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4 July 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 4:07am

Stop indulging with Christopher Hitchens’s illness

Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

By James Macintyre

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“?

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