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Fri Dec 16, 2011, 06:35 AM

"Unrepentant Christopher Hitchens is now roasting in hell!"

That's how I found out about his passing this morning on Facebook, from one of my extended family members who I wasn't aware was even very religious.

I simply replied: "Stay classy." and promptly un-friended him.

The only good thing about events such as these is that it really brings them out of the woodwork so you can identify them and take the appropriate action.

I now know whose funeral I won't be attending if he passes before me. He may like to grave-dance, but I have no interest.

R.I.P. Chris.

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Reply "Unrepentant Christopher Hitchens is now roasting in hell!" (Original post)
LAGC Dec 2011 OP
BiggJawn Dec 2011 #1
RC Dec 2011 #12
PassingFair Dec 2011 #13
truebrit71 Dec 2011 #19
PassingFair Dec 2011 #20
iris27 Dec 2011 #24
RC Dec 2011 #25
PassingFair Dec 2011 #26
CrispyQ Dec 2011 #28
CrispyQ Dec 2011 #27
kdmorris Dec 2011 #2
PassingFair Dec 2011 #3
Ian David Dec 2011 #5
PassingFair Dec 2011 #6
Ian David Dec 2011 #7
Armin-A Dec 2011 #17
trotsky Dec 2011 #11
kdmorris Dec 2011 #9
trotsky Dec 2011 #10
kdmorris Dec 2011 #14
dmallind Dec 2011 #4
TZ Dec 2011 #8
ChadwickHenryWard Dec 2011 #18
PassingFair Dec 2011 #21
TZ Dec 2011 #29
pokerfan Dec 2011 #15
OswegoAtheist Dec 2011 #16
Quartermass Dec 2011 #22
lindysalsagal Dec 2011 #23
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2011 #30
JI7 Dec 2011 #31
iris27 Dec 2011 #35
RueVoltaire Dec 2011 #32
laconicsax Dec 2011 #33
MarkCharles Dec 2011 #34

Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:01 AM

1. Saw a "I'll bet he believes in god and the devil NOW" post

on my facebook from a friend of a friend.

Bet they're just giggling over their wit.

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Response to BiggJawn (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:36 AM

12. Send them this.

 

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Response to RC (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:08 AM

13. That cartoon is demeaning to women.

Just so you know.

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:17 PM

19. Come on, really?

Did you forget the ?

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:59 PM

20. No, I really find it offensive.

I didn't alert on it or anything.
This is the second time I've
seen it and as a woman and
part time "slut", I find it offensive.

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #19)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:28 PM

24. No. The last panel is pretty terrible. n/t

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:48 PM

25. After thinking about it, you are correct. The original could have been better.

 



I don't know about copyright stuff, but I fixed it for them.

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Response to RC (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 07:52 AM

26. Thank you!

Women prefer to be accorded full human status!!

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Response to RC (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:36 AM

28. Nice. -nt

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:34 AM

27. It is.

And if calling women sluts wasn't bad enough, God is a man, of course.

One of my first issues with religion was that the holy trinity only depicts men. I can't believe that doesn't send up a red flag for more women.

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:42 AM

2. He was so young.. 62 is really young in my book

I don't get how people can hate someone so much that they laugh about his death and react like that.

R.I.P

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:18 AM

3. Half genius and half "gin-soaked popinjay"...

He WAS hateful at times.

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:30 AM

5. Who isn't? n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:35 AM

6. LOL!

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:49 AM

7. But the very same people who are good sometimes are the very same people who are bad sometimes.

“Sometimes people are good, and they do just what they should. But the very same people who are good sometimes are the very same people who are bad sometimes. It's funny but it's true. Its the same isn't it, for me and . . .” -- Fred Rogers
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/29225

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Response to Ian David (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 02:03 PM

17. Classy

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Response to Ian David (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:35 AM

11. DU Jurors.

Their judgments are always free of bias and desire to punish.

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Response to PassingFair (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:09 AM

9. Yeah - I can be a complete bitch at times, too

(if I'm a DUer and say that, am I calling myself out??)

I'm hoping that when I die, everyone remembers all the good things I did and not all the times that I just wasn't good.

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:34 AM

10. 62 is looking younger to me every day!

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Response to trotsky (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 11:33 AM

14. Yeah.. 20 years ago it seems "reallly really old!!" :) n/t

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:22 AM

4. Somewhat torn on the responses

Certainly expected gleeful Christian pratings, so no worries there.

On the vitriolic nature of them, I have always considered it deceitful, cowardly and facile to respond to someone a day after their death any differently than you did the day before. I considered Falwell for example an evil, vicious charlatan when he was alive and said so readily when he was dead. The idea of "respect" for the recently deceased, regardless of how much respect you had for them ante mortem is as artificial a custom as insisting that anything but high tea precisely at 4pm is booorish and low class. I don't mind believers saying they loathed the man if they said the same before he died.

