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Nov 15 07:24

Amazing architecture, a kaleidoscope of colours and breathtaking symmetry: Stunning images show the beauty of Iranian mosques

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji may have just found his true calling: capturing the little-seen breathtaking beauty of Iran's most dazzling mosques.

The 24-year-old physics student, who lives in Babol in Iran's Mazandaran province, pursues his passion for photography on the side.

Having no formal training whatsoever, Ganji has honed his eye by reading articles and watching Internet tutorial videos, and has a particular affinity for photographing historical architecture.

Nov 14 08:42

Christopher Hitchens Revises the Ten Commandments

Nov 14 08:27

Small Town May Be First In U.S. To Tax Its Churches

Nome, Alaska, is a tiny town of less than 4000 people. Despite its size, its name is well-known, showing up in popular culture venues from "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" of the 1950's, to "The X-Files," to "The Simpsons Movie." And Nome is the finish line of the 1049 mile-long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Nome, Alaska, may one day soon be known for another reason: as the first American town to tax its churches.

Nov 12 12:30

How to suck at your religion

Nov 11 13:26

Global Watch Weekly focuses on the bizarre beliefs of Scientology

This edition of the Global Watch Weekly focuses on the bizarre beliefs of Scientology and what influenced its founder Ron Hubbard to develop a movement with such a strange view on the origins of the human race and the universe. This brilliant supporting video documentary is an insider view of Scientology beliefs and practices showing the different levels of understanding and hierarchy within he movement (Ignore and close down the silly pop ups that appear during the first minute of the video).

Nov 10 10:53

HOW A NON ISSUE CAN LEAD TO A WAR IN ISRAEL

Anyone who wants to track the progress Israel has made on the steep slope toward fanaticism, religiosity and backwardness must examine its relationship to the Temple Mount. Anyone who insists on labeling Israel a modern Western country can’t ignore the extraordinary change that has taken place in recent years. And anyone who still thinks this is a nonreligious society must heed the dark and insane forces that motivate it.

In no country in the West — which Israel pretends to belong to, more and more in vain — does an archeological site turn into an “existential foundation” and excuse for bloodshed. In no country in the West is holiness a matter of policy.

Nov 10 08:11

Former Christian Minister: Why I Left Christianity and Started an Atheist Church

Sunday Assembly Seattle is a franchise of Sunday Assembly, which made headlines around the world in 2013 as London’s new atheist church.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, I guess they sit around and ask "Is nothing sacred?" :)

Nov 09 08:01

CBS2 Exclusive: Statue Of Christ Desecrated At Belle Harbor Church

The Statue of the Risen Christ is missing both hands, and had what appeared to be a stripe of paint running across its arms.

Doyle took CBS2 to the prayer garden where the vandalism happened. It was part of the church’s memorial to the victims of both the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and the American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor a couple of months later.

It was not clear exactly when the statue was vandalized. A parishioner found the damage on Tuesday, and said the severed hands were right in front, on the ground, folded in prayer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I expect Muslims will get the blame for this.

Nov 08 09:37

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [NOVEMBER 8, 2014]

Nov 07 10:03

Priest bolting from parish raises questions

A New Mexico priest has bolted from his parish. Now people have questions: Where did he go, and did he take some of the church’s money with him?

When Father Ravi Kiran transferred from a Catholic Diocese in India to the Gallup Diocese in 2009, he started making changes to Saint Anthony Zuni Mission and School.

Parishoners said he upgraded the parsonage, school and convent, which were all in desperate need of repair.

“Father Ravi was a wonderful priest,” said parishoner Joseph Sweeney. “He increased church attendance. He’s improved the campus tremendously.”

Sources tell KRQE News 13 the way he spent money divided the congregation and some left altogether.

A few weeks ago, to the shock of the congregation and the Diocese, Kiran left and went back to India. A spokesperson for the Diocese says he did not give them notification.

Nov 05 07:40

BIBLEMAN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Latest sales pitch by the child molesters to get the little kiddies to come unto them!

Nov 01 09:12

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [NOVEMBER 1, 2014]

Oct 27 10:47

Police hunt former head teacher of Florida Islamic school accused of raping students and leaving one needing 'surgical repair'

Police are hunting the former head teacher of a private Islamic school accused of the sexual abuse and rape of two middle school female students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics!

Oct 27 08:51

Religion is like a penis …

Oct 25 10:04

Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis.

Oct 25 08:53

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [OCTOBER 25, 2014]

Oct 23 08:33

$8 million dollar settlement has been reached in clergy sex abuse

In a statement released by one of the attorney representing the victims, it said, "No amount of money eliminates the emotional and physical pain of having been sexually molested by someone you trust and respect."

