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Hitchen’s Letter to American Atheists

Dear fellow-unbelievers,

Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before.

So begins Christopher Hitchens’ open letter to American Atheists.  You can read the whole thing HERE, and I encourage you to do so.  Here are some more highlights:

[I]n the past few years, there have been heartening signs of a genuine and spontaneous resistance to this sinister nonsense: a resistance which repudiates the right of bullies and tyrants to make the absurd claim that they have god on their side. To have had a small part in this resistance has been the greatest honor of my lifetime: the pattern and original of all dictatorship is the surrender of reason to absolutism and the abandonment of critical, objective inquiry.

Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need).



2 thoughts on “Hitchen’s Letter to American Atheists

  1. I didn’t come to appreciate Christopher Hitchens until late.
    He has faced this stoically. He has made every attempt at keeping up with his scheduled appearances when lesser men would have balled up and prayed to an imaginary friend for relief.
    If I had any power to give him I would.
    Alas, there is no magic, no prayer that works, but I will remember him. That’s all that anyone can hope for, is to be remembered.
    There’s is always an exceptionally slim chance of spontaneous remission. (what religionists call “miracles”).

    Posted by NoSacredCow | April 25, 2011, 7:52 pm
  2. There is also the hope for a medical cure. It’s a long shot, to be sure, but Hitch has been participating in an experimental treatment. There’s also been some good news on the gene therapy front, although I don’t think it’s immediately relevant to his form of cancer.

    In any case, however long Hitch remains with us, he will be admired for both his work and his moral fortitude. When he is gone, he will still be an inspiration to us, and will — in a sense — achieve a form of immortality more real than any imagined streets of gold.

    Posted by Living Life Without a Net | April 25, 2011, 8:58 pm

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