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Cancer-stricken Hitchens says his 'time' is coming ... receive(s) TX atheism award [shortened]
Mail Online (UK) ^ | 10th October 2011 | John Stevens

Posted on 10/11/2011 1:30:41 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

Christopher Hitchens said that his 'time' is coming as he made his first public appearance in months...The controversial writer and fervent atheist, who is suffering from oesophagus cancer, attended the Atheist Alliance of America conference in Texas where he was presented an award by Richard Dawkins.

The 62-year-old said that he had been determined to attend the conference because of the state's Bible Belt devotion. Receiving the Richard Dawkins Freethinker of the Year Award, Hitchens looked gaunt and his voice was soft. ... During his speech Hitchens said that he appreciated the fact that Texas governor Rick Perry had been open about his faith and his desire to inject fundamentalism into public life, reported the Houston Chronicle...."[W]e do need to stick up for ourselves, especially in a place like Texas, where they have laws, I think, that if you don't believe in Jesus Christ you can't run for sheriff.'

After being asked by an eight-year-old girl what books she should read, he recommended Dawkins' Magic of Reality, Greek and Roman myths, anything satirical by Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, PG Wodehouse, David Hume, and Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

... Although he gave up cigarettes in 2008 after claiming to have had an epiphany, he once said he could 'drink enough every day to kill or stun the average mule'.

... He notably tried, along with fellow campaigning atheist Richard Dawkins, to have the Pope arrested when he visited Britain for what they allege was his complicity in covering up child sex abuse in the Catholic church.

Twice married, last year he announced he had gay relations with two ministers in Margaret Thatcher's government while he was at Oxford University but refused to name them.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: askgodhitch; atheist; dawkins; hitchens; texans
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My hypothesis is that our brother Hitch may enjoy a paradoxical advantage. At one smelly low point in his otherwise stellar writing career, he devoted himself to trashing, maligning, and sliming Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He said things about her that are too filthy to be quoted.

However, I'm confident that Mother T is snug in the inside vest pocket of the Good Lord right now. And I've got more-than-a-moderate hunch she's praying her heart out for Hitch's well-being and redemption.

Because hey, that's what Saints do.

So Hitch has an advocate in One High Place who is beseeching the One and Only Lover of Mankind for the One Thing Necessary.

Hitch, my friend, you like irony, don't you? Go for it. One enormous change at the last minute, and a fine giddy irony you can relish for eternity.

Let us pray.

1 posted on 10/11/2011 1:30:52 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Sadly for Mr. Hitchens he will soon see that his lifelong denial of God will result in an eternal denial by God.


2 posted on 10/11/2011 1:37:58 PM PDT by SailormanCGA72
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I think you could be right. Yes, let’s pray for him.


3 posted on 10/11/2011 1:39:11 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I find it ironic that people like Hitchens call themselves “Freethinkers.”

they are quite the opposite. Unlike agnostics or people who simply say “I don’t know,” atheists insist there is no greater power of any kind, nor is there absolutely anything which connects all human spirits - indeed, they deny the human soul even exists.

its a very arrogant, backward, absolutist position - quite the opposite of “free thinking.”


4 posted on 10/11/2011 1:42:10 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

And his brother is praying for him, too. There is always hope, up to the last minute.


5 posted on 10/11/2011 1:42:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Prayers for Hitch. May he find salvation.

Although I disagree with almost everything he says, thinks or writes, he's a guy I wouldn't mind spending time with at the pub. He's always acerbic, entertaining and just as sure of his beliefs as I am of mine.

6 posted on 10/11/2011 1:43:01 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Very well said.


7 posted on 10/11/2011 1:43:36 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I always feel really bad for the lost. I pray that he finds redemption before his last breath. I don’t wish anything else for anyone, not really. I don’t understand such public statements in the face of death, but I suppose he has his reasons. God bless you, Mr. Hitchens. My prayers also for his family.


8 posted on 10/11/2011 1:44:22 PM PDT by brytlea (Wake me when it's over...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hardened Heart !

There’s still time, Hitch. Not much, but still time.


9 posted on 10/11/2011 1:44:53 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: SailormanCGA72

Yup, there are two kinds of people, those who say to God “thy will be done” and those to whom God says “thy will be done.” Hitchens will get what he wants, we all do in the end.


10 posted on 10/11/2011 1:45:12 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
After being asked by an eight-year-old girl what books she should read, he recommended Dawkins' Magic of Reality, Greek and Roman myths, anything satirical by Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, PG Wodehouse, David Hume,

Hume was an irrational skeptic. He concluded that neither the senses nor reason can yield reliable knowledge. He also concluded that man is a helpless creature caught in an unintelligible universe.

11 posted on 10/11/2011 1:45:20 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I agree. I will pray for Hitchens.


12 posted on 10/11/2011 1:46:24 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

All dressed up and no place to go


13 posted on 10/11/2011 1:46:57 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Lord have mercy. Hitch: Repent.


14 posted on 10/11/2011 1:48:04 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: clintonh8r
he's a guy I wouldn't mind spending time with at the pub

I'd rather drink in the basement with my cats, thanks. I don't like being around angry, desperate people who project the filth in their own souls onto everyone around them.

