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

April 16, 2019

IT was a fire. It was devastating. It damn near destroyed one of the world’s greatest buildings – and it was a gift to a wide spectrum of right-wing imbeciles who are gleefully touting conspiracy theories ranging from Islamist arson to God venting his fury against secular Europe. First up, the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, above, whose ramblings were abruptly halted on Fox News – Fox News, for chrissake – when he told interviewer Neil Cavuto: Well, Neil, if it… Read more

April 16, 2019

The Catholic Church is Ireland has been accused by an Irish academic of spreading misinformation about the ‘dangers’ posed by non-Catholic schools in order to maintain a stranglehold on education in the country. In an op-ed published in the Guardian, Emer O’Toole, above,  Associate Professor of Irish Performance Studies at Concordia University in Canada, pointed out that 90 percent of primary schools in Ireland are Catholic. This religious domination of public education is anomalous in a developed nation. It does… Read more

April 15, 2019

IN what has been described as an unprecedented attack on press freedom in Australia, 23 journalists and 13 media outlets have been hit with charges relating to the child sexual abuse trial of Catholic cardinal George Pell, above. The media and reporters are accused of abetting contempt of court by the foreign press and of “scandalising the court” by breaching a gagging order, despite none of them reporting on the charges involved or mentioning Pell by name. If convicted, the… Read more

April 15, 2019

Given that President Trump, with the help of shuffling hordes of theocracy-demanding evangelical zombies, is relentlessly driving the conservative Christian agenda forward in America,  you’d think that religion would be on the rise. But it isn’t. In fact the opposite is true. According to a new survey, 23.1 percent of Americans say they have no religion – the highest number ever recorded. Conducted by Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, the survey indicated that… Read more

April 14, 2019

THE destruction of mannequins dressed as Playboy bunnies bearing Easter eggs has led to charges of criminal damage against a New Jersey mom, Desiree Shepstone, 37. The garden display was created by her neighbour, Wayne Gangi, who practices out of his Clifton home. Shepstone, who used garden shears to vandalise the mannequins, justified her action by saying the display was “disgusting” and “offensive” and she was trying to protect her son. I have a son and he’s 16 years old, he… Read more

April 14, 2019

THE row sparked by Israel Folau, the anti-gay Australian rugby player, took a new twist yesterday when Viliami ‘Billy’ Vunipola, above, a professional British rugby union player, was booed for his support of Israel Folau on social media. Not only that, at the end of a match between the Saracens and the Bristol Bears, played at the Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol, loudspeakers began blasting out “It’s Raining Men.” The 15,000 strong crowd were clearly aware of the unfolding controversy… Read more

April 13, 2019

RATHER than exclude a Chick-fil-A, as airports  in Texas and New York have done, authorities in California have taken a different tack by approving a plan to place gay and transgender flags at Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport. The San Jose City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to hoist rainbow flags in support of LGBTQ people, and pink, blue and white flags for transgender rights at locations near the site where Chick-fil-A, a Christian “family values” company that… Read more

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