I will greatly miss him. He was a brilliant, bon vivant, public intellectual and a "generalist"; but he was no historian.
I'd never want to debate him in a face-2-face circumstance. But he made some serious historical errors in the Christian nation debate.
I agree that the Constitution and Declaration of Independence prove America was not founded to be a "Christian Nation" and that according to orthodox standards Franklin, Jefferson and Washington (all of whom Hitchens invokes below) were not "Christians."
However, they also weren't "deists" (as Hitchens defines and understands the term). They were "theists" (something Hitchens denies in the clip). And Franklin was certainly not an "atheist" (something Hitchens claims below).