Feòrag: June 2002 Archives

June 30, 2002

Tennis player faces ban for not being racist

Pakistan: Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi, a Muslim from Pakistan, and Amir Hadad, a Jew from Israel, are playing as a pair in the doubles at Wimbledon. Even though the pair won through to the third round in straight sets, officials in Pakistan are not happy with the partnership. Pakistan's Sports Board has condemned Qureshi and demanded an explanation. The player faces a ban. Israeli Jew, Pakistani Muslim Team-Up at Wimbledon - Voice of America News, 30th June 2002.

June 29, 2002

Rushdie comdemns fanatics

Salman Rushdie has spoken out against terrorism, with particular reference to Islamic extremists, but has also noted that the US hasn't done much to convince them that they are less evil than fanatics. Rushdie said that he has been listening out for something else: the emergence of a genuine Muslim polemic against the harm terrorists are doing to their 'own people' and that the war against terror will only be won

when Muslims around the world begin to believe that fanaticism is a greater evil than that which they believe the US to embody--an evil, moreover, more dangerous to Muslims, more socially, economically and politically destructive, and possessed by the nightmare vision of the Talibanization of the planet

Fanaticism is evil: Rushdie - The Times of India, June 28th 2002.

June 28, 2002

Offerings clog canal

London's Hindu community has been asked not to wrap religious offerings in plastic. Items such as barley and coconuts are regularly thrown into the Grand Union Canal in the hope that they will eventually end up in the Ganges, but are being wrapped to protect them on their long journey. As a result, they are more likely to end up in a skip as the non-biodegradeable offerings are a danger to wildlife. Canal clogged by religious offerings - Yahoo! News, 28th June 2002.

Witches scare tourists

A top tourism official has decided that the decline in tourism in the Philippines is because of witchcraft, and nothing to do with the Muslim separatist violence on Mindanao and Jolo. Ms Evelyn Pantig, chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and under-secretary of the Department of Tourism, said that:

the island of Siquijor, considered the 'witchcraft centre' of the country, was becoming notorious internationally, to the detriment of the tourism industry. Proposals had even been made to make the yearly gathering of witches in Siquijor a tourist attraction, but these had been summarily turned down, she said.

Maybe she needs a junket to Salem! Witchcraft blamed for scaring off tourists - Straits Times, June 27th 2002.

June 26, 2002

Pooclear fallout shelter

Hindus have nothing to worry about should the tension over Kashmir turn nuclear - cow poo will protect them. The Uttar Pradesh Cow Protection Commission has recommended smearing cow dung on the body to protect against radiation burns, and daubing it on buildings to prevent fallout. Radheshyam Gupta, a representative for the commission, said:

Even if the enemy carries out the threat to bomb us with nukes we don't have to panic. You can fully protect yourselves by covering the roof with cow dung. Applying cow dung paste to the body from head to toe will serve as an extra shield.

Hindu group recommends cow dung against nuclear fallout - Ananova, June 24th 2002.

Diviners investigate defenestrations

Austrian military officials are using diviners to help find out why soldiers are sleepwalking and falling out of windows. A representative said:

The army keeps an open mind on such things. If the mystics do find negative energy then we will be taking whatever action they deem necessary to make sure it is dealt with. In the first case the man suffered serious internal injuries, but made a full recovery. In the second case the sleepwalker injured his head and broke several bones, and is still in hospital. There have also been several other cases where we awoke the soldier in time. We have no idea what could be causing it.

Army hopes divination will solve mystery of sleep-walking soldiers - Ananova, June 23rd 2002.

June 25, 2002

Missing fannies

A Ugandan herbalist was almost killed by a group of students after a girl claimed she made her 'private parts' disappear. The students had been buying herbs to help make themselves more attractive to men.

One had to take a bath first and then wipe the private parts clean and apply the herb inside for about 15 minutes. So the girl who was the first to buy the herb, immediately followed the procedures even when the woman was still with in the hostel. But before the 15 minutes were over, the girl ran out of her room screaming that her private parts had vanished. Students grabbed the woman's clothes, tore them to pieces and beat her thoroughly. The people who passed by stopped to see what was happening. However the woman was rescued after the people threatened to call the Police.

Another traditional healer was brought in to restore the damage. Bakuli Witch Almost Lynched Dead - New Vision (via allAfrica.com), June 22nd 2002.

June 23, 2002

Aliens prefer Scotland

Scotland is the UFO capital of Europe. According to a VisitScotland survey published tomorrow, Scotland had 300 UFO sightings each year, more than four times as many as second and third places France and Italy. Passing UFOs make beeline for Scotland - The Observer, June 23rd 2002.

