News From Around The Blogosphere 5.18.10

May 19, 2010

1. Daughter of $cientology’s Australian president speaks out – Yet another child of a major player in $cientology is an outspoken critic of the cult, Scarlett Hanna, the only child of Vicki Dunstan, president of the Church of Scientology in Australia, and Mark Hanna, a former Asian/Pacific director of public affairs for the church. She grew up in the former Cadet Org, which allegedly was preparing children for eventual recruitment in the Sea Org.

“The best way I can describe it is cattle,” Ms Hanna said of their treatment. We were property of the organisation.”

. . .

She claims children of Sea Org members rarely had contact with their parents, lived in separate homes and were granted only 20 minutes each night with their parents.

2. Gay couple convicted of ‘unnatural acts’ – Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been in jail since December in the Southern African country of Malawi. Ever since the day after their engagement party. Their only crime is being gay.

Religion's latest victim

3. 15-year-old Jehovah’s Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion – Yup, just another day for religion. So next time someone tells you about all the good done in the name of religion, remind them about Joshua McAuley, one of countless victims of religious ignorance.

4. Thousands flock to Vatican to back pope over abuse – Yay child rape!! If this story doesn’t demonstrate the evil of religion, then nothing ever will. Here are thousands of people who are quite literally showing their support for child rapists and those who protect them from prosecution because they refuse to accept the fact that their church is responsible for unspeakable human atrocities. This really is the ultimate Milgram authority experiment. If they can justify at least half a million child rapes, what else are these people capable of justifying?

5. Dark Horse releases atheist superhero comic – Move over, S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s a new acronym saving the day in comic books, S.H.O.O.T. That stands for the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce. I must admit that I don’t really get the concept. It’s an atheist team who fight demons and ghosts, etc. that they don’t believe in, but appear to exist anyway. If they’re fighting them, why wouldn’t they believe in them? Are the monsters they face supposed to be physical manifestations of someone’s imagination or something?

News From Around The Blogosphere 10.18.09

October 18, 2009

1. Child witch-killings continue in Africa

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of “witch children” reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

2. New online game for radical right-wingnuts – The game takes place in 2011 after “Obama’s coup fails.” The game invokes the “New World Order” conspiracy and rewrites history, establishing Lou Dobbs as the “one brave newscaster” who first sounded the alarm bells of the evil Obama/NWO conspiracy and defining the Obama administration as engaging in “Marxist experiments.” Really, guys?  On the plus side though, in this hypothetical future history, all the really annoying right-wingnut propagandists like Glenn Beck, Neil Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity have all either been killed or have disappeared. So the future is looking brighter. . .

. . .or is it?!

3. Remember that website I blogged about last month that predicted the end of the world would happen on September 21, 2009 and then immediately afterwards changed the end of the world to September 23, 2009. . .or September 23, 2015?

Well this time they’re totally serious! It turns out I guess that they didn’t carry the one or something because now the world’s going to end on October 21, 2009. And you know this time they’ve got it right because they’ve got such a great track record for predicting these apocalypes.

Like before, I recommend screen capturing this page again, so that you can compare it to what it says on October 22, 2009.

4. My less skeptical cousin chupacabra found and is on display at Creation “Museum”

5. Dad performs son’s circumcision. . .and botches it – Man, and you thought your father embarrassed you? He probably should have known better since he’d already botched his own circumcision.

Vatican cranky over Pope ‘mockery’

March 25, 2009

We hurt the Vatican’s delicate feelings. . .awwwww! Poor them.

“We will not accept the Pope being made the object of mockery and offence, in the media or elsewhere,” said Angelo Bagnasco, the country’s top bishop, citing the “controversy about condoms”.

“He represents for everyone a moral authority, which this journey has made people appreciate even more,” Bagnasco said.

A moral authority? LOL What are you smokin’? Condoms are 90% effective in preventing HIV and other STDs and Captain Moral Authority over there told people it made the spread of AIDS worse. This is the same guy who compared homosexuality to destroying the rain forest.

But maybe Bagnasco is right. We shouldn’t be making fun of the Joey Ratz. We should be locking him away in prison for using his authority so irresponsibly to the detriment of the entire continent of Africa, as well as the world. Stop mocking him? GO FUCK YOURSELF! And to Captain Moral Authority, TAKE THAT STUPID POINTY HAT OF YOURS AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!

Pope. Kettle. Black.

March 23, 2009

After telling the continent of Africa that they should avoid AIDS by no longer using condoms, he continues his tour of Africa by insisting, seemingly without any sense of irony, that they need to oppose superstition. I love how PZ Myers says it:

The man who heads an institution with an official top exorcist is asking Africans to “shun witchcraft”, and to reject fear-mongering talk of evil entities…

In his homily, he urged his listeners to reach out to those Angolans who believe in witchcraft and spirits. “So many of them are living in fear of spirits, of malign and threatening powers. In their bewilderment they even end up condemning street children and the elderly as alleged sorcerers,” he said.

