Britain is both a Christian country and not

One of the more frustrating things to watch is two people who are having an argument and talking past each other. They’re using the same words, but not quite referring to the same thing. I’ve been having that sense in the last few days, as everyone gets more and more upset and angry about whether…

Speaking as a member of the liberal metropolitan elite…

A few months ago, in our sister publication The Spectator, Hugo Rifkind wrote a piece asking: why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite? He looked at his own life, and totted up the details, and came to the conclusion that he must be pretty elite himself: Columnist for The Spectator, leader writer…

Is there such a thing as a ‘Muslim child’?

The Times reported at the weekend that the “Muslim birthrate” is significantly higher than the British average, and that “Almost a tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim.” Richard Dawkins then wrote a letter to the newspaper, saying that “Babies and toddlers are too young to know what they think about…

No, 100,000 Christians will not be martyred this year

A chilling blog post by my colleague Alan Johnson this morning documents the horror of religious violence against Christians: there have been brutal stories, recently, about attacks on ancient Christian populations, in Iraq, in Syria, in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Alan’s piece starts with a frequently repeated statistic which is, in fact, not true: “One hundred thousand…

Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, I’m begging, as a fan

I really don’t want to write this piece. I have long worshipped Richard Dawkins and sort of wish I’d never started following him on Twitter because it’s ruining all my happy memories of The Blind Watchmaker. But, I mean, come on. He’s just tweeted the following: All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than…