This came as a real relief: Dawkins tweeted his opinion on the modern-day achievements of Muslims as reflected in the granting of Nobel prizes. I've started sweating immediately after seeing the headline of that article, but thankfully all he said was:
All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.Thanks deity for Trinity College. We are left out from that one, this time at least.
Well, what can I add to that? Only that I am not a follower of Dawkins, his brand of militant atheism is a bit too alien to me, although there are moments when... but no matter. Anyway, there is no arguing with the fact he presented in that tweet, because:
Muslims have been awarded 10 Nobel prizes while Trinity College can boast 32 Nobel laureates.Anyone what will challenge that statement, like this Guardian lady scribe who is, according to herself, trying to "parse the painfully obvious fallacy", is doomed to display own stupidity. Oh well, good luck, Ms Nesrine Malik, no Nobel for you for that one.
The most amazing effect of that tweet was the wave of anger, hate and name-calling it generated. Of course, the usual inanity of "old racist white man" and its likes was unleashed in quantity. You see, it is racism to make fun of or criticize a religion (or, let's be perfectly frank, Islam) in the modern PC progressive circles. Of course, the name callers conveniently forgot that Richard Dawkins despises all religions equally. But this is what always happens when Islam is mentioned, so no surprises here.
Update. Oops! I was wrong after all: Dawkins stepped into it!
Muslims aren't a race. What they have in common is a religion. Rather than Trinity, would you prefer the comparison with Jews? Google it.No, please, erase this one, Mr Dawkins, I beg you!
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 8, 2013
Update 2. The man persists in that folly, dragging us all into the fray (hat tip SarahAB):
God knows I'm no friend of religion, but what IS the reason for this amazing fact? <1% of world population are Jews but get 20% of Nobels.— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 10, 2013