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  • A Catholic priest has filed a restraining order against the parents of a severely autistic 13-year-old boy in an effort to keep him from attending the church[ref]
  • A minister at a Dallas-area megachurch was charged with online solicitation of a minor after police said Friday he was caught in an Internet sex sting.http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/647789.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • At middle school, Christian students gang up on anyone else who isn't a Christianhttp://www.mountvernonnews.com/local/08/05/06/freshwater_upd.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • A potato destined for the fryer has become a holy relic to some Berliners after a woman cut it open only to find an image of a cross inside.http://www.thelocal.de/11747/" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Two children and their mother lived for about two months with the decaying body of a 90-year-old woman on the toilet of their home's only bathroom, on the advice of a religious "superior" who claimed the corpse would come back to life, authorities said Friday.[ref]
  • `Miracle' Marine dies; badly burned in 2005 Iraq blasthttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080502/ap_on_re_us/obit_german" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Two parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes were charged Monday with second-degree reckless homicide.[ref]
  • Evangelical Christian preacher admits to participating in homicidal, sadistic group in Africa[ref]
  • Parents upset up as daughter arrives home from school with pamphlet, "Why Jesus is better than Santa"[ref]
  • How I survived being starved, beaten and tortured by my Jehovah's Witness foster mother[ref].
  • An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam.http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/01/22/afghan-journalist.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Ezra Levant details how he was investigated by the Canadian government because he "offended" a radical Muslim by publishing a cartoon of Mohammed.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080120.wcomment0121/BNStory/National/home" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Republican congressman Randy Forbes, backed by thirty-one other Representatives is pushing for HR888, to turn the founding fathers from deists into Christian fundamentalists, to proclaim us officially to be a Christian nation.http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/73778" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • New York Times article shows Bill Gates has done more to improve the human condition than Mother Teresa, and explores the details of moral "rationalism"[ref]
  • President Bush breaches protocol when he gives visits the pope and gives him a Protestant walking stick made by a homeless man[ref]
  • A man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said.http://www.startribune.com/nation/13560276.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Man kills and cooks girlfriend; says God made him do it.[ref]


  • Jesus Struck by Lightning [ref]





  • A retired Canadian pastor likely on track to leave a courtroom Friday with probation for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl instead found himself behind bars after he told a judge that the girl acted sexually provocative toward him. The 73-year old priest claims the 4 year old girl "sexually harassed" him.http://nwherald.com/articles/2007/12/29/news/local/doc47762393489e2259563447.txt" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]




  • The man accused of beating his estranged wife, televangelist Juanita Bynum, says he never hit her and that she physically abused him.[ref]
  • Frederick Dominguez, 38, told reporters that prayer, ingenuity and foot rubs helped him and his three children, Christopher, Alexis and Josh, survive three days in the Northern California wilderness.[ref]
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  • The latest salvo in creationism's increasingly ferocious battle with evolution is about to be fired in Lancashire. Not in a fiery sermon preached from the pulpit, but in the form of a giant Christian theme park that will champion the book of Genesis and make a multi-media case that God created the world in seven days... in Britain?http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2228201,00.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]




  • The continuing battle over a nativity scene at the Olean Municipal Building in Buffalo, NY took another twist Monday night, when someone ran over a 5-foot-tall Wiccan pentacle set up next to the nativity scene.http://www.buffalonews.com/258/story/226505.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]


  • Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Public Funding Of Evangelical Prison Program In Iowa[ref]


  • The mayor of an Arkansas town resigned on Wednesday, claiming he was abducted and brainwashed by Satan worshippers nearly three decades ago.Centerton Mayor Ken Williams said he has been living under an assumed name for nearly 30 years. He had been mayor since 2001. Williams told authorities he was born Don LaRose and that in the mid-1970s, he was a preacher in Indiana. He said he was abducted and brainwashed into forgetting all about his life as Don LaRose. He said, he realized that he had a wife and two kids but that he had decided to leave and take on a new identity to protect them.http://www.4029tv.com/news/14664847/detail.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • Teen desecrates sacred virgin mary window defecthttp://www.bsalert.com/news/2162/Teen_Desecrates_Sacred_Virgin_Mary_Window_Defect.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]


