December 31, 2019

TOMORROW, despite pre-screening rumblings of discontent among Muslims  and some Christians, Netflix will start streaming Messiah, a series about a mysterious figure – Al-Masih, played by Belgian actor Mehdi Dehbi, above – who may be ‘a divine entity’ … or simply a charlatan. But according to an on-line petition, Al-Masih is, in fact, the Muslim version of the antiChrist. Against this background of mounting controversy, it’s reported here that the Royal Film Commission of Jordan has asked Netflix not to… Read more

December 30, 2019

CONTROVERSIAL Memphis pastor Thaddeus Matthews, renowned for his profanity-laced responses to his critics, is back in the news – this time for announcing that he’s created a range of panties for his female parishioners that bear his image. The portly Matthews, of the Naked Truth Liberation and Empowerment Ministries, revealed the panties on his Instagram page, saying: Ladies get you some ThaddyBear underwear from a small to a 5X. In another post he captured an image of dirty panties being… Read more

December 29, 2019

MERYL Streep gave a graduation address at Barnard College (the girly appendix to Columbia University) in 2010 in which she pointed out an oddity about playing female roles, the perception of female characters, and what it all means for what kinds of movies and TV we get. … people in the movie business know the absolute hardest thing in the whole world is to persuade a straight male audience to identify with a woman protagonist, to feel themselves embodied by… Read more

December 28, 2019

BACK in June we reported on the kinky behaviour of the Rev Jonathan Fletcher, above, a leading London evangelical who, among other things, would beat men on their bare butts with tennis shoes, and force them to give him naked massages. When the goings-on at Fletcher’s Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon came to light in the summer, there were flurries of lurid headlines concerning allegations that he “spiritually abused” vulnerable adults. But then all went quiet until this week when it… Read more

December 27, 2019

THE row over Christianity Today’s recent scathing anti-Trump editorial took a fresh turn this week when Napp Nazworth, above, a political analyst and editor working for the Trump-lovin’ Christian Post, walked off the job. It happened after the Post attacked CT in an editorial, saying: You may think Trump is a narcissistic, morally challenged, belligerent cad who has no business being president — except for the pesky constitutional fact that over 60 million American voters elected him to it. You may… Read more

December 26, 2019

MANY Christian HATE being reminded that Christmas was stolen from the pagans, and has bugger all to do with the birth of Jesus. So when Franciscans International, a human rights group formed by various Franciscan orders, distributed a festive greetings card that depicted the naked Andean earth-goddess “Pachamama” alongside the “Blessed Virgin Mary”, rumblings of discontent were bound to follow – and at least one “concerned Catholic” blasted off an email to FI Executive Director Fr Markus Heinze OFM, complaining of “sacrilege.”… Read more

December 25, 2019

OUTRAGE over Netflix’s ‘blasphemous’ gay Jesus festive season special spilled over into violence last night when a Christmas eve Molotov cocktail attack took place at The Backdoor, headquarters of the Porta dos Fundos comedy group. According to this report, video security images delivered to the Rio Security Secretariat show that at least three people participated in the crime. Two men got out of a pickup truck and one off a motorcycle. The attack came less than three weeks after Netflix… Read more

December 24, 2019

IT’S being widely reported that, in castigating evangelicals who give unqualified support to Donald Trump, the Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, above, last week alienated ‘tens-of-millions of Bible-believing Christians.’  The Washington Post was one of many news outlets that carried reports that scores of evangelical leaders railed against CT for calling for Trump’s removal, accusing the magazine founded by the Rev Billy Graham of spiritual presumption against other Christians and cultural elitism. A letter, sent in an email to CT… Read more

December 23, 2019

NO secret was made of the fact that a version of The Nutcracker, staged in Chicago in November, featured a gay couple. Indeed, it was well publicised that the main parents of the main character, Clara, were in a same-sex relationship. But a woman chaperoning a group of Catholic school pupils from the Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Ohio, only learned of the fact when she read in the programme of Clara’s gay married parents. Jessica Beaverson immediately took fright… Read more

December 22, 2019

FOR using words like ‘paedophilia’, ‘cannibalism’ and ‘vampirism’ in a discussion about LGBT issues in education, Canadian Michael Del Grande, above left, has earned himself an award from ‘family values’ group, the Campaign Life Coalition. Who is this imbecile? Del Grande is a Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee who made the comments toward the end of a six-hour meeting on November 7 where trustees eventually voted to amend the board’s code of conduct to include broader protections for… Read more

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