South African magistrates have postponed an arson case against a 47 year old man because psychologists haven't decided if he's a loony yet. Joseph Lekalakala has been under observation in a mental hospital since February 7th, when he was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a bank machine. He wears the uniform and badges of an organisation called the Zionist Christian Church and told arresting officers he was acting on instructions from Church leader, bishop Barnabas Lekganyane. He claims he is blameless as the machines are evil. Religious Fanatic Sent for Additional Psychological Tests - African Eye News Service, March 27th 2002 (via allAfrica.com).
Love Thy Neighbour: March 2002 Archives
March 27, 2002
Save us from evil cashpoints.
March 26, 2002
Researcher Harassed by Police
Bill Thompson, a leading criminologist noted for his application of logic and common sense to allegations of Satanic abuse, is being harassed by Thames Valley police. It seems he's upset a few people by suggesting that the same stringent standards of evidence be used in cases of alleged child abuse as are applied in any other criminal case. Silenced
Witness - Daily Telegraph, March 24th 2002.
Avedon Carol's view.
March 21, 2002
An on-going controversy in the United States concerns the release of some tapes from Nixon's presidency in the early 1970s. In particular, the tapes feature highly anti-semitic conversations including some with evangelist Billy Graham (who has since apologised). When he received the latest tapes, containing 'rants' on drug policy, Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post hoped for some light relief. Instead, he heard Nixon say this on May 26th 1971:
You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists.
Nixon opposed decriminalisation of cannabis because people smoke it
to get high, but considered alcohol to be okay because people drink that
to have fun. While the distinction might not be clear to us lesser mortals, according to Weingarten, it
was evidently enormously significant to Nixon, because he repeats it twice.
He also made it clear that he was not fond of homosexuals, refusing to shake hands with anyone from northern California!
Just What Was He Smoking?—The Washington Post, 21st March 2002 (thanks to Rick Gordon for drawing my attention to this story).
A silly fundie has decided to bother my beloved before his morning coffee. Why are most evangelists illiterate? Rudeness and mind viruses - Charlie's Diary, March 21st 2002.
Sweet, darling children
A teenage girl in Bedford killed herself after being bullied over her interest in Wicca. A gang at Sharnbrook Upper School taunted her with chants, including
Ding, dong, the witch is dead and
Burn the witch. The school's headmaster told the inquiry that he hadn't thought the bullying was enough to cause a suicide bid, but afterwards he learned that the pupils had started to make bets on who would be next to kill themselves. Schoolgirl
'witch' driven to suicide - The Independent, March 21st
March 14, 2002
Same Old Story
In Europe and North America, the Satanic Abuse nonsense effectively replaced the old Blood Libel against the Jews but that bit of mediæval shite is still alive and well in parts of the Middle East, and not necessarily the parts you'd expect either.
Al-Riyadh is the government newspaper of Saudi Arabia. On March 10th, it published a column, The Jewish Holiday of Purim, by Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University in Al-Dammam. In it, he claims that the Jews make special pastries which must include the dehydrated blood of a non-Jewish child under the age of 10.
Let us now examine how the victims' blood is spilled. For this, a needle-studded barrel is used; this is a kind of barrel, about the size of the human body, with extremely sharp needles set in it on all sides. [These needles] pierce the victim's body, from the moment he is placed in the barrel. These needles do the job, and the victim's blood drips from him very slowly. Thus, the victim suffers dreadful torment -- torment that affords the Jewish vampires great delight as they carefully monitor every detail of the blood-shedding with pleasure and love that are difficult to comprehend.
A quick glance at Leviticus 7:26-27 and Leviticus 17:10-14 (which prohibit the consumption of blood of any kind), and Leviticus 11:3 and Deuteronomy 14:6 (which specify that any mammals eaten must have cloven hooves and chew the cud) reveals that this tale is a likely as devout Muslims shagging pigs before eating them.
