Richard Dawkins has returned home from hospital after suffering a stroke at the weekend, and his supporters are giving him a response he would surely be proud of.
Rather than "pray" for the 74-year-old atheist and biologist, people are wishing him a speedy recovery and commending science and medicine for saving his life.
The author of The God Delusion suffered a "minor stroke" on Saturday, causing him to postpone his tour of Australia and New Zealand.
“On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery,” a statement from his management company said.
“He is already at home recuperating.
“This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour.
“He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future.”
Many people wished Dawkins well, making a point that they would not be "praying" for his speedy recovery:
Wishing (not praying) @RichardDawkins a speedy recovery. Hope to see you in Oz soon!— #TeamHashtag Lisa (@thatblogchick) February 12, 2016
@RichardDawkins I read you weren't well. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Don't worry, I won't pray for you.— Lavendar Luke (@ChumpanZeee) February 12, 2016
@RichardDawkins The "other side" might not be praying for you, but scientists, skeptics, and serious people are rooting for you! Get well!— John Antonakis (@JohnAntonakis) February 12, 2016
Richard Dawkins has had a mini stroke. Reassured he will make a full recovery. The least you can do is NOT pray for him #GetWellSoonRichard— Paula Wright (@SexyIsntSexist) February 10, 2016
@RichardDawkins I don't do prayers, so you can't be in them, but you are definitely in my thoughts. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.— curon evans (@curonevans) February 12, 2016
The Legend Richard Dawkins recuperating from stroke. Don't pray for him just hope doctors can do their stuff.https://t.co/S4tE7sKxYm— Michael Holland (@MikeHollandarts) February 12, 2016
@RichardDawkins I'm not praying you make a swift recovery, which I hope you'll appreciate.— Yokohama Lustpuffin (@Foot_Off) February 12, 2016
While others were quick to praise science and medicine - and nothing supernatural - for Dawkins' recovery:
@RichardDawkins I heard news of your mini-stroke. Glad you're out of hospital. Thank goodness for science and medical intervention.— Insufferable Rayne (@rayne_2) February 12, 2016
The former University of Oxford professor was due to begin his Australia and New Zealand tour in Sydney on February 28. The tour was designed to publicise his 13th book, Brief Candle in the Dark.
Dawkins is an outspoken critic of religion and frequently uses Twitter to share his views on the subject.
In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
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