The world just lost a cerebral giant. British born author and journalist Christopher Hitchens past away yesterday at age 62 of esophageal cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Christopher Hitchens wrestled with cancer since June 2010 and openly spoke about his illness. He told his Vanity Fair readers in 2010,
“I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.”
Americans praised his book God is Not Great and accepted him into their list of top Atheists of all time. Interestingly enough, an evangelical Christian named Francis Collins looked after Hitchens during his fight against cancer. He ardently fought against Christianity and spent the majority of his life spreading his beliefs to the world.
Christopher Hitchens will NOW know whether or not God exists.
Hitchens is survived by his wife and three daughters.
INSIDE THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
- Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949.
- He studied at The Leys School in Cambridge and Balliol College in Oxford.
- He was involved in homosexual experiences while in boarding school and college. Two of those men formed part of the Margaret Thatcher government.
- He feuded heavily with the Roman Catholic Church.
- His mother committed suicide in 1973 with her lover, a former clergyman named Timothy Bryan.
- He immigrated to America in 1981 and became a naturalised American citizen on his 58th birthday in 2007.
- His influences were Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Thomas Jefferson, Evelyn Waugh, and P.G. Wodehouse.
- Forbes magazine listed Hitchens as one of the “25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.”
- Hitchens called Sarah Palin “absurd,” a “pathological liar,” and a “national disgrace.”
- Hitchens called himself an “Anti-Zionist.”
- He supported the legalisation of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes.
- He wanted to abolish the British monarchy.
- Hitchens enjoyed attacking people like Bill Clinton, Mel Gibson, the 14th Dalai Lama, Jerry Falwell, Mother Theresa and Henry Kissinger.
- He hated the three biggest religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- Hitchens struggled with two addictions: smoking and alcoholism
- He tried giving up smoking in 2007, but took it up again until his cancer diagnosis in 2010.
- Hitchens cancelled a big religious debate surrounding the Ten Commandments in November 2010 because of his illness.
- Hitchens was working on a book about the Ten Commandments.
“The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.”
“[Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
“The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
“The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me.”
“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
“Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”
“I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with ‘you’ in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.”
“Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of ‘the flock.’”