Another Christian has written a book to lie about Christopher Hitchens. This one is claiming that he and Hitchens were great good buddies, that Hitchens was sympathetic to Christianity, and that he may have converted on his deathbed (he doesn’t know for sure — he wasn’t there — but he’s going to sell a book with that claim).
He appeared with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday night.
He read the book and he loved it,Taunton said of Matthews.He knew Hitchens, and he liked Hitchens. He thought it was a compassionate take on friendship. I don’t know if I can write anything ever again that gets universal praise from both the left and the right. This book is getting quite a reaction. The reception has been so kind, no nice. The atheist Michael Schermer loved the book.
Oh, now that’s a great recommendation.
So he’s making this untestable claim.
I discovered Christopher is not defined by his atheism,Taunton said.Atheism is a negative and you can’t build a philosophy around a negative. Christopher was searching for a unifying system of thought. They’re accusing me of saying he converted. I make no such claim. It’s not my claim that Christopher converted, it’s that Christopher was contemplating conversion. I think I substantiate it in the book.
Except…well, the only way anyone could believe that is if they haven’t read God Is Not Great, or read where his wife, who was there, said it didn’t happen, or perhaps heard his interview with Anderson Cooper, in which he directly addressed the issue of a deathbed conversion.
Cooper: There might be a moment when you want to hedge your bets?
Hitchens: If that comes it will be when I am very ill; when I am half demented either by drugs for by pain. I won’t have control over what I say… I mention this in case you ever hear a rumor later on, because these things happen and the faithful love to spread these rumors, I can’t say that the entity, that by then wouldn’t be me, wouldn’t do such a pathetic thing. I can tell you that: not when I’m lucid. I can be quite sure of that.
Cooper: If there is some story that on your deathbed…
Hitchens: Don’t believe it.
Or how about this interview, where he’s asked what he thinks of the concept of an afterlife.
I would say it fractionally increases my contempt for the false consolation element of religion and my dislike for the dictatorial and totalitarian part of it,” he responded. “It’s considered perfectly normal in this society to approach dying people who you don’t know but who are unbelievers and say, ‘Now are you gonna change your mind?’ That is considered almost a polite question.
As you know, there is a long history of fraud about this: people claim that Darwin had a deathbed recantation, they made up lies about Thomas Paine, it goes on all the time. It’s a very nasty little history, but there’s also a horrible undertone of blackmail to it. People like to say, “Look, you’ve got about one chance left now, aren’t you going to take it, I’m writing to you as a friend”.
Larry ALex Taunton is a contemptible liar. But isn’t it amazing how contemptible liars can just put on their loving Christian mask and fool the gullible?