Christian values being lamely defended up against radical forms of Islam in Australia

This might not seem a very warm-hearted piece for the Easter Sunday edition of your newspaper. The general approach on this special weekend is to err on the side of pleasantries and emphasise the positive. At a time when the world is so bitterly divided along religious lines – and when soccer teams, shoppers, servo attendants, Coptic Christians in Egypt and tourists visiting Westminster are the deliberate subject of the most vicious attacks – sorry, but 1000 words of cheeriness seems sadly out of place.

A couple of years ago I had a mood-killing disagreement over dinner with friends. We had been talking broadly about the miserable state of the world, and the whole Islam versus Christendom thing.