London store ‘celebrates sin’ with Garden of Eden biscuits

It didn’t take long for Christian outrage to erupt after news broke that London department store Fortnum & Mason is selling a biscuit collection based on the biblical myth of the Garden of Eden – featuring gay and lesbian couples. Tim Dieppe, speaking on Premier Radio this week, said that the promotion was: A celebration of […]

Clerical abuse: sour start to Pope’s Chile visit ends in fury

After commiserating with abuse survivors in Chile, Pope Francis – to the astonishment and fury of many – then accused them of slandering Bishop Juan Barros just before he left the country this week. Chileans have no doubt that Barros, pictured above in 2015 being targeted by protesters, covered up the activities of Chile’s most […]

God tells Texas judge Jack Robison to acquit a woman

During a trial of a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece, the Comal County judge interrupted proceedings to tell the jury to find her not guilty – because God told him so. According to this report, in defence of his order, the judge apologised to jurors and said: When God tells me I gotta […]

In parts of London Muslims & Jews say they are scared to die

Pressure is being put on a well-respected London coroner, Mary Hassell, above, to resign because she stands accused of being ‘insensitive’ to Jews and Muslims by failing to release bodies for burial fast enough. A member of the Jewish community told BBC Radio 4 tonight that the areas covered by St Pancras Coroner’s Court where […]

‘Good Christians’ in court over abuse of their 13 children

The father of David Turpin, 56, says he does not believe that his son and daughter-in-law, Louise Turpin, 49, had abused their 13 children. According to this report, Turpin’s father, James, said from his home in Princeton, West Virginia, that he did not believe the reports about the abuse. I’m going to talk with the […]

Faith healer arrested for inducing false pregnancies

More than 700 women in the west African Republic of Guinea were allegedly conned into believing they were pregnant by a faith healer who is now in police custody. According to the BBC N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other ingredients that caused them […]

Rabbi: Soldiers can’t function effectively alongside women

Israeli Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, above, has sparked a row after attacking mixed-gender units in the army, claiming that ‘any healthy male soldier who is in the company of a female soldier on a mission can’t fulfill it properly. For a healthy person, that is man’s nature’. Speaking on Army Radio a day after Rabbi Shlomo Aviner […]

Humanist denied UK asylum

A British Humanist organisation has criticised the UK government for denying asylum to an ex-Muslim, saying that the Home Office has ‘a fundamental misunderstanding of equality and human rights protections with regards to non-religious people.’ Humanists UK was reacting to news that Hamza bin Walayat, who renounced Islam and became a humanist, had his application […]

Abuse scandals put a damper on Pope’s first visit to Chile

Pope Francis is in Chile – and the country is less than ecstatic about his visit. Many in fact are downright incensed, their anger manifesting itself in protests and the firebombing of nine churches. The source of their anger, according to this report, was sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Chile, and the […]

Thirteen rescued from home of ‘creepy’ Christian parents

A Californian couple – David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49 – were charged at the weekend with torture and child endangerment after 13 of their children were found shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings. Aged between two to 29, the emaciated victims were released by police […]