Chris Allen

Chris Allen is an associate professor in Hate Studies at the University of Leicester, UK, with almost two decades of expertise in researching Islamophobia, the British and European far-right, extremism and counter-extremism.

London’s “Mega Mosque:” Islamophobia in the COVID-19 "New Normal"

July 23, 2020

During the lockdown, the US-based news service, Breitbart, ran a story about plans for a new “mega-mosque” in central London. Proposed for the historic Trocadero building near Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London’s entertainment and theater districts, Breitbart claimed that plans had been submitted to Westminster’s local authority to...

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

October 04, 2019

The recent publication of the British Social Attitudes Survey offered dismal reading for the Church of England and British Christianity more broadly. As Polly Toynbee put it in The Guardian, the findings showed that Christianity in Britain was in rapid retreat. In little more than a decade, the number of...

When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

July 30, 2019

As the recent furor surrounding British comedian Jo Brand’s comments on the BBC Radio 4 Heresy program attest, there is very little clarity about what does — and, importantly, what does not — constitute hate speech. In what was clearly a joke, Brand asked why anyone would bother throwing a...

In Defense of Facebook’s “Ban” of the Far Right's Dirty Dozen

May 23, 2019

In banning the far right from its platform, Facebook acted like a responsible media provider. In April, Facebook announced its decision to “ban” 12 UK-based individuals and organizations linked to the radical right. Arguing that each sought to “spread hate,” Facebook explained that the decision was made on the basis...