I certainly hope I don't come off as much of a seductive bible-beater, if that's what you mean by irony. :P At the very least, I've tried to be seductive and failed most of the time. Heaven knows how I'm getting married.
I'm pretty much prone to stating my opinion about people like Hitchens. I dislike celebrity worship in general, especially if the personality in question is beloved for what I feel are the wrong reasons. I can hardly wrap my head around people adoring a man who goes out of his way to demonize compassion and frame good-will ambassadors the way he does. To be clear, I am in favour of social critique and personal responsibility. I believe rational, reasonable thinking should pervade. But I see no need to be so negative and chafing about it. In the end, that kind of attitude is no different from the one encountered in religious zealotry. Fanaticism, however "reasonable" sounding, should always be discounted and treated with suspicion. I don't see Hitchens as being particularly bright, only well-spoken and assertive.
As to the last bit there... I'll treat a person with respect if I feel they deserve it, or if I have a reason to. I wouldn't bash Hitchens in front of his family or close friends, but heaven knows there aren't any around these parts (I hope). I just don't have any public respect for him. Being dead doesn't change that.