September 20, 2019

CHRISTIANS in Australia are prancing around in a rage because a radio host said that the Virgin Mary ‘lied’ about her pregnancy and the people who believe the biblical myth are ‘as thick as dog shit.’ Kyle Sandilands offered his version of the virgin birth during a segment on KIIS FM’s “The Kyle and Jackie O Show”.  In reporting this story the Daily Mail made the blunder of saying “the Immaculate Conception” had been ridiculed. The Immaculate Conception –… Read more

September 19, 2019

It seems that it’s not only in Trump’s America that religious zealots have gained the power to force lawmakers to adopt regressive social policies. We’ve just learned that, after extensive consultations with leaders of ‘all religions’, Indonesia’s government is set to pass a new penal code that criminalises consensual sex outside marriage. And if this isn’t bad enough the Muslim-majority country plans to introduce stiff penalties for insulting its President, Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla. The new criminal… Read more

September 19, 2019

EARLIER this month we carried a piece entitled ‘Thatcher to give her views on Brexit … from beyond the grave’. Happy Science, the Japanese outfit that was organising a series of seances aimed at conveying the late British Prime Minister’s views on Brexit, took grave offence at our report and demanded its deletion. We published their complaint as an update to the original report, as well as on our Facebook page (please feel free to like it). Freethinker contributor ROBERT… Read more

September 18, 2019

ARTHUR Perrault, 81, has been handed a 30-year prison sentence for multiple sexual assaults on a young New Mexico altar boy over a two year period in the  1990s. In sentencing Perrault, who fled to US to settle in Morocco where he reported abused other youngsters, US District Judge Martha Vazquez described his offences as: The worst case that I have ever handled and ever seen. Perrault was convicted in April of seven federal counts for the assault of a… Read more

September 18, 2019

THE First Assembly of God Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma, is currently under police investigation after a young man claimed to have been subjected to a vicious ‘pray-away-the-gay’ session in which he was held down and punched. In an interview with KFOR-TV this week, Sean Cormie, 23, above, said that his family had been urging him and his partner, Gary Garner, to attend services at the Pentecostal ever since he came out as gay last spring. After months of persuasion, Cormie… Read more

September 17, 2019

EVER since its launch in London in 1973, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been delighting audiences across the globe – and pissing off foam-flecked Christians. Why? Because it pushes boundaries “and has become a cultural icon which promotes empowerment of self-creation and all sexual orientations.” Which is precisely why Pastor Peter Simpson, inset, minister at the Penn Free Methodist Church, is furious that the show opened today in the city of Chester. Simpson, who believes Brexit is God-ordained, handed… Read more

September 17, 2019

AN Australian LGBT advocacy group has taken up the case of a teacher who was allegedly forced to resign from a Christian college because she disagreed with its anti-marriage equality agenda. Rachel Colvin, above, has lodged a discrimination case against Ballarat Christian College with the support of Equality Australia. Colvin, a “committed Christian” was an English teacher at the private school from 2008 until February 2019. She said that in August last year the school informed her she would no… Read more

September 16, 2019

AT the beginning of September a Mississippi events venue – Boone’s Camp Event Hall owned by Donna and David Russell – found itself at the centre of a row after a woman believed to be Donna Russell turned down a booking for a mixed race couple. The reason she gave in a video shot by LaKambria Welch, who approached the company for her brother’s wedding, was: We don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race –… Read more

September 15, 2019

ROBIN Bartlett Frazier, above, a former member of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners Maryland, is not a happy bunny. The devout Christian is more than a little dismayed that board, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with the American Humanist Association over Christian prayers at public meetings, has finally buckled, agreeing to halt the prayers and to pay the AHA and other plaintiffs $25,000. In March 2014, US District Court Judge William D Quarles, Jr, issued an injunction… Read more

September 15, 2019

SNAP, the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, has reacted angrily to news that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in upstate New York filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday amid a wave of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of children. The bankruptcy was announced by Bishop Salvatore Matano, above. See video here. SNAP said on its website: We believe this move by church officials is not about protecting church assets, but rather about protecting their secrets. It pointed… Read more

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