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…

Fazil Say and Turkey’s war on atheism

Here in Britain, we are told there is a war on Christianity. Quite why people think that is a little beyond me, since we’re still technically a Christian country, we have 26 bishops automatically appointed to the House of Lords, and whenever a former Archbishop says “Christian voices are being silenced” it silently gets plastered…

Richard Dawkins is an agnostic? Well, obviously

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist (© all newspapers) is, it turns out, an agnostic! What a climbdown! Not so cocky now, eh, professor? In a debate with the magnificently eyebrowed Archbishop of Canterbury, the great evolutionary biologist said that he can’t be certain that God doesn’t exist, and that he would call himself…

Christopher Hitchens, an atheist in a foxhole

There are no atheists in foxholes, goes the old saw. Well, it’s not true, as Christopher Hitchens – a man of principle to the last – demonstrated. Many of his adversaries – and there were many; he was not one for pacifying platitudes – had expressed a hope or an expectation that this most trenchant…

On Larry King and an atheist’s fear of death

Larry King, the former CNN broadcaster, made the news this morning after saying he wants to be frozen after his death, so that he can be revived when medical technology improves. He might not be entirely serious – cryogenic freezing is something of a joke, after all – but his reasoning was interesting. First, I…