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  • Hillary “running for therapeutic reasons”

    09/07/2015 6:21:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-6-15 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Before his death in 2011, Christopher Hitchens warned about Hillary Years ago journalist and literary critic Christopher Hitchens shared his candid thoughts on a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. “As for Mrs. Clinton, as for all she’s done for us and after all she’s suffered on our behalf, she feels she’s owed the presidency and who could possibly disagree? Her life is meaningless if she doesn’t get at least a shot and one can only sympathize. Unless you think, as I do, that people should be distrusted, who are running for therapeutic reasons,” said Hitchens. Hitchens passed away in 2011, but...
  • Chris Hitchens on Hillary (and Bill) March 2001!

    07/01/2015 11:32:39 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 19,2013 | Christopher Hitchens/Dennis Miller
    Dennis Miller Live S08 E07 March 2 2001 Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens correctly characterizes (throughout the segment) the Clinton grifting couple. WARNING-this is an HBO show, foul language and sophisticated, accurate descriptions of how nasty these two are, by people who knew and know. Prescient. Beginning at time signature 22:17 Hitchens talks about Billy Boy moving back to blacks (like the current church burning non-events of today) into Harlem, and further how it is Hillary who is after the money and always was.
  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his “country.” This order of allegiance – State over Union, or “Society” over “the State” – was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. “It is true that we are completely...
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Last Good American Atheist

    07/04/2014 1:33:35 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    America (big tip o'the hat to Hot Air) ^ | 07/01/14 | Sean Salai, S. J.
    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, “Who was the last good American president?” It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partner’s response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all. To my surprise, I didn’t have long to wait for an answer. Without hesitation, Christopher Hitchens leaned across the table, looked me in the eye, and quipped with boozy conviction: “Eisenhower.”...
  • The Radical Intolerance of Radical Gays

    12/20/2013 8:11:15 AM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies
    western journalism dot com ^ | 12/3013 | Richard Larsen
    The Radical Intolerance of Radical Gays August 26, 2013 by Richard Larsen Tolerance is a virtue. But to be a positive force in a nation, or a community, it must be applied universally, not selectively. Definitionally, it denotes not only forbearance of behavior, but of opinions that are disagreed with. Yet the degree of intolerance shown to those who oppose the radical homosexual agenda is immensely disturbing, especially coming from those who are such ardent advocates of toleration. Those who oppose the leftist agenda are often subjected to threats, obscene anonymous phone calls, character assassination, and disturbing mischaracterizations in social...
  • Why They Left God Leaving churches that are "shallow, harmless, and ultimately irrelevant"

    06/22/2013 9:02:59 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 54 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-13 | Rod Dreher
    Following our 2010 debate in Billings, Montana, I asked Christopher Hitchens why he didn’t try to savage me on stage the way he had so many others. His reply was immediate and emphatic: “Because you believe it.” Without fail, our former church-attending students expressed similar feelings for those Christians who unashamedly embraced biblical teaching. Larry Alex Taunton and his Christian foundation did a study of college students who are committed atheists, asking them why they chose atheism. What they learned is interesting. Excerpt from his Atlantic piece: They had attended church Most of our participants had not chosen their worldview...
  • Buckley vs. Hitchens

    05/29/2013 7:50:12 AM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    self, youtube ^ | May 29, 2013 | knarf
    Researching something else, I discovered this exchange between Buckley and Hitchens and CIA/FBI intrusion into American's lives.
  • Whiny Atheists Protest Charlie Brown Christmas Special

    11/29/2012 5:38:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | November 29, 2012 | Doug Giles
    The atheists I grew up with in Texas were a tad bit pluckier than today’s lardy hagfish atheists who file lawsuits every winter when they see a child wrapped in swaddling clothes. Yep, the anti-theists I used to hang out with in the Lone Star state were rugged individualists who were so busy milking this existence that they didn’t have time to bleat like a stuck sheep because a plastic baby Jesus statue endangered their delicate beliefs. My other non-believing buddies who weren’t the robust Hemingway types were usually heady stoners who were into physics, Pink Floyd and Frisbee and...
  • Did You Know that the Mormon Religion Was Partly Inspired By Islam?

