April 14, 2021

THE Rev Daniel Lahart, above , a Jesuit priest appointed President of a top Catholic American boys’ school in 2016, has been sacked from Regis High for sexual misconduct involving several adults, including school employees. His firing will be effective April 21, according to a statement issued by Anthony DiNovi, Chairman of the board of trustees, who said: The investigation is now coming to a close, and the board of trustees has determined, based on the findings of the third… Read more

April 14, 2021

LAST week Arkansas legislators were subjected to a passionate speech sermon delivered by Republican Representative Mary Bentley, above, in support of a bill to teach creationism as science. This  – and the fact that the Arkansas House passed this crazy Christian’s House Bill 1701 – drew an an angry reaction from Andrew L Seidel, Director of Strategic Response for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Bill states that it is: An Act to allow Creationism as a theory of how… Read more

April 13, 2021

IN  a sermon at the weekend in Oregon, Trump-loving Tennessee pastor Jeff Jansen, a purveyor of tall tales about people being raised from the dead, attacked modern Christian leaders – particularly those who refuse to carry guns. According to this report, he described them as being ‘neutered’ and ‘almost homosexual.’ Janson – co-founder of the Global Fire Ministries International in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and self-proclaimed “prophet” –  attacked “effeminate” pastors, saying: The church, the Ecclesia, the government of God, has been… Read more

April 12, 2021

THE young man ringed above – identified as Muhammad Waqas – was captured on camera telling staff in a Pakistan hospital how he knifed a fellow nurse after she removed Islamic stickers from the wall of a ward. He is heard boasting: I had a knife and I attacked that nurse to kill her but only her arm was was hurt and she survived … I was going to kill her. According to this report, after the attack the injured… Read more

April 12, 2021

ALL hell broke loose in the delusional world of Christianity when US singer and  Internet personality Lil Nas X promoted a Nike brand of sneakers adapted to appeal to Satan lovers. Among the most hysterical of reactions to Satan Shoes came from the Republican Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota, above, who tweeted that the shoes put people’s actual souls in danger, and Christian media delivered dozens of purse-lipped reports about the product. Our kids are being told that this… Read more

April 11, 2021

SELF-styled American bishop ‘Dr’ Tracie Dickey, above, has received a 12-year jail sentence for imposing forced labour of her church members and defrauding hotels. Dicky, 57, also known Tracie Williams, headed Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries which has branches in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina. The “bishop” said in her defence that that her treatment of ministry members was protected by the First Amendment and the ministerial exemption from federal law. A motion filed at her trial said her conduct: Was religiously motivated… Read more

April 10, 2021

I GOT an email today from a friend saying ‘Spain’s the right place to be right now. Can’t escape the Duke and I’m not referring to you.’ He was, of course, referring the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip – and he was dead wrong about the news not saturating Spain. In fact, wherever you are on the planet, you simply cannot escape the obsequious coverage, and even the rabble-rousing Trump got his oar in: Up until I… Read more

April 10, 2021

A FEW years back a rollicking musical – Nunsense A-men! – crossed the pond from America and opened at London’s Landor Theatre. Its main character was actor Tim McArthur, above, who played Mother Superior Mary McArthur. Conservative Catholics were less than enchanted with the deliciously camp comedy created in 1985 by Dan Goggin, not least because one of the characters was Sister Mary Amnesia, who went doolally after she was hit on the head by a crucifix. I was reminded… Read more

April 9, 2021

IN recent weeks there’s been another furious response to the use of Muhammad cartoons – this time in an educational setting, at Batley Grammar School in Yorkshire. There is nothing new about cartoons being used as a device to poke fun at the religious. They have been a contentious source of blasphemy prosecutions and allegations ever since technical developments enabled their mass print production. An early example is Leo Taxil’s La Bible Amusante, which satirised what Taxil regarded as biblical… Read more

April 9, 2021

AFTER apologising for visiting a notoriously anti-gay church in London last week, Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer found himself at odds with one of his Bible-believing MPs, Stephen Timms, and the pastor at Jesus House, Agu Irukwu, both pictured above. Starmer apologised for a visit to a vaccine centre set up the church, claiming that he was unaware of its record of demonising LGBT communities and offering deliverance from homosexuality ‘therapies.” That apology, according to Irukwu – “a high-decibel opponent of LGBT+… Read more




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