  • A Christian group trying to prosecute the producer and broadcaster of Jerry Springer - The Opera under blasphemy laws will take its case to the high court in London today.http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,2213790,00.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • The 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch,Chapel Hill Harvester Church, is at the center of a sex scandal of biblical dimensions: He slept with his brother's wife and fathered a child by her. The archbishop, his brother and the church are being sued by former church employee Mona Brewer, who says Earl Paulk manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only path to salvation.[ref]


  • Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them.[ref]


  • Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, the city's largest interfaith organization, announced Thursday that its annual Thanksgiving celebration Sunday had to be moved because Hyde Park Baptist Church objected to non-Christians worshiping on its property. Hyde Park Baptist says it didn't realize Muslims were leading annual Thanksgiving event.http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/11/16/1116hydepark.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • When some of the world's leading religious scholars gather in San Diego this weekend, pasta will be on the intellectual menu. They'll be talking about a satirical pseudo-deity called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose growing pop culture fame gets laughs but also raises serious questions about the essence of religion.http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/personal/11/16/flying.spaghettimonster.ap/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • A black conservative Christian pastor of an evangelical megachurch has vowed to take over Microsoft by packing it with new shareholders who will vote against the company's policy of championing gay rights.[ref]


  • A Kentucky woman was bitten by a rattlesnake during a church service as she was handling the snake to prove her faith in God. Woman dies at the hospital. Family sues the hospital claiming negligence. "Handling snakes in a religious service is a misdemeanor in Kentucky, but police rarely pursue charges because the practice involves a matter of religious freedom and believers are willing participants." http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/story/224771.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]
  • 2007/11/07:

A toddler born with eight limbs and believed by some to be the reincarnation of the multi-limbed Hindu goddess Vishnu, is set to undergo a 40-hour operation to remove half of her limbs. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23419627-details/Toddler%20with%20eight%20limbs%20branded%20'reincarnation%20of%20Hindu%20god'%20to%20undergo%20life-saving%20operation/article.do" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/11/04:

Church rules drive away longtime parishioner. The man was told he would be kicked out of Trinity Lutheran in Conroy because he hadn't been in for communion. He says it's because he hadn't given money. [ref]

  • 2007/10/30

Washington State Rep. Richard Curtis, a staunch Republican and defender of fine family values, was seen wearing women's lingerie at a local adult store. While there he conversed with the clerk, who referred to him in police records as "The Cross-Dresser" and said that he was in fact gay AND married with children, a family model that just about nobody endorses as healthy. Curtis was there not only to make incriminating small talk with minimum-wage employees, but to find one Cody Castagna, a 26-year-old gay prostitute. http://www.bsalert.com/news/2126/A_Gay_Prostitute_Ladys_Lingerie_and_a_State_Rep-_Oh_My.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/09:

Christians are helping Christians with medical expenses through a unique ministry that doesn't involve insurance. You can be a part of this growing network of believers faithfully applying Biblical principles. When we all work together, the burden on each of us is very light. As a result, since 1994 the monthly share has not exceeded $285.00 and is even lower for singles and couples. http://www.samaritanministries.org/" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/08:

An Alabama minister who died in June of "accidental mechanical asphyxia" was found hogtied and wearing two complete wet suits, including a face mask, diving gloves and slippers, rubberized underwear, and a head mask, 2 ties, 5 belts and 11 straps, according to an autopsy report. Investigators determined that Rev. Gary Aldridge's death was not caused by foul play and that the 51-year-old pastor of Montgomery's Thorington Road Baptist Church was alone in his home at the time he died (while apparently in the midst of some autoerotic undertaking). While the Montgomery Advertiser, which first obtained the autopsy records, reported on Aldridge's two wet suits, the family newspaper chose not to mention what police discovered inside the minister's rubber briefs (a dildo covered with a condom in the deceased's anus). Aldridge served as the church's pastor for 16 years. Immediately following his death, church officials issued a press release asking community members to "please refrain from speculation" about what led to Aldridge's demise, adding that, "we will begin the healing process under the strong arm of our Savior, Jesus Christ."http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/1008072scuba1.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/1008072scuba1.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/08:

Allegations of sexual misconduct surround a former employee at a Westside church where the church's founder is awaiting trial on charges of capital sexual battery. http://www.news4jax.com/news/14295552/detail.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/08:

Churches across the United States are under fire for using the ultra-violent video game Halo 3 to attract younger members to their congregations. [ref]

  • 2007/10/07:

Some Muslim medical students are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article2603966.ece" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/06:

Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home." Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal. [ref]

  • 2007/10/05:

