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Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62
The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2011 | Hillel Italie

Posted on 12/16/2011 5:22:24 AM PST by markomalley

Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind’s eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

“I love the imagery of struggle,” he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. “I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

Hitchens, a Washington, D.C.-based author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes left and right, died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Vanity Fair magazine. He was 62.

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May God have mercy on his soul.
1 posted on 12/16/2011 5:22:29 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley
He is no longer an atheist.
2 posted on 12/16/2011 5:23:46 AM PST by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: markomalley

i respected and enjoyed this gentleman’s work. He will be missed.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 5:25:14 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: dartuser

As well a little late.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 5:31:38 AM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Dudoight

Great responses on this thread. I second the sentiments.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 5:31:44 AM PST by SuzyQue (Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.)
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To: markomalley
“May God have mercy on his soul”

Too late for that.

I prayed that Hitchens would come to repent and know Jesus, and for physical healing even though he said not waste our time doing so.

6 posted on 12/16/2011 5:32:59 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: markomalley

Sad...Hitchens was never one at a loss for an opinion.


7 posted on 12/16/2011 5:33:44 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: markomalley
“May God have mercy on his soul”

Too late for that.

I prayed that Hitchens would come to repent and know Jesus, and for physical healing even though he said not waste our time doing so.

8 posted on 12/16/2011 5:34:56 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: markomalley
Chris was a better than just "good" writer. What he lacked was material to meet his talent ~ which meant he found himself semi-eternally focused on politics, social pathologies and personalities.

If an unbeliever can redeem himself in such manner, he must have done that.

We'll all find out on Judgment Day.

9 posted on 12/16/2011 5:40:36 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

Now comes the march of those who absolutely cannot stand anyone who can’t be bullied into kow-towing to their Imaginary Friend. How dare the man have the dignity to ignore all those threats of Hell — the spiritual equivalent of “pass on this chain letter or you’ll have bad luck.” But some people just can’t be intimidated by the myths of any culture, and it really galls those who are.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 5:48:30 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Coldwater Creek
[“May God have mercy on his soul” Too late for that.]

Really? You are that certain? Perhaps, you know something that God does not? Did someone die; and leave you as 'Final Judge'? Or do you just believe Christopher had/has no 'soul' to judge?

Cannot imagine making 'assumptive judgments' such as this.

If I were God; were not take 'kindly' to someone assuming to do my job; or speak for me; much less making serious 'final judgments' in my name.

(And certainly a good bit of all; on this and other 'Hitchens' threads.)

11 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:55 AM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/ and Newt 'in'. . .and it is NOT just the economy!)
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To: Coldwater Creek

>>I prayed that Hitchens would come to repent and know Jesus<<

I like to believe in deathbed conversions.
May God rest his soul.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:55 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: markomalley

Hitchens has found out that God is great.


13 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:42 AM PST by carton253
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To: A_perfect_lady

Did you know that you just wrote that on FRee Republic?


14 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:49 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: harpu
Every knee will bow and Every mouth will be stopped.

Sadly, he wont be expressing an opinion now. Arrogance and pride quail before a holy God, no matter how glib and full of earthly wit you are.

Hitchens was not an atheist.

Hitchens was an anti-theist.

Consequences.

15 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:30 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: muawiyah

“If an unbeliever can redeem himself in such manner, he must have done that.”

He cannot. Only the saving grace of Jesus Christ could have saved him, BEFORE (physical) DEATH. He may have done so in his last moments on this earth, but I doubt it. Too late now. Praying for his soul now, would be a waste of your time.

Personally, I liked him. When sober, he was intellectually entertaining. His rabid disdain for God will cost him eternal torment. I can only hope that he didn’t influence too many others to accept his views.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:48 AM PST by faucetman
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To: netmilsmom

I’ve been a Freeper for 10 years, and I love Free Republic. But there are two contingencies on here I cannot stand: the teacher-bashers, and the smug Christians who pop up on threads informing us all of who is going to Hell.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 6:01:11 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

“Now comes the march of those who absolutely cannot stand anyone who can’t be bullied into kow-towing to their Imaginary Friend. How dare the man have the dignity to ignore all those threats of Hell — the spiritual equivalent of “pass on this chain letter or you’ll have bad luck.” But some people just can’t be intimidated by the myths of any culture, and it really galls those who are.”

Excellent post. He represented what is best in Western society (Feedom of Speech and Thought). His was a formidable intellect. RIP


18 posted on 12/16/2011 6:03:06 AM PST by strider44
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To: muawiyah; xzins; wmfights
If an unbeliever can redeem himself in such manner, he must have done that.

If an unbeliever can redeem himself in any manner whatsoever then the sacrifice of Christ was in vain.

If Hitchens redeemed himself, then Jesus is irrelevant.

19 posted on 12/16/2011 6:03:26 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Go say it on the mountain. Cheers.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 6:05:15 AM PST by strider44
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To: markomalley

“I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”

Suffering in a good cause- like many people of faith do all of their lives.
That was a wish he could have made come true, had he only chosen.


