Christians claim inspirational chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain is now burning in Hell because he committed suicide.
Earlier today the influential chef, author, and television host was found dead in a hotel room in France by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.”
In a statement confirming the tragedy CNN said:
It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.
According to reports, Bourdain died by hanging himself.
Almost immediately after news of Bourdain’s death by suicide was announced, some Christians began to report that Bourdain was burning in hell. For example:
If you’re religious, then you believe there’s a special place in hell or purgatory for people like Anthony Bourdain who take their own lives.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 8, 2018
After lapping up the goods of this world—with no observable evidence that he sought and served God—Anthony Bourdain most likely faces a sorrowful and hopeless eternity in Hell. Oh, don’t follow him!!! #ServeGodAndLive #WhyWillYouDie pic.twitter.com/tIVrHKhFuU
— WBCVideo (@WBCVideo) June 8, 2018
Peace, Perfect Peace! pic.twitter.com/jMPJKgyHhY
— Westboro Baptist Church (@WBCSaysRepent) June 8, 2018
I know saying RIP when someone dies is this kind thing to do. But the fact is, they are either with Jesus in heaven, or burning in hell. Saying RIP does not help their situation whatsoever. #JesusChristSaves
— Brian Richards (@BrianScheider) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain contemplated suicide but said daughter gave him reason ‘to live’ in one of his final interviews. Didn’t know this guy. Knew his mouth and zombicrat mi dset. Sorry for his families loss. He’s going to loathe burning in hell for steeling the Lords greatest gift.
— Bob Bushell (@Biggbearz55) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain, what a sickening coward and self centered man who’s now burning in hell! Tot she your life with no regard to your children, unforgivable!!!!
— Mike McKinzie (@MikeMcKinzie4) June 8, 2018
Bourdain is no longer a atheist. Money and fame, he had it all. he believes in GOD now. There is NO REST and there is NO PEACE in Hell. REPENT and BELIEVE the GOSPEL – the ONLY GOSPEL that SAVES, having FAITH Alone in the Crucified and Risen CHRIST Alone. pic.twitter.com/suHYQHA6KC
— Nate J (@Ephesianstwo_8) June 8, 2018
Current status : Frying in hell
— Abandon All Hope (@DeathTooAmerica) June 8, 2018
FEEL SORRY FOR FAMILY BUT BY HIM DOING WHAT HE DID HE WILL BURN IN HELL. UNLESS HE ASKED FOR GOD FORGIVENESS
— John Garcia (@JOHNGARCIA1152) June 8, 2018
In addition to the Twitter trolls wallowing in their deplorable schadenfreude, other religious leaders were quick to try and claim that Bourdain was burning in Hell, even going so far as to suggest that his atheism was the cause of his suicide. For example, Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote:
If Anthony Bourdain had been a religious man, would he have killed himself? Probably not.
Donohue goes on to suggest that if he was not an atheist Bourdain would still be alive.
Bourdain would not be surprised by the reactions from the pious. The atheist chef was sympathetic to Christopher Hitchens, and suspicious of hypocritical religious people:
“I respect people that practice as they preach . . . but hypocritical religious types make me angry . . . I’m closer to Hitchens’ view on this. Many of the world’s ills can be tracked back to [religion].”
—— Anthony Bourdain, interview with NotQuiteNigella.com, May 2011
Bottom line: Anthony Bourdain is dead. There is no heaven, and there is no hell. Death is final, and that is tragedy enough. There is no afterlife. All we can do now is mourn the loss, and celebrate the life.
(How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.)