    07/31/2012 10:07:05 AM PDT · by pinochet · 89 replies
    I recently acquired a paper back version of the late Christopher Hitchen's pro-atheist book "God is not Great", printed in 1998 by Hatchette Book Group USA. I do not agree with Hitchen's atheist views, but he has some useful information on the different religions of the world. On page 190-191, Hitchens mentions that the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, saw Prophet Muhammad of Islam as his hero and role model. Smith is quoted as saying: "I shall be to this generation a new Muhammad". He is also quoted as saying "Either the Al-Koran or the Sword". Of course, the Mormons of...
  • Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? (Long)

    06/05/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | June 4th, 2012 | Zac Alstin
    Who Dares Attack My Chesterton? OpinionJune 4th, 2012 Zac Alstin The late Christopher Hitchens  It is a cliché of pop psychology that we are least able to tolerate people who remind us of our own selves. There’s only room for one Life Of The Party and we feel a twinge of antagonism toward anyone whose excellence threatens to outshine our own. I was reminded of this when I read Christopher Hitchens’ posthumously published review of a biography of the great British journalist G.K. Chesterton. It certainly was a curious valediction. As an obituary for Hitchens described: “Consider the mix. Constant pain, weak as...
  • Learning from Christopher Hitchens: Lessons Evangelicals Must Not Miss

    01/15/2012 2:18:32 PM PST · by rhema · 81 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1/11/12 | R. Albert Mohler
    The death of Christopher Hitchens on December 15 was not unexpected, and that seemed only to add to the tragedy. His fight against cancer had been lived, like almost every other aspect of his colorful life, in full public view. He had told numerous interviewers that he wanted to die in an active, not a passive sense. Then again, there may never have been a truly passive moment in Christopher Hitchens’ life. Long before he was known as one of the world’s most ardent atheists, he was known as a world-class essayist and a hard-driving public intellectual. Born in England,...
  • Don't Cry for Hitchens, He was an Anti-Semite

    12/27/2011 6:19:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/27/11 | Giulio Meotti
    Hitchens had a serious problem with Jews, Israel and anti-Semitism. The universal encomia for the departure of Christopher Hitchens, the most celebrated atheist in the world, has been matched only by the earlier demise of Apple’s guru, Steve Jobs. Some of Hitchens’ praise is deserved, since he had been an exception in the leftist debacle after 9/11. But Hitchens had a serious problem with Jews, Israel and anti-Semitism. Despite the well known fact that the journalistic superstar boosted a deadly Judeophobic propaganda, Hitchens was given a pass by many US Jews for the anti-Semitic cheap shots about Israel just because...
  • Christopher Hitchens' Body Donated to Medical Research

    12/26/2011 2:33:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/26/2011 | Eryn Sun
    In accordance with his wishes, Christopher Hitchens’ body was donated to medical research following his death less than two weeks ago; many of his followers have applauded his decision. “That is very Hitchens style,” wrote one commenter on Daily Hitchens, which first announced the news of his donation through an email from his literary agent Steve Wasserman. The agent also revealed that memorial services would be held sometime next year for the God is Not Great author. “Body donation makes absolute sense,” 5ecular4umanist penned. “Why waste a body in burial or cremation when it can be used to teach medical...
  • The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

    12/23/2011 3:13:01 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 23, 2011 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, or Antony Flew.  But like all undisciplined enthusiasts who confuse wisecracking proselytes with wisdom-seeking pilgrims, the New Atheists seem incapable of completely ridding themselves and their disciples of the metaphysical infrastructure of the...
  • RIP Christopher Hitchens: Abortion survivor, post-abortive father, cognitively pro-life

