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Atheist author and scientist Richard Dawkins has found himself in a social media controversy over comments made about the Muslim call to prayer.
The God Delusion writer posted a picture of him at Winchester Cathedral.
The accompanying message said: "Listening to the lovely bells of Winchester, one of our great medieval cathedrals. So much nicer than the aggressive-sounding 'Allahu Akhbar'. Or is that just my cultural upbringing?"
His message received almost 5,000 likes with over 3,000 comments many claiming him to be racist or hateful.
What a horribly disappointing tweet form you. And I say this as a huge admirer of your thinking & writing. Shame.— Catherine Russell (@catherinerusse2) July 17, 2018
I spent splendid student days by Winchester cathedral.Glorious noise. When I heard 'Allahu Akhbar'call to prayer in Turkey, it was an uplifting, warm chorus of humanity.Having dodged Islamic terrorism myself, I'd say your feeling that it's 'aggressive' is a symptom of prejudice. https://t.co/EJuLrOan5C— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) July 17, 2018
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