Oct 22 12:55

California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else

A regulatory change in California has placed abortion in the category of ‘basic health services’ all insurance plans must cover. Even those churches buy.

Oct 22 07:30

Anti-gay Christian group threatens to sue hotel for hosting scholars who endorse Israel boycott

The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian, right-wing legal organization, has written to a Los Angeles hotel warning it against hosting the American Studies Association’s annual meeting next month.

The letter, addressed to the general manager of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, argues that by passing a resolution in support of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the American Studies Association (ASA) will practice “unlawful discrimination” over who is permitted to attend the meeting, scheduled to take place 4-9 November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no connection between supporting BDS and any kind of limits on who can attend the meeting. This will never get to court, but is a desperate attempt by Israel's butt-boys to try to generate negative PR against BDS.

Oct 19 07:05

Atheist Jailed 100 Days for Refusing Religious Drug Rehab Wins $2 Million Settlement

Hazle says he told officials his atheism prevented him from participating in the program and insisted on a non-religious option, which he didn't get. During the 12-step program, staff found Hazle "disruptive," though in a "congenial way," and reported him to his parole officer. Hazle was sent to jail for 100 days for violating his parole. He ended up suing in a federal lawsuit for wrongful incarceration in violation of his religious liberty. It would take seven years and two court rulings for his lawyers to announce Tuesday that Hazle won a $1.95 million settlement against the state of California and its contractor, WestCare California.

Oct 18 08:30

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [OCTOBER 18, 2014]

Minneapolis created law that makes it almost impossible to charge Catholic priests with child sex abuse. Open season for priest boy-rape in Minneapolis.

Oct 17 13:16

Database of Publicly Accused Roman Catholic Priests, Nuns, Brothers, Deacons, and Seminarians in the United States

This database provides convenient access, for law enforcement and other interested persons, to the names of all U.S. Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children and/or possessing child abuse images, commonly referred to as child pornography. Links are provided to the publicly filed court documents and mainstream media articles that are the sources for this database, and a factual summary of the allegations is provided for each accused person. This database continues and extends the work done by the Diocese of Tucson, which published the first diocesan list on June 21, 2002, and the approximately two dozen dioceses that have since published lists of their own. Their efforts were based on internal diocesan lists (see a sample from Boston) maintained during the 1990s. Our list also has other precursors, as described in our overview.

Oct 17 06:30

John Hagee: Ebola is God's punishment for Obama 'dividing Jerusalem'

Ebola may be part of God's judgment for President Barack Obama's alleged attempts to "divide Jerusalem," said John Hagee, a San Antonio-based pastor and founder of Christians United For Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like I said, everyone is using Ebola to push whatever their own personal agenda is.

Oct 16 08:50

5 Shockingly Cynical Tricks Behind Ancient Religions

Religion is an area that often attracts people with bad intentions. There are preachers who run away with the church's bankroll, cult leaders who molest their followers, and literally all of Scientology. But all those little ploys that modern faith healers and shady preachers use to fleece the masses have been around for thousands of years, and if anything, they've only gotten less inspired over time.

Oct 16 06:12

Washington rabbi arrested for voyeurism over camera hidden in synagogue showers

A prominent Washington rabbi whose congregation includes leading political figures was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of voyeurism, police said.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was taken into custody by police at his home in the U.S. capital’s upscale Georgetown district, a few blocks from his synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation.

Washington’s NBC TV affiliate NBC4 reported that Freundel allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at the Orthodox synagogue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics!

Oct 15 06:48

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it is a violation of the rules governing 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations.

Oct 14 07:13

Palestinian Christians denounce priest for claiming Israel grants them freedom

Yara Salameh was shocked when she watched Jibril Nadaf, a priest from Nazareth, repeat a call on fellow Palestinian Christians to serve in the Israeli military.

Nadaf claimed Israel was the only country in the Middle East where Christians are “not persecuted” during a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 23 September.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Salameh, a 25-year-old pharmacist from the village of Turan, home to both Christians and Muslims, located in the Galilee region of present-day Israel.

“He represents no one but himself. The army he wants us to join is the same one shedding the blood of our innocent brothers and sisters — Palestinian blood just like ours,” she told The Electronic Intifada.

Oct 14 07:02

Catholic ‘breakthrough’: Vatican considers ‘welcoming gifts and qualities of gays’

The Catholic Church, which previously condemned homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered,” is considering embracing homosexual believers, as well as partially accepting same-sex, and other religiously unsanctioned partnerships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like pedophilia?

Oct 12 07:31

Seven Witchcraft Suspects Burned Alive in Tanzania

A local witch doctor was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings of seven people accused of witchcraft in Tanzania.

