May 24, 2020

COUNCIL meetings in the city of Wylie, Texas, begin with prayers. Nothing unusual in that as many council annoyingly do the same, but the reason that Wylie is in the news this weekend is because its mayor, Eric Hogue, above – a former clown and active pastor – hates the idea of having women leading prayer. His Bible-based misogyny, according to The Dallas Morning News, came to light after he expressed support for an invocation by a Christian missionary group, but… Read more

May 23, 2020

THE launch of our contest on May 17 to raise funds for the Humanist Global Charity (HGC) has proved so popular that we’ve been inundated with entries. In fact so many were received that an e-book featuring the limericks submitted, and images provided by the Freethinker’s resident illustrator Shell Fisher, was published sooner than planned and is now available to download. The winner of the contest is UK entrant Martin Stubbs, above. Here’s his limerick: The eight other top  entries… Read more

May 23, 2020

DESPITE the fact that churches have been hot spots of COVID-19 infections in America and other parts of the world, President Donald Trump yesterday (Friday) declared places of worship ‘essential’ and threatened to ‘override’ state governors if they demurred.  Said Trump Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches and houses of worship. It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential … these are places that hold… Read more

May 22, 2020

THE closure of synagogues during the pandemic lockdown in Israel is God’s way of punishing Jews for using their cell phones during prayer. So says Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, above, “the most senior non-hassidic, ultra-Orthodox rabbi in the world.” The rabbi, 92, made the claim in a letter to the daily ultra-Orthodox Yated Neeman. In it he suggested that Jews have been “banished” from synagogues by a god pissed off with people chattering on their phones instead of praying. He wrote:… Read more

May 22, 2020

JUST three years after he traveled from the US to Canada to take part in the country’s 52nd Annual Canadian National Prayer Breakfast, Jonathan Steingard, above – lead vocalist and lead guitarist for the Christian pop-punk band, Hawk Nelson – yesterday announced on Instagram that he no longer believes  in God. In an interview a while back the Canadian-born Steingard was asked where he finds his inspiration to write and where he likes to be when writing. He described the circumstances… Read more

May 21, 2020

PRIESTS who claim that pandemics such as COVID 19 are not a manifestation of God’s wrath are ‘immersed in atheism.’ That’s the view of Roberto de Mattei, above. In a talk today (Thursday) at the virtual Rome Life Forum, de Mattei said that Catholic “shepherds” who reject the idea of God inflicting scourges on humankind are inviting the Almighty to go apeshit. In his talk entitled “The Judgment of God in History”, the simpleton said: When it is the very… Read more

May 21, 2020

A DOCUMENTARY due to be aired in the US tomorrow (Friday) reveals that Norma McCorvey, famous for being the plaintiff  ‘Jane Roe’ in the 1973 landmark Supreme Court case that led to abortion becoming legal in America, admitted shortly before her death in 2017 that she had been bribed to pretend she’d found Jesus and had become a rabid anti-abortionist. In the FX Networks documentary – AKA Jane Roe – McCorvey, above, who died from heart failure at the age… Read more

May 20, 2020

AMERICA’S Public Broadcasting Service has enlisted openly gay actor Dyllón Burnside, above, to host Prideland, an upcoming series that explores gay life in southern states. The very homophobic American Family Association (AFA) is furious, and has launched a petition calling for the series – due to start on May 26 –  to be scrapped. The petition – offline at the time of writing – says: In 2020, PBS received over $65 million in taxpayer funding. This means you and I… Read more

May 19, 2020

DEVOTEES of pastor Frankline Ndifor, above, are reportedly refusing to believe that he died less than a week in Douala after being diagnosed with Covid-19. South African news outlet IOL reports that, despite the fact that the “prophet” had been buried last Saturday, followers gathered outside his home and implored God to send him back as he has unfinished business administering “divine cures” to those afflicted by the virus. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations. Ndifor,… Read more

May 19, 2020

OFCOM has taken action against Nigerian pastor Chris Oyakhilome, who has close ties with US prosperity preacher and notorious conman Benny ‘The Hair’ Hinn – net worth $52-m – for making outlandish claims about the COVID-19 crisis on his Loveworld Christian channel. Oyakhilome, pictured left with Hinn, used Loveworld News, which is broadcast in the UK, to air a bunch of bizarre conspiracy theories regarding the virus. In this YouTube video Oyakhilome – like David Icke and others before him –… Read more

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