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The Woke Minefield

Political correctness is such a minefield. In the U.K. the government has been in all sorts of trouble for not automatically giving the retired archbishop of York, John Sentamu, a life peerage, which would have meant that he kept his seat in the House of Lords. It was implied that this snub was because he was a black man.

It now transpires that his peerage had merely been delayed because the government did not want to upset the guardians of political correctness by awarding Sentamu the honour whilst the Church of England was still subject to an inquiry into its murky past involving the sexual abuse of children by its employees and the covering up of much of it by the bishops.

Some days you just can’t win.

Jesus Reported For Vagrancy

On Monday, a statue depicting a homeless Jesus lying on a bench was placed on the grounds of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, Ohio.

Twenty minutes later, the cops arrived. Someone had called them to report a homeless man sleeping on a park bench.

The sculpture, designed by Timothy Schmalz, has been placed at various churches and religious organisations in the area since October 2018,

He’s Effing Right

Danny Dyer has said he believes the coronavirus pandemic is an otherworldly intervention to change humanity for the better. He hopes that the long-term effect of COVID-19 will be a positive change in human behaviour.

Dyer said: “I think there is some sort of intervention. Something has to change, something has to shift within our human behaviour. And hopefully, on the back of this pandemic, something will shift within us.”

But he added: “I can’t fucking see it yet. I still think there’s a lot of hatred out there, a lot of division with everything that is going on in America and here with our fucking useless government.”

Now They Know How Many Moles It Takes To Fill The Albert Hall

Intellectually, I am against vivisection. I am also, intellectually, a pacifist and a vegetarian. Sadly, in practice, I am a carnivore who believes in using all possible means to neutralise anyone who dares to attack “my people” and who would raise not a whimper in protest if researchers needed to sacrifice a whole load of animals in order to discover a cure for COVID-19. However, I do not start fights and I do not knowingly buy anything that has been tested on animals that definitely does not need to be. It makes me very cross when I read about scientists hurting animals without an extremely good reason. When I was driving a lorry for a living, I occasionally delivered goods into Huntingdon Life Sciences near Peterborough in England, a research establishment infamous for its experimentation on animals; I can still hear clearly inside my head the howls of the dogs kenneled there. Therefore, an article I read in last week’s “New Scientist” magazine really made my blood boil.

Evidently, some mammals have the ability to detect magnetic fields, but where this sense originates has long remained elusive. Kai Caspar and his colleagues at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany had a suspicion that with the nearly blind, Ansell’s mole-rat, the ability to sense magnetic fields was due to the creature having magnetoreceptors in its eyes. To test this hypothesis they clinically removed the eyes of twenty-two mole-rats and then watched them and eighteen still sighted mole-rats build nests. Those that had eyes built their nests aligned to the earth’s magnetic field whilst the eyeless critters built theirs facing all over the place. Now the world knows how Ansell’s mole-rats detect magnetic fields.

For the life of me, I cannot think of any possible reason why we had to know this other than cruel curiosity. Furthermore and again for the life of me, I cannot imagine what sort of mind would exist in the head of a person who could stand there gouging the eyes out of twenty-two sentient creatures just to assuage that curiosity. I am, however, certain of one thing; this abuse of the creatures we share our planet is not in line with God’s desire that we should care for his creation.

Out And Happy With It In Japan

From Reuters.

During a sheltered upbringing in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, gay Japanese monk Kodo Nishimura kept his sexuality a closely guarded secret, and also concealed his burgeoning love of make-up. Nowadays, Nishimura blends religious duties with work as a make-up artist, making him an unusual figure in socially conservative Japan, where same-sex marriage remains illegal and being openly gay is largely taboo.

The thirty-one-year-old said his eventual decision to come out had been the “best weapon” to challenge homophobia, and he now hopes his autobiography will inspire more LGBT+ people in his country to openly embrace their sexual identity.