June 21, 2002

Braying for rain

Villagers in a drought-stricken part of India have married off two donkeys to appease Varuna, a Hindu rain god.

Dressed up like a bride and groom, the donkeys were escorted to a temple in the village in Tamil Nadu state. A priest then chanted prayers and led the donkeys in a ritual ceremony to propitiate the rain god, Varuna. The animals were then led in a procession that ended with a wedding feast - for the donkeys and residents in the village of Sakkayanayakanur.

Indian villagers marry off two donkeys - Ananova, June 20th 2002.

June 20, 2002

Vicars want 'dress-down Sunday'

A motion presented to next month's Church of England General Synod would, if passed, allow vicars to wear ordinary clothing to celebrate communion rather than the traditional cassocks and surplices. Reverend Mark Tanner of Southwell, Nottingham said that the traditional vestments made vicars seem apart from everybody else. He told the BBC we want the freedom to make what we wear more culturally appropriate to our congregation. Vicars campaign for casual dress - BBC News, June 19th 2002.

June 19, 2002

Don't have sex and don't vote either

The Presbyterian Church of East Africa has strongly opposed the use of condoms in preventing HIV/AIDS because they encourage promiscuity among the faithful. Fortunately, this fatal attitude will be unrepresented in the new Kenyan government as the Moderator of the Church's General Assembly, Rev. Dr. Jesse Kamau, has urged Christians not to participate actively in the forthcoming general election because the involvement of faithful in politics would erode their faith in God and lead to major splits among the fraternity. Presbyterian Church Opposes Condoms in Aids PreventionThe East African Standard (via allAfrica.com), June 19th 2002.

Jesus would be Wiccan

If Jesus were here today, he'd be a witch according to Wiccan author Carl McColman. He gives 13 reasons why, of which the first is the most compelling:

Jesus criticized the hypocrisy and legalism of the religious status quo, and chose to embrace an alternative spiritual path. Matthew 23:1-36. In Jesus' day, the religious establishment included the Pharisees and Sadducees, dominant factions in first century Judaism. Jesus' alternative path followed the radical teachings of his mentor, John the Baptist. Nowadays, in Europe and the Americas the status quo is mainly Christianity; the path of the Goddess -- Wicca -- is one of the most compelling of available spiritual alternatives. Many people who embrace Wicca have the exact same criticisms of Christianity that Jesus is said to have had about the religious establishment in his day. Hypocrisy, legalism, blind obedience of the rules to the point of ignoring spiritual values like love, trust, and freedom -- these are the problems Jesus attacked in the official religion in his day, and that many Wiccans today see in the religious status quo of our time. Perhaps Jesus, were he here today, would join Wiccans in criticizing mainstream religion and trying to find an alternative way.

Naturally this upsets fundies, especially the ones who like to pretend they used to be Wiccan. (Thanks Jan - do you ever do any actual work?)

Indian 'witch' murdered

A man has been stoned to death in India by a mob who declared he was a witch responsible for the death and ill health of several people in Manthati village near Tandur, Hyderabad. Gore Saheb was dragged from his house and killed on the spot by villagers who alleged he practised the local form of witchcraft, 'Banamati'. Twelve people have been arrested. Belief in witchcraft is common in the area, despite the efforts of the authorities. Six people in the area have already been murdered after being accused of witchcraft in the first six months of this year. Man lynched in Tandur for witchcraft - Times of India, June 19th 2002.

June 18, 2002

Ammunition

Scientific American magazine, sick of opponents of evolution (who) want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science has published 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense to demonstrate how creationist arguments don't hold up.

Embarrassingly, in the 21st century, in the most scientifically advanced nation the world has ever known, creationists can still persuade politicians, judges and ordinary citizens that evolution is a flawed, poorly supported fantasy. They lobby for creationist ideas such as "intelligent design" to be taught as alternatives to evolution in science classrooms. As this article goes to press, the Ohio Board of Education is debating whether to mandate such a change. Some antievolutionists, such as Philip E. Johnson, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Darwin on Trial, admit that they intend for intelligent-design theory to serve as a "wedge" for reopening science classrooms to discussions of God.

Besieged teachers and others may increasingly find themselves on the spot to defend evolution and refute creationism. The arguments that creationists use are typically specious and based on misunderstandings of (or outright lies about) evolution, but the number and diversity of the objections can put even well-informed people at a disadvantage.

