Christopher Hitchens DEAD

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Christopher Hitchens, Author and Television Personality, Dies at 62

Christopher Hitchens, the maverick essayist, unabashed atheist and cable television gladiator whose long list of targets included Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and even Mother Teresa and organized religion, has died from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer. He was 62.

Hitchens died Thursday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to a statement released by Vanity Fair late Thursday night.

"There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar," Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter said in the statement. "Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls."

Born in Britain April 13, 1949, and educated at Oxford, Hitchens authored more than a dozen books. He achieved his greatest notoriety with the 2007 best-seller "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," in which he dismissed faith as wish fulfillment and religion as "the main source of hatred in the world."

With its publication, Hitchens became the public face of atheism. Critics assumed his cancer diagnosis, in 2010, would lead Hitchens to relent and embrace God. But he remained a proud non-believer to the very end, as he made clear in an early October 2011 speech at the annual Atheist Alliance of America convention in Houston, as he accepted the Freethinker of the Year Award.

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His body gaunt from the ravages of cancer, Hitchens said, "We have the same job we always had: to say that there are no final solutions; there is no absolute truth; there is no supreme leader; there is no totalitarian solution that says if you would just give up your freedom of inquiry, if you would just give up, if you would simply abandon your critical faculties, the world of idiotic bliss can be yours."

Hitchens' career followed a remarkable arc. As a young man, Hitchens was a Trotskyite who sold "The Socialist Worker" on London street corners. By 2003, he had become such a supporter for invading Iraq, critics considered him a neoconservative. More recently, he wrote that he voted for Barack Obama, but had no regrets that George W. Bush won the 2000 and 2004 elections.

Through it all, Hitchens never shied from a fight. He called Kissinger a "war criminal" and Clinton a "psychopath." Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was a "Kennedy suck-up." And he said George W. Bush's ascension to the White House proved "anyone can be president."

Hitchens took aim at a saintly target with the provocatively titled paperback, "The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice." To Hitchens, the acclaimed charity worker was "a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud" who was more interested in furthering Catholic doctrine than tending to the poor. One reviewer called it "a cruise missile of a book."

Critics labeled him a "professional controversialist," even a "performance artist." Former allies on the left were especially outspoken. Liberal writer Alexander Cockburn once posted on his website an attack on Hitchens under the headline, "Letter to a Lying, Self-Serving, Fat-Assed, Chain-Smoking, Drunken, Opportunistic, Cynical Contrarian."

"You'd think I'd driven over their pets and abducted their daughters," Hitchens told The New Yorker in 2006.

He denied that he had shifted to the right; he characterized his world view as "post ideological."

"I'm a member of no party. I have no ideology. I'm a rationalist," he told USA Today in 2010. "I do what I can in the international struggle between science and reason, and the barbarism, superstition and stupidity that's all around us."

Hitchens' career as a journalist and author took him to 60 countries and many war zones, from Bosnia to Beirut. A gifted speaker, he cemented his status as a public intellectual by debating his views around the U.S. with proponents of contrary positions.
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I always liked the guy

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Thank god?
 

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Critics assumed his cancer diagnosis, in 2010, would lead Hitchens to relent and embrace God.
I'm pretty sure no one really expected this. The guy was stubborn, to put it nicely.
 

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I always liked the guy

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That video is great. Since it's classless to speak ill of the dead, I'll just say he was a man of his convictions and it was cool how he told Maher's retard audience to fuck off.
 

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He was a great American(He became a citizen in 2007). I enjoyed his appearances on Penn and Tell:Bullshit.
 

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Bummer. I enjoyed his books and interviews. He didn't give a fuck who he offended. Kind of a rarity these days.
 

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I love all the religious zealots on twitter, celebrating his death an threatening to kill his supporters. Way to prove his point, assholes............
 

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One of my favorite writers, and a guy that really got the most out of living. Ah, shit....
 
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Who????

and by who I mean who gives a shit?

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I always liked the guy

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That clips makes him instantly 10000 times more likable....


seriously though, it's always good to see when someone is at least intellectually honest and consistent. Regardless of whether or not I agree with them.
 

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Who????

and by who I mean who gives a shit?

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Go figger BeerBuckle here never heard of him.

He was a man who wrote these things called books, bumpkin. Yeah... B-O-O-K. You know, that thing you use to prop open the window of your trailer home?
 
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That video is great. Since it's classless to speak ill of the dead, I'll just say he was a man of his convictions and it was cool how he told Maher's retard audience to fuck off.
Since he spoke ill of the dead when Reagan, Pope JP3, Mother Teresa, and even Bob Hope died, I think it's appropriate.

When Hitchens would bash religion, I'd think of my grandmother dying with a crucifix on the wall and a rosary in her hand. I'd think of my father receiving last rites from a minister the day before he passed. I'd think of my uncle, who served both his Lord and his country as an Air Force chaplain. And I'd think, what kind of asshole would want to take those things away from people?

He was an intelligent man and a gifted wordsmith to be sure, but someone who smoked himself to death and was never seen without a drink in his hand should not pass judgement on how others find happiness.
 

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Since he spoke ill of the dead when Reagan, Pope JP3, Mother Teresa, and even Bob Hope died, I think it's appropriate.

When Hitchens would bash religion, I'd think of my grandmother dying with a crucifix on the wall and a rosary in her hand. I'd think of my father receiving last rites from a minister the day before he passed. I'd think of my uncle, who served both his Lord and his country as an Air Force chaplain. And I'd think, what kind of asshole would want to take those things away from people?

He was an intelligent man and a gifted wordsmith to be sure, but someone who smoked himself to death and was never seen without a drink in his hand should not pass judgement on how others find happiness.
That is a fine post, Sir. I couldn't agree more.
 
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I have no idea who this guy was. Nor do I care.
 

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I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that on television before. I don't care for Hitchens' writing, but holy shit what a set of balls.
 

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Since he spoke ill of the dead when Reagan, Pope JP3, Mother Teresa, and even Bob Hope died, I think it's appropriate.
Why are you taking your cue on how to behave from a dead atheist you seem to hate?

If you think it's inappropriate to speak ill of the dead, don't speak ill of the dead. It's not much of a conviction, if you break it as soon as someone you don't like dies. What would your grandmother and uncle think about this? (not trying to be a dick, I'm asking honestly)

When Hitchens would bash religion, I'd think of my grandmother dying with a crucifix on the wall and a rosary in her hand. I'd think of my father receiving last rites from a minister the day before he passed. I'd think of my uncle, who served both his Lord and his country as an Air Force chaplain. And I'd think, what kind of asshole would want to take those things away from people?
Take it away? What did he do, to take it away?

Christian theologists would be the first to tell you that if all it takes to lose your faith are logical words spoken by a dirty heathen, you didn't really have any faith to begin with.

I would add that if the truth is going to injure you, you should blame that on yourself, not the person who said it. And if a lie injures you, you have weak convictions and could use some character building. All in all, no words should ever injure a truly righteous man.
He was an intelligent man and a gifted wordsmith to be sure, but someone who smoked himself to death and was never seen without a drink in his hand should not pass judgement on how others find happiness.
Why not? He didn't come to your house with a shotgun, to punish you for your silly beliefs, he simply shared his honest opinions with the world. Just because he had faults of his own, he should've kept his opinions to himself?

He never claimed he was perfect, or above judgement. As far as I know, he saved plenty of judgement for himself. Which is more than can be said about your leaders. The Pope claims to be God's spokesman, for fuck's sake, and Christian leaders are declared saints on a regular basis. They pass judgement on everyone, and then sue anyone who dares to criticize them (sue instead of kill only because we took that power away from them).