June 10, 2008

WHEN not scouring the globe daily for items of religious insanity, we occasionally forage the internet for news of the latest in gadgetry. So when Apple announced the release this month of its new 3G iPhone, we went straight to YouTube in search of a demo video. There are a lot to choose from, but this, folks, is the most apt for the Freethinker website: Read more

June 10, 2008

WHEN West Side High School in Trenton, New Jersey, chose a church in which to hold a graduation ceremony, they had no idea what a can of worms their decision would open. The school’s choice of venue – the New Hope Baptist Church – turned out to be “offensive” to Muslim student Bilal Shareef, who claimed he was forced to skip his 2006 graduation because his religious beliefs prohibited him from entering buildings containing icons of God. Said Shareef, who… Read more

June 9, 2008

EVERY now and again a statistic leaps from a page or the computer screen that makes one rub one’s eyes in sheer disbelief. This morning’s “WTF!? moment” comes via the Kenneth Copeland Ministries – (official motto: “Jesus is Lord”; unofficial motto: “Send more cash, suckers!”) . We receive 6,000-7,000 letters per day, many of which have multiple prayer requests. Each request is individually read and prayed for several times. Here’s how it works: The mail is prayed over as it… Read more

June 8, 2008

CATHOLIC Lena Wojdan is a Warsaw-based psychologist who, unlike Iris Robinson’s pet psychiatrist who thinks gays can be “turned around”, believes instead that homosexuality is “a burden from God” which people must learn to accept. They [homosexuals] need to accept that God created them as they are. This is something that they have been given to bear as a burden. The goal isn’t to change the patient, to shift their orientations, but rather to prepare them to accept their leanings…. Read more

June 7, 2008

LABOUR MP Jim Dobbin has described as “a tragedy” the decision by a Catholic adoption agency to stop finding new homes for children because of the Government’s new gay equality laws. According to the Telegraph, the “faith-based” Catholic Children’s Rescue Service is to stop doing work it has carried out since 1886, and has accused ministers of discriminating against Roman Catholics. The Catholic MP in Manchester, whose proudest moment was “becoming chairman of the all-party pro-life group in parliament”, said:… Read more

June 7, 2008

AMSTERDAM, for decades regarded as the safest of cities for gay people, is still in shock after a serious daylight attack was carried out by a group of cowardly Muslim thugs on a man taking part in a fashion show. According to PinkNews, model Mike Du Pree was taking part in a show to promote tolerance towards gay people when a gang of ten Muslim youths dragged him from the catwalk and beat him. Mr Du Pree’s nose was broken… Read more

June 6, 2008

TAKING Jesus to the Sons of the Prophet is like throwing a lighted match into a fireworks factory, as two evangelists discovered in Birmingham recently. Then Rod Liddle, in an excellent piece in this week’s The Spectator, weighed in with these words: Well, fair enough, I suppose; if you wander into a Muslim area and start spraying Jesus hither and thither, you might expect one or two more hot-tempered locals to take offence. Islam is a peaceable religion and anyone… Read more

June 5, 2008

AS someone who has frequently complained to hotel managers about Gideons Bibles in the rooms I have occupied – “remove it now, or I will clog up the bog with the thing” usually did the trick – I was delighted to learn today that the American Civil Liberties Union has warned a school district in Ohio that it will take legal action if administrators don’t stop Christian busybodies from handing the Bibles to students during class time. Fifth grade students… Read more

June 4, 2008

THE Catholic Church appears to be getting itself all of a-lather over a silly figurine known as Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. In Mexico, the Church has spoken against the tequila-guzzling, cigar-smoking Santa Muerte, saying she is linked to Satanism and is being used to mislead desperate people. Misleading desperate people is, of course, the prerogative the Catholic Church itself, and one can understand its annoyance at having an intruder on its turf. Rev Esequiel Sanchez, pastor of Mary, Queen… Read more

June 3, 2008

ONCE again criticism of religion has been wrongly equated with racism – which is, of course, a different kettle of fish altogether, and should rightly be condemned. Nevertheless, it was reported today that legendary sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, 73, has been fined £12,000 for “inciting racial hatred” against Muslims for speaking out against unspeakable acts of cruelty. Her bizarre conviction by a court in Paris – her fifth – arose as a result of the animal rights campaigner arguing that… Read more

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