Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan Debate: Is Islam a Religion of Peace? Moderated by Laurie Goodstein.

With the Obama administration in its nascent years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proving as intractable as ever, relations with Iran reaching a boiling point and the political landscape changing rapidly both in the United States and the Middle East, wrestling with the issue of Islam is more crucial than ever and will be a defining feature of the 21st century. In the clip here, famous atheist and prolific author Christopher Hitchens and the accomplished and controversial scholar Tariq Ramadan debate one of the most pertinent questions of our modern age.


  1. They (the various faiths) all preach that they are the religion of peace, morality and civility. That of course is as nonsensicle as their various belief systems, but it does seem to be a desire adopted by the deluded. I suppose to be percieved as peaceful is a positive thing. All one need do though is look at the news. It's not buddists flying planes into buildings, it not crazed catholics or angry anglicans, it's islamic extremists. The left hand is preaching peace while the right hand is having a murderous old time. For the sake of real enduring peace, lets file religious superstitions away in a locked safe and throw away the key.

  2. As usual Christopher delivers power punches that strike home .... Im damn glad to see him in better form health wise as well.

  3. Anyone have the full discussion?

  4. I too would like to see the full conversation. Not being from New York I never had the chance to go and see Mr. Hitchens speak....
    Perhaps the 92 st Y will be so kind as to post it maybe? :)