I never heard Hitchens give a sincere answer to Dennis Prager's challenge, and I wanna know y'all's thoughts on it.

2021.09.26 17:01 Ramza_Claus I never heard Hitchens give a sincere answer to Dennis Prager's challenge, and I wanna know y'all's thoughts on it.

So, I'm a huge fan of Christopher Hitchens. His courage and wit will likely never be replaced. But one thing kinda bugs me.
During a conversation, Dennis Prager presented this challenge to Hitch:
"Imagine you're in a city where you've never been before. It's late at night and you're walking alone down a sidewalk when a group of young men begins to walk toward you. Would you feel better or worse if you learned these young men had just come from a prayer meeting?"
Hitchens response was usual witty style and he says that he'd had that experience in Belgrade, Bethlehem, Budapest, Bombay and other cities that start with B, and he says that when you're in that situation, you know exactly how fast you should run from these men who just left a prayer meeting.
I believe that. If I saw a group of young men who had just come from some religious gathering late at night in Budapest, I would probably avoid them.
Yet I can't help but feel that Hitch sorta dodged the spirit of Prager's question.
Prager obviously meant a US city. What about Baltimore? Boston? Or Brainerd, MN?
What would YOUR answer be?
If you were in Baltimore and it was late and dark and you saw 6-8 young men who were walking out of a church, would you feel less threatened to know these guys were coming from church? What if they were walking out of their local Secular Humanist meeting spot?
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