People from around the world raise a glass in tribute to Christopher Hitchens. Thanks to all those who contributed, the fine folks at /r/atheism who organize...
As one says in the video, Hitch you are greatly loved. Cheers.
"Thank you for teaching me HOW to think, not WHAT to think" - sums it all up for me. Cheers, Christopher!
can't add much to this, he will be missed, but we can keep his life alive by living the simple truth he taught us... NEVER be afraid to speak truth!
@james d, did Hitch died? i haven't found any info about it.
his last appearance was at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston, TX. Atheist Alliance of America was also a participant in the joint convention.. he was so week!
I wouldn't disagree with anything these people have to say. Unfortunately, they ignore the fact that Hitchens was a strong supporter of the Iraq War. It pains me that an atheist would support the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent people who never did anything to Americans or Britons. That callous attitude toward "enemies" is more typical of Christians.
@Cesar, no he has not but last I heard he as pneumonia. The tributes are happening now so he can see them.
@Dale, they are not ignoring anything. This video is not a critique on Hitchens and his stances on EVERY subject. I too disagree with his stance on the war, but in my opinion to call him "callous" or compare him with a christian who has no sense of reason or critical thought is way off target and pretty disrespectful to the man. These tributes are from atheists to an atheist in regards to atheism.
I see where some of you didn't like my bringing up Hitchens' support of the Iraq War. I, too, have greatly enjoyed his sardonic, biting criticisms of religion. But I don't consider the fact that he was a cheerleader for the war to be irrelevant to his existential belief system. I like to think that the atheists from whom I receive inspiration are people, such as Dawkins, Myers, and Dennett, who are reliably trustworthy in their judgment. To have supported that illegal, immoral war, which brutalized an entire generation of innocent civilians is a sure sign in my mind of flawed, "callous" judgment. I can't bring myself to praise the man just because his views on religion mirror mine, and yet ignore the fact that he seems to have little or no feeling for all the guiltless people who suffered in the war he enthusiastically supported. When I refer to my heroes in the freethought movement, I usually leave him out. To me, it would be no different from admiring Jeffrey Dahmer because he was an atheist (though atheist serial killers are relatively rare). He would change my mind if he came out and condemned the horrific war crimes committed by the U.S. in Fallujah; but I'm guessing he would not do that.
Speaking of which: for those of you who don't believe that our soul-wrenching attack on Fallujah was a monstrous and massive war crime, google "Justice for Fallujah Project." Then ask yourself: is a man who believes this atrocity was justified someone worthy of respect just because of his (non) religious world view?
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