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Christopher Hitchens, RIP (nice, worth the read)
Commentary Mag ^ | Peter Wehner

Posted on 12/17/2011 2:07:50 PM PST by nuconvert

I have several recollections of Christopher Hitchens, who died yesterday at the age of 62.

The first is when I served in the George W. Bush White House and, in the first term, invited Christopher to speak to the White House staff. He spoke very well, of course, but what I most recall are a couple of things that occurred before the speech. The first is standing with him outside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. He had gone out to smoke, which wasn’t unusual — and he confided to me that he was nervous, which was. The words “Christopher Hitchens” and “nervous” don’t usually belong in the same sentence. He also wore a tie, which he indicated to me he hadn’t done in years — and, he told me, he had gotten his shoes shined before the speech, which he didn’t recall ever having had done.

It wasn’t hard for me to fit the pieces together. Christopher felt it was an honor for him, a British citizen, to speak at the White House. For all his reputation for being a bon vivant, an iconoclast, and a man not known for his devotion to protocol, he was in fact quite moved to be a guest at one of the great symbols of American democracy. It was, I thought, something of a touching moment.

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1 posted on 12/17/2011 2:07:54 PM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Christopher Hitchens, BIH (burn in Hell), you atheist slime.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

2 posted on 12/17/2011 2:09:46 PM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? http://www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com)
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To: wku man

Guess you didn’t take a minute or 2 to read it.


3 posted on 12/17/2011 2:10:29 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Any way you slice the apple, Christopher Hitchens was respected and probably loved. He was an honest man and I hope he is at peace with his soul. Godspeed to him and I will say a prayer for him as that is my belief.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 2:10:36 PM PST by Thebaddog (Remember, Obama said he's only 60% done with his agenda.)
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To: nuconvert

I hope he did not refuse to put on the wedding garment, so to speak, even if it was at the last moment. That atheism finally proved an insufficient answer to him, in the nick of time. This in spite of all the damage he would have done on earth — it is not Christian to hold a grudge, though it is God’s role as judge to call finality sometime.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 2:12:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: wku man

Delightful. You must be quite a person.
Jesus would have loved Hitchens.


6 posted on 12/17/2011 2:13:55 PM PST by edwords
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To: nuconvert

Didn’t Chistopher Hitchens speak at a Freep rally in DC years ago? Rest in peace CH.


7 posted on 12/17/2011 2:16:20 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: edwords

Or might have had the same rebuke for Hitchens as he eventually did for Saul/Paul, ending up as a friend rather than an enemy. But the scripture, at most, doesn’t insinuate a time of extensive pondering between death and the judgment.


8 posted on 12/17/2011 2:17:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: nuconvert

Condolences to family and friends of Christopher Hitchins.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 2:18:02 PM PST by PGalt
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To: dennisw

No charitable person hopes he wouldn’t. But whether God would be his enemy or friend is a matter left to the attitude he took.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 2:19:43 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: wku man

lol. BUMP


11 posted on 12/17/2011 2:21:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: edwords

Jesus loves us, this we know.

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!


12 posted on 12/17/2011 2:21:24 PM PST by ngat
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To: wku man

“Christopher Hitchens, BIH (burn in Hell), you atheist slime.”

I believe God will welcome him in his Kingdom.


13 posted on 12/17/2011 2:25:30 PM PST by Christian1
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To: nuconvert
Thank you for your post.

It is well worth the read!

Anyone with the name Christopher must have given much thought to Christ.

May he RIP!

14 posted on 12/17/2011 2:28:33 PM PST by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: edwords

“Christopher Hitchens, BIH (burn in Hell), you atheist slime.”
is the standard bible-thumping opinion about Hitchens. Imagine their surprise when those morons are reincarnated in Bangladesh next round...


15 posted on 12/17/2011 2:28:53 PM PST by magritte
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To: edwords

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Jesus would have loved Hitchens. Hitchens called Mother Theresa a “b-tch”...

Still, I hope Hitchens has rest now and I offer condolences to the family.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 2:30:53 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: edwords; wku man
Delightful. You must be quite a person. Jesus would have loved Hitchens.

Jesus DOES love Hitchens.

17 posted on 12/17/2011 2:41:01 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Christian1
I believe God will welcome him in his Kingdom

Just curious.....you believe this, WHY?....what do you base this on?....just asking

18 posted on 12/17/2011 2:42:40 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Winstons Julia

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Jesus would have loved Hitchens. Hitchens called Mother Theresa a “b-tch”...”

