Topic / Christianity

Statue in Scopes Monkey trial town enrages Christian zealots

Inherit the Wind, the highly-acclaimed fictionalised account of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, chillingly portrayed the folk of a small Tennessee town as pig-ignorant Christian hicks. Stanley Kramer’s 1960 movie showed fanatics taking to the streets to demand the jailing of a high school substitute teacher who refused to fill his pupils’ heads with […]

Police halt Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation

An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry during a TV interview has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been offended by the remarks. Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as “capricious”, “mean-minded”, “stupid” and an “utter […]

NSS President attacks Church of England’s pastoral letter

Addressing voters in a pre-General Election pastoral letter, C of E Archbishops said faith has a central role to play in politics and that: Political responses to the problems of religiously-motivated violence and extremism, at home and overseas, must also recognise that solutions will not be found simply in further secularisation of the public realm. […]

Ohio televangelist used slave labour to run his restaurant

Last month a federal judge ordered 95-year-old Cuyahoga Falls televangelist Ernest Angley, above, to pay more than $388,000 (£299,000) in damages and back wages to a group of employees forced to work at Angley’s Cathedral Buffet as unpaid volunteers. Following the court order Angley announced that he was shutting the buffet. US District Judge Benita […]

OMG! Poundland’s promotional sticker upsets devout Christian

Committed Christian Lizette Franklin, inset above, went into a state of shock when she clapped eyes on a ‘revolting’ OMG! promotion at her local branch of Poundland  – and has vowed never patronise the store again until the the signs are removed. According to this report, Franklin, a South African now living in Kinross, Scotland, […]

Ireland made to look stupid over blasphemy complaint

News that actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry is being investigated for possibly breaching Ireland’s blasphemy law, went viral at the weekend and has attracted condemnation from many quarters. Professor David Nash, above, an international expert on the history and contemporary status of blasphemy laws throughout Europe and beyond, told Atheist Ireland: This incident really […]

Religious freedom Order ‘sabotaged’ by Ivanka Trump

When Bryan Fischer, above, of the American Family Association, realised that a religious freedom order signed by President Trump this week was devoid of the anti-LGBT rhetoric contained in the original draft, he angrily accused Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, of sabotage. Before Trump’s signature had time to dry, the deranged Fischer, purple with rage, fired off […]

‘Government health care draws sick people away from God’

That’s the view of Dr Mark Green, above, a God-besotted state senator in Tennessee who could soon become Trump’s new US Army Secretary. In 2015, Green told a church group: I see our sort of government-based assistance taking God out of the picture. If you look at the Gospels and you go and study the […]

Trump rewards evangelicals with religious freedom order

US President Donald Trump today made good on a promise to allow faith-heads – particularly those of an evangelical stripe – greater freedom by signing an Executive Order called ‘Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty’. He is quoted by NBC News as saying at political speech at a National Day of Prayer event at the […]

Lay preacher: ‘NZ schools must stop favouring Christianity’

New Zealand’s Secular Education Network has filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over the teaching of Christianity in state schools. SEN’s spokesman, David Hines – third from right, above – believes all religions should be taught in an academic way and that Christianity should not be given preferential treatment. The retired journalist […]