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Australian churches persist in efforts to ‘cure’ homosexuality

Last year Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy, above, promised parliament that legislation would be introduced to outlaw quack therapies used almost exclusively by Christian organisations to cure gay people – and this week a powerful new watchdog will be launched to in Victoria to crack down on dodgy health practitioners. According to this report, the […]

Prayer boosted pupils’ grades, lying school principal claimed

Mississippi school principal Lowanda Tyler-Jones, above, had an explanation for the dramatic improvement in the grades of pupils in the Clarksdale Municipal School District: prayer and holy water. When an investigation was launched into possible cheating, Walt Drane, Mississippi Department of Education’s Executive Director of Student Assessment and Accountability said: She indicated to me during […]

Druid mounts challenge over Stonehenge’s ‘pay to pray’ rule

King Arthur Pendragon, above, has been told that he can take English Heritage (EH) to court over “pay to pray” parking charges at Stonehenge. According to the BBC, he will argue that a parking fee of £15 for his motorcycle during the 2016 summer solstice breached his human and religious rights. Parking at the Neolithic […]

What a surprise: study found that prayer won’t cure AIDS

The Chicago Tribune today carries a shocking report detailing the amount of taxpayers’ money used to fund studies into quack therapies in the US. For example, scientists were given $666,000 in federal research money to investigate whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. They found it could not. And a study that cost $374,000 found that […]

UK gymnast learns mumbo jumbo is not to be mocked

A short parody of an Islamic prayer session, complete with ‘magic carpet’, landed Louis Smith in hot water after it was circulated online. According to this report, the gymnast – who won a silver medal for Great Britain on the pommel horse in Rio – was videoed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson shouting “Allahu Akbar” […]

There’s an awful lot of oil in Oklahoma, so let’s thank God

Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin, above, has officially designated October 13th as a day of prayer for the oil industry. Oilfield Prayer Day is the brainchild of Reverend Tom Beddow, who, as the head of Oklahoma’s Oil Patch Chaplains, travels around the state to provide ministry to employees in the oil industry. He hopes that […]

Small car, big heart?

People still talk sentimental drivel about what a nice man the Pope is. It may be that he is a nice man in a personal sense – he may be the kindest, warmest, sweetest guy you’d ever want to meet. We’ve heard that he’s a simple-lifer, preferring a humble little guest house to the gilt […]

‘Don’t doubt Trump’s faith’ says VP nominee Mike Pence

Religious voters in the US should have no reservations about Donald Trump’s commitment to Christianity, says Mike Pence, above left, the Republican Governor of Indiana. According to this report, Vice-President nominee Pence said there is no question as to the authenticity of the Republican presidential nominee’s faith. During the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voters […]

Bigot made homeless by flood of ‘near biblical proportions’

Whenever natural disasters occur, Christians such as Tony Perkins, above, who heads a hate group called the Family Research Council, tend to lay the blame on sin in general – and abortion and homosexuality in particular. But Perkins, who was forced to flee his Louisiana home this week when it was hit by a flood […]

Devout California Mayor played strip poker with a boy aged 16

Mayor Anthony Silva, above, is a very godly man – so much so that last year he gave the Almighty a key to his city, Stockton in California, in a stupid and tasteless stunt that following the shooting of a six year old girl. Well, Silva is back in the news because he got himself […]