15 Oct 2007
"I continue to believe that Islam is entitled to as much (or, if you are a Hitchensite, as little) respect as any other long-established religion with several hundred million followers. "
Why do you believe this? Because it is an Act of Faith in your private church that Islam is just exactly like, poses exactly the same threat to the wellbeing of non-Muslims, as do all other systems of belief that, for want of some other term, we call "religions"?
Or is it that into each life, including that of recently-minted atheists lazily nostalgic for the old days, a little credo-quia-absurdum still must fall?