March 7, 2017

Malaysia is a country in ferment.

The abduction of protestant Pastor Raymond Koh missing since 13 February after being snatched from a street in Petaling Jaya near the capital Kuala Lumpur, comes against a background of pressure against non-Muslims.

The growing dema...

January 27, 2017

STEREOTYPING the world of Islam is a fruitless task; such is its internal diversity.

Sectarian conflict is tearing Muslim populations apart in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. While some Muslims pursue a vision of a forward-thinking, rationalist faith, others look back...

November 23, 2016

THE UK Department of Education has attempted to shut down four Islamic schools with radical curricula – but is being stymied by the courts.

As disclosed in a Daily Mail investigation published on 6 November, based on findings by the Office of Standards for Education (Of...

November 18, 2016

ASSERTING the primacy of principles such as freedom of expression or secularism was shown to be too costly for the left.  It was expensive in terms of potential votes.  And it proved impossible for them in a multi-cultural society to reject the views of organized group...

November 16, 2016

RELATIONS between the government and the UK’s leading Muslim body, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have broken down, according to the independent reviewer of anti-terror legislation.

There is ‘no dialogue’ between the government and the umbrella body for Muslim co...

November 11, 2016

EXPLANATIONS for the disillusionment of working-class voters with the Labour Party are fashionable and numerous: the development of an increasingly post-industrial Britain since the 1980s; the abandonment of working-class concerns within the Labour Party under Blair; t...

September 14, 2016

FRANCE and ISIS have a special enmity, and it is compounded by the French form of secularism, known as laïcité.

France’s colonial history and policy of state-reinforced religion blindness adds special intensity to the confrontation.

It is important to understand how part...

July 21, 2016

THE FRENCH Catholic priest Fr Jacques Hamel was murdered yesterday by two men claiming to act on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS).  It was a religious crime in a secular state.

They forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees while he was saying Mass in the Église St.-...

February 24, 2016

The Trojan Horse affair came as little surprise to me. I had long witnessed the ways that cross-cultural pressures – minority/majority, religious/nationalist, tribal/family – work on individuals and society.

Having been Principal of the Tyndale Biscoe School in Sri...

February 19, 2016

The realpolitik of life in Syria means that individuals and groups are, at a time of deepening crisis, being forced to choose between support for the Government or one of the opposition groups.

On a trip to Syria, in which we visited Christian communities urgently in ne...

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