Hitchens talks about North Korea not being an atheist state
Check out minute 5:10 when Hitchens starts talking about how North Korea is anything but an atheist state. Religious people are often confused by this: they believe if no official religion is endorsed by the state that it necessarily means the country is itself atheistic. What they fail to realize is it is the State that is itself a religion. Kim Jong Il has claimed that his birth was foretold by a swallow, and heralded by the appearance of a double rainbow over the mountain and a new star in the heavens. The fact his dead father is still the leader of a country tells you that something extremely fishy is going on here.
Personality cults are nothing new. Hitler felt similarly that the state itself should be a type of religion, with him as it’s perfect leader. As my more educated and rational readers may already know, atheism is merely the rejection of God or any other supernatural force, and not any specific endorsement of morality. Most of the atheists I know are humanists, a belief I can safely say Kim-Jong-il has no real interest in. Still, religious people will keep throwing him in our face as a typical example of what so-called atheist states are capable of. Luckily, smart people like Christopher will be there to clarify everything.