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Atheist Richard Dawkins Has a Message About Islam in the Wake of France's Deadly Terror Attack


Atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took to Twitter in the wake of France's deadly terror attack Wednesday, proclaiming that "all religions are not equally violent."

Dawkins sent a series of tweets about religion following news that terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo, a weekly newspaper in France, killing 12 people.

"They shouted 'We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad,'" Dawkins wrote. "Some useful idiot will claim it had nothing to do with religion."

From there, he added, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn’t."

Dawkins has been critical of Islam, among other religions, in the past. In fact, in 2013, a tweet he sent about Muslims and the Nobel Peace Prize caught quite a bit of attention.

"All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though," he wrote, sparking outrage.

Dawkins' past tweets about Down syndrome, too, have created contention.

Read live updates about the attack here.

(H/T: Salon)


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