by David and Tim Bayly on November 22, 2008 - 9:00am
(Tim w/thanks to Lucas) No, not that Hitchens, sillies; this one. Watching this trailer for a soon-to-be released documentary of the debate last year between Doug Wilson and purported atheist, Christopher Hitchens, I thought back to a conversation I had with longtime Village Voice columnist, ACLU board member, jazz expert, and one of the two or three best essayists against euthanasia, infanticide, and child-slaughter in our land, Nat Hentoff. He was in Madison for a speaking engagement and, being active in Presbyterians Pro-Life at the time, I asked Mr. Hentoff if he'd be open to an invitation to debate an abortion advocate at our Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly?
Quickly, he said "Yes," but then inquired, "Why would you want me?"
I responded that I thought he'd be perfect because he'd speak from the same presuppositional basis as our denominational leaders.
Another part of our conversation that sticks in my mind was Hentoff saying, "Every atheist should be pro-life because life's all we have."