May 2006 Archives

May 24, 2006

Darwin's spellbook

England: An Oxford witch who claimed that a fire which damaged her flat, and several others in the same building, was caused by a spell going wrong failed to impress the jury. She was found guilty of arson and jailed for three years.

Patricia Swift, 50, said that she had been performing a ritual to ward off a man who had threatened to kill her. The ritual did not involve phoning the police, or seeking an injunction, but instead required her to place a number of items on the floor and set them on fire. When the fire went out of control, she tried urinating on it to put it out. Strangely, the incident occurred three days before Ms. Swift was due to be evicted, and her relationship with her neighbours was not good.

[Peter Coombe, prosecuting,] told the court: Rose Wallace, who lived above, described enduring a long history of abuse over a five-year period.

On the day of the fire, Miss Wallace heard the defendant making a lot of noise in her flat, throwing furniture around.

Shortly afterwards she smelled smoke and called 999. She went to the door and heard the defendant shouting, 'Fat cow, burn, fat cow, burn'.

Swift initially gave a another reason why she set the fires: I was burning my things because they are going to evict me. She made up the spell story later.

Spell for flaming disasterMetro, 22nd May 2006 (thanks, Norman).

May 23, 2006

Wordy Crappinghood

Sometimes I don't have to do any work to find loons. Sometimes my LiveJournal friends find them instead. PRE-TRIBULATION PLANNING FOR A POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE was presented to me in such a manner, and particularly the 'chapter' entitled THE HOLY GRAIL IS A DRAGON BLOODLINE, which argues that the Scottish Stuart monarchy has a most unusual family history:

What I'm trying to say is that the royal Stewarts were from Amazonian/Gorgon blood (not necessarily from the African branches), and they secretly knew it! Moreover, there have been, and still are, families of occult bent that likewise secretly know their ties to the Gorgon bloodlines, and they want to rule over us by force because they are conditioned by their elders to believe that their dragon bloodline has right to a supreme throne on earth.

Another interesting family is the De Veres:

At the website below it is shown that the De Vere star (now having five points), on the oldest Vere coat of arms, was a six-pointed star in the shape of the hexagram, the very star that was symbol also to the Rothschilds...and quite possibly a symbol common to the Zionist movement of the Templars. Indeed, the son (Aubrey II de Vere) of the first Vere in England was at the First Crusade to "liberate" Jerusalem...

...De Vere said, "Later the Dragon Court was manifest in the Thirteen Covens of Mid-Lothian'... Midlothian (of Scotland) is the region where we find Roslin Institute, a major player on the world stage for genetic engineering. Perhaps I've already mentioned this, but I'll say it again, that Dolly the sheep was cloned at Roslin Institute.

It's also where Rosslyn Chapel is. It seems a little odd to not mention that, you know. But equally as strangely, while the author uses a lot of words trying to determine which dragon bloodline might produce the False Prophet, Prince William, allegedly the Antichrist and reincarnation of King Arthur, has gone unnoticed.

(Thanks to Alex - go read his commentary on the same article).

Gay? PM Says All Australians Hate You

Australia: The Australian Prime Minister has never dealt well with questions from non-tame sources, as was recently proven at a Dublin University when one student challenged John Howard to defend his efforts to entrench homophobia in Australia.

The Prime Minister John Howard has described people campaigning for gay marriage as fundamentalists.

Mr Howard says it is not discrimination to deny gay men and lesbians equal marriage status with heterosexual couples...

...Mr Howard replied that his Government had remedied much of the financial discrimination, but said most Australians do not want gay couples to have equivalent status.

According to John Howard it's all fine and dandy for him to discriminate against people based on their sexuality due to his fantasy that everyone else agrees with him. That sounds suspiciously like the turn of phrase all loony fundies use to justify their small-minded prejudices.

Australians don't support gay marriage: HowardABC News Online, 23rd March 2006 (via redwolf.newsvine.com).

May 21, 2006

Lordi! Lordi! Lordi!

Greece/Finland: A heavy metal band has demonstrated that the best way to win the Eurovision Song Contest is to upset religious authorities:

Their fearsome appearance and religious references led to some protests in Finland and host country Greece before this year's contest.

Father Mitro Repo, an Orthodox Christian clergyman in Helsinki, described the band's use of the name Lordi"as "sacrilege.

And a group of Greek protesters known as the Hellenes called on the Finnish government to intervene.

