Friday, September 3, 2010

Blaspheme for Hitchens Day

As you may know, the most excellent Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I ardently hope (most certainly not pray) that he beats this particularly nasty form of cancer. Unfortunately, some egregiously malicious Christians say his predicament is just punishment for his sins. Much less unfortunately - but unfortunately still - some nicer Christians are praying for his survival... and salvation. September 20th has even been designated "Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day". Praying to an invisible sky wizard is harmless, of course, but it's more than a bit offensive that religious people are exploiting Hitchens' misfortune to further their own agenda. (Hitchens himself says: "I do not believe. I don’t mean to be churlish about any kind intentions, but when September 20 comes, please do not trouble deaf heaven with your bootless cries. Unless, of course, it makes you feel better.")

How can the rest of us respond to this religious silliness while expressing solidarity with Hitchens at the same time? Well, David Spurrett has come up with an excellent idea: make September 20th Blaspheme in solidarity with -- and as a tribte to -- Christopher Hitchens Day. This is, I think, the perfect response and a nice complement to Blasphemy Day International. So... on the appointed day, write, compose, draw (or whatever) something blasphemous - and pay tribute to perhaps the most eloquent contemporary critic of religion and advocate of reason.

7 comments:

  1. >Praying to an invisible sky wizard is harmless, of course

    No it isn't! Last I heard, people who know they are being prayed for suffer more post-operative complications. This "prayer day" is a malicious attempt to prevent Christopher's recovery.

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  2. This is not a laughing matter.

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  3. me fears, the whole thing is a bit childish
    for my wishes for him not for his views that are
    boorish and quite more than silly....
    one of my colleagues, not stupidly noted, " these folks would benefit from reading... Marx"

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  4. I just wish he would get better. This pray, don't pray bullshit is getting tiresome.

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  5. Praying is only making the prayer feel better. If you honestly wish somebody better you pray to make yourself believe your prayers are helping that person. If you pray for yourself then you are only making yourself weaker and more prone to bad decisions based on faith.

    Stay Autonomous.

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  6. WOE TO THEM WHO STRIVE WITH THEIR MAKER


    AUTHOR OF LIFE IS HID DOT COM SUGGESTING GOD MADE YOU. THAT GIVES HIM ALL THE RIGHTS AND YOU NONE.

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