“March for Free Expression” Planned for London

Nick Cohen writes in The London Observer: Next Saturday at 2pm in Trafalgar Square, there will be a rally for freedom of expression. I think it’s fair to say that previous generations would be astonished that their descendants would have to take to the streets to demand such a basic right, but after the death […]

Intelligent Design Turns Orange

Pro-Intelligent Design blog Uncommon Descent links to news from Northern Ireland, courtesy of SecEd: Secondary pupils in Northern Ireland are spearheading a campaign to introduce a scientific concept, banned in the United States, into the curriculum. Later in the article the hapless hack explains that by “banned in the United States” he actually means the […]

BNP Christian Group Forming in Lincolnshire

NB: This entry has been amended. Contrary to the report that appeared on Ekklesia, Rev. Robert West is not a member of Lincolnshire Community Council. In fact, he is a councillor in Lincolnshire’s South Holland District Council. The Robert West who sits on the boards of the Community Council and of Lincolnshire Enterprise is a different  person. […]

Death Threat for “Manifesto of 12” Signers

From Muslim Refusnik, the website of reformist Muslim Irshad Manji: Friends: By now you know about the Manifesto of 12: Together Facing a New Totalitarianism. I signed it, along with Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Taslima Nasrin and several others. On March 11, we received a serious death threat from a chat thread on ummah.com, […]

Moscow and Jerusalem United In Homophobia

Interfax-Religion carries an interview with acting Mayor of Jerusalem Yigal Amedi, who is currently visiting Moscow. Amedi gushes over his hosts, shrugging off reports of resurgent anti-semitism in Russia and offering some authoritarian-homophobe solidarity with his Moscow counterpart: What do think about the idea of holding a gay parade in Moscow? – Last year, some […]

Intellectual Degradation of Isfahan

A few days late, I read about a conference in Iran, via Arutz Sheva: At the initiative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a state-run Iranian university held a Holocaust-denial conference this week. The conference, reported by Iran’s official IRIB radio, was held at Isfahan University. It was entitled Holocaust: myth or reality, and was […]

Far-right Links of Anti-Abortion Group Targeting UK Documentary Maker

Twice in row now, MediaWatchWatch points me in the direction of religious opportunism dressed up as Christian activism by the British far right. Yesterday I looked at the Christian Council of Britain; today it’s notorious anti-abortion group UK LifeLeague (“UKLL”). Citing the Observer, MWW draws attention to the targeting of a well-known journalist: Rod Liddle’s documentary last Monday, […]

British Far-Right Infiltrates Christian Protests

(updated) MediaWatchWatch draws attention to the latest protest by the “Christian Council of Britain” – a front-group of the far-right British National Party formed to capitalise on the Jerry Springer Opera controversy. The Leicester Mercury reports: People for and against Jerry Springer: The Opera staged demonstrations to mark the musical’s arrival in Leicester. …Wayne McDermott, […]

Uganda Church Collapse Blamed on Rival Pastor

The death of 26 people in Uganda as the result of a wall collapsing in a church has led to recriminations: Word was rife that the tragedy was masterminded by a powerful evil spell cast upon the church by a pastor of a nearby rival church. …Residents said there was rivalry between the Pastor of […]

Satanic Panic Payout in Canada

The epilogue to a Satanic panic outbreak in Canada: The Saskatchewan government has settled the final two lawsuits outstanding from a child sexual abuse case going back to the early 1990s. …[James] Elstad and [Edward] Revesz were among nine people charged in 1992 with 180 sex-related offences against children at a day care in Martensville, […]