December 7, 2007

WE Brits are such a barmy bunch. As individuals, most of us treat Christianity either with total indifference or outright abhorrence – but when it comes to Islam our leaders and administrators turn into grovelling, spineless sycophants, bending over backwards to accommodate every demand of this joyless, death-dealing, rage-exhibiting, fascist religion. The latest example of an official body’s attempt at treating Muslims as if they were some sort of delicate, exotic species in need of special attention centres on the… Read more

December 6, 2007

AN Italian company has roused the wrath of the Catholic Church leaders by offering download services of images of saints. According to a report in the London News, McKay and Sisters, a Milan-based communications company, came up with the idea after noticing that many Italians carried religious images around with them in their wallets, The service offers subscribers up to three images of saints and great figures of the Church, including Pope John Paul II, Padre Pio and the Virgin… Read more

December 5, 2007

TWO British judges today ruled that Jerry Springer, the Opera, could not considered blasphemous in the context in which it was staged. Solicitors for Christian Voice last month urged Lord Justice Hughes and Mr Justice Collins to allow the group to prosecute the BBC for broadcasting the play, which CV claimed was “blasphemous”. Christian Voice director, Stephen Green, had hoped to overturn a previous ruling which forbade him from prosecuting the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson. Mr Green said the… Read more

December 5, 2007

THE makers of energy drink Red Bull have annoyed Catholics with a Christmas campaign ad in Italy, in which the product is presented to the baby Jesus by a fourth Wise Man. The ad was pulled after an angry, humourphobic Italian priest demanded that it be scrapped because it was “blasphemous”. Father Marco Damanti, from Sicily, wrote to the makers of Red Bull denouncing their commercial as “a blasphemous act” – and and the spineless company immediately agreed to to… Read more

December 4, 2007

ON the day that Gillian Gibbons won her freedom from a Sudanese prison following her conviction for blasphemy, the National Secular Society revealed that it had written to an Ambassador to the United Nations to draw attention to the severe dangers highlighted by the affair. The NSS drew attention to the fact that the majority of Islamic states are pressing the United Nations Council on Human Rights to outlaw blasphemy or defamation of religion, the basis for Ms Gibbon’s imprisonment…. Read more

December 3, 2007

TUM-te-tum-te-tum-te-tum. Tum-te-tum-te— Oh, sorry. You caught us all singing the Archers theme here in The Freethinker’s global headquarters. And with good reason. First, though, an apology to our non-UK readers: The Archers is a very British thing – it’s on the wireless, you know? On the BBC. On Radio 4 (the Home Service, as they used to call it in saner times). We Brits are a bit eccentric like that. Listening daily to The Archers – “an everyday story of country folk” - is… Read more

December 3, 2007

Here’s a story to brighten everyone’s day. Everyone, that is, who enjoys surreal absurdity. Christina Odone, the former editor of the Catholic Herald and former deputy editor of The New Statesman magazine (she resigned in 2004), has pulled out of a Royal Commonwealth Society carol service, loudly proclaiming that she has been censored. Because, you see, she’s a Christian. According to Odone’s distorted version of reality, British Christians (along with other religionists) are increasingly persecuted and have diminishing opportunities to… Read more

December 2, 2007

OPPONENTS of a mega-mosque in London have now launched an information and campaigning website. One of the opponents, Councillor Allan Craig, had an “obituary” put on YouTube about him at the beginning of November, featuring Craig himself, who’s a member of something calling itself the Christian People’s Alliance, along with his wife and two daughters. The message ends with the words, “Our mosque will be built in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.” Craig is a member of Newham Borough… Read more

December 2, 2007

FURTHER evidence – not that it’s needed these days – that Muslims are now controlling what we can read, watch and hear comes in a story in, inter alia, The Times. Taslima Nasreen, the 45-year-old feminist author, National Secular Society hon. veep and former doctor, has been forced to self-censor. The Times story says she is to “rewrite her autobiography” (an autobiographical novel) to “appease” Muslim fundamentalists. The controversy over her book forced her to leave Kolkata last week, although she says that the… Read more

December 1, 2007

BRITAIN’S secularist-in-chief, Terry Sanderson, says there’s something very distasteful about the fact that one of the country’s superstitionists-in-chief is trying to coerce British politicians to vote according to the dictates of his masters in Italy instead of their own consciences and for their own constituents. The leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has brought together more than 70 Catholic MPs to pressure them to vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which would allow potentially useful work to be… Read more

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