    12/17/2011 1:46:09 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    JillStanek ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jill Stanek
    I say, “RIP,” sadly thinking Christopher Hitchens is not.The renowned liberal author and journalist died yesterday at the age of 62 following a short battle against esophageal cancer since summer 2010.Hitchens spent his latter years evangelizing atheism. So he wanted it known he would not convert to Christianity at the end, and if he did he really didn’t. From Causa Celsum: Hitchens suspected there would be rumors of a deathbed conversion – but even more he feared that he might actually call out to God. Speaking perhaps truer than he knew, he sought to give a preemptive strike against...
  • Christopher Hitchens, RIP (nice, worth the read)

    12/17/2011 2:07:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 119 replies
    Commentary Mag ^ | Peter Wehner
    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 Was Not Great

    12/17/2011 5:32:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 17, 2011 | John Ransom
    When Christopher Hitchens died this week, I trust that after he did so, something miraculous happened. That’s what my faith tells me. It’s not in good taste to speak ill of someone recently deceased. But in this case, I think Hitchens would approve, or at least shrug it off with indifference, many of the screeds written for or against him. But, while reading the eulogies about Hitchens I get the feeling, more than anything else, of a life wasted on unbelief. Everyone dies, and then…that’s it… or is it? Is all that’s left behind for a writer like Hitchens a...
  • AIA Remembers Christopher Hitchens

    12/16/2011 9:28:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2004 | Sean Grindlay
    A noted left-wing author who teaches at a bastion of so-called progressive education recently delivered a surprising defense of Western civilization—and an attack on prevailing academic attitudes towards it. Unfortunately, Christopher Hitchens said, confidence in the superiority of the West has been eroded in recent decades. Hitchens teaches at the New School in New York City. Hitchens criticized those Americans (on both the Left and the Right) who responded to the September 11 attacks by asking what America had done to deserve them—a question belonging to a mindset he called “moral suicide.” Such relativism, Hitchens said, is the result of...
  • Christopher Hitchens Is Dead. Damnit.

    12/16/2011 7:32:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2011 | James G. Wiles
    How can a conservative commentator and an orthodox Catholic like me possibly admire Christopher Hitchens? He hated the Pope, smeared Mother Teresa viciously. He even published a book four years ago defending his militant atheism called God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Then Christopher Hitchens debated around the world on that very topic. Then he co-wrote and edited a book about the debates. In between those two books, there was a third one, about the war in Iraq and his support of it - which had caused him to break with many of the friends of his youth....
  • A Hitchless World

    12/16/2011 4:21:56 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | Matt LaBash
    No secrets are being divulged when I report that Christopher Hitchens liked a drink every now and then. Preferably now. He wasn’t sloppy about it. In fact, he always seemed in perfect control. (I once saw him steer a beach bike through the streets of Key West without spilling his Scotch.) He just liked to keep the machine well-oiled so he could get on to more important things, like liberating oppressed peoples of the world, knocking out his 1,000 words a day, or starting fights with God, assuming there is one, which he didn’t. In some ways, his affection for...
  • Writer Christopher Hitchens Dies

    12/15/2011 9:13:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    npr ^ | 12/16/11 | David Folkenflik
    The influential writer and cultural critic Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus. Hitchens confronted his disease in part by writing, bringing the same unsparing insight to his mortality that he had directed at so many other subjects. Over the years, Hitchens' caustic attention was directed at a broad range of subjects, including Henry Kissinger, Prince Charles, Bob Hope, Michael Moore, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.
  • Christopher Hitchens dies aged 62

    12/15/2011 10:09:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | Friday 16 December 2011 | Richard Lea
    The writer, journalist and contrarian Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after crossing the border into the "land of malady" on being diagnosed with an oesophageal cancer in June 2010. Vanity Fair, for which he had written since 1992 and was made contributing editor, marked his death in a memorial article posted late on Thursday night. The reactions to Hitchens's illness from his intellectual opponents – which ranged from undisguised glee to offers of prayers – testified to his stature as one of the leading voices of secularism since the publication in 2007 of his anti-religious polemic...
  • R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

    12/15/2011 9:12:53 PM PST · by Arthurio · 285 replies
    R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens December 15, 2011 11:51 P.M. By Daniel Foster     Vanity Fair reports that Christopher Hitchens has passed away. Often frustrating, usually provocative, always brilliant. He added to the culture, and the conversation. I’m sure I join many in hoping he is in for a glorious, glorious surprise.
  • Is Christopher Hitchens about to convert? (Could he become a Christian?)

