April 13, 1949 – December 15, 2011
Christopher Hitchens, an author and journalist, was the reason I faithfully threw away a large chunk of ten dollars on a magazine every month. He had been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1992. He has been 'not fighting' esophogial cancer since 2010, the same cancer from which his father died.
Hitch (everyone called him that, so I'm jumping on that wagon because it's shorter to type) was both praised and vilified because of his confrontational manner in debating sensitive issues. In his book The Missionary Position he wrote that Mother Theresa was and is undeserving of honour because she was an oppressive political opportunist spreading a fanatical religious belief. He called Henry Kissinger a war criminal. Ripped Mel Gibson a new one in an article found here. I personally loathe Mel Gibson for the same reason I loathe Tom Cruise. There is no room in the world for fanatics. I believe 911 drove that home on American soil. Hitch called Jerry Falwell treasonous for saying the 911 attacks were "probably deserved". He also wrote a scathing article about the globally indulged Dalai Lama. Michael Moore also got an article. Hitch was an equal opportunity critic.
He considered himself an antitheist as opposed to an atheist. Hitchens said that a person "could be an atheist and wish that belief in god were correct," but that "an antitheist, a term I'm trying to get into circulation, is someone who is relieved that there's no evidence for such an assertion".
His death will be followed by lauding eulogies and poisonous denunciations. I'm sure he would enjoy whatever was said, either way.