To help with answering them, the following list rebuts some of the most common "scientific" arguments raised against evolution. It also directs readers to further sources for information and explains why creation science has no place in the classroom.

The article clears up many misconceptions about science in general and starts with a explanation of the term "theory". Apparently National Geographic Channel has made a TV programme based on the article too.

It couldn't be sadistic kids, now

The owner of a wildlife sanctuary in Teeside isn't blaming Satan for the deaths of two wallabies, but Clifford Spedding believes his minions might be involved. The two animals were beheaded and the heads have yet to be found. This is the latest in a series of incidents in the area including an arson attack on the sanctuary, the theft of several Australian Shellducks, an arson attack on a pigeon loft which resulted in the deaths of 90 birds and an axe attack on a flock of sheep. The thought that some local youths might be behind the sick crimes is too much for Mr. Spedding who said that he thought the animals were being targetted for devil-worshipping rituals. Police investigate killing of wallabies at sanctuary - The Guardian, June 18th 2002.

June 17, 2002

Old woman unwell.

Natalia Petrovna Belikhodze is over 100 years old and claims she is really Princess Anastasia Romanova - a member of the old Russian royal family who was thought to have been killed in the 1917 revolution. Now she has told Vladimir Putin in a letter that the constant prayers for her and her family are making her ill:

Now, my health is getting worse, because the whole Orthodox Russia is praying for my family and myself, for the Romanov family was canonized... I ask for your assistance in solving my question and returning my name and rendering medical assistance to me for the time of solving this question.?

Pravda is sceptical:

Orthodox Russia is guilty of Mrs Belikhodze's weak health. If she addresses not Putin, but a doctor, he would explain to her that weak health in the age over 100 is not unusual, so Orthodox Russia's prayers have nothing to do with it.

Pseudo-Anastasia is ill because she is being prayed for - Pravda, 17th June 2002 (Russian version, just in case Steve wants some practice).

Arson against 'witch' in South Africa

Three members of the same family from northern kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have been arrested and will be charged with arson. They allegedly set fire to a five room house yesterday because they believed the woman who lives there, Pipi Sulu, is a witch. She escaped unharmed. 'Witch' house burned: three arrested - South African Press Association (via IOL), June 17th 2002.

Abused child forgiven

When a nine-year old girl told her mother she was having sex with their 19-year old boarder, the deeply religious woman told the pair that she forgave them and would pray for them, a court in New Zealand was told earlier today. The girl, now 16, said that her mother told her You're going to get married anyway, it's a pity you couldn't have waited. The sex continued for the next five years. The boarder's relationship with the mother cooled somewhat when she discovered pornography in his room.

This was a bigger issue in her family than the sex, she said. Her mother acted as if he had betrayed her.

The accused has denied five charges of rape and two of unlawful sexual connection with the girl. He has admitted three further charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and one of indecent assault. The rape case centres on whether or not the girl consented to sex and whether she was able to consent. Mother prayed, child-sex trial told - The Dominion (via STUFF), June 18th 2002.

What flood?

United States: A recently published scientific paper demonstrates that the so-called Noah's Flood Hypothesis does not hold water. In 1996, marine geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman presented evidence of a bursting flood about 7,500 years ago in what is now the Black Sea.

According to the Noah's Flood Hypothesis, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow strip of land now broken by the Bosporus Strait. Ryan and Pittman argue that the Mediterranean broke through the land and inundated the Black Sea with more than 200 times the force of Niagara Falls. The salty powerful flood swiftly killed the freshwater mollusks in the Black Sea. This, they say, accounts for fossil remains that can be dated back 7,500 years.

This research has been used by some to support the Biblical tale of Noah and his flood.

Jun Abrajano, professor of earth and environmental sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, is part of an international group which has studied sediments from the Marmara Sea, which sits next to the Black Sea and opens into the Mediterranean. A rich mud called sapropel provided evidence of a sustained interaction between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for at least 10,000 years. Abrajano said:

For the Noah's Ark Hypothesis to be correct, one has to speculate that there was no flowing of water between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea before the speculated great deluge. We have found this to be incorrect.

Noah's Flood Hypothesis May Not Hold WaterRensselaer Polytechnic Institute press release, June 14th 2002.

June 14, 2002

Everyone's blogging these days

God's LiveJournal:

Did I ever mention that the universe is only a little more than 33 years old? Except for pee_paw, of course... he's been around forever. I made it look older on purpose, with a little creative creating, like fossils, and strange carbon isotopes, and Joan Rivers, and implanted memories, so most of the experts are fooled. I guess it's sort of like when they put tits on a 10 year old Britney Spears.

