Evolution is ‘too complicated’ for young minds in Turkey

The chair of Turkey’s Board of Education, Alpaslan Durmus, above, announced this week that evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools. Durmuse said in a video published on the Education Ministry’s website that evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students. We believe that these subjects are beyond their [students] comprehension. Durmus […]

Is a fascist Christian theocracy REALLY the stuff of paranoia?

When Hulu launched its highly-acclaimed dramatisation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale earlier this year, Barbara Kay, writing for The National Post, had this to say: Atwood chose evangelical Christians as her villains, because their family structures are patriarchal. But patriarchy doesn’t necessarily imply misogyny. In fact, I found Atwood’s demonizing scenario rather […]

Victory for woman who sued El Al over gender segregation

Last April we carried a piece about Renee Rabinowitz, above, who launched a lawsuit against Israel’s national carrier after she was told to move from her seat because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man did not want to sit next to her on a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv in 2015. Well, the good news is […]

Flaming June proves a harsh month for Church of England

First, came an accusation in mid-June from two Anglican churches in the UK that an ‘an unholy trinity’ – Justin Welby, left, the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Sentamu, centre, the Archbishop of York, and Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford – were all guilty of ‘ false teaching and practice’ with regard to homosexuality. The news […]

Ramadan provocation: woman punished for wearing shorts

Ercan Kizilates, pictured in police custody in Turkey, played the provocation card after he allegedly assaulted a young woman on a minibus in Istanbul. Kizilates, according to news channel BirGün, claims that he was “turned on” by the sight of Melisa Saglam in shorts, and warned her about wearing “revealing” clothing during Ramadan. He said […]

Ex-pastor lived high on the hog in Australia on stolen cash

David Owen Parkinson’s lavish lifestyle, funded by $3-million (£1.7-million) stolen in property investment scams, came to an abrupt end today when he was jailed for seven years and eight months.  According to this report, Parkinson, 63 is a former Adelaide real estate agent who used his position as a trusted pastor to steal the money […]

Pious politicians told to ‘get off you knees and get to work’

America’s Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding a written assurance from Minnesota state representative Abigail Whelan, above, that she will refrain in future from proselytising during official state business. Whelan, a Republican, received a letter of warning from the FFRF following her “outrageous misuse of her official position in preaching from the House floor.” During […]

Crazy Russian cleric: ‘men with beards are less likely to be gay’

Metropolitan Kornily Titov, above, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church, said men should stop shaving to ‘protect themselves from homosexuality’. According to PinkNews, Kornily believes that men who have beards are less likely to be “corrupted” and engage in same-sex relationships. The religious leader declared: God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone […]

Rabbi in hot water over views on feminism & homosexuality

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, above, senior rabbi of the Sephardi community in the UK, has stepped aside from the day-to-day activities of the Beth Din, or religious court, in an attempt to defuse the row that erupted after he gave a lecture in which he said: The entire revolution of feminism and even homosexuality in our […]

Terror attack was UK’s ‘worst example of Islamophobia’

Following a terrorist attack in London that targeted Muslims near a mosque in the early hours of this morning, Harun Khan, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said on Twitter: The Financial Times reports that this latest attack in the capital occurred near a Muslim community centre in north London. The Muslim Council of Britain […]