February 11, 2019

SHOULD a store use its promotional material to send religious or political messages to customers? The question arose following the distribution of leaflet by Mac’s Fresh Market, a family-owned Christian grocery store, to people in Arkansas and Louisiana – angering some and pleasing others.   The store’s promotional material typically includes a religious or political message at the top, but this one – which was also posted on its Facebook page – is causing quite a kerfuffle. Some took to… Read more

February 10, 2019

LAST December Catholic priest Father Edwin C Dwyer boasted that he was attracting more young people to Our Lady of Peace parish in Bay City by reintroducing traditional Catholic sacramentals such as incense and bells. Dyer, 36, said at the time: Believe it or not, tradition works. So-called ‘old ways’ are quite popular among younger Catholics. Smells, bells, classic hymns, chant, prolonged silence, and, hold on for this one, LATIN are all largely embraced by the younger generations of the… Read more

February 10, 2019

RARELY do I find myself siding with clerics, but I have to say that Father Gaetano Batanyenda, a Catholic priest, is correct to say that his country’s curvaceous women should not be used as bait for tourists. Batanyenda has lashed out at Uganda’s Tourism Minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, above, for launching a “Miss Curvy Uganda” beauty pageant as part of his Tulambule (“let’s tour”) promotion aimed at boosting tourism. He called the Kiwanda “a disciple of Satan”after the Minister said: We have naturally endowed,… Read more

February 9, 2019

THE ORANGE Order, a Protestant outfit which has been described as ‘sectarian’, ‘triumphalist’, ‘supremacist’ and ‘homophobic’ has been given a grant of £500 in in Scotland to fund a ‘civic lunch’ – and Catholics are furious. The decision by North Lanarkshire Counci to give taxpayers’ money to this group of crazies was strongly opposed  by Scottish National Party councillor Steven Bonnar, who attends Mass at St Columba’s Church in Viewpark. While I will defend freedom of expression and therefore anyone’s… Read more

February 9, 2019

CHARLES Aguon, 34, headmaster at Kingdom Preparatory School in Auburndale, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday and is being held without bail at the Polk County Jail on two felony counts of lewd molestation of a boy. Aguon, according to this ABC News report, was arrested on suspicion of grooming and sexually molesting a student, and investigators fear there are more victims. Charles Aguon, 34, the headmaster of Kingdom Preparatory School in Auburndale, was arrested on Tuesday and was being held… Read more

February 8, 2019

A COMEDY musical about the life of Charles Darwin and and his theory of evolution has had to be cancelled following objections from a group of Christian parents. Several families threatened to withdraw their children from the play – Darwin Rocks! – which was aimed at 7- to 11-year-olds attending Hartford Manor Primary School, a non-religious community school in a village in Cheshire. But it’s to be replaced with a “less divisive” show. “Down-with-Darwin” Jesus junkies were reportedly angered by one… Read more

February 7, 2019

GIVEN that Poland is overwhelmingly Catholic, and thus fanatically homophobic, it must have come as a shock to many when, in 2011, atheist Robert Biedroń , was elected to the country’s Parliament, becoming the first openly gay official. The staunchly pro-EU politician made history again in 2014, after becoming the mayor of Slupsk, a town in Poland. Now Biedroń, an LGBT activist, above, has the Catholic Church in his sights, having just announced plans on Sunday to establish a new… Read more

February 7, 2019

IN  an ‘extremely rare’ ruling, a private rabbinic court in Jerusalem has annulled the marriage of a woman whose husband refused her a divorce – and Sunday’s decision appears to have set the court at odds with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The private court, headed by Rabbi Daniel Sperber, above, and convened by the Center for Women’s Justice organisation, dissolved the marriage on the grounds that the woman would not have agreed to marry the man had she known… Read more

February 6, 2019

ORDINARY Joe was talking to himself. “I just want to know what all those preachers and teachers are on about; want to make sense of it all.” Above his head a wisp of fog filtered into the room and slowly condensed into a little cloud in a corner near the window. “I think I may be able to help.” “Who are you?” Joe swung round. “And where are you?” “You will not be able to see me, but you will… Read more

February 6, 2019

EDUCATION watchdog Ofsted has been accused of unfairly targeting faith schools by the Chairman of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon. Halfon, above, according to this report, said that religious groups were concerned about Ofsted in a way they had not been under previous Chief Inspectors. He said concerns included: Ongoing comments questioning the wearing of the hijab, the desire to inspect unregistered faith classes, such as Sunday schools, and the proposal that faith schools should be inspected under the new education… Read more

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