Christopher Hitchens, dead at 62

Polemicist had written frequently and eloquently about his battle with cancer


Polemicist and author Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday after battling oesophageal cancer since the spring of 2010. Armed with a combative style and a fierce wit, Hitchens was known for training his sights on targets as varied as Mother Theresa, Bill Clinton, and religion as a whole. In the last months of his life, Hitchens wrote often about the cancer that would eventually kill him, insisting it had led him to question neither his rabid atheism, nor his penchant for cigarettes and alcohol. Hitchens died at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was 62.

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Christopher Hitchens, dead at 62

  1. A man of principled conviction.

    • It’s interesting that you say that. I just found him to be a blowhard and  a loud mouth.

      • Funny how we always describe people who don’t agree with us just that way.

  2. Condolences to all of Christophers loved ones and to those who appreciated his truthfulness and integrity.

    • Amen to that.  Pray for him.

      • If it makes you feel better…that was Mr. Hitchens’ opinion on the matter.

  3. I stopped taking Hitchens seriously when I heard him liken the belief in God to this:
    “the wish to be a slave. It is the desire that there be an unalterable, unchallengeable, tyrannical authority who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep.” So he likens the reign of the kingdom of God to be a kind of “celestial North Korea”.
    Right….because that’s what billions of Christians and Jews really over the centuries really want.   Give me a break.

    • What wonderful, clear, thinking you display, Veronica. “Billions of Christians and Jews” believing “over the centuries” is proof that the belief in a God is the truth and nothing but the truth, huh?

      Safety in numbers, right?

      • You need a new moniker.

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