Intolerant Christopher Hitchens Accuses Tony Perkins of "Intolerance" over National Day of Prayer - Video
Here is video of Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, and atheist Christopher Hitchens debating the issue of whether it is appropriate for there to be a "National Day of Prayer" in the United States. Hitchens opposes the existence of such a day, even as he accused Tony Perkins of "intolerance." Watch the clip and see who you think is being intolerant here.
Yet, it is Hitchens who is opposed to all things religious. Perkins rightly and effectively pointed out repeatedly that the practice of having "National Days of Prayer" goes all the way back to George Washington and the other founders of our nation. No one is compelled to pray, nor is their any proscription as to what kind of prayer is to be offered. But it is a recognition of the role faith has played in the founding and preservation of our nation.
It is politically-correct in America today to be anti-Christian or anti-religious. That is not considered to be "intolerant." People like Hitchens ignore the fact that the First Amendment was primarily placed there to "protect the free exercise" of religion, and to keep the government from establishing a state church that would dominate and persecute all others.
Opponents of faith and religion today are trying to use the First Amendment to erase all vestiges of religion from our public life. That is clearly NOT what the founders intended by the First Amendment, as evidenced by their own public displays of faith and prayer.