Black Jesus

The projects have a new Messiah. Black Jesus, a homeless evangelical street preaching prophet. Temple of Black Jesus tells you everything you need to know.

Many peoples say Jesus was a black man. So it stands to reason that he had need for a round bubble butt and pair of wobbly big brown breasteses. Jesus was a man. Mens have the cravings. Don't give me that saint shee-it. Jesus had the rubber neck when a fine black mamma with an ample breasteses walks by. Jesus is getting a hard bone just like we all does from times to times. I even think Jesus got laid. Yeah, Jesus was a playa. But the girls didn't get pregnant 'cause jesus zapped them asses infertile. He can do that you know. He's ain't gonna bother hisself with the child support. He don't wants to be nobody's baby's daddy. Jesus was a man! Mens loves the big butts, big legs, and the full breast! It's just the way things is. Even Jesus, the son of God, know that.

Once you've studied this unusual gospel in depth, you can buy your very own Black Jesus Action Figure.

Former altar boy may sue over abuse

United Kingdom: A former altar boy has been given the go-ahead to bring a case the Archbishop of Birmingham and the Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The 36 year old claims that he was abused by Father Christopher Clonan in 1975 and that the Church was negligent.

The Archbishop and the Trustees deny liability and say that Mr Grey's injuries are attributable to a pre-existing personality vulnerability and family circumstances. They argued that it was now too late to bring the claim.

It cannot be pursued against Father Clonan, described in court as a dynamic and popular priest known as Father Chris, because he fled the country when complaints became known in 1992 and has not been found.

This is thought to be the first time a case has been brought against the Church rather than the alleged abuser. Ex-altar Boy Cleared To Sue Church Over Childhood AbuseThe Guardian, June 14th 2002.

God is my investment advisor

In the late 1980s, the Church of England invested heavily in property and lost £800 million. More recently, they've been hit by the slump in the telecommunications sector and have lost £78 million since the start of 2000 on Vodafone shares alone. Church commissioners have recommended the sale of a number of valuable paintings or non-income producing assets as they call them. Treasures may be lost as church loses again in its game of risk - The Guardian, June 14th 2002.

June 12, 2002

Christian love

United States: A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention helped promote interfaith harmony on Monday when he described the Prophet Mohammed as a demon-posessed paedophile. The Rev. Jerry Vines made the comment to the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in St. Louis, Missouri and was supported by both the new and the outgoing president of the Southern Baptist Convention when he claimed:

Today, people are saying all religions are the same. They would have us believe Islam is just as good as Christianity. But I'm here to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that Islam is not as good as Christianity. Christianity was founded by the virgin-born Lord Jesus Christ. Islam was founded by Muhammad, a demon-possessed paedophile who had 12 wives and his last one was a 9-year-old girl.

He also denied that Allah was the same as the Christian and Jewish God: Allah is not Jehovah. Jehovah is not going to turn you into a terrorist that'll try to bomb people and take the lives of thousands and thousands of people. Baptist pastor's words shock Muslim leadersStar-Telegram (Dallas Fort Worth), June 12th 2002.

I have mail

I recently received this interesting variation on the Nigerian Scam:

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June 11, 2002

Falwell loses case

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has thrown out a complaint from the Rev. Jerry Falwell. The preacher had claimed he had a common-law trademark on his name which was being breached by the parody site www.jerryfalwell.com. WIPO policy is that personal names should only be protected if they are being commercially expolited, and concluded:

The complainant has failed to show that his name, well known as it is, has been used in a trademark sense as a label of particular goods or services. There are many well-known ministers, religious figures and academics. Are their sermons or lectures to be considered commercial goods?

Falwell plans to bring a case in a US court instead. Site poking fun at Falwell allowed to continueAssociated Press, June 7th 2002.

June 7, 2002

Stealing money was not theft

A South African woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole R250 000 from her employer, claiming she was the victim of a 'witchcraft' scam:

Deonay Anderton, 40, of Sun Valley, said she had been duped by a sangoma into "borrowing" the money from her employer in order to obtain a gift of R1-million, which evil spirits wished her to have. The sangoma needed R250 000 in "clean" money to place on top of the R1-million in "blood" money, to cleanse the blood money, she told the court.

She told the court that the sangoma threatened her and her family if she told anyone about the money. 'Sangoma told me it was not theft' - Independent Online, June 6th 2002.

