February 2011 Archives

February 26, 2011

H. Beam Piper would have concurred.

England

The covert audio probe captured the gang condemning Mr Smith for 'teaching other religions to our sisters', the court heard

Four Muslim men are awaiting sentencing after being convicted of slashing a teacher’s face with a knife because they did not approve of a British school’s lessons on world religions being given to Muslim girls. Gary Smith, a religious studies teacher, was attacked by the gang in Bow, east London.

He suffered a fractured skull, and needed three operations to repair his face after being attacked with a knife, an iron bar and a lump of concrete.

H. Beam Piper once claimed that there were people who only believed in ONE god, then they would believe that all the other gods were false, and then that the one "god" could only be worshipped in one way, and all others were vile unbelievers and heretics.....
Well, here it is!

Taliban’s violent methods of female repression arrive in east London National Secular Society Newsline , 25th February 2011.

February 15, 2011

Baptist "Voices" for murder

England

At about 3 o’clock in the morning Lesley sat up and it was as if she had a premonition. She said: 'This is going to be over soon, I’m going to go to heaven’,” he told the court.

And I heard a voice, if I could put it like that, and I said 'I can help you’, and I suddenly had this revelation of the plan finally being acted out.

Wonderful!
Devout religious nut-job hears convenient "voices" telling him to kill his wife.
Oh yeah.

Devout Baptist killed wife and lover's husband after hearing voiceDaily Telegraph, 15th February 2011.

February 14, 2011

Virginity not important any more (!)

Iran

“There is no difference between a real and fake hymen,”

and

Last year, the Saudi scholar Anwar bin-Majid argued that God “knows that human minds cannot grasp the nature of the pleasures of Paradise, so He made it closer to their understanding by mentioning dark-eyed beauties, wine, milk, and fruit.” In fact, he went on, “in Paradise there are no sexual impulses. Therefore, people’s sexual organs will disappear in the afterlife.”

Well, thanks, but no thanks!

It would seem, see article, that the young people of Persia are using, not just the internet, but all the communications that implies. And that plenty of sexual practising is being perpetrated - shock, horror.
Looks like it might just be the mullahs turn to imitate the Irish RC church, if we are lucky.


In Iran, modernity takes on the cult of the virginDaily Telegraph, 14th February 2011.

February 8, 2011

Pratlets for 8th February 2011

February 7, 2011

Pratlets for 7th February 2011

February 6, 2011

Pratlets for 6th February 2011

February 5, 2011

Oswiecim isn't in Poland!

Poland: Poland wants Auschwitz website to drop .pl suffix

Right-Wing Catholic Vileness

Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Polish culture minister, said he had asked the authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, along with their counterparts at the Majdanek and Stutthof concentration camps, to change their domain names to either .com or .eu.

I’ve asked them to be consistent in using the appropriate German names of the camps and this applies also to the internet, the minister said. At the moment the .pl is misleading and might make people associate the camps with Poland.

Not only is this right-wing nationalism trying to re-write history, it is an obvious attempt to whitewash the Catholic church, see HERE (go to “Nazi Photos” if pictures don’t appear immediately) and it’s enough to turn your stomach.

One wonders if the so-called “culture” minster has heard of MAUS and whether he’d like to deny and erase that record, as well?

Poland-wants-Auschwitz-website-to-drop-.pl-suffixDaily Telegraph, 2nd February 2011.

Pratlets for 5th February 2011

February 4, 2011

Pratlets for 4th February 2011

February 3, 2011

Bargain of the Day: Jesus Brolly

jesus-brolly.pngToday's fabulous offer is not, as it might seem at first, an umbrella which was seen by Jesus himself. The seller of Umbrella Jesus Image Seen Worldwide Featured In Book simply needs to win an auction for some punctuation.

Up for auction I have a truly AMAZING item. This is an umbrella with the image of Jesus Christ on the cross. I have had this umbrella for many years and some how pictures of it that I had on my computer leaked onto Youtube. I do not know how but the author of the new book Look It's Jesus Amazing Holy Visions in Everyday Life saw them and contacted me. He wanted more pictures and permission to use them in this new book he was working on. I gave him my permission and in exchange he sent me an autographed copy of the book when it was released which you can see from the picture. (THE BOOK IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION).

The editor of Entertainment Weekly loved Look! It's Jesus! so much that she put it in the Jan. 22, 2010 issue.

I will not tell the story of when and how I found the umbrella because it is all featured in the book. Which is a very interesting book by the way. But it is an interesting story.

Again this is the actual umbrella that is featured in this book as "Umbrella Jesus". This is not a man-made item or a scam. I even have the original picture I sent to the publisher on a disc somewhere and if I find it I will send it along with the item but once you see the umbrella you will see that it is the real deal.

It is hard to see from the pictures but looking at the umbrella, which is worn all the way around, the one side you can clearly see Jesus with his arms spread and his legs crossed and you can see his head bowing down with hair and a beard.

I would not recommend trying to use this umbrella because it is older and has some wear but it is a truly amazing item.

This item has truly been a blessing to me and I hope it will be a blessing to you.

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY!!!!!

I have to admit, I cannot clearly see Jesus. I can clearly see a pair of nicely rounded buttocks framing a rather well-used arsehole, though.

Pratlets for 3rd February 2011

Weird old man in dress gets British foreign aid.

United Kingdom:

MPs have asked ministers to explain why £1.85m ($3m) from the international development budget was spent on the Pope's UK visit in September....

Committee chairman Malcolm Bruce said ministers should explain what the money was spent on and how it tallies with our commitments on overseas aid.

So, a demented old man, in charge of the biggest, and richest group of followers of Bronze-Age goatherders' myths gets British Government aid.

Apparently at the expense of the poor in the third world.

How like the dearly beloved [not ] "Mother" Theresa!

MPs query £1.85m overseas aid spent on Pope visit BBC News, 3rd February 2011.

February 2, 2011

Bargain of the Day: Holy Rubba-Bandz

xtian-bandz.jpgIt's not often that the vendor of religious tat is truly aware of the nature of their wares, but this eBay vendor puts it right there in the title of the auction: Holy Bandz 1 Dozen Christian Wrist Bands silly.

They also come in glitter.

Pratlets for 2nd February 2011

Deya latest

England and Kenya: Two of "Archbishop" Gilbert Deya's family have recently been convicted of crimes against children in two different continents.

His nephew, Paul Deya, was convicted 10 days ago of murdering his son and of wounding his wife. Deya had tried to blame a dream he'd had six months before he slit the throat and abdomen of the 3-year-old child. Even the QC acting for the defence had nothing good to say about his uncle's church, for which both Paul Deya and his wife worked:

Baroness Kennedy QC, defending, said the church to which the couple belonged was strange and cult-like.

This was a tight-knit religious community run by a charlatan, she said.

Meanwhile, over in Kenya, Gilbert Deya's wife Mary has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment after being found guilty of stealing another baby. This is her second conviction for child trafficking. Deya himself is still in the UK fighting extradition to Kenya.

London church worker Paul Deya guilty of murdering sonBBC News, 21st January 2011; Deya's wife gets 3-year sentence for child theftThe Nation, 28th January 2011. See also Any relation?Pagan Prattle, 25th November 2009, and Mrs. Deya jailedPagan Prattle, 31st May 2007.

February 1, 2011

Pratlets for 1st February 2011

Madwoman from Grantham had secret meetings with “Mystic”

United Kingdom: We always thought Baroness Thatcher was (and is) completely potty! This article from the Daily Torygraph seems to confirm the worst.

The question then arises, I suppose, which is (or was) worse, an openly receptive person to religious quackery, or one who keeps quiet about it?

Oh, dearie, dearie me.

GT.

Margaret Thatcher held secret meetings with Indian mysticDaily Telegraph, 29th January 2011.

My, that's an appropriate set of initials!

India: The new Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, has found an interesting scapegoat for his troubles.

"The Opposition is conspiring to take my life using witchcraft. As I leave home for Vidhana Soudha everyday and return home, I am filled with the fear of losing my life. They are harassing me mentally.

"Nevertheless, I will do my best by ignoring these threats and will rule the state till the end of my tenure as I have the blessings of both God and my people," is what Yeddyurappa actually said at the Suttur helipad on Monday.

His family priest has given some interesting advice to Yeddyurappa, which seems to involve performing some magic of his own :

Bhanuprakash Sharma, the CM's family priest, said he has advised Yeddyurappa to perform certain rituals to ward off evil. I have advised him to perform the sahasra chandika yajna at Chamundeswary Temple in Mysore and laksha modaka Ganapathi homa (offering 1 lakh modaks to Ganesha), he said....

Among the rituals suggested by priests is the CM sleeping naked on the floor for two nights before the amaavasya, which falls on February 2.

(CM is "Chief Minister"; 1 lakh is 100,000)

The opposition is treating the allegation with the respect it deserves, i.e. none. Congress Party representative Manish Tewari told press agency PTI

This is a living example of a medieval and reactionary mindset. The fundamental question is that whether this betrays only his mindset or also that of the party to which be belongs and which has made him the Chief Minister.

Yeddyurappa is currently being investigated over allegations of corruption.

Yeddyurappa fears Opposition witchcraftExpress Buzz, 1st February 2011; Karnataka CM asked to sleep in the nudeIBN Live, 1st February 2011; Cong ridicules BSY over black magic commentOneIndia News, 31st January 2011.

Administrivia: A new contributor

After sharing a few pints of fine ale over the weekend, I invited regular commenter Greg. Tingey to become a contributor to the Prattle and he's accepted.

He's drawn my attention to many relevant articles, usually at a time when I'm not able to post myself. Hopefully his presence will prod me into posting a little more often than the once a month I seem to be managing right now. Please forgive him if he takes some time to get used to the posting interface—it can be a little intimidating at first.

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