Unveiled: The Mohican who became a Muslim and other conversion stories (The Times)

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Over the past couple of months I’ve been interviewing women who have converted to Islam. This is a feature I wrote for The Times on why growing numbers of British women are converting, yet why they are still regarded with much suspicion.

I’sha's family disapprove of her choice to become a Muslim and object to her wearing the niqab in their presence

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The liberal bigot: Why the marriage of gay rights and far-right extremism is a dangerous trend

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

You would expect the liberalism of gay rights movements to lend itself to tolerant views of other oppressed minority groups. But recent events suggest a dangerous new trend emerging where gay rights is being used as a vehicle through which to champion right-wing politics and ultimately attack Muslim communities. The most worrying example of this is the growing support for the LGBT Division of the English Defence League (EDL). « Read the rest of this entry »

Islam and Gay Pride clash in the East End (The Times)

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is an investigative news piece I did for The Times, on a London gay pride event which was organised by a founder member of the far-right political group, English Defence League (EDL)…

A gay pride march in East London scheduled for 2 April has been cancelled after it emerged that the organisers support the English Defence League (EDL).

The march’s principal organiser, Raymond Berry resigned after the LGBT Muslim group Imaan revealed that he was a founder member of EDL.

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Graffiti: Van Gogh or Vandalism?

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

In a bid to “clean-up” Hackney prior to the Olympics, the council has announced plans to remove much of the borough’s most remarkable street art. This hard-line stance has angered both artists and residents who believe graffiti is an essential part of Hackney’s identity.

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A peek behind the locked doors of the Tyburn Convent for The Times

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

For my world faiths specialism class at City, we went to Tyburn – an enclosed convent just off Oxford Street - to talk to Mother Lioba, one of the senior nuns. She told us all about her experiences there and why she feels she can be closer to God by separating herself from the rest of the world.

She said the only exercise she gets is from her daily cleaning tasks and walking up the stairs and admitted to having “moments of weakness” during her time there. She also remembered a novice nun who was on a trial period at Tyburn, who “escaped” and was found shopping on Oxford Street.

This and Sister Lioba’s honest account of life ‘inside’ inspired me to go back to talk to the latest novice nun, Sister Cyprian about her decision to vow to a life of prayer and her experiences so far.

This is my interview, which was published on The Times Online, this week… « Read the rest of this entry »

Vicar who backs sex in the city – Interview for The Times

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Below is my interview with the multitalented Reverend Paul Turp for The Times. We spoke at his church, St Leonards in Shoreditch about his interesting past and commitment to supporting Hackney’s four strip clubs which may face closure following strict new licensing laws in the area.

Reverend Paul Turp outside Browns strip club during his interview with the BBC (photo: Zoe Holloway)

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Exorcism today: Last year the Vatican received over half a million reports of demonic possession (The Times)

February 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

This is an article for the Faith section of The Times, based on Anthony Hopkins’ latest film, The Rite.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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