I have no cause to believe that Jesus did not love everyone. Can there be a greater love than being willing to die for the salvation of all humanity? Objectively speaking, of course, salvation is conditioned on one’s faith in Christ and His work of atonement. The opinions of mortals as to the character and works of C. Hitchens are, finally, irrelevant.


19 posted on 12/17/2011 2:44:15 PM PST by Elsiejay (I)
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To: nuconvert

I appreciate that Hitchens had the courage not to drink the Clinton Kool-Aid when so many of his colleagues would let him get away with everything. As far as atheist liberals go, he was one of my favorites.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 2:44:33 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Winstons Julia
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Jesus would have loved Hitchens. Hitchens called Mother Theresa a “b-tch”...

No, even then.

Jesus loves the very people who condemned Him to death and nailed Him to the cross.

It is beyond our mortal understanding, which is why He's Jesus, and we're not.

21 posted on 12/17/2011 2:45:02 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Lazamataz
Have you read any Jonathan Edwards sermons?....esp "Sinners in the hands of an angry God".....

just asking

22 posted on 12/17/2011 2:45:26 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: wku man

“Christopher Hitchens, BIH (burn in Hell), you atheist slime.”

People like YOU are EXACTLY what turns people 180 degrees away from religion. You are pathetically disgusting.


23 posted on 12/17/2011 2:47:35 PM PST by battletank
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To: Winstons Julia
Jesus loves CH regardless of what he says about anyone, the same as he loves us regardless of what words we use against anyone. Jesus does however judge perfectly. I only hope that CH, as well as everyone, finds Jesus to be the only way.
24 posted on 12/17/2011 2:47:36 PM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Guenevere
Just curious.....you believe this, WHY?....what do you base this on?....just asking

I believe this as well. I believe it because of a wonderful film that adequately captures the love of God. The movie is called "The Perfect Stranger" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466923/) in which a modern-day woman is invited for dinner with Jesus, who shows up looking modern, in a suit. Once she finally accepts who He really is, she mentions that Hitler wouldn't be loved by God. Jesus refutes her, saying, "Hitler is VERY loved by God." When she expresses her incredulity, Jesus takes a salt and a pepper shaker, and puts them table-length apart. He points along the axis, and says, "This is Godliness and Holiness. You are the pepper shaker, and Hitler is the salt shaker. Obviously, you are much more Godly and Holy than Hitler, as we see by the arrangement of the shakers on the table. Do you know where God is on this scale?

She looks at Him.

"Jupiter," Jesus says. "His level is out to Jupiter. He barely can notice the difference between the two of you. He loves you both."

I was thunderstruck. It makes intuitive sense to me. God is made out of love, He can do nothing other than Love.

25 posted on 12/17/2011 2:52:05 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: battletank
Surely you've been here long enough to know FR gets infiltrated with anti-freepers who want to give the site a bad name....

..who watch for opportunities to post ugly just because they can.

26 posted on 12/17/2011 2:53:15 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: battletank; wku man
People like YOU are EXACTLY what turns people 180 degrees away from religion. You are pathetically disgusting.

No he's not. He's not pathetically disgusting. He's doing the best he can with the tools he has.

Religion, for me, isn't important. Knowing God, is.

27 posted on 12/17/2011 2:53:32 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Guenevere

wku man isn’t an AntiFreep.....just a little confused.... cut him slack like our Father would.....


28 posted on 12/17/2011 2:54:20 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Lazamataz; All

I understand that Jesus is love, really I do.

Some people, however, seem to be ignoring Hitchens and what he said in life.

Hitchens ACTIVELY sought to turn people FROM God.

Understand that I am a polite person and I know that I cannot judge...

...but Hitchens was a frequently hostile atheist activist and there probably are some consequences for that.


29 posted on 12/17/2011 2:54:51 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Guenevere
Have you read any Jonathan Edwards sermons?....esp "Sinners in the hands of an angry God"...

Personally, I believe that your view of God most closely mirrors YOUR OWN PERSONAL spiritual development. People who are at the spiritual level of anger will percieve an angry God. I come at things primarily from a place of love, so I know a Loving God.

30 posted on 12/17/2011 2:55:53 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Winstons Julia

I believe it was Dawkins that called mother Teresa a B.


