Christian music festival leader charged with child abuse

Harry L Thomas, who launched America’s largest and longest-running Christian music festival, has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his church following his arrest Wednesday on charges of child molestation. According to this report, Thomas, 74, who is senior pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford, New Jersey, has been accused of […]

Catholic school sheltered child abusers, says former abbot

A former abbot at Downside Abbey in Somerset, Aidan Bellenger, above, claims that a school attached to the monastery sheltered child sex offenders and tolerated abuse. According to this report, Downside Abbey is is being investigated by an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse after two of its monks were jailed for child sex offences. […]

Oz gay marriage vote puts daft couple back in the headlines

Back in 2015 Nick and Sarah Jensen – both devout Christians – vowed to divorce if gay marriage was ever legalised in Australia. Their silly pronouncement prompted a backlash, and among the first to speak out against the couple’s bigotry was Nick Jensen’s older brother, Soren Jensen, who penned an open letter on Facebook disapproving […]

Toddler allegedly killed at Florida House of Prayer school

Anna Elizabeth Young, above, who ran the House of Prayer for All People religious boarding school in Micannopy, Florida, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of torturing and killing a toddler in the late 1980s. The alleged killing, according to this report, came to light after a year-long investigation into the abuse suffered by […]

Employment tribunal rules in favour sacked Jewish teacher

Zelda de Groen, 24, who lost her job in 2016 at a Jewish nursery school in London after school authorities found she was ‘living in sin’ with her boyfriend, has won her case of religious and sexual discrimination. An Employment Tribunal in Watford found the way she was treated by the ultra-Orthodox Gan Menachem Nursery in […]

Indian movie director faces death threats over new film

Back in 1992, Hindu fanatics numbering 150,000 demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya because the site was considered by some be Ram Janmabhoomi, the actual birthplace of the god Rama. The demolition resulted in several months of intercommunal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least […]

Singer used masking tape to avoid seeing women dancing

Yonatan Razel,  an an ultra-Orthodox Jewish singer who performed at a concert for women only in Jerusalem on Sunday did something quite grotesque when members of the audience began dancing. He covered his eyes with black masking tape. An organiser of the concert, which was part of a festival of ultra-Orthodox music for women, said […]

Jewish cultural centre targeted by ultra-Orthodox zealots

Fanatical London rabbi, Aaron Bassous, above, is one of 25 ultra-Orthodox leaders who have signed a letter calling on their congregations to boycott a Jewish cultural centre because it held a gay-themed week of events and provides a meeting space for gay Jewish parents. Bassous, head of a Sephardi congregation in Golders Green, was in the news […]

Why are bears appearing on a school’s Facebook page?

Because Stanton Elementary School in Powell County, Kentucky, is apparently teaching kids that atheists will be eaten by bears. Pranksters targeted the school’s Facebook page this week after it was reported that one of its pupils, ten-year-old Devin Estes, was being bullied because he decided to pull out of a daily Christian programme called the […]

Kenya’s ‘true church’ annoys mainstream Catholic leaders

Legio Maria members do many things that Catholics do, except they claim to do them a whole lot better – and this annoying mainstream Catholic leaders. Said Geofrey Omondi, a catechist of the Nyatike Catholic church in Migori: This is worrying because leaders from this church (Legio Maria) have their own selfish agendas, which they […]