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Religion and race are two topics that rarely fail to spark debate and controversy, particularly if discussed online.

But a tweet sent by African-American author Trillia Newbell has been raising more than a few eyebrows.

Newbell, who is a Christian, tweeted to say that racism and Christianity “cannot coexist”.

Of course, with Twitter being Twitter, and the outlandishness of this statement, the tweet went viral instantly.

Replies questioned the past use of slavery by Christians and references to slavery in the Bible. These apparently prove that, sadly, racism has historically been compatible with Christianity.

Others made light of the fact that a country led by certain orange president claims to be Christian while also exhibiting behaviour perceived as racist.

But some agreed, interpreting the statement as meaning that anyone who is racist therefore excludes themselves from Christianity.

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