MUNICH: Richard Dawkins has lambasted Saudi Arabia’s “sick” offer to build 200 mosques for refugees in Germany, as the Gulf state still refuses to shelter those fleeing war-stricken Syria.
Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist, author, and media commentator branded the news “either a sick joke or sick insult to German generosity” on Thursday after reports emerged that the wealthy Arab state offered to build the mosques in the European country, which is expecting to take 800,000 refugees this year.
While thousands of refugees make the perilous journey across continents to European countries, Saudi Arabia and five other Gulf states have offered zero resettlement places.
Dawkins said the news was “certainly sick”, adding he is “horribly afraid it might not be a joke”.
Plans to build 200 mosques was reported by German newspaper, The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Further details of how Saudi Arabia would build the 200 mosques remain unclear.
Dawkins said that the only thing that could be “more useless to refugees in Germany than 200 mosques” was 201 mosques.
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