SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Dennis Sewell

June 12, 2020
Today’s iconoclasts police our language and even our thoughts. Edward Colston and Robert Milligan were hauled off their plinths far too quickly for most of us to get a decent look at them. One imagines a “frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command.” But perhaps not. Why should a slave trader resemble the
May 04, 2020
The court decided that measures should be taken to ensure a woman with “a mild learning disability” could have no more children
October 18, 2018
The Christian bakers won their case, but the fight for religious freedom is not over yet
October 18, 2018
The Christian bakers have won their case in the ‘gay cake’ saga, but the fight for religious freedom is only just beginning The Supreme Court’s decision last week to find in favour of two Christian bakers in the “gay cake case” blindsided much of the media and secular establishment. In earlier rulings, the district judge
June 14, 2018
The 1984 dance film Breakin’ 2 – Electric Boogaloo turned out to be a turkey and its subtitle has become a byword for iffy sequels. It is easy to see how these things come about. A fad such as breakdancing wasn’t going to be around for ever, so proposing to squeeze one final round of
December 18, 2017
The new chief inspector is as sensible as anyone in Whitehall. But a crackdown on faith schools may be coming
December 07, 2017
The Keys and the Kingdom by Catherine Pepinster, Bloomsbury, 224pp, £16.99 The cover of this book shows a photograph of the Queen and Pope Francis, with both laughing. It isn’t clear which of them has just cracked the joke, but the Holy Father is looking the more impish. Her Majesty, who is capable of wearing
October 19, 2017
Campus censorship spells trouble for Christians – and it is being driven by professors, not students
October 19, 2017
The 2017 British University Free Speech Rankings, published by spiked-online.com, depressingly show that every one of the 24 leading research universities in the Russell Group is either actively censoring ideas on campus or chilling free speech through intervention. Inevitably, Christians are among the silenced: last month, the junior common room at Balliol College, Oxford, banned
July 06, 2017
Christians could be victims of the government's crackdown on Islamism
July 06, 2017
Straight after the incident outside Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of June 19, when a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslims, Theresa May promised a crackdown on “extremism in all its forms”. The Queen’s Speech, a couple of days later, promptly pledged a Commission for Countering Extremism, which would identify
March 16, 2017
European countries are desperately trying to raise their fertility rates. But nothing seems to be working
March 16, 2017
At the end of last month a three-day workshop was held in the Vatican on the sombre topic of “Biological Extinction”. The event was jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and reflected Pope Francis’s curious personal penchant for environmental alarmism. Among the participants was the notorious
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