In the strange world that is Social Media, the Church of England has been accused of "trolling" for offering prayer for Richard Dawkins.
This really does say more about the people making the accusation than the people offering the prayer. Our Lord quite clearly told us to pray for our enemies, and I'm not sure the Good Doctor even counts as an enemy of the Church of England - more as a grumpy neighbour who may complain about the noise the kids are making, but still quite appreciates your nice house and garden.
The Revd Arun Arora has been forced to make one of the weirdest comments I've heard in ages, where he said that he doesn't agree with everything that Dawkins believes in. Well quite. Maybe it shows how toxic our world has become, that it is assumed one can only wish good things on one's friends and people one agrees with.
Here at the Beaker Folk, we shall leave references to the Good Doctor in the news feed, as we still think they're funny. And we shall light a (beeswax) tea light for him. We pray that he gets well soon. And we don't think one can pray ironically.