Trying to find some news about the prognosis of Christopher Hitchens’ condition, I stumbled upon this little piece posted today by Andrew Sullivan, Hitch's Cancer.

Here’s his whole post:
I'm devastated by the news. We need Christopher around for a long, long time. I do not know the details and understand his need for privacy. But he seems in good spirits if this classically British understatement is symptomatic of his mood:
"I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me."
May the God he believes poisons everything be with him. And a simple word of encouragement: surviving a potentially fatal disease can be a form of liberation. I look forward to an even more liberated Hitch.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find his “good wishes” insulting. What an awful thing to do, using the opportunity of someone’s terrible, scary, potentially fatal illness to insist on pushing his religious beliefs.

Or maybe this just exposes Sullivan as the complete moron he seems to be, whether he didn’t read the book he’s referring to, or he didn’t understand what Mr. Hitchens wrote on his book’s very title “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” which is, in itself, a complete statement of disbelief.

That I hope Mr. Hitchens can overcome this terrible and painful illness, goes without saying.

Originally posted on - read the comments.

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Comment by Gaytor on July 1, 2010 at 9:13pm
What Sullivan doesn't get is that facing life as a non-believer is liberating in itself. Making choices and being able to determine the potential consequences and not fearing the ethereal is liberation. Hitchens smoked and the consequence is Esophageal cancer. It's not punishment, it's cause and effect. Not worrying about it being God's choice is liberating.

I wish him the best and in my best Hitchens, I won't have need of your impotent God, I have doctors.
Comment by Allen Sneed on July 2, 2010 at 4:22pm
Maybe God poisoned Sullivan's sense of common decency.
Comment by SabreNation on July 3, 2010 at 11:47pm
You guys are taking it the wrong way. Sullivan and Hitchens are actually friends, mainly on account of Sullivan's blistering criticism of "Christianists" as he calls them (Christian Fundamentalists). It wasn't meant to be a kick in the face so to speak, just a friendly dig directed towards a friend he's likely debated dozens of times about faith and religion. Here is a follow-up post titled "Should We Pray For Hitch?":

"I will, in part to piss him off. I don't believe in treating the sick as suddenly tender souls who cannot enjoy humor and debate - and that would apply in truckloads for my dear friend. I'm delighted that no one ever pulls a punch with me on the grounds of chronic disease and I'm sure Hitch would feel the same way."
Comment by ZachsMind on July 4, 2010 at 3:54pm
I still think we should plan now for Christopher Hitchen's wake. I want lots of booze and smokes.
Comment by Monica McGee (Monicks) on July 5, 2010 at 1:06pm
Zach: Sadly, you might be right. I've heard that at this stage of Hitch's cancer, mortality rate is 95%.

SabreNation: Thank you, like Neal said, this puts Sullivan's post in context, but I still think his words were poorly chosen.


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