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

April 13, 2019

AT the beginning of the year Canada announced that its one dollar coin – called a ‘loonie’ – was to be given a make-over to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality for adults across the country. This prompted fury among loonies of a different stripe: mainly conservative Christians who yesterday gathered in Ottawa to demand the halt to the planned new coin, the design of which is currently being kept under wraps. What we do now about the… Read more

April 12, 2019

LAST year South Africans were shocked and angered by the aggressive tactics used to cross examine a young woman who had the courage to testify in open court against a flamboyant televangelist – Timothy Omotoso, above – who, together with two female accused, had been charged with 97 counts of rape, sexual assault and racketeering. Its now revealed that Cheryl Zondi has to go through the whole ordeal again because, for complicated legal reasons, his trial was halted, and is… Read more

April 12, 2019

SPAIN has tough anti-homophobia laws, and promoting or carrying out so-called ‘conversion therapy’ is banned by law in the region of Madrid. Punishments include fines of up to $50,000. Well, it appears that the Catholic diocese of Alcala de Henares – headed by bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plá, above –  has been breaching that law, and now faces investigation by the regional government. The move follows a recent report in El Diario that revealed that the diocese, on the outskirts… Read more

April 11, 2019

AN English language weekly newspaper in Spain, Euro Weekly News, today published the following report in its online edition: I could not find a link to the foundation’s report, but what I did learn today that the organisation is named after an atheist who was executed in Spain 110 years ago. This from Wiki: Francisco Ferrer Guardia (1859–1909) was a radical freethinker, anarchist, and educationist behind a network of secular, private, libertarian schools in and around Barcelona. His execution, following… Read more

April 11, 2019

‘RELIGIOUS nutter’ Israel Folau is about to be sacked by Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union as a result of an image, inset, that he posted on Instagram. Both organisations released a joint statement today (Thursday) saying that, barring unforseen circumstances, Folau’s multi-million dollar four-year contract would be terminated. And Rugby Australia’s major sponsor, Qantas, labelled Folau’s post as “really disappointing”. Said RA chief executive Raelene Castle and NSWRU boss Andrew Hore in the statement: In the absence of compelling mitigating… Read more

April 10, 2019

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, above, was arrested in India last September, but it was not until yesterday (Tuesday) that Kerala police formally charged him with raping a nun on numerous occasions over a period of two years. Why the delay? Sister Anupama, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation in Kerala, has suggested that the Catholic Church interfered with the course of justice. In an interview published in February, the nun, who led a campaign calling for Mulakkal’s arrest, accused the… Read more

April 10, 2019

JEROME  Kunkel, 18, above, refused to to be vaccinated against chickenpox on religious grounds, wrongly claiming that the vaccine contained ‘foetal cells’. As a consequence the Northern Kentucky Health Department banned him from school activities – a ban that Kunkel, a Catholic, said was a violation of his religious beliefs. So he sued the NKHD. But Boone County Circuit Judge James R Schrand yesterday ruled against the student and denied his request to return to school. The health department said… Read more

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