Topic / Humour

Dagbladet’s anti-circumcision cartoon attacked by rabbi

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, has called on Norwegian authorities to take action against Dagbladet, a Norwegian paper that published an anti-circumcision cartoon earlier this week. According to this report, he described the cartoon, which equates Jewish and Muslim supporters of non-medical circumcision with paedophiles, as “hate speech”. The cartoon […]

Put on the naughty step for trucker Trump caption contest

This being April Fool’s day, I decided to invited caption entries in the Freethinker bulletin for the picture above, showing the Trunp at the wheel of truck outside the White House One subscriber – “Suzie” – was outraged, and said in an email: This is the President of my country! How dare you make fun […]

Pakistan wants help to silence ‘blasphemers’ worldwide

Satirists have jumped at the opportunity to point and laugh at Pakistan’s plan to to launch a worldwide hunt to identify and punish ‘blasphemers’ who use Facebook and Twitter to insult Islam. Pakistan Today, for example, ran a piece entitled “Facebook to add ‘Kafir! Kafir!’ emoji reaction amidst clampdown on blasphemous content.” In a major […]

Church finds nothing funny about priest’s bunny stunt

Parish priest Juan Carlos Martínez, 40, from the Galician town of Cuntis, incurred the displeasure of the Catholic Church for posing as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, flanked by two men dressed as bunnies, on a carnival float. According to this report, he has apologised profusely for his “misguided” caper. The trio lounged on red satin […]

Polari service staged by trainee priests was ‘hugely regrettable’

The Rev Canon Chris Chivers, above, looks like a fella who enjoys a hearty laugh. But the Principal of Westcott House, a Church of England theological college in Cambridge, did not see the funny side of a service conducted in the antiquated gay slang language Polari to mark LGBT history month. According to the BBC, […]

Donald Trump indicted by the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, the Order of Perpetual Indulgence Convent of Dunn Eideann in Scotland performed a Rite of Canonical Indictment & Excommunication against America’s 45th President. According to a statement issued earlier today, the ceremony took place in Edinburgh outside Waverley Gate (the former GPO Building) in Princes Street and was conducted […]

UK comedy show is an ‘act of terrorism’ against Muslims

A petition calling for the banning of a BBC2 comedy sketch – The Real Housewives of ISIS – has branded it ‘an act of terrorism against Muslim women’. The creator of the petition, Emma Bird, stupidly gives the impression that the sketch was to herald the start of a new comedy series about Muslim women. […]

Comedian’s ‘haunted bread’ comment sparks investigation

Father Kevin McNamara, above, has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) over what he claimed was the ‘ridiculing of the Eucharist’ on the Late Late Show. McNamara went scuttling off to the TV watchdog after comedian David Chambers referred to the Eucharist as “haunted bread” on show. According to this report, the […]

Elderly Brazilian woman prays to Lord of the Rings figurine

It’s a mistake anyone of a religious bent can make: praying to a tiny figurine you think is a saint but is in fact Elrond, the elf lord from Lord of the Rings. When Gabriela Brandão discovered that her daughter’s very devout great-grandmother was praying every day to Elrond Half-Elven, believing him to be Saint […]

Outside a US courthouse a noodley nativity scene appears

This Xmas Eve I offer Freethinker readers greetings for the festive season … and this Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster banner spotted on the lawn outside a courthouse in America. It was posted on Reddit yesterday by “Nintendoplayer 64”. “Un_theist” responded with this prayer: Our pasta, who art in a colander, draining be your […]