The rainbow flag, symbolising gay pride, flying above the Cabinet Office
As a Muslim, I struggle with the idea of homosexuality – but I oppose homophobia
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 May 14:36

I've made homophobic remarks in the past, writes Mehdi Hasan, but now I’ve grown up — and reconciled my Islamic beliefs with my attitude to gay rights.

Prayers at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London in 2011.
Confessions of an ex-Muslim
By Omar Shahid - 17 May 10:33

Over 100,000 people in Britain converted to Islam between 2001-2011, yet it is believed that up to 75 per cent may have since lost their faith. Who are they - and how do they feel about the way of life they embraced then quickly abandoned?

My mother didn’t have any say in her divorce - I did.
In a generation, everything has changed for British Muslim women
By Irna Qureshi - 15 May 17:33

My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.

Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson at the Royal Courts for a hearing on legalising do
Assisted dying isn't contested on religious grounds - it's about power, paternalism and control
By Nelson Jones - 14 May 13:39

A recent YouGov poll has shown that a majority of people - from almost all religious denominations - support doctor-assisted dying. It is our secular and spiritual leaders who are refusing to catch up.

The family is where we learn love
By Jonathan Sacks - 02 May 7:22

Faith is the redemption of solitude.

What kind of woman is willing to share her husband?
By Jemima Khan - 23 April 15:19

Jemima Khan investigates why more and more Muslim women in Britain are choosing to become “co-wives”. For many divorced, widowed or older women, could polygamy be a practical answer to their problems?

Author Sam Harris, whose work is central to the Islamophobia allegations.
New Atheism should be able to criticise Islam without being accused of Islamophobia
By Andrew Zak Williams - 19 April 8:49

The atheist community is right to pursue rational, civilised debate, and should be able to do so without being tarred as bigots.

After God: What can atheists learn from believers?
By New Statesman - 27 March 17:08

Why do religious stories continue to mean so much to so many of us, even to the self-described “new, new atheists”?

Ten ways Pope Francis can renew the Catholic church's relationship with women
By Catherine Lafferty - 27 March 12:03

The realm of sex and reproduction in particular is an area where the Vatican needs to improve its approach to its female followers.

Church of England commits sins against statistics
By Alex Hern - 26 March 11:18

"Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer." Really? <em>Really?</em>

The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 March 9:30

It's a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial and religious prejudice but purveyors of it, too.

An Open Letter to Justin Welby from Peter Tatchell
By Peter Tatchell - 21 March 9:02

On the occasion of his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

Habemus Papam: time for a fresh start at the Vatican?
By John Cornwell - 14 March 9:33

After promising beginnings with the Vatican II council, the Catholic Church lost its way under the reactionary leadership of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, says John Cornwell. Can it now change course?

Pope Paul VI
Christopher Hitchens on the death of Pope Paul VI
By Christopher Hitchens - 28 February 17:26

"To judge by the tide of uncritical sentimentality which swept over the British press ... you might have thought that the Reformation had never taken place".

Cardinal Keith O'Brien
Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns over accusations of inappropriate behaviour
By New Statesman - 25 February 14:23

The UK's most senior Roman Catholic priest has stepped down with immediate effect.

A screen capture from the film Mea Maxima Culpa
Did a documentary film force the Pope to resign?
By Philip Maughan - 21 February 16:34

Reviewed: Mea Maxima Culpa.

Opponents of gay marriage won't face discrimination, says Equality Commission
By Nelson Jones - 14 February 15:39

The advice, given to MPs today, also refutes suggestions that unwilling clergy might be forced by human rights law to marry same-sex couples.

The ever-changing face of Holocaust studies
By David Cesarani - 14 February 6:56

The road to ruin.

Pope Benedict XVI at the Colosseum during the Way Of The Cross procession
Pope Benedict XVI: a paradoxical pontiff
By Nelson Jones - 11 February 16:14

History may well be kinder to Joseph Ratzinger than his contemporary critics.

Why is the Pope resigning?
By Alex Hern - 11 February 11:17

Benedict XVI to step down on 28 February, citing "health reasons".

Britain's Religious Right: myth or reality?
By Nelson Jones - 01 February 9:04

It might not look the same as in the US, but the UK still has a strong historic link between religious and moral conservatism and Conservative politics, Nelson Jones argues.

Berlusconi resurgent, Catholic loyalties and the deviant Dachshund
By Carla Powell - 17 January 7:28

I spent Christmas in my ancestral village in the Italian Alps for the first time in many years. I went to school more than 60 years ago with the electrician, the plumber, the carpenter and the mayor and they all treat me as though I have never been away.

British Airways employee Nadia Eweida holds her crucifix
Strasbourg ruling marks a setback for claims of Christian victimisation
By Nelson Jones - 15 January 14:51

But even a defeat can be said to advance campaign groups' narrative that Christians are being "marginalised" by militant secularism.

Ray Andrews in his Southwark church.
What makes a gay vicar stay in the Church of England?
By Hannah Meltzer - 02 January 12:59

He smokes roll-ups, his ring tone is Abba, and he is passionately in favour of gay marriage; what’s "Father Ray" doing in a church which won't recognise his relationship?

2012 in review: The New Statesman on... religion
By Caroline Crampton - 24 December 12:05

From the challenges facing the new Archbishop of Canterbury to the reaction to the "Innocence of Muslims", it's been a busy year in discussions of religion.

David Cameron eats dinner with British troops on a recent visit to Afghanistan.
Full text: David Cameron's Christmas message
By Caroline Crampton - 24 December 9:32

The Prime Minister sends out an unusually religious Christmas message.

Who needs God, when you have the Muppet Christmas Carol?
By Natalie Haynes - 23 December 8:43

Scrooge doesn’t find religion. He finds Christmas. And why should the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness be the preserve of the God-fearing, says Natalie Haynes.

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