Not Supporting Greater Israel Explains Unfortunate Events: Tornado Edition

Boing Boing‘s science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker ponders recent tornadoes in the USA: In just five months, the United States has experienced more tornadoes than we often get in an entire year. And far, far more people have died. 2011 is already the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1953. As of May 23rd, 498 people have been killed. […]

Battle over Nigeria’s “Child-Witches”

Child-witch stigmatisation continues in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria: …The Akwa Ibom State government has concluded plans to rehabilitate 21 abandoned children who were discovered taking refuge at two locations in Eket local government Area. The commissioner for Women Affairs and Social welfare, Mrs. Eunice Thomas disclosed this when she visited the children at the […]

Abstinence Group to Advise UK Government on Sexual Health

From the Guardian: A group which is opposed to abortion in all circumstances and favours an abstinence-based approach to sex education has been appointed to advise the government on sexual health. The Life organisation has been invited to join a new sexual health forum set up to replace the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health […]

The Purpose-Driven Death Squads

From the Kigali New Times, November 2009: Renowned American pastor, Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church, yesterday delivered a special sermon at a prayer breakfast with a cross-section of Rwandan leaders, in which President Paul Kagame was chief guest. Pastor Warren began his sermon recalling how he was invited to Rwanda by Kagame nearly six years ago […]

Glenn Beck and His Tour Operators

Last week, Glenn Beck announced his “Restoring Courage” rally planned for Jerusalem. His Blaze website has further details: The “Restoring Courage” event will take place August 24th at the excavation site at the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Tickets for the primary location there are very limited. Only 600 are being made available to listeners […]

Tim LaHaye Against “Trivializing” Bible Prophecy

Stern words from Tim LaHaye: The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series of Christian prophecy novels, said [Harold] Camping “trivializes the very serious study of Bible prophecy by ignoring Jesus’ statement that everyone seems to know except him, and that is that no man knows the day nor the hour” that Jesus […]

T.D. Jakes to Make Heaven is for Real Movie

Movie news: Sony Pictures has acquired screen rights to the bookHeaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip To Heaven And Back, written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.  Joe Roth will produce with T.D. Jakes. Burpo is a small town Nebraska pastor whose four-year old son, Colton, nearly died during […]

Nadine Dorries: What Does She Mean?

Alongside the controversies over Nadine Dorries’ expenses and bogus allegations of stalking (see here), the MP is also currently at the centre of a storm over her stated wish to promote “abstinence education” to schoolgirls. Commenting on Dorries’ pronouncements on this subject is a crowded field, but there are a few points of clarification worth […]

Nadine Dorries and Dominic Wightman: A Mutual Interest

At the risk of some repetition, I return again to the subject of Nadine Dorries and her attempt to use bogus accusations of harassment to discourage critical scrutiny of her expenses and her performance as a Member of Parliament. As I noted in an update to my previous post on the subject, Tim has published […]

Mosab Hassan Yousef and Former Shin Bet Handler Respond to Walid Shoebat

(Amended) Ron Brackin’s website carries further details of the dispute between Walid Shoebat and Mosab Hassan Yousef. Both men are ex-Muslim converts to Christianity of Palestinian heritage now based in the USA, and both have vehemently anti-Islam views. However, while Shoebat is an apocalyptic Christian Zionist who has repudiated any kind of Palestinian identity, Yousef, despite having […]