The man whose book, The Lad, set off an internet firestorm and helped save the world, was a Christian pastor.
His name was Richard Dawkins, but he also was a political activist.
In 1966, Dawkins was arrested and charged with inciting racial hatred in an anti-racism rally at Oxford University.
He had a point: In 1964, the then-youngly-appointed British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, had promised to stamp out all forms of racism.
But Dawkins, an atheist, was arrested.
As a result of his arrest, he became the first British citizen ever to be imprisoned for his political views.
In 1968, a jury found him guilty and sentenced him to two years’ hard labour.
He served his time in prison in the British-run Alcatraz prison in New York.
His life story is an unlikely one.
Dawkins, who is best known for the novel The God Delusion, was born in India, in 1948, the son of a Jewish man and a Hindu woman.
Like many other Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, he was not a member of any religious group.
After his parents died, he spent his childhood in the London suburbs and went to boarding schools.
At the age of 12, he attended a private school in the city.
It was there that he discovered a passion for literature, especially literature about animals.
The Lad, which he co-authored with his then-girlfriend, describes an unnamed protagonist, who travels to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a renowned Hindu mystic.
On one occasion, the protagonist meets a cow that was used in the Maharishishi’s ritual animal slaughter.
That cow was taken to the slaughterhouse, but the Maharish had left it behind, and the animal was spared.
Over the next several years, Dawkins travelled across the world to study and write about animal subjects, including the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, the Roman Emperor Claudius, the Greeks, the Chinese, the Norse, the Hindus, and more.
During the 1930s, he helped the British Government to create the first modern Animal Protection Unit in India.
This unit would later help protect animals from the cruelty of the fur trade, and later the forced breeding of animals.
Dawkin became a prominent figure in the anti-racist movement, and he has been described as a “father of modern atheism”.
He was also the author of the first book on Islam, The Case for the Resurrection, and co-founded the British Association for the Defence of the Human Rights of Muslims, which later became the National Secular Society.
Dawks popularity was fuelled by his books, which had a lasting influence on the way people think about race and religion.
Critics claim he is racist, but some of his ideas about religion are also controversial.
Many of his books have had an impact on the politics of the Middle East.
In the 1970s, when he was living in the UK, he led a campaign against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
He wrote a number of books, including The God that Failed, which criticised the treatment of Muslims by Israel, which is now known as Israel Apartheid.
A decade later, in the early 1980s, Dawkins made controversial remarks about Islam.
He argued that the religion should be abolished and that Muslims should be allowed to practice their religion as they wished.
Thereafter, he criticised Islam, and said Muslims were better off practising non-violent resistance to Islam than embracing Islam.
He also spoke out against the British government’s policy of segregating Muslim children, saying that they were “too ignorant to do anything.”
In 1994, Dawkins’ son, Ian, published an essay in The Guardian newspaper, in which he called for a ban on wearing the hijab, which covers the head and neck, during prayers.
Following the publication of the article, Dawkins received death threats.
Ian said at the time that he was “shocked and appalled” by Dawkins’ actions, but said the threats had made him realise that “people like Richard Dawkins are not just wrong but dangerous”.
Dawson was arrested in 1984, for writing articles critical of the apartheid government of South Africa.
According to court documents, he told police that he had received death and rape threats, and had been called a “fucking Jew”, a “fascist Jew”, and a “white supremacist”.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Later that year, he cofounded a non-profit organisation, the Global Campaign for Justice Against Islamophobia.
While in prison, he had to undergo psychiatric treatment and spent six months in a mental hospital.
By 1993, Dawkins had published a number the works of other writers, including Michael Hardt and John Green.
Despite the criticism, Dawkins maintained his popularity and the organisation continued to grow.