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Islamophobia: row over halal meat erupts in Lancashire

Abdul Hamid Qureshi, above, of the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), is calling for a boycott of school meals in protest against the county council’s recent decision to ban meat from unstunned animals, with the exception of poultry. According to this report, he claimed that the ban would only serve to increase Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Councillors […]

Failed doomsday predictions turn people off Christianity

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has had enough of evangelists making end-of-the-world predictions. According to this report, Moore last week argued that “any day could be Judgment Day,” but at the same time, warned that such doomsday predictions: Have little to do with religion and […]

Warning: godlessness and ruin faces NZ under its new PM

No mention was made of God, and there wasn’t a Bible in sight when Jacinda Ardern, a former Mormon, this week became New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister. Her strictly secular inauguration will no doubt add to the concerns of people like Christopher Eames, who writes for a “prophetic” news magazine called the Trumpet, which: Seeks […]

Australian voters give anti-gay marriage bigots a good kicking

Despite a determined push by Australia’s  anti-gay marriage lobby – and a whopping A$1 million (£593,000) injected by the Anglican Church into the ‘hysterical ‘No’ campaign – a new poll shows that ‘Yes’ voters are comfortably ahead. According to this report, a special Newspoll survey shows a massive 59 per cent of those who have […]

Superstition is not the answer to India’s mounting problems

India’s Junior Education Minister Satyapal Singh, above, recently stated that engineering students should be taught about ancient Indian scientific discoveries. He said that the first airplane was invented by an Indian eight years before the Wright brothers. Indian Prime Minister Modi, while addressing a gathering of doctors and medical staff at a Bombay hospital in […]

Christian cheats on wife, bangs on about ‘traditional marriage’

Tory MP and evangelical Christian Steve Double, 50, has had the gall to criticise the government’s plans for LGBT sex and relationship education in schools after admitting having cheated on his wife. The hypocrite, according to PinkNews, said the plans would undermine “the traditional family”. The Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay is a co-signatory to an […]

Prominent US anti-abortionist told mistress to get an abortion

If there one thing that best defines Pennsylvania Republican congressman Tim Murphy, above, it’s his staunch opposition to abortion. Yet when his mistress thought she might be pregnant, he told he to have an abortion. According to The Washington Post, the Pennsylvania Republican’s extramarital affair was well known after it came out in his mistress’s […]

Gagged priest gets his voice back and attacks xenophobia

A few years back priest and journalist Fr Adam Boniecki, above, angered  the Catholic Church in Poland by sounding off about its too cozy relationship with racist, right-wing elements in the country. Things came to a head in 2011 when he when he defended efforts by the liberal, anti-clerical Palikot Movement – now called Your […]

Major political win for lunatic Christian judge Roy Moore

Roy Moore, 70, a former State Supreme Court chief justice and firebrand evangelical Christian, defeated Senator Luther Strange yesterday in the Republican runoff to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General. Moore, known as “the Ten Commandments Judge” will face the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, a former United […]

Seeking publicity in the name of absurd religious sentiments

Gaurav Tyagi, a new contributor to the Freethinker, reflects on the recent row over an Australian advertisement for meat. India has lodged a diplomatic protest with Australia over the ad. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India also raised objections to it and sought a boycott of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and a ban […]