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Richard Dawkins doesn’t get it: religion is rational

15 August 2014 15:06

Where to start with Prof Dawkins’ latest observations about religion and fundamentalism? In response to questions from an audience in Edinburgh where he was promoting his autobiography this week he… Continue reading

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At last! An Archbishop of Canterbury recognises that Islamists slaughter Christians

8 August 2014 16:01

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has just issued a statement about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq that is both brave and perfectly judged. What an outstanding representative of… Continue reading

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Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99. I won’t attempt an obituary, but my memories of him… Continue reading

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The Chinese state is terrified by the spread of Christianity. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it’s terrified of religion

6 August 2014 17:12

Since the beginning of this year, China has been engaged in a cruel and bizarre campaign against Christians in the south-eastern province of Zhejiang. Its main target is Wenzhou, a… Continue reading

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As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection… Continue reading

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Gilbert and George have lost their bottom over the burka

17 July 2014 12:52

Let’s brood, shall we, on the following report in the Evening Standard about an exciting new departure by the winsome duo, Gilbert and George, on the back of their new… Continue reading

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Cameron will breathe a sigh of relief if the Church of England vote for women bishops

14 July 2014 16:03

Number 10 has a lot on its mind with the looming Cabinet reshuffle, but I suspect that there’ll be a sigh of relief there if the General Synod of the… Continue reading

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George Carey’s thoughtless contribution to the ‘assisted dying’ debate

12 July 2014 13:15

Well, I think nobody really assumed that George Carey was the brightest button on the bench of bishops but the old bumbler has still managed to put a rocket into… Continue reading

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America and Britain could save Iraq’s Christians – it’s just they don’t care

20 June 2014 11:03

The Syro-Iraq war, as the firestorm should probably now be called, rages on, with the sword of Damocles hanging over us in Britain. Some 400 British Muslims are fighting with… Continue reading

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Canon Andrew White holding a service at St George’s Baghdad in (slightly) happier times in 2007. (Photo by Muhannad Fala’ah /Getty Images).

A brave man in Iraq needs your help

11 June 2014 16:57

Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest men you could ever meet. He is the Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad and has continued his service in… Continue reading

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Christianity is not a prop for politics

25 April 2014 16:52

First the godly, then the godless, then the godly again. The public debate about whether Britain is indeed a Christian country, which the Prime Minister kicked off with his article… Continue reading

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Doing God works well for Cameron

24 April 2014 18:00

David Cameron’s decision to hug-a-Christian seems to have worked pretty well, judging by the political response he’s provoked. For starters, his comments about Britain being ‘evangelical’ about its status as… Continue reading

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The UK is a Christian country, whether the Left like it or not

22 April 2014 11:20

As the crucifixion of Damian McBride over Easter in 2009 proves, the four-day news void can be gruesome for Downing Street, yet it seems congratulations are in order this year.… Continue reading

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David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he… Continue reading

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Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: lucky we just get to watch this programme – the North Koreans are living it

15 April 2014 10:43

Spoiler alert: this is a review of last night’s episode Anyone watching Game of Thrones for the first time last night would not have been dissuaded of Peter Hitchens’ argument that the… Continue reading

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood march in Egypt. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

At last, Britain is investigating the Muslim Brotherhood

1 April 2014 15:23

The UK government has announced a long-overdue investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. I am delighted. Why Britain should continue to act as an Argentina-like… Continue reading

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White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced he would take the name Francis, after Saint Francis of… Continue reading

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Podcast: Cameron’s Northern Alliance, Christianity and the left, and the end of two-party politics

27 February 2014 9:54

Is David Cameron’s new gameplan to look to the northern states for allies? Fraser Nelson is joined on the podcast by Stephen Booth of Open Europe, to discuss the influence that people… Continue reading

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'Bethlehem Unwrapped' at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London.

Absolute moral squalor on display at a London church

3 January 2014 16:09

‘Did Israel spoil Christmas again?’ I only ask because the claim that they did is becoming a modern tradition in Britain. The softest and most commonplace expression of the claim… Continue reading

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Icons and overturned funiture on the ground at the church of Saint Michael in the Syrian village of Qara

Western Christians are not helping their persecuted brothers and sisters

23 December 2013 10:21

As Christmas Day breaks over Maaloula, one of the last few villages which still speaks the language of Christ, Islamist fighters will patrol the streets. Whether the nuns of its… Continue reading

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Prince Charles pictured with leaders of the persecuted Syriac Orthodox Church. (Photo: Getty)

Thanks for trying, Charlie Boy

19 December 2013 13:06

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our heir to the throne, Prince Charles, for, as he put it, spending ‘twenty years’ trying… Continue reading

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A Syrian woman mourns the death of three of Syrians who were killed by jihadists in the ancient town of Maalula, north of Damascus, earlier this year. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

‘If they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West?’

18 December 2013 17:27

The Silence of Our Friends, my Amazon Singles ebook about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, is published today. I know I’ve written several posts on this subject… Continue reading

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Saudi activist Manal Al Sharif, who now lives in Dubai, flashes the sign for victory as she drives her car in the Gulf Emirate city on October 22, 2013, in solidarity with Saudi women preparing to take to the wheel on October 26, defying the Saudi authorities, to campaign women's right to drive in Saudi Arabia. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

You have to admire the chutzpah of the Saudis in protesting religious intolerance

12 December 2013 17:12

Further to yesterday’s post on Britain’s apathy about Christian persecution, the main question people asked in response was: what can Britain do, without military means? Taking aside that our military… Continue reading

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Injured Iraqi Christians wait outside a hospital after treatment following explosions near two Baghdad churches on 1 August 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s refusal to defend Christians in the Middle East is shameful

11 December 2013 16:15

I have an ebook published next Thursday, called The Silence of Our Friends, on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the apathy of the West about this… Continue reading

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