April 21, 2019

Stephen K Amos doesn’t go a bundle on the Catholic Church, so when he learned that a BBC programme in which he featured would include a meeting with Pope Francis he said said no. I’ve been quite vocal in my criticism in certain aspects of the Catholic Church. I thought a private audience meant you go and see him, he blesses you and you leave. I couldn’t in all conscience go and do that, it’s not me. Then I said… Read more

April 21, 2019

IN October 2016, an ABC News “20/20” investigation exposed the dangerous activities the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, founded by Jim Humble, above, a crackpot who claims to have come from another galaxy. His mission on earth is to eliminate 95 percent of illnesses and diseases ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis with a “miracle” product called MMS. But MMS, or “miracle mineral solution or supplement” is  simply chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach that is used both on textiles… Read more

April 20, 2019

I DONT regard the evidence advanced for the existence of God or Jesus as being remotely convincing, so my own response to a question such as ‘Brexit: what would Jesus do?’ is to reject the question as loaded, and in one sense pointless, rather like asking ‘How good is the Loch Ness Monster’s sense of smell?’ In one sense, my analogy between God and the Loch Ness Monster is unfair; more people are motivated by ideas about God than by… Read more

April 20, 2019

WHEN part-time pastor Jaddeus Dempsey, of Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited kids to spit in his face, slap him and even cut him with a steak knife to illustrate the humiliation and torture suffered by Jesus, he no inkling of the outrage this would cause. After video of the stunt went viral members of the public reacting with shock and disgust – and the church’s lead pastor, Justin Ross was forced to apologise for the incident in a… Read more

April 19, 2019

THE Labour Party, which has been struggling for months to throw off accusations of anti-Semitism, today found itself in the midst of a fresh row – over bread. The party was forced to delete a tweet which sent Passover greetings to British Jews after it was pointed out that the image it used featured a loaf of bread. Leavened bread is not eaten during the Jewish holiday, and the inclusion of the image in an official tweet by Jeremy Corbyn’s… Read more

April 19, 2019

IN devoutly Muslim Bangladesh, outrage culture is deeply ingrained, and one has to choose one’s words very carefully – especially in regards to religion. Actress and model Safa Kabir discovered this after she addressed the question of an afterlife in a radio interview this week. She told listeners: I don’t believe in life after death. Actually, I never believe in what I can’t see. Many took this as a rejection of Muslim beliefs in heaven and hell – and all… Read more

April 18, 2019

MICHAEL Dolce, above, a prominent US attorney specialising in sexual abuse cases, has filed a lawsuit against a Jewish preschool operated by the Washington Hebrew Congregation, alleging that it failed to protect children from a paedophile teacher. The suit, filed on behalf of the families of eight children against the Early Childhood Center and its head, Deborah “DJ” Schneider Jensen , alleges that Jordan Silverman, a photographer who moved to Washington from Vermont, began abusing preschoolers shortly after he was hired as… Read more

April 18, 2019

RUSSIAN Orthodox priest Father Sergii Zotov has a beautiful wife – and a vocation that’s in tatters. After church authorities learned that his wife, professional cosmetologist Oksana Zotova, had won the “Miss Sensuality” top prize in a local “You’re Unique” pageant, Fr Zotov was removed from the Cathedral of the Ascension of Christ in the city of Magnitogorsk in central Russia and exiled to Fershampenuaz, a village around 65 kilometres away, and with population of just 4,000. A disciplinary hearing, held after it was… Read more

April 17, 2019

A BLISTERING attack has been launched against BBC 1’s News at Ten by one its former employees, Catherine Utley, above, for the manner in which it covered the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Writing for The Article yesterday the Catholic journalist, who worked for the corporation for 30 years, said: It really was a remarkable feat for BBC 1’s News at Ten last night to get through the entire programme, without a single mention of any of these words: Christian; Christianity;… Read more

April 17, 2019

THE town of Root in upstate New York found itself at the centre of a homophobia row last year when a Christian clerk –  Laurel “Sherrie” Eriksen – cited religious reasons for denying  a gay couple a marriage license. The matter came to satisfactory conclusion last week when Erikson had to publicly apologise to Dylan Toften and Thomas Hurd, above. The couple were also awarded $25,000. This, however, is bound to infuriate Albany Update – “Influencing Legislation and Legislators for… Read more

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