Tonight's Program's panellists
Christopher Hitchens - author and atheist
Waleed Aly - Muslim lawyer and academic
Father Frank Brennan - Catholic priest
Sally Warhaft - former editor of The Monthly
Anne Henderson - biographer and commentator
Well, I'm here....
STFU Anne Henderson - let Hitchens talk. You too, Tone.
Waleed Aly - give the man a medal. islam and Christianity are different. Bugger me, I never noticed.
Aly says islam has no rules, has no laws... it's an ongoing conversation.
Brrr. Aly talking at Hitchens, Hitchen's response is, um, icy would be a good descriptor of it.
Shock. I'm in shock!
Hitchens seems to be asked all the questions, but Tone won't let him answer. He interrupts and says that the panel should have a go first.
Hurrah! Roman Polanski question. "Should artists/celebrities be excused paedophilia because they are celebs/artists."
Aly says Polanski should be bought to book.
Loudmouth tells us that it's all changed now. (France drops support for Polanski)
Well said, Hitchens.
Question about Palestine and Israel. What's needed? About Israel having a bomb, and Iran having a bomb. What does the panel think? (paraphrased)
Warhaft. Good words.
Blah blah blah.
Hitchens answered the question well, "Are you happy for a regime which devalues women, and so on, to have a nuclear weapon."
Blast, I missed the stoush between Hitchens and a woman from Tehran.