Merry Hitchmas


Need a smile on Christmas? Remember atheist speaker Christopher Hitchens.

Let's start a new tradition: honoring Christopher Hitchens during Christmas week, the time of the year when atheists feel the most embattled and the most need a hero.


His precise use of language steamrolled his opponents, not through oratory, but by being so clearly in the right.

Search 'Hitchslap' on YouTube to see Christopher fight for reason. If you haven't seen them, you are in for a treat!

What are your favorite Hitchens or Hitchens-like quotes? How do we absolutely nail the argument for reason and science in as few words as possible? 

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  1. I so miss the Hitch, as I’m sure countless many do; I find myself hoping some overlooked videos of him will appear on YouTube, as I’ve watched all that are available and I’m craving for more. There are so many favorite moments to choose from it’s difficult to pick just one, but one sentence stands out that he has used more than once – “No – I will not stand for it!”. In a way that was how I felt as a youth when a situation with a church deacon (nothing to do with pedophilia) caused me to change my view of religion and I never looked back. I thank the Hitch for galvanizing that decision. Merry Hitchmas all!

  2. I will always celebrate Hitchmas on Dec. 15, but will try to keep that going for at least another ten days, thereafter.

  3. Hi everyone! I think that Christopher Hitchens was a great mind! A valiant defender of Reason and free thinking! I was wondering if anyone had ever met him and could tell me what kind of man in everyday life he was…

  4. My impression of Mr. Hitchens is that he would definitely not want to be worshiped or idolized by anyone as a “hero.”

  5. On Christmas Eve, I watched his debate with Lane Craig, “Does god exist” . While Craig uses his usual philosphical psycho-babble, Hitchens uses simple reason, but backed up with scathing wit, historical knowledge and humour and it’s obvious which one of the two has the audience laughing.

  6. I have “I am, I hope, never offensive by accident.” tattooed on my arm.

    To me, Hitch’s twist on Oscar Wilde’s quote (which is probably a spin from someone else…) reminds me to be precise in all of my actions and words, and informs the world around me that if I feel someone needs to be told something, I am absolutely willing to do it.

    But it also means to be caring, and careful, and mindful of the world around me.

  7. One of my (many, many) favorite quotes was on the death of Jerry Falwell:

    “If he were given an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”

  8. “I know what’s coming. I know no one beats these odds. It’s a matter of getting used to that. Growing up and realising that you’re expelled from your mother’s uterus as if shot from a cannon towards a barn door studded with old nail files and rusty hooks. It’s a matter of you use the intervening time in an intelligent and ironic way”. Christopher Hitchens

  9. “Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
    ― Christopher Hitchens

  10. “I’m sorry, I shall not be spoken to in that tone of voice!” Hahaha ohhhhh hitch!

  11. What is more likely – that there was a suspension of the natural order or, that Jewish minx should tell a lie. Genius.

  12. One of the many quotes of Hitch’s that appealed was

    “Demands that you believe the impossible, do not lead to peaceful outcomes”
    from the Hitchens and Ramadan debate

  13. Boxing Day (not Xmas Day) is the real Hitchmas Day ,,, more combative.
    I quoted him in a drink-fueled discussion on free will on the recent Hitchmas-Boxing morning at about 2 a.m..
    (we were avoiding politics because of possible fights)
    The quote? “we have to have free will, we have no choice” was roundly attacked by our resident neo-con who didn’t catch the irony.
    I raised and sipped a Jamieson in Hitch’s honour anyway. (No JW Black Label on hand)

  14. Does somebody feel embattled? I don’t. I think I detect a little faux victim hood. If atheists start whining, as do Christians and Muslims, I’m outta here.

  15. In reply to #7 by kreidsy: His most excellent comment.

    “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

  16. In reply to #19 by Free Speech:

    Does somebody feel embattled? I don’t. I think I detect a little faux victim hood. If atheists start whining, as do Christians and Muslims, I’m outta here.

    Good riddance.
    No victimhood here. Just remembering a champion.

  17. Happy New Year! My first comment on the website. While I wish I had known the man before he passed away two years ago, I am pleased to see that Christopher’s conversation will go on. He has inspired a new generation of free thinkers who will continue his legacy and fight against the ultimate wickedness and evil of this world. A good collection of Christopher’s famous lines can be found in this video, which was shown as a tribute to the Hitch at the Global Atheist Convention in 2012:

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