The stench of alcohol

An audience member at the University of Florida announces that, after years as a hardened atheist, he is converting to Christianity as a result of having seen Satan himself (Christopher Hitchens) live on stage. One suspects he’s having a bit of a laugh, but pay attention to the reactions of the people around him. Some of these ‘sceptics’ really don’t like anyone questioning the Dude’s infallibility.

11 Comments

  1. April 14, 2010 at 9:03 am

    He’s not the Satan. He’s a very naughty boy!

  2. Dr. X said,

    April 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

    No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

  3. frunobulax said,

    April 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I doubt that Hitch was rattled – the words ‘mill’ and ‘grist’ spring to mind. As for the bouncer ’sceptics’, perhaps they were concerned that the new convert might hurl himself off the balcony in a mini-rapture? With Satan on stage, big JC can’t be far behind.

  4. robert said,

    April 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    He gets about, doesn’t he, that Satan…

  5. Fellow Traveller said,

    April 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    An alleged conversation between Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis went:

    Elvis [worried]: Do you think it’s true what people say, my music’s inspired by the Devil?
    JLL: Son, I think you are the Devil.

  6. WorldbyStorm said,

    April 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    It’s a riff on PJ O’Rourke’s quote from Holidays in Hell where he went to Jim and Tammy Bakker’s Heritage USA.

    “Dorothy and I came to scoff – but went away converted.

    Unfortunately we were converted to Satanism. Now we’re up half he night going to witch’s sabbaths and have to spend our free time reciting the Lord’s Prayer backward and scouring the neighbourhood for black dogs to sacrifice. Frankly, it’s a nuisance, but if it keeps us from going to the Heritage USA part of heaven, it will be worth it.”

    Re them taking it too seriously. I guess they’re students. That’s their job. 🙂

    • splinteredsunrise said,

      April 15, 2010 at 12:29 am

      I liked Holidays in Hell. IIRC he went to Belfast and met Sammy Wilson… it’s a small world indeed.

  7. Dave O said,

    April 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    But we’re lefties.

    We’re not *allowed* to like PJ.

    • WorldbyStorm said,

      April 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      Hmmmm… 😉

      Mind you the closing chapter in Parliament of Whores (IIRC) has a worrying tinge to it. Something about the conflict between democracy and business people. I’m overstating it and O’Rourke is no fan of corporatism as far as I can make out, but…

      • splinteredsunrise said,

        April 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

        PJ O’Rourke? Hey, I like Peter Hitchens, Peter Oborne and Damian Thompson… I’d rather have any of them at my back than some folks on the left.

        Besides, PJ is an ex-Maoist. And, just as Hitchens Minor still has a broad streak of the SWP in him, PJ can still be a bit reminiscent of an M-L ideologue. The humour helps mask it.

  8. shane said,

    April 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    C Hitchens is a supporter of a united Ireland..and has sympathized with Sinn Fein. Or at least he did in his Trot days, but it would be an unusual view for an upstart neocon. In his God is Not Great book, his view of the Troubles is so unbelievably warped – one imagines scapular-embellished IRA gunmen out to slay the heretics from Erin’s green glens.

    P Hitchens has a contrived vision of a 1950s Methodist cum imperialist utopia. He’s influenced people like Ed West (…son of Mary Kenny) who increasingly writes like his clone.


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