October 15, 2007

WE all have crap accumulating in our desk drawers, and from time to time, we consign this to the wastebin. If we’ve got sense, that is. Unfortunately Gareth Langmead, 40, a Catholic car parks supervisor at Manchester Airport, was singularly lacking in good sense when he found a picture of Jesus in a desk drawer earlier this month. Instead of binning this kitschy piece of “art”, Mr Langmead – without considering the consequences – stuck The Sacred Heart of Jesus… Read more

October 14, 2007

Dumb-down Hollywood does it again! Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is having the stronger anti-religion elements filleted out, it seems. One of the key religious themes of Philip Pullman’s award-winning series of children’s novels, His Dark Materials, has been watered down [notes the Observer] to appeal to a wider audience in the new Hollywood film version of the first book. The original story’s rejection of organised religion, and in particular of the historic abuse of power in the Catholic Church,… Read more

October 14, 2007

“ ‘I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, subject to further explanation’ is not a creed that’s prevalent in the Christian world,” Archwizard Rowan Dumbledore Williams has pronounced. And that, you might say, sums up religion – the way it’s indulged in by most people, anyway. In other words, “I will not be swayed. It doesn’t matter what evidence you bring before me, my belief will remain immovable. My mind is closed.” His words – if not… Read more

October 13, 2007

God is not a delusion. That is to be the gospel according to Dumbledore, a.k.a. Rowan Williams, the Archwizard of Cant, when he addresses the faithful at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea today (or when he addressed – past tense – if you’re reading this after about 4-4.30 p.m.). “Dr Williams will confront the arguments of bestselling atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens in the lecture, How to Misunderstand Religion,” says a story in today’s Western Mail,… Read more

October 12, 2007

Just how far removed from a “sinner” does someone have to be before the likes of Michael Nazir-Ali – Bishop of Rochester and once in line for Archwizardric of Canterbury – will say, “Welcome, brother”? If this fussy little fellow (pictured) really were to stick to his guns, he’d deny the Archwizard of Canterbury himself, Dr Rowan Dumbledore Williams, a place at next year’s Lambeth conference, as will be explained in a mo. The Pakistan-born Nazir-Ali is not keen on… Read more

October 10, 2007

WHAT is it with Christians and their predilection for forking out hard cash for tacky religious crap? We now learn from Robert Paul Reyes, writing in The American Chronicle, that Wal-Mart in Virginia (and no doubt elsewhere) have stocked up with a 12-inch Jesus Doll that speaks. Could this be the same product, pictured here, that is being flogged on-line for $19.99 by Blessed Toys.com? The company describes this horrendously trashy piece of kitsch thus: A long time ago, God… Read more

October 10, 2007

Predictably, it’s the religious who are up in arms about further legislation to ensure that some sections of the community are not treated unfairly. Happy that the law now forbids direct incitement to hatred against them, some among the religious are not happy that the same law will now be extended to a group they happen to despise. “Vicars could face up to seven years in jail for simply preaching from the Bible under Government plans to criminalise incitement of homosexual… Read more

October 9, 2007

Not happy with inconveniencing customers at the checkouts who suddenly find an assistant is refusing to handle booze on religious grounds, the supermarket chain Sainsbury, it seems, is allowing pharmacy staff not to sell the morning-after pill. Some Muslim checkout assistants are being allowed to call for the help of another member of staff if a customer brings alcohol through the checkout aisle – adding to checkout waiting times. Now we learn that some Muslim medical students are are refusing… Read more

October 8, 2007

“Some Grey Bloke” has been featured here on the FT blog before, puzzling over the paradoxical nature of Jehovah & Son. Now he has decided he wants to be religious – but which one to choose? They all have their pros and cons: Read more

October 6, 2007

Muslim girls will be able to wear face-covering veils in UK schools as long as their headteacher says it’s OK, according to new guidelines. The government has fallen short of a ban, saying it’s up to heads, who, says the government, “may be justified” in outlawing the veils, known as niquabs. Both the sober Jurist and the British tabloid Daily Star are among those reporting the story today. The Star says: If a pupil’s face is obscured, teachers may not… Read more

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