Next week, I look forward to listening to The Pope explain that warewolves don’t exist after getting off the phone with his official vampire slayer. Ugh!

Pope blames condoms for AIDS

March 17, 2009

christian-condomDr. Pope explains that doctors have it all wrong and that really condoms make AIDS worse. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! Of course! It all makes sense now. Thanks Joey Ratz!

This was after he demanding a 9-year-old should die trying to give birth to twins.

Pope presenting Final Solution to African problem.

Pope presenting "Final Solution" to African problem.

News From Around The Blogosphere 01.09.09

January 9, 2009

Tom Daschle, the soon to be Secretary of Health and Human services calls the lack of funding for vaccines “as sound an investment as we can make in good health” – It looks like Obama made another awesome pick for his cabinet. Good luck Mr. Daschle. You’ve just made enemies with an army of superstitious wackos who I predict with my psychic powers will accuse you of being either a corporate shill for “Big Pharma”, more ignorant of medicine than Jenny McCarthy, or both. Don’t let them intimidate you.

British atheist bus signs draw complaints

But organisation Christian Voice has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority saying they break rules on substantiation and truthfulness.

It seems rather extraordinary that someone could charge lack of truthfulness in the fairly weak statement, ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life’.” That’s misleading? Really? I rather like the response from Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association:

“I am sure that Stephen Green really does think there is a great deal of evidence for a God (though presumably only the one that he believes in), but I pity the ASA if they are going to be expected to rule on the probability of God’s existence.”

Rick Warren’s Africa Problem

Team Obama likes to cite Warren’s work on AIDS in Africa to combat criticism about the controversial pastor. But how does burning condoms in the name of Jesus save lives?

Speaking of crazy, bullshit magic spells cast on Obama by the Christian Right:

saps-taps-parodyA&E to air Paranormal Cops show – I don’t think this can any more repulsive than their show, Psychic Kids, which is essentially child abuse, but it’s just another sign of what a horrible television network A&E has become. And of course as always the cast of this show includes a “medium.” Ugh!

Did New Years Eve seem particularly long this year? – That might be (though probably not) because an extra leap second was added to the day.

“Child-witches” of Nigeria seek refuge

November 11, 2008

Here’s another classic example that shows what’s the harm in believing in nonsense:

Mary is a pretty five-year-old girl with big brown eyes and a father who kicked her out onto the streets in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Her crime: the local priest had denounced her as a witch and blamed her “evil powers” for causing her mother’s death.

Believe it or not, Mary is one of the lucky ones. She only got thrown out of the house in a dangerous neighborhood. Worse fates have befallen others like her who have been branded as witches:

Before being pushed out of their homes many were beaten or slashed with knives, thrown onto fires, or had acid poured over them as a punishment or in an attempt to make them “confess” to being possessed. In one horrific case, a young girl called Uma had a three-inch nail driven into her skull. . . Many of those branded “child-witches” are murdered – hacked to death with machetes, poisoned, drowned, or buried alive in an attempt to drive Satan out of their soul.

This has been a growing problem in Africa. Who is largely to blame for this mass hysteria so reminiscent of our own Salem Witch Hunts? Take a guess. What kind of sick profession would introduce such monstrous ideas that lead to child torture and murder to an impoverished, poorly educated, and superstitious community only to profit off of it?

The devil’s children are “identified” by powerful religious leaders at extremist churches where Christianity and traditional beliefs have combined to produce a deep-rooted belief in, and fear of, witchcraft. The priests spread the message that child-witches bring destruction, disease and death to their families. And they say that, once possessed, children can cast spells and contaminate others.

The religious leaders offer help to the families whose children are named as witches, but at a price. The churches run exorcism, or “deliverance”, evenings where the pastors attempt to drive out the evil spirits. Only they have the power to cleanse the child of evil spirits, they say. The exorcism costs the families up to a year’s income.

During the “deliverance” ceremonies, the children are shaken violently, dragged around the room and have potions poured into their eyes. The children look terrified. The parents look on, praying that the child will be cleansed. If the ritual fails, they know their children will have to be sent away, or killed. Many are held in churches, often on chains, and deprived of food until they “confess” to being a witch.

The ceremonies are highly lucrative for the spiritual leaders many of whom enjoy a lifestyle of large homes, expensive cars and designer clothes.

There is an estimated 15,000 children branded “child-witches” in Akwa Ibom state alone. Thank you Christianity. Those Islamic fundamentalists got nothing on you.

Okay, so it’s not Christianity’s fault, right? Crazy people are crazy no matter what. After all, it’s not like The Bible told them to do this or anything:

The preacher says that her work is true to the Bible and is a means of spreading God’s word. “Witchcraft is a problem all over Nigeria and someone with a gift like me can never hurt anybody,” she says.

Son of a bitch!!!

So far, The Pope nor any other major Christian authority has condemned this behavior. Last week, the Mormons effectively banned gay marriage in the state of California because they viewed that as an outrage. I have yet to heard any Mormon authority condemn these child-witch hunts.