Religion may cure Muslims with mental health issues

That’s the view of Dr Ghazala Mir, above, of Leeds University’s Institute of Health Sciences. She believes that therapists who have traditionally shied away from involving religion – and often regard it as the cause of mental illnesses – are wrong. According to the BBC, Mir said: We know that in Muslim populations people can […]

Action urged against rabbis who support abusive husband

Israeli women’s rights activist and lawyer Batya Kahane-Dror, above, has lodged a complaint against three rabbis who  refused a victim of domestic violence a religious divorce, known as a get. According to the Independent, the woman is married to an abusive brute who was jailed when he assaulted her after she said she wanted to […]

Ark Encounter’s rainbow stunt will be a permanent feature

At the end of last year, creationist Ken Ham turned his ridiculous Christian theme park into a veritable fairyland by bathing his replica ark in rainbow colours for the festive season. His aim was not attract swarms of gay visitors, who regard rainbow flags and the like as beacons of welcome, but to to let […]

Priest jailed for 28 years for abusing vulnerable children

Roy Lovatt, 71, above, a Catholic priest and housemaster at a Yorkshire children’s home, received the lengthy jail sentence at Leeds Crown Court this week after he was was found guilty of four charges of indecent assault and five of serious sex assaults against two boys. Roy Leonard Allen, 72, a colleague of Lovatt’s at […]

Warning sounded by man who helped bring Trump to power

Terry Heaton, above, once a key figure in televangelist Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club,  recently announced that he was about to publish a book that would show how right-wing Christian zealots succeeded in hijacking the Republican Party. He wrote here: As political events began to take shape last year in the US and specifically with […]

Fatal church beating: dead teen’s parents jailed in NY

Bruce Leonard, 66,  and his wife Deborah, 60. above, were sentenced this week to 10 and five years in prison following the death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard who received fatal injuries at the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford. Lucas’s brother Christopher, who was 17 at the time of the beating was severely […]

Back in the fold: Toronto AA chapters that expunged God

Two secular AA chapters – delisted by the Alcoholics Anonymous Greater Toronto Area Intergroup – have regained acceptance following a lengthy dispute sparked by Larry Knight, 59, above. Knight, according to this report, was involved with the founding of two godless AA groups in Toronto, one in 2009 and another the following year. Someone unhappy […]

Scots court rules that feeble-mindedness is not a crime

Gordon Larmour, 42, above, suffers from ABCD – Advanced Brain Cell Deficiency – a condition that compels him to take to the streets and annoy the hell out of folks with Bible babble. This behaviour, according to the Telegraph, led to his arrest in his home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for allegedly preaching against homosexuality. […]

US Catholics angry at Boys Scouts … and Donald Trump

Last year, Joe Maldonado, above right, an 8-year-old transgender boy from New Jersey was barred from his local Cub Scout pack because the Boy Scouts of America refused to recognise his gender identity. But last month the BSA, to its credit, changed its admittance policy and said they would allow him to return. The Archdiocese […]

RCC spokesman in tears over Australian abuse revelations

The enormity of child sexual abuse within the Australian Catholic Church has been revealed after years of investigations – and prompted a tearful senior Church official say today (Monday): These numbers are shocking. They are tragic and they are indefensible. According to this report, between 1950 and 2015, seven percent of Australian priests were accused […]