    12/10/2011 8:17:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/2011 | Mark Judge
    It’s a possibility that doesn’t seem laughable anymore. Hitchens, the celebrated British journalist, angry atheist and roué, has a very powerful piece in the January issue of Vanity Fair. Hitchens has been in Houston undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010. In his essay, Hitchens rejects a popular aphorism attributed to Nietzsche: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Hitchens had thought of the phrase at different points in his life where he narrowly escaped death — experiences told well in his memoir “Hitch-22.” After enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments that made swallowing unbearable and...
  • Christopher Hitchens: An Atheist’s Gift To Sarah Palin

    09/09/2011 5:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | September 9, 2011 | Michael Moriarity
    Odd how many Americans can agree with Christopher Hitchens on many issues, i.e. his rage at Henry Kissinger. I sympathize totally with such disgust. The Hitchens contempt for the Tea Party, however, is the grandest dividing line, largely due to the tea Party’s fervent belief in God and its faith in Sarah Palin whom Hitchens repeatedly heaps fear and loathing on. Hitchens, however, warns the world to not patronize Sarah Palin! He points out that his favorite film on American Presidential politics is Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. With an almost bottomless irony of ironies, he further adds that at...
  • Philip Larkin, the Impossible Man

    04/21/2011 1:02:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2011 | Christopher Hitchens
    In May 1941, Philip Larkin was the treasurer of the Oxford University English Club and in that capacity had to take the visiting speaker George Orwell out to dinner after he had addressed the membership on the subject of “Literature and Totalitarianism.” Larkin’s main recollection: “We took Dylan Thomas to the Randolph and George Orwell to the not-so-good hotel. I suppose it was my first essay in practical criticism.” Nudged and intrigued by this potential meeting of minds, I once attempted a comparison and contrast between Larkin and Orwell, as exemplars of a certain style of “Englishness.” Both men had...
  • Christopher Hitchens:'America Has Become Sour,Nasty and Boring'[Guinea Pig Cancer Treatment]

    04/14/2011 7:20:57 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies ^ | 6:23PM BST 13 Apr 2011 | In Confidence, Sky Arts
    Christopher Hitchens, the provocative British author who lives in the United States, has criticised his adopted country’s current political mood. In an interview for the Sky Arts programme In Confidence, which airs on Thursday night, Hitchens described his disappointment at the way in which he felt America’s generosity and self-confidence had dwindled. “The great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of people like me is its generosity, to put it simply. Broadness of mind, curiosity, willingness to accept strangers, allowing them to become citizens really quite easily, assimilate to their...
  • Who will pray for Christopher Hitchens?

    04/02/2011 7:20:05 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 82 replies ^ | October 6, 2007 | Ellen Makkai
    With Christopher Hitchens teetering on the brink of eternity, revisit this query from 2007: Do we have any prayer volunteers for Christopher Hitchens? He’s the self -proclaimed “atheist/anti-theist,” and stunningly clever wordsmith. He leapfrogged puzzled agnosticism to a pledged rebellion against God. He’ll be a tough turn-around, so thick is his iron-clad ignorance of the divine. In a recent Newsweek he cynically dissects Mother Teresa’s dark theological struggles, a postscript to his derisive 1995 book, “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.” A week ago he was a featured speaker for an Atheist Alliance conference in Washington DC....
  • Christopher Hitchens: Don't Trouble 'Deaf Heaven' With Prayers for Me

    04/02/2011 7:04:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 04/01/2011 | Eric Young
    With less than two weeks before “Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day,” cancer-stricken Christopher Hitchens is encouraging believers to hold off on praying for him. “I don’t mean to be churlish about any kind intentions, but when September 20 comes, please do not trouble deaf heaven with your bootless cries,” the atheist author wrote in a first-person article for Vanity Fair’s October 2010 issue. “Unless, of course, it makes you feel better,” he added, echoing a past comment. Last month, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Hitchens said he was well aware of the prayer groups that have formed since...
  • On Hitchens, The Suffering Atheist

