Guys, let's keep this thread as it was intended– a thread about what Hitch meant to people. That doesn't mean that we can't say that some of the things that he said and wrote were wrong in our personal view. But let's keep it free of discussions about where Hitch is, in heaven or in hell, or why indeed an atheist would feel sorrow at the loss of another human being (As well as free of replies to those kinds of posts because they will be removed). Those questions can obviously be hashed out elsewhere in the forum of course!
What Christopher Hitchens meant to me cannot really be described in words. He was such an amazing human being and I cannot believe he is really gone. Over the past few months he had even exchanged emails me with me on a couple of occasions. He was truly a hero.
Christopher Hitchens was a man of courage and honor. Hitch always spoke his mind and took the fight to religious bigotry and was unapologetic about it. In addition, he was not a cultural relativist or an Islamic apologist like is the case with many atheists. He called Islamic ideology for what it truly was: totalitarianism and oppression. In addition, he was a great friend for freedom and democracy and although he was a leftist all his life, he stood and supported the Iraqi people for their quest for freedom - particularly the great Kurdish people. And as an Iranian, he was a great friend of the Iranian people and it is a shame that he was not able to see a free Iran in his lifetime. Most importantly: he was genuine and one of the most insightful and intelligent human beings I have ever heard whom possessed great insight and a realistic foresight of world problems.
I will write more on him later but he was truly a hero of mine and I don't have any other heroes. He was someone that inspired me in ways that cannot be expressed. For the rest of my life, I will try to live with his ideals and inspiration as much as I can. To be honest, right now has become one of the gloomiest and darkest days, and my heart feels empty.
Beautifully put and I agree with you 100%. We do prob. mourn more than believers for the reasons you cited.
"The one word that comes to mind when I think of my brother is ‘courage’. By this I don’t mean the lack of fear which some people have, which enables them to do very dangerous or frightening things because they have no idea what it is to be afraid. I mean a courage which overcomes real fear, while actually experiencing it."- Peter Hitchens..this says it all..there will be no another Hitch!!
...slightly more composed now. spent the morning crying and the afternoon defending Hitch from bigots and ...well you know. Hitch was a one-off like all of us.He was egalitarian.He wasn't afraid to abuse and took abuse as a compliment .He could tell people to fuck off and mean it.Just gonna listen to Dylan's Idiot wind and grieve...
He did have some of the best pictures I've ever seen.
he was one of the reasons why i became a militant atheist him and richard dalkins made me proud to be an atheist and taught me to be myself and speak out so i came out about being bi and all the dipression slipped away so in a form he helped me save my life decay without disturbance C.H.
I have tears running down my face as I type this and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
We have lost a champion of common sense, rational thought, & critical thinking, who can possibly take up where he left off?
Take a look at some of the terrible things these loving Christians have said about Hitch on www.yahoo.com, these delusional idiots surely do not practice what they preach.
i put my own oppions on some of them because i started getting mad at the imbisiles who where insulting him
Hitch got me past some rough times to honor him and to make a point to the theists I'm starting the phrase "Happy Hitchmas"
I just toasted the man and his legacy with some Johnny Walker Black.
New Atheist Holiday: December 15, HITCHMAS!
I'm marking it on my calendar for next year!
Maybe we should start an annual get together in different areas, I'm in San Antonio, TX., USA, Dec.15th or the nearest weekend, anyone interested?