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Professor makes some highly inflammatory comments against Muslims; 'Twitter' war rages

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 9th, 2013
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It's a Twitter Holy War. Professor Richard Dawkins has made a series of controversial comments, among them that the last time Muslims contributed something worthwhile to global culture was during the Dark Ages. The 71-year-old author then sniped that the Muslim global community had won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge!

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These pithy comments certainly didn't win Dawkins many - uh, converts. High-profile Twitter users such as writer Caitlin Moran and economics editor at Channel 4 News, Faisal Islam both voiced their dissension.

"It's time someone turned Richard Dawkins off and then on again," Moran said. "Something's gone weird."

Islam weighed in with, "Actually, over the last two decades, it's 8-4 against Trinity. I say this as a muslim alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge.

"Of course if Richard Dawkins had any clue what he was talking about, he'd know to strip out the Economics Nobels, which aren't quite real."

One Twitter user pointed out that Muslims were responsible for alchemy and algebra. Dawkins replied, "Indeed, where would we be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since then?'

For the record, there has been a total of 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Muslims while Trinity College, Cambridge, has 
32 Nobel laureates.

It's not the first time Dawkins has angered the Muslim community. He denounced the looters who destroyed manuscripts in Mali as "Islamic barbarians" last January.

The 71-year-old Dawkins was referring to the severe damage caused by Islamist extremists to a sacred library in Timbuktu. Dawkins, an award-winning ethologist and author was accused of insulting all Muslims.

A former Oxford Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Dawkins is a dedicated admirer of Charles Darwin, and regards the Victorian pioneer of evolution as the man who explained "everything we know about life."

Dawkins is outspoken and is well known for his strong religious criticism and his atheist views. The author of several books, his contempt for religion is most evident in his 2006 bestseller, "The God Delusion."

An equal opportunity offender, last December he declared that being raised as a Catholic was "worse than child abuse." The former Oxford professor said the mental torment inflicted by the religion's teachings was worse in the long-term than any sexual abuse by priests.

"Horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place," he told an interviewer.

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