Yesterday, we heard that Christopher Hitchens had suspended his book tour for “personal reasons.” Today, we found out what that means. Hitch has esophageal cancer and will undergo chemotherapy for it. Chemo for esophageal cancer usually involves cisplatin, which is often described as one of the most “emetogenic” chemo drugs. In other words, it makes you puke your guts up, a condition that obviously precludes a book tour.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the hate-filled theists and assorted loons to come out of the woodwork. Yahoo News seems to be a haven for them these days. One of the most amusing comments posted there came from “K”, who suggested that,
“Maybe CH will do a complete 360 ° with regards to his belief in the Divine.”
Excellent! I can now draw two conclusions about “K” based on this statement. He’s probably bad at math, and I suspect he likes circular arguments.
And then there’s this bit from “DisplayName001,”
“Since he isnt into God and stuff folks will have to pray for him a little extra, Cancer is bad, I hope he has some family and people around him to help, so many people are touched by it hopefully he comes over here for treatment since the NHS has been known to treat smokers not so good.”
“God be with you Mr. Hitchens dont let the doctors destroy your immune system too much with their poison medication and try to regulate your body’s pH”
DisplayName001 seems to be unaware of a lot of things, like the fact that Christopher Hitchens has lived in Washington, D.C. for quite some time now. Or that chemo is way better at treating cancer than prayer. Or that your body regulates its pH pretty well no matter how you try to screw it up.
Comments like these should be accompanied by the warning, “This is your brain on God!” They illustrate why Hitchens is such a passionate, vocal anti-theist. These beliefs aren’t benign – choosing prayer over chemo is deadly.
Esophageal cancer is serious, and I’m glad Hitchens is receiving serious treatment. I hope the chemo works, but I won’t be praying for that outcome. I think Hitchens would approve of that sentiment.