December 2, 2018

What women wear is a constant source of concern to law enforcement agents who work so diligently in mainly Islamic countries to preserve ‘purity’ – and woe betide those who stray from the straight and narrow. The  latest personality to invoke the wrath of the authorities in Egypt is film star Rania Youssef, 44, above, who is due to face trial next month for “promoting immorality”. Her crime? She turned up at the Cairo Film Festival on Thursday in a… Read more

December 1, 2018

A lawsuit brought against NewSpring Church in North Charleston this week alleges that it failed in its duty of care to at least 14 children in its care. The church was hit with the lawsuit a day after church volunteer Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28, above, was charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy. He faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old,. Hazlett had worked as a volunteer chaperone and day care provider… Read more

December 1, 2018

Missionaries, according to numerous sources, are re-evaluating the methods used in attempts to Christianise ‘heathens’ in the wake of the death of John Allen Chau, who was slain on North Sentinel Island last month by a protected tribe. On learning from Chau’s 13-page account of his illegal attempt to make contact with the Sentinelese by shouting at them and throwing – presumably not in cans – expert Scott Moreau, dean of Wheaton College’s graduate school and a scholar of mission… Read more

December 1, 2018

Warren Furman is a muscle-bound religiot who brings Christianity to schools in the UK, whether or not parents want their kids’ brains messed up by Jesus. When Furman – once known as “Ace” in the TV show Gladiators –recently pitched up to proselytise at Burford Primary School in Nottingham, the “Gospel Gladiator” sparked a volley of complaints that were rebuffed by the headteacher and the school’s governors, who insisted that it was “appropriate that belief is presented as truth” to… Read more

November 30, 2018

Horrified she is, absolutely horrified that ‘cinematic dream masters’ are beginning to latch onto the the subject of conversion therapy, a ridiculous and discredited practice intended to turn gay people straight. Worse, they are lying about it. Linda Harvey, President and founder of Mission America, above, sees cinematic depictions of such therapies as: A new excuse to paint faithful Christianity as repressive, ruthless, and ignorant. What set her off on a rant of biblical proportions is Boy Erased, based on… Read more

November 29, 2018

Rider University in New Jersey has joined several other US educational bodies in a bid to exclude Chick-fil-A from its campus, citing the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage and its generous donations to homophobic organisations. Rider cited the “company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community,” and claimed that while excluding the option of Chick-Fil-A could be seen as a “form of exclusion”, administrators believes it’s acting “faithful to our values of inclusion.” Rider Assistant Vice… Read more

November 29, 2018

Investigations into abusive Catholic priests in Iowa have have brought to light a bizarre episode in which one gentleman of the cloth attempted to rape a woman at a shopping mall, then declared his intention to rape a policeman who arrived on the scene. Father Jeremy Wind, said to have been trouserless at the time of his arrest in 2013, was allowed to resume his clerical duties after the Diocese of Sioux City satisfied itself that his  “mental health episode”… Read more

November 28, 2018

Back in June, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) revealed that there are 12 countries in the world in which non-believers can be sentenced to death under “apostasy” laws. Pakistan and the ‘blasphemy’ case of Asia Bibi stands out as a particularly egregious example. In drawing attention to these countries – and many more where “blasphemy” laws are used to stop humanists promoting human rights, including women’s rights, LGBTI rights and non-religious rights – IHEU launched a “Protect Humanists… Read more

November 28, 2018

Freedom of thought and speech is a fundamental value, but the freedom in question isn’t infinite. We’re free to babble incoherently if we want to, but it won’t get us much of anywhere. We’re free to ignore reality in some circumstances but it’s likely to bite us if we do. We can tell stories and draw pictures any way we like, but when it comes to making policy or deciding where to build infrastructure, we’d better let the facts constrain… Read more

November 27, 2018

Charedi leader Shalom Ber Sorotzkin, above, claims that accounts by El Al staff and some passengers that ultra-Orthodox Jews had become violent on a recent flight diverted on the Sabbath to Athens is fake news, and he wants an apology from the airline or face a boycott. But, according to this report, an unnamed  attendant on the flight told Israel’s Channel 10 news that the religious passengers were violent. It isn’t possible to refute a team of 12 staff members… Read more

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