April 2, 2019

CHRISTOPHER Cox, above, pastor at Long Lake Church in Traverse City, faces charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man at Cox’s business office in Garfield Township. According to investigators, the alleged assault took place on March 14.  The victim claimed Cox had contacted him on Facebook and lured him to his office with a promise of crystal meth. Investigators said the victim was provided meth by Cox, but the pastor also gave him GHB, a common “date rape”… Read more

April 2, 2019

A clutch of Catholic priests in northern Poland set off a firestorm on social media by posting photos of a book burning ritual in which ‘sacrilegious’ publications and other items were torched at the end of March. Among the 899 (and counting) comments posted on the Facebook page of the SMS from Heaven Foundation – that sends out short biblical text messages to the faithful – was one from Victoria Sparks who wrote: How ignorant! Heinrich Heine: ‘Where books are burned,… Read more

April 1, 2019

President of the British Academy, writer and historian Sir David Cannadine, above, is a worried man. Why? Because of a reported slump in first-year students taking religious studies or theology at university  in the UK. There are approximately 6,500 fewer of the students than there were eight years  – a decrease of  a third between 2011 and 2017. Cannadine described the situation as: Worrying. Never has an understanding of our spirituality and the role of religion been more important to… Read more

April 1, 2019

Log Cabin Republicans are a deluded group who work to persuade their fellow Republicans not to be homophobic, as one might try to persuade bank robbers not to rob banks. As Falstaff put it, ‘Why, Hal, ’tis my vocation, Hal. ‘Tis no sin for a man to labor in his vocation.’ It’s Republicans’ vocation to pick the side of pointless hostility in any controversy, and it’s a mug’s game to try to talk them out of it. A former President… Read more

March 31, 2019

AHMED Bhamji, named in New Zealand media as the chairman of the Masjid e Umar Auckland area mosque, is being widely rebuked after telling a remembrance rally for the 50 victims of the March 15 shooting that Israel’s secret service Mossad was behind it. One person who took strong exception to Bhamji’s words was Dr Mustafa Farouk, above, President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. Farouk this week released a statement saying Bhamji words  “do not represent”… Read more

March 31, 2019

THE World Congress of Families, a coalition of far-right politicians, conservative activists and religious leaders, was staged this weekend Verona, Italy, turning the ‘city of love’ into a centre of hatred directed at Muslims, feminists and LGBTQ communities. The congress’s 13th meeting was endorsed by the regional authority and Italy’s deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, above, leader of the anti-immigrant and xenophobic League party who addressed several hundred attendees with a speech that spanned topics from population decline to illegal immigration… Read more

March 30, 2019

A COUPLE of days ago the Friendly Atheist reported that former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, above, went into melt-down over the fact that the San Antonio City Council voted last week to exclude Christian-operated Chick-fil-A from a list of proposed food outlets for San Antonio International Airport. Huckabee said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show: I wish that Chick-fil-A would sue the city of San Antonio It’s a restraint of trade. It’s really denying them the ability to do… Read more

March 30, 2019

A CATHOLIC mom has sparked a lively debate in an Indiana University’s student newspaper over the question of women wearing ‘snug-fitting’ leggings. Under the heading “The Legging Problem” in Notre Dame’s Observer, Maryann White described leggings as “an unforgiving garment” that “obtruded painfully on my landscape”. I was at Mass at the Basilica with my family. In front of us was a group of young women, all wearing very snug-fitting leggings and all wearing short-waisted tops (so that the lower… Read more

March 29, 2019

BOTH chambers of New Jersey’s state Legislature have passed a bill allowing assisted suicide – much to the dismay of the Catholic Church. The state’s Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, above, who had a “strict Catholic upbringing”, said he will sign the bill. Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law. This, despite NJ Catholic leaders who… Read more

March 29, 2019

THREE men who fell prey to Rev Fernando Karadima, above, Chile’s most notorious paedophile priest, are to receive around $150,000 each from the Catholic Church. An appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the pay-out must be made to the victims – Juan Carlos Cruz, Jose Andres Murillo and James Hamilton – for the “moral damage” done to them by Karadima. In February 2011 the Vatican found Karadima guilty of sexually abusing minors and psychological abuse. It forced him into retirement, relocated… Read more

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