challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur


The Postmodern Interpretation of Religious Terrorism

The answer of postmodern cultural relativism is: refrain from criticism. Be reticent to comment on unfamiliar religions.

Why Religious Education Should Not Be Exclusively Religious

In our ideologically divided world, there seems to be one conviction that atheists and believers subscribe: religion is back on the agenda.

Self-Defence And Terrorism

We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations”. The most important question, however, is the following: can the problem be solved?

State and religion against the backdrop of religious radicalism

Under the present conditions of religious radicalism, the religiously neutral or secular state has better prospects than multiculturalism.

Terror Has Already Led to Self-Restraint

Should artists and public intellectuals sometimes restrain themselves in criticizing religion, in particular radical Islam?

Taylor and Dummett on the Rushdie Affair

If freedom of expression, freedom of thought, and freedom of religion are to survive in this world, it is necessary to defend these freedoms.

Female Critics of Islamism: Liberal or Secular Islam?

There is an intense debate about what could be called the compatibility of Islam (or Islamism) with liberal-democratic values.

Why religious terrorism is really religious

To understand religious terrorism we first have to listen to what the terrorists themselves are saying. Not many people are prepared to do this.

The Foundations of Militant Democracy

We have to be on our guard against the forces that undermine democracy. If liberal democracy is to survive we need militant democracy.

The Definition of Atheism

The most fruitful definition of atheism is a negative one: an atheist does not believe in the god that theism favours.