Caption this pope pic

Caption this pope pic

THE prize for the best caption is a copy of a new novel entitled 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession by Florida-based M Dolon Hickmon who recently contributed to our “My Atheism” section. He is a writer, novelist and children’s rights activist. As a survivor of religiously motivated child abuse, his writing on the intersections of faith and child maltreatment has been featured in diverse forums.

His novel is an expose of religiously motivated child abuse, packaged as a rock-and-roll murder mystery. The book is bringing the plight of religiously mistreated kids to a huge audience of crime fiction readers, and has received a great reception. Publishers Weekly will feature him in an author Q&A next month.

He will shortly be reviewing Dan Arel’s soon-to-be-published book, Parenting Without God, for the Freethinker.

The picture of ex-Pope Ratzinger was taken from Freaking News‘s collection of Photoshopped Pope pictures.

Mark your entries “Freethinker caption contest” and email them to

Closing date for contest is August 21, 2014.

The runner-up prize is a copy of Mitchell Stephen’s Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World.

Reviewing this book for Times Higher Education, Gavin Hyman wrote:

Atheism has brought deliverance from tyranny, intolerance, ignorance and bigotry, and many of the values we most treasure today – free enquiry, human dignity, equality and democracy – would scarcely have been conceivable without the invaluable contributions of atheistic thinkers, writers and activists stretching back through centuries of Western history. Stephens delves deeply into this history and constructs a narrative that shows the central importance of atheistic thought for human cultural achievement.

19 responses to “Caption this pope pic”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    ‘Good evening, and welcome to another edition of The Sky at Night.’

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    “We will continue to condemn the vile practice of transvestitism.”

  3. barriejohn says:

    Pope Francis?

  4. barriejohn says:

    I think there may be a question mark hanging over the carpet colour here!

  5. Barry Duke says:

    Whoops! I’ve corrected that BarrieJohn. The original pic was of Frankie, but I made a last-minute change and forgot to alter the copy.

  6. Mephisto says:

    ‘Hello little boy, would you like a sweetie?’

  7. PJH says:

    “Pope Francis and Bear work-swap for the day. Bear disgraces himself in Vatican…”

  8. Daz says:

    David Duchovny‘s let ‘imself go a a bit.

  9. Angela_K says:

    “These red shoes are nice but plimsolls are better for evading arrest”

  10. Rob Andrews says:

    Here’s a caption:
    “These actually were left here by pope Francis, I’m just visiting him– really”

  11. Mike Battman says:

    Before I became Pope I used to like dressing in ladies clothes

  12. Angela_K says:

    “Come back young man, we’ve only taken off our shoes”

  13. Broga says:

    “Just because I wear frocks doesn’t mean I have to wear women’s shoes.”

  14. Paul Cook says:

    Do you have these sardines in size ten?

  15. georgia says:

    Somewhere over the rainbow … children are safe.

  16. Jobrag says:

    I can control my skateboard better in bare feet.

  17. Angela_K says:

    “What is a paedophile priest?”

  18. andrewm031 says:

    I wouldn’t have got away with wearing those in the Hitler Youth. They’d have clashed awfully.

  19. Norman Paterson says:

    What have you done with Dorothy?