From DAILY NEWS:
Controversial Harlem church, The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, are suing Vicale Corp. They say action figures cast in the image of their leader, ordered from the toymaker, are not black enough and that they have “pointed noses and faces."
The church wants its $45,000 down payment back and is seeking another $120,000 in damages. Toymaker Emil Vicale said an “obnoxious” customer named Jason Moody put in the doll order, and approved the design and the skin color. And he intends to countersue.
Once known as the Israeli Church of Universal Practical Knowledge, the church says blacks are one of the lost tribes of Israel. They’ve been branded a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their leader, according to the SPLC, is Jermaine Grant, who also calls himself the “Chief High Priest Tazadaqyah” and once prophesied that a vengeful black Jesus would return to Earth to kill or enslave all white people.
I agree - nothing like him. For a start,
where are the horns and the pointy tail?
That must be really galling for a man like the Grand Tofti who has worked his way all the way to the top from the top.
Well, at least he's happy now.
The Sunday Assembly, an atheist group that apes parish churches in order to appear trendy and get in the newspapers, has been banned from holding its “church” on ecclesiastical land within a London school. They have been told by the school that their flock can no longer meet in the former St Paul’s Church in Islington, now called The Nave. St Paul’s Steiner School cited booking problems and health and safety concerns. The venue is said to have a maximum capacity of 200 people and the Sunday Assembly draws up to 500. But the entrepreneurial, never-heard-of-before- he-started-this-wheeze, comedians, Mr Sanderson (why are all atheists middle class) Jones and Pippa (why are all atheists middle class) Evans said the Church of England had raised concerns about the appropriateness of his group staging godless events in an ecumenical building. The Diocese of London would not comment on the claims.
I say, "Ban the patronising, childish tossers!" To throw out a bunch of heathens that just want to get on with their heathen stuff, not bothering anybody, would be petulant and bad form. But these chancers are taking the piss out of us and accommodating them would just show us up as wimps. Let them cast their aspersions from their own property. I expect Dorkins' house is "possibly" big enough to accomodate all of them, what with the amount of money he makes out of saving the world from religion.
From LACROSSE TRIBUNE:
Sister Agnes Schweiger, a former military flight nurse who later became a nun and teacher with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, will return to the air with some of her World War II comrades Saturday on the next Freedom Honor Flight from La Crosse to Washington, D.C.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Sister Schweiger, 92.
From HERALD SUN LEADER:
The Australian Christian Lobby says it has no plans to buy back its domain name despite a satire site launched under its moniker. A trio of Melbourne feminists, calling themselves the Australian Cat Ladies, pounced on the domain name AustralianChristianLobby.org when the ACL, which only uses acl.org.au, failed to buy it. Their site, called Australian Cat Ladies, says it stands for marriage equality, the rights of couples to abortion, an end to discrimination, sex education and responsible cat ownership. The link went viral on social media, earning the site about 260,000 views since its launch last night.
The AUSTRALIAN CAT LADIES' website is okay in it's gentile, parochial sort of way. However, it doesn't approach anywhere near the high standard of excellence that you constantly find at that international, colossus and mainstay of family value blogging, the plaudit laden GAFCON. That royal barge of spanking good religion that has sailed the oceans of righteousness and offshore investment management under the helm of the that captain of corporate Christianity, Father Christianfor many a long year . In fact, I have a sneakin' suspicion that these "cat" ladies have probably "studied under" the great man himself sometime in the past, perhaps at some tax deductible conference held at some tropical island resort complex somewhere in the world where the usual rules and regulations of human morality are liberally interpreted.
Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the remainder of his life as a Roman Catholic priest. Fugee would not work in any position involving children, the agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office states. He would have no affiliation with youth groups. He would not attend youth retreats. He would not hear the confessions of minors.
But Fugee has openly done all of those things for the past several years through an unofficial association with a Monmouth County church, St. Mary’s Parish in Colts Neck, The Star-Ledger found. He has attended weekend youth retreats in Marlboro and on the shores of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington, parishioners say. Fugee also has traveled with members of the St. Mary’s youth group on an annual pilgrimage to Canada. At all three locations, he has heard confessions from minors behind closed doors. What’s more, he has done so with the approval of New Jersey’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers.
Never mind. The new pope pays his own fare when he travels by bus and that makes up for the child abuse and all the other sexual shenanigans.
Probably the world's most offensive car...
... owned and driven by probably one of the world's most offensive orthodox Jews.
Full details at GOTHAMIST.
Jewish Americans are so American. Putting up signs insisting on proper attire, crying foul when people complain about the signs and then saying that they wouldn't turn people away anyway because that would be bad for business. Other than that I'm not saying anything for fear of getting into a dispute over what is a trait and what is a stereotype.
