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Wall Street tolerance

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 03, 2004

A man who can do an extended smear on Mother Teresa is capable of anything, so you shouldn't be surprised that when Christopher Hitchens writes on the same-sex "marriage" debate, he comes out with lines like this:

I know that our theocratic enemies are, and that our former totalitarian enemies were, ugly and paranoid on the point.
and this:
When I become bored or irritated by the gay marriage battle -- and I do, I sometimes do -- I like to picture the writhing faces and hoarse yells of the mullahs and the fanatics.
What's surprising-- and more than a bit unsettling-- is that those lines appear in an op-ed column published in today's Wall Street Journal. Overt expressions of contempt for social conservatives, and attempts to demonize Christians, are becoming acceptable to the American financiall establishment.

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Mar. 09, 2004 11:47 PM ET USA

    Wow. "Sick in his mind, sick in his soul," as Bailey Sr. said of Potter. Hitchens sounds like someone who may end up in an institution. Re-reading his last sentence made me wonder if he tortures his cat after he gets done enjoying those writhing faces he likes to imagine.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 03, 2004 9:59 AM ET USA

    I do recall Christ throwing the money changers out of the temple. Now that Robert Bartley is deceased, I think that you are going to see more of this type of smear masquerading as reasoned thought.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Mar. 03, 2004 9:50 AM ET USA

    Hitchens, a once staple of The Nation, is indeed an odd sort to appear in the pages of the WSJ. I suspect that they publish his screed because of his position on Iraq. But the WSJ like the NRO, which also features Hitchens, is a leaky ship of sanity. It stands to reason that when you sail a ship in a growing social ocean of scum that some will leak in. As for Islam, it's a patient beast, waiting outside Hitchen's little warm circle of Western civilization--as the fire starts to grow cooler.

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