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In the Aftermath of Christopher Hitchens' Death, Threats of Violence, Hellfire and Bad Grammar

Is there anyone out there who still doubts that atheists, secularists and non-believers are targets of hate and discrimination?

(Take a breath, that’s rhetorical.)

One of the interesting side effects of Christopher Hitchens’ death has been the complete validation of his activism by the response to said death.  On one hand, you have the preachers and fundamentalist bloggers and media figures lining up with their condescending “I-told-you-so” statements. They simultaneously pretend to care about his fate, while barely being able to conceal their glee about the belief that he’s being tortured forever for disagreeing with them. Then, in the same breath, they turn their self-satisfaction on their audience and threaten them with the same hellfire ultimatum, proclaiming it to be an act of love.

While Sam, Libbie and I eulogized Hitch on our last episode, and joined the crew in raising a glass of Johnnie Walker Black to his memory at the post-show dinner, many others have been honoring his legacy on Twitter.

Until a couple of days ago, #GodIsNotGreat was trending on Twitter, as a tribute to Christopher Hitchens’ 2007 bestselling book. Not everyone was happy about this.

In fact, there were hundreds of such posts, threatening death, beatings and bad grammar on the people responsible for the trend. It never ceases to amaze me how the people most likely to say that Christians have a monopoly on moral behavior are often the quickest to threaten violence when someone disagrees with them.

Ironically, all of their bitching and violent only helped it trend even more. I think Hitch would have appreciated that.

About the Author: Mike Gillis

Mike Gillis is co-creator, and co-host of Ask an Atheist. He hosts the Radio vs. the Martians! and Mike and Pól Save the Universe! podcasts. He also enjoys comic books, the Planet of the Apes, and the band Queen.

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Matt E
4 years 10 months ago

Doubtless these are the same people who will go on ad nauseum that Christianity is the religion of peace. I hate to break it to you Christians, “Thou shalt not kill, unless you really don’t like the other guy” is not a profound moral statement.

fred johnson
fred johnson
4 years 10 months ago

At the end of they day the reason peope are religous is becasue they are

B.Don’t REALLY care about what is true

Happy holidays people

4 years 9 months ago

Bad grammar? That is something up with which I shall not put!