Posts under ‘Religion’

Secularism: the best defence of religious freedom

by David Osler.

I am not quite sure where the Almighty stands on the mechanics of proportional representation or qualified majority voting in Brussels. Nor, having read both the Bible and the Quran from cover to cover, am I clear as to divine opinion on the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Given that the job of any the […]

What do we mean by secularisation?

by Darrell Goodliffe.

In light of the entry of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, into a major political ruckus today, and the response, I think it’s more than worthwhile asking this question. Some signs on my Twitter-stream were worrying to the extent that I got the distinct impression Williams was being pilloried for expressing an opinion at all. […]

The rights and wrongs of Baroness Warsi

by Darrell Goodliffe.

Baroness Warsi must be fuming. Her attempt at making herself the top story in every newspaper yesterday failed spectacularly, torpedoed as it was by Alan Johnson’s shock departure. Nonetheless what Warsi said deserves some examination. Her essential point, that Islamophobia has passed the ‘dinner table test’ has some truth to it.  Sure, it is totally […]

Tony Blair on Sanitary Products, Religion and the Euro

by Mark Seddon.

Tony Blair’s journeyings have recently taken him from a well paid gig addressing a conference of sanitary ware and toilet roll manufacturers (he reputedly received a $50,000 fee) in the United States to taking part in a less than godly debate over religion north of the border in Canada with veteran atheist and journalist Christopher Hitchens, […]

Blair sister-in-law converts to Islam

by Mark Seddon.

Tony Blair‘s sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a “holy experience” during a visit to Iran. Journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair’s sister – now wears a hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque whenever she can. I’ve known Lauren […]

On banning the burqa and cultural relativism

by Jon Lansman.

The Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill received its first reading yesterday, proposed by Philip Hollobone, the MP for Kettering, whom the Indy describes as”Parliament’s cheapest MP, and one of the most right wing”. Mr Hollobone justifies his proposal to ban the niqab and burqa at Conservative Home:

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