Hitchens, has been a journalist of some note for decades and is a regular contributor to "The Atlantic", "Vanity Fair", Slate and "The Nation"
He is an author of some note whose titles alone cause controversy. "The Trial of Henry Kissinger", "The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice" and "God Is Not Great."
From that last title you can surmise that he is an unapologetic atheist. Thursday night he spoke on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 program about his mortality. He is resigned to the law of averages which says that more people than not don't come back from what he is stuck with.
Asked if his prognosis has driven him to a deity to whom he prays, Hitchens told Cooper, that he is aware of prayer groups that have sprouted in his honor but, "I shall not be taking part in that."
Christopher Hitchens Knows His Cancer's Origin
In what can be called a refreshing change from people who curse their fate and look for answers about how the dread disease chose them, Hitchens knows with certainty the origin of his cancer
His father died of it at the age of 79 and Hitchens, 61 exacerbated the situation by living the good life. "I've came by this particular tumor honestly. If you smoke, which I did for many years very heavily with occasional interruption, and if you use alcohol, you make yourself a candidate for it in your sixties."
The word iconoclast comes to mind when describing Hitchens, a product of Great Britain who recently became an American citizen, he now holds dual citizenship.
Both sides of the political spectrum claim he belongs to the other and the truth is that he likes it that way. He brands the Pope a criminal who should be arrested if he sets foot in any country that has been plagued by priest-pedophilia scandals.
Yet Hitchens believes in the international war on terror and is a staunch supporter of the interventionist strategy to fight what he calls "fascism with an Islamic face."
When he is booked for an appearance on a talk show, the host understands that he or she will never be as smart as Hitchens or know more about any particular topic. If the host isn't aware of it Hitchens reinforces it pretty quickly while on camera.
That won't change while he continues to undergo difficult cancer treatments nor will his belief that praying won't help him a lick. At least he is consistent.