Topic / Prayer

Not on the menu: City of London dinner ditches grace

Rev Canon Roger Royle , above, chaplain to Lord Mayor of the City of London, is somewhat miffed that he was not asked to offer a prayer of thanksgiving last week at a dinner at the Mansion House. Instead, guests at the Dragon Awards ceremony heard him give a secular message in the interests of […]

Mandatory prayers at Texas medical centre sparks lawsuit

Dr Timothy Shepherd and his wife, Virginia have been named in a lawsuit that alleges staff at Shepherd Healthcare were ordered to attend prayer meetings, and were punished if they refused. The lawsuit, launched last week by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said that the North Texas family medicine practice forced staff to pray […]

Grace-free ceremony: Belfast’s new mayor upsets faith-heads

Belfast has a new Lord Mayor. And Nuala McAllister, an atheist, has started her new role by putting religious noses out joint. When she was installed at an inaugual dinner last Saturday night, McAllister, according to this Belfast Telegraph report, didn’t invite anyone to say grace. This was seen by some as a dreadful departure from […]

Why did Houston bear the brunt of Hurricane Harvey?

A quick trawl through fundamentalist Christian threads today provides the answer: Houston, in Harris County, Texas, gave their vote in 2016  to Hillary Clinton. If that weren’t bad enough, in 2010 it voted to make lesbian Annise Parker, above, its 61st mayor. Parker, whose tenure of mayor ended last year, was Houston’s second female mayor […]

Malta church ceiling collapses. Same-sex marriage is blamed.

Part of the ceiling of the Ta’ Giezu church in Rabat collapsed last week, and LifeShiteNews is pinning the blame on the country’s recognition of gay marriage. It pointed out that Malta legalised same-sex marriage this summer: With practically no opposition from the country’s bishops. This happened just months after Malta’s bishops broke away from […]

No burqas, no hate preaching at Germany’s newest mosque

Seyran Ates, above, a well-known Turkish women’s rights activist and lawyer, today unveiled a  ‘liberal’ mosque in the Moabit area of Berlin. According to this report, the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque will allow all Muslims to pray together – women and men, Sunni and Shi’ite, straight and gay –  but burqas and niqabs will not be welcome. Ates said […]

Muslim clerics will say no prayers for London terrorists

A group of 130 imams and religious leaders have refused to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the London Bridge attackers, identified here as – from left –  Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. The leaders said they would not carry out the ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim, regardless […]

Governor’s ‘pray away crime’ idea disgusts Kentucky pastor

Reverent Clay Calloway, above right, of the West Louisville Ministers Coalition, said he wanted to ‘throw up’ when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, left, this week unveiled a plan to fight crime with prayer in the city of Louisville. Bevin, according to this report, suggested at a community meeting on Thursday that volunteer groups of between […]

Being gay makes you ungodly, sacked Kentucky woman told

A credit union in Kentucky has been hit with a lawsuit following its sacking last year of long-serving staff member Penelope Hudson, above, who was judged to be ‘too butch’ to serve customers. She was also told that, as a lesbian, she couldn’t possibly believe in God. Hudson worked for Park Community Credit Union offices […]

Police halt Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation

An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry during a TV interview has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been offended by the remarks. Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as “capricious”, “mean-minded”, “stupid” and an “utter […]