Youngstown, Ohio: The Trump Rally Prayer

The livestream of Donald Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio is unfortunately missing the start of it, which means that the name of the person who is first shown speaking is currently unknown. It’s a matter of some interest, as it appears that this person (presumably a pastor) was offering up the opening prayer. Here’s what […]

WND: Demons and Satanic Panic

WND reports: WASHINGTON – The U.S. entertainment industry is entrenched with devil worshipers who are actively working to promote and normalize satanism in American culture, experts of the “spirit world” are warning. Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance,” told WND the entertainment industry is largely to blame for a clear rise […]

A Note on How Charisma News Re-Writes Syndicated Headlines

Two different headlines for the same story on the Evangelical/Neo-Pentecostal news website Charisma News: As the byline shows, the story was syndicated from the Religion News Service. The RNS itself gave the story the headline “Notable Christians Who’ve Had a Change of Heart on LGBT Issues“: (1)  It seems reasonable enough that the re-publisher of a […]

John McCain’s Illness and Claims of Supernatural Causality

One of the easiest things in the world is to imagine the most misguided or unpleasant “hot take” on a subject of public interest, and then seek out its existence on Google as a specimen of human stupidity and/or malice. Thus Newsweek runs a headline: John McCain Cancer Is ‘Godly Justice’ For Challenging Trump, Alt-Right Claims […]

Katie Hopkins and a Newly Repentant Holocaust Denier

From the Huffington Post (UK): Katie Hopkins has deleted a tweet which showed her posing with a Swedish journalist known for claiming the Holocaust never happened. The picture, screengrabbed by another Twitter user, shows Hopkins with Peter Sweden. …Sweden has previously used Twitter to question the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust as […]

US Anti-Gay Group MassResistance Announces UK Launch

MassResistance describes the appearance of one of its “no rainbow” stickers during Pride in London 2017 as a “coincidence” From the website of anti-gay group MassResistance: The largest MassResistance chapter outside of the US officially got started this month in the United Kingdom. Brian Camenker, president of MassResistance, traveled to the UK June 29 – […]

Claim: Donald Trump has Secretly Arrested 3,000 Elite Paedophiles and Satanists

From Right Wing Watch: Last month, “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor appeared on a YouTube program called “The Sharpening Report,” where he asserted that President Trump has secretly had thousands of “elite pedophiles” arrested and predicted that Hillary Clinton will soon be behind bars. “Divine justice is being poured out right now,” Taylor said. “3,000 elite pedophiles have been arrested since […]

Klaus Eberwein, the Clinton Foundation, and Fake News

The above image shows the top results for the phrase “Klaus Eberwein” on Google. Eberwein was a former Haitian official who apparently committed suicide several days ago in Miami; the Miami Herald reported the incident on 12 July: …it appears that Eberwein had fallen on hard times. An Uber spokesperson confirmed that he worked as a […]

Dennis Rice vs Byline Media: The IMPRESS Arbitration in Context

From Press Gazette: The arbitration arm of press regulator Impress has concluded its first complaint and ordered website Byline to pay £2,500 in libel damages to freelance journalist Dennis Rice. Rice complained about two Tweets published by Byline Media (a website I previously wrote about here and here), the second of which associated Rice with”tabloid trolling”: the panel found […]

Academic Text on Sharia and Religious Accommodation Condemned in Australia

From the Australian Daily Telegraph: Sydney University adopts law courses pushing for recognition of sharia law, polygamy and young marriage in Australian legal system THE most prestigious law school in Australia has two courses which call for elements of sharia law to be recognised in the mainstream legal system — including allowances for polygamy and lowering […]