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Servicemen in London hold wreaths honouring the victims of 9/11 (Luke MacGregor/PA Wire)

What struck me about these extremists was the sheer ugliness of their attitude

Muslim activists in Srinagar, India, protest against the Pope’s Regensburg lecture in September 2006                      AP Photo/Dar Yasin

After Regensburg the silence is deafening

On the fifth anniversary of the Pope’s seismic lecture Douglas Murray says that we are betraying persecuted Christians in Muslim lands

Tariq Ramadan, one of the speakers at last night's debate (PA photo)

At last night’s Spectator debate the panellists were hard to spot behind the straw men

A church burns in Imbaba, Egypt (Photo: PA)

Months after the revolution John Pontifex meets frightened Coptic Christians worshipping in secret

Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by supporters at a news conference in New York (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

Sheik Ahmad Mohamed el-Tayeb, president of al-Azhar University in Cairo, is flanked by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, at a conference in Washington DC (Photo: CNS)

If there are any ‘moderate Muslims’ around, let’s hear from them

A Lebanese woman lights a candle at a vigil in Beirut following the massacre in Baghdad on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Or should they stay, with extra support from the west?

The tower of a church and the minaret of a nearby mosque are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: CNS)

The timing of the Middle East Synod is unfortunate

From left to right: John Pontifex, Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Neville Kyrke-Smith, 
Margaret Reagan, Fr Richard Duffield, Peter Sefton-Williams, Fr Gregory Winterton

Problem of extremism examined

Vatican expert speaks on impact of extremism in the Middle East