Topic / Humour

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 […]

Spanish sex shop forced to remove display of holy dildos

The shop – Non Sit Peccatum – in the town of Talavera de la Reina near Toledo removed the display after it received complaints from locals. According to this report, a group calling themselves the Children of the Virgin Mary launched a boycott of the store. Shop owner Héctor Valdivielso commissioned an artist to paint […]

Well, blow me! You don’t often see nativity scenes like this.

Visitors to a nativity scene in Lucerne, Switzerland, got fits of the giggles when they saw a figure of Mary apparently performing oral sex on Joseph. But not everyone appreciated the work of the pranksters who rearranged the figures to suggest that Jesus’ mum was giving Joseph a Christmas a blow job. Franz Schumacher, who […]

Santa vs Jesus game slammed for being ‘blasphemous’

A Christmas-themed board game that pits Jesus against Santa ‘trivialises Christian belief’ by portraying the the two ‘as fictional characters’, according to Evangelical Alliance spokesman Danny Webster. The BBC reports that Santa vs Jesus, made by London company Komo Games, is played by two teams – one for each of the festive figures – who […]

Taking a rain check on Jesus

Inspired by the online ravings of Kent evangelist, Bob Hutton, Barry Duke used a lazy Sunday afternoon to pen this piece, which first appeared on the Freethinker website on October 14, 2012. (Warning: has adult gay content!)   “GOOD afternoon sir, nice weather for this time of the year”, says the squinty-eyed old geezer clutching […]