Christopher Hitchens said that his ‘time’ is coming as he made his first public appearance in months at the weekend.
The controversial writer and fervent atheist, who is suffering from esophagus cancer, attended the Atheist Alliance of America conference in Texas where he was presented an award by Richard Dawkins.
The 62-year-old said that he had been determined to attend the conference because of the state’s Bible Belt devotion.
‘I think being an atheist is something you are, not something you do,’ he told the New York Times.
‘I’m not sure we need to be honoured. We don’t need positive reinforcement.
‘On the other hand, we do need to stick up for ourselves, especially in a place like Texas, where they have laws, I think, that if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ you can’t run for sheriff.’
Dawkins praised him for showing his atheist determination even in the face of death and said he had disproved the saying that there are ‘no atheists in foxholes’.‘I’m not going to quit until absolutely I have to,’ Hitchens told the audience before receiving a standing ovation.
(Source: Daily Mail)