Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hitchens on the gay sting against Christian Bed & Breakfast owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull

‘As I suspected they would, the Christian hotel owners, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, came off worse in their courtroom struggle against Politically Correct Britain. The law believes such people have no right to follow their own morals, except in private.  … Continue reading

Posted in Peter Hitchens, Politics, World Events, Secularism

Christian victims of gay entrapment sting will lose their home: so who’s really being persecuted?

The Christian hotelier found guilty of gay bias looks set to lose her home and asks: So who’s really being persecuted? Is this really the victory that ­campaigners envisaged: two elderly ­people facing ruin and this week subjected to a … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Gay activist Tatchell says Christians’ religious freedoms must be subordinated to secularists’ rights

Peter Tatchell says believers’ religious freedoms must be subordinated to others’ rights to buy things Responding to the judgement against Christian guest-house owners’ conscientious right to refuse homosexuals from sleeping together in their home, Peter Tatchell has stated that the … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Quote of the day: Scott Stephens on the intellectual poverty of the New Atheists

‘The “New Atheists” look like sensationalist media-pimps: smugly self-assured, profligate, unphilosophical and brazenly ahistorical, whose immense popularity says rather more about the illiteracy and moral impoverishment of Western audiences than it does about the relative merits of their arguments. But … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Quote of the Day

Smiling, dodging Tony Blair branded a liar and a killer by his Iraq victims’ families

Fury of the families as Blair admits his Iraq War ‘regrets’ Tony Blair was called a liar and a killer by families of Britain’s Iraq War dead yesterday after he finally expressed regret about the casualties. It was when he … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

Hippolytus on baptismal regeneration

‘And the bishop shall lay his hand upon them [the newly baptized], invoking and saying: ‘O Lord God, who did count these worthy of deserving the forgiveness of sins by the laver of regeneration, make them worthy to be filled … Continue reading

Posted in Quote of the Day, Theology

Quote of the day: John A.T. Robinson ‘Without a belief in teleology there can be no eschatology’

‘Special value or significance attaches to the last term of a process only when the whole is thought to be purposive.  Apart from a belief in teleology there can be no true telos or climax, but only a stopping, cessation, petering … Continue reading

Posted in Quote of the Day, Theology

Second gay entrapment sting trial delayed due to defense witness intimidation

Therapist who tried to ‘cure’ homosexuals has case delayed amid claims of witness intimidation Supporters of Lesley Pilkington, the Christian therapist who faces being struck off, called in police after they said the expert witness was threatened in several ‘menacing’ … Continue reading

Posted in Secularism

Would the discovery of advanced extra-terrestrial life destroy Christianity and other religions?

No, says Ted Peters in his very interesting and nontechnical essay The implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Give it a read.  It’s well worth your time and addresses all the … Continue reading

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Writers’ quote of the day: Norman Mailer on the importance of sticking to a writing schedule

‘Over the years, I’ve found one rule.  It is the only one I give on those occasions when I talk about writing.  A simple rule.  If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Quote of the Day, Writing

New Alabama Governor criticised for saying non-Christians are ‘Not my brother, not my sister’

New Alabama Governor Says Non-Christians ‘Not My Brother, Not My Sister’ Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and … Continue reading

Posted in Fundamentalism, Politics, World Events

Russian Orthodox Church leaders discuss and debate dress codes

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin stands for Russian dress code for men and women He said he was glad that his suggestion to discuss the appearance of Russian women and girls caused interest, but was surprised that authors of the petition decided that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Politics, World Events, Popular Culture, Society

Former Planned Parenthood director and husband now pro-life and converting to Catholicism

Former Planned Parenthood director to convert to Catholicism  by Valerie Schmalz The woman who walked away from her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director after helping with an ultrasound-guided abortion is on the verge of entering the Catholic Church. Abby … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Politics, World Events

Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with murdering pregnant woman and seven babies

Philly Abortion Doctor Facing 8 Counts Of Murder A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Writers’ quote of the day: W. Somerset Maugham on introducing your main characters early

‘It is a psychological trait in human nature that interest is established in the persons whom the playwright introduces at the beginning of his play so firmly that if the interest is then switched off to other persons who enter … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Quote of the Day, Writing

More on the gay sting against British Christian B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull

UK Christians told by judge that they have no absolute right to religious belief Judge Andrew Rutherford has ruled that Christians, and other adherents of religion, have no absolute right to religious belief in the UK which must be always … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

Writers’ quote of the day: Anne Lamott on how to develop a story plot

‘Plot grows out of character.  If you focus on who the people in your story are, if you sit and write about two people you know and are getting to know better day by day, something is bound to happen.’ … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Quote of the Day, Writing

Weird news: “devout” atheist worried about “committing blasphemy”

Atheist Michael Newdow is petitioning the American Supreme Court, challenging the U.S. national motto, “In God We Trust,” and contending that “Devout atheists are forced to choose between not using what is often the only available legal tender and committing what they … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism

Gay couple win entrapment sting against B&B owners: judge erodes right to religious beliefs

The law is eroding our right to a set of beliefs It should surprise no one that the Bulls received such short shrift from the courts and that their strongly held religious convictions should count for so little.  Last year, … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

Why you still can’t trust Wikipedia

Wikipedia: You Still Can’t Trust It by Lance Ulanoff Later, someone else went into my Wikipedia page and added new detail about my life and background.  I’d served in the French Foreign Legion.  My hands are deadly weapons.  I was a … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Culture, Society

Pope Benedict appoints Nobel Prize-winning Protestant president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pope Benedict appoints Protestant scientist president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Werner Arber, a Swiss molecular biologist and Nobel Prize Laureate as President of the 400 year old Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  Prof. Arber is the … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Churches, Sciences

Pic of the day: Adolf Hitler portrayed as blood-thirsty King Herod in church’s stained glass window

Revealed for the first time, the defiant French stained glass window portraying Hitler as King Herod Adolf Hitler was portrayed as a blood-thirsty King Herod killing a Jew in a church stained glass window created in France at the height … Continue reading

Posted in History, Visual Arts

Weird news: angry atheist activist fights moment of silence in schools

Atheist Activist Vows To Fight Illinois Moment Of Silence Law An Illinois law requiring a daily moment of silence in public schools is back in effect after a two-year hiatus. Federal Judge Robert Gettleman lifted an injunction on the law’s … Continue reading

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The crazed smile of Jared Loughner: it’s the little packets of cannabis that we really need to fear

The crazed smile that says: It’s the little packets of madness that we really need to fear by Peter Hitchens There is another aspect of this case that the smug media seem to be avoiding.  Look at the strange picture of … Continue reading

Posted in Peter Hitchens, Politics, World Events

George VI: an example of Christian kingship due to die out with wishy-washy Prince Charles

George VI, or ‘Bertie’, upheld a tradition of Christian kingship that may die out with Prince Charles [George VI] was also, like his daughter, our present Queen, whose sense of duty is so like her father’s, a Christian monarch.  As “Defender of … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism