February 2002 Archives

February 25, 2002

I thought he approved of killing Pagans

Pat Robertson continues to demonstrate the gentle, peaceful nature of his brand of Christianity. Around a week ago, on his 700 Club show, he described Islam as a violent religion that wants to dominate and then, if need be, destroy. To prove this, he gave a quote he claimed is from the Qu'ran:

Fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them. Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them. Fight them. Allah will punish them.

Despite the Qu'ran's thorough numbering system, he doesn't say where this passage comes from. It might be Sura 2: 191-192:

And fight in the cause of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely Allah loves not the transgressors. And kill them wherever you meet them and drive them out from where they have driven you out... But if they fight you, then fight them: such is the requital for the disbelievers.

Or maybe Robertson was confused and was really looking at Deuteronomy 7: 1-2:

When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Pot, kettle, very dark colour?

February 12, 2002

Potter fans say Bible is evil

From an Australian satircal magazine:

OXFORD, Tuesday: A number of concerned British Harry Potter fans have spoken out against the Bible, claiming that the holy text of the Christian Church can cause serious damage to children. Reading the Bible teaches children to believe in the supernatural, said one English Literature academic from Oxford University, Lewis Williams. The tales of Jesus turning water into wine are fairly harmless, but there is a serious risk of children drowning if they try to walk on water, he said.

Harry Potter fans warn against dangerous effects of Bible, The Chaser 49.

Demon-strably Nuts.

Two threads come together. On January 4th, I wrote about a detective who decided that the Wiccan beliefs of the accused were relevant in a murder case. Now it seems unlikely that the accused are Wiccan as one of them claims it was the fault of demons - part of an apparent worldwide trend (see February 1st and 2nd; January 25th). A teenager has confessed to killing Robert M. Schwartz with a sword because he believed the scientist was trying to kill his own daughter by lacing lemons with sulphuric acid. The youth, who has a history of mental illness, says he was given permission to kill Schwartz by vampires and creatures named Ordog, Sabba and Nicodemus. Deadly Fantasy: Maryland Teen-Ager Tells Police Mythical Demons Gave Him Permission to Kill, Tampa Bay Online/Associated Press February 9th 2002.

February 11, 2002

Staying Alive

The South African 'apostle' who forecast his own demise is still not dead and has run up massive debts in the last couple of months. An anonymous businesswoman told the South African Press Association He originally predicted his death to be on the 28th of January, so in December he went on a wild shopping spree buying things and now he can't pay for it because he's still alive. I can think of a few businesses who want him dead Apostle Running Away From Earthly Debts, South African Press Association (via allAfrica.com) February 9th 2002.

February 8, 2002

Satan says Pthrrrrrpppp

A school in Hawaii has had to remove references to Satanism from its dress code after a member of the Church of Satan complained. The dress code banned Satanic clothing and accessories but no other religion was singled out in this way. A tenth grader (aged about 16) at the school told a local TV station If people are allowed to wear bracelets that say: 'What Would Jesus Do,' they should be allowed to say: 'What would Satan do'. High School Faces Fight Over Satan Reference, The Hawaii Channel February 6th 2002.

February 7, 2002

In Sickness and in Health

New Age victim-blaming finally cracked the walls of the Vatican as the bishop responsible for the Vatican humanitarian aid declared that illness is caused by sin. Monsignor Paul Cordes told a press conference that Jesus heals illness and banishes sin. He therefore tells us that there is a link between sin and sickness and that exercising at the gym, eating healthy food and visiting beauty salons were worthy actions. No comment was made on his boss's long-term health problems which were previously thought to be age-related. Vatican bishop diagnoses sin as cause of sickness, Guardian Unlimited 7th February 2002.

February 6, 2002

Thou Shalt Not Mix

The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to encourage intolerance and separatism, and to allow tax money to be spent on spreading superstition among children by promoting religious schools. An amendment to the Education Bill put forward by Frank Dobson, which would have required faith schools to offer a quarter of their places to children with parents of other, or no, religion, was defeated. Citing the example of the problems surrounding Holy Cross School in Belfast, he told the House If you were to substitute race or colour for the word 'religion', it would be unacceptable. Faith school rebels defeated, BBC News February 6th 2002.

In Scotland, where children from Roman Catholic families are educated separately from the rest, there are still serious sectarian problems. In 1999, David Hutton was jailed for life for murdering a teenage boy in a sectarian killing. Violent reminder of sectarianism, BBC News September 22nd 1999.

February 4, 2002

I Aten't Dead

The funeral of a South African "apostle" who forecast his own death has been postponed because Freddie Isaacs, 58, is still alive. Isaacs had a vision of his death last September and Cradock's town hall was hired for the funeral last Saturday. About 1000 people were expected to attend, travelling from all over South Africa, with buses laid on to bring people from Johannesburg, Cape Town and several other places. Funeral Postponed Due to Apostle's Non-Death, South African Press Association (via allAfrica.com) February 2nd 2002.

February 2, 2002

Satan on the Road

Blaming Satan is becoming a world-wide activity. In Namibia, Hosea Angolo pleaded guilty to killing his grandmother with an axe saying I am guilty. I really do not know what I was doing. Satan was working in me. My grandmother had done nothing to me, so I am guilty. He told the police his motive was N$500 of pension money. Axe Killing Suspect Blames Satan. The Namibian (via allAfrica.com) February 1st 2002.

February 1, 2002

They're at it again

The Evangelical Alliance appears to be using the conviction of the two German loonies (below) to revive the Satanic Abuse myth. While claiming that there are thousands of Satanists in the UK (a more sensible estimate would put the number in the hundreds), spokesperson Iain Taylor proclaimed There is increasing anecdotal evidence of people becoming involved in satanism, especially children. Tour of Britain's bizarre underworld Guardian Unlimited (who really should know better!), February 1st 2002.

In the Bin

A judge in Bochum has sentenced two "Satanists" to 15 and 13 years in jail, but has stipulated that it must be in a secure psychiatric ward and that they must receive therapy for their severe, narcissitic personality disturbances. Daniel and Manuela Ruda never denied the gruesome killing of Frank Haagen, but insisted that Satan told them to do it. German Satanists jailed, BBC News January 31st 2002.

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