„Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.“
— Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
2000s, 2003, 2003-10-20 Mommie Dearest Slate 1091-2339 http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2003/10/mommie_dearest.html, quoted in Michael Shermer, "The Skeptic's Skeptic," Scientific American, November 2010, p. 86. Variant: "What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." in * 2004 February/March http://secularhumanism.org/library/fi/hitchens_24_2.html Less than Miraculous Free Inquiry 0272-0701 24 "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." appears by itself in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007). Translation of the Latin phrase "Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.".