Anger over a divorce settlement may have driven a 63-year-old Baptist deacon to shoot five people in a law office, killing two, then exchange gunfire with police during a standoff. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071005/ap_on_re_us/louisiana_shooting" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/04:

The Vatican has pledged to clean up Italian football after buying its own club. The Italian Bishop's Conference now has a controlling stake in AC Ancona, currently top of Italy's third division, after money was provided by a group of Catholic businessmen. http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/god-squad-buys-club-to-tackle-crisis-in-football-1115342.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/04:

NPR showcases the growing number of evangelical Christians who are flocking to Israel to help the Jews [ref][ref]

Salon features a story, "My 13-year old daughter says I'm going to hell", a sad commentary on how evangelical Christianity breaks up familieshttp://www.salon.com/mwt/col/tenn/2007/10/04/christianity/" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/10/01:

Muslim supermarket checkout staff have been given the right to refuse to sell alcohol to customers. [ref]

  • 2007/09/30:

The Catholic Church is to be given £30 million in the London Borough of Wandsworth to open a “faith school”. The school in Battersea, planned to open in 2012, will merge two already failing Catholic Schools John Paul II School in Southfields and Salesian College in Battersea. So much for the "religious ethos" guaranteeing success. http://www.secularism.org.uk/catholicchurchgiven30millionofta.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/28:

The St. Louis Archdiocese blocked the first public performance of "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll" at the Ivory Theatre, saying the edgy musical revue doesn't belong in the former church. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/E6386EDDD05B8A57862573640009A212?OpenDocument" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/27:

The Catholic League posted three pages of pornographic gay pictures from the Folsom Street Fair on their web site, supposedly to call attention to Miller Brewing Company's sponsorship of the event and suggest a protest/boycott. However, the pictures posted on the site go way beyond simply calling attention to the event and clearly showcase pornography, full-frontal nudity, and gay S&M.http://www.catholic.org/adv/catholicleague/folsom1.php" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

A lawyer admitted that he destroyed a computer containing child pornography that was evidence in an investigation at a prominent church. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070927/ap_on_re_us/attorney_indicted" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/26:

The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7014335.stm" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/26:

Six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to give up membership in a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070926/ap_on_re_us/nuns_heresy" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/24:

Youth For Christ officials said Saturday the center for teenagers will be closed until further notice following accusations that the director had a sexual relationship with a girl beginning when she was 13 years old.http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070923/NEWS/709230378" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/22:

Louisiana senator David Vitter sneaks a $100,000 grant into a national farm bill that will funnel money to a fundamentalist christian group intent on "developing better science eduation." Their version of "science" involves dismissing evolution and promoting god and creationism.http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/2007/09/vitter_earmarked_federal_money.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/21:

Instead of helping feed the poor or provide some other valued service, a christian group in Tennesse, spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming "enough is enough." in response to Kathy Griffin's acceptance speech at the Emmy awards where she joked about Jesus not being responsible for her award.http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j7tOaP6cK9zqSPR6KnqJNxyVWCzQ" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/19:

A bar owner was shocked when his son saw the face of the Virgin Mary in a sliced fruit. http://www.star-telegram.com/407/story/240176.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/15:

A Utah woman testified she tried to kill herself on her wedding night after she was pushed into marrying her cousin by polygamous-church leader Warren Jeffs. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/09/15/child_bride_testifies_in_polygamy_trial/1327/" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/14:

28-year old bio-medicine student Rudy Boa is stabbed to death after getting into an argument with a creationist over evolution at a camp site in Australia.http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/3868/Boa_killer_may_get_light_sentence.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/12:

Allen Michael Beckett, a 53-year-old church deacon, federal auditor and former Army combat veteran was arrested after trying to castrate 32-year-old Brian Christopher Thomas, who apparently walked into an Oklahoma bar wearing a Texas Longhorns t-shirt. Thomas required 60+ stitches to have his testicles repaired after the church deacon grabbed him as he was leaving and tried to remove his balls because of the t-shirt he was wearing.http://sports.aol.com/story/ar/_a/football-rivalry-sparks-bloody-skirmish/20070911222809990001" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/11:

Henry Edgington, 63, stepped down from his leadership position at Elm Mott Church of Christ before his arrest. Members of a local church whose former part-time pastor has been arrested on child pornography charges don’t think he meant to do anything wrong, the church’s full-time preacher says. http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/09/08/09082007wacpreacherupdate.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/09/05:

