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December 5, 2011

Neopagan site destroyed in suspected hate attack

Wales: A stone circle built by neopagan students as a temple has been destroyed in what police believe to be a religiously-motivated hate crime. The circle has regularly been vandalised, but this time it is not the work of casual hooligans.

The steps giving access to the site, in the grounds of the town's Trinity Saint David University campus, were also torn apart.

Police believe that weapons, such as crow bars and pick axes, may have been used to deliberately cause as much damage to the area as possible.

Lampeter Pc Richard Marshall told town councillors at a meeting last week that the site had been maliciously taken apart and is now unsafe to use.

He also noted that the attack would have received considerably more coverage had it been a church.

While the Telegraph noted the presence of a strong Theology department at Lampeter, the town is only about 25 miles/40km from Christian extremist Steve "Birdshit" Green's stamping ground of Carmarthen. The estimated fuel costs for the journey say it all, really.

Pagan stone circle may have been destroyed in religious hate attackThe Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2011.

December 3, 2011

African witchcraft round-up

Africa: There are a few recent stories related to African witchcraft beliefs.

Religious hate crime on the up.

United Kingdom: Religious control freaks were responsible for at least 2,823 "honour" attacks last year. And that's just the ones reported to those police forces which record such incidents. The figures came to light as the result of a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation.

Its director Diana Nammi said families often tried to deny the existence of honour attacks and those who carried them out were very much respected.

She told the BBC: The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community's honour and reputation.

She added that there was not enough support for victims, and many needed continuing help and protection.

'Honour' attack numbers revealed by UK police forcesBBC News, 3rd December 2011.

July 12, 2011

Catching up at last on Catholic enslavement of women?

Ireland & the USA:

The Superioress and Sisters of The Magdalen Asylum ... very earnestly beg the support of the liberal and kind-hearted to help them with the upkeep of the Institution for 130 Poor Penitents, who receive a home within its walls.

This scandal has been running for many years now, and still nothing has been done. However, it now seems to have finally attracted international attention.

The brutal treatment of girls over many years is enough to make almost anyone weep. And brought to you as a public service(!), by your present author.

Much work has been done in this field by a survivor Mary Therese O'Loughlin who went through the Goldenbridge Bead-Factory - a similar slave-labour camp. Also a hat-tip to the magnificent work done over, and over the years, at the Butterflies and Wheels web-site.

Read more: Will Ireland Apologize to the Women of the Magdalene Laundries?TIME World, 4th July 2011.

June 8, 2011

Pratlets for 8th June 2011

May 25, 2011

Insane teenager meets insane "judge"

England

Lorraine Mbulawa, 19, escaped jail after judge Mr Justice Keith accepted the girl had such strong beliefs in witchcraft and evil that she was acting upon what she was told to do by spirits.
The court heard how all her family, including her mother, believe in the occult and did not blame her for what she had done.
AND
In delivering his verdict Mr Justice Keith told Leeds Crown Court: She believed spirits can enter the body and make you do things that otherwise you would not have done. Her beliefs could have made her think she was possessed by evil spirits at the time.
If this ruling is allowed to set a precedent, then no-one is safe, even sleeping in their beds. It is clear that not only is the verdict perverse, but that the relevant judge is clearly unfit to preside over any sane court.

Mercy for witchcraft girl 'told to stab mother'Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2011.

April 28, 2011

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April 19, 2011

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April 18, 2011

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February 26, 2011

H. Beam Piper would have concurred.

England

The covert audio probe captured the gang condemning Mr Smith for 'teaching other religions to our sisters', the court heard

Four Muslim men are awaiting sentencing after being convicted of slashing a teacher’s face with a knife because they did not approve of a British school’s lessons on world religions being given to Muslim girls. Gary Smith, a religious studies teacher, was attacked by the gang in Bow, east London.

He suffered a fractured skull, and needed three operations to repair his face after being attacked with a knife, an iron bar and a lump of concrete.

H. Beam Piper once claimed that there were people who only believed in ONE god, then they would believe that all the other gods were false, and then that the one "god" could only be worshipped in one way, and all others were vile unbelievers and heretics.....
Well, here it is!

Taliban’s violent methods of female repression arrive in east London National Secular Society Newsline , 25th February 2011.

February 15, 2011

Baptist "Voices" for murder

England

At about 3 o’clock in the morning Lesley sat up and it was as if she had a premonition. She said: 'This is going to be over soon, I’m going to go to heaven’,” he told the court.

And I heard a voice, if I could put it like that, and I said 'I can help you’, and I suddenly had this revelation of the plan finally being acted out.

Wonderful!
Devout religious nut-job hears convenient "voices" telling him to kill his wife.
Oh yeah.

Devout Baptist killed wife and lover's husband after hearing voiceDaily Telegraph, 15th February 2011.

February 8, 2011

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