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"At the Pearly Gates" - Alexander Cockburn reflects on death of Christopher Hitchens *Relevant to the self defeating anti-christian sectarianism on this site!

category international | miscellaneous | other press author Friday April 27, 2012 10:23author by Ciaron - Giuseppe Conlon House - London Catholic Worker Report this post to the editors

An Envoi for Christopher Hitchens "At the Pearly Gates" by ALEXANDER COCKBURN

On April 20 there’s a memorial for Christopher Hitchens at the Cooper Union in Manhattan.
There’s a PEN tribute, also in Manhattan, on April 30.
Here’s my own little envoi.

SCENE ONE

Antechamber to Heaven, a large reception room in the Baroque style. A door opens and an angel ushers in Christopher Hitchens, dressed in hospital clothing. The angel gestures for CH to take a seat. He is about to do so when he espies a familiar figure reading some newspapers.

CH Dr. Kissinger! The very last person I would have expected to encounter here. All the more so, since I don’t recall any recent reports of your demise.

HK You will no doubt be cast down by the news that I am indeed alive. This is a secret trip, to spy out the terrain diplomatically, assess the odds.

CH You think you have the slightest chance of entering the celestial sphere?

HK Everything is open to negotiation.

CH Have you threatened to bomb Heaven — secretly of course?

HK Very funny. As a matter of fact, Woytila — Pope John Paul II, I should say — has kindly offered to intercede at the highest level. And talking of negotiation, perhaps we could have a quiet word.

CH What about?

ARTICLE CONTINUED......
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/20/at-the-pearly-gates/

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Why post this article? - addressing the self defeating anti-Christian sectarianism on this site.     Ciaron    Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:45 
   VIDEO GITMO (12 mins) -Occupy Wall Street Movement encounters Catholic Workers in Union Square/ NYC (hangin' out there since 1933)     Video Gitmo    Fri Apr 27, 2012 14:44 
   Catholic Church urges school children to oppose same-sex marriage     Jim Harte    Fri Apr 27, 2012 15:12 
   @Ciaron     opus diablos    Fri Apr 27, 2012 17:58 
   @ The Pearly Gates     Emily    Sat Apr 28, 2012 01:47 
   @ Ciaron     mephisto    Sat Apr 28, 2012 04:01 
   A Different Intersection of Church and Politics By GINIA BELLAFANTE, Published: April 27, 2012     A27 New York Times    Sat Apr 28, 2012 07:39 
   more in common     francis hughes    Sat Apr 28, 2012 13:16 
   I don't disagree regarding Ciaron's activism...     mephisto    Sat Apr 28, 2012 14:26 
 10   invitation to address the posting     Ciaron    Sat Apr 28, 2012 18:18 
 11   Ciaron     Real Person    Sat Apr 28, 2012 19:01 
 12   Some responses....more later.     Ciaron    Sat Apr 28, 2012 22:11 
 13   Dublin Catholic Worker     Doug    Sat Apr 28, 2012 22:42 
 14   Full quote for Cuntstable Doug = "defraying costs" advertsed on DCW events page     pig alert    Sat Apr 28, 2012 22:56 
 15   Ciaron is an honest guy..     mephisto    Sat Apr 28, 2012 23:56 
 16   @ pig alert     Doug    Sun Apr 29, 2012 01:44 
 17   Who are the Dougs that keeping popping up on indy threads I'm on...the power of google alert!     Ciaron    Sun Apr 29, 2012 09:01 
 18   not an indymedia editor...     wageslave    Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:38 
 19   'Would someone like..     opus diablos    Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:51 
 20   Ciaron Anti Abortion     Pro Choice    Sun Apr 29, 2012 13:25 
 21   to address the topic...     mephisto    Sun Apr 29, 2012 18:17 
 22   Pregnant girl turned away from school     Pro Choice    Sun Apr 29, 2012 18:23 
 23   Oops! Catholic priest accidentally shows his secret porn stash to communion kiddies parents instead of slideshow...     atheist    Mon Apr 30, 2012 14:20 
 24   A bigot is a bigot     another atheist    Mon Apr 30, 2012 16:50 
 25   Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, research shows     Doris Day    Mon Apr 30, 2012 20:17 
 26   The Shame Of The Catholic Church     Dorothy Daze    Mon Apr 30, 2012 23:33 
 27   analytic thinking has limits     Ollie    Tue May 01, 2012 04:26 
 28   hoist with their own petards...(ooh!) ;-)     Atheist    Tue May 01, 2012 13:02 
 29   Ollie     Stan    Tue May 01, 2012 13:02 
 30   fintan o'toole on brian d'arcy being censored     Support The Real Catholic Radicals    Tue May 01, 2012 13:09 
 31   @ollie..a somewhat meandering reply     mephisto    Tue May 01, 2012 13:20 
 32   Reponses to "mephisto" - (the eternally damned)     Ciaron    Wed May 02, 2012 07:11 
 33   the new high priests are...     Ollie    Wed May 02, 2012 08:03 
 34   Cardinal Brady Covered Up Child Abuse     Disgusted    Wed May 02, 2012 10:14 
 35   short rebuttal to previous post     Ciaron    Wed May 02, 2012 12:06 
 36   Retired Irish priest in Australia charged with child sex abuse     Still Disgusted    Wed May 02, 2012 12:48 
 37   '.. define it as a merely Catholic problem.'     opus diablos    Wed May 02, 2012 12:49 
 38   @ Ciaron...     mephisto    Thu May 03, 2012 16:36 
 39   Back in Dublin     Ciaron    Thu May 03, 2012 23:07 
 40   Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers     Doris Day    Sat May 05, 2012 23:27 
 41   Compassion so what?     publican    Sun May 06, 2012 02:30 
 42   True Lord     Doubting Thomas    Sun May 06, 2012 14:03 


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