October 21, 2019

A MOVE that may have blocked  the imposition of abortion and gay marriage on Northern Ireland by the UK government failed today because of an abortive attempt to reconvene the province’s Assembly. As a result gay marriage and abortion will be legal in the province for the first time – and, predictably there are howls of outrage from the many conservative Christians who infest N Ireland. A last ditch attempt to restore the Stormont Assembly, which hasn’t sat for almost… Read more

October 21, 2019

AMERICAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keeps a Bible open on his desk because he’s besotted with fairy stories. This we know because Pompeo recently spoke at the American Association of Christian Counselors’ World Conference in Nashville on what it’s like to be a “Christian leader.” His speech was then given a wider audience after it was posted to State Department’s website. Condemnation came immediately after from various directions. Aaron Keyak, the former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council,… Read more

October 20, 2019

EARLIER this month Eliud Kipchoge made history by becoming the first person to run a marathon distance in under two hours in Vienna, Austria. Since the 1960 Rome Olympics, according to this report, Kenyans have dominated long-distance running, from 800-meters to marathons, in the Olympics, World Cross Country Championships and the world road racing circuit. This, it’s generally thought, is due to Kenyans’ physical attributes, their diet and an ingrained culture of running. But now preachers are claiming that it’s… Read more

October 20, 2019

I almost fell off my chair today when I read that the Catholic League’s deranged and deeply homophobic Bill Donohue is annoyed that a comedian’s take on newly-launched ‘smart’ rosaries that connect via Bluetooth to cellphones, was ‘an attack on gays.’ David Spade said this week on Comedy Central: The Vatican has launched a $110 eRosary beads. Sounds like a lot of money to get molested online. Donohue furiously responded: David Spade’s comment cannot be read as anything other than… Read more

October 19, 2019

FAITH-based Chick-Fil-A, which donates millions to anti-LGBT organisations in America, opened a branch in the city of Reading on October 10 – but it will be shut within six months. The owners of the The Oracle shopping centre gave the fast-food outlet its marching orders after protests erupted. The latest took place today (Saturday). Reading Labour councillor Sarah Hacker, above, said: We can make sure that they don’t spread their hatred across the UK. Yesterday, the centre said the chain’s… Read more

October 19, 2019

LAST month Nadia Ali, above, was found guilty by a  judge of running the unregistered Ambassadors High School in Streatham, south London. She was sentenced to 120 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and an £85 victim surcharge. Ali, 38, and her father Arshad Ali, denied running an unregistered school contrary to the Education and Skills Act 2008. But Judge Emma Arbuthnot, sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, said the school had five or more pupils… Read more

October 18, 2019

BENJAMIN Field, a 28-year-old British church warden and son of a Baptist minister, has been jailed for life for the murder of Peter Farquhar, 69, following a sustained campaign of physical and mental abuse. Field was convicted in August of killing Farquhar, a retired teacher, novelist, evangelical Christian and part-time university lecturer, to inherit his house and money, and trying to make his death look like an accident or suicide. Field was given life imprisonment with a minimum term of… Read more

October 18, 2019

JACINTA Mutegi, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, has been accused of departing from Catholic teaching about the use of condoms in a LifeSiteNews report. Mutegi came to LSN’s attention because she was signatory to an “erroneous”  letter written earlier in July this year by the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) that endorsed the controversial Gardasil vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as the use of condoms during pregnancy “every time during sexual intercourse.”… Read more

October 17, 2019

TELEVANGELIST Peter Popoff – once exposed by religious fraud-buster James Randi as a complete charlatan – claims in a series of videos that his ‘miracle water’ has ‘supernatural’ properties that can free people of anything from debt to cancer. But when one of his videos was screened by satellite TV channel BEN TV  – “Europe 1st Ethnic Oriented Television Channel” –  the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), sprang into action and imposed a £25,000 fine on Greener Technology Limited, which… Read more

October 16, 2019

IT’S emerged that Ireland had no plans to send an official representative to the Vatican for the canonisation at the weekend of ‘Pink Cardinal’ John Henry Newman – until ‘intense pressure’ was put on the government. According to this report, the government ‘”belatedly” decided to pack its Education Minister, Minister Joe McHugh, off to the ceremony after it was faced with pressure by the Irish Catholic newspaper and by lobbying from diplomatic and political circles. Pressure began building on the government… Read more

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