Culture 4 July 2010 Stop indulging with Christopher Hitchens’s illness Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Print HTML The news that Christopher Hitchens, the world's most controversial writer and a fanatical atheist, has cancer, is sadly resulting in a ghastly display of indulgence among those debating whether to pray or not to pray for him. Surely the answer to that clever-clever (or "clever-stupid", as the man himself would say) debate is to pray if you believe, and to do so quietly and without banging on about it, and, er, not to pray if you don't believe. Whatever happened to the notion of shutting up, and "Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing"? › Andrew Adonis is right James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Reading Speaking Out, I found myself agreeing with Ed Balls If you don’t know what a Fwooper is by now, where have you been? Why can you change gender but not race?