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‘Jesus freak’ destroys another 10 Commandment monument

Michael Tate Reed, above, the man accused of ramming a car into the newly erected Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol earlier today (Wednesday) posted a video to his Facebook page, saying he was doing it because it was a violation of the separation of church and state. Reed, 32, […]

OGOD wins South African religious education lawsuit

In April we carried a report that the Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy (OGOD), headed by secularist Hans Pietersen, above, had launched a lawsuit against six schools, alleging that they were illegally foisting Christianity of pupils. Well, today it’s reported here that the High Court in Johannesburg has sided with OGOD, saying that schools […]

Catholic comedian’s big gay day out attracts criticism

Yesterday, LifeSiteNews published a bunch of contact details for US comedian Jim Gaffigan, above. To what end? The right-wing site apparently wants its readers to let Gaffigan know – in a “respectful” manner, of course – that it’s not OK to attend a Gay Pride Parade with one’s family. And Gaffigan, a popular Catholic entertainer, […]

Israel accused of ‘cowardice’ over mixed gender prayer area

Anat Hoffman, chair of the Women of the Wall group, has lashed out at the the Israeli government’s decision to freeze a plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Hoffman, pictured above with two paratrooper veterans, called the government decision an “outrage.” I think it shows cowardice. For two years we […]

Turkish police break up gay pride event with rubber bullets

Under the guise of ‘protecting’ LGBT people, police in Istanbul today broke up a pride march by briefly firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. The BBC reports that organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite a ban by the authorities, who had cited threats from far-right groups. This is the […]

Pastafarian gives Melbourne’s ‘hellfire’ bikes a make-over

Bicycles used by an evangelical group to put fear of eternal damnation into the good folk of Melbourne have attracted the attention of Pastarian I G McSporran, pictured above, who decided to wage war on the hellfire messages with posters of his own. McSporran is quoted as saying in this report: Someone is stealing a […]

Something for the collection plate? A card will do nicely.

Around 40 churches in the UK will soon be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments – up to the value of £30. The Financial Times reports that the Church of England scheme plans to extend the the “tap and go” contactless payment system to every diocese next year. John Preston, national stewardship officer at […]

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 […]