November 24, 2007

IT’S just a story. Let’s say it again, louder: it’s just a storr-eeee! Hmm. Doesn’t seem to have done much good. They’re still obsessing about Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, wondering if it’ll poison the impressionable minds of schoolkids and turn them against God. To judge by the current brouhaha, you wouldn’t think the first book in the trilogy, Northern Lights, had been out since 1995. But it’s the fact that they’ve made a movie of it – called… Read more

November 23, 2007

A ROMAN Catholic prelate in Canada seems to have felt the need to confess sins – his church’s, though, not his own. He’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is Archbishop of Quebec City and Primate of Canada. According to a story in the Globe and Mail, he has “admitted that some Catholics’ narrow-minded attitudes in the past bred anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination against women and homosexuals”. His mea culpa comes in a letter to newspapers, in which he says sex scandals… Read more

November 21, 2007

STEPHEN Green’s efforts in the Administrative Court this week to bring a private prosecution for the common-law offence of blasphemous libel against Jerry Springer: the Opera, prompted one blogger to do a little digging into Green’s egregious little outfit, Christian Voice. And his investigation seems to confirm something we had always suspected: CV is a one-man ego-trip. The Cynical Rationalist notes: Registered companies, and registered charities are, above all else accountable. That means that certain bits of information are available… Read more

November 20, 2007

SIGNS like this could appear in public buildings thoughout the UK if secularists get their way. That’s the view of Roman Catholic Father Paul Daly, parish priest of Saint Joseph’s in Heywood, who this week accused Rochdale Councillor Robin Parker of attempting to “banish God from the public arena”. We could be treated with the sight of non-prayers sitting in their council benches with the Mayor while those who wish to begin with prayer gather outside and enter after the… Read more

November 19, 2007

THEY are quaking in their boots over at Microsoft headquarters – not with fear that they are about to be taken over by an army of fundamentalist Christian wingnuts – but with laughter. The source of their mirth is a posturing tosspot called Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas Cowboys player, and the self- proclaimed head of the Antioch Bible Church, based in Redmond, the home of Microsoft’s headquarters. The burly buffoon, of whom it was once said “he not… Read more

November 18, 2007

AT LAST, it may go to court. The preposterous and risible law of blasphemy could be put to the test – and taken out of the reckoning entirely. Stephen Green, the man who brought us the laughable Christian Voice – although most communications issuing from this obscure little organisation seem to emanate from Green himself – wants to sue the producers of the excellent Jerry Springer: The Opera. You’ll remember that it caused a stink among some Christians when BBC2… Read more

November 18, 2007

“RED” Ken Livingstone has been caught out. His PC Brigade have brought out a report on just how beastly our media are to Muslims – only for it to be torn to shreds by a left-leaning journalist for its dodgy methodology. According to a no-holds-barred article in Spiked, Ken (pictured below) and his cohorts have “crossed a line normally only transgressed by despots”. “Strip away all the PC lingo about ‘protecting Muslims’, and the London mayor’s latest initiative comes across… Read more

November 17, 2007

AMNESTY is iconic. It’s venerated. It’s one of those organisations you just don’t knock. It would be like kicking Lassie or throttling a Teletubby. But the evil of the Catholic Church knows no bounds. Now, according to The Times (inter alia), hundreds of thousands of schoolkids whose parents happen to subscribe to that barmy doctrine have been told they shouldn’t belong to Amnesty or raise funds for it “because of its new stance on abortion”. The 2,323 Catholic primary and secondary schools and… Read more

November 17, 2007

THEY call a spade a spade in Yorkshire. No PC nonsense up theer, tha knows. In Calderdale, if they think a burqa looks like something out of the Ku Klux Klan, they soddin’ well say so. Well, Councillor Alan Clegg does, anyway. He and a number of other councillors are proposing Calderdale Council staff be banned from wearing burqas and niqabs – both of them potentially all-enveloping garments that obscure much of the person you’re talking to, in often intimidating… Read more

November 16, 2007

ONE bunch of people who would have a problem with Britain’s new laws prohibiting gay jokes would be the Iranian leadership, according to Ian O’Doherty, writing this week in the Irish Independent. This fine bunch of people, who bring enlightenment and vision to the rest of us kuffars, recently sent one of their representatives, Mohsen Yahyavi, to meet with some British MPs and he had some interesting views. Refuting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent claim that there were no gay people in… Read more

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