Holy Smoke

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

The Christian views of Theresa May and Tim Farron are way below the radar. And that’s how they like it

5 June 2017 14:58

There’s a mischievous, not to say malicious, Twitter photograph of Theresa May circulating this morning. It shows her sporting shoulder…

Britain’s loss of religious faith: how should we interpret shocking new statistics?

8 May 2017 13:10

Just 30 per cent of Britons feel that their religion or faith is important to them, according to the 2017 Ipsos MORI survey…

Pope is planning to retire, say allies – but only once he’s appointed enough liberal cardinals

21 April 2017 11:42

Allies of Pope Francis are saying that he’s planning to follow the example of Benedict XVI and retire. But he’ll only…

Are you scared to talk about your faith at work?

7 April 2017 14:33

Religious believers feel nervous about expressing their faith at work – either by wearing symbols or talking about religion. They’re worried they’ll…

Are Christian MPs being silenced by the ‘secular inquisition’?

10 March 2017 15:26

The BBC and the secular establishment don’t make life easy for Christian MPs. When Carol Monaghan, a Catholic Scottish Nationalist…

Is Trump turning Islam into America’s ‘Great Satan’?

3 February 2017 13:24

President Trump has a ‘dark vision’ of America under siege from radical Islam, says the New York Times – and…

Holy Smoke podcast: Are evangelical Christians being sucked into the cult of Trump?

20 January 2017 12:42

Some Christians on the fundamentalist fringe think President Trump is ‘the new David’ who will turn the United States into a godly kingdom.…

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:…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

Why do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

2 December 2016 10:46

When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis ‘grieved’. That’s right: he grieved for the man who – in addition to murdering…

Brexit, Trump and the pious rage of the liberal clergy

18 November 2016 12:27

Here are some statistics you’re unlikely to hear on Thought for the Day. Churchgoers in America backed Trump by 56…

Secularism is wiping out Christian America. That’s why Trump could win

4 November 2016 10:49

We’re four days away from the presidential election, and America’s evangelical Christian leaders are still supporting a thrice-married man who boasts…

How ‘spiritual’ people are spreading anti-Jewish poison on Facebook: a vicar blows the whistle

28 October 2016 11:56

Nazi-inspired conspiracy theories are gaining popularity among liberal Facebook users who think of themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. That’s the claim…

Is the Catholic Church changing its line on divorce?

21 October 2016 12:12

Cristina Odone, former editor of the Catholic Herald, is encouraged to receive Holy Communion in one Kensington parish but not…

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…