January 2014 Archives

January 19, 2014

Love Thy Neighbour round-up

Central African Rupublic: A mob of Christians have killed two Muslims and burned their bodies in the latest example of horrific religious violence sweeping that country in the aftermath of a coup. On Friday, a convoy carrying Muslim refugees out of the country was attacked and 22 people killed. And at least one person identifying as Christian has boasted about an attack that would (hopefully) horrify even the EDL (after the cut, because it's graphic).

Intelligent Warming update

England: The UKIP councillor who ranted on about flooding being caused by those nasty homosexuals ignoring his imaginary friend has been suspended by his party. But the cause of his suspension is not that they are embarrassed by his ridiculous views—they are shared by many in the extreme right organisation—but because he had been told not to do any media stuff, and he did.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was entitled to his strong Baptist view of the world, but had defied a request not to do further media interviews.

Mr Farage said: So we suspended him, quite rightly.

He's not a spokesman for the party, Mr Farage continued, adding: I've never even met him.

UKIP suspends councillor who blamed flooding on gay marriage—BBC News, 19 Jan 2014. See also: Intelligent Warming—Prattle, 18 Jan 2014.

January 18, 2014

A chip off the old block.

Brazil: The lightning strike is one of the traditional forms of smiting attributed to the Christian God when he does not approve of something. So, has God finally decided to do something about ostentatious displays of piety, something his son warns against in Matthew chapter 6?

A lightning strike has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

The thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue was hit during a storm on Thursday night, officials said.

Or was it a completely different imaginary friend?


Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue's thumb chipped in stormBBC News, 18 Jan 2014.

Intelligent Warming

England: It seems members of far-right party UKIP are competing with the best of the Americans when it comes to bizarre scientifish ideas. Take Henley-on-Thames councillor David Silvester, who has a novel idea about the recent floods.

In the letter to the Henley Standard he wrote: The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.

He added: I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill. ...

It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.

His party have been quick to point out that he is entitled to his views, but that they are not those of the party. And I am perfectly entitled to mock him for those views and note that they're not that unusual for a UKIP member. Perhaps UKIP's objection is that he neglected to blame the EU in some way?

UKIP councillor blames storms and floods on gay marriageBBC News, 18 Jan 2014.

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