About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.

Woman Sought Religious Help After Sex Assault…and Priest Sexually Assaulted Her, She Says (During Exorcism, No Less)

A 40-year-old French priest identified only as Father Christopher got in a spot of trouble with the gendarmerie last week — for allegedly having raped and tortured several women under the guise of performing exorcisms.



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Toddlers and Blood Sacrifice: You Can’t Start ‘Em Too Young

Nice picture, eh?

Supposedly, this is a group of young kids play-acting the crucifixion during “Holy Week” at an unidentified school in Brazil.

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Hallmark Channel Mutes the Word ‘God’ to Avoid Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain; Now Viewers Are ‘Upset,’ ‘Ashamed’

I am thoroughly upset, and ashamed that you could stoop so low as to mute out the word God in anything you televise…I for one will not watch your channel anymore…I will pass this on to all my friends and family…

Can you believe that? You can cuss and everything else on TV but can’t say God anymore. What is going on in the world these days?

Those are two of the more, um, muted reactions to the Hallmark Channel‘s muting the word “God” in its airing of the movie It Could Happen To You.



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Pastor Doug Phillips, Who Instructed Christians on Family Life, Allegedly Spent Years Harassing His Kids’ Nanny

Doug Phillips, with his wife Beall, wrote the book on family values (OK, a book). It’s called Advanced Family Strategies. The publisher describes it as “A helpful, biblically-based idea-starter for your family.”

But it turns out that, if the allegations by one young women are true, you can learn lots more from Doug Phillips. Like how to dominate women in your employ, touch them inappropriately, and cajole them into sex.

First, a refresher about who he is:

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