I know he's top-of-the-list in my sidebar, but I'm going to use another post to push readers toward Christopher Hitchens' latest essay. In Slate today, he calls our attention to the dismaying trend of hightened religiosity in our nation's highest court. I'm a former Catholic, steeped for eight years in the tepid water of the faith. I witnessed first-hand the impotent mediocrity of the cult, so I take a dim view of paranoid fantasies of popes pulling the strings in Washington. But Hitchens--as always--has a point. Why can't we wise up and see how little religion has to offer humanity?