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Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine To Debate "God Is Not Great" Author Christopher Hitchens

Megadeth frontman and founding member Dave Mustaine has announced that he will appearing on Fox News on April 15th, to engage in a debate with author, journalist and outspoken atheist, Christopher Hitchens. Mustaine, who is very outspoken about his Christian beliefs, claims that Hitchens is no more than a bully and his criticism of Christianity is “cruel” and “mean.” A message from Mustaine reads as follows:

"I feel it is my GOD given right to defend Christianity from hacks like Hitchens, who make their thirty pieces of silver by judging our Lord. Who the hell does he think he is? Just because he wrote a book saying why he thinks there is no God, doesn’t make it true! Don’t believe everything you read! As it says in Bible, 'Beware of false prophets.' Though, I do agree with his criticisms of every other religion.

"I’m looking forward to meeting Christopher and giving him a verbal ass kicking the likes of which he’s never known. If he’s so smart, how does he explain the tides going in and out? Exactly, you can’t! See ya in two weeks Chris!"

Christopher Hitchens has responded by saying that this debate may well be one of the more interesting of his long and illustrious career, stating:

"In my time as a writer and guest speaker, I have debated with Rabbis, Imams, priests of many denominations and most recently, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, but I have yet to cross swords over religious matters with a heavy metal musician. This will certainly be an entertaining meeting, though I highly doubt it’ll be a particularly challenging one. It’s also fascinating to me that a man who was criticised a few decades ago by censorship groups who accused him of being Satanic, is now taking a stand for the so called diminishing rights of Christians in America, which is the primary reason I agreed to the discussion. I look forward to the contention between myself and Mr. Mustaine."

The autobiographies of both Dave Mustaine and Christopher Hitchens, along with other work by the latter including the best selling, "God Is Not Great," are available now at Amazon and all good book stores.

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1. hellrat writes:

Ha ha! classic, man!

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# Apr 1, 2011 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R Tenney writes:

Yea and in other news Megadeth to headline world tour with openers Rotting Christ and Watain.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 12:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. happyloon writes:

don't believe everything you read ! ? what the f*** ? you read the bible ! you are an idiot , hope hitch eats you for breakfast , we will have a better future when your kind die out

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Nat writes:

Loving the Penn & Teller: Bullsh**! clip.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Fish writes:

"If he’s so smart, how does he explain the tides going in and out."

Damn man, I just about p***ed myself when I read that! Good one Oz!

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. B writes:

Don't believe everything you read: exactly the kind of thinking you should have when reading the bible.

Gravitational pull from the moon and the rotation of the earth is responsible for the movement of the tides.

Hitchens...is going to slaughter this lamb.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MetalFan420 writes:

This is exactly what i would expect of MegaDave. He is such a shining example of how a good christian should be...did you not hear him preach his message of peace and love to the crowd in that clip? and how about the times he overdosed shooting heroin between his toes?..god bless you Dave! also good use of Penn & Teller! there will be no world peace until there is no religion

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 3:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. c0sm0 writes:

You guys all realize what day it is right?

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MetalFan420 writes:

lol im sure most people know it is april fools but it is so believable!

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BarzOnTheWindow writes:

@MetalFan420 "Just because an opinion is widely held, is no evidence WHATSOEVER, that it is not COMPLETELY ABSURD!" -Bertrand Russel. Now then, the idea that "there will be no world peace until there's no Religion," is foolishness. "...But-but more people have been killed in the name of GOD than ANYTHING else, EVER...!" -or did I guess wrong at what your response would be? -Doubt it! Name your LEAST conservative # of people killed in the name of God ...now compare it to the # of people killed in the name of human secularism that DWARFS your least conservative # of people killed in the name of God. China 70 million, Russia, better than 30 million -all human secularists (atheists) I could go on and on, but I doubt the truth will register! (There's a BIG difference between being taught WHAT to think, and being taught HOW to think!) -My condolences...

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 4:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Mai writes:

is that just april fool ?

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Ho Ho Ho Syndrome writes:

athiesm is madness.

There is no proof and evidence to prove atheism is accurate and correct, if there was I'd be an atheist. Dave is on the side of evidence, only difference is some people choose to deny evidence and mock things they can't see.

hitchens is just another failure of an angry soul.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MetalAtheist writes:

All you need is the quote Mustaine says, "[...] Though I do agree with his criticisms of every other religion" thats Christianity in a nutshell for you, 'Say whatever you want about OTHER religions but if you come near mine I'll bite your head off.'

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 6:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. xFiruath writes:

Damn, we've got hire #12 to write April Fools stories for next year. That was a fantastic straight faced April Fools post!

