June 17, 2021

WHEN anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist pastor Rick Wiles was struck down with the virus, his far-right TruNews outlet, banned  from YouTube, announced that a former drugs-runner and heroin addict would take his place until his recovery. Dear readers, I give you Lauren Witzke, above, a Christian QAnon supporter who claims that Donald Trump cured her of her opioid addictions, and set her on the road to campaign against the “theft” of the election by Democrats in 2020 – and drug-peddling… Read more

June 16, 2021

THIS is not a site where you’ll find much sympathy for those who passively allow religion to manipulate their lives, but my heart goes out to the family of a thoroughly decent former youth pastor who recently committed suicide after publicly coming out as ‘queer’. Most advocates of so-called reparative therapy believe that one way out of the “LGBTQ lifestyle” is a sham heterosexual marriage. They are the ones who should be paying particular attention to the case of Steve… Read more

June 15, 2021

  BECOMING a Catholic can produce some unexpected surprises. This is something Boris Johnson, above, learned last year when he lost the power to advise the Queen on matters regarding Church of England bishops. Why? Because he officially embraced Catholicism in order to marry his third wife, Carrie Symonds – but a law dating back to 1829 forbids Catholics from advising monarchs about C of E business. The issue did not receive much media coverage until, at the weekend, various… Read more

June 14, 2021

IT’S been known for years that a shockingly high rate of domestic violence among practicing Anglicans in Australia was the church’s dirty little secret – until 2017 when an ABC News investigation blew the lid off the issue, and was promptly accused of ‘waging war on Christianity’. In response to the exposé, then Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, above, said that victims of domestic violence deserved an apology from the church. What followed was an official probe by… Read more

June 13, 2021

THE number of gods and demi-gods in Hindu mythology beggars belief. Now one more has been added to the religion’s pantheon of 33 million deities. Reuters reported yesterday that devotees in Shuklapur village, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, erected a shrine to “Corona Mata” and are offering her prayers in the hope that divine intervention will banish the deadly virus. Since she was erected, “Mother Corona”, has been the recipient of  prayers, “holy” water, and flowers at a… Read more

June 12, 2021

AFTER pastor Lewis Clemons, of Kingdom Awareness Ministries International in Columbus, Georgia, refused to acknowledge and record a public apology for allegedly sexual assault his finances took a massive hit. In 2017,  according to The Christian Post, Lequita Jackson and another of Clemons’ former congregants, Lakisha Smith, accused the pastor in a civil lawsuit of using his position as a spiritual leader to sexually abuse them. In a letter to Clemons, Jackson’s lawyers said: To seriously discuss settling this case,… Read more

June 11, 2021

IN 2016 Medical News Today carried this intriguing headline: Religious experience activates same brain circuits as ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’. I was reminded of that article today when I read in the National Catholic Register that Catholics in America are getting more and more agitated over the pace at which cannabis is being legalised. I actually laughed out loud when I got to the bit that said: Catholic moral theology is generally opposed to recreational use [of cannabis]… Read more

June 11, 2021

AMBER Adler is the first Orthodox Jewish woman to run for city council in her Brooklyn district, which includes a number of ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. But because many Ultra Orthodox media outlets in the area refuse to carry any female faces, the 37-year-old started using images of her two sons – aged 7 and 9 – holding up signs on her behalf. And that infuriated at  least one reader called Monica who commented on a Jerusalem Post report about the erasure… Read more

June 10, 2021

AS if turning folk into walking magnets weren’t bad enough, vaccines will put those who administer them in the awkward position of having to answer to The Almighty for meddling with people’s genes. Addressing the Ohio House Health Committee on Tuesday, Dr Sherri Tenpenny – a “super-spreader of vaccine disinformation” – said: For those of you that say that you are Christians, what will your life review look like at the end of your life?. Will the Lord say to… Read more

June 9, 2021

WHEN the Lutherans in Pennsylvania decided in the 1970s to commission a movie about the awful ways in which the elderly are often treated, they chose a promising young filmmaker called George A Romero to direct what was intended to be a public service announcement (PSA) movie. Choosing Romero, above, was a blunder of biblical proportions. Clearly they had no idea that the director, who died in 2017 aged 77, was on a path to become a prolific and much-admired… Read more

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