Monday was "Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day," when believers prayed for Christopher Hitchens, 61, the writer and author of books, including "God is Not Great." Hitchens was diagnosed recently with cancer of the esophagus. However, in his cancer-stricken state, Hitchens, an unapologetic atheist, appears to be holding firmly to his godlessness. He declined an invitation to participate in the day of prayer for himself.
"I don't mean to be churlish about any kind intentions, but when September 20 comes, please do not trouble deaf heaven with your bootless cries," Hitchens wrote in Vanity Fair. "Unless, of course, it makes you feel better."
Would you pray for him or other gravely ill people who do not believe in God, even if they chose to skip out on a day of prayer in their name?