May 30, 2020

WHEN the Bolsanaro government in Brazil appointed Ricardo Lopes Dias, above, to head the Uncontacted Indians’ Unit of the Indigenous Affairs Agency earlier this year, Survival International reacted with horror, saying it like putting ‘a fox in charge of the hen house.’ SI, which works to protect indigenous people all over the world, had good cause to be outraged by the appointment, for Dias was himself a pastor and missionary and has close contacts the evangelical New Tribes Mission (NTM),… Read more

May 29, 2020

AN Italian theologian – Msgr Nicola Bux, inset below – is the latest to toss a chunk of baloney into the ongoing COVID-19/Christian woo discourse by coming down hard on priests who handle ‘Jesus’ with latex gloves. One priest – a US chaplain Lt Col Alan Irizarry, who has been dispensing hosts while wearing gloves – was photographed by Winifred Brown and posted on the US Department of Defense website. Bux said in a statement that: The sacred ministers, especially… Read more

May 29, 2020

LAST month gloomy church officials in Germany predicted that COVID-19 church lockdowns would put a massive dent in the RCC’s coffers, saying they believed the pandemic would prompt people to stop paying church taxes. Bishop Georg Bätzing, above, President of the German bishops’ conference, above, warned on April 27 that: It is going to be a painful process. The corona pandemic is forcing us to enter a process in which we must weigh what we as a church can still… Read more

May 28, 2020

UNLESS you’re British, the name Dominic Cummings will probably mean nothing to you. But vast numbers of Brit know the ‘career psychopath’ and ‘jumped up oik’ as a Machiavellian creature who wheedled his way to become PM Boris Johnson’s de facto chief-of-staff and perhaps the most powerful unelected political figure in the country. Cummings, above – a fanatical Brexiteer – became Big News for breaking the UK government’s lockdown rules, prompting a huge outcry from people who have been sticking… Read more

May 27, 2020

A FORMER  headmistress of an ultra-Orthodox school – Malka Leifer, above, is to be sent back to Australia to face 74 sexual assault and rape charges. Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 before police could arrest her and has been fighting attempts to extradite her to Australia, claiming that she is mentally unfit to stand trial. Leifer is a former headteacher at the Adass Israel Jewish school in Melbourne. Her attempts to remain in Israel were reportedly supported by rabbi Ya’acov… Read more

May 27, 2020

‘SLAPSTICK’ antics that diminish the sanctity of Catholic rituals could give atheists the idea that people of faith do not take their beliefs seriously and that religion is a load of superstitious nonsense. That’s the view of Californian priest Pius Pietrzyk, inset above, who condemned the actions of Fr Stephen Klasek, pictured firing a water gun at an infant at a Nashville, Tennessee, baptism. A Facebook post explained that: The family had requested for him to do this pose as copied… Read more

May 26, 2020

PARTS  of the US have been roiled for weeks by protests against the lockdown rules intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, protests which frame the rules not as measures to protect public health but as fascism and tyranny. The Guardian reported on April 30: Hundreds of protesters, some armed, gathered inside Michigan’s state capitol on Thursday as state lawmakers debated the Democratic governor’s request to extend her emergency powers to combat coronavirus. A tightly packed crowd of protesters, some… Read more

May 26, 2020

Patients in a America want a deeper relationship with their physician – one that addresses their religious and spiritual needs, according to a group of medical educators, including Kristin Collier, above, an assistant professor and the director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health Spirituality & Religion, In an op-ed published recently in Annals of Internal Medicine Collier, and three colleagues, said in a piece entitled “Is It Time to More Fully Address Teaching Religion and Spirituality… Read more

May 26, 2020

THE appearance of rainbow flags bearing the National Health Service (NHS) logo has been welcomed by Christians who have taken to social media to claim that this could well the first step in wresting the rainbow symbol away from the LGBT movement. Their joy was short-lived as they hadn’t bargained for gay ingenuity and humour. Suddenly social media sites were flooded with suggestions that NHS stands for … National Homosexual Service – and that those who think the symbol has… Read more

May 25, 2020

THE Moldovan Orthodox Church (MOC), headed by Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova, above, stands accused by the country’s national Ombudsman of threatening social order and denigrating medical services by spreading ‘meaningless fantasies’. The Ombudsman, according to a report today in Moldova.org, issued a statement after the church railed against any moves that would make vaccinations for COVID-19 mandatory, should such a vaccine ever be produced. In a letter to the government the MOC said: Public opinion in many… Read more

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