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Richard Dawkins Twitter Slam: Media is wrong to say terrorist attacks have “nothing to do with religion.”

He may be the world’s foremost disbeliever in God, yet even Richard Dawkins thinks that the horrific acts committed by Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are rooted in religion.

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In recent months, many people have been quick to state ISIS’s behaviour is completely detached from mainstream Islamic doctrine, but Christians are deliberately targeted by extremist Islamic State members and affiliates. In the wake of ISIS’s latest atrocity, Dawkins took to Twitter to point out that major news outlets are wrong to ignore incidents such as this.

He pointed out that the perpetrators of a bombing attack that killed 72 Christians in Pakistan recently had been eager to state that they were doing so for religious reasons. He quoted them as saying: “We have carried out this attack to target Christians who were celebrating Easter.”

Following on from this, he commented “Ah, nothing to do with religion, then”. Dawkins has already defended Christians who are being targeted by Islamic extremists, and called out the western media for failing to report these atrocities. In December, he tweeted: "Regressive left turns treacherous, blind eye on misogyny and homophobia because they absurdly think Islam must be 'respected' as a 'race”.

Extremist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, who were previously linked to the Taliban before instead pledging allegiance to ISIS, have claimed responsibility for the attack. Their spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed that the attack had deliberately targeted Christians, as part of their “annual martyrdom attacks”.

As well as targeting those of the Christian faith, though, Ehsan also stated that this attack had political motivations, intended to show the Pakistani government that “we have arrived in Punjab and will reach you.”


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