God’s Lunatics Giveaway at the Friendly Atheist

Newest linked site The Friendly Atheist is having a cool contest

All you have to do is provide an answer to the following question:

Name the historical figure who, in the name of religion, caused the most harm to humanity.

The most interesting (or entertaining) answers, as selected by me, will receive a copy of the book. The contest ends in two weeks and it’s only open to people living in the U.S. (Sorry!)

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5 Responses to God’s Lunatics Giveaway at the Friendly Atheist

  1. JC says:

    On further review, I’ve decided to un-link the Friendly Atheist. It’s simply too friendly (towards religious folks) for my tastes. Keep that friendliness to yourself, punk!

  2. Bob says:

    Hitler is too easy an answer, although I like it a lot since, while many believe Hitler was an atheist, he certainly used religion to cause harm. But I am going to go with Constantine I. He united the HRE and basically turned into a Christian beast. The ramifications of that have been pretty big. Also, George W. Bush.

  3. JC says:

    I was thinking Jesus Christ, but since he’s not someone who did harm in the name of religion, I suppose he doesn’t count. People did harm in his name, but that’s hardly his fault. Assuming we agree that he actually existed, which of course we don’t.

    I like the Constantine suggestion. Other names I thought of are Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor), Acheamenes, and Edward I.

    It’s depressing just how many despots were atheist. Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, Vlad the Impaler (well, maybe he was Roman C). It’s like dude, you got the religion part right, how did all the rest of it go so wrong?

    Does “the Pope” count, or because it’s more than one person, no? Sort of like the Dread Pirate Roberts (“Have you considered piracy? Because you’d make a wonderful pope!”)

  4. JC says:

    Well done.