Religion

The victory over Isis has left Mosul at risk of more brutality

25 July 2017 17:40

A grainy video posted to Twitter shows a bearded man, his hands raised, on his knees, pleading for his life.…

How tolerant should liberals be of Islamic theocracy?

22 July 2017 8:45

I quite enjoyed James Fergusson’s exploration of British Islam – Al-Britannia, My Country. If it is done intelligently, I approve…

Pope Francis is behaving like a Latin American dictator – but the liberal media aren’t interested

12 July 2017 16:01

At the end of June, Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Gerhard Müller from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of…

The devolution settlement has been bypassed once. Will it happen again?

6 July 2017 8:53

The Government’s eleventh-hour political solution to Stella Creasy’s abortion amendment to the Queen’s Speech could create an unhelpful precedent within the delicate…

Qatar can thank Donald Trump for its current woes

4 July 2017 10:53

The deadline imposed on Qatar to agree to the demands made by the Saudi-led Sunni coalition has passed without Doha…

Cardinal Pell returns to Australia ‘to clear his name’. But what are his chances of a fair trial?

29 June 2017 16:36

Cardinal George Pell, the head of the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historic sex offences in his native Australia. He…

Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

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.…

Embracing liberal Christianity can lead the Lib Dems out of irrelevance

15 June 2017 11:40

In a sense it was the Liberal Democrats who did worst in this odd election. For the point of this…

When will the Six-Day War finally end?

7 June 2017 14:14

This week, Israel is marking the 50th anniversary of its improbable victory over Arab assassins. Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser saw…

Is Islam really the ‘religion of peace’?

6 June 2017 14:22

On Sunday, in the hours after the London Bridge attack, Christians celebrated Pentecost – recalling when the Holy Spirit inspired the…

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘we condemn terrorism’

5 June 2017 16:00

It is not enough for Muslims to say ‘We condemn terrorism’. Sure – we believe you. But something more is…

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…

‘British Values’ won’t help in our fight against terrorism

5 June 2017 12:49

Steve Hilton has called for Theresa May to resign as Prime Minister, blaming her for the security failures that lead…

Labour’s abortion stance is the final straw

1 June 2017 15:14

Well, that didn’t last long: in April, I rejoined the Labour Party. Last Sunday, I cancelled my subscription and cut…

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…

Why are we airbrushing out Isis’s anti-Christian motives?

27 May 2017 9:30

There’s one headline you didn’t read in the aftermath of the Manchester attack:  Isis celebrates ‘crusaders’ attack and vows further…

Why is Jeremy Corbyn politicising Islamist murder?

26 May 2017 17:23

Today, Jeremy Corbyn elevated terrorist attacks from acts of medieval mass murder to the level of a political statement. He…

Pope Francis’s liberal fan club visibly upset after he hits it off with Trump

24 May 2017 16:15

Pope Francis met President Trump this morning and they appear to have hit it off. After a 30-minute meeting in…

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…

Can a liberal Catholic now save France?

8 May 2017 12:18

France is a muddled nation, n’est-ce pas? And at the root of the muddle is, guess what, religion. Maybe the muddle…

Stephen Fry will be delighted to be accused of blasphemy

8 May 2017 10:31

Oh God. And I mean it. What was a well meaning Irish citizen doing, bringing a blasphemy complaint against Stephen…

France’s burkini row returns

2 May 2017 12:35

Bad weather swept across southern France over the May Day holiday but summer is just around the corner and with…

Corbyn’s views on religion contribute to his lack of popular appeal

30 April 2017 11:00

This election was won two days before it was announced, on Easter Sunday. Theresa May put out an Easter message…

Anti-Semitism is alive and well

30 April 2017 9:00

As the size of Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island still haunts me, I had always rejected the idea of…