    03/28/2011 4:15:18 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 8 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 29 March, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    “Christopher Hitchens is undergoing radiation treatment and wasn't able to write this week's column on his usual schedule,” explains Slate, an online magazine. “He hopes to file soon.” The date: March 23, 2011. It’s easy to disagree with Hitchens on some issues while agreeing with him on others. Still, hope is an apolitical creature and I hope he survives his battle (or what must seem like a war). His cancer, for sure, is the focus of international attention. But why? The Telegraph, March 28th article “Godless in Tumourville” was probably written earlier, but it’s insightful, for many reasons. As Mick...
  • Atheist Christopher Hitchens turns to evangelical Christian doctor in his fight against cancer

    03/28/2011 1:05:51 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 26 2011 | Simon Neville
    The last person you might expect Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best known atheists, to turn to for help would be an evangelical Christian. But a highly religious doctor might be the only individual who can help the author and journalist who is suffering from cancer. Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything...
  • Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss?

    02/25/2011 12:43:42 PM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | Christopher Hitchens
    The administration's pathetic, dithering response to the Arab uprisings has been both cynical and naive. However meanly and grudgingly, even the new Republican speaker has now conceded that the president is Hawaiian-born and some kind of Christian. So let's hope that's the end of all that. A more pressing question now obtrudes itself: Is Barack Obama secretly Swiss? Let me explain what I mean. A Middle Eastern despot now knows for sure when his time in power is well and truly up. He knows it when his bankers in Zurich or Geneva cease accepting his transfers and responding to his...
  • Christopher Hitchens: a Brian Lamb Interview

    02/03/2011 4:46:28 PM PST · by blasater1960 · 22 replies
    Cspan ^ | 1-14-11 | Christopher Hitchens
    Christopher Hitchens was interviewed in his home about his life and work following a diagnosis of esophageal cancer. He authored over a dozen books including his recent memoir, Hitch-22. Other titles include, God Is Not Great, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. He was a contributing editor for the Atlantic Monthly magazine and a columnist for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has been writing articles about his diagnosis in the summer 2010 of stage four esophageal cancer.
  • The pleasures of Hitch

    11/16/2010 2:12:25 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 15, 2010 | CHRLSTOPHER GALDWELL
    There is an odd thing about Christopher Hitchens. Hav ing entered journalism as a Trotskyist in 1970s Britain (which he memorably described as "Weimar without the sex"), he has spent the last decade as a leading advocate of bombing Afghanistan "back out of the Stone Age." Yet this ideological change has had little effect on the pleasures of reading him. One would -- at least I would -- as happily read something he wrote about Nicosia in 1975 as something he wrote about Barack Obama this morning. The moving articles that Hitchens has written since being diagnosed with a serious...
  • Christopher Hitchens: Don't Hang Tariq Aziz (His execution will threaten Iraq's fragile democracy)

    11/09/2010 9:41:12 AM PST · by WebFocus · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/09/2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The decision of the Iraqi war crimes tribunal to sentence Tariq Aziz to death is one that needs to be vigorously opposed for several reasons. Although it is true that, as Saddam Hussein's longtime henchman and deputy, he is morally tainted with some of the most appalling crimes in modern history, Aziz was not, in fact, condemned to execution for his part in the annexation of Kuwait, the destruction of the Marsh Arabs, or the attempted genocide against Iraq's Kurdish minority. (Indeed, there is some evidence that he advised his boss against the insane attack on Kuwait in 1990.) For...
  • Christopher Hitchens and Peter Hitchens God and the death bed

    10/21/2010 6:29:15 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 20 replies ^ | Oct 20, 2010 AD | Mariano
    ...That “Hitchens delights too much…” is indeed true, which is why he refers to himself as an “anti-theist.” The greatest issue with the death bed conversion is that a death bed is not guaranteed. Whoever said that you will rest upon a death bed and reflect upon your life, etc.? One car wreck or one fallen piano could spell your instant demise. Daniel Dennett suffered a heart attack and he took pleasure in praising man and science for his physical salvation stating, “Thank goodness I’m alive.” Richard Dawkins stated that he is going to record his death bed experience so...
  • Christopher Hitchens

