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The silence of the lambs

Over Easter, America and North Korea postured for power. Some question whether the teaching of Jesus could work in today’s political environment but the Easter event defines true “power” as gentle restraint not aggression. It’s the silence of the Lamb of God that can (at times) be pure wisdom for […]

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And the real cause of Islamic radicalism is…?

Popular opinion agrees that Islamism is evil with the problem rooted in an “ideology”. While this is true as far as it goes, Baroness Sayedda Warsi points to a twist. In her new book – ‘The Enemy Within – a tale of Muslim Britain’ – Lady Warsi says the root-cause […]

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‘Home-grown’ terrorism

The Westminster attack succeeded because of a lethal cocktail of elements which are hard to monitor or prevent – it was a ‘home-grown’ perpetrator (i.e. UK born); it was ‘low-tech’ (i.e. car-keys and kitchen knife); it was a convert to Islam (i.e. bringing personal issues and idealism). Are the security […]

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Who says Muslims don’t speak out?

I was in Birmingham last Wednesday when Adrian Elms (aka Khalid Masood) drove onto Westminster Bridge in London and intentionally ploughed into pedestrians before forcing his way through the gates of the Palace of Westminster fatally stabbing a policeman before being shot dead. Adrian Elms – a 52 year-old graduate […]

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Theresa May – let’s talk about Jesus

At the recent reception for Christian leaders at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May went further than David Cameron by saying: ‘We should celebrate the role of Christianity in our country’. All indicators are that the Prime Minister has a faith that’s personal, open and committed. Theresa May has talked about […]

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Theresa May’s tribute to British Christians

Each year the Cabinet Office invites a selection of leaders in a variety of faith groups to Downing Street where the PM thanks them for their national contribution. When my turn came I nearly ended up holding baby Florence – David Cameron’s youngest daughter – while he mingled. While his […]

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‘Integration’ or ‘Social Cohesion’ – which will it be?

Analysts have concluded that the notion of ‘multi-culturalism’ led to Britain looking more like a ‘community of communities’. Since then the government was still getting to grips with the routine levels of immigration when emergency migration to Europe began. It seemed to destroy any hope of healthy inclusion. Since then […]

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Muslim integration in the West

 The major political agenda in Britain is that Muslims simply “have to” integrate; popular opinion is that Muslims “can’t” integrate; the media narrative is that Muslims “don’t want to” integrate. The recent BBC2 reality documentary ‘Muslims like us’ spoke into this conversation. What is the truth about Muslim attitudes to […]

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Hospitality: When Faiths Meet

Two cathedrals hit the news in January for interfaith engagement which went wrong. Colin Edwards provides a guest comment on the issue and invites input on some critical questions.  The first incident took place in a Glasgow Cathedral worship service where a reading from the Qur’an (Sura Miriam) included a […]

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Gypsies moving from fortune-telling to Christ

At a time when large numbers of people are drifting away from formal religion, the “traveller church” movement ‘Light & Life’ is bucking the trend. Its members have given up drinking alcohol, lying and fortune-telling and many have even abandoned their traditional Catholic faith. This Pentecostal movement, which is Gypsy-led, […]

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