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Vote for gay marriage and kiss Easter and Christmas goodbye

Of all the outlandish things I have read about the threat posed to society by gay marriage, this one must surely take the biscuit. According to this report, Margaret Court, above, tennis-legend-turned Pentecostal pastor, warned Australians that voting to change the definition of marriage will affect Christian schools and freedom of speech. There will be […]

In Brazil a mad judge rules that homosexuality is a ‘disease’

The cartoon above was widely circulated this week after a judge in Brazil – a  country apparently suffering a ‘plague’ of evangelists – ruled in favor of a ‘gay cure’ evangelical Christian therapist. According to the Independent, federal judge Waldemar de Carvalho ruled that homosexuality could be considered a disease when he backed crackpot psychologist, […]

Abuse in the Catholic Church: seven priests to go on trial

Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, above – along with six other priests – is to be tried in France on charges of failing to report historical child abuse According to this report, the seven have been ordered to appear in court for allegedly not speaking out against abuse said to have been committed by another […]

Meat ad moaners told to get lost by advertising watchdog

Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has dismissed complaints filed by Hindu groups against a controversial advertisement which featured Lord Ganesha at a nosh-up attended by a collection of deities. According to this report, despite numerous complaints lodged by Hindu groups across the globe, the ASB declared the ad  – created by the Meat and Livestock […]

Evangelicals don’t want to be seen as a blight on Keswick

Back in August we reported that evangelicals who converge on Keswick annually for a convention do nothing for the picturesque Lake District town except throttle tourism and insult the locals by calling them ‘sinners’. The report followed news that a growing number of locals regard Keswick Convention attendees, headed by James Robson, above, as penny-pinching, […]

French Jews protest against visit by ‘divisive’ Israeli rabbi

Approximately 40 Jewish protesters, some of them affiliated with liberal congregations, showed up at a rally last week outside the Buffault synagogue in Paris ahead of the arrival there of Shlomo Amar, above, an Orthodox chief rabbi from Jerusalem. The protesters, according to this report, displayed signs accusing Amar of being mysogynistic and homophobic. Amar […]

Never mind the non-believers, feel Scotland’s ‘spirituality’

The number of Scots who say they are not religious has risen to almost three quarters, according to new research, but ‘the role of spirituality in people’s lives remains important,’ says Rev Norman Smith, above, convener of the Church of Scotland’s grandly-named Mission and Discipleship Council. Reacting to figures that show that just under a […]

Jewish and gay: Texas disaster volunteer ‘sacked’ by church

Carmen Hix, pictured above left with her partner Christia Fiddmont-Norfleet, got the bum’s rush from a Texas church at which she was volunteering after it was discovered that she was Jewish – and a lesbian. According to this report, after seeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in her area, Hix – a 64-year-old Navy […]

Help feed orphans and promote secular humanism in Uganda

The Brighter Brains Institute, a California-based non-profit secular humanist organisation, has launched a funding campaign to establish a tilapia fish pond in Kanungu in Uganda, near the Congo border. Tilapia is a native African fish that is easily farmed and reproduces quickly, and the plan is to cultivate the fish to provide both food and financial […]

New horror movie will outrage Christians, Catholics especially

In a scathing attack on a movie called Mother!, Kyle Smith of The National Review wrote this week that the film ‘is a macabre pastiche of people’s most cherished and deeply held beliefs.’ Deliberately grotesque and nauseating, and seemingly engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics, Mother! represents a stain on the reputation of Paramount Pictures […]