“If you’re ashamed to show your difference, you can become vulnerable, but if you switch your attitude, your difference is your best weapon,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

When not in Buddhist robes, Nishimura often appears wearing full make-up, high heels and fake eyelashes on his Instagram account. Thousands of copies of his Japanese-language autobiography have been sold since it was published in late July, and discussions are underway to translate it into other languages. He has given speeches in universities and at the United Nations office, and last year appeared on an episode of Netflix reality TV series ‘Queer Eye’.

Nishimura said there was no contradiction between his different roles, instead, he sees them as complementary.

“Being a monk people pay more attention to what I say,” he said.

He has not received any backlash from within his Buddhist community, although he said he sometimes receives comments and messages mocking him on social media.

Pakistani Newleyweds Banned From Partying

Religious leaders from Jamrud, in the Khyber region of Pakistan, have told local clerics not to solemnise marriages when the ceremony is to be followed by a music and dance party. The leaders claim that music and dance parties, mostly involving transgender persons, were arranged at most of the wedding ceremonies in Ghundi area which was against the teachings of Islam and local tribal traditions. They said that dance performance by transgender persons, mostly brought from outside Jamrud, had been spreading obscenity among the area youth.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

I am getting mighty fed up with everything on British TV having a woke agenda. From cop shows to costume dramas to documentaries, it feels like every programme is preaching a moral message. I am particularly worried about this trend being taken up by history programmers because once the presentation of history becomes polemical, the history becomes distorted and facts are not mentioned if they contradict the agenda of the programme’s producers.

Welby’s Apology To Abused Is Nothing But A PR Sham

Over twenty years ago I reported a vicar for taking a boy from the congregation to a “sauna” and photographing him in the nude. It was covered up by the archdeacon. I went mad and was sacked for being hospitalised with depression. The accused vicar is still in the same post. He will get a full pension. I will have to live on just three hundred pounds a month.

and nobody gives a fuck about me because they don’t have to

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

Do not confuse evil with madness. If you do, then you excuse the actions of the wicked by implying they are not fully responsible for them due to diminished responsibility. Also, you add to the massive amount of bigotry and prejudice, caused by ignorance, that those of us who suffer from mental illness face every day of our lives.

Goats But Not Water, Insists Priest

There was anger at a Catholic church in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, when the priest in charge of the church rejected the Thanksgiving offertory of packages of bottled water from a family.

A family who came before the altar had brought tubers of yams and packages of bottled water for a Thanksgiving for the birthday of their daughter and memorial service for their late father. But to their shock the priest rejected the gifts.

“Nobody should ever bring bottled water before this altar as offertory for Thanksgiving. I commend the man that brought a big goat for Thanksgiving. Let me warn you, nobody should ever bring bottled water here for Thanksgiving, we are not at a burial ceremony please,” he told the congregation.

This action of the priest did not go down well. The congregation angrily abandoned the service and hurled insults at the priest.

Sexual Healing (Not)

In Fiji, a thirty-four-year-old woman has told the Suva High Court that she was informed by a pastor from the Agape Healing Church Ministry that he had to have sex with her to drive out a curse.

The woman says that she had a belief that there is a curse in her family as herself and all her other siblings who got married had not been able to conceive. She believed in the pastor that he would heal her as he had been healing others.

She says when she went to the pastor’s house the following week, he told her that she needed to have sex with another man in order to conceive. He also told her not to have sex with her husband because they were both cursed.

The woman says the pastor then told her to undress and then he raped her, as he had said that the holy spirit had spoken to him and he had to deliver her. She said the next morning, the pastor told her that she would also have to have sex with another pastor for the curse to be lifted.

Waisake Tulavu is accused of raping two women in his church and sexually assaulting another woman. The trial continues.

The President Who Cried “Fake News!”

The tragic thing is that he has so undermined the concept of truth that I don’t really believe he has got COVID-19. My instinct is to believe he is pretending to be ill to get his tax history out of the news and to avoid making a fool of himself again during another debate.

