Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
We have lost one of our best. Christopher Hitchens spent most of his adult life unflinchingly confronting and denouncing "the main source of hatred in the world"; he contributed to the enlighten- ment of millions -- and even now his words and ideas remain.
He didn't shy from taking on the sacred cows:
Here he is on one of the common religious lies, that the Nazi regime was atheist and was influenced by the theory of evolution:
A naturalized American, he understood the greatness of his adopted country better than many who were born here:
I will not offer the common fatuosity of "Rest in peace". We know that death is not rest, any more than it is a gateway to an afterlife of eternal torment or a trite and inane paradise. Instead I remind myself of the hope that technology will someday be able to bring him back, to a world better than the one he fought to enlighten.