Superstition and Other Silliness: March 2002 Archives

March 22, 2002

Where's Jesus?

Seven members of a Kenyan Christian group have been arrested after locking themselves away in a secluded den to await the second coming, which they believe will happen on April 24th this year. The Emmanuel Church members had sold their property and removed their children from school to await the momentous occasion. Police Arrest Seven Doomsday Cult Members - The East African Standard, March 21st 2002 (via

March 19, 2002

Unsafe Sex

An ancient tradition has been axed because of safety fears. Every three years, the maypole at Barwick-in-Elmet in West Yorkshire is lowered for maintenance and then raised again using only ropes and ladders. In future a crane will be used because organisers fear they'll be sued if anything goes wrong. Ancient maypole tradition axed on safety grounds - Ananova, March 18th 2002.

March 9, 2002

School teaches myths instead of science

Fundamentalist teachers are teaching mythology as scientific fact at a state-funded school in Gateshead. Emmanuel College, one of the Tories' City Technology Colleges, is supposed to be a beacon school with high standards yet young people there are taught that a being known as 'God' made the universe in six days and that this folk tale has more credibility than theories based on observable evidence. A representative for the Department for Education and Skills told The Guardian What schools need to do is teach the national curriculum in an impartial way. Personal doctrines should not override anything that should be taught in the curriculum. Top school's creationists preach value of biblical story over evolution, The Guardian March 9th 2002.

David Icke was wrong after all.

The scientists who declared that the Universe is turquoise have admitted that there was an error in the software and that the Universe is, in fact, magnolia. One of the researchers noted It is embarrassing, but this is science. We're not like politicians. If we make mistakes, we admit them. That's how science works. Universe is off colour - BBC News, March 8th 2002

March 1, 2002

Star to Stay

A five-pointed star on top of a Suffolk church will stay, despite a local resident's complaint that it is a satanic symbol inappropriate for a Christian building. The church council decided unanimously to take no action, and the rector, Rev. David Streeter, noted the symbol's long Christian heritage. Hedley Griffin, who made the original complaint, was disappointed: what they have done is the equivalent of putting a swastika on top of a synagogue. Five-pointed star to stay on church, East Anglian Daily Times, March 1st 2002.

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