The MadGang Go To Davaar Island

Here are the last of our holiday snaps taken in
Scotland at the beginning of September this year.

Davaar Island is located at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch off the east coast of Kintyre, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is a tidal island, linked to the mainland at low tide by a natural shingle causeway called the Dhorlin.

The island is also known for its seven caves, one of which contains a life-size cave painting depicting the crucifixion, painted in 1887 by local artist Archibald MacKinnon after he had a vision in a dream suggesting him to do so. The painting caused an uproar in the area as it was seen as a sign from God. When the townsfolk discovered it was MacKinnon and not God, he was exiled from the town indefinitely. Restored several times since, including twice by the original artist, the painting was vandalised in July 2006, having a red and black depiction of Che Guevara painted over the original masterpiece. It has since been restored again. (Wikipedia)

Dawkins Cancelled

You have to laugh.

Richard Dawkins has been no-platformed (cancelled) by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society, the oldest debating society in the world. This is, of course, nothing to do with any of the swipes he has had at Christianity over the years but is down to him saying that Islam is a bad thing. This makes him an Islamaphobe which puts him in the same wastebasket of failed wokeness as J. K. Rowling, Germaine Greer and one of the blokes who wrote “Father Ted” along with many others.

Historian Offers To Serve Time On Behalf Of Nigerian Child

The Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Warsaw, Poland, Dr Piotr Cywiñski, says he and one hundred and nineteen other volunteers across the world are offering to be jailed in exchange for the release of a teenager, Omar Farouq, imprisoned for blasphemy in Kano State.

In an appeal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, Cywiñski wrote, “As the director of the Auschwitz Memorial, that commemorates the victims and preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity. I wish to request the pardon of this thirteen-year-old boy. Regardless of what he said, he cannot be treated as fully aware and responsible, given his age. He should not be subjected to the loss of the entirety of his youth, be deprived of opportunities, and stigmatised physically, emotionally and educationally for the rest of his life. I am convinced that the authority you possess can still undo this sentence. However, if it turns out that the words of this child absolutely require one hundred and twenty months of imprisonment, and even you are not able to change that, I suggest that in place of the child, one hundred and twenty adult volunteers from all over the world, gathered by us – myself personally among them – should each serve a month in a Nigerian prison. In total, the price for the child’s transgression will be the same, and we will all avoid the worst. If you agree to grant clemency, or to the above proposal in lieu of punishment, I will make an attempt to provide financial help for the boy’s proper education. This way, instead of a destroyed young man, Nigeria will gain an aware and educated young citizen.”

Cywiñski asked Buhari to consider his proposal “favourably”, saying, “You will undoubtedly agree with the statement that human rights begin with the rights of the child. I remain hopeful that this issue will be quickly resolved according to twenty-first-century standards.”

Bon Voyage, Mate!

I see that the Australians did not stop Cardinal Pell leaving the country and flying off to the Vatican even though they have a travel ban in force at the moment.

You can’t blame them. If I was Australian I would have happily contributed towards the cost of his plane ticket. As long as it was one-way, of course.

I’ve Got A Bible And I’m Not Afraid To Use It

Marion County deputies arrested a man wearing nothing but his underpants and a black rosary around his neck, in connection to a burglary in Ocala. According to the arrest report, a homeowner said 39-year-old Robert Hoskins admitted to breaking into the man’s home. He stole clothes among other things.

When deputies arrived on the scene last Tuesday, Hoskins became aggressive and told deputies “I condemn you”.

He then threw a bible at a deputy, hitting him in the face.

Deputies used a taser on Hoskins and took him into custody. He then defecated on himself and told the arresting officers that God told him to break into the home to rescue the owner’s daughter.

The arrest report includes Hoskins’ wife saying he “does have a drug problem.”

