Topic / Christianity

Toddler allegedly killed at Florida House of Prayer school

Anna Elizabeth Young, above, who ran the House of Prayer for All People religious boarding school in Micannopy, Florida, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of torturing and killing a toddler in the late 1980s. The alleged killing, according to this report, came to light after a year-long investigation into the abuse suffered by […]

We have lost the true meaning of Christmas

Which is, of course, the birth of Jesus Christ, or a pagan fire ceremony, or a midwinter festival, or the Roman Saturnalia, or what you will. And who is or was Santa Claus? This piece is taken from John Radford’s Don’t You Believe It! Sixty Things Everyone Knows That Actually AIN’T SO, illustrated by Donald […]

Why are bears appearing on a school’s Facebook page?

Because Stanton Elementary School in Powell County, Kentucky, is apparently teaching kids that atheists will be eaten by bears. Pranksters targeted the school’s Facebook page this week after it was reported that one of its pupils, ten-year-old Devin Estes, was being bullied because he decided to pull out of a daily Christian programme called the […]

Canadian province ditches Operation Christmas Child

Schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have withdrawn support for a campaign which gives schools and individuals the opportunity to fill a shoebox with small gifts to send to children in need in more than 150 countries. The reason? According to this report, Operation Christmas Child is way out of step with policies of inclusiveness adopted by […]

Pastor: ‘atheist billboard is slap in the face to people of faith’

Richard Mansfield, a senior pastor at the New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is not amused by a billboard which has just appeared on his patch. He is quoted here as saying: I think they’re trying to give a slap in the face to not only the Christian community but people that have faith […]

Jesus DID have two dads, so why the anger over this scene?

According to biblical mythology, Joseph wasn’t merely some human caretaker, he was Jesus’ human father. But it’s apparently “blasphemous” to create scenes or signs which suggest that Jesus had two fathers, even though a Catholic deacon in Brooklyn, Greg Kandra, pointed out in 2015: God was Jesus’ father in a much more literal sense than […]

Offensive to Christians: zealots destroy a Sydney mural

A mural described as ‘a direct attack on Christians or anyone who believes in a God’ was obliterated last week by Christian vigilantes. According to this report, the work – “The Happy Ending” – by street artist Scott Marsh was done to celebrate Australia’s vote in favour of marriage equality in a plebicite. It featured […]

Religion left out in the cold as Oz debates same-sex marriage

Opponents of gay marriage in Australia suffered defeat after defeat yesterday when religious exemptions were systematically kicked into the long grass as the equality bill was debated. According to this report, tempers flared as a series of conservative amendments to the same-sex marriage bill were voted down by large margins in the Senate, defeated by […]

Birmingham hosts a ‘faith summit’. What was the point?

Yesterday, around 400 True Believers™ converged on the University of Birmingham for a multi-faith event organised by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, above. St Theresa of May was ecstatic – and yesterday tweeted: Some heartening responses to the the daffy Tory leader: • Religion has no place in politics … • What is […]

Partial Sunday shopping ban displeases Polish Catholics

Last Friday Polish lawmakers voted to ban shopping  on Sundays twice a month – but Catholics aren’t pleased because they want Sunday trading outlawed completely, and they want it now. Instead, the poor dears are having to wait until 2020 for a total ban, according to this report. The ban was proposed by trade unions […]