May 30 in freethought history…

voltaireMay 30, 1778Voltaire (born François-Marie Arouet) dies in Paris, aged 83. An avowed Deist, he was a writer, philosopher and public wit well known for his criticisms of organized religion. He thought Christianity “assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world.” His most famous work is Candide, which mocks the notion that we live in the “best of all possible worlds.” His many other works include “Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet,” which mocks the founder of Islam and surely would have gotten Voltaire murdered were he alive today.

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