Friday, July 16, 2010


  • "If anyone had predicted 50 years ago that the magazine founded by the author of God and Man at Yale would someday view hostility to Christianity as no big deal and would instead have as its litmus test support for Israel, he would have been laughed at," writes Tom Piatak, continuing, "Nonetheless, he would have been right" — Hitchens and Israel. Mr. Piatak five years ago wrote the best analysis of the "unreconstructed Bolshevik" — The Purest Neocon.

  • Comments to a controversial post of mine yesterday — No Prayer Requests for Christopher Hitchens Here — introduce us to Thesauros, a thoughtful and interesting blog as evidenced by these two posts about our subject — Love Vengeance and Irresponsible Christopher Hitchens. In the former post, noting that "an example of loving my enemy would be telling Christopher Hitchens, whose time on earth is being ended by esophageal cancer, that I’ll pray for him; both for the salvation of his soul and for as easy an end to this life as one can have in his circumstance," our blogger goes on to say, "Hitchens of course would reply, 'Don’t forget to sacrifice a cow for me while you’re at it.'"
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    Blogger boinky said...

    Hitchens mother committed suicide when he was a a suicide pact with her lover.

    His wrath against God reminds me of the terrible anger of my oldest adopted son, who also lost both parents. I have been praying for him for years.

    1:43 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Thanks for sharing that, boinky. I'll pray for your son (and Hitch).

    Contra M*A*S*H, suicide is never painless. The suffering for those left behind never ends. A friend's father committed suicide. He almost flew into a rage when anyone suggested suicides deserve our sympathy. G.K. Chesterton's word's come to mind:

    "Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. His act is worse (symbolically considered) than any rape or dynamite outrage. For it destroys all buildings: it insults all women. The thief is satisfied with diamonds; but the suicide is not: that is his crime. He cannot be bribed, even by the blazing stones of the Celestial City. The thief compliments the things he steals, if not the owner of them. But the suicide insults everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a sneer. When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury: for each has received a personal affront. Of course there may be pathetic emotional excuses for the act. There often are for rape, and there almost always are for dynamite. But if it comes to clear ideas and the intelligent meaning of things, then there is much more rational and philosophic truth in the burial at the cross-roads and the stake driven through the body, than in Mr. Archer's suicidal automatic machines. There is a meaning in burying the suicide apart. The man's crime is different from other crimes -- for it makes even crimes impossible."

    3:51 PM  

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