A more welcoming stance towards gays and lesbians . . . or teh Jesus gets it.

17 07 2008

Via John Morales, in the comments at Pharyngula:

As John remarks, this YouTube may not last, but given the hysterical overreaction to PZ Myer’s post on “Frackin’ Crackers,” I think we can expect a lot more of these.

On the subject of “Al Queerda,” two WYD developments: one encouraging, the other disappointing, if not unexpected.

First, the disappointing. Read the rest of this entry »

Things they’d have difficulty believing in Salt Lake City XXII

15 07 2008

Before we begin . . . kudos to the Federal Court for allowing sanity to prevail by striking down New South Wales’ special World Youth Day “anti-annoyance” laws.

Now, onto the week in fundie . . ,

Dillahunty FTW!

  1. Kicking the homeless out of Sydney during the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day: it’s What Jesus Would Do. (ABC News Online)
  2. In the US, a Pakistani man has been charged with murdering his daughter because she wanted to end her arranged marriage. (Thaindian News)
  3. In Jordan, a 16-year-old boy stabbed his older sister 10 times in the heart because she “disappeared from home for a month with her boyfriend.” (The Times of India)
  4. The London Metropolitan University has “expressed regret at any unhappiness” caused to China as a result of its having awarded an honorary PhD to the Dalai Lama. (Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion)
  5. Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, a participant in Australian Archbishop Peter Jensen’s anti-gay Global Anglican Future Conference, says he fears being killed by gays when he is “in countries which have supporters of homosexuals.” (via Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion)
  6. In Italy, a man has been awarded damages after he was told to retake a driving test because of his homoseuxality. (via Fundies Say the Darndest Things.

Substantiate, Kevin

8 07 2008

The Prime Minister says of Pope Benedict:

All of Australia, [. . .] I believe, should treat him with respect.


Sydney WYD: Mutaween for Jesus

4 07 2008

What the NSW Government is doing to liberal democracy in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Mutaween is a generic term for religious police in Islamic countries. They’re the guys (and of course they tend to be guys) who go around arresting, beating, flogging and even killing ordinary citizens who flout religious laws. In countries like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, women tend to find themselves the victims of the sadistic dogma-enforcers (see this Amnesty report from 2000), who on one occasion prevented schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building “because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress.” (15 of the schoolgirls subsequently died, having been beaten back into the blaze by the police.) We in the modern, enlightened West like to pride ourselves on our difference from sickeningly backward societies like the theocracies of the Islamic world. We value religious freedom, and are not so cognitively immature that we require the repressive apparatus of the state to artificially prop up religious faith and deliver us from reality. Certainly nothing could be more alien to the liberal democratic values we cherish than the idea of religious police, right?

Wrong. As you are doubtless already aware, the NSW Government has deemed it necessary to outsource the Sydney constabulary (as well as emergency services) as rent-a-cops for the Spanish Inquisition, and they have already proceeded to heavy potential critics: Read the rest of this entry »

Things they’d have difficulty believing in Salt Lake City XX

29 06 2008

Machine Gun Keyboard‘s take on World Youth Day

The week in fundie . . .

  1. Three years after Campus Crusade for Christ spammed the incoming mail of Australian school principals with the creationist propaganda DVD The Privileged Planet, Focus on the Family is doing the same in New Zealand. But whereas the then Australian Education Minister Brendan Nelson welcomed the prospect of creationism being taught in Australian schools “if that is the wish of parents,” the New Zealand Education ministry maintains “the theory of evolution underpins the science curriculum and schools have a responsibility to teach theories that are subject to accepted scientific scrutiny.” According to the NZ Christian newspaper Weekly Challenge, The Discovery Institute’s Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez (authors of The Privileged Planet) will be conducting a speaking tour of that country in October and November to, as the paper puts it, “strengthen our belief in an intelligent and amazing Designer.” Not that Intelligent Design has anything to do with religion, you understand. (Via Pharyngula)
  2. In Ghana, 34-year-old Yussif Abdullarahman killed one of his wives by hitting her on the head with a blunt object and pouring acid over her body because, as he claimed, “she was a witch.” (Happy 98.9 FM)
  3. In the Indian state of Jharkand, three members of a family were beaten to death with bamboo sticks and iron rods after being accused of practising witchcraft. According to Thaiindian News, “over 700 people, mostly women, have been killed over the past few years in Jharkhand after being branded as witches.”
  4. The Anti-Christ will be a German Jew, according to UK Pentecostalist sect RedSky Ministries. Read the rest of this entry »

Sydney World Youth Day: Corpse-worshipping cultists gathering to worship a corpse

25 04 2008

Frassati: role model and (as you can see) something of a hornbag to millions of young Catholics*

An exhumed corpse, about 80 years overdone, will be one of the star attractions at the Catholic World Youth Day to be held in Sydney this July:

Pier Giorgio Frassati will play an important role in the huge Catholic festival despite being dead for more than 80 years, Fairfax Media reports.

Mr Frassati was only 24 when he died from polio, but he has become a role model for young Catholics because of his fervent faith, teamed with good looks, a robust physique and sunny nature.

The worm’s-meat-formerly-known-as-Frassati is being flown in at the request of one Cardinal George Pell, and the word around the votive is that if the Catholic youth festival goes off without a hitch, Pell could win himself a senior position in the Vatican.

(*No, of course that’s not the real corspe!!)