Mr. Deity on Hitch the Apostate

He’s not acting as Mr. Deity here, but that’s how we know Brian Keith Dalton. And Dalton is really upset at the new book claiming that Hitchens was pondering becoming a Christian as he neared the end of his life. This is the most worked up I’ve ever seen Dalton, and be aware that there’s strong language here.

I wonder if Taunton has any reservations about having published his book.

There’s probably nothing more worth saying about the author of this contemptible book .

h/t: Phil


  1. GBJames
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Brian is pretty potent when he gets “worked up”. He got worked up about a year ago talking about the Pope who blamed the victims at Charlie Hebdo.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      The bridge between posthumous murder and rape was pure Mister.

    • Wunold
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I also thought of the pope video while watching this one.

    • Posted June 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      And rightly “worked up” he is, I agree entirely, it’s most abusive to take away what people themselve say they believe and overwrite that with something else.

  2. Posted June 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Never really cared very much for his Mr. Deity shtick, but this heartfelt and articulate expression of his total disgust for Taunton gets my wholehearted endorsement

    • Ken Elliott
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      I love the Mr. Deity clips. It’s well done sarcasm in full force on a favorite topic.

  3. yiamcross
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Perfect assessment of the man and his motives, I wonder if he can sleep at night? Especially the part about choosing to publish after Hitch’s death because he knew damned well what would happen if Hitch was alive and able to respond. Sometimes it’s tempting to imagine the possibility of a hell.

    • Ken Elliott
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      I know Mr. Dalton temporarily suspends his disbelief in Hell so that he can condemn Scary Larry to its eternal torment for slandering Hitch, but might a better retort be along the lines of “I hope Larry continues to believe in Hell up to the very moment he is unable to escape its dread on his very own deathbed!” Or, something to that effect.

  4. Pliny the in Between
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    One parting shot.

    • Posted June 3, 2016 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Shots fired!

      Hitch has one thing in common with Jesus-an inability to defend claims about his persona.

      • Wunold
        Posted June 4, 2016 at 1:17 am | Permalink

        The difference is that Jesus is supposed to be able to defend himself after death, Hitch is not. To that effect, Hitch fulfils his promises, Jesus does not.

        • Posted June 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

          Then again, in some sense Hitch can defend himself better. We have hundreds (maybe thousands) of videos and access to his books and articles. Material verifiably attributable directly to Jesus is below:

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted June 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

            Can’t see nuthin’ there.

            I clicked on the link and just got a blank screen.


            oh, wait…

            • Wunold
              Posted June 5, 2016 at 2:07 am | Permalink

              Yeah, chrisbuckley80 got me there for a second, too. Well done. 🙂

  5. wiseape108
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking of getting religious. Right before England kick off against Russia, June 11th. 50 years of hurt.

    I once lent a Christian friend of mine Hitchens’ book God Is Not Great. He returned it not having managed to get past the second chapter. His loss.

  6. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm | Permalink


    ‘There are atheists in foxholes. But there are no religious on funerals. [Observe their wailing et cetera.]’

    Sounds like a valid observation. I am so stealing that!

  7. DrBrydon
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Well, I really don’t think there is anything further to say on this question after Dalton’s video.

  8. Zado
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    “Fuck you, Larry!”


    • Derek Freyberg
      Posted June 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      “Strongly worded letter to follow” I think is the appropriate continuation.

  9. amyt
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    “You fucking sack of shit.”
    Could not have been said any better.

  10. Eduardo
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes, “fucking sack of shit”.

  11. scooterwes
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    This will be too strong for many people, but somebody needed to unreservedly condemn Taunton for his fraudulent, lying profiteering off the death of Hitchens. (I love it when Dalton says Christians don’t really believe in heaven, because if they did they would dance and celebrate into the night at the funerals of loved ones, because they’re in such a great place.)

  12. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m just not sure how Dalton felt about this guy.

  13. Claudia Baker
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh snap!

  14. rickflick
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Hitch might have said of Taunton what he said of Falwell. “if you give Falwell an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox”.

  15. Willard Bolinger
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts were just one more same old claim of famous nonbelievers, secularist and atheists who after they have died the religious claim again and again that this person on their death bed had doubts, accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior,believed there was a God after all or some such claim to satisfy the believers need for people to believe the same as they do!

  16. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow. That’s the video equivalent of the “Fuck you. Strong message to follow” telegram.

    Can’t say Tauton didn’t have it comin’.

  17. The Rose
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    …since discovering this website, I’ve been reading Christopher Hitchens. I think this is so appropriate, and such a great tribute. Thank you for highlighting it here.

  18. Hemet
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I take slight solace in the irony that, because it’s subject is an athiests, Christian bookstores will not carry Taunton’s disgraceful screed.

  19. somer
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Dirty dirty trick and there will be millions slavishly lapping it up so good Brian is providing some solid pushback

  20. ToddP
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Anyone wanna buy a rekt Taunton?

    That was glorious.

  21. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I was struck by the strong similarity of appearance between Taunton and Dalton, but I see Dalton got there first. 😉


  22. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of someone claiming a deathbed deconversion for Taunton. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t even things up. Hitch had a huge reputation to damage. Nobody ever gave a fuck what Taunton thinks.


  23. Francisco
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Another example on how religion lives from “holes” in science and fear (of sin, hell, etc.) Is a good tactic: although you deny, you know God exist, there are eternal live, hell etc. Of course this is mainly to keep already believers in their slavery. With that, in believers heads, all arguments science provides become insecure: Do they deny God for pride? If science can´t assure a truth, the suspect arouses.
    It is very widely used in sects like Opus Dei, Heralds of the Gospel, Legionarios de Cristo etc. in their indoctrination of their youngest victims.

  24. Mike
    Posted June 4, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    ouch !!way to go Brian.

  25. Rhonda
    Posted June 5, 2016 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    That made my afternoon. Brian’s hair…dreamy.

  26. Posted June 6, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I’ve never liked the saying, “don’t speak ill of the dead”, and all this Taunton vs. Hitchens nonsense has made me realize there’s a sense in which I agree with the saying. Namely, *don’t tell falsehoods about the dead* is probably a good maxim. (Not a universal one, but what is?)

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