The Koran controversy: what was that all about?
It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom.
|Tuesday 7 September 2010|
Turning the pope into an Antichrist for atheists
The great irony of the campaign against the pope is that it uses the same process of demonology that the Catholic Church once excelled at.
|Wednesday 28 July 2010|
The backwardness of Catholic-bashing
Far from being enlightened, the attacks on Catholicism ahead of the pope’s UK visit are illiberal, censorious and ignorant.
|Monday 19 July 2010|
Banning the burqa is an assault on secular values
The fools who want to obliterate the face veil in the name of Enlightened values clearly don't know what Enlightenment is all about.
|Wednesday 19 May 2010|
Defend the Republic! Ban the burqa!
When so few European women wear the full veil, why are governments falling over themselves to ban it? It’s pseudo-libertarian grandstanding.
|Wednesday 19 May 2010|
a shallow Enlightenment
Of course people should be free to say ‘I shit on Muhammad’. But here’s a question: why are they so keen to say it?
|Friday 14 May 2010|
The real reason the bishop likes migrants
Archbishop Rowan Williams is ‘pro-immigration’ only in the sense that he hopes the arrival of foreigners will remind Britain of its core values.
|Tuesday 13 April 2010|
The Secular Inquisition
The campaign to arrest the pope is the product of an increasingly desperate secularism, which can only find meaning through ridiculing the religious.
|Wednesday 31 March 2010|
Thou shalt not criticise homosexuals
What kind of country arrests religious preachers in the streets and drags them to court? Britain, actually.
|Monday 29 March 2010|
Why humanists shouldn’t join in this Catholic-bashing
The reaction to the paedophile priest scandal is as guilty of scaremongering, illiberalism and elitism as the Catholic Church has ever been.
|Tuesday 23 March 2010|
Will Ireland become an anti-Catholic tyranny?
Attacks on the church are less likely to foster a free, secular society than a suspicious, state-dominated one.
|Wednesday 3 February 2010|
On the Equality Bill, the pope has a point
If you believe in freedom of association, then you must accept the right of private institutions to discriminate.
|Monday 9 November 2009|
Elevating environmentalism over ‘less worthy’ lifestyles
The legal ruling that a belief in climate change is similar to a religious conviction seriously damages science, philosophy and democracy.
|Wednesday 28 October 2009|
Why they love to hate Mother Teresa
The radical-atheist assaults on the late sister of Calcutta are the intellectual equivalent of mugging an old woman.
|Tuesday 8 September 2009|
‘We need a supernatural being to punish eco-sinners’
The flurry of commentary in response to Lord May’s speech on climate change revealed greens’ authoritarian desire to chastise ungreen heretics.
|Friday 14 August 2009|
There’s more to Calvin than dourness and asceticism
We have forgotten that John Calvin was not only a severe Christian but also a key figure in the intellectual making of the modern world.
|Monday 20 July 2009|
Ireland’s bizarre war on blasphemy
The new criminalisation of blasphemy is not a return to the pious past, but rather is underpinned by a very modern suspicion of offensiveness.
|Thursday 9 April 2009|
The New Atheists’ Easter message? ‘Grow up or die’
Religulous, Bill Maher’s religion-baiting documentary, confirms what modern atheists hate most about religion: its humancentricity.
|Monday 9 February 2009|
We’re no witch-hunters
The president of the National Secular Society responds to Nathalie Rothschild’s article on the suspended Christian nurse.
|Thursday 5 February 2009|
A secular witch-hunt in western England
In backing the suspension of a nurse who offered to pray for her patients, New Atheists have become the new inquisitors.