21 posted on 12/16/2011 6:05:35 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: Dudoight
Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson Debate at Westminster Theological Seminary

Cordially,

22 posted on 12/16/2011 6:05:56 AM PST by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: muawiyah

“If an unbeliever can redeem himself in such manner, he must have done that.

We’ll all find out on Judgment Day.”

Those of us who are saved will not have to face the White Throne of Judgment. We will go before the Bema Seat of Christ that will determine our rewards on heaven.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 6:10:23 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: muawiyah
muawiyah, Hitchen's was sadly defiant to the end....

..unless, in his final moments, he repented and asked Jesus Christ to forgive him.

No amount of talent, and he was a very good wordsmith....will get anyone into Heaven.

..there is only one road.

24 posted on 12/16/2011 6:11:21 AM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Diamond
Thanks for the link..bookmarked for later..

If you, or anyone, can find them...Hitchens' appearances on "Firing LIine" with Wm F. Buckley Jr were memorable..

25 posted on 12/16/2011 6:12:01 AM PST by ken5050 (Support Admin Mods: Doing the tough, hard, dirty jobs that Americans won't do...)
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To: strider44
What I really don't get is people up in arms about those who don't believe in God. If you're a Christian, belief in God won't get you into Heaven anyway: it's belief in Jesus. And not even Judaism or Islam posit that mere belief in God will get you into Heaven. For them it's obedience. Belief in God by itself is nothing. In any of the three religions.
26 posted on 12/16/2011 6:12:10 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: markomalley

No doubt a good writer, but not a conservative, not even close.


27 posted on 12/16/2011 6:14:08 AM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Don’t take the Mark.


28 posted on 12/16/2011 6:14:28 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: netmilsmom
"I like to believe in deathbed conversions."

You will never know in this case.

29 posted on 12/16/2011 6:15:21 AM PST by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Brilliantly said.


30 posted on 12/16/2011 6:17:10 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: palmer
No doubt a good writer,

As a writer; far, beyond 'good'.

31 posted on 12/16/2011 6:17:23 AM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/ and Newt 'in'. . .and it is NOT just the economy!)
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To: A_perfect_lady

and the smug Christians who pop up on threads informing us all of who is going to Hell.

Many of the “smug Christians” are only repeating what God has said, and this is their belief. You of course, don’t have to agree, which is your privilege, as stated.

It’s not today that should concern us, it’s “that day” (Martin Luther).


32 posted on 12/16/2011 6:17:29 AM PST by buck61
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To: markomalley

I’d give anything to get his opinion on the existence of God right now.


33 posted on 12/16/2011 6:19:00 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: A_perfect_lady

>>I’ve been a Freeper for 10 years, and I love Free Republic.<<

It was a rhetorical question. I can cursor over your name and see how long you’ve been here.

>>But there are two contingencies on here I cannot stand: the teacher-bashers, and the smug Christians who pop up on threads informing us all of who is going to Hell.<<

Maybe it would be a good idea to stay off these threads today. If you’re upset by people’s beliefs in God and the afterlife, you’ll blow a clot with these threads. It’s YOUR choice to be upset. Like militant gays who get in Christian’s faces, you are choosing to be offended and lashing out. Be calm and be happy.


34 posted on 12/16/2011 6:19:21 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: verity

>>You will never know in this case. <<

One day I’ll know, but I’m not sure I’ll care at all,


35 posted on 12/16/2011 6:22:14 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: carton253

“Hitchens has found out that God is great.”

I believe that too. Otherwise what’s it all about?

I admired him and admired myself for considering his points of view. I think he used the gift God gave him in the ways God planned for him. RIP, Christopher.


36 posted on 12/16/2011 6:22:14 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: A_perfect_lady
I've been here 12+ years and I love Free Republic too!

Christians opinions of Heaven and Hell are not based on happenstance or hearsay.....

..but on the Holy Bible, the Word of God.

You may choose, as Christopher Hitchens, not to believe Jesus is the only way to Salvation, but long time freeper, the truth is ....HE IS.

Chritians should only reflect sorrow when a defiant one has entered eternity separated from Christ forever.....

37 posted on 12/16/2011 6:23:43 AM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Coldwater Creek

He just redeemed himself, perhaps, in ignorance of the reality of God, with those words, and wish, “ ...to die for the good of others...”. That sounds familiar. Isn’t God the root word of “good”? We know nothing of Hitch and God in the moment of the dying breath, since “ his ways are not our ways”. He is merciful to whom he is merciful, where there is repentence. We, here, just don’t know, based on what we see and hear, but what God sees and hears. Justice was done, either way.


38 posted on 12/16/2011 6:23:43 AM PST by RitaOK (wRasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: cricket

God’s word says

Hebrews 9:27 says we are all “destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”

Luke 16:25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

The Dead Are Judged

Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.


