Well We Knew Some Idiot Would Try It – and Sure Enough. No, Hitchens Did NOT Consider ‘Conversion’.



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By Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.20.2016

From Darwin to Gramsci to Sagan, theists have a long history of waiting until a notable and outspoken atheist has shuffled loose the mortal coil to return to the Earth to claim, lo and behold, “She/He converted prior to death!  Hallelujuah, praise God!”

They have such an enormous problem with anyone daring to question their chosen fairy tales that they absolutely cannot abide the person having exited life without “coming around”.  If all else fails – and it does – they just make it up.

The late Christopher Hitchens can now be added to this list of absurd claims.  Larry Alex Taunton has released a book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, in which he claims that Hitchens at least “contemplated conversion” just prior to his death.  Fortunately for us and unfortunately for Taunton, who has to reach and stretch wildly to try to support his falsehood, we have both the words of Carol Blue (Hitchens’ wife) and a video from him warning us of just this issue.

Taunton claims there was a “raging discussion” as Hitchens approached a deteriorated physical state surrounding the possibility of conversion.

“That never happened,” Blue said.  “He lived by his principles until the end. To be honest, the subject of God didn’t come up.”  Of course it didn’t.  Hitchens dealt in reality, as he would say, and would have none of this supernatural business.

The Hitch himself left us a warning about such people as Taunton:

Asked by Cooper about the possibility of converting, Hitchens said, “If that comes, it will be when I am very ill; when I am half demented, either by drugs or 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. But I can tell you that… not when I’m lucid, no. I can be quite sure of that.”

Cooper, knowing theist history in such matters, asked Hitchens about what he would say to us about anyone suggesting any sane conversion.

“Don’t believe it.”

Full stop.