October 26, 2007

The Freethinker award for the most absurd (and funniest) quote of the week goes to the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell. My task as a Christian leader is to engage with reality, to contribute to debate on important issues, to open people’s minds and to point out when the emperor is wearing few or no clothes. A Catholic leader engaging in reality? Do us all a favour! His words came when a bitter rift developed this month between Pell… Read more

October 24, 2007

AS of Monday this week, at least 3,836 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 – and 28,327 US service members have been wounded in hostile action there. But, as American military families mourn their dead, and tend to their injured, they might like to cast their mind back to a veteran of an earlier Gulf war – Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair, 46 – before they allow prod-nose Christian busybodies… Read more

October 23, 2007

When individuals cannot allow their religious loyalties to be trumped by their public responsibilities, they should resign; the alternative is for the public domain to be invaded and disrupted by a Babel of claimed individual religious sensitivities, or even worse, by various religious organisations whose prejudices, taboos, anxieties and antipathies distort the overall public endeavour for a decent and equitable social order which is as inclusive as possible. That’s the opinion of AC Grayling, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College,… Read more

October 22, 2007

AND so we learn that Dumbledore is one of those! No, not the occasional star of this blog of late, the Archwizard of Cant, bearded, behatted and the bearer of weird eyebrows, but the Dumbledore, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (or ex-headmaster, depending on which book you are on). One is tempted to say, “Ho hum, so what? People are gay. Get used to it. It happens. There are straight people, too…. Read more

October 22, 2007

A WOMAN who has spent her life opposing the mistreatment of women by the Iranian clerical regime has been awarded the £5,000 prize for Secularist of the Year by the National Secular Society. Mina Ahadi, an Iranian exile now living in Germany, was presented with the prize in London on Saturday (20 October). In his statement honouring Mina Ahadi, Professor Richard Dawkins said: I have long felt that the key to solving the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression… Read more

October 20, 2007

WHILE Gwent council may have thought it fit to squander taxpayers’ money in an attempt, no doubt, to whitewash Islam – which is a bit like putting lipstick on a pig (see earlier post by Andy Armitage below) – the British gay magazine AXM has had no qualms this month in presenting this jack-ass religion in a much more realistic light. The magazine carries an interview with Michael Lucas, in which the Russian-born Jewish porn star and gay rights activist… Read more

October 20, 2007

LOCAL taxpayers’ money is being squandered in Gwent so public-sector workers can be indoctrinated into aspects of Islam. Social workers, police officers and a whole bunch of others went from all over the South Wales county to the Shah Poran Bangladeshi Jame mosque, which also known as a masjid, in Maindee. “The day incorporated all aspects of the Islamic faith,” proclaims the South Wales Argus, “including a talk about Muslims in Britain, jihad and the portrayal of terrorism as well as… Read more

October 20, 2007

THERE’S always been a strange relationship between Christians and booze. Must go right back two thousand years to when the wedding guests at Cana were just getting off their faces and realised they’d run out of the plonk. More on that in a moment in a special fairy story approved by biblical scholars (and acquired by The Freethinker at enormous expense), when we take you back in time using our unique “Read more” button below (for those reading this on… Read more

October 19, 2007

WE have just received a report from Leo Igwe, director of the Centre for Inquiry in Nigeria concerning a case brought against Shehu Sani – a well-known human rights activist, social critic and author. Sani – a practicing Muslim – was prosecuted by a group called Concerned Sharia Forum over a satirical play, Phantom Crescent, he wrote exposing the abuses and double standards by those implementing Sharia law in 12 states in Northern Nigeria. Northern Nigeria is predominantly Muslim but… Read more

October 19, 2007

FORMER Tory minister and Anglican turned Catholic John Gummer’s got into hot water with the British Humanist Association after what some see as an intemperate attack on non-Christians. It’s alleged to have happened at the recent Tory conference, but now the BHA’s guns are ablazing, as its director Hanne Stinson marches on to war, according to the Ekklesia website. She wants the Tories to apologise after Mr Gummer – the minister who famously, or infamously, fed a hamburger to his… Read more

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