Love Thy Neighbour: January 2008 Archives

January 23, 2008

God incites more child cruelty

England: An evangelical preacher has been convicted on nine charges of wounding and cruelty to his sons. Bradford Crown Court also convicted the boys' mother, a devout Christian, of cruelty.

The evangelical preacher put safety pins through his sons' lips, sliced their mouths with scalpel blades and squeezed the older boy's tongue with sharp pincers.

The court heard that the father used religion as his excuse for the cruelty:

Prosecutor Caroline Wigin had told the court the man, a self-styled preacher and former medical student, may have mutilated the boys as his interpretation of religious teaching.

He had told the children God had had his tongue cut off in the Bible.

The court is still considering further allegations against the parents, who cannot be named because it would identify the children.

Dad guilty of sons' scalpel tortureBradford Telegraph and Argus, 23rd January 2008.

January 22, 2008

Grotesque statement of the day

Wales: There has been a string of teenage suicides in Bridgend recently. The young people all knew each other, and might have been inspired by the earlier deaths. It's a terrible situation, but one religious nutter knows it wasn't the pressure of school, the lack of employment opportunities, or the impossibility of getting a start in adult life contributing to the record levels of depression and self-harm among young people. As he explained to the Daily Mail:

Teenage suicide doesn't surprise me. Children are taught at school that we are nothing more than animals, descendents of an ape-like creature. When life gets tough why carry on living if our lives are just a freak of nature. Well done to all those who teach our kids that evolution is a fact.

If being more than an animal means being a nasty, hateful scumbag, well I say OOK!

Teenage suicide cult sweeps through town as SEVEN youngsters kill themselves in copycat deathsThe Daily Mail, 22nd January 2008.

January 15, 2008

Pot, kettle, very dark colour

United Kingdom: Okay, this story is from the Daily Express, but it seems its not only self-styled Christians who refuse to do their jobs and then claim religious discrimination.

According to the Express, a young Muslim assistant at a branch of Marks and Spencer refused to serve a woman trying to buy a book of sanitised Bible stories for children, declaring the book to be "unclean" and declining to touch it. But if the assistant hopes for support from Muslim organisations, she looks unlikely to get it.

Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, described the assistant's comments as offensive and called for Marks & Spencer to carry out a thorough investigation.

People who think they are Christian have turned out to be much less reasonable, and have responded, not by turning the other cheek, but by entering into a competition to see who can come up with the most disgusting comment. First up, the woman who was trying to indoctrinate her grandson, who starts with the traditional phrase used when you are about to say something really racist:

I am not racist but I have vowed never to let a person wearing a headdress serve me again. It will be a long, long time before I shop again at M&S.

Then we discover that Shipley in once again in the hands of a really nasty Tory:

Mr Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, west Yorkshire, said: I find it unbelievable. We are a Christian country. I'm afraid it is no good for people to work in Marks & Spencer and not serve their products.

And then, the Muslim Council of Britian representative pours more fuel on the flames by continuing to be reasonable:

Mr Bunglawala said: This appears to be a very regrettable incident and the 'unclean' remark was clearly very offensive and unacceptable.

“Many Biblical stories complement the teachings of the Koran. We hope that M&S will investigate this incident.

Marks and Spencer have said that the incident does not reflect company policy and that they will investigate.

Personally, I'm wondering how the assistant squares her bigotry with her working for a company with such a solid Jewish heritage.


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