"They were attacked and burnt to death by a mob of villagers who accused them of engaging in witchcraft," Jafari Mohamed, the police chief for the western Kigoma region which borders Burundi, told AFP.

"Five of those killed were aged over 60, while the other two were aged over 40," he added.

Horrific scenes of bodies hacked with machetes and people being burned to death were recounted by relatives of those killed.

Oct 11 07:15

Stephen Hawking, “I’m an Atheist” Creationist Pastor, “He’s a Fool.” Church and Science Debate Back in Public Discourse?

Below is an image of the still theoretical HIggs Boson, considered one of the two fundamental particles that make up all matter that came into existence at moment of the Big Bang.
The question is, as always, “what came before the Big Bang”?
Saint Thomas Aquinas, who died in 1276, asked the question, “what caused the First Cause that caused the existence of the Universe?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You believe that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a woman made from a rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

"And you don't understand why I have doubts?"


The good professor has walked into a trap called "The Big Bang", which is not science but religion made to look like science. There are ample reason to suspect it is a lot of nonsense, not the least of which is that a Monk came up with the idea. But science often clings to revealed dogma as willingly as the buy-bull bangers, as Galileo's opposition proved.

Oct 10 08:49

Father Paul Morton suspended amid sex abuse claims

A Roman Catholic priest based in South Lanarkshire has been suspended from his duties while police investigate allegations of historical sex abuse.

A church spokesman said Father Paul Morton would not be living at St Bride's parish in Cambuslang or undertaking any public ministry.

Mass will be said by another priest.

Oct 08 08:37

Files on Winona Diocese clergy who abused children are made public

Long-sealed records of 14 Catholic priests who worked in four high schools and 45 parishes across southern Minnesota were opened to public scrutiny Tuesday, revealing hundreds of documents indicating that the Diocese of Winona did not report claims of child sex abuse to law enforcement, did not remove offenders from ministry, and continued to financially support the priests even as the patterns of abuse became clear.

The documents also show that the Winona Diocese “anticipates eventual bankruptcy” as a result of that lawsuit and others being filed under the new Minnesota Child Victims Act.

The 14 priests worked in all four high schools in the diocese.

Oct 07 07:56

Indiana trooper pulled over woman to ask if she’d accepted Jesus Christ as her savior: lawsuit

An Indiana woman says a state trooper pulled her over this summer and asked if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal lord and savior.

Ellen Bogan said she was stopped in August by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton, who asked whether she had a home church and handed her a pamphlet asking her to “acknowledge she is a sinner.”

“It’s completely out of line and it just — it took me back,” Bogan told The Indianapolis Star.

Oct 06 10:00

WATCH AS ISLAMOPHOBIA GOES LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD

“It’s the only religion that acts like the mafia,” he said of Islam on his program, Real Time with Bill Maher, “that will f–king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously this man has never studied the history of the inquisition or the witch burnings.

Oct 05 10:36

HOLIDAYS IN ISRAEL ~~ A TIME TO LOVE OR TO HATE

Preparations are underway to usher in a week long holiday in Israel. It is called Succot, or The Feast of the Tabernacles. We eat all of our meals in little booths and the ceilings are usually made of tree branches, allowing the sky to be visible. It is a reminder of the 40 years we roamed in the desert and dwelled in such structures. It is actually quite a fun holiday and a very community oriented one, it is one of my favourites.
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A non Jewish visitor to Jerusalem this week might get the impression that the entire city stands in solidarity with the homeless Palestinians illegally evicted from their homes by settlers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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Tents have appeared (actually booths) in preparation of the Festival

Oct 05 07:03

Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah

Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now can you imagine the media frenzy that would erupt if some Christian, or worse, Muslim cleric gave a sermon calling for the extermination of the Jews? Yet here we have a Rabbi calling for genocide, and ABCNNBBCBSFOX could care less!

Oct 05 06:33

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [OCTOBER 5, 2014]

Oct 02 08:31

Christians begin worshipping a tree in Russia after seeing the face of Jesus on its trunk

I guess this is a little more permanent that when Jesus appears on a slice of toast!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... until the termites show up!

Sep 30 08:37

Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by Catholic priest seeks $13 million from diocese

It has been 30 years, but Kansas City’s Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday,

kicking off a US$10 million (S$13 million) lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years in the early 1980s by Monsignor Thomas O’Brien, who died in 2013. Couzens was deeply involved in Catholic school and church activities.