    10/14/2010 11:09:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 14, 2010 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- Christopher Hitchens -- bald from cancer treatments, speaking between doctor's appointments -- has a special disdain for deathbed religious conversions. Appearing before a group of journalists organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, he criticized the pressures put on Tom Paine to embrace Christianity and the malicious rumors of faith that followed Charles Darwin's demise. "I've already thought about this a great deal, thanks all the same," he explained. The idea "that you may be terrified" is no reason to "abandon the principles of a lifetime." At this event -- a joint appearance with his...
  • Free Exercise of Religion? No, Thanks.

    09/07/2010 1:42:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 71 replies
    Slate ^ | Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    A recent blizzard of liberal columns has framed the debate over American Islam as if it were no more than the most recent stage in the glorious history of our religious tolerance. This phrasing of the question has the (presumably intentional) effect of marginalizing doubts and of lumping any doubters with the anti-Catholic Know-Nothings, the anti-Semites, and other bigots and shellbacks. So I pause to take part in a thought experiment, and to ask myself: Am I in favor of the untrammeled "free exercise of religion"? I am not. Take an example close at hand, the absurdly named Church of...
  • Catholics Praying for Christopher Hitchens

    09/07/2010 11:00:56 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 30 replies
    Christopher Hitchens is a well-known author and an evangelical atheist. He has often been harshly and unfairly critical of the Catholic Church, even to the point of attacking Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and calling for the arrest of Pope Benedict. But now, Mr. Hitchens has been stricken with incurable esophageal cancer. Our Lord has enjoined us to love all, especially those who despise us and would do us harm: "But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you." (Luke...
  • Christopher Hitchens Faces Cancer

    08/21/2010 3:35:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    I just lost a young friend to cancer, I watched my own stepfather die of the type of cancer that is now afflicting Christopher Hitchens, I am only concerned here with two things- his conversion and his bodily healing.I never “hated” Hitchens, I didn’t always disagree with his politics, but his extreme views against Faith/Belief in God were indicative of something missing on the inside for him.  In this interview he speaks a little about the trauma of suicide in his family- particularly his mother. It seems to me that the little child within all of us eventually wins out-...
  • Christopher Hitchens discusses advanced cancer: 'I'm dying' (Videos)

    08/11/2010 7:54:57 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 10, 2010 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Hitchens discusses anti-Semitism, Iran, religion, and cancer with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and novelist Martin Amis.
  • [CATH CAUCUS] Christopher Hitchins regrets he may not live long enough to see death of Pope Benedict

    08/04/2010 5:28:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Damian Thompson has posted an excerpt from a pre-view of Christopher Hitchins’ latest piece for Vanity Fair in which he admits to the regret that he most probably won’t live long enough to see the death of Pope Benedict due to his cancer.Christopher Hitchens also takes the opportunity to repeat his groundless slur that the Holy Father is a ‘criminal’.Mr Hitchens writes: “Will I really not live long enough … to read – if not indeed write – the obituaries of elderly criminals like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?”Protect the Pope comment: It’s understandable that when someone is suffering from...
  • Mel Gibson Tirades are the Distilled Violence, Cruelty, & Bigotry of Right-wing Catholic Ideology

    07/19/2010 5:44:38 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 154 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/19/10 | Christopher Hitchens
    Here is a man whose every word and deed is easily explicable once you know the single essential thing about him: He is a member of a fascist splinter group that believes it is the salvation of the Catholic Church. This schismatic crackpot sect is headed by Mel Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, a nutty autodidact with a sideline in Holocaust denial. Like many ultra-conservative Catholics, the Gibsons, pčre et fils, have never forgiven the Vatican for lifting the charge of deicide against the Jews in 1964. Less well-remembered, perhaps, is the interview in which he announced that his wife of...
  • Second Thoughts : On the complexities and contradictions of Christopher Hitchens (Part 1)

