Topic / Humour

Meat ad moaners told to get lost by advertising watchdog

Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has dismissed complaints filed by Hindu groups against a controversial advertisement which featured Lord Ganesha at a nosh-up attended by a collection of deities. According to this report, despite numerous complaints lodged by Hindu groups across the globe, the ASB declared the ad  – created by the Meat and Livestock […]

Jesus turns wine into water – Catholics in India are appalled

An amusing ad for Australian meat was attacked today by the the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India for, among other things, showing Jesus turning wine into water for a ‘designated driver’ attending a dinner party. According to this report, the Australian advertising campaign launched by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) features “revered” mythical figures […]

German courts refuse to take pasta-based religion seriously

A legal battle over whether or not the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an ideological organisation could end up in the European Court of Justice, according to the church’s chairman Rüdiger Weida, above, who goes by the pastafari name of ‘Brother Spaghettus’. Weida’s legal tussle with the authorities in the small German town […]

Seven Catholic priests walk into a pub in Cardiff and ….

They get told to remove themselves because a member of staff thinks they are on a stag do and are wearing clerical fancy dress. According to this report,  the seven seminarians, including Reverend Robert James, pictured above, found themselves barred from the City Arms last Saturday afternoon, despite protesting they weren’t in in priestly garb for […]

Pastafarian gives Melbourne’s ‘hellfire’ bikes a make-over

Bicycles used by an evangelical group to put fear of eternal damnation into the good folk of Melbourne have attracted the attention of Pastarian I G McSporran, pictured above, who decided to wage war on the hellfire messages with posters of his own. McSporran is quoted as saying in this report: Someone is stealing a […]

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, […]