Hypocrisy: August 2002 Archives

August 13, 2002

Thought for the Day: Don't think.

102 public figures have sent a letter to the BBC protesting at the ban on atheist contributors to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. The letter, signed by writers, MPs, peers, academics and scientists was sent by the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and the Rationalist Press Association.

By resolutely retaining the ban, the BBC is discriminating against the non-religious, and thus giving the impression of promoting religion as the one source of ethics. We call on the Governors to end this ban.

The slot is currently being revamped but producers have already decided not to allow atheists to participate. Anger as BBC keeps the faith on Thought for the Day - Ananova, August 13th 2002.

August 12, 2002

Please stay on the dole

Lingerie retailer Ann Summers is threatening to take the government to court after a decision not to allow it to advertise vacancies through Job Centres. A rule banning the advertising of jobs in the sex or personal services industry was cited, though Ann Summers shops are not sex shops, which need to be licensed. A government representative also claimed it would be unfair to force job seekers to consider roles in industries to which they may have moral objections, but Job Centres still routinely advertise jobs in the military and butchers' shops. Ann Summers Threatens Legal Action Over Job Centres Ban - Ananova (via The Guardian), August 12th 2002.

August 9, 2002

EU blamed for censorship

Romanian witches are threatening to cast spells to prevent their country's entry into NATO or the European Union unless a government ban on the promotion of sorcery is lifted. Last week, the National Audio Visual Council banned all radio and television programmes relating to magic and witchcraft claiming the measure had been demanded as a condition of Romania's entry into the EU. According to Cludiu Rusu, a representative for the National Audio-Visual Council:

Programmes with miraculous healers and broom-riding witches who claim they can change the world are very harmful, especially for young audiences. We should not allow children or people in trouble to believe all those witches claim they can do.

But Maria Campina, an elected True and Authentic Queen of White Magic promised to defeat the measure with the help of her six daughters and around eighty other white witches:

I ordered all witches in this country to stop all magic that could help Romania join Nato or the EU. We will work against it. Why should politicians be allowed to act as stars on television... and we are banned?

Another witch, Rodica Gheorghe, blamed clerical jealousy: It is outrageous and we will not accept it. Witches have been persecuted since the Inquisition because their powers are stronger than priests. In a statement, the National Witches' Association noted that the ban was more likely to hinder Romania's integration. European human rights legislation guarantees freedom of conscience and religion. Witches off the box? Then Nato gets a pox... - IOL, August 9th 2002. Witches threaten Romania's EU interests as revenge for TV ban - Ananova, August 1st 2002.

Politician blames spell for his affair

A Taiwanese MP enlisted the services of a Taoist priest to break a spell which caused him to have an extra-marital affair. The spell was allegedly cast by a female aide to Cheng Yu-cheng to control him and the priest declared the exorcism successful after he saw 'evil spirits' during the ritual. It can't have been that successful though, as Cheng has subsequently threatened to divorce his wife. 'Ghostbuster' breaks sex spell for Taiwan MP - IOL, August 7th 2002.

August 4, 2002

Porn blamed for lack of improvement in crime rates

'Christians' in South Africa have resorted to claims that pornography leads to rape and murder in their efforts to close a sex shop in Somerset West. The 120 prudes admit that the shop is perfectly legal, but still want to close down the business, which is tucked away in an industrial area. Other claims are that pornography is being passed around among local children. The shop, Adult World, has 24 hour surveillance and strict proof-of-age requirements and Arthur Calamaras, owner of the chain, notes that they cannot be held responsible if customers are not careful with their purchases.

At a protest meeting in a Baptist church, Pastor Peter Hammond of African Christian Action quoted 'feminist' sources to justify his claims that pornography was an insatiable cancer, stalking and devouring with ever-increasing appetite.The more one ingests, the greater the lust for more, when he said Pornography is the theory, rape is the practice.

Hammond said when the Film and Publications Act was passed in 1996 it legalised pornography and made it possible for child abusers, rapists and paedophiles to get all the material they needed.

Organiser Jeanine McGill blamed pronography for South Africa's high rape figures, but Arthur Calamaras notes that that has been the case for a long time:

There are a thousand arguments for and a thousand arguments against. These church groups have just found a scapegoat for problems in society. When I brought Adult World to Johannesburg six years ago that city was already the crime capital of the world, yet there was no pornography in South Africa.

Sex shop faces wrath of suburban ChristiansCape Argus, (via IOL), August 3rd 2002.

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