Modern Britain doesn’t believe in punishment. It doesn’t believe in punishment (and this view is common even among supposed conservatives) because it doesn’t believe in personal responsibility. Otherwise intelligent people, for instance, accept concepts composed of baloney and bunkum, such as the almost universal belief in physical ‘addiction’ to various drugs and pleasures. Or they prose on about ‘rehabilitation’, a concept never defined and so impossible to disprove (but in fact non-existent). Then there are the widespread beliefs that people are fat, or have sexual or other tastes they can’t control, because of genetic determination.
As in so much of modern life, these absurdities flourish because of the almost total collapse of serious Christian belief and understanding, which has left a vast uncultivated wasteland in which all kinds of nonsense, from astrology to Trotskyism, flourish like mental bindweed.
The lack of personal responsibility we see in the UK is down to a large part to christianity. Things like avoiding harsh facts, which criminals do so well, because harsh facts hurt. Avoiding harsh facts is effectively modern christianity in action.
So all you are doing is refusing to take responsibility for christians lying to themselves and others, while projecting your refusal to take responsibility for yourself onto other people. People who do not share a belief system that does not involves lying to oneself to make themselves feel good.
Hitchens just blew a few irony meters methinks.
Maybe you have urges to be sanctimonious that you cannot control due to a genetic determination....