Religion

Even religious polemics can’t inject any life into the Brexit debate

21 May 2016 9:32

Churches are generally ideal venues for public debates. But there’s a slight chance that a speech about the perils of…

As a midwife, I’m horrified by my union leader’s support for unlimited abortion

17 May 2016 14:44

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s largest abortion provider, and a group of other organisations recently launched a…

Britain’s Christian culture has risen above the recent religious brawl

3 May 2016 16:05

Our political culture contains some tension between Jews and Muslims. And some secular anti-Semitism, particularly on the left, and some…

The BBC should commission a Christian version of Woman’s Hour

2 May 2016 16:48

In his new book God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, Rupert Shortt notes that religion is in some ways taken…

Is it ‘Islamophobic’ to draw attention to Sadiq Khan’s links with extremists?

2 May 2016 9:28

Zac Goldsmith came in for a fair amount of criticism yesterday after writing a piece in the Mail on Sunday…

It will take more than Labour’s ‘inquiry’ to deal with the left’s anti-Semitism problem

30 April 2016 10:47

Anyone concerned about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party should welcome the appointment of Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of Liberty,…

Louis Theroux has brought honest humanism to our screens

30 April 2016 8:10

Louis Theroux’s latest documentary on alcoholism confirms the fact that he has become an interesting broadcaster. He has grown up.…

Labour’s halfwits have revealed their anti-Semitic side

28 April 2016 11:51

My guess is that the people who voted for Naz Shah at the last election think she did not go…

Will the human rights industry ever admit that it has Christian roots?

26 April 2016 14:50

Helena Kennedy’s two-part radio programme on human rights was very predictable. She did a lot of hand-wringing. She spoke some passionate…

A genocide is underway in Iraq and Syria. Why won’t the government recognise this?

20 April 2016 11:02

Later today the House of Commons will vote upon a motion expressing belief that a genocide is underway against Christians,…

Justin Welby could teach David Cameron a thing or two about PR

13 April 2016 16:24

I don’t think there is a Royal College of Public Relations, but if there were, it should teach a course…

Can Christianity be translated into a few core rules?

12 April 2016 10:59

The message of Pope Francis, in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), seems to be this: there must…

Martyrdom: a new comic strip for Turkish kids

4 April 2016 15:58

Thrilling news arrives from Turkey, where it is being reported that a government body has issued comic books to the…

‘You even stop thinking of your own family’: meet the Isis fighters addicted to amphetamine

1 April 2016 17:49

‘We would fight them, slaughter them,’ Aadheen told me. ‘The moment we take a pill we would stop thinking about…

Can Islam move away from theocracy?

31 March 2016 11:13

Terrorism is a distraction. It’s a distraction from the big question of our day, about Islam and violence. Only a…

Secularism does little to protect us from Islamic extremism

30 March 2016 12:23

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

The Church of England needs to create better headlines for itself

24 March 2016 13:43

It’s Holy Week, so I wonder if our national Church is in the news at all? Let’s see…There’s a story…

The West won’t even defend its own values. How can it be expected to defeat Isis?

23 March 2016 13:24

Here’s a sobering fact for you: yesterday in Brussels, Isis sympathisers killed five times as many civilians in one hour as…

Like London, Brussels has allowed itself to become a hotbed of Islamic extremism

22 March 2016 16:13

It was only a matter of time before Brussels got the suicide-bomb allahu akbar treatment, as the Belgians knew full well.…

How ‘damning’ is the report into the Church of England’s handling of sex abuse?

17 March 2016 12:36

A ‘damning’ report has been published into the Church of England’s handling of a particular abuse case. Except it’s not…

The Left are making a pact with God over Sunday trading laws

9 March 2016 17:44

Later today, barring last minute developments, Labour and SNP MPs will temporarily unite with the Conservatives’ religious right to defeat…

An Islamic reformation has already begun

3 March 2016 16:36

Last Friday I took part in a debate entitled ‘Does Islam Need a Reformation?’ It was run by the Muslim…

Sadiq Khan, please stop playing the Muslim card

2 March 2016 17:59

Sadiq Khan, I’m sure you and your supporters think you’re being super right-on when you say that it would send…

Are there any useful parallels between the EU referendum and religious history?

25 February 2016 13:35

Niall Ferguson got me thinking about this in his Sunday Times piece, in which he rejected the allure of Brexit…

Islamic State is reviving an unfashionable concept: primitivism

19 February 2016 10:45

What do they mean, these Islamofascists, by using children in their publicity films? Last month one of their films featured a…