Illness made Christopher Hitchens a symbol of the honesty and dignity of atheism.

December 17, 2011

By Richard Dawkins

On 7 October, I recorded a long conversation with Christopher Hitchens in Houston, Texas, for the Christmas edition of New Statesman which I was guest-editing. He looked frail, and his voice was no longer the familiar Richard Burton boom; but, though his body had clearly been diminished by the brutality of cancer, his mind and spirit had not.

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Anonymous said...

More self serving atheist nonsense by this endless bore who can't bear to take the focus off his foul ideology for a moment to honor a friend.

Anonymous said...

He will be greatly missed by many.

Anonymous said...

more important than being missed, which of course he will, he has made a difference. He has "passed it on", as Alan Bennett put it, and I for one will do my hardest to make sure his incites are built upon, not squandered.

Anonymous said...

I have just recently discovered Christopher Hitchens and his amazing wit. Even though his works and beliefs are new to me, he had an immense impact on my life. I am a fellow atheist and will cherish his words of insight and intellect.

Anonymous said...

Last year I watched my niece die of cancer. She was deeply religious and spent her days worrying about how her departure would upset others. She was courageous, giving and loving to the very end. She showed more dignity than I have ever seen.And she was a fundamentalist. So dignity isnt reserved for atheists.


Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir