Hitchens, whose best-seller "God Is Not Great" makes as forceful and persuasive a case against organized religion as you'll ever read, is always interesting to listen to. The downside to Hitchens is that, like many great debaters, he's better at scoring rhetorical points than he is at building strong, reasoned arguments. For instance, nobody made more eloquent or convincing denouncements of Saddam Hussein during the lead up to the Iraq War, though he failed to explain how his litany of (admittedly quite valid) complaints added up to a coherent reason to actually go to war.
There's a bit of that in his anti-organized religion writings, too, but you have to admire a man who says stuff like this:
The 'rape and lynch women for trying to be funny about Mohammed' community is entirely religious. The suicide-bombing community is not absolutely 100 percent religious, but it is pretty nearly 100 percent religious. The child-abuse and child-sexual-mutilation-of-genitals community is pretty exclusively religious. The "You must tell children they're going to Hell for minor infractions, to terrify them when they're little" community, which I believe to be child abuse, is exclusively religious. The "Bribe people with Heaven" community—that's not moral either—is exclusively religious. One could go on and on. Scientology is a religion. Now, secularism, I'm sorry, just isn't like that. You can be a secularist and a nihilist, or a secularist and a fascist, of course. Or an atheist and a fascist—not likely, most fascists are Catholics, but certainly you could be. You could be an atheist and a sadist, and a psychopath. But I think the connection would be much more contingent. And if you're an atheist, there's another immoral thing you're not doing, which is, you're not submitting to wish-thinking. You're not saying, "Things are true, or I believe things, not because they're true, but because they make me feel better."