Standing on one foot one could postulate a Mystical Atheism. There is great benefit experiencing the religious moment without recourse to a deity. Listening to a nigun propels one to Bach’s chorales and back to Gregorian/Salisbury chants to a muezzin’s call and on to popular culture. Can one propose that the film Dirty Dancing is an extended moment of Tikkun Olam? Perhaps not, but in the eye of this beholder it is. Listening to the Quebecoise Isabelle Boulay perhaps has no resonances with the Anglo-Saxon audiences as with the Israeli-French-Anglo singer Keren Ann but both transcend the hic et nunc without accessory appeals to a deity. Examples abound and I close.
Before Hitchens's political shift, the American author and polemicist Gore Vidal was apt to speak of Hitchens as his " dauphin " or "heir".   In 2010, Hitchens attacked Vidal in a Vanity Fair piece headlined "Vidal Loco", calling him a "crackpot" for his adoption of 9/11 conspiracy theories .   On the back of Hitchens's memoir Hitch-22, among the praise from notable figures, Vidal's endorsement of Hitchens as his successor is crossed out in red and annotated "NO, ." His strong advocacy of the war in Iraq had gained Hitchens a wider readership, and in September 2005 he was named as fifth on the list of the " Top 100 Public Intellectuals " by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.  An online poll ranked the 100 intellectuals, but the magazines noted that the rankings of Hitchens (5), Noam Chomsky (1), and Abdolkarim Soroush (15) were partly due to supporters publicising the vote. He later responded to his ranking with a few articles about his status as such.