Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)
Addicted to truth, booze and cigarettes,
He was both obnoxious and brilliant.
Despising both steeples and minarets—
He was God’s most atheist militant.
“Faith is the surrender of the mind,”
He wrote, “the surrender of reason.”
The faithful were not only blind
And dumb but a social lesion—
A lump in the breast of human kindness,
A persistence of a primal madness,
A recessive gene for blindness,
A Johnnie Appleseed of badness.
Religion’s not for the blessed, the chosen—
Beneath all the folderol, it’s poison.
Robert Forrey, 2011