And also as the author of the term “Islamofascism”. Since Hitchens did not share his prime toddy with me (unlike other listmembers), I harbour no warmth towards the toad. His only redeeming value to me was the [at times suitably ad hominem] slap down he delivered to Dinesh D’Souza in one of those otherwise intolerable debates about God and Religion and what not that abound on YouTube.
> Requiescat in pace.
> On Dec 16, 2011, at 5:22 AM, Joseph Catron wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM, Angelus Novus <
>> fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Looking at the tribute threads at places like Reddit, it's strange to
>>> realize that there are a whole generation of younger people for whom
>>> Hitchens is a hero primarily because he wrote that book on his atheism.
>>> That's basically what he's going to be remembered for, as being part of the
>>> group that includes Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett.
>> I tend to assume that, much to Hitchens' misfortune, his cheerleading for
>> multiple wars towards the end of his life will be remembered longer than
>> that. Those things had real consequences. New Atheism has been a fun little
>> intellectual diversion, like the Death of God theologians of the 1960s but
>> without the substance. (And in fairness to the departed, he was the best of
>> the bunch. Unlike those other two, he wrote rollicking good polemics,
>> rather than droning bad arguments.)