What Hitchens said about Mother Teresa puts him beyond the pale of decent people, if they are aware of it, just as (to name another homosexual unfortunate) Elton John's promotion of debauching little boys should make him a pariah to all but his own kind.

15 posted on 10/11/2011 1:48:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I do not wish an untimely death to any man and that includes the strident atheist, Christopher Hitchens. However, when Hitchen’s life is over, he will finally know the truth and will receive what he has earned. God knows exactly what that is but scripture leaves no doubt. We can only pray that Hitchens obeys the Gospel, repents and accepts salvation while he still can, but I am not optimistic. What an unnecessary loss of a soul who could have eternal life in heaven but instead, values hedonism and the approval of mortal men more than the approval of God and His rewards, which are eternal and incorruptible.


16 posted on 10/11/2011 1:51:13 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Tax-chick

But then you wouldn’t have a chance to challenge his often-warped point of view. (Or punch him, if it comes to that!)


17 posted on 10/11/2011 1:53:09 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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Hitch doesn’t need any prayers, he’s going to have the “Richard Dawkins Freethinkers Award” to impress the Lord when he stands in judgement.


18 posted on 10/11/2011 1:54:48 PM PDT by Hayride
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hey Hitch, have you ever known a love that would cause a man to lay down his life for a friend... Jesus was that kind of man and more... Jesus laid down his life for his friends and those that hate him. Its up to you; will you be one who Jesus calls his friend? Death is final, no reneging once all truth is eternally revealed.


19 posted on 10/11/2011 1:55:08 PM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Tax-chick

I drank with him. He’s cool. Not at all what you expect although he did dis my prayer at the event.


20 posted on 10/11/2011 1:55:35 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SailormanCGA72
I had a homosexual hair dresser who had a very strong praying Christian mother. He ended up with aids and was in a coma for about a week before he died. I have always believed he had visits from Jesus Christ and he is now in heaven. So you never know about Hitchens. IF he will allow himself to die naturally without ODing on Morphine...he may have the same experience as Randy did.
21 posted on 10/11/2011 1:55:39 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Mears

bfl


22 posted on 10/11/2011 1:57:30 PM PDT by Mears
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To: mjp

You’re talking out of your toothless end. It’s obvious you know very little about Hume, except that you disagree with him.

In a nutshell, Hume said that if we see some thing for which we have no explanation, if it is possible to ascribe to it a natural explanation rather than a supernatureal explanation, then to go with the former simply because it makes more sense.

For example, maybe it’s just charred bread and cheese, and not Jesus that we’re seeing in the grilled cheese sandwich.

Here you go http://www.spaceandmotion.com/Philosophy-David-Hume-Philosopher.htm

mjp, you remind me of the story Hitchens tells about the Texas governor (not Perry) who was faced with pressure from some groups to allow Bibles published in Spanish (or something similar to that, maybe sermons preached in Spanish) and his response:
“If English was good enough for Jesus it’s good enough for Texans.”

Man, I’m gonna miss this guy.


23 posted on 10/11/2011 1:57:54 PM PDT by tumblindice (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: clintonh8r
My brother and I (and others) had the pleasure of hanging out at the bar with Hitchens at the Freeper Treason is the Reason rally/dinner back in 1999. He was one of the featured speakers.

He was every bit as enjoyable to throw a few back with as you'd expect. He was there because he thought Clinton was an unbearable criminal scumbag, like the rest of us, and gave a great speech detailing exactly why he had come to that conclusion.

We agreed on little else, but he could actually argue his positions with logic, humor and class (Mother Teresa never came up!)

He may be the last liberal left who you can say that about.

After the bar, he went to his table in the dining room. My brother brought him over a fresh Johnny Walker Black. He grabbed my brother's arm, looked at him very gravely, and said, "You are a great great man."

He's a good guy, just wrong about alot.

24 posted on 10/11/2011 1:59:38 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: clintonh8r

I’d rather not take the risk of throwing up.


25 posted on 10/11/2011 2:00:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A poor excuse for a pirate. Arrrr, you get what you pay for!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It just saddens me. But it is between him and God.


26 posted on 10/11/2011 2:01:49 PM PDT by rlmorel (9/11: Aggression is attracted to weakness like sharks are to blood, and we were weak. We still are.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

2010 story about Hitch and his supposed dalliances
with Tory ministers...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255852/So-WERE-Tory-ministers-gay-flings-Christopher-Hitchens-Oxford.html


27 posted on 10/11/2011 2:08:13 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The controversial writer and fervent atheist, who is suffering from oesophagus cancer,

Wow. Too bad. Hey! How about them Rangers?!

28 posted on 10/11/2011 2:15:22 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

He strikes me as a very angry and very depressed fellow. Sad. prayers for him and whatever family he may have that hasnt chased away


29 posted on 10/11/2011 2:20:03 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I read his memoir this summer, Hitch 22. It was a great read.

We’ll see how stridently athiest he really is as the moment of death approaches. God always gets the last word, and I imagine that a number of lifelong deniers have “seen the light” at the last moment and repented, thereby resulting in victory for The Kingdom.


