Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In Memorium: Christopher Hitchens 1949 - 2011
I can easily imagine Harris & Dawkins passing away one day and rocking up to the Pearly Gates only to be overcome with distress at the Kingdom of Heaven's mere existence. Not unlike the Dwarves in C.S. Lewis's The Last Battle who still refuse to believe in Aslan even when it is no longer an issue of faith.
By contrast one can imagine Hitchens seeing Heaven's gate and smiling with a bit of a wink, "Oh, Good Lord, my brother was right on that one now wasn't he...oh well, right then... um Lord, no hard feelings eh? The bar's still open you say?...Good, can one of the angel's bring me a Scotch...I rather think I'll be needing one right about now..."
Not so with Christopher Hitchens. Its one thing to despise Henry Kissinger...anyone can do that. But to despise Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa equally...now that...that..takes chutzpah! One moment he is denouncing God and organized religion and in the same debate is praising George W. Bush for his pre-emptive invasion of Iraq. Anyone who can single handly tick off Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, AND Conservatives in the same debate...well...is always going to get a bit of applause and a "Good show ol' boy" from me.
Yes, Christopher, you will be missed. I do hope you are in heaven as I for one, look forward to sharing an evening with you of stout lager, cigars, and good conversation.