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Teen dies after being forced into a 40-day religious fast

Titilayno A Omosebi, 48, and her husband Kehinde S Omosebi, 49, are facing criminal charges in Wisconsin for causing the death of their 15-year-old son who died while engaging in a lengthy religious fast. According to this report, the youth – Ayanfe O Omosebi – had complained in  a letter to the authorities before his […]

NY probe into Catholic sex abuse blasted by Bill Donohue

News that the New York Attorney General’s office, headed by Barbara Underwood, has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state with regard to Catholic sex abuse, has drawn a stinging rebuke from Bill Donohue, President the Catholic league. In a letter dated September 6, Donohue wrote: Your decision to launch a grand jury […]

Rabbi among seven arrested over school funding fraud

Rabbi Aron Melber, who works at a religious school in Rockland Country, New York, was arrested on Wednesday of this week, along with six others, for fraudulently obtaining $14-million of federal funding for high tech equipment for faith schools. Thing is, many of these faith schools prohibit the use of computers, television and the Internet. […]

Child porn: warning sign to be posted outside pastor’s home

Soon to appear outside James Rankin’s home in Hurst, Texas: a sign saying ‘A person on probation for a child sex offense lives here.’ Rankin, who was an associate pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Hurst, was ordered to post the sign as part of his sentencing this week for possessing child pornography. He was […]

Bible is for white people only, wrote man accused of murder

John Daniel Carothers, currently in a Tennessee prison awaiting trial for setting fire to a black man , allegedly wrote a letter from jail to a white supremacist group saying that the Bible was his motivation for the alleged crime. According to this report, Carothers, accused of murdering his black halfway house roommate Robert Miller in […]

The standards of the day

Since the Pope’s weekend in Ireland is in the news, including here, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a peek into Ireland’s history with the Catholic church. We could look in many places; we could draw up headings such as Cruelty, Child Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Imprisonment, Miseducation, with subheads under each. We could […]

Crazed US missionary racially abuses Ugandan hotel workers

Screaming ‘You hate Jesus’, Jimmy L Taylor, above, went into meltdown in a Kampala hotel, and threw punches at staff. Police arrested the 69-year-old  Arizona missionary after reviewing security camera footage that showed him striking out at the Grand Imperial Hotel staff at and yelling racial slurs. Kampala Metropolitan Police’s Facebook page says: Upon police […]

New website names Catholic clergy who covered up abuse

A newly-launched website – – identifies ten American bishops who ‘should have known’ about the predatory behaviour of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals after the Archdiocese of New York admitted that there were ‘credible allegations’ that he had sexually abused a minor. The website, created by […]

Awful week for the Vatican as more abuse allegations surface

The iter sabbati began with news that in Chile authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic church’s Episcopal Conference as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Catholic Marist Brothers. This coincided with reports that a grand jury yesterday revealed that more than 300 Catholic ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania […]

Anti-LGBT Baptist pastor busted for soliciting gay sex

Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, of Springdale, Arkansas, is in police custody as a result of attempting to meet up with a 14-year-old boy for sex. According to this report, Reddin, of the Turner Street Baptist Church, thought he was speaking online to a teenager, but later learned to his cost that the “boy” was an […]