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Thursday 19 August 2010
Religious prejudice may be the only form of discrimination now funded by government. We spend money – and quite a lot of it – on discouraging racial bigotry and age intolerance. We also pay to ensure that gender bias and homophobia keep their ugly heads down. But, through the agency of faith schools, the belief that one form of religious conviction is superior to others (and that pretty much any form of religion is superior to atheism) is actively encouraged by the state. That's a partisan way of putting it, of course. The proponents of faith schools don't like to think of themselves as intolerant, even as they discriminate against those who don't share their beliefs. They prefer to talk of cultural continuity and moral instruction and strong communities. Above all, they prefer to talk of parental choice.
Tuesday 10 August 2010
Tuesday 03 August 2010
Four men who murdered a couple in a bungled honour killing attempt were jailed for life today.
Sunday 18 July 2010
Saturday 17 July 2010
A Conservative MP says he will refuse to hold meetings with Muslim women wearing full Islamic dress at his constituency surgery unless they lift their face veil.
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Iraq's new parliament convened for just under 20 minutes yesterday in what was little more than a symbolic inaugural session because of unresolved differences over key government positions.
Tuesday 18 May 2010
The new-look House of Commons will today take to the green benches for the first time since the General Election.
Friday 19 March 2010
Grand Imam Sheikh Mohamed Sayyid Tantawi, Rector of Al Azhar University in Cairo and the leading cleric in Sunni Islam worldwide, often courted controversy. His most notable characteristics in office were his liberal reforming pronouncements, compared to many Sunni clerics, his great Islamic scholarship and his loyalty to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who appointed him Grand Mufti of Egypt in 1986 and then Head of Al Azhar in 1996. This loyalty was seen in Tantawi's backing for some highly controversial stances of the President: his building a security fence to prevent smuggling of weapons into Gaza, his condemnations of the 9/11 attack and of al-Qaeda, and of his maintaining Sadat's Peace with Israel.
Sunday 07 March 2010
Jonathan Lyons dedicates his book – an account of "How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization" – to his father, who introduced him "to the power of ideas". In its pages, key ideas which shape our world are passionately explored – how they originated and their influence and legacy.
Friday 01 January 2010
Tuesday 17 November 2009
Monday 16 November 2009
Ever since I started meeting jihadis, I have been struck by one thing – their Britishness. I am from the East End of London, and at some point in the past decade I became used to hearing a hoarse and angry whisper of jihadism on the streets where I live. Bearded young men stand outside the library calling for "The Rule of God" and "Death to Democracy".
Tuesday 20 October 2009
A Muslim tutor fondled a young girl as she read the Koran to him, a court heard today.
Saturday 17 October 2009
A Dutch far-right MP who has called for the Koran to be banned has described his arrival in Britain as a "victory for free speech".
Friday 16 October 2009
Tension was high today as angry protests greeted a visit to the UK by a Dutch far-right MP.
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