May 18, 2008

WE”VE taken a hit from the enemy this week, but we will rise above it and respond to the challenge … So said Texas-based Baptist pastor Dr Jack Graham when he addressed a shocked congregation at his Prestonwood mega-church yesterday. The “enemy” appears to be the local Bryan police, who earlier in the week carted Prestonwood minister Joe Barron, 52, off to jail after he had driven from Plano to Bryan to meet with what he thought was a 13-year-old… Read more

May 17, 2008

INFLUENTIAL Texas televangelist John Hagee has been forced to make a grovelling apology to Catholics for referring to the Catholic Church as “the Great Whore.” In the past, Hagee – who endorsed Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, has outraged US gays and feminists with his bigoted ravings. On National Public Radio in 2006, he said Hurricane Katrina was God’s judgment because “New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God”, and has written that the feminist movement… Read more

May 16, 2008

OPHELIA Benson, columnist for Free Inquiry and the Freethinker, as well as co-author of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, Why Truth Matters, and Does God Hate Women? is perhaps best known for the website Butterflies and Wheels, where since 2003 she has taken delight in verbally scourging, flaying, and generally humiliating any relativist or religionist unfortunate enough to catch her eye. Thousands of devoted readers log on every day to watch her dispatch her latest deserving victim with her trademark… Read more

May 15, 2008

LAST year Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, secretly filmed a nest of fanatical Muslim clerics and teachers in Birmingham doing what they do best: spewing hate. Among the comments made by imams during the film were: Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain. and We hate the kuffar [non-Muslims]. Other quotes from preachers and teachers included “Allah created the woman deficient” and “by the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her… Read more

May 14, 2008

A LETTER written by Einstein the year before his death says that God is the product of human weakness and that the Bible is “pretty childish”. The letter, which being auctioned in London this week, adds more fuel to the debate about the Nobel prize-winning physicist’s religious views. It is expected to fetch around £6,000 Einstein, who became a US citizen in 1940, helped unravel the mysteries of the universe with his theory of relativity, expressed complex and arguably contradictory… Read more

May 14, 2008

THERE was bound to be trouble when retired Sydney bishop Geoffrey Robinson published Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church last August, because it told the Catholic Church things they just did not want to know. So instead of dealing with the issues he raised in his book, it decided instead to disown him. According to Catholic News, the Bishop believes that compulsory celibacy for priests and religious has contributed to sexual abuse, and must at least be on… Read more

May 12, 2008

NOVA Scotian Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal is a 44-year-old convert to the Religion of Perpetual Outrage. And she is outraged over the fact that her husband Qayyum Abdul Jamal was arrested in 2006 in an anti-terrorism raid. Now the Muslima in her one-woman tent says she “wants millions” in compensation from the federal government for the suffering her family allegedly went through as a result of her husband’s arrest. This demand prompted Nova Scotia’s leading newspaper, the Chronicle Herald to run… Read more

May 11, 2008

AN Iraqi father, who was “congratulated by police” in Basra after he beat his 17-year-old daughter to death because she had become infatuated with a British soldier, said in an interview in today’s Observer that: Death was the least she deserved. I don’t regret it. I had the support of all my friends who are fathers, like me, and know what she did was unacceptable to any Muslim that honours his religion. Abdel-Qader Ali, who along with his two sons… Read more

May 9, 2008

REASON alone is “dangerous” to society; it has to be tempered with faith if we are to avoid repeating horrors committed by the likes of Hitler and Stalin. So said Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, when interviewed this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following a lecture he gave yesterday. He lamented the fact that “the Christian voice” was increasingly being stifled in the UK, and made the astonishing claim that people in… Read more

May 9, 2008

WITH no prospect now of ever bringing a blasphemy prosecution against anyone now that this vile “crime” has been abolished in the UK, the Clown Prince of British evangelism, Stephen (Stay a Virgin, Marry a Virgin) Green, has desperately been trying to find an excuse to bring his pathetic troupe of losers back onto the streets. Alas, the best Green could come up this month was a whisper that the BBC was planning a reality show in which pop hopefuls… Read more

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