Documentaries on Islamic Extremism and the English Defence League in Luton

Two recent British TV documentaries have looked into Islamic fundamentalism and the English Defence League, focusing on the town of Luton. The first, My Hometown Fanatics: Stacey Dooley Investigates, aired on BBC 3; Dooley, who is herself from Luton, went to school with EDL leader Stephen Lennon (“Tommy Robinson”), and the programme’s narrative structure was built […]

Glenn Beck Meets Vatican Clergy and “International Tea Party Leaders”

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze reports: This weekend [19 Feb], The Blaze has confirmed that Beck flew from Miami to Rome, where he had meetings with prominent Catholic Church leaders. In addition to holding discussions with them about important religious freedom issues, Beck also met with individuals from various countries to discuss the creation of an international […]

Dorries Agonistes

From the Guardian: MPs are considering plans that would allow anti-abortion organisations to offer publicly funded pregnancy counselling services, despite the defeat of similar proposals in a parliamentary vote last year. A cross-party group of MPs, set up by the public health minister Anne Milton after last September’s vote against proposals by the Tory MP Nadine […]

Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative Summit Promotes 2008 “Economic Terrorism” Theory

Neo-Pentecostal evangelist Rick Joyner has published an account of the 2012 Oak Initiative Summit, which took place earlier this month: …It was an exceptional gathering with many calling it the best yet. It began with a stunning presentation by Kevin Freeman, the author of Secret Weapon, which well deserves its present rise on the New York Times bestseller list. It […]

Telegraph Attempts to Whip Up Bizarre Richard Dawkins Slavery Controversy

A rather bizarre hit-piece in the Sunday Telegraph: He has railed against the evils of religion, and lectured the world on the virtues of atheism. Now Richard Dawkins, the secularist campaigner against “intolerance and suffering”, must face an awkward revelation: he is descended from slave owners and his family estate was bought with a fortune […]

Alex and Cyril

Some exchanges between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus and “Europe’s Last Dictator“. Cyril to Alex, reported 31 August 2010: Dear Alexander Grigoryevich, Many happy returns of the day. Working in the high and important office of President of the Republic of Belarus for many years, you have gained […]

Houston Liberty Gospel Pastor Gives Interview

Sahara TV has a telephone interview with Pastor Godwin Umotong, who runs a franchise of Helen Ukpabio’s Liberty Gospel Church in Houston. Ukpabio was due to visit Houston in March, provoking the threat of protests; the Houston Press reported at the end of January (links added): …The Pentecostal cleric [Ukpabio] claims to have the power to identify […]

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department Trained on Islam at Tennessee Freedom Coalition-Hosted Event

From the website of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (link added): The Tennessee Freedom Coalition is proud to announce an event coming your way in February! We will be hosting the Strategic Engagement Group in Murfreesboro at the World Outreach Church for an evening event, “Understanding the Threat to America… Speakers for this event are EJ Kimball […]

Satanic Panic in Australia

A blog called The Palimpsest has details of how a young married woman was persuaded by a religious group to repudiate her marriage and her family. The blog’s author, Nathan Zamprogno, is the woman’s ex-husband, and his case has featured on Australian television:  …She cast aside her home, her wider family, even her name for the sake of […]

The World Public Forum: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

From the website of the World Public Forum: The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” International Coordination Committee meeting was held on February 4, 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The ICC members discussed the forthcoming 10-th anniversary Rhodes Forum to be held in October 2012. The meeting included a statement on tensions between Israel and Iran, […]