Two South African women have been burned to death after a group of students accused them of bewitching their high school with evil spirits. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6980439.stm" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/31:

A man in Salamanca, Spain cut off his penis and threw it in the toilet to "stop himself from sinning."[ref]

A toddler group has been banned from a church hall - because its yoga lessons are considered un-Christian. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/08/31/not-us-position-89520-19713738/" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/31

A print of Osama Bin Laden which morphs into Jesus, and a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in a burqa have sparked furious debate in Australia. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6972270.stm" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/30:

A fundamentalist church pastor had sex with two of his teenage daughters to educate them on how to be good wives, a South Australian court has heard. The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named, was today sentenced in the SA District Court to eight and a half years jail after pleading guilty to seven counts each of incest and unlawful sexual intercourse. The court heard that the man had sex with his daughters for nearly a decade from 1991 when they were aged 13 and 15 at the family property.http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/pastor-had-sex-with-daughters/2007/08/30/1188067266454.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

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  • 2007/08/26:

A demonstration has been held in south- east Afghanistan accusing US troops of insulting Islam after they distributed footballs bearing the name of Allah. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6964564.stm" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/18:

Church offers free iTunes and iPhone. Anyone who comes to its iThemed services for the first time during the next three weekends can get a $15 iTunes gift card by filling out a "connection card." Today, one new visitor will win an iPhone. The series of sermons is called "i: Successful Living in a Self-Absorbed World." http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/south/epaper/2007/08/18/s1b_isermon_0818.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/18:

Mike Lewis wants you to know that Satan hates the New Life Center in Cedar Grove. He wants you to know it so much that his church has put up a billboard along U.S. 60 outside Rand saying just that. http://wvgazette.com/section/News/2007081732" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/17:

A married couple (Estevam Hernandes Filho and his wife, Sonia Haddad Moraes Hernandes) who lead one of Brazil's largest evangelical churches were sentenced to nearly five months in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling more than $56,000 into the United States hidden in luggage, a child's backpack and a Bible case. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070818/ap_on_re_us/brazilian_money_smuggling" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/15:

North Shore Tax driver Behzad Saidy refused to take Bruce Gilmour and his dog from a West Vancouver coffee shop to Gilmour's Vancouver home in January 2006, saying his Muslim religion prevented him from associating with dogs because they're "unclean." http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/246683" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/14:

A Waukesha woman was arrested early Tuesday morning for disturbing neighbors by yelling witch chants around a bonfire she built 10-feet from her home. http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/9157701.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/12:

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun. http://www.bsalert.com/news/1990/Bill_Nye_Bood_In_Texas_For_Saying_The_Moon_Reflects_The_Sun.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/08/07:

A Catholic priest faces an indecent exposure charge after police said he went jogging in the nude about an hour before sunrise. The Rev. Robert Whipkey told officers he had been running naked at a high school track and didn't think anyone would be around at that time of day, a police report said. He told officers he sweats profusely if he wears clothing while jogging. Whipkey, 53, was arrested June 22 in this small town about 20 miles north of Denver. An officer said he saw a naked man walking down the street at 4:35 a.m. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,292582,00.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/07/31:

A young man in Nepal today chopped off his right hand as an offering to a feared Hindu goddess, state-run media reported. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22169814-5001028,00.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2007/06/28

An Arizona family says the Virgin Mary has appeared to them in the fruity flesh. They say the image can be seen in a piece of watermelon. [ref]

  • 2006/12/11:

The Bishop of Southwark is facing a battle to keep his job after he was apparently found in a tired and emotional state in the back of a stranger's car after a Christmas party. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2064762.ece" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

  • 2006/05/06:

A man shouting "God will save me if he exists", lowered himself by a rope into the big cats’ enclosure in Kiev zoo, Ukraine, on Sunday, 4 June, when the zoo was packed with visitors. He then took his shoes off and went up to the lions. A lioness knocked him down and severed his carotid artery, killing him instantly. Lions and tigers are kept in an “animal island” protected by thick concrete blocks. http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/strangedeaths/379/an_act_of_faith.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]


  • Jehovah's witness has his face eaten by a tumor because his religion is against blood transfusions[ref]


  • Creationism and intelligent design are going to be studied at the University of Kansas, but not in the way advocated by opponents of the theory of evolution. A course being offered next semester by the university religious studies department is titled "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies."http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/ap_051122_id_myth.html" rel="nofollow" title="Source">[ref]

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