Here’s Christopher Hitchens’s nine-minute interview with Anderson Cooper last night.
Cooper brings up the question that everybody wants Hitchens to answer, and I must say that it never crossed my mind. If you think he’d abandon his principles for God on his deathbed, then you either don’ t know him or think he’s been lying all along.
Cooper: In a moment of doubt, isn’t there? . . I just find it fascinating that even when you’re alone and no one else is watching, there might be a moment when you want to hedge your bets.
Hitchens: If that comes it will be when I’m very ill, when I’m half demented either by drugs or by pain and I won’t have control over what I say. I mention this in case you ever hear a rumor later on—because these things happen, and the faithful love to spread these rumors, “On his deathbed. . .” Well I can’t say that the entity that by then wouldn’t be me wouldn’t do such a pathetic thing, but I can tell you that “Not while I’m lucid, no.” I can be quite sure of that.
Cooper: So if there’s some story that on your deathbed.. .
Hitchens: Don’t believe it. Don’t credit it.