Let's just eliminate all the bullshit, shall we?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christopher Hitchens passes

Masterful speaker, writer, journalist, contrarian, and revolutionary
Christopher Hitchens passed away on Thursday at age 62,
after a 2 year battle with cancer.

Hitchens was a longtime proponent of intellectualism and
speaking directly, which led him to cross political and party
lines in his assault on ignorance (leading to much controversy
over the years.) He identified as an anti-theist, although the
public would dismiss much of his views by labeling him atheist.

He had been a writer at Vanity Fair for nearly 30 years, as well as a
multitude of other magazines (The Nation, The Guardian,etc.) and was the
author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything"
(highly recommended.)

His series of written debates with pastor Douglas Wilson, "Is
Christianity Good for the World?" were widely read, and led to a book
and film based on the works.

He was a frequent guest commentator on television both in America
and Britain, and was an eloquent and well-versed speaker.

He was also widely respected for sticking to his guns, being
a man of principle, and the fair-mindedness of even his
more impassioned stances. Evidence of this respect
shows in many places, like the remembrance of Hitchins
penned by oft-times debater Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

A Few great Lines from Hitchens

"(Giving Obama a Nobel Peace Prize) would be like giving
someone an Oscar in the hope that it would encourage them
to make a decent motion picture."

"My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony,
lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation,
to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you
can't disprove it either."  (- excerpted from "God Is Not Great")

"Nothing optional - from homosexuality to adultery - is ever
made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact
the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate."
  (-excerpted from "God Is Not Great")

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Thank you for all your hard work, Christopher.
May your work continue to influence the world and
break down the insanity that we have crafted.


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