Where I do find them wanting is in the insistence that he must now see the truth of their invisible friend. That's not honesty but guesswork and superstition. By all means hate a guy after death you hated before his death, but it's tacky at least and quite possibly psychotic to try tospeak for him while you are doing it.

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:55 AM

8. Wasn't a big fan of his

The whole Iraq war thing was unforgivable for someone that intelligent in other areas.
However, I'm waiting to hear the first story about his deathbed conversion to belief you know like Darwin. Isn't that how it goes? :rolleyes:

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Response to TZ (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 03:05 PM

18. I never understood that.

He never changed his mind on Vietnam. If it was wrong for a bigger, stronger nation to attack a smaller, weaker one of false pretenses in the 1960s, why was it okay in 2003? And don't start about Islamic extremism. Hussein was a secular dictator - there are more violent religious extremists in Iraq now than before the war. Further, it's deeply disingenuous to suggest that George W. Bush was in some way promoting rationality and freethinking. It's just not true.

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Response to ChadwickHenryWard (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:16 PM

21. Sam Harris was the same.

Both are/were not impartial on the "middle east situation".

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Response to TZ (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:21 AM

29. One thing though

Unlike a certain idiot minister on FB, while I disliked some of Hitchens stuff I did not go onto a liberal friends wall who expressed sadness at Hitchens death and call him basically a genocidal neocon totally responsible for the Iraq war. Proving to me once more that there are little difference between "liberal" Christians and Fundies. Both are hateful towards atheists. I told this liberal Christian that they sounded like Pat Robertson

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:00 PM

15. I remember when Sagan died

There were tons of disgusting posts on USENET from disgusting Christians gleefully cheering the fact that Sagan the pagan was burning in hell. I'm not normally a fan of kill files but I plonked many that day.

Yeah yeah, those weren't True Christians yadda yadda. Whatever.

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 01:12 PM

16. There was a war on Twitter this morning...

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474980917773

The hashtag #GodIsNotGreat began trending internationally shortly after the sad announcement that Hitchens had passed away from complications linked to esophageal cancer. The tag is, of course, in honor of Hitchens' best-selling book God Is Not Great, where he lays out his argument for atheism. God Is Not Great is a foundation of the modern atheist movement, and makes a compelling case for the uselessness of religion and the non-existence of any deities.

Many Christians on Twitter, apparently unfamiliar with the book (and, unsurprisingly, unfamiliar with the act of researching something before shooting off at the mouth about it) began frothing at the mouth when they noticed the hashtag. Rather than recognizing it as a reference to a book they took it as an attack on their religion (again totally unsurprising, especially when you consider the ridiculous 'Christian martyr' syndrome popular in American Christianity). Their responses were brilliant in their idiocy and hypocrisy.


Oswego "#GodIsNotGreat and his followers are worse" Atheist

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:38 PM

22. I fully expected this, but I still find it disgusting.

 

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:24 PM

23. "He who is without sin can cast the first stone."

"Turn the other cheek"
"Do unto others"

Why do the most "devout believers" never follow the commandments?

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 02:18 PM

30. therein lies the problem...

those are not commandments- commandments are old testament ideas. Back when god was a jealous, vengeful bastard. The axioms you list are new testament ideas, which came about after junior came around (and god evidently started chilling out because he finally got laid). Most "christians" I know are big fans of the ideas of the OT, but not so much the NT. In their eyes, the title "Prince of Peace" is kind of weak and wimpy.

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:19 AM

31. but Hitchens didn't believe in Hell

if you don't believe in God and Heaven you can't go to heaven. but if you don't believe in hell you still go there ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #31)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 09:25 PM

35. For any version of Christianity that believes in Hell, most definitely.

Hell is where everyone goes who doesn't believe that Jesus died and came back to life, and that this somehow provides them with the forgiveness they need for failing to live up to God's expectations, which no human could possibly meet on their own ('all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God'). Without that forgiveness, apparently what every human "deserves" is an eternity of burning torment.

But don't forget..GOD is LOVE!

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:36 PM

32. Says a lot about people who believe in hell.

You have to be sadistic to believe.

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Response to RueVoltaire (Reply #32)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:38 PM

33. Or masochistic

 

After all, no torture is so bad that it can't be fetishized.

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Response to LAGC (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:39 PM

34. And religious believers are "offended" and "insulted" when we ask them to stand up and

 

publicly announce what they believe in, and why?

Sounds like religious belief gives those believers license the insult and affront any non-believer with more absurd mythology, "God send you to Hell because he loves you!" bullshit.

Yet asking religious believers to stand up for their beliefs, is being a "horse's ass"?

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