June 6, 2002

Not Bargain of the Day

LordCo (motto: Repentence is Futile) parodies those wonderful Christian products which feature regularly in the Prattle. Here you'll find Corpus Crispies - a breakfast cereal with The body of Christ PLUS 10 essential nutrients!, Christ-cut French Fries, and Communion Crunchies Wafer Snacks. Reading matter includes Repenthouse and Prayboy. Looking to the faiths of the future, LordCo offers the Lady Di Signature Halo Collection.

Vultures circle Den Haag

The Netherlands: Dutch lawyers have been quick to capitalise on the death of politician Pim Fortuyn. Fortuyn's own lawyers, G. Spong and O. Hammerstein have brought charges against several politicians, journalists and web sites using a law Fortuyn himself opposed strongly. Clause 137d of Dutch criminal law concerns discrimination and hate speech:

Hij die in het openbaar, mondeling of bij geschrift of afbeelding, aanzet tot haat tegen of discriminatie van mensen of gewelddadig optreden tegen persoon of goed van mensen wegens hun ras, hun godsdienst of levensovertuiging, hun geslacht of hun hetero- of homosexuele gerichtheid, wordt gestraft met een gevangenisstraf van ten hoogste een jaar of een geldboete van de derde categorie.

Which means (my translation):

He who in public, verbally or in writing or pictures, incites hate against or discrimination against (lit. 'of') people or violent acts against people or people's property because of their race, their religion or beliefs, their sex or their hetero- or homosexual orientation, will be punished with a prison sentence of up to one year, or a third category fine.

Spong and Hammerstein argue that comparing Fortuyn to Hitler, Mussolini or Haider, or his anti-Islamic statements with anti-semitism, fall foul of this law. Their "aangifte" (lit. 'declaration') includes the offending statements. For example Matty Verkamman, in the Trouw newspaper on December 22nd described Fortuyn as een man met de intelligentie van Hitler en de charme van Heinrich Himmler (a man with the intelligence of Hitler and the charm of Heinrich Himmler)! The Anarchronicon web site is cited as having contained a picture of Fortuyn in Nazi uniform and photos of posters showing Fortuyn with Hitler's cap and moustache.

The lawyers claim they are acting in accordance with Fortuyn's wishes, even though he felt he should be free to describe Islam as backwards, and that Muslims should equally be allowed to malign homosexuality. A court in Rotterdam has already thrown out the charges, but the they've have appealed to a higher court in Den Haag. Meanwhile, the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (Dutch Union of Journalists) plans a counter-suit.

Stupid lawyer gamesWisse Words, 5th June 2002; NVJ opent tegenaanval over strafklachtHet Parool, 14th May 2002.

June 4, 2002

Football mad

People are getting their priorities sorted the world over. In Kenya, church attendances are down about 30% as parishoners stay at home on Sundays to watch World Cup matches instead. Provost Philip Obwogi of the Anglican Church of Kenya's Cathedral of the Good Shepherd complained:

God should come first all times. When we baptise people, we tell them to fight sin, the world, and the devil and remain faithful soldiers of Christ to the end.

He added that World Cup matches were the sort of worldly pleasure Christians should renounce. Pastor Reuben Langat of Lake View Africa Gospel Church told The Nation that a true Christian could not chose to watch the World Cup instead of going to church on Sunday. Christians Choose World Cup Over Sunday Service - The Nation, 4th June 2002 (via allAfrica.com).

Meanwhile, in England, many churches postponed their services to avoid a clash with the England-Sweden match. England puts its religion first, but still finds time for church - Sydney Morning Herald, 3rd June 2002.

WWJE?

Breatharianism isn't the only contender for the One True Jesus Diet (see March 9th 2002). A doctor in Orlando, Florida, has written 21 "Bible Cure" books which provide Biblical guidelines for healthy eating. He follows in a long tradition - books linking faith and health have been around since at least the 1950s. Holy diet - Books advise on maximizing health by dining the way Jesus did - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 20th 2002. (via Holy Weblog).

June 1, 2002

Football crazy

The Unification Church (aka the Moonies) tried to buy London football club Queens Park Rangers last year. It seems Rev. Moon shares Korea's current obsession with football - his Church owns the current Korean champions Ilhwa Chunma and a team in Brasil called New Hope. Still in Korea, Buddhist monks there are postponing the chance of enlightenment for the duration of the World Cup. World Cup Fever Reaches the Buddhist Temples - Johannesburg Mail and Guardian (via allAfrica.com), 31st May 2002.

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