From THE COLLEGE FIX:
The University of San Diego – a large, private Catholic college – hosted a drag show in its campus theater Thursday night, prompting a protest by students and local residents who called the event an aberration to Catholicism’s values, while others on campus defended the performance. It’s the second consecutive year the university has hosted the show.
“A drag show is not consistent with Catholic teaching,” student protestor and sophomore Ailsa Tirado, 20, said in an interview with The College Fix. “Why call yourself a Catholic school? It’s in direct contradiction with explicit Catholic moral teaching.”
Tirado and about two dozen others students and local Catholic residents said the rosary on campus while the drag show took place. But protestors were in the minority, as Thursday’s performance sold-out the Shiley Theatre, the campus’ largest auditorium.
“Celebration of Gender Expression – Supreme Drag Superstar 2,” was organized by PRIDE, the college’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer student-support group.
From THE WASHINGTON POST:
John Paulk, former chairman of Exodus International, who for years was known as the poster boy for the Christian “ex-gay” movement, has formally renounced his past and says he is “truly, truly sorry for the pain I have caused” in preaching that gays and lesbians could become straight through prayer and counseling. Paulk also said in a statement on Wednesday that his 20-year marriage to his wife Anne, who describes herself as an ex-lesbian, is ending.
“Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people. From the bottom of my heart I wish I could take back my words and actions that caused anger, depression, guilt and hopelessness. In their place I want to extend love, hope, tenderness, joy and the truth that gay people are loved by God. Today, I see LGBT people for who they are — beloved, cherished children of God. I offer my most sincere and heartfelt apology to men, women, and especially children and teens who felt unlovable, unworthy, shamed or thrown away by God or the church," Paulk said in a lengthy apology distributed to various gay publications.”
Good. That should be the end of that particular silliness for all time. No phoney, pseudo-psychiatric idea could survive such damage. But, of course, the ex-gay movement will carry on because they are already dyed in the wool truth ignorers. As long as there are gays around who have been brainwashed into feeling ashamed about their perfectly natural condition, and psychiatrists, like that one from Bristol (England) who helped elect the current archbishop of Canterbury to add bogus credence to the movement's philosophy of self hate, then it will still be a part of the demonic campaign of Bibliolators to drive healthy young people to suicide or lives filled with depression and false guilt.
But Paulk's admission concerning the futility and wrongness of the ex-gay movement is a very good thing. Perhaps, somewhere today, a young man or young woman, on the verge of taking their own life will read this news report and descend from the ledge to live full, fulfilled lives loving people they were born to (created by God to) love.
Bishop Watterson High School students held a protest on Friday outside of the Columbus Catholic Diocese on Friday. More than two dozen Bishop Watterson high school students brought a "Halestorm" on a sunny spring day in April. #Halestorm is the Twitter handle representing the fight to get Carla Hale's job back. Hale was fired when her mother's obituary identified her same-sex partner.
"We'd like to see her get her job back, but we are also just trying to send a message that we're here for everyone, everyone deserves equal rights," said Bishop Watterson senior Grant Stover.
School officials terminated Hale, saying her spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church.
So these "moral" people who claim allegiance to the Son of God, who loved us so much that he died for us, sacked this teacher just after her mother had died? I think they are just pretending to be Christians. I've come across their type before. We have them in the Church of England. They're easy to spot. They always have jobs where they get to tell people what to do.
Snapped in Sarasota, Florida.
From THE RAW STORY:
A 19-year-old Florida man, who said he had taken psychedelic drugs, was arrested after telling police that he was God and then allegedly assaulting an officer. After stripping off his clothes,
Silecchia begged officers, “Don’t cut off my penis.”
But the 19-year-old man later changed his mind, saying, “Cut off my penis.”
The suspect was shocked with a Taser about six times, but it had little effect.
No, he's definitely not God. God only insists on the cutting off of the skin at the end of the penis and he can't make his mind up as to whether or not that is actually necessary.
From THE DAILY NEWS:
A tiny baby was burned to death on a bonfire after a cult leader, Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, declared the child to be the Antichrist. The baby, just 3 days old, was strapped naked to a board and tossed onto the blaze because "the end of the world was near." The horrific ritual happened in a house in Colliguay, near the Chilean coastal resort of Valparaiso, last Nov. 12. The baby’s mom, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, allegedly gave permission for the brutal murder to go ahead. Four people have been arrested in connection with the death but Gaete remains at large. He was last seen traveling to Peru to buy ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew plant he reportedly used to control his disciples.
From FEDERAL NEWS RADIO:
Some military chaplains trying to access the Southern Baptist Convention website this week were surprised to find it blocked with a message that it contained "hostile content." A Defense Department spokesman said the problem seemed to be with the commercial software the military uses to protect its network. The software blocks access to prohibited sites, like those for pornography or gambling, as well as sites that might have some type of malware associated them.
It'll be the third option.
From THE NORTHERN ECHO: