June 2006 Archives

June 23, 2006

The Revelation of the User

The Left Behind video game has caused comment about its excessively violent content of the sort that fundies would usually complain about, but it turns out that it has an even more sinister side—the game apparently comes with a load of spyware.

Developers have incorporated software from an Israeli firm called Double Fusion. It incorporates video advertising and product placement into the game, and reportedly records players' behaviour, location, and other data to be uploaded to Left Behind's Bible-powered marketing machine.

Maybe it's all the US government trying to keep track of violent religious lunatics?

Evangelical apocalyptic schlockfest snoops on gamersThe Register, 23rd June 2006 (thanks Charlie).

June 21, 2006

Bloody kids

United States: A young man charged with spaying Satanic grafitti over a Roman Catholic religious site has admitted that he is not a Satanist, and has nothing to do with Satanism - he just did it because he thinks he's a punk, and that that's what punks do. Mick Trevey, a reporter from Today's TMJ4 spoke to the normal-looking 21-year-old Tyler Groth about his motives:

Trevey: Are you religious?
Groth: No.
Trevey: Do you have a problem with people who are?
Groth: No.

Trevey asked him why he sprayed satanic graffiti on these holy shrines.

Groth said, 'cause I'm a punk - that's what I do.

No doubt some will insist that he's just lying, that he really is a Satanist motivated by religious hatred, so the journalist asked him a very telling question:

Trevey: Do you know you spelled Satan wrong?
Groth: No - I'm not aware of that.
Trevey: You spelled it satin - like the fabric.
Groth: See - if I was big into the devil, I would have spelled it right.
Trevey: Do you think that's funny?
Groth: That I spelled it wrong? No - I'm a bad speller.

No Remorse from SuspectToday's TMJ4, 10th June 2006 (thanks, Calyxa).

Dear Sainsbury's,

Six months ago, you decided to cave in to fundamentalist religious bampots and remove the DVD of Jerry Springer: The Opera from sale in your stores. As a result I signed a pledge that I would not shop at your stores, nor those of the equally lily-livered Woolworth for a period of six months. At that time, Sainsbury's was the household's regular supermarket and we spent quite a bit of cash there. Now that the six months are up, how has it been?

June 20, 2006

God lies to His representatives

United States: God has apparently being playing games with His followers, at least according to a piece of e-mail which went around Portland, Oregon, recently. According to the message, God was peeved at a forthcoming Pride parade and had decided to do something about it.

--------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 13:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent Message: Portland will have disaster in June 18, 2006!

Dear Pastor,

Please pray to God when you receive this message and seek God's guidance to you and your congregation.

3 people from 3 different places and churches received vision from God about this disaster. 3 people include a pastor, a church elder and a church missionary.
Here is the information about the disaster:
1. In June 18, 2006 (the coming Father's Day), there will be a Gay Pride Parade in Portland, Oregon.
2. This Gay Pride Parade will bring the judgment of God to Portland.
3. At June 18, 2006, there will be a huge earthquake happen in Portland area, the earthquake will cause a collapse of Bonneville Dam. A wall of water will flood and destroy Portland.
4. There will be another earthquake happen in the West Coast, cause a Tsunami and the Tsunami will go to Portland from Columbia River. So Portland will be flooded also by the Tsunami. (Portland is about 50 miles away from the sea coast.)
5. There will be a team of terrorists, who will bring automatic weapons (machine guns) and kill as many survivors as they can after the disaster. They kill people before the National Guard will arrive there.
6. Portland and the nearby Willamette Valley will be destroyed.
7. God urge the Christians to leave that area.

According to Scott Moore of The Portland Mercury, the message was based on a series of dreams experienced by Lloyd Day, the pastor of the Beth Tefilah Messianic Congregation, in which God's cronies told him to get out of town to escape the destruction.

My Portland correspondent, Sister Mona Little-More, SPI, was at the parade, and notes that none of the promised destruction has taken place. I am assured that the fine breweries of that city are intact.

Gay Pride? How About Gaypocalypse?The Portland Mercury, 9th(?) June 2006.

Note: This is apparently the 2000th entry in the Prattle.

June 17, 2006

Thou shalt not commit stupidity

United States of America: Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland co-sponsored a bill which would mandate the display of the Ten Commandments in the US House of Representatives and Senate. Steve Colbert interviewed him about this and asked him to recite those Commandments. Interestingly, he knows fewer of them than I do! Stephen Colbert and Congressman (YouTube link - Flash video) (via The Woolamaloo Gazette).

The Dalkey Baby

Ireland: Damien at Blather reports on a rather familiar looking case in the Republic of Ireland. The difference is that this story broke about a year ago, and not in 1988.

For several weeks last year, the Irish media indulged itself in a feeding frenzy of tabloid-like hysteria surounding the gruesome story of 'Niamh' (now identified as Cynthia Owen) who claimed that she had been the victim of abuse by an organised cabal of child-molesters which resulted in her becoming pregnant (note the classic 'brood-mare' motif) whilst still a child herself - all of which was faciliated by her parents. She then claimed to have watched as her new-born infant was stabbed to death with a knitting needle.

In the wake of the July bombings in London, the story dropped off the radar, the last we heard being that an excavation (looking for the remains of an infant) in a Dublin garden, revealed nothing. But, one year later, the story is back.

The article goes into considerable detail, as well as containing some of the finest ranting.

The Return of the Dalkey BabyBlather, 17th June 2006.

June 14, 2006


Scotland: Gilbert Deya has been arrested and held in Dungavel Immigration Centre, after a tabloid-reading court official spotted him at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The millionaire preacher, who was wanted on an international warrant for questioning over a child trafficking ring in his native Kenya, was spotted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

He was supporting a couple involved in a civil paternity case.

It is understood that one of the court officers remembered him from a Daily Record story in September 2004 in which we revealed he had fled to Scotland to escape the warrant.

The Daily Record has been covering the Deya story in detail since he fled to Scotland almost two years ago in an attempt to escape justice.

EXCLUSIVE: BABIES 'BISHOP' ARRESTEDDaily Record, 14th June 2006.

June 5, 2006

Superstitious man discovers Daniel is just a story

Ukraine: A man who climbed into the lions' enclosure at Kiev Zoo, claiming that God if he exists would protect him got a nasty surprise on Sunday:

A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery.

We at Prattle Towers draw two possible conclusions from this.

Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked GodReuters, 5th June 2006 (via Pharyngula).

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