We ask the Finnish Commission of the Eurovision Song Contest to cancel the procedure and choose another song, they said. This evil and satanic Finnish band is not welcome in Greece.

But they still won. The last time a performer offended supersitious sentiment, transexual Dana International took the crown for Israel.

The UK gave Lordi the full 12 points, helped by the votes of those attending the Eurovision party at Prattle Towers.

Update (21st May, 15:48): For the benefit of those outside Greater Europe who don't know what we're going on about, here's Lordi's winning performance. And for the record, here's Dana International, plus an article about reaction to her from certain quarters.

How horror rock conquered EuropeBBC News, 20th May 2006.

May 19, 2006

Oops.

Scotland: A Dundee service was made considerably more entertaining when the minister popped out to powder his nose, and forgot to remove his clip on microphone first.

The Rev John Hawdon was standing in for Elizabeth Kay at Longforgan Parish Church in Perthshire.

But when nature called during a break in proceedings, he forgot to switch off his microphone, which broadcast his every splash and sigh to the congregation.

Speaking at his home in Dundee last night, Mr Hawdon said: I actually had a walk during the service, as I often do. But the congregation must have heard everything. I wasn't aware that I still had my microphone on.

A parishioner said: It was mortifying. Every sound boomed and echoed around the church. We all sat there looking at each other, totally embarrassed. One or two folk managed a wee giggle.

Minister's microphone causes a wee splash at churchThe Scotsman, 19th May 2006 (thanks Roy!).

May 11, 2006

Someone tell them about the internet

Ireland: A number of churches illegally broadcasting services have caused problems at Dublin Airport, with bursts of static interfering with air traffic control radio. The priests concerned were broadcasting as a service to housebound parishoners, and the relevant authority is now working on a way to let them do so legally, and without causing problems.

On a wing and a prayer: radio sermons risk flightsThe Guardian, 11th May 2006.

May 6, 2006

What the papers won't say

United States: A love of Classical music led to a 16-year old girl brutally slaughtering her mother in a ritualistic killing, the Prattle can reveal. Neighbours thought Esmie Tseng was a kid any parent would be proud of, but her involvement in the "Classie" scene was slowly turning her from a talented honour student into a vicious murderer.

...she stabbed her mother to death with a knife in an incident that apparently took the mother and daughter through several rooms of their home.

The murder happened after Tseng's mother threatened to sell her piano, an instrument popular among Classies. Police are investigating whether Classical music's frequent use of occult and violent imagery, influenced Tseng. Such music has provoked violence in the past, such as the riot at the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, a glorification of sexual pagan ritual.

Like many teenage Classies, Tseng kept an online journal in which she detailed her increasing hatred of her parents, along with her obsession with classical music. After the murder, neighbour Jacob Horwitz read through her site and was shocked at what he found there:

My God, Jacob Horwitz remembers thinking when he read her weblog, it's a shame that another parent didn't see this yesterday.

Of course, this tragic story wasn't covered in this mendacious manner, and reading the full details, it will become obvious that there is a lot more to it than has been written here. Had Tseng been a goth, or into rap music, the press coverage would have been somewhat different.

Killer daughter case ignites US debateBBC News, 3rd May 2006.

Established church terrified of miniscule competition

Greece: Approximately 2000 Hellenic Pagans are now legally allowed to exist in Greece, but all is still not hunky dory, and followers of the old gods are now seeking the right to worship at their sacred sites:

The followers, who say they defend the genuine traditions, religion and ethos of the ancients by adhering to a pre-Christian polytheistic culture, are poised to take their battle to the temples of Greece.

What we want, now, is for the government to fully recognise our religion, Vasillis Tsantilas told the Guardian. We will petition the Greek parliament, and the EU if that fails, for access to worship in places like the Acropolis, for permission to have our own cemeteries and, where necessary, to re-bury the [ancient] bones of the dead.

Greece only allows Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Islam, having apparently not read the European Convention on Human Rights when it became a signatory to it, and especially not Article 9:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

Needless to say, the established church is unhappy at the idea that a tiny number of Greeks might have a different set of imaginary friends:

Father Eustathios Kollas, who presides over the community of Greek priests, said: They are a handful of miserable resuscitators of a degenerate dead religion who wish to return to the monstrous dark delusions of the past.

Greek gods prepare for comebackThe Guardian, 5th May 2006.

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