François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…

christian religious fundamentalist handing out leaflets in the main street at the ballyclare may fair

How mass immigration is turning London back into a religious city

6 January 2017 13:36

The bewildering influx of immigrants into London has had one effect that no one could have predicted 20 years ago:…

How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…

Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West

22 December 2016 17:28

The appeasers, apologists and ‘useful idiots’ have been out in force over the festive season, busily lighting candles, declaring ‘Ich Bin…

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Marine Le Pen promises to drive the Machos from the Mosques

18 December 2016 13:18

The National Front were out in force at my local Parisian market on Saturday. A coterie of volunteers handing out…

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How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany’s intelligence agency?

2 December 2016 10:37

Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed that the country’s politicians have gone a bit nuts. …

Louis Smith and Daley Thompson Visit Huntingdon Gymnastics Club To Inspire The Nation To Join In Local Sports

Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam

1 November 2016 16:41

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past —…

Why the French favour secularism over appeasement in the fight to defeat Islamic extremism

21 October 2016 14:57

In the apartment block next to mine in Paris there are two Muslim families. One I see often: the dad…

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Louis Smith’s ‘show trial’ on Loose Women is emblematic of our dimwit-run times

14 October 2016 14:01

Both Brendan and I have written about the strange martyrdom of Louis Smith.  But here is an ugly coda. As…


Islam’s savage war against atheists: listen to Holy Smoke, the Spectator’s new religion podcast

14 October 2016 12:14

Are former Muslims who ‘come out’ as atheists in Islamic countries becoming the most persecuted minority in the world? And are Western social…

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

11 October 2016 14:25

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall…

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The great conundrum for the Islamophobia lobby

6 October 2016 17:28

It is a shame that ‘subversion’ of the state is no longer a crime in Britain.  One result of it…


Why does Justin Welby want us to understand jihadis?

3 October 2016 11:36

Hallelujah, everybody. The Archbishop of Canterbury has been pontificating again. Justin Welby says we must try to understand radical Islam…


The ‘academics’ criticising the Prevent strategy are nothing of the sort

2 October 2016 8:32

This is how the madness spreads. While some politicians of the left continue to pretend that the situation in the…

The Islamophobic attacks you don’t hear about

22 September 2016 15:54

Incidents of ‘Islamophobia’ are really getting out of hand in Britain. In fact there has been such a wave of…

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Liberté, égalité, securité is the new normal for French schools

13 September 2016 8:15

My daughter started secondary school on 1 September. She was very excited. I wish I could report that she skipped…


The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe

2 September 2016 10:00

Terror attacks in Germany are becoming remarkably unremarkable. So when a bomb went off in the German city of Essen,…

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France is right to ban the burkini

25 August 2016 17:39

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities…


The burkini ban is a political ruse

24 August 2016 13:34

Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X…

Is jailing Anjem Choudary the best idea?

19 August 2016 12:07

Don’t let off your celebratory party poppers just yet! Anjem Choudary may be facing jail, but he is a slippery…

Why did the BBC give a platform to Anjem Choudary?

17 August 2016 8:12

Anjem Choudary’s arrogance eventually led to his downfall. He was convinced he could stay one step ahead of the authorities…

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It’s a bad day for Anjem Choudary – and a good day for secular law

16 August 2016 18:10

So farewell then Anjem Choudary.  At least for a few years.  Britain’s biggest loudmouth Islamist has finally been convicted in…


Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

12 August 2016 18:04

Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’.  As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it…

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The post-terror ‘good news’ story came from Islam’s most persecuted sect

1 August 2016 18:37

A few months back, after the Brussels terrorist attacks, I pointed out on Coffee House that there is a certain routine…


To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

28 July 2016 9:40

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…