Richard Dawkins has warned against Islam as the ‘most evil’ religion, stirring up further controversy with his anti-religious comments. The evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist warned that it was virtually impossible to study English literature without knowing the background of Christianity.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Mr Dawkins was being interviewed at the Cheltenham Science Festival, promoting his new book Science in the soul. He warned that Islam was the ‘most evil’ religion in the world, and said that moderate Muslims were the biggest victims of fanatical ideology.
The Telegraph reported him as saying: ‘It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it’s a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad, because they’re not.
‘If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world, it’s quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam.
‘It’s terribly important to modify that, because of course not all Muslims are evil, very far from it. Individual Muslims suffer more from Islam than anyone else. I am against Islam, not least because of the unpleasant effects it has on the lives of Muslims’.
Mr Dawkins was also asked whether religious studies should be abolished in schools, over fears that schoolchildren were being brainwashed. He replied: ‘I don’t think religious education should be abolished. I think it is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible after all so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible. If you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare. It’s an important part of our history’.