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. scottygman writes:

Just because he wrote a book saying why he thinks there is no God, doesn’t make it true! Don’t believe everything you read! As it says in Bible, 'Beware of false prophets.'

As in April Fools People!

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 8:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Rob writes:

I think some are seriously underestimating Dave Mustaine.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. JayTee writes:

I isn't about 'underestimating' Dave. It's that, if this debate actually existed, being on the side of religion is a huge handicap because you need to convince people that these imaginary tales are real, and do so without any evidence whatsoever.

When the dynamic is 1-vs-1 against someone who hasn't been indoctrinated / coerced via being isolated in an area populated with religious types, religion has no power, and no evidence, and is logically impossible to defend.

Anyone believing in something with no evidence whatsoever is a fool. How can anyone say with a straight face that the bible is more valid than Dyanetics for the sole reason that it was written first?

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 9:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Planeswalker writes:

God dont you just love religious rants (: and i sure hope #12 was joking.

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. lol writes:

"Just because he wrote a book saying why he thinks there is no God, doesn’t make it true! Don’t believe everything you read! As it says in Bible..."

This is an April fool's joke, right?

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 12:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Metal-Martian writes:

Hitchens will clean your clock,He is a MasterDebater..I know it's an April Fool's joke,'cause Mean Mr.Mustaine is too cool to be 'schooled' about the truth,he's the sanctimonious type..Kerry King was correct when he called him a 'hypocrite,a dictator,-an a$$hole.'

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. dirty lenny writes:

Oh how I wish this were true! What a f-ing riot this would be. Happy April fools' day to you all.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 2:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. B writes:

Okay, fellas, it's obviously an April Fools' Day bit. Hitchens would never write "cross swords," nor a lot of the other terrible prose contained in article's quote.

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 6:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. MetalFan420 writes:

@BarzOnTheWindow good try there buddy..you almost got through to me but fell short! dont forget to let mommy tuck you in at night!

# Apr 2, 2011 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Happyloon writes:

Is this April fools , I thought so , but really hoping it's not , I think it would be the funniest debate ever , please be true , I bought popcorn ;)

# Apr 3, 2011 @ 6:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. tiktaalik writes:

Poor old Dave. Can never dismiss his talent, an absolute genius musician. But it surely speaks volumes that the drug abused mind of a troubled man in the fantasy world of entertainment can be taken in by religious delusion. You never know, if he actually listens to Hitch (what a privilege by the way), he may have a chance of understanding a little more. Lets hope at the very least he manages grasps how the moon pulls our oceans around. You never know, he might then have a chat with Nicko, another one in need of some guidance :)

# Apr 4, 2011 @ 4:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Ho Ho Ho Syndrome writes:

#12 back... and I wasn't joking.

Please provide proof and evidence that atheism is accurate and correct. No one on the planet has been able to do so as of yet (you can see a lot of failures on this topic via YouTube).... give it your best shot you got nothing to lose.

Please don't answer by saying something dope like "Atheism is just a disbelief in a god, we don't need proof" that's idiocy and doesn't provide anything. The humanistic religion of atheism has failed to provide any proof or evidence for it's religion. (yes it is a religion you believe in it and follow it and you seem to fight really hard for it when there is nothing to show for it)

If I'm going to dedicate my life to atheism, you better have some real hard evidence otherwise why would I follow that blindly... seriously why would I waste my time following something that has no proof or evidence?

Let's see what level of real intelligence we have around here.

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^The same can (and is) said about organized religion on a daily basis. What proof do you have of your "god"? Good, now STFU and GTFO before xFiruath lays the Atheist smack down on your a$$. You have been warned...

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. R Tenney writes:

Think ill just straddle the fence as an Agnostic! No proof either or! Still searching for answers though!I admit I'm a Sally atheist.

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Blindgreed1 writes:

I'm an ancient alien theorist myself.

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. hellrat writes:

Goddamnit now, People!! Hear ye, hear Ye all !!!

ONLY I (ME) know the fvcking goddamned TRUTH of these mighty mind bending metaphysical matters, and I sure as hellfire ain't fvckin tellin any of you sorry bastards!!!

tuff luck, eh!!! but Secrets is Secrets, and I ain't no goddamned rat!!

well, ahhh...ummm...errr.........so ya, OK, anyways !!

:)

NP---Indoctrined Modes of Belief are For Fvcking Suckers---Tommy Tomfool and the WAY Left in Outerspace No Jive Jammers

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. R Tenney writes:

Seriously HR I'm definitely laughing my a$$ off at that! None of that lol stuff! I'm really laughing. Humor! I love it. Try not to take any of this sh** too seriously folks! I love that ancient alien show btw!

# Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Diamond Oz writes:

"If I'm going to dedicate my life to atheism"

That's just it, most atheists don't dedicate their lives to atheism. Whether you want to admit it or not, atheism is not a religion. There are no set in stone rules, no songs to learn and we don't have a special building where we gather once a week to compare clothing.

"we don't need proof"

What? We do need proof if we are to turn from skeptics to believers.

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 7:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. hellrat writes:

No, no Oz, you've got it all backwerts mate....what you need is some good old fashioned, blind, FAITH!!!

Baaa-aa! Baa-aaa!! Yessa! I DO believe!! Snow fvckin White and the Purple Crystal Chalice of Babylon!! Heil!! baaa-aaa!!!

R10...at your service, brother!

NP---Eye Market---Black Uhuru

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 11:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. americanpatriot1 writes:

Christianity and Atheism. Both exist, yet there is no proof positive of which one is correct. There is no proof that God exists, yet there is no proof that he doesn't. It's just a matter of faith. Though I do find it a bit ironic that most christians are tolerant of atheist's beliefs, yet most atheist's call christians stupid. Just sayin.

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 12:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Diamond Oz writes:

"Though I do find it a bit ironic that most christians are tolerant of atheist's beliefs, yet most atheist's call christians stupid."

Depends who you're talking to. I take the piss but I have no problem with people believing in Christianity, Islam, etc. Some atheists are arrogant but there are ALOT of mouthy Christians in the world. For a recent example, after the disasters in Japan, a group of Christians gathered in my town centre shouting about how they deserved it and so on for not following god. Similarly, there was that preacher who appeared on television claiming that Haiti had made a deal with the devil and the earthquake they suffered was god's wrath. These are just examples and of course they don't represent all Christians, but I've yet to hear an atheist say something that horrible.

Here in the U.K., because so many of us are atheists or agnostics, religion really isn't that big an issue. You'll rarely find atheists mouthing off about Christians because they don't feel the need, unless they run into dumbass groups like the one I mentioned earlier, then we pretty much just laugh it off or engage in civilised debate, no superiority complex. An atheist can have a drink with a Christian here without a single word being brought up about the subject. As I understand it, religion is a much bigger part of life in the States, which may be why Christians and Atheists take their differences to disgust/distrust/hatred etc.

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. MD writes:

americanpatriot1 makes a good point. I wonder why that is too.... for some people that apparently don't believe in God they sure spend a lot of time being hung up on it and telling those that do how stupid and whatever name calling they can acheive meanwhile I look at an atheist and say "who cares, believe what you will" in the end the truth will find us all!

Why are atheists so angry? HA HA HA... see Blindgreed1 for a bit of this evidence. Seriously, I'm not angry at them, yet I see so much anger to people who challenge their religon and why they believe what they do so blindly, uh yep it's a religion too folks!

I have not seen one person make a case for atheism, why would someone or myself want to join that religion, club, group if you have no proof or evidence to justify it's purpose?

Christianity has much evidence, Christ is a historical figure, there is far more depth in it if people actually researched. Dismissing the evidence that is out there (when you actually research it) because you refuse to accept anything that may go against your worldview is not an acceptable position, it's weak.

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^ I'm angry? LMFAO! You assume a lot. "Christ is a historical figure", really? So was Elvis Presley. That proves nothing. AP1 and I happen to be good friends. I respect the fact that he's a Christian and has his own beliefs and he does the same for me. You won't see anyone making "a case" for atheism because athiests aren't out knocking on peoples doors tring to recruit non-believers and get their hands into someone's pocket. They leave that up to the "Christians". There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that Christ was the son of god, yet billions of people like you believe that he was based on blind faith. I guess what i'm trying to say here is hello pot... Meet kettle.

# Apr 13, 2011 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. americanpatriot1 writes:

Oz brought up a good point about some things "Christians" do. The people spouting off about Japan and Haiti? Those were not christians. Those were angry dissillusioned zealots who have only a thin grasp on reality. My best friend was a full blown Satanist for a long time. He refers to himself nowadays as a pagan. His brother is a reverend who performed his wedding. All three of us have 3 different beliefs, yet we respect each other enough to acknowledge and sometimes inquire about what makes us different and alike all at the same time. I don't crap on anyone for their beliefs, whatever they may be. We are the same folks, we all have to wipe our asses, and we're all gonna die. It's just nice when people can put aside the differences and have a chuckle and a beer at the similarities. I'm out.

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