The very old Anglican Bishop of Cork & the extremely old Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork took to their sickbeds at the same time. Each desired to outlive the other. As it turned out, the very old Anglican Bishop passed on to his maker first. The Monsignors gathered around the Catholic Bishop & inquired if there was some statement he'd like to make on the sad occasion to the Anglicans of Cork.
"Yes, " said the old priest, propping himself up on his pillows. "Say that now he knows who's the real Bishop of Cork."
Love him or hate him, Christopher Hitchens was a very good writer.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson