"Bwahaha! I have you now, Mr. Hitchens!"

“Perhaps throat cancer will move Christopher Hitchens to a change of heart.” reads the headline in The Catholic Herald.

This article seems to be an exemplary exercise in the most refined form of “holier than thou”. I thought it a rather cruelly passive-aggressive piece of writing which, especially since it’s about a sick man, seemed uncalled for. But, perhaps the author really did mean well; the point just came across poorly. It happens.

But there’s something about that headline that seems… I don’t know… gloating, perhaps? It seems to have almost the exact tone the arch-villain has when he has the hero strapped to a torture device. Or am I being too sensitive?

What's your stake in this, cowboy?