30 posted on 10/11/2011 2:22:41 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Don’t feel too sorry for him.

“For although he has always enjoyed a reputation as a womaniser, at Oxford Hitchens was known to be bisexual.

According to one contemporary: ‘He had a reputation for being AC/DC and, although a Trot, he was fancied by quite a few gay Tories and moved in those circles.’

Galatians 6:

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1255852/So-WERE-Tory-ministers-gay-flings-Christopher-Hitchens-Oxford.html#ixzz1aVhWe0l5";


31 posted on 10/11/2011 2:27:11 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Heavy drinker, heavy smoker, bisexual Christian bigot who doesn’t seem to give a flying fig about his own salvation?

CONGRADS ON THE ATHEIST AWARD, CHRISSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 10/11/2011 2:30:33 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: faucetman
Don’t feel too sorry for him.

Actually, one should be weeping and lamenting the prospect of Christopher leaving this life in his current condition. The same could be said for anyone we "judge" to be a candidate for eternal damnation. And one should be trembling, lest his own faith could be shipwreck (like the Apostle St Paul warned us could happen).

Lord, have mercy.

33 posted on 10/11/2011 2:39:56 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: PGR88

“its a very arrogant, backward, absolutist position - quite the opposite of ‘free thinking’”

You must bear in mind that the term comes from the Way Back When, when people actually revered things and respectability was limited to believers, moreso even than how it is limited to non-racists nowadays. Also, it was, like all self-applied signifiers, self-flattering. We know now, as most people knew then, that “freethinkers” could be the most dogmatic and oppressive thinkers on earth (cf. commies).


34 posted on 10/11/2011 2:58:52 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hitchens: God is Dead.

God: Hitchens is Dead.


35 posted on 10/11/2011 3:00:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Moral: God may be dead, but Hitchens WILL be dead.


36 posted on 10/11/2011 3:18:34 PM PDT by pcpa
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To: dead

Great story. Thanks!


37 posted on 10/11/2011 3:42:01 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just as it’s true that there are now aethists in foxholes, ain’t too many in a hospice either.’’

Chris, like the billboard says, “GET RIGHT WITH GOD.”


38 posted on 10/11/2011 4:19:27 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just as it’s true that there are now aethists in foxholes, ain’t too many in a hospice either.’’

Chris, like the billboard says, “GET RIGHT WITH GOD.”


39 posted on 10/11/2011 4:19:38 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just as it’s true that there are now aethists in foxholes, ain’t too many in a hospice either.’’

Chris, like the billboard says, “GET RIGHT WITH GOD.”


40 posted on 10/11/2011 4:19:57 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just as it’s true that there are no aethists in foxholes, ain’t too many in a hospice either.’’

Chris, like the billboard says, “GET RIGHT WITH GOD.”


41 posted on 10/11/2011 4:20:54 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: PGR88
What's worse is when they do discuss “god” they get rank, mean and go virile.

It's pure hate foaming from their mouths like they were pawns of Satan.

I love a lot of the stuff Penn & Teller do. But don't get them started on religion and god...they go berserk.

42 posted on 10/11/2011 4:49:44 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I will pray for Hitch ONCE as it is the Christian thing to do. Although I am a Christian who hates liberals and will never pray for them..I will give one prayer for Hitch. Honestly, I do enjoy his rants for the past 2 years.


43 posted on 10/11/2011 5:27:15 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I don’t know why but this thread reminded me of an old joke. It goes like this:

Northern Baptists say, “There aint’t no Hell.”

Southern Baptists say, “The Hell there ain’t.”

A little levity for a very serious discussion.


44 posted on 10/11/2011 5:55:18 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I have prayed for Hitchens.

My father died before accepting Christ as his savior. I know how hard it is for the loved ones of unbelievers to carry on after they have died.

My hope is that Hitchens will have a moment of clarity where he reaches for the gift of salvation. There is still hope.


45 posted on 10/11/2011 7:53:25 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I dont get the anger re Hitchens and Mother Teresa.

He had researched her for years and came to the conclusion that she was a charlatan and publicity whore. She made herself a public figure and courted publicity, so fairs fair if someone stands up and says soemthing that isnt fawning praise.


46 posted on 10/12/2011 2:25:38 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: Tax-chick

He isnt a filthy, angry person.

He is a cynic. The world needs a few of those you know. And he attacked Mother Teresa, so what?. I dont remember getting the memo that she was free from any criticism.


47 posted on 10/12/2011 2:28:15 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: mjp

Hume was a philosophical giant and a genius.


48 posted on 10/12/2011 2:29:51 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: tumblindice

1—As a Scot, and a lover of philosophy, thank you for your understanding of Hume.

2-The good enough for Jesus story is also ascribed to a Tennessee congressman in the 1920’s who opposed Bibles written in Latin in the state and allegedly said ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, its good enough for us’.


49 posted on 10/12/2011 2:32:34 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: VeniVidiVici

No need to be so callous.

Hitchens is pro-American, despite being liberal.


50 posted on 10/12/2011 2:33:48 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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