September 11, 2008

AFTER agonising for almost a fortnight, the Dutch Reformed Church at Moreleta Park in South Africa, has decided to abide by a court ruling, and will pay gay music teacher Johan Strydom about R87 000 (£6,000) in damages and loss of income, as well as make a public apology to him. According to this report, church minister Dirkie van der Spuy said the decision to pay up and apologise was made after a meeting of the church’s legal team and… Read more

September 10, 2008

WE’VE always known that primitive jihadis around the globe have a juvenile fascination with fire. Google “Muslim” + “fire” and you’ll uncover a wide array of photos of furious rug-butters setting stuff ablaze: flags, effigies, embassies – and, when things don’t go to plan – even themselves. But now they believe they can put their matches to better use against the Kufr – by starting forest fires. According to a report in The Age, a number of Western countries have… Read more

September 9, 2008

QUEEN of Pop Madonna has left the Vatican scratching its head over a dedication she made to the Vicar of Christ – who can hardly be described as a fan. During a concert in Italy at the weekend, the controversial 50-year-old dedicated her hit song Like a Virgin to Pope Ratzinger.  She told the 60,000 fans who flocked to her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour: I dedicate this song to the Pope, because I’m a child of God. All of… Read more

September 8, 2008

FOLLOWING the conviction today of a group of British-born Muslims on charges of conspiracy to murder, BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a special investigation of the jihadi network in Britain. In Jihad UK, due to be broadcast tonight at 8pm, journalist Amardeep Bassey tells the story of a movement that began in Britain over 15 years ago. Bassy goes beyond the familiar tale of rabble-rousers like Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri Mohammed and reveals the key role played by… Read more

September 7, 2008

VINDICTIVENESS and sheer stupidity combined this week to produce one of the dumbest church signs ever seen on the planet. And that’s going it some! The sign outside Blacklick’s Havens Corners Church in Ohio read “I kissed a girl and I liked it, then I went to Hell.” It was senior pastor David Allinson’s furious response to the chart-topping song by pop artist Katy Perry “I Kissed A Girl.” But the thicko Allinson didn’t quite think the sign through properly…. Read more

September 7, 2008

BIRMINGHAM Cathedral wants to launch a chain of cathedral-style wine bars in a bid to attract more worshippers. The idea is part of a push to re-vitalise the image of the famous cathedral and to market it in the 21st century. But traditionalist groups say it reeks of ‘desperation’ and will be ineffective in spreading the true Christian message. The idea is the brainchild of Mark Hope-Urwin, a former executive of the department store chain John Lewis. He suggests a… Read more

September 6, 2008

RELIGIOUSLY, Sarah Palin is George Bush unbuttoned. The latter manages much of the time to disguise the evangelical passion of his political mission. Oh, really? Palin possesses the same zeal, but lays it on the line for all to see. There is no artifice, no subtlety. It’s all right there. If this woman is right for the vice-presidency, then evangelical Christianity is even more pervasive and powerful than I feared. So writes Richard Silverstein in the Guardian. Profiling the Christian… Read more

September 5, 2008

THE last time the South Wales Echo squared up to religion, religion – in the guise of Stephen “Birdshit” Green – shouted back BOO! The paper scuttled away in full panic mode, apologised to Christians for offending them, and promptly removed the offending item – a column by Dan O’Neill – from its website. Well, O’Neill has done it again. This time, under the headline What’s Happened to Freedom of Speech?, he’s had a pop at: Muslim zealots with their… Read more

September 4, 2008

GOSH! You learn something new every day. Last night we attended a talk given by British atheist and voluntary euthanasia campaigner Dr Michael Irwin, who detailed the background to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill likely to come into force next year. Dr Irwin, of the Secular Medical Forum, reminded a meeting of the Brighton and Hove Humanist Society that the Bill faced stiff opposition from church leaders – but it was most strongly opposed by the Catholic Church. Cardinal… Read more

September 3, 2008

LIKE his hero, the narcissistic  “Prophet” Mohammed, Yemeni Sheikh Abdel-Majid al-Zindani  enjoys dyeing his beard with henna. (At least we think it’s henna, which is supposed to improve your virility, and not Garnier Fructis, which does bugger all to lift your libido.) But the dagger-toting old goat appears to enjoy very little else. According to a report in today’s Guardian, al-Zindani is the force behind Yemen’s “virtue committee”, a Saudi-style religious police force charged with enforcing austere standards of public… Read more

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