The alleged abuse included an encounter in which O’Brien forced Couzens and other altar boys to perform sex acts on each other and on the priest, according to Couzens’ attorney,

Sep 28 07:34

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [SEPTEMBER 28, 2014]

Pennsylvania Priest Accused of Abuse Was Reported 5 Years Ago …
New York Times-Sep 26, 2014
Details of child sexual abuse that led to charges against a Roman Catholic priest on Thursday were reported to his Pennsylvania diocese nearly five years ago, …

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Sep 26 09:05

Stephen Hawking Says 'There Is No God,' Confirms He's An Atheist

Stephen Hawking says he's an atheist, arguing that science offers a "more convincing explanation" for the origins of the universe and that the miracles of religion "aren't compatible" with scientific fact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree with Professor Hawking on this one. And for reasons I have previously made clear, of which one is the following.

If one posits the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their presence to human minds, then as an inevitable result of the existence of that god or gods, it would be expected that all humans, or at least the priests who claim communications with the god(s), would have a unanimity of opinion as to how many gods there are.

Likewise, if one posits the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their existence to human minds, then as an inevitable result of the existence of that god or gods, able to communicate to human minds, all theologies would be in accord, and there would be no need for missionaries, let alone inquisitions and holy crusades. The religion of Abraham would have stayed unified, rather than split up into Christianity, Judaism, Sunni, and Shi'ite over what amounts to a bunch of soap opera arguments.

But there is a diversity of opinions as to how many gods there are. And there are missionaries, crusades, the inquisition, and the burning of a million heretics.

The world is not as it would be if there was a god or gods which could communicate their existence to the minds of humankind. None of the conditions which must inevitably follow the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their existence to the minds of humankind can be found anywhere on Earth.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum, no such gods exist.

 

But I still think the good professor needs to take the next step and realize that the Big Bang theory is itself a religious dogma wrapped in scientific trappings.

Sep 26 08:33

Israel bars entry to Al-Aqsa mosque to Palestinians for third consecutive day

Israel on Friday imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in annexed East Jerusalem for the third consecutive day.

Israeli police stepped up security around the mosque, deploying 2,000 troops in Jerusalem and erected roadblocks at entrances to Jerusalem’s Old City.

“Police prevent men under 50 and West Bankers from entering Al-Aqsa compound or Friday prayers,” Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the Organization for Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs, told the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Jews celebrated the start of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) on Wednesday evening, the first day of new Jewish year of 5775.

Israel typically imposes restrictions on Muslim worshipers’ access to Al-Aqsa during Jewish holidays

Sep 25 08:52

Pope Francis Removes Paraguay Bishop Who Promoted Priest Accused of Sex Offences

Pope Francis has removed a Paraguay bishop who is alleged to have appointed as his vicar-general a priest accused of sex abuses on young men in the United States.

Jun 13 07:07

Happy Friday the 13th! Knights Templars sue the Pope

The heirs of the Knights Templar have launched a legal battle in Spain against the Pope to salvage the reputation of the order accused of heresy and dissolved 701 years ago.

Members of the Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ claim that when the order was dissolved by Clement V in 1307 more than 9000 properties and commercial ventures belonging to the knights (worth $168 billion) were appropriated by the church.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do I get in on this!

Apr 05 09:17

HAPPY HOLIDAYS …

It isn’t every year that holidays fall on the same days considering we are using different calendars.. this year they do.

Apr 05 07:23

The Kings of the Highlife and the Cannibal Pigs.

They call it Good Friday. I call it tomorrow and if you think about it, that's not irreverent. I still don't understand why they don't call it Bad Friday but... I do get the point of the sacrifice implied. I'm also pretty sure that it's also one of those roses by any other name, though traditionalists from the 'my way or the highway' demographic may beg to differ, though I don't think the word 'beg' will actually be included in the response. Mithra! It's getting deep in here (good thing I edit before posting, I'd left the last 'e' off of 'here'), speaking of other things which also smell by any other name, which I wasn't but... what difference does that make?

Mar 14 05:57

Fired For Using Birth Control? It Could Be Possible In Arizona

A proposed law in Arizona could give employers the right to fire women who use birth control. The bill, which sailed right through the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, grants employers the right to ask for proof that contraceptives are being taken for non-contraceptive reasons.

Mar 14 03:24

A Menace To The Catholic Plutocracy

Those of you who have read these virtual pages over the years know that I don't believe the Catholic Church was ever a spiritual one but a political one. It was founded to be the state religion of the Roman empire and was the corrupt king maker in much of Europe until the reformation. With 24/7 instant news it became difficult to hide that corruption when the victims of pedophile priests started coming forward. Now the conservative plutocrats that make up the Catholic hierarchy are fighting back proving once again there is very little spirituality involved but a lot of politics and lust for power.

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