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The week in fundie . . .
- In the UK, the Church of England is whining that not being shown enough special preferential treatment by the Government, and not having a special Minister for imposing Christian dogma upon UK citizens (whether they are Christian or otherwise) is tantamount to persecution. (The Times)
- Jesus said: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room (or closet.) and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret…” (Verse courtesy of Matthew 6: 5-6. Link courtesy of the New York Times)
- A Northern Ireland Assembly member and chair of the Stormont health committee has called on gay people to seek “psychiatric counselling” to cure their homosexuality. (Via Fundies Say the Darndest Things)
- At a baseball game in Seattle, a lesbian couple were told by an usher to stop kissing on the grounds that they were making another spectator uncomfortable, and that there were children in the crowd whose parents would have to explain why two women were kissing. (Via Fundies Say the Darndest Things)
- According to the Daily Times,
Pakistan will ask the European Union countries to amend laws regarding freedom of expression in order to prevent offensive incidents such as the printing of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the production of an anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator, sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on Saturday.
The sources also warned that if the EU did not comply, attacks against EU diplomatic missions could not be ruled out.
- A performance of the medieval Danse Macabre in Toledo, Spain, has been denounced as “blasphemous” by the Catholic Church. According to Reuters, Toledo was once home to a permanent office of the Spanish Inquistion, and perhaps the Church in Spain should join Pakistan in calling for the amendment of EU member-state legal codes and have the performers thrown in jail.
- The Prosecutor-General of Amman, Jordan, has subpoenaed Danish journalists and editors involved in the publication of cartoons deemed “insulting to the Prophet Mohammed,” to face a lawsuit filed by “a coalition of Jordanian media outlets, unions and political parties.” (Xinhua.net)
- On the same topic, an editorial in Pakistan’s Nation claims a moral equivalence between the bombing of the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, which killed 8 people and injured 28, and the Danish people “allowing” their press to “print and reprint and go on printing the blasphemous cartoons with great abandon.” The author of the piece certainly doesn’t like to mince words:
When you go on hurting over a billion people you are asking for it. Go on slashing a raging bull, Mr Matador, and sooner rather than later it is going to gore you.