Australia’s SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) has put up a nine-minute “Dateline” video, “Fighting Faith” about the Texas Freethought Convention. Be patient; the video loads slowly, but it’s well worth watching.
You’ll recognize several people, including Genie Scott, P. Z., Barbara Forrest, Nick Lee, Michel Shermer, Margaret Downey (I think), and of course Hitchens and Dawkins. The footage is new, barely overlapping anything in the videos I’ve posted previously.
Richard has an eloquent bit about “the diversity of opinion” around seven minutes in, and much of the video is about Hitchens. He looks terribly ill and frail, with eyes resembling those of the survivors of Auschwitz. As he says in his speech, “I’m not as I was”: the understatement of the year. I fear it won’t be long now . . .
Nevertheless, his courage shines out, and toward the end there are some good scenes of him signing books and interacting with his fans. At about 7:50 we see Mason Crumpacker, the subject of the previous post, talking to Hitchens, and Hitch wishing her “lots of love, take it easy—and remember the love bit.”
It all makes me tear up. We’ll not see his like again.