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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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#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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Enemy of faith in public space – Muslims or secularists?

Another casualty of the ‘liberal left’ is a Christian prison volunteer forced to resign for quoting the Bible in a chapel service prisoners chose to go to. Once again aggressive secularism tips its hand as a greater enemy to Christians than Muslims ever were. In fact many fair-minded Muslims are […]

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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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