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From an email…
An article in Electronic Intifada by Ben White published today reveals that a British Ministry of Defence (MOD) adviser who helped write the “religious engagement strategy” in Kandahar believes Islam might “be the rod of God’s anger”.
Patrick Sookhdeo, a Visiting Professor at the UK’s Defence Academy and former advisor to the Permanent Joint [...]


Responding to the ‘counter-Jihad’

by Richard on April 16, 2012

Image Source: via Richard on Pinterest
As Anders Behring Breivik goes on trial, there is growing concern about the rise of the increasingly strident anti-Islam movement which seems to have inspired him.
Hope Not Hate has compiled a worryingly long list of organisations and individuals that make up this ‘counter-Jihad’ movement.
In total we feature over [...]


The new faces of the European far-right

by Richard on May 12, 2011

A very useful article from The Immanent Frame
The rising stars of the European far-right, such as Marine Le Pen in France, in fact scramble the divide between right and left, thus distinguishing themselves from the preceding generation of conservatives. They sometimes display a habitus evocative of European counter-culture—something completely out of step with the style [...]


Would you trust this news source?

by Richard on February 8, 2011

OneNewsNow claims to be a Christian news service.
Whether it’s a story about prayer in public schools, workplace restrictions on Christians, or battles for biblical truth within our denominations, the American Family News Network (AFN) is here to tell you what the newsmakers are saying.
AFN is a Christian news service - with more than 1,200 broadcast, [...]


Ground zero mosque: 2 more responses

by Richard on August 23, 2010

Mark Byron :: Having a sacred cow
It (ground zero) housed a number of key financial futures markets and a number of high-powered business offices, but it wasn’t a holy site to say the least. Unless money and international finance is your god.
It has become a memorial for the people who died there, but it is [...]


Still just catching up

by Richard on June 7, 2010

Spent a couple of hours in Casualty (that’s ER, US friends) yesterday after church. Nothing life-threatening, but I was slightly alarmed by mysterious swelling of my jaw and cheek. Doc seemed unconcerned. “Probably a viral infection”, which is I think what they say when they don’t know. Preaching went ahead as normal last night, but [...]


Methodists fight Islamophobia

by Richard on March 3, 2010

From IslamOnline
Defying rightists speaking in the Christian voice against Islam, a major British church has set up a new project to fight racism and anti-Muslim sentiments in Britain.
“The root of the project is the recent relative success of the BNP [British National Party] and the English Defence League,” the Rev Vernon Marsh, chairman of the [...]


Do we need enemies?

by Richard on October 16, 2008

When I was in the scouts in the mid-1970’s we went on camp, as scout troops do. This particular summer, we’d more or less finished pitching our tents when we discovered that the troop nearest to us on the camping ground was German. There was a real ‘edge’ to that. Though Britain was in the [...]


Abdul the bogeyman

by Richard on February 8, 2008

You’ll no doubt have heard that Archbishop Rowan Williams has stirred a hornet’s nest with his comments about Sharia Law in Britain. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes Bishop Alan. Hard to choose a single ‘money quote’, but what about this sample:
Loyal is as loyal does. Within the overarching framework of monarchy we’re [...]


British blogger persecuted?

by Richard on January 10, 2008

Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion has been blogging (here, here and here) about Lionheart, a British blogger who is claiming that he is under threat of arrest by British police for the crime of inciting racial hatred.
Inevitably, this is being presented by some as an assault on free speech and further evidence that Britain is [...]