Hypocrisy: January 2003 Archives

January 31, 2003

It's not just the Roman Catholic Church, no. 385664

A Feng Shui practitioner has been jailed by a Hong Kong court for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He told her he was performing 'mystical rites' that would pass on his power to her. Fengshui master jailed for sex 'rite' on teen - IOL, 31st January 2003.

January 27, 2003

God's creatures at work

An Australian Jehovah's Witness was attacked by a ram after he ignored a private - keep out sign and entered a farm with the intention of annoying the owners. He was apparently unaware that rams are not undead and shooing the animal away with a briefcase full of Bibles had no effect. The ram, inappropriately nicknamed 'Shit for Brains', had never attacked anyone before. The Jehovah's Witness successfully sued, and also tried suing his church for not warning him that farms might be dangerous. Ram butts Bible man - Herald Sun, 23rd January 2003.

It's not just the Roman Catholic Church, no. 385663

A pastor at a church in Hyderabad, India, has left from the church without informing any one after he is alleged to have molested a 13-year-old girl who came to Hallelujah Church alone to pray. She complained to her father who went to the church to discuss the matter, where he was allegedly beaten up by Pastor Subhash. Pastor accused of molesting minor flees - Times of India, 27th January 2003.

January 22, 2003

If it harms Windows, do as ye will

A Welsh virus writer who included Wiccan elements in tempting messages spread by his code has been jailed for two years.

Another message alluded to Vallor's interest in an ancient British pagan religion, which read: Bide ye the Wiccan laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.

Ancient? Never mind. He was caught after boasting about it in a chat room. Computer virus author jailed - BBC News, 21st January 2003.

January 21, 2003

Psychic fraud in Japan

Japan: Nine people have been arrested in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on suspicion of fraud. The nine are alleged to be members of a much larger 'psychic' group that police think have swindled around 150 million yen (€1,200,000) from 1,700 people by stopping them on the street and offering to drive out evil spirits.

The nine, who called their group, Ijuin, spoke to eight women in their 20s to 50s at railway stations and department stores in Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo between December 2000 and last March, police said. The Ijuin members falsely told their victims that they were possessed by an evil spirit, and that they would die unless they were exorcised, according to investigators.

They then took the victims to a Tokyo hotel, or what they called a chapel in Kamakura, and received a combined 5.12 million yen to expel the evil spirits that had invaded the women's bodies.

Psychic phonies exorcise millions from 'possessed' women - Mainichi Daily News, 21st January 2003.

Holy extortion

Churches in the Pacific Islands regularly publicise donations in a cynical attempt to pressurise their poorer congregants into giving more than they can afford. The money is spent on extravagant church buildings. Islanders shamed into giving to church - Stuff, 21st January 2003.

January 20, 2003

Britain a pagan country

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has told the Daily Telegraph that Britian is a Pagan country in which people will believe anything and everything. No doubt he hopes this attitude will extend to his claims that the Roman Catholic Church is doing something effective to deal with priests who abuse children. Britain is a pagan society, says Cardinal - Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2003.

January 18, 2003

I see a dark stranger with a big stick

A scammer claiming to be a Dutch psychic is distributung letters around the North East of England claiming that someone hates the recipient and that something terrible will happen unless she is paid £7. She asks people to send personal details which are enough to allow her access to people's bank accounts.

Trading Standards have received a number of complaints and Durham council have urged recipients to file them in the bin. Fortune teller's threats - icNewcastle, 15th January 2003.

January 15, 2003

It's not just the Roman Catholic Church, no. 385662

A Canadian Hindu priest has been charged with with sexual assault and several other offences. The charges relate to alleged assaults on two 14-year old girls who attended a group based at one of the two Toronto temples where Rudy Madho is priest and include sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. He also faces one count of invitation to sexual touching. Hindu priest faces sex charges - Globe and Mail, 15th January 2003.

January 12, 2003

Sacred mountain row

In New Zealand, Maori are upset about the possibility that a sacred mountain might appear in the background of a film being made in the area. At the same time, they're charging the crew large sums of money for 'spritual ceremonies'. This sentence hints that the real motives are far from religious: Maori are also unhappy that there is no financial recognition of their interest in the mountain. Maori row over use of Mt Taranaki - Stuff, 12th January 2003.

January 6, 2003

It's not just the Roman Catholic Church, no. 385661

A Presbyterial Commission (a kind of church court in the Church of Scotland) is in the final stages of its inquiry into a minister who tried to assault a 14-year-old boy. Reverend Ian Andrew was convicted at Stonehaven Sheriff Court in October and put on the Sex Offenders' Register, but sentence has been deferred until the kirk's own investigtion is complete. At the time of the offence, Andrew was a happily married man with two daughters.

Thou shalt not kill on my patch

Muslims and Christians in a Ugandan village are engaged in a feud over who gets to slaughter animals.

The meeting followed an earlier letter written by the Busembatia Mosque leaders accusing the Discipleship Mission Born-Again Christians of defiantly slaughtering and selling animals to the public during the festive season.

Christians, Muslims clash in Iganga - The Monitor (via allAfrica.com, 4th January 2003.

Wizard drops in

A praying Christian congregation in Zanzibar must have received the shock of their lives when a sparesely-dressed man fell from his flying saucer into their midst. But according to the self-styled 'wizard', the incident is why he is now a Christian.

When asked why he had failed to continue with the flight, he said he didn't know why. I always make sure that everything is okay before I leave on a mission within and beyond Kongwa District. I did the same tonight, but I was shocked when the craft would not go on when I reached above this area. I really don't know why it failed, he explained. He said it was God's will that he should now stop witchcraft and live a righteous life. He then burned all the pieces of talisman, the piece of skin and the "aircraft". He was later given clothes by the believers.

The truth of the story is suggested by the fact that his family, with whom he lived, were completely unaware of his nocturnal activities. 'Wizard' drops from heavens - The Guardian (Zanzibar), 6th January 2003.

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