April 6, 2020

A LAWSUIT launched in 2017 by French immigrant Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo to have ‘so help me God’ removed from the oath of allegiance has just been tossed by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. So the naturalisation oath for US citizenship will continue to include the words “so help me God.” When the case was first brought in 2017 by Perrier-Bilbo, who came to the US in 2008, legal analyst Lionel Nation homed in on a section… Read more

April 6, 2020

IN A statement issued at the weekend, victims of a sadistic  evangelical Christian barrister  – John Smyth QC, above, who ran faith-based ‘Bash camps’ in the 1970s and 80s – called for the closure of the Titus Trust which had acquired the Smyth’s Iwerne Trust. The statement said: John Smyth is only one of several abusers known to us who have been closely associated with the Iwerne camps network over many years. Events of recent years lead us to believe… Read more

April 6, 2020

MEET Dr Tony Rucinski, above. He’s a Christian rent-a-gob who has the job of Director of Supporter Strategy for an outfit called Coalition for Marriage –  “an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition” – and he travels  around the country drumming up hatred against LGBT communities. Why is he in the news? Because last October he was the keynote speaker at conference booked for a “Marriage Matters” event at… Read more

April 5, 2020

WHEN stay-at-home measures were imposed to halt the spread of you-know-what, Christian advocates of homeschooling could barely contain their joy. Articles suggesting that COVID-19 could change the whole educational landscape perhaps forever by putting parents’ “back in control” began proliferating. This, crowed various fundie commentators, would shield kids from yucky sex-ed programmes, especially those with LGBT content. Enforced home-schooling would also provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to fill their little darlings’ heads with great gobbets of Jesus. But “Activist… Read more

April 5, 2020

A PENTECOSTAL preacher, previously embroiled in a Slavic real estate scandal that ended with one of his sons – a registered sex offender  – being jailed for almost six years, is now at the centre of a probe involving a COVID-19 outbreak at his church in Sacramento. Although local health officials have put Bethany Slavic Missionary church in a suburb of Sacramento at the heart of one of the largest outbreak clusters in the county, with 71 people affected, Bishop… Read more

April 4, 2020

THE President of the Conservative Republicans of Texas, Dr Steve Hotze, above, is notorious for battling against ‘homo-fascists’, same-sex marriage and sodomy, but COVID-19 has provided him with a new target: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. This week Hotze, together with three pastors, launched a lawsuit in the Texas Supreme Court against Hidalgo, demanding that a stay-at-home order she issued last month be rescinded. The order required all non-essential businesses to close, including churches. In an online video, Hotze  –… Read more

April 3, 2020

BACK in 2008, ‘the Lord’, who apparently likes a bit of noise to accompany His smitings,  plagues and sociopathic acts, told the wife of a minister in Maine that her husband should set up a ‘Christian concert promotion business.’ So Jeff Wall – “a fisher of men” – did what ‘”the Lord” and wife Gail requested  and established The Lighthouse Events (TLE). By 2018, “with little funding,” TLE hosted: 700+ concerts and have heard hundreds of stories about how lives… Read more

April 3, 2020

ALARM bells sounded after it was widely reported that Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse had set up a COVID-19 field hospital in Central Park. The reason: the outfit is notorious for attempting to bring Jesus to people afflicted by diseases or disasters in various parts of the world. One of those who raised concerns about SM’s involvement in New York’s battle against Coronavirus was NY state Senator Brad Hoylman, above. In a statement sent to NBC News,  he called on Franklin… Read more

April 2, 2020

AUTHORITIES say they have traced COVID-19 infections in France to the country’s second largest evangelical church, run by Samuel Peterschmitt, above, who is recovering from the virus. A sorrowful and visibly weakened Peterschmitt, of La Porte Ouverte Chrétienne (Christian Open Door) church in Mulhouse, was close to tears when he recorded a video last month after he left hospital (report in French.) Addressed to “to all our families in mourning”, the video message said: We were among the first victims… Read more

April 2, 2020

MIKE Lindell, above, who used used a COVID-19 briefing at the White House to preach to the nation and advise them to read the Bible while in quarantine, has been sharply rebuked in a letter sent to him by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The letter, signed by FFRF co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, amusingly threw a Bible quote at Lindell: Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows (Ezekiel 13:20 KJV.) They said:… Read more

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