Limericks, Rated G

Christopher Hitchens

Antitheist Christopher Hitchens
Held in contempt all religions’
Very notions of gods,
Which are tyrannical frauds,
Based on fascist superstitions.

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Hitch or “Christopher”—don’t ever call him “Chris”—was a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, raunchy joke-teller, who just happened to be a prolific writer, gifted critic and orator, damn tough debater, staunch antithiest and one of England’s greatest expatriates to find his way to America’s shores (he later acquired U.S. citizenship). Even philosophical rivals respected his keen intellect, sharp wit and eviscerating retorts that earned the moniker “hitch-slaps.” He was unapologetically contemptuous of religion in general, but spoke most often of the Abrahamic traditions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism—specifically, as “inherently master-slave relationships.” Hitch died in 2011 from esophageal cancer, but his legacy continues in his contemporaries, the remaining members of the so-called Four Horsemen of the “New Athiest” movement. Hitch left behind an impressive body of literary work and countless debates readily available on YouTube.

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