Archive for 2010

Churches Demand Right to Maintain Inequality *

Jan 25th, 2010 | Filed by

Meanwhile demands that religious groups should comply with equality provisions have intensified.… Read the rest



The odyssey

Jan 24th, 2010 4:58 pm | By

James Wood doesn’t think much of theodicy.

But even when intentions are the opposite of Mr. Robertson’s, and in a completely secular context, theological language has a way of hanging around earthquakes. In his speech after the catastrophe, President Obama movingly invoked “our common humanity,” and said that “we stand in solidarity with our neighbors to the south, knowing that but for the grace of God, there we go.” And there was God once again. Awkwardly, the literal meaning of Mr. Obama’s phrase is not so far from Pat Robertson’s hatefulness. Who, after all, would want to worship the kind of God whose “grace” protects Americans from Haitian horrors

Which is why I wish Obama would leave the goddy … Read the rest



Iraqi Interior Ministry Still Backs ‘Bomb Detector’ *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

Despite total lack of actual detection capability.… Read the rest



‘Religious Man’ Allowed to Commit Assault *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

Cherie Booth let a guy who broke someone’s jaw in a fight to go free because he is ‘a religious man.’… Read the rest



Al-Qaeda Has Trained Female Suicide Bombers *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

They believe in gender equality.… Read the rest



Islamist Cleric to Tour UK Universities *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

He has described Jews as ‘monkeys and pigs’ and universities are ‘plural societies’ therefore…something.… Read the rest



Xians Vow to Get Culture Minister Out of Her Job *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

They say she is betraying Christ.… Read the rest



Homeopathy By Very Very Very Big Numbers *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

How much arnica is in Boots-brand 84 arnica homeopathic 30C Pills for £5.09?… Read the rest



The Theological Language of Punishment and Mercy *

Jan 24th, 2010 | Filed by

Either God is punitive and interventionist, or as capricious as nature and so absent as to be effectively nonexistent.… Read the rest



Flashing lights, and a beeping noise

Jan 23rd, 2010 5:31 pm | By

Call me sentimental but I do think this is a quotation for the ages. It’s from the guy who made the ‘bomb detector’ thingy out of an antenna and a hinge and a plastic tag, and sold lots of them for $40,000 each, and got arrested on suspicion of fraud for doing that.

We have been dealing with doubters for ten years. One of the problems we have is that the machine does look a little primitive. We are working on a new model that has flashing lights.

Do admit. The sunny innocence, the tenderly confiding honesty of that brings tears to the eyes, does it not? He sweetly admits there are ‘doubters’ – people not convinced that a … Read the rest



Obama Disputes Supreme Court Ruling *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

Conservative majority said limits violated ‘corporations’ constitutional right to free speech.’… Read the rest



No More Jesus Rifles *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

‘It is not the policy of the Department of Defense to put religious references of any kind on its equipment.’… Read the rest



Paula Kirby on Suffering and Significance *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

Theologians start with their desired answer – God is good! – then contort themselves to make the evidence fit.… Read the rest



McCormick Planned Improvements to ADE-651 *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

‘The machine does look a little primitive. We are working on a new model that has flashing lights.’… Read the rest



150 Bodies Found in Nigeria After Religious Riots *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

Many of the bodies found in Kuru Karama had massive burns, other victims were hacked to death or shot. … Read the rest



Phil Plait on the Arrest of Jim McCormick *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

Say it twice: he has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. … Read the rest



Jim McCormack Arrested on Suspicion of Fraud *

Jan 23rd, 2010 | Filed by

Sold ‘bomb detectors’ to Iraq for $40,000 apiece.… Read the rest



Export Ban on Useless Bomb Detector *

Jan 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

Iraq paid $40,000 apiece for a device that contains a cheap electronicky tag-thing that detects nothing.… Read the rest



Jesus and Mo on Science and Religion *

Jan 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

Religious scientists do exist, as do pedophile priests. That’s simply a fact.… Read the rest



Nick Cohen on Chomsky *

Jan 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

Chomsky doesn’t seem to get the nature of clerical fascism.… Read the rest