I was met by immaculate specimens of young American womanhood, holding silver trays and flashing perfect dentition,” he wrote. “What would I like? I thought a gin and tonic would meet the case. `Sir, that would be inappropriate.’ In what respect? `At this altitude gin would be very much more toxic than at ground level.’ In that case, I said, make it a double.
He was born in Britain, Portsmouth, in 1949 and he settled in America. He was part Jewish, but totally atheistic.
He was enigmatic, with many divergent views and beliefs, for an uncompromisingly militant atheist. He went his own way.
In the 60’s he protested the Vietnam War, but supported the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the war in Iraq. He thought Bill Clinton to be a strident bore who was “hateful in his behavior to women, pathological as a liar, and deeply suspect when it came to money in politics.”
Unlike many atheists Christopher Hitchens believed life began at conception, he also championed Bush for reelection in ’04, and reproached the politically correct who were constantly upset about the feelings of Muslims.
Hitchen’s mouth, seemed frozen in a permanent pout betraying the deep melancholy of the man. Like someone reaching for a precious pearl that is just in front of him, but never able to lay hold of it.
Few of us can pick the time or manner in which we die. For Christopher Hitchens he desired to be “fully conscious, and either fighting or reciting (or fooling around).”
Christopher Hitchens dead at 62, other great desire was “to be vindicated in my own lifetime.” Sadly he will not be.
The precious pearl Christopher missed was Christ’s Kingdom, The Pearl of Great Price (Matthews 13:44-46).
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9: 27).