    07/06/2010 9:10:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/06/2010 | David Horowtiz
    AUTHOR’S NOTE: I had just finished this essay when I heard the terrible news that my friend Christopher had a cancer whose prognosis was dire. My heart and thoughts go out to him, as they would to a brother. I have known Christopher as a man of great courage and decency and have an affection for him that is not adequately expressed in the intellectual argument that follows. It is indeed an intellectual argument, and Christopher, I am sure, will welcome it as a testament to the way in which he has challenged us all — just as I am...
  • The Two Christophers

    07/06/2010 4:29:23 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | David Horowitz
    (I had just finished the draft of this essay when I heard the terrible news that my friend Christopher had a cancer whose prognosis was dire. My heart and thoughts go out to him, as they would to a brother. I have known Christopher as a man of great courage and decency and have an affection for him that is not adequately disclosed in the intellectual argument that follows. As an argument Christopher I am sure will welcome it as a test of his mettle and a testament to the way in which he has – and will continue –...
  • Christopher Hitchens: Margaret Thatcher is Sexier than Sarah Palin

    06/13/2010 1:06:44 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 44 replies · 1,128+ views ^ | June 13, 2010 | cubachi
    (clip) Suddenly he discussed the sexiness of Margaret Thatcher. The way he described Thatcher and how the press treated the "Iron Lady," you'd think he was talking about Sarah Palin. Even the radio host thought so. However, Hitchens said Palin was contrary to his description of Thatcher. He said Palin has no charisma. I find that hard to believe. I don't get his anti-Palin sentiment. Personally, I find Thatcher and Palin to be quite similar. See and hear for yourself what Hitchens said:
  • Christopher Hitchens: 'I was right and they were wrong' (Reflections on him & memoir, 'Hitch-22')

    05/25/2010 6:43:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies · 714+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2010 | Decca Aitkenhead
    Hero of the left to neocon turncoat, and still battling on: I'm not sure what a legend should look like exactly, but I'm pretty sure it's not this. The paunchy, middle-aged figure who opens the door at 10am has a crust of dried toothpaste around his mouth, an air of bleary dishevelment and the stooped shuffle of a man just out of bed and wishing he'd postponed the appointment to a less ungodly hour... Where is the celebrated rhetorician, famed for speaking in perfect paragraphs sculpted from flawless sentences? Gruff, vague and nursing a cup of tea, he clasps one...
  • Writer Christopher Hitchens to undergo chemotherapy (Diagnosed With Cancer)

    06/30/2010 5:08:13 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-10
    OS ANGELES (Reuters) – British-born author Christopher Hitchens on Wednesday cut short a book tour to undergo chemotherapy, which several media outlets reported was because the heavy smoker has been diagnosed with cancer. "I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice," Hitchens, 61, said in a statement released through his publishers Twelve. A representative for the publisher offered no details beyond the statement. Hitchens, known to be a heavy smoker, launched...
  • The Atheist and the Christian: The Paths of Christopher and Peter Hitchens

    06/22/2010 11:11:52 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2010 | Lauren Green
    They are not exactly Cain and Abel, but theologically and philosophically Christopher and Peter Hitchens are just as divided as the brothers of the Old Testament. Christopher Hitchens, 61, author of the bestselling book "God is Not Great," is one of the world's best-known atheists. Peter Hitchens, two years younger, is not as well-known, but he is also an author, and a devout member of the Church of England. Estranged for years until very recently, the Hitchens brothers have just released books within days of each other. Christopher's book is his memoir, titled "Hitch 22." Peter's book, as well, is...
  • Writer Christopher Hitchens has oesophegal cancer (Author of best-seller -- "God is Not Great")

    06/30/2010 7:29:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 2+ views
    The Australian ^ | 06/30/2010
    AUTHOR, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens has announced he has cancer of the oesophagus and will undergo treatment. Hitchens revealed his condition in a three-sentence statement on the website of Vanity Fair, a magazine to which he regularly contributes, and said he would have to cut short his current book tour. “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my oesophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens said. The English-born Hitchens, 61, was in the middle of...