Every Christian must confront the issue of genocide in the Bible, from Noah's flood, to the destruction of the Canaanites by Israel, to the impending Apocalypse. Virtually every Christian with whom I have discussed the issue has echoed the same conclusion: God willed the genocide, therefore, it was justified.
This is precisely the stance taken by William Lane Craig. I previously reported on Craig's debate with Sam Harris. Few people want to debate Craig. He is a professional philosopher and debater and has a gift for masking his logical fallacies with rhetoric.
Last year, Craig openly challenged Richard Dawkins to a debate, but Dawkins demurred. Some criticized Dawkins for this, so he wrote a letter to the Guardian explaining his reasons for not debating Craig. Among those reasons is Craig's impassioned defense of genocide.
I agree with Dawkins. At some point, one has to say: "I can't argue with crazy." The Christian belief that genocide is justified or even good whenever some prophet or group of people believe it is the will of God is both ludicrous and dangerous. I love Dawkins' closing paragraph on the best way to debate with Craig and his ilk.
Rather than paraphrase Dawkins, I thought I would include his part of his letter, which quotes some of the more idiotic statements by Craig in defense of genocide in the name of Yahweh.