Noah’s Ark Hoaxer to Save Bush

An email from CBA (the Christian Bookselllers Association) announces that Michael Moore will soon be undone: The documentary George W. Bush: Faith in the White House, which premiered at CBA Convention, will air on network television in September and may release in theaters later this summer as a contrast to the negative Fahrenheit 9/11 The […]

Satanic Panic Comes to Cyprus

Back in March, Cypriot Justice Minister Doros Theodorou declared fears about Satanism on Cyprus to be baseless. He now seems to have changed his tune, according to the Cyprus Mail: Speaking at a conference on Satanism in Limassol yesterday, Theodorou said the Council of Europe and European Parliament had both called on their members to […]

Zen on the Streets of London

The Observer profiles the Peacemaker Circle International Community, a Zen Buddhist group that holds “street retreats” in which participants spend several days living homeless in major cities. At a “retreat” in London this weekend, participants paid £150 (about US$220), much of which is donated to homelessness charities, but their time on the streets includes making […]

Oregon Republican Theocrat Seeks 100% Christian Turnout

With all the attention given to the Texas GOP, no-one seems to have noticed that the theocrats also hold at least some influence in the Oregon Republican Party. Writing in The Oregonian (link via Christianity Today), former Oregon Republican congressional district chairman David Crowe chides Christians who failed to vote in 2000: This failure to […]

Jack Ryan, Sacred and Profane

Jack Ryan, GOP Senate candidate for Illinois, in public, from the Chicago Sun-Times in April: Still, every day, at some point, Ryan can be found in one of the back pews of a church, praying. “People ask me, ‘Why do you go to church every day?…I’m not very effective in my home. Too many distractions… […]

God Votes for UK Independence Party

The BBC (cribbing shamelessly from the PA) reports on an Anglican church service due to take place today: An anti-EU vicar is planning to hold a special service on Sunday, thanking God for the European election results. The Reverend Philip Foster said the UK Independence Party’s success showed the tide was turning and Europhiles could […]

Russian Art Exhibitors Face Five Years for Clash With Orthodox Fundamentalists

Just as Christianity Today reports on the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia (a subject of this blog here), the AP provides details on the “anti-religious trial” currently underway in Moscow: Yuri Samodurov, who manages the Andrei Sakharov Museum, was charged after holding an exhibit titled “Caution, Religion” in January 2003. Samodurov and his colleague, […]

Michael Newdow Wins Libel Case

Michael Newdow may have lost the Supreme Court case over “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, but Yahoo News (via Christianity Today) reports on a consolation prize: he’s just won a $1 million dollar libel suit against the Rev Austin Miles, although he does not expect to receive the cash: In an Internet posting […]

Winners Chapel Accused of Tax Dodge

The Ghanaian Chronicle has been reporting on Ghana’s Charismatic churches, with an emphasis on the powerful Winners Chapel: we have learnt that at Winners Chapel alone, over $60,000 was sent monthly from Ghana to the Nigerian headquarters of the church – tax-free! It is significant that but for the current leadership struggle in the church, […]

Oil Be Damned

Part One For a while now Hal Lindsey has been promoting Zion Oil & Gas, a company that introduces itself as a private U.S.-based corporation formed under Delaware corporation law [the laxest in the USA – RB], exploring for oil and gas in Israel on a licensed area of approximately 95,800 acres located onshore between Tel […]