Hitchens said that he is constantly contacted by other atheists telling him he can beat the cancer and this in itself makes him feel “alarmed to be a repository of other people’s hope”.
People have even started asking him to officiate at their weddings. “It started a couple of years ago,” he said.
“It’s something I shall have to resist if I survive, and even if I don’t – this very slightly cultish stuff starts to happen.
“You get letters from people you can hardly remember meeting: “I shall never forget the kindness . . .
“Unbelievably trivial stuff, but they’ve made it into a thing in their minds.”
So much for the tedious New Atheist denial that they have any leaders!