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Hitchens passes on his own prayer day

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Noted atheist and writer, Christopher Hitchens didn’t have much use for yesterday’s unofficial “Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day“.

“I shall not be participating,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He was generally appreciative of those, however, who wished him well through their prayer efforts.

The way the English-born Hitchens sees it, the people praying for him break down into three basic groups: those who seem genuinely glad he’s suffering and dying from cancer; those who want him to become a believer in their religious faith; and those who are asking God to heal him.

Hitchens has no use for that first group. “‘To hell with you’ is the response to the ones who pray for me to go to hell,” Hitchens told AP.

He’s ruling out the idea of a deathbed change of heart: “‘Thanks but no thanks’ is the reply to those who want me to convert and recognize a divinity or deity.”

It’s that third group — people who are asking God for Hitchens’ healing — that causes Hitchens to choose his words even more carefully than normal. Are those prayers OK? Are they helpful?

“I say it’s fine by me, I think of it as a nice gesture. And it may well make them feel better, which is a good thing in itself,” says Hitchens.

I suspect that Mother Teresa, who also had her doubts, is interceding for him too.

Video via Hot Air here

Related: Larry Taunton on Hitchens’ latest debate in Birmingham.

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Written by dailypager

September 21, 2010 at 3:48 am

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