39 posted on 12/16/2011 6:25:15 AM PST by faucetman
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To: netmilsmom

Two assumptions in one short sentence. Wow.


40 posted on 12/16/2011 6:26:32 AM PST by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: netmilsmom

Why is it that people go ad hominem (ie, “to the man”) and accuse the person of “judging/sending someone to hell” when we’re only stating the truth in God’s Word.

And it is stated REPEATEDLY that it is NOT through works that you receive your salvation. You are judged by your works and HOW you will spend eternity, but that is a separate issue from WHERE you’ll spend it.


41 posted on 12/16/2011 6:28:26 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Guenevere
“Christians should only reflect sorrow when a defiant one has entered eternity separated from Christ forever.....”

I think God would not necessarily agree with your statement.

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

42 posted on 12/16/2011 6:29:23 AM PST by faucetman
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To: A_perfect_lady

As a believer, I still support anyone, atheist or not, who understands that Islamo-Fascism is the greatest threat to humankind.


43 posted on 12/16/2011 6:29:59 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: verity

>>Two assumptions in one short sentence. Wow.<<

LOL!! Actually, only one. Go back and look again.

“I’m not sure” means “I’m not sure”


44 posted on 12/16/2011 6:30:19 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: markomalley

After seeing a montage of Hitchens photos from Vanity Fair, covering his life, it’s obvious that CH’s atheism comes from his deep-seated marxism...and he seemed to taunt mortality by the smoking and drinking until mortality got the upperhand.
That said, one of the most interseting, stimulating segments I watched on CSPAN, many years ago, was the back and forth between CH and his brother, Peter, who writes for the Daily Mail and is unabashedly conservative...
it was brilliant!


45 posted on 12/16/2011 6:33:29 AM PST by matginzac
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To: buck61
According to the Torah, the Bible, and the Koran, God said all sorts of things. Here's a mental exercise: pretend just for a moment that there's a fighting chance that Islam is really the right religion. But wait! Can you be a Christian and a Muslim both at the same time? Well, you kind of can. Let me explain:

What Islam requires is that you say there there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet. Well, since Allah is just the Arabic word for God, that's actually not a violation of your core beliefs: you just say it in English: There is no God but God, and Mohammed was one of his prophets. (Hey, maybe he was. There were LOTS of prophets. You don't worship any of them.)

Now there are other pillars of Islam, but there are loopholes for most of them. For instance, you can't go to Mecca because they won't let you in. As for giving to the poor and praying many times a day, you do that already! (Now, I know that muslims swear up and down that Jesus wasn't the son of God, but as far as the entry rules for Islam, denouncing Jesus ISN'T one of them. That's just one of those irritating left-over snippy-snips from days of old, like the Old Testament prohibition on certain foods and cloth.)

So really, that only leaves ONE THING that Muslims must do that Christians don't have to: and that is to pray toward Mecca. You don't really even have to get down and put your butt in the air like Arabs do... I'm pretty sure that's a cultural thing. Arabs have a thing about butts, as we all know. If you just did your praying in the general direction of the East, you'd be covered both as a Christian AND as a Muslim. This ups your chances of making sure you get into Heaven. It's kind of like buying both fire AND flood insurance, see?

So why don't you just add that one tiny detail to your daily devotions? Don't do anything else different... just, when you pray, face East. Why not? What have you got to lose?

Now you and I both know that you have NOTHING to lose by saying that Mohammed was one of the many prophets and facing East while praying to God, as long as you still believe in Jesus. But you won't do it. Even though you have nothing to lose. Ask yourself why.

46 posted on 12/16/2011 6:33:34 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: MrB

>>Why is it that people go ad hominem (ie, “to the man”) and accuse the person of “judging/sending someone to hell” when we’re only stating the truth in God’s Word.<<

Because some of us don’t presume to know the mind of God. HE and only He makes the final decision.

If you want to, that’s you’re right. I’m not.


47 posted on 12/16/2011 6:34:57 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: markomalley
Well, now he knows that God is real.

I hope his friend Dawkins finds out BEFORE he dies.

48 posted on 12/16/2011 6:36:18 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: reagan_fanatic

LOL!


49 posted on 12/16/2011 6:37:02 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: A_perfect_lady
I’ve been a Freeper for 10 years, and I love Free Republic. But there are two contingencies on here I cannot stand: the teacher-bashers, and the smug Christians who pop up on threads informing us all of who is going to Hell.

I don't see a lot of teacher-bashing around here but I have to agree with you on the latter group. They are annoying as all get out. It's almost like they take glee in condemning others. I cannot imagine God being too pleased with these self-righteous folk who presume to do his job for him. Hopefully in heaven, he will have a special space set aside for them so that the rest of us don't have to spend eternity listening to them clucking their tongues and lecturing us on our shortcomings. I believe in letting God sort them out. I will just worry about myself.

50 posted on 12/16/2011 6:37:25 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 48 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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