This is what happens when a nation allows unrestricted bible ownership and the carrying of bibles in public. I’ve heard that in America, bibles are even allowed in some churches, especially evangelical ones. What is the world coming to?

Kinky Goings-On In Zimbabwe

Bulawayo based preacher Mduduzi Dube has extended his spiritual manhood locking to promiscuous pastors, prophets and apostles.

The preacher, who is the founder of Christ Life Generation Church, is alleged to use a padlock and water to perform the spiritual padlock healing.

Dube, also known as the Black Elisha, shot to fame early this year for locking adulterous men using spiritual padlocks. He is understood to have recently told his congregants during a service that the time is up for Casanova men of God. He claims that three prophets have already been locked in Cowdray Park.

“I can’t reveal names but those in Cowdray Park know the people I am talking about, I hope this will send a strong message to my fellow leaders in church that they should not abuse their positions.”

A congregant at his church said that during one service the preacher warned prophets and pastors against taking advantage of their positions in society to sleep with many women. He added that wives of troublesome pastors should come to him and he will put them on offseason for misbehaving.”

Personally, I can’t help suspecting that some of the naughty men of God might quite like the idea of the padlocks.

Lockdown Update

The local lockdown has been made even stricter where I live. The new measures will mean that people from different households will be banned under the law from socialising indoors in any setting, including pubs or restaurants, and would face fines for doing so. We will still be able to go to the pub with members of our own household. But I am a bit worried about the vagueness of this new dispensation. For a start, what is socialising? I assume that crossing the floor of a pub to shake hands with a complete stranger would be a very naughty thing to do. But what if I look up from my glass of beer and, without thinking, smile at a friend sitting on the other side of the room. Technically, that must be regarded as social interaction. If Priti Patel was sitting in a corner keeping her beady eye on us to make sure we were all behaving, would she immediately grass me up to to the police, resulting in my being fined ten thousand pounds on the spot?

University Staff To Be Sacrificed

The government and employers would have acted far more sensibly from the outset of the pandemic if those making the decisions were legally liable for the results of their decisions. I am sure that the university vice-chancellors currently overriding their staff’s decision not to teach in person, would be less likely to do so if there was a threat of successful legal actions being made against them by the families of the members of staff who end up dead because of a bullish insistence on keeping the student pound coming in.

Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

I think black people are being more than a bit ungenerous about this white Jesus thing. We know (because the Bible tells us so) that the first human beings were created in the image of God. We also know (because the study of human D.N.A. tells us so) that the first human beings were African and most definitely as black as you can get. Therefore, it stands to reason, that God must be a black man.

Surely then, with the big guy himself representing their skin pigmentation, black people could be magnanimous and let us white folk have the second person of the Trinity as our divine role model.

Coronavirus In A Time Of A Lack Of Love

Pubs, clubs and other indoor places of entertainment (including churches) should never have been allowed to reopen. People who can work from home should never have been encouraged to return to work. There should have been no gimmicky giveaways (like the half-price eat-out deal). Instead, we should have focussed the country’s resources on taking care of the workers affected by the compulsory closure of their places of work. The rich should have been taxed excessively for the period of the pandemic. It is only fair as they benefit the most during the “good times.” Borders should have been closed with only goods being imported and exported. None of these suggestions are made with hindsight. Everybody who put the nation’s health before the wealth of the extremely rich few were recommending all these things as soon as we realised the scale of the emergency.

A Moral Dilemma

Pretend for a moment that Donald Trump keeps his promises; is there anything that he could promise to do that would tempt you to vote for him, even if all his other policies remained as repulsive to you as before?

This is the question that those Americans who believe that abortion is murder are asking themselves, especially those who would normally vote Democrat.

I recently read a claim that single-issue voting was anti-democratic. That certainly sounds right but I am pretty certain that if Boris Johnson was to promise to abolish the U.K. arms trade or something else of similar moral importance to me, I would be sorely tempted to vote for him.

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