Seven witchcraft suspects burned to death in Tanzania

Why are my taxes paying for religious schools?

Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down

The British should speak out against UK witch hunts by African Pentecostalists

The phantom menace of militant atheism

The police don’t send undercover agents into sceptic societies and parliament doesn’t pass emergency laws to combat atheist violence. Fanatics threaten European Muslims if they abandon their faith but no atheist will attack them if they keep it. No one thinks that atheists threaten the lives of their fellow citizens anywhere in the west.’

I’ve been listening to atheist debates again the past few days, and I am finding myself wondering at the HUGE ASS disconnect there is between the intelligentsia’s idea of what religion is and what they believe, and the general population’s idea of what religion is and what they believe. 

Most of the theists who get in these debates have a vastly, irrevocably different set of beliefs to the general population, I end up sitting here thinking ‘what are you trying to prove?’ 

So many of them talk about their God/Gods as beings that have almost no resemblance to the God/Gods I have had described to me by normal theists I have met or known. So many of the debater’s versions of God are  lesser, or neutered versions of the God/Gods believed in by everyone else, almost as if they’re trying to hide the fact that they believe something science can say very little about. 

It makes me wonder what they must think of the general population’s beliefs. They espouse to know the Holy books better, the scriptures better, to understand what they’ve read better, to essentially believe better. And what does this say about everyone else? 

It just makes me wonder. 


Australian state bans external religious organisations from running prayer groups in schools

White House says Obama’s LGBT executive order will not provide religious exemption

Struggling to keep Afghan girl safe after mullah is accused of rape


India: Supreme Judges Rule Sharia Courts' Fatwas have no Legal Sway

Obama should say no to a religion-based exemption on hiring discrimination

Last month President Obama announced that he was drafting an executive order prohibiting federal contractors — which employ about 20% of the American workforce — from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But now the president is being beseeched to exempt religious employers from the order. He should decline the invitation.

The miracle-buster living in exile

An Indian man who made his name exposing the “miraculous” feats of holy men as tricks has fled the country after being accused of blasphemy. Now in self-imposed exile in Finland, he fears jail - or even assassination - if he returns.

When a Hindu fakir declared on live television that he could kill anybody with tantric chanting, Sanal Edamaruku simply had to take him up on the challenge.

As both were guests in the studio, the fakir was put to the test immediately.

ITV attacked over prime time advert for Scientology

Woman Beaten to Death After Being Accused of Witchcraft on Facebook