Daily Archives: 10/11/2010

Amnesty calls for criminal investigation into U.S. torture

Amnesty calls for criminal investigation into U.S. torture Water-boarding was far from the only technique alleged to have been used against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubayhdah and others held in the secret program that violated the international prohibition of torture … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

What do Pol Pot and George W. Bush have in common?

They both preferred torturing prisoners instead of trying them in the courts. Let’s talk about torture by Mark Colvin Tuol Sleng is a name, like Auschwitz or the Gulag, which should strike horror into the heart. Tuol Sleng was the prison … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

Doubting Thomas — an introduction to the poetry of R. S. Thomas

For those interested in the work of the great twentieth-century Welsh poet, R. S. Thomas: Doubting Thomas – an introduction to the poetry of R. S. Thomas

Posted in Authors, Poetry

‘Pieta’ by R. S. Thomas

Pieta by R. S. Thomas Always the same hills Crowd the horizon. Remote witnesses Of the still scene. And in the foreground The tall Cross. Sombre, untenanted, Aches for the Body That is back in the cradle Of a maid’s … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry

Poetry: ‘In Church’ by R. S. Thomas

In Church by R. S. Thomas Often I try To analyse the quality Of its silences.  Is this where God hides From my searching?  I have stopped to listen, After the few people have gone, To the air recomposing itself … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry

Poetry: ‘The Chapel’ by R. S. Thomas

The Chapel by R. S. Thomas A little aside from the main road, becalmed in a last-century greyness, there is the chapel, ugly, without the appeal to the tourist to stop his car and visit it.  The traffic goes by, … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry

Controversy over John the Baptist relics displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria

Controversy Provoking John The Baptist Relics Displayed in Sofia I have no idea whether these really are the relics of John the Baptizer or not, but I do think that automatically rejecting all relics as fakes is every bit as irrational … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology

More Iraqi Christians murdered

Baghdad’s Christians were again attacked on Wednesday as 11 roadside bombs killed five people in predominantly Christian neighborhoods, leaving many wondering whether it’s time to flee Iraq.

Posted in Christian Churches

Vatican archbishop addresses Interpol conference

Citing the Catholic Church’s long commitment to eliminate evil from the world, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, secretary of the Governorate of Vatican City State, said that the Vatican wants to cooperate with Interpol in the ongoing conflict between good and evil.  Apparently … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches

The truth about Richard Dawkins’ ‘The God Delusion’

Posted in Atheism, Book Reviews, Humour

Have some fun browsing the ‘Better Book Titles’ archive

This is fun: Better Book Titles Click on any of the images and it will open a page about that book.

Posted in Authors, Book Reviews, Humour

More theological dilettantism from a U.S. politician: ‘The planet won’t be destroyed by global warming because God promised Noah’

‘The planet won’t be destroyed by global warming because God promised Noah,’ says politician bidding to chair U.S. energy committee John Shimkus quoted chapter 8, verse 22 of the book of Genesis, at the House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism

US Catholic bishops seek to boost the number of exorcists

US bishops seek to boost number of exorcists American Catholic bishops are holding a two-day conference in an attempt to combat the shortage of trained exorcists. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Theology