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Maajid Nawaz on Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Liberals must rally round Maajid Nawaz

22 January 2014 9:34

Interesting, isn’t it, this rather worrying statement from the Muslim body, MQI UK on the Mohammed cartoon affair. That, you recall, began when a member of a BBC TV audience showed … Continue reading

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Recommended listening with Joan Bakewell, Ian McEwan and Diarmaid MacCulloch

7 January 2014 14:28

There is a new series of BBC Radio 3′s discussion programme ‘Belief’. Some readers may be interested in this episode in which I am interviewed by Joan Bakewell. It was… Continue reading

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A Christmas sermon
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Auberon Waugh’s Christmas Sermon

25 December 2013 11:00

Writing in the 23 December 1966 edition of The Spectator, Auberon Waugh considers the role of Christianity, in all its forms, in an English Christmas. It’s not hard to see… 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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What would Rosa Parks have made of this shameful hypocrisy over segregation?

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate women from men at public meetings. With a characteristic disdain… Continue reading

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Bob Dylan has defiled the sacred identity of Croats, apparently. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Bob Dylan falls foul of Europe’s neo-blasphemy laws

4 December 2013 14:25

The French authorities are investigating Bob Dylan after some Croats were offended by something he said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year. The singer had said: ‘If you… Continue reading

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Britain ought to give more support to those who leave minority faiths.

Ex-Muslims are living the British dream – Britain should support them

28 November 2013 11:07

There was an excellent Radio 4 documentary on yesterday in which Sarfraz Manzoor interviewed a group of people you don’t hear much about – ex-Muslims. Like all good radio documentaries,… Continue reading

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Research suggests that liberals and conservatives like to live around people like them.

When it comes to diversity, most of us vote with our feet

26 November 2013 14:37

Liberals are almost as likely to flee diversity as conservatives, according to new research by Prof Eric Kaufmann for Demos. Some 61 per cent of white people who were ‘very… Continue reading

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Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

The CofE doomed? Only because it’s surrendered to phony soullessness

19 November 2013 18:10

The Church of England is doomed, Lord Carey has said, warning that Anglicanism is just ‘one generation away from extinction’. To be fair people have been saying this for a… Continue reading

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What will history make of Britain’s treatment of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin?

8 November 2013 17:49

‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in the UK, Conservative, Labour and coalition, are accused of having… Continue reading

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The Catholic bishops of England could do with enlisting Damian McBride and making use of his masterly communication skills.

The Catholic bishops of England need Damian McBride’s help

6 November 2013 13:00

Most Coffeehousers are probably profoundly and justifiably cynical about anything masquerading as a consultation exercise in politics, so it might spread a little cheer to see how the Catholic Church… Continue reading

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Image: BBC, 'When Tommy met Mo'.

‘When Tommy met Mo’ revealed how far we have to travel before Islamism is uprooted

29 October 2013 18:40

Last night the BBC screened a documentary called ‘When Tommy met Mo’. It was good television, challenging and thought-provoking in a way that public broadcasting ought to be, is often… Continue reading

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Veiled differences

25 October 2013 10:25

Last night I took part in an interesting debate for Channel 4 News. It was on the wearing of the niqab – or full face veil – in the UK.… Continue reading

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20 years after the publication of 'Clash of Civilizations', Samuel Huntington is still upsetting complacent thinkers who marginalise religion in their analyses. (BANARAS KHAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Samuel Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is still upsetting the complacent

2 October 2013 10:53

It is twenty years since Samuel Huntington’s essay ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ was first published in Foreign Affairs. On Monday night I took part in a discussion on BBC Radio… Continue reading

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Josh Williamson is arrested for preaching the Christian gospel in public

24 September 2013 9:20

Freedom of speech is alive and well in Scotland, then. Pastor Josh Williamson took the Christian gospel to the streets of Perth last week, before he was arrested by the… Continue reading

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The massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is a reminder of the tragic folly of assuming that Islamism was a spent force. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ignoring Islamic terrorism didn’t make it go away

23 September 2013 17:08

Not so long ago politicians were hailing the end of al-Qaeda and the global jihad movement. By the middle of 2011, key ideologues like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki… Continue reading

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Armed policemen take cover outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which has been occupied by murderous Islamists. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

No, Mr Cameron. The Kenyan massacre is all about Islamism

23 September 2013 15:42

Here we go again. A group of Islamist terrorists armed with guns and grenades head into a shopping mall in Kenya. They separate out the Muslims from the non-Muslims, let the… Continue reading

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The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed… Continue reading

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We should promote 'Cultural Anglicanism' in schools. Photo: Getty Images.

We should encourage and promote ‘Cultural Anglicanism’ in schools

13 September 2013 11:51

In this week’s magazine Douglas Murray has struck up a friendship with Professor Richard Dawkins, despite things having started rather badly when Douglas previously suggested that the professor’s failure to… Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney, Recipient of 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, In Bologna

Must read: Jenny McCartney on Seamus Heaney and Ulster’s divide

6 September 2013 9:00

If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to read Jenny McCartney’s piece in this week’s issue of the magazine. Together with Christopher Fletcher’s personal appreciation of Seamus Heaney… Continue reading

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Tashlich Ceremony Observed By Jews During Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah reading list

5 September 2013 9:57

Happy New Year! No, it isn’t three months’ early if you’re Jewish, and those of you who aren’t might like to cash in on the celebration. So, in honour of… Continue reading

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Stephen Fry has used Nick Cohen's column as an excuse for an argument on religion. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Fry: the high-priest of juvenile atheism

22 August 2013 20:32

Well, well, well. Nick Cohen’s excellent column in this week’s mag  has caused a stir today. Sadly, though, Nick’s astute argument became another excuse for a boring slanging match between… Continue reading

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