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…

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…

Race, Rochdale, victim-blaming and a liberal blind spot

[ooyala id=”FmYmJuNDr7dk3sv_jrZguTUJh314xRTb” ] Was race a factor in Rochdale? Despite claims from certain quarters that we’re “not allowed to say that”, most commenters are suggesting exactly that. But on Question Time last night, a vicar who worked in the area said it was not. “Race doesn’t have anything to do with it, any more than…

George Galloway’s Muslim conversion: why the big secret?

Why did George Galloway feel the urge to keep his conversion to Islam secret? The New Statesman reveals today, in an interview by Jemima Khan with the fiery new MP for Bradford West, that Galloway converted 10 years ago at a ceremony in Kilburn, north-west London. On one level, it’s not surprising: he peppers his…

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…

Toulouse school shootings: let’s keep politics out of it for a few hours

These shootings in Toulouse are unthinkably horrible. I honestly can’t begin to know what it must feel like for the families, or for the teachers, or for the whole city, and of course its Jewish community. It’s the Jewish aspect that is particularly distressing. In Britain, and perhaps especially on the Left, we like to…

Darwin censored by the Turkish government’s porn filter

Worrying news from Turkey, where a government body has moved to block sites that mention evolution or Charles Darwin. The Council of Information Technology and Communications (BTK) released the “Secure Internet” filtering system on 22 November. Sites that includes the words “evolution” or “Darwin” are filtered if parents select the child-friendly settings on the filter,…