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.

How the Radical Right Co-Opted Religion

Oct 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

Jul 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...