In Charlottesville and Barcelona this week, as in London before them, Islamist and nationalist far right movements have aped each other's tactics and rhetoric.
In the aftermath of Saturday's events in Virginia, many business and infrastructure advisers distanced themselves from President Trump. But even as he equivocated in his denunciation of neo-Nazis, his evangelical religious advisers stood by him. It is therefore timely that in one of our essays of the week, Rob Boston looks at the similarities between America's religious right and its resurgent far right.
Five days later more crowds of innocent people were mown down in a jihadist attack in Catalonia. European societies are left asking habitual questions about multiculturalism and the role of Islam. But meanwhile the continued fallout from the Newcastle grooming scandal has taken a familiar turn, as politicians and the media turned their focus on columns in The Sun newspaper.
We must continue to challenge those who make sweeping generalisations about Muslims, and using language such as 'The Muslim Problem' is worthy of criticism. But we must also create an environment in which people are able to speak freely about the great challenges that our societies face, and our policy makers appear intent on addressing them rather than closing down debate about them.
This makes it all the more important to repeal laws which prohibit 'blasphemy'. When states try to silence criticism of religion, they create a terrible weapon to use against dissenters and minorities. Our lead story highlights the extent of this problem worldwide. Elsewhere, the plight of the Rohingya is a reminder that Muslims are among the minorities that suffer when religion merges with nationalism.
Closer to home, religious groups continue to undermine LGBT+ rights. A court has ruled that there is no need for same-sex marriages to be legally recognised in Northern Ireland. And a Liverpool church has defended its barbaric gay 'conversion therapy' on the grounds that "nobody has dropped dead".
The campaign against faith schools in Scotland goes on, as the opening of a joint campus between a Catholic school and a Jewish one is erroneously hailed as a great leap forward for inclusive education.
Our executive director commends the recommendation of a royal commission in Australia, which said the clergy should face the same rules on reporting child abuse as the rest of us. And in another piece for Politics.co.uk, he explains why the government seems so reluctant to introduce a caste discrimination law.
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