Hypocrisy: November 2002 Archives

November 27, 2002

Multifaith initiative

In a case which shows that it's not just the Roman Catholic church with such problems, an imam has pleaded guilty to abusing four girls who came to his Hitchin mosque to learn the Koran. Imam admits abusing girls - BBC News, 27th November 2002.

November 26, 2002

Evil straights.

James Andrew Smith, a Texan pastor and businessman had just finished a PowerPoint presentation and trying to open another document on his laptop when a picture of a nude boy flashed up in front of his audience. He claimed a computer virus was responsible -- apparently Microsoft products are so insecure that the wily hackers were able to make a folder with 65 pages of printed pictures of child pornography appear in his desk drawer. Porn shows up in businessman's slide show - Houston Chronicle, November 22nd 2002.

Smith has been happily married for 13 years. In response to this latest scandal, Achilles of morons.org has called for a ban on heterosexuality:

Yet another heterosexual has been caught with child pornography in his possession, and still our nation's leaders do nothing. With all the unspeakable deviant acts visited on the American people by heterosexuals, it is a travesty beyond any other that our elected officials fail to realize the threat that heterosexuality poses to this nation's moral foundation. What other evidence do they still need?
Fact: The vast majority of child molestations are committed by heterosexuals.
Fact: The vast majority of rapes are committed by heterosexuals.
Fact: Heterosexuals are among the most-represented demographic groups in the KKK.
Fact: Most homeless people and welfare recipients in the nation are heterosexuals.
Fact: Nearly every single deadbeat dad in the United States is a practicing heterosexual.

He goes on to cite some interesting Bible verses demonstrating that this mixing of the genders is not the way that God intended us to mate. (Note for Americans: if confused, look up the word 'satire' the author chose to describe his article).

November 7, 2002

Hinn distress

Seven people were injured in a crush at an evangelist's show in Manchester, and it wasn't an earthquake. A 42-year old man also died of a heart attack at the event where Benny Hinn claims to heal the sick. Stephen Goddard of Ship of Fools, a satirical Chistian website, attended the show and was appropriately cynical.

During the concert envelopes were distributed to everyone and people were invited to fill in slips with their credit card details or sign a cheque to commit £50 to £250 a month to Hinn's ministry. Or they could make a faith pledge of £10,000 to £250,000, or any other amount. Hinn was very charismatic, dressed in a white suit and there aspects of the event that were positive but I did not like some of the stagecraft and some of the bland messages that he gives like sin and sickness go together. At one point 12 wheelchairs were put on stage and then people told the audience how they no longer needed them after being healed by Benny. It is hit and run evangelism aimed to a degree at vulnerable people. At one stage a child in what appeared to be a bed came on stage with their nurses. As a finale Hinn got his choir of several hundred to all hold hands. He asked them to be touched by God's spirit and they all fell over as one. It is a case of where does the religion end and the showmanship begin.

Seven injured at evangelical event - Manchester Evening News, not dated - probably November 4th 2002.

It's not us, it's them demons.

The Bahamas: A Bahamian preacher is spearheading a campaign against what he sees as the deliberate work of demons. It was demons, and not people, who were responsible for a recent crime wave. So he's organised a march.

Pastor Moxey, who is coordinating the anti-vice rally, said prayers will be held to invoke divine protection against homosexuality, spousal abuse, lawlessness, witchcraft, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, stealing, lying, and other undesirable vices.

The Prattle puts a tenner on one of the ten preachers involved appearing in court for beating his wife after she caught him sharing a spliff in bed with his boyfriend.

Bahamas in 'spiritual crisis'Nassau Guardian, 6th November 2002 (probably).

November 5, 2002

Trying to get away with it...

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy started speaking in tongues before he was sentenced and after his request for a new trial was turned down.

The defendant erupted in a stream of unintelligible words, bobbed his head and slid off his chair to come to his knees. A court reporter transcribing the hearing said she noted in the official record that Atkins was speaking another language. The guttural speech sounded as though he were chanting.

The judge ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation. The boy's father was unimpressed and convinced the behaviour was a ploy to get a more lenient sentence: I think it's sad that this individual is able to manipulate the system in this way. It's ridiculous. It's a waste of the taxpayers' money. It was staged. Convicted man speaks 'in tongues' - Chicago Sun-Times (via Aberrant News and Curiosities), November 1st 2002.

November 1, 2002

Traditionally, women could sew.

A group of Mormon girls in Arizona have petitioned a local store to stock more modest clothing, complaining that the only non-revealing stuff they stock is designed for older women.

Our point is not to censor anyone. We want options to be able to buy clothing that represents the standards of these girls' homes.

Alternatively, they could do what larger women (and especially larger goths) have done for years and learn dressmaking. Midriff mutiny: Teens fight for modest duds - The Arizona Republic, October 29th 2002.

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