Special Dispatch No. 354: Saudi Government Daily: Jews Use Teenagers' Blood for 'Purim' Pastries - Middle East Media Reseach Institute News, March 13th 2002.
An accurate description of Purim from the BBC.
Kashrut: Jewish Dietary Laws explained at Judaism 101.
March 13, 2002
The current religious violence in India is, on the whole, not at all funny but the situation has brought about some surreal moments. A Muslim shrine in Srinagar holds a single hair which they believe to be from the beard of the prophet Mohammed. According to at least one Hindu, this is not so. Vinay Katiyar, a member of the Indian parliament and leader of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad, claims the hair is really from a Hindu holy man Nimnath Baba. He is prepared to go to court to recover the hair, which he claims was appropriated by Muslim invaders. Hindus fight Muslims for strand of holy beard hair - Ananova, March 12th 2002.
But if a single hair can cause so much trouble, what about an entire body? Yuza Asaf was a Muslim 'saint' and his remains are believed to be at the shrine of Rozabal, Kashmir. But an American woman wants to dig them up and subject them to DNA tests as she's convinced that the site is the final resting place of Jesus. Shrine managers are strongly opposed to the planned 'desecration', but she might get her way as she has previously been allowed to dig up a site in Pakistan looking for the remains of Mary. She has not indicated how she plans to get a DNA sample from the Lord God Almighty for comparison. US researcher seeks to exhume 'Jesus Christ' in Kashmir - ABC News Online, March 11th 2002.
March 8, 2002
It's a steal
Four notices banning Satan from a Florida town have been nicked. The controversial signs - hollow posts containing a proclomation barring the Devil from Inglis - were put up by mayor Carolyn Risher, but disappeared some time last week. She has vowed to waste more tax dollars putting up new posts, twice the height and anchored in concrete, plus a giant cross. The US Constitution bans such official recognition of any religion. Thieves Swipe Anti-Satan Posts, ABC News n.d.. (This'll only stay up for a week. After that, click on the link to the Crime Blotter archive to find this story).
March 6, 2002
Barking up the wrong tree
Neopagans are being blamed for the disappearance of a rare pedigree dog in London. Rather than assuming that thieves took the Basenji, which went missing last month during a walk in Beckenham Park, the owner has connected the incident with ceremonies going on in the park. The rituals involving
fire, candles, stone circles and symbols hung in trees are similar to ones which went on there in the 1970s. The group concerned has apparently built some 'very elaborate' stone circles in the woods. Mystery
of rituals in park . This is Local London March 5th 2002.
March 1, 2002
United States: Notorious fundie homophobe Fred Phelps failed to show up at the Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco last Sunday after promising to picket the gay-friendly congregation. He had issued press releases to the San Francisco media insisting that he and his cronies from Westboro Community Church in Kansas would be there. His son, the originally-named Fred Phelps Jr, had told the San Francisco Examiner about the theological reasons for picketing the
fag church and the funerals of lesbians and gay men, most notoriously that of Matthew Shepherd who was murdered by queerbashers:
The Bible preaches hate. You can't have God's love without God's hate.
Gay-haters are a no-show—San Francisco Examiner February 25th 2002.
The trial of a woman who claims the devil made her drown her five children has revealed the effects of religious fundametalism on the mentally ill. According to the L.A. Times, Andrea Pia Yates lived in:
a home in which the husband and wife stuck to traditional roles. It was a home in which medicine was frowned upon, school systems were unacceptable and institutional religion was a tool of evil. Doomsday leaflets mailed to the house gave hysterical warnings against demonic influences that threaten young children.I cannot stress how serious the whole thing is: By the time a child is 14 or 15 years old, it's too late,the Perilous Times newsletter said. Yates' husband, Russell 'Rusty' Yates, read aloud from the tract during Thursday's testimony.
She had been receiving counselling, was suffering from catatonic states and psychosis and had attempted suicide several times. Religious Zeal Infused Yates' Lives, Testimony Shows, L.A. Times, March 1st 2002.