Quick disclaimer: This event is not scheduled with an agenda to wage war on organized religion nor should anyone RSVPing think it is. With this said, please do not sign up or post messages below if you believe there is no room for discussion. Cited resources are distributed more-or-less equally both pro & con.
Nothing appears more untouchable than the Holocaust and Mother Teresa. When it comes to Holocaust denying, the proof of occurrence is there for all to see in all of its horror, yet some wish to silence these people denying the obvious and demand they be imprisoned.
Norman Finkelstein isn't one of them.
However as both a Jew and the son of two parents who spent time in concentration camps, Finkelstein believes and has documented that sometimes the discussion of the Holocaust has been hijacked by Jewish organizations and the State of Israel for selfish purposes.
It's not easy being green as Kermit the Frog once sang and neither is it easy remaining employed (Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul U as a result of outside influences) if your opinion goes against the grain, is it?
The same holds true for the late author and iconoclast Christopher Hitchens who dared to question the motives of one Mother Teresa as well as those he believed she appeared to answer to.
What happens when we're merely a voice in crowd?
Does our opinion matter any less?
Is it good to be unpopular and spread unpopular ideas?
What of the response of the power structures that both men wish to deflower?
Is the intensity of the attacks because both people are horrible liars or because their conclusions may just have a basis in fact?
What other unpopular people or entities throughout history come to mind who have been subject to marginalization, ridicule and potentially injury and death?
http://bit.ly/1myUCxQ (Norman Finkelstein documentary)(90 minutes)
http://bit.ly/Pircc6 (Hitchens in short debate)(6 minutes)
http://bit.ly/1jAH2u1 (Mother Theresa documentary) (25 minutes)
http://bit.ly/1s7QoRR (Penn + Teller talk about Hitchens/Mother Theresa)
http://slate.me/1fMMchC (Hitchens authored article)
http://bit.ly/1dd6Agj (Hitchens in Slate)
http://amzn.to/1oqknVD (Amazon reader reviews of Hitchen's book)
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2. Be on time
3. Stay on topic
4. Speak to the moderator to reply and not to the last speaker if you disagree.
5. Read and watch the materials before attending for context and understanding.
6. Be ready to talk. This is a "no wallflower" zone.
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