Ex-Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie has sparked a fierce backlash on social media for penning a column about how he would "never again take [a] holiday in a Muslim country."
The 69-year-old was told he should "never again write a newspaper column" for his latest musing.
MacKenzie wrote that "the Muslim attitude to Westerners has always been: We like your money and are prepared to hide our disdain for your woman wearing revealing clothes and your love of a drink just as long as you put food on my table."
He continued: "You cannot be lying on a sunlounger not knowing if some Muslim madman is coming out of the sea to kill you or that your easyJet is blown out of the sky."
Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, told The Huffington Post UK that MacKenzie's comments were "caustic".
He said: “As I sit in a conference in Tunisia about cultural engagement between the UK and North Africa, the Kelvin McKenzie article is particularly depressing and one has to question whether Mr MacKenzie has ever been on holiday to Tunisia or Egypt?
"Having spoken to Tunisian waiters and service industry workers today, their pain about what happened to British tourists is real and they feel deeply for the families and for the lives lost. They are also angry that extremists have tainted the image of their country and their faith.
"Place that against the caustic remarks from MacKenzie and you get a serious disconnect in his understanding of the region.”
The piece caused controversy on Twitter, where users piled in to rebuke Mackenzie for offending some 50 Muslim countries.
Kelvin MacKenzie is just vile. https://t.co/tIsjT2Gih7— Meg Evans (@CaptainMeg) November 13, 2015
Wow. Just wow. Even Mail wld baulk at this:
Kelvin MacKenzie - "I’ll never again take holiday in a Muslim country." https://t.co/Iy6iKcDwhR— Alex Black (@thenameisblack) November 13, 2015
Happily, some managed to find some good news amongst the furore:
Kelvin Mackenzie sparks an outbreak of celebrations in Muslim countries pic.twitter.com/ZrY6NuR79A— Ged Adamson (@ged_adamson) November 13, 2015
While some simply suggested that he should also never write another column:
Kelvin MacKenzie should never again write a newspaper column pic.twitter.com/YpDJJAxx8o— James Bloodworth (@J_Bloodworth) November 13, 2015