I would like to coin a new word In memoriam of Christopher Hitchens.
a child void of religious indoctrination who is encouraged to read broadly and to seek the truth unapologetically
N.B. A hitchling is not a Christopher Hitchens “fan.” He would not have liked that.
I have a bit of a problem labeling children as “atheists” or “freethinkers.” I have caught some grief about this from both the freethought community and from Mason herself, but I have professor Richard Dawkins on my side so I’m standing my ground. A hitchling, on the other hand, seems to me to be the mot juste.
The salient characteristic of about both genes and memes is their ability to be passed from one generation to the next. As we mourn the passing of Christopher Hitchens let’s commit to fostering a new brood of hitchlings.
Do you have a hitchling at home? Mine is very sad today. She has been fortunate enough to have not experienced much loss in her life. Today is making her think and feel in a way that is new to her.