31 posted on 12/17/2011 2:56:33 PM PST by MNDude
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To: wku man

Shameful post.


32 posted on 12/17/2011 2:56:51 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Winstons Julia
Hitchens ACTIVELY sought to turn people FROM God.

Right, but what folly. Would he have been able to turn you? Me? No, of course not. Those he turned from God were eager to be turned, and it is a temporary condition, because frankly, God is undeniable.

33 posted on 12/17/2011 2:57:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Lazamataz
Laz, no offense, truly no offense....and all due respect...

..but have you read much of the Bible...both Old and New Testaments?

We can't pick and choose what kind of God we want....

He IS.

He is God of wrath as well as God of love.

34 posted on 12/17/2011 2:57:25 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Guenevere

I return ALL the respect and lack of offense, but this is not my belief. You’d probably trip out if you did hear my belief system. :)


35 posted on 12/17/2011 2:58:47 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Lazamataz
People who are at the spiritual level of anger will percieve an angry God.

Friend Laz....I am not angry.

Again, have you read much Old and New Testaments?

36 posted on 12/17/2011 3:00:06 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: nuconvert

I read it.

Reading it changes nothing, except.to make clear a certain amoit of personal hypocracy on the part of Hitchens.

He would be polite and respectful to the face of a religious person, and then savage and relentles in attacking their religion in print or on a public forum. Some people need a mob to back them.

Not sure why you find that laudable.

Hitchens was never an athiest. An athiest doesn’t believe in a diety, and will defend that nonbelief. Either way, what you believe or do dot believe doesn’t affect him.

Hitchens went out of his way to get into debates the purpose of which was to persuade others not to believe in any sort of deity or hereafter either. That is anti-theism.

I hope he acknowledged God and.accepted his forgiveness as he lay dying, however unlikely.


37 posted on 12/17/2011 3:00:33 PM 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: wku man

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”

Would you likewise wish the author of those words to spend an eternity burning in Hell?


38 posted on 12/17/2011 3:00:55 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: Lazamataz

No ... he turned the insecure and the willing ... much like a cult leader.

But, as I said, many seem to want to say wonderful things.

I HOPE he had a deathbed conversion... I don’t know if he did.

There has been a tone, though, in some of these Hitchens threads as though he is somehow more special than other mere mortals. Under no circumstances am I predicting where his soul may be now.


39 posted on 12/17/2011 3:01:41 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Lazamataz
No I wouldn't.....I've probably heard most belief systems.

....but you never answered my question

40 posted on 12/17/2011 3:02:02 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Guenevere

I have. I believe that the trials put unto the men in those Books, were also Unconditional Love Offered Absolutely. It is my belief, and perhaps one day we can discuss why I so believe.


41 posted on 12/17/2011 3:02:07 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: nuconvert

Thank you for posting. For those who admire Mr. Hitchens, I recommend going to the Guardian newspaper. There’s a wonderful article written by Ian McEwan (I believe), his best friend, about his final days in a Houston hospital.

The man had guts!!!


42 posted on 12/17/2011 3:02:19 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Winstons Julia

Hitchens is no more special than you or I, which is to say, he is very special — as are you and I.


43 posted on 12/17/2011 3:03:08 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Lazamataz

....another day, Laz.


44 posted on 12/17/2011 3:04:24 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: nuconvert

I like what Daniel Foster posted at NRO’s The Corner upon news of Hitchens’ death Thursday night:

“I’m sure I join many in hoping he is in for a glorious, glorious surprise.”


45 posted on 12/17/2011 3:04:42 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Guenevere

Indeed, sweet Guenevere. Love, as always.


46 posted on 12/17/2011 3:07:27 PM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: Winstons Julia
Understand that I am a polite person and I know that I cannot judge...

Why can't you judge?

47 posted on 12/17/2011 3:10:38 PM PST by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: sirchtruth

The Bible advises me against it.


48 posted on 12/17/2011 3:11:36 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: wku man

Ayn Rand was an atheist. I’m an atheist.

Learn to accept other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with them.


49 posted on 12/17/2011 3:12:40 PM PST by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Guenevere

Hitchens wasn’t evil. Punishing someone because they don’t believe in you is a human trait, something that you see a lot of on this forum.


50 posted on 12/17/2011 3:13:23 PM PST by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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