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Church of England in ill Richard Dawkins tweet row

By Scott D'Arcy

Published 15/02/2016

Stroke: Richard Dawkins
Stroke: Richard Dawkins

The Church of England has defended sending "prayers" on Twitter to The God Delusion author Richard Dawkins following his stroke.

The outspoken academic (74) fell ill on February 5.

Professor Dawkins has described feeling that the stroke had taken him "back to childhood" because his "biggest challenge is buttons".

The Church was among well-wishers who sent messages of support when the news emerged on Friday, saying: "Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family".

But the post sparked a Twitter row, with some users accusing the organisation of "trolling" the biologist in light of his secularist views.

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