Another tribute to Hitch

Courtesy of Token Skeptic, we have the Global Atheist Convention’s tribute to Christopher Hitchens, just shown in Melbourne.  It’s only 11 minutes long but contains some of his best bon mots and compelling statements. Like the Charlie Rose video below, this is well worth watching.

17 Comments

  1. HaggisForBrains
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks – made my day – still chuckling at some of the Hitchslaps.

  2. newenglandbob
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    A marvelous collection. I even enjoyed the music background.

  3. Raimondo
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    The risk now is to make a Saint Hitch out of him post-mortem. Unfortunately, I hear the sounds of that taking place already. A saint for the non-believers. That would be both unsavory and depressing.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Highly unlikely.

      This was a short tribute*, not The Unexpurgated Life and Times of CH, and I think most atheists are intelligent to grasp the difference.

      * Worth noting: he in fact had been an invited speaker to this conference before he died, this was entirely appropriate to have on the program under the circumstances.

      I find it a little hard to comprehend the mindset of people who feel the need to “balance” to any mention of Hitchens, just in case. Hope you don’t feel the need to “bring balance” at funerals too. That really would be unsavory and, well, depressing.

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

        Good hitchslap!

  4. will
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    This is an easygoing tribute. I kept thinking if I were near my end and knew I had X number of months to live, I would probably travel. Drink and eat well. Go to Italy. Perhaps Turkey. But take it easy. Outdoor cafes & bistros on the river. Hitch preferred to fight. He is as generous and impassioned as that great 19th-century atheist Robert Ingersoll I keep reading about but have not yet fully explored.

  5. mordacious1
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    My favorite Hitchslap, and I’ve only seen it once…even though I’ve searched the internet high and low for the clip… is when Christopher was a fairly young man and he was discussing something with William F. Buckley, Jr., probably on “Firing Line” (if I remember correctly, the clip was in black and white). Anyway, Hitchens was explaining some elaborate point and Buckley says in that condescending manner he had, “I didn’t understand a word you just said”. Hitchens without missing a beat: ” I’m hardly surprised”. Game-Set-Match. I wish I could find the clip.

  6. Dawn Oz
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    A fave champion who I respect and miss. Thankfully we have his audio and video forever. I’m relistening to ‘God is Not Great’ at home when bestirring myself to the domestic chores.

  7. Terence Moodie
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Excellent, all too brief, summary of a true champion of reason and rational belief. I eagerly await the emergence of another as erudite, witty and committed as Hitch.

  8. Terence Moodie
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Brought a lump to my throat.

  9. Terence Moodie
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Brought a lump to my throat. I await the coming of another as erudite, witty and committed as Hitch

  10. gerard52
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Bravo!

  11. bsk
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    It’s missing Hitch on free speech – that was his best performance, in my opinion.

  12. leon martin
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I just had a smoke and a double shot of smash face. My salute to Hitch.Not recomended, but, what the hell! That was Hitch. He figured he wouldn’t get it in mythical Heaven and Hell, so he took the cash and let the credit go.Thanks for the Ride, Hitch. See you in eternity. That’s where all of us were for over thirteen billion years. Memento Mori.

  13. Kylie S.
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I had to introduce the Four Horsepeople (Ayaan Hirsi Ali instead of Hitchens) after this memorial. I nearly burst into tears on stage.

  14. RFW
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    A good friend (who is responsible for my regularly reading JoeMyGod, Pharyngula, and WEIT) has also beat the drum for Hitchens. But until now I’ve never bothered to investigate. All I can say is Wow! Too bad his life wasn’t longer: the assholes of religion need to hear more people like him who take no prisoners in their combat against superstition.

  15. Posted April 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    A great collection. Hitch, I salute you sir.


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