November 5, 2018

When bishop Glayton Modise, above, head of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in South Africa, died in 2016, disputes broke out over who should succeed the man known as ‘The Comforter’. Then last week things turned distinctly ugly when rival groups opened fire and pelted each other with rocks. The clash happened on Thursday outside the church in Silo, Zuurbekom. Three people were injured and 12 cars were badly damaged. Gauteng police spokesperson captain Mavela Masondo explained that the battle… Read more

November 5, 2018

When Christian extremist Paul Dorr, above, burned four gay-themed books belonging to Iowa’s Orange City Public Library last month, Justin Scott, a member and State Director for the American Atheists Iowa chapter, sprang into action. After seeing a video Dorr posted on the Internet, which showed him reducing the books to ashes, Scott began a Facebook fundraiser to replace the books – and within 14 days he’d collected $2000.00. After the  library received 200 new books, it urged Scott to… Read more

November 4, 2018

  Christer Sturmark, above, is Sweden’s most well-known secular humanist.  Since 2005, he served as chairman of Sweden’s Secular Humanist Association, the nation’s leading atheist organization. This past April, Christer stepped down as Chair. In his place, the Association elected Anna Bergstroem as the new chairperson. Sweden is one of the world’s most secular and altruistic nations, and the Secular Humanist Association – under Christer’s leadership – deserves some of the credit. In September 2017, I asked Christer about his… Read more

November 4, 2018

A Supreme Court jury in Australia has ruled against a charlatan who sued a former client for defamation. The case wound up in court after Esther Rockett accused Serge Benhayon, 54, above, of operating a “socially harmful cult”, making “bogus healing claims” and “indecently touching” clients. The former Sydney tennis coach turned spiritual healer – who “had an understanding” that in one of his many past lives he was Leonardo da Vinci –  operates a lucrative business called Universal Medicine… Read more

November 3, 2018

What do you do when mindless Muslim thugs riot and bring your country to a complete standstill? Disperse them with water cannon? Arrest them for disorderly conduct? Send in the police and, if necessary, the army? Well, if the country happens to be Pakistan, none of the above. What you do there to quell the rioting is to appease the mobs – and in the case of Asia Bibi this means taking steps to prevent her from leaving the country,… Read more

November 3, 2018

A total of 57 Roman Catholic priests are to be named as ‘credibly accused’ abusers of minors by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. All of the priests are either deceased or have been removed from the ministry,  according to Archbishop Gregory Aymond who said in a pastoral letter: For our sins of the past, we ask for your forgiveness and the mercy of God. Our sin is public and it calls us as church leaders to repentance in order that… Read more

November 2, 2018

Matt Shea, above, a Washington state Republican who distributed a manifesto calling for ‘war’ against those who oppose Christianity, is being investigated by the FBI. The document, a four-page explanation of how to establish Christian law through armed struggle, includes this excerpt: FBI representatives revealed that they are investigating the document, which was reported to to the bureau by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who said the manifesto was dangerous. The document Mr. Shea wrote is not a Sunday school project or… Read more

November 2, 2018

My parents did not appear to be religious, even though I and my brother had been baptised into the Church of England as infants. They never attended a church and I had the impression that my father at least was an atheist. However my brother and I were sent to attend a primary school run by a Baptist clergyman in huts adjacent to his church. At some point, it was suggested that my brother and I attend the Sunday School…. Read more

November 1, 2018

An election flyer attacking the ‘reckless’ spending policies of Democrat Matt Lesser, a Jewish candidate standing for election to the Connecticut state Senate, has plunged his opponent,  Ed Charamut, into a row about anti-Semitism. As you can see, the flyer features an image similar to those that abound on anti-Jewish websites, but it was quickly scrapped after Charamut realised that it had “a serious unintended consequence.” So keen was Charamut to show he was no anti-Semite that he changed his Facebook… Read more

November 1, 2018

Last June Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli slammed human rights groups campaigning against homophobia in his country, saying that ‘even cows’ disapprove of homosexuality. Now it’s reported that God has been dragged into the picture by the Governor of Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam. On Monday Paul Makonda, above, vowed to launch a crackdown on gay communities. He said he expected criticism from abroad but added: I prefer to anger those countries than to anger God. Makonda, a fervent Christian and… Read more

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