Christopher Hitchens Day

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Celebrating and remembering the life of Christopher Hitchens on the date of his birth, April 13th.  Let's lift a glass of Johnnie Walker Black, with a splash of Perrier, to the Bard of Atheism. If you smoke, a standard cigarette will do but a fine Cuban Cigar would be a tribute.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 17, 2012 at 12:11pm

Thank you to everyone who RSVP's and took the time to think of Hitch on his birthday.  I've already registered a Hitchday event for next year and hope you'll sign up again, :D

Here is the link to the next Hitchday.

http://www.thinkatheist.com/events/christopher-hitchens-day-1

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 13, 2012 at 9:25pm

Thanks, Reg.  I remember reading that letter at the time but it is particularly poignant today.  Just sipping a little Scotch, although my allergies preclude the Cuban cigar tonight.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 13, 2012 at 3:08pm

I copied this form PZ Myers site.

Christopher Hitchens was scheduled to appear at the American Atheist convention, but had to cancel because of his illness. He sent this letter instead

Dear fellow-unbelievers,

    Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before. I hope to help defend and pass on the lessons of this for many years to come, but for now I have found my trust better placed in two things: the skill and principle of advanced medical science, and the comradeship of innumerable friends and family, all of them immune to the false consolations of religion. It is these forces among others which will speed the day when humanity emancipates itself from the mind-forged manacles of servility and superstitition. It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency. 

      That essential sense of decency is outraged every day. Our theocratic enemy is in plain view. Protean in form, it extends from the overt menace of nuclear-armed mullahs to the insidious campaigns to have stultifying pseudo-science taught in American schools. But in the past few years, there have been heartening signs of a genuine and spontaneous resistance to this sinister nonsense: a resistance which repudiates the right of bullies and tyrants to make the absurd claim that they have god on their side. To have had a small part in this resistance has been the greatest honor of my lifetime: the pattern and original of all dictatorship is the surrender of reason to absolutism and the abandonment of critical, objective inquiry. The cheap name for this lethal delusion is religion, and we must learn new ways of combating it in the public sphere, just as we have learned to free ourselves of it in private. 

    Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need). Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death and human sacrifice and are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped and distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings and incantations. 

       As the heirs of a secular revolution, American atheists have a special responsibility to defend and uphold the Constitution that patrols the boundary between Church and State. This, too, is an honor and a privilege. Believe me when I say that I am present with you, even if not corporeally (and only metaphorically in spirit...) Resolve to build up Mr Jefferson's wall of separation. And don't keep the faith.

    Sincerely

Christopher Hitchens

 

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 13, 2012 at 8:14am

Happy Hitchday Everybody!

Comment by Nessrriinn on April 12, 2012 at 10:13pm

*cheers*..helped me change my life..

Comment by Nicki Temple on April 11, 2012 at 7:14am

Hi Reg

I think he said that in reference to Jerry Falwell. He wanted to say it on the TV show he was invited on to as a guest on the day Falwell died (genius tv btw)  but didn't get the chance and so said it at a later interview but can't remember which one.

Roll on Friday!!

Still trying to work out the most fitting way to celebrate his astounding life.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 10, 2012 at 8:07pm

You are very welcome Heather. Thanks for creating this page. See you on Friday.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on April 10, 2012 at 7:03pm

Thank you, Reg - I'm really going to cherish clips like that for a long long time.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 10, 2012 at 6:42pm

This is why I miss the man. Militant to the end but with the intelligence, wit and dignity that not enough people possess. I heard him use a put down remark once that I have adopted and keep ready for the right occasion though I always credit him for it. I can’t remember the context he used it in but it was said to an apologist who “was full of it”.

The line goes “if he had an enema they could bury him in a matchbox”. Priceless.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 10, 2012 at 6:02pm

and what to wear while sipping...

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