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Hitchens’ Death Wish for Billy Graham

John on September 18, 2007 at 10:54 pm

And atheists wonder why the general public doesn’t find them appealing:

What a horrible career. I gather it’s soon to be over. I certainly hope so.

One could read this as simply Hitchens wishing Graham’s career would end. But the line about it soon being over can only be a reference to Graham’s recent hospitalization. In short, Hitchens’ wishes him dead.

I seem to remember a great to-do in the national media when Pat Robertson suggested we should “take out” Hugo Chavez. Why does Hitchens get a pass publicly wishing for the death of Billy Graham? Where is the outrage? Where are the atheists who will tell Hitchens to shut the hell up, just as Scott and I did when Robertson shot his mouth off.

Hitchens is the voice of reason, right? Maybe reason isn’t alone isn’t enough.

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