BY JOHN ISMAEL Tariq Ramadan is a French-Swiss Muslim academic, philosopher, and writer. He is the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony’s College and teaches at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, also at the University of Oxford. He is the director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), based in Doha. He also … Continue reading Where’s Tariq?
BY ASGHAR KHAN There are some in the British Muslim community and some on the Left who have been angered by the Defence Secretary’s statement to the Daily Mail this week. Gavin Williamson said: “A dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.” He told the newspaper: “I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever … Continue reading Gavin Williamson’s Wise Words
BY JOHN ISMAEL On the 29th of August the BBC website published an article in response to the Times Muslim Fostering “scandal” which was titled, “My Muslim Family & Our Foster Kids”. It was copy taken from a BBC Asian Network interview with 28 year old Esmat Jeraj with Asian Network’s Nomia Iqbal as interviewer. In the article, the interviewee Jeraj describes how her family … Continue reading BBC Hindu “Idols” Scandal
BY ALEXIA JAMES Many accuse the Argentinian Pope Francis of socialist, even communist leanings – is he either? Take a look at Francis’ body language during past meetings with foreign leaders. The people he seemed most comfortable with were the socialists and communists, even though they stand accused of murdering and torturing their own people while espousing Marxist political strategies which have caused economic mayhem … Continue reading St Francis of Hypocrisy?
BY SAM WHITE There was something troubling about sections of the media’s sneering reaction to Ukip’s statement on the subject of face veils on Monday. The party wants to prohibit the custom of completely covering one’s face in public, as practised by some Muslims. As it’s the widely maligned Ukip who proposed it, the idea was met with a significant amount of derision. “Does this … Continue reading Veiling The Issue
BY ASGHAR KHAN A Cypriot friend tells me that a few years ago, in Karsiyaka, a small town in Northern Cyprus, a visiting Imam from Jordan was invited to Friday Prayers. This Imam addressed the men in the mosque (no women present, of course) and abused them for the way that their womenfolk dressed; how disgusting they were exposing their arms and ankles; how weak … Continue reading We Are to Blame
BY JIM BROWNE I am a church-goer. My wife and I appear weekly at our local Anglican church every Sunday even when it snows. We tend to sit somewhere near the back, especially now as we have a Vicar who likes to get political and I do tend to chunter when he talks nonsense. Our church was built in the Sixteenth Century and the congregation … Continue reading Countryside Churches Gone by 2025
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN In a recent interview with Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari (after past indiscretions Scalfari’s reporting is generally not to be trusted), Pope Francis was said to have uttered the following words: “It has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the Communists who think like Christians.” Whether the Pope said these words or not, his … Continue reading Stop Hijacking Jesus, Progressives!
BY ASGHAR KHAN With ISIS on the retreat and soon to be taking their last stand in Syria, one wonders how they will be recollected by History. It seems inevitable now that their so-called Islamic state will shortly be eviscerated. Certainly, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (otherwise known as Daesh, ISIL and by a whole string of other names) will be remembered … Continue reading How will ISIS be Remembered?