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.