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Social media – chosen tool of terror?

The newly elected British government is setting up a “Commission for Countering Extremism” to work on everything from creating new criminal offences to fostering better social integration. The common-sense measures will likely include things such as internment; tagging; denying internet access; and the right to confiscate a passport. But the […]

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Who says Muslims don’t condemn Islamism?

Over the past 20 years the national conversation about British Muslims has moved in the right direction. We now separate the “Islamist” from the “ordinary” Muslim. To realise there are “bad” and “good” Muslims is a helpful step on the national journey to ‘social cohesion’. I am still hearing the […]

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God’s works but not where we expect

In this guest blog, Andrew Smith reports on churches in Muslim communities around Birmingham. He reflects on the ways of God in “his” mission in the world. What is he doing and how can Evangelicals co-operate with him in it? Church No.1                                                                                                                                                                               A church invited a group from a Shia […]

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#LondonAttack – ‘Enough is enough’!

If we tried to understand Jesus through the behaviour of the IRA we would end up in ‘cloud-cuckoo-land’. Yet while it’s harder to deny the causal-link between Muhammed and the behaviour of Islamists, the link needs to be nuanced by Christians otherwise we become part of the problem ourselves. The […]

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#Manchester – is Islam the problem?

Salman Abedi (the Manchester bomber) had a ‘renegade’ or even ‘politically convenient’ affiliation to Islam, yet Christians insist Islam is “the problem”. Yet when terrorists with Christianity in their backgrounds strike, it doesn’t count because that’s nothing to do with Christianity. The “problem” is the abuse of holy texts. For […]

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Manchester Arena – the ultimate bullying tactic

ISIS is like a wounded animal lashing out with venom against a perceived enemy – the godless West. Its online recruitment of disaffected ‘losers’ (i.e. a Trumpism) is working in that it has turned one sympathiser into a collaborator with deadly effect at Manchester Arena on 22 May.  I’m sitting […]

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