Topic / Politics

Cleric links radical Islamists with violence and segregation

Western politicians should stop pretending that extremism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam, a top Muslim cleric in Indonesia has said. According to this Time report, Yahya Cholil Staquf, 51, above, said: There is a clear relationship between fundamentalism, terrorism, and the basic assumptions of Islamic orthodoxy. So long as we lack consensus […]

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 […]

A very bad man

We in the US have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately, what with a racist president and racist marches in the streets and a racist president pardoning a racist sheriff who was famous for his sadistic treatment of prisoners. Let’s learn a little about that racist sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was elected six times to […]

South Korean Protestants not happy with church tax plan

When it was announced in June 2017 that South Korea planned to start taxing churches and religious organisations conservative Protestant congregations such as the Christian Council of Korea suggested that it should be up to churches to decide whether or not they should pay taxes. However, it was reported yesterday (Tuesday) that Finance Minister Kim […]

Oz senator’s burqa stunt branded ‘racist’ and ‘stupid’

Right wing One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who fears that Australia is becoming too Islamic, entered the Senate yesterday wearing a burqa. Hanson explained that the point of the stunt, which stunned fellow senators: Was to say that I do not believe that at any point in time ever in the future that any full face […]

Christians condemn ‘nasty, vulgar’ tycoon. No, not Trump.

Another day, another tawdry cat fight in Trump’s administration – Anthony Scaramucci, above, recently hired to become White House Communications Director, was sacked at the weekend, much to the delight of Christian conservatives who apparently disapprove of foul language (unless of course it’s used by the President). Scaramucci hit the headlines last week when he […]

Lunatic Labour councillor suspended for homophobia

A Labour councillor in London – Chika Amadi, a charity worker and evangelical pastor – has been suspended by the party for her anti-gay rants on social media. On her Facebook page last month, Amadi posted: Recently one respectable man in my constituency questioned me on my faith especially on homosexuality (…) I warned him […]

Religious right overjoyed by Trump’s transgender ban

Religious Right leaders have been falling over one another over the past 24 hours in a bid to trumpet their approval of Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military. Right Wing Watch reported that Trump’s reinstatement of a ban – lifted during the Obama administration – has figured large on the Religious […]

‘Marginalised’ Christians: new study paints a bleak picture

A survey published this week by Premier Christian Communications indicates that Christians in the UK are feeling increasingly marginalised. Tim Dieppe, Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern, which offers legal support to Christians who say they have been unfairly treated,  said the results resonate “very much” with their experiences over the years. People try […]

‘Jihad’ in, evolution out in Turkey’s new education plans

Turkey’s Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, above, yesterday unveiled the the final version his country new national school curriculum, which will teach pupils the ‘proper’ meaning of ‘jihad’, but  will not address the subject of evolution. Yilmaz said that evolution out because: It is above the students’ level and not directly relevant. The new curriculum will […]