My parents were Jewish, and religious in a conventional and social way. We celebrated Jewish holidays and I had a bar mitzvah and went to synagogue every Saturday till I was 15, at my mother's insistence.
Seventy per cent of the world's Christmas decorations are produced in China, and many Chinese now view the festival as an unofficial holiday. On 25 December, in cities across the country, shopping malls are festooned with Christmas trees.
Does a faith have to advertise to stay alive these days? Zoe Williams on the quiet "rebranding" of Q
Daniel Dennett is the "good cop" among religion’s critics (Richard Dawkins is the bad cop), but he s
Beset by crisis on all sides, the Muslim world seems unable to change. What it needs is some real-wo
When Barbara Ehrenreich set out to investigate corporate culture in America, she found a sinister,
Wearing a headscarf is a wonderful thing, because it alerts the audience to the compromises a repor
Breaking the Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon
Daniel C Dennett <em>Allen Lane, the Penguin
Islam has played an important role in shaping Britain since the 12th century
It is one of the most successful cons in recent Muslim history, and many reputable believers have be
Education - Labour is validating the brainwashing of the young
A Mad, Bad and Dangerous People?: England 1783-1846
Boyd Hilton <em>Oxford University Press, 784pp
Fareena Alam interviewed
Observations on Northern Ireland. By <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>
Comedy - We need to laugh at prejudice - but can Islam tolerate satire? <strong>Carolyn O'Hara</stro
Two million British Muslims gazed from the sidelines at the extremists and opportunists
The Church of England is not the Tory party at prayer at all. It is the Labour cabinet in action
Poking fun at the Prophet is pointless, writes Samir El-Youssef. The satire would be better directed
Secret documents show the Foreign Office is ready to risk international fury by opening a dialogue w
The easy assumption is that the Muslim world is hypersensitive because it does not believe in freedo
I would not reprint the Danish cartoons to show solidarity: that would show solidarity with an appar
The New Statesman has never been afraid to ruffle feathers. Thus it is fair to ask why we, like others in the media, have refrained from publishing the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.
If journalists described Jews or gay people as they do Muslims, they would be hounded out of what is
Religion - Behind the prosperous facade lurks an ugly strain of Hindu fundamentalism, argues Ziauddi
* Founded in Jerusalem in 1953 with aim of establishing the Caliphate, an Islamic superstate, by revolutionary means
* View on western life: "We should not become integrated into the corrupt western society and accept their diseased notions of democracy, freedom and capitalism"
Exclusive - As Blair's anti-terror plan unravels, secret e-mails show that even ministers and intell
Unfortunately, Ofsted gave a rave review to Tony Blair's pet city academy in Gateshead, whose head o
Writing - Since Midnight's Children, Indian writing in English has been lauded for a new self-confid