What about Fräulein Fritzl, in Austria? Whose father, unwilling to get out of the way, kept her in a dungeon where she didn’t see sunlight for twenty-four years. And came down most nights to rape and sodomize her, often in front of the children who were victims of the previous attacks and offenses… Imagine how she must have begged him. Imagine how she must have pleaded. Imagine for how long. Imagine how she must’ve prayed everyday. How she must have beseeched heaven. Imagine, for twenty-four years. And no, no answer at all. Nothing. NOTHING! Now, you say, “That’s alright that she went through that.” Because she’ll get a better deal in another life? Are you- I have to ask you if you can be morally or ethically serious and postulate such a question. “No, that had to happen, and heaven did watch it with indifference. Because it knows that that score will later on be settled. So it was well worth her going through it, she’ll have a better time next time.” I don’t see how you can look anyone, anyone in the face, or live with yourself, and say anything so hideously, wickedly immoral as that. Or even imply it.
Christopher Hitchens on Elisabeth Fritzl