I know that this may be too late, but I feel I need to write this tribute to Christopher Hitchens, whom I adored for his courage and brutal honesty. But, this being late may not actually be in vein. In recent days I’ve seen a lot of videos regarding Hitchens’ death, as I also saw a trend of twitter become filled with comments about him, many of them were from Christians and those who disliked him.
People like Rick Warren, one important enemy of reason and Homophobe, tweeted: “My friend Christopher Hitchens has died, I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve his loss. He knows the Truth now.” There were other numerous videos on his death, people who were actually happy, but saying: “We should love him.” Or, “It’s by God’s grace that I am not feeling happy now.”
Quite an interesting dilemma: In the context of Christianity for most Christians, or many other religions and their followers, it is considered bad, or “immoral”, to feel happy for someone’s death (no matter who). Now, how ironically self refuting that is, that the same religion creates a sense of happiness in its followers for the death of its “enemies”. So, you “should not” be happy, but you “should” be happy. Or, maybe you “should not” be happy, but you cannot not be happy.
It was a huge fun to watch these religious people struggle with this dilemma, when they actually were happy, but they new they should not have been, because their religion said so! But Either way, the joke is on religion.
I never drink, nor do I smoke; But, I salute your memory Mr. Hitchens, may it be remembered in history of our intellectual struggle against religion.