The struggle for Islam's soul
By Ziauddin Sardar - 18 July 13:00

Terror in the UK - Most Muslims abhor violence, yet the terrorists are a product of a specific minds

''We don't mind what colour the baby is,'' said my father-to-be. The adoption officer beamed. Perhaps, after all, there was a baby available - me<br /><br />
By Katharine Quarmby - 18 July 13:00

Half Persian and half white, Katharine Quarmby grew up in a loving home in Norfolk. Adoption across

NS Essay - 'Religious radicals want to limit our freedoms, so to curb free speech is to give them exactly what they want'
By A C Grayling - 18 July 13:00

After the events of 7 July, the proposed law to criminalise incitement to racial hatred is even more

World view - Lindsey Hilsum sees Europe's opportunity
By Lindsey Hilsum - 18 July 13:00

Terror and the UK - Policy towards Muslims at home is as important as foreign policy. If British Mus

The censoring of our museums
By Tiffany Jenkins - 11 July 13:00

Certain artefacts in the British Museum are deemed to have such religious significance that the dire

Welcome to Iran. . . You're arrested
By Lindsey Hilsum - 27 June 13:00

The battle between reformers and clerics might be exercising the rest of the world, but Iranians hav

Scars on the backs of the young
By Shiv Malik - 06 June 13:00

Muslim children as young as six are still being allowed to beat themselves with knives on the end of

America - Andrew Stephen exposes a new McCarthyism
By Andrew Stephen - 02 May 13:00

Not content with controlling Congress and the presidency, the Republicans now want the judges to be

Buddhists target Christians
By Rachel Halliburton - 25 April 13:00

Observations on religious hatred

Labour can beat the fear factor
By Staff blogger - 25 April 13:00

In an ideal world, democratic elections would be characterised by a kind of Socratic dialogue. Rival politicians would put forward cogent arguments, quoting unadorned and carefully sourced facts. Questioners would seek further details and probe weaknesses.

Faith invaders
By Cristina Odone - 18 April 13:00

As Britain's culture wars grow in intensity, and abortion and artistic freedom become hot issues, Cr

America - Andrew Stephen finds Catholics moving rightwards
By Andrew Stephen - 11 April 13:00

With many pharmacists refusing to accept, or even confiscating, women's birth-control prescriptions,

Now they are ridiculous
By Nick Cohen - 11 April 13:00

The cult of monarchy is over, as the royal wedding fiasco shows. But Catholic cardinals should know

Blood of innocents on his hands
By Michela Wrong - 11 April 13:00

Pope John Paul II helped keep the continent of Africa disease-ridden, famished and disastrously unde

A pope who said the unsayable
By Staff blogger - 11 April 13:00

How can it be that, while the prospect of a general election campaign is greeted with a collective public yawn, the death of an 84-year-old Pole grips the country's attention and imagination?

Who would Great Aunt Gittel go for?
By Linda Grant - 04 April 13:00

Linda Grant is trying to make up her mind between two Jewish women candidates

A woman breaks a taboo
By Allegra Stratton - 28 March 13:00

Observations on Islam

Holy thoughts
By Mary Kenny - 21 March 12:00

Memory and Identity: personal reflections

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Even Desperate Housewives is a victim of the culture wars
By Francis Beckett - 07 March 12:00

Violence and threats from militant religious groups are coming thick and fast, and the targets are w

Bigotry lives on in Scotland
By Tim Luckhurst - 21 February 12:00

Observations on religious schools

A terrible evil unleashed
By Daphna Baram - 14 February 12:00

Observations on Melanie Phillips

Labour's contemptible election trade-off
By Nick Cohen - 31 January 12:00

Ministers have written off free speech as collateral in the Iraq war. By proposing to make it a crim

An election riven with contradictions
By Lindsey Hilsum - 31 January 12:00

It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme

An embrace that shames London
By Peter Tatchell - 24 January 12:00

Peter Tatchell, a former Ken Livingstone ally, finds himself accused of Islamophobia as the mayor co

A forgotten minority
By Mark Seddon - 24 January 12:00

Observations on Iraq (1)

Mark Thomas writes a column offensive to Christians
By Mark Thomas - 17 January 12:00

Why are evangelical Christians so upset at a musical that shows Jesus calling himself "a bit gay"? A

World view - Michela Wrong breaks our African tribal taboo
By Michela Wrong - 17 January 12:00

Writing about Africa without mentioning the role of tribalism and witchcraft is like writing about B

Darcus Howe calls an Asian an Asian
By Darcus Howe - 17 January 12:00

To refer to Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, rather than Asians, undermines secularism

Darcus Howe defends that controvercial Sikh play
By Darcus Howe - 10 January 12:00

The issue at Birmingham Rep wasn't freedom of speech, but Asian women's right to life. By <B>Darcus

The principles of freedom
By Staff blogger - 01 January 12:00

Liberty is indivisible. Our commitment to it is not tested by easy cases: a fair trial for a middle-class Anglo-Saxon accused of driving offences; or a fair hearing for a critic of foundation hospitals or top-up fees.