Tennessee pastor allegedly abused three young boys

Ronnie Gorton, above, a married father and lead pastor of The Awakening Church in Atoka, Tennessee, was indicted this week on 47 counts of illegal relations with three underage boys. Among the charges, according to this report, are five counts of aggravated sexual battery, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual […]

Militant pro-lifers are lunatics, says senior Catholic priest

Monsignor John Devine, OBE, stands accused of distorting Catholic teaching on abortion and of lying by saying that people who have abortions are not murderers. Attacks on Devine, the highest-ranking Catholic cleric on the Isle of Man, began after he revealed in a letter that he had criticised pro-lifers who were opposing the Isle of Man’s […]

‘Militant atheist’ in line to be appointed a US Navy chaplain

Faith-heads are expressing horror over the fact that Dr Jason Heap, above, may be appointed to serve as a secular-humanist chaplain in the Navy despite having been rejected earlier. In what conservative blogger George Rasley describes as “a bizarre act straight out of the Obama playbook”, the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory group […]

Homosexuality ‘mandatory’ for UK gays, Christian complains

The fundamentalist Christian head of a quack ‘gay cure’ outfit – Dr Mike Davidson, above – is furious that a second venue has banned the Core Issues Trust‘s anti-gay propaganda film, Voices of the Silenced. According to this report, after the Queen’s University in Belfast refused to screen the film, Davidson said: Clearly in Northern Ireland, […]

Will the Tories please throw the Catholic Church under a bus

Last September the Catholic Herald‘s Andrew Cusack argued that Catholic voters were of immense value to Theresa May’s Government, and insisted that the Tories should honour their election pledge to remove an admissions cap that was preventing the Church from opening new schools. Slamming the Government’s failure to scrap the cap, he wrote that: During […]

N Ireland priest resigns over association with a paedophile

Dr John McAreavey, Catholic Bishop of Dromore, above, has resigned ‘with immediate” effect after it came to light that he celebrated Mass alongside a priest he knew was a paedophile. His departure, according to lawyer Claire McKeegan: Has brought to the surface yet another paedophile priest who was never investigated or exposed by the church […]

Top Vatican Bank man to stand trial over €50-m property scam

Angelo Caloia, 78, above – a  former President of the Vatican Bank – is to be tried on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. According to this report, Caloia is highest ranking Holy See financial official to be hit with criminal charges – and his legal counsel Gabriele Liuzzo, 94, has also been indicted. In naming […]

Torture of young boys a feature of this Hindu religious festival

Friday, March 2, saw the culmination of the Attukal Pongala festival in Kerala – and the outbreak of row sparked by a senior police officer who blasted the cruel treatment of young boys in the name of religion. The devout – mainly women – are invited to “experience the euphoria of religion, faith and beliefs” […]

Another atheist has a run-in with hosts on Egyptian TV

Last year we reported that Egyptian atheist and human rights activist Ahmed Harqan had stormed out of Rania Mahmoud Yassin’s Al -Assema TV show after the presenter asserted that Egypt ‘unfortunately’ had 866 atheists, and that atheism was spreading ‘like wildfire’ in her country. We now learn that a second atheist, Mohammad Hashem, above, was […]

Circumcision ban ‘would hand Hitler a posthumous victory’

A heated debate has erupted in the wake of Iceland’s plan to abolish male infant circumcision – a ban that, according to  UK Jewish academic Dr Irene Lancaster, above, should be rigorously opposed by all observant Jews, even if it means breaking the law. Writing under the headline “Banning circumcision would give Hitler a posthumous […]