The writer/critic Nat Hentoff died, aged 91, on Saturday. He was a life-long Jewish atheist who spent many years, right up to near the end, campaigning articulately and passionately against abortion and euthanasia. His atheism confused and enraged opponents who could not blithely accuse him of 'religious fundamentalism'. His was a powerful witness. I pray that his death has led him to a very pleasant Surprise. May The Lord have mercy on his soul (I'd gamble He will).