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Richard Dawkins Twitter war over Muslim Nobel Prize winners

Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Aug. 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Richard Dawkins, a controversial author and academic, started a trending Twitter war Thursday after stating that "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though."

While the statement may technically be correct, the backlash was immediate, with many noting that the same is true of many other minority groups, including black Nobel winners.

Some even questioned the merit of a Nobel Prize at all, pointing to past controversial selections, including President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.

Dawkins defended putting Muslims on blast.


Ongoing controversy surrounding Dawkins's views on Islam meant Twitter didn't let it go when Dawkins walked back his "intriguing fact" even further to say that "Trinity College Cambridge has more Nobel Prizes than any country in the world except USA, Britain, Germany & France. Remarkable fact."

Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist who has fashioned himself as an unofficial spokesperson for the world's atheists, is getting more backlash than ever from atheists themselves, many of whom have long denounced many of Dawkins's statements.




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