Author Archives: David Toube

Debate: This House WOULD Tolerate Religious Fundamentalism

On Friday, I had the pleasure of opposing the motion, “This house would not tolerate religious fundamentalism” at Exeter University Debating Society. My team mate was Simon Perfect of Theos. We were opposed by Chris Street of the Atheist Society and Helen Nicholls of the National Secular Society. Helen and I essentially agreed with each

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Iain Duncan Smith speaks out against MEND

Yesterday, we discussed the decision of two Lewisham MPs –  Janet Daby (who withdrew at the last minute) and Vicky Foxcroft – to share a platform with the notorious extremist preacher, Shakeel Begg. I noted that it would be possible for the MPs to withdraw from the event, but observed that it is rare that

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Reciprocal Radicalisation: Shakeel Begg, Labour, and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance

UPDATE: 7 November 2018: Janet Daby MP pulled out of the event This is not an article about Imam Shakeel Begg. Everything that there is to know about Begg is now a matter of public record. Rather, its purpose is to discuss the process by which extremism enters the political mainstream, and the consequences of

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Next in Q – Episode 4: Aimen Dean – A British Spy out of Al Qaeda

Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “So… there was a choice between either the British, the Americans or the French. As far as the Americans were concerned… my defection took place around December 1998, and in August 1998, I was just lucky to

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After the Pittsburgh Attack

News of the Pittsburgh Massacre began to filter through at lunch time: first as garbled WhatsApp and Facebook messages, then as a news alert from the BBC News app, and finally in the form of a constantly updated, rolling news page on the websites of every newspaper. What shocked me most was how little shock

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Next in Q – Episode 3: Aimen Dean – A British Spy in Al Qaeda

Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “Eight years undercover do really take their toll on you. I became diabetic during that time. The stress of a double life is too much. You are constantly on the move, monitoring cells, infiltrating organisations that want

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Religious Hate Crimes: Muslims and Jews are the two biggest losers

Yesterday, the Government published a report on hate crime statistics in England and Wales for the past year. The data are extensive, and will take a certain amount of unpacking and analysis. The headline news is that religiously motivated offences rose 40%, from 5,949 in 2016-17 to 8,336 in 2017-18. Furthermore, 52% of religious hate

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Should people hold political demonstrations outside places of worship?

Twenty years ago this year, Peter Tatchell – the closest this country comes to a secular saint – mounted the pulpit of Canterbury Cathedral, and spoke these words: “Dr Carey [the then Archbishop of Canterbury] supports discrimination against lesbian and gay people. He opposes lesbian and gay human rights. This is not a Christian teaching.

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The Man Who Knew Anjem Choudary

This is a cross-post from The Telegraph the original can be viewed here. Anjem Choudary is to be released from prison in October from a sentence of five years and six months, following his conviction for inviting others to support ISIS. It is a cause of concern that a man who has perhaps done more

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Terrorism and Mental Health

Last night I participated in a late night discussion programme on the BBC Asian Network on the subject of the relationship between terrorism and mental health. I made most of the points I intended to, I think. But one of the pleasures of having access to a journal is being able to set out my argument,

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