A CHILD sex scandal involving children in Australia and Britain has hit the top echelon of the Anglican Church, with allegations that some of its most senior clergymen failed to respond properly to complaints of horrific abuse. Continue reading
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A BBC documentary set to air last night has been mysteriously pulled from the broadcaster’s line-up and has so far failed to appear on its online iPlayer service. Continue reading
The Honourable Peter Lilley, MP, skewers the UK government’s carbon fairy tales: Continue reading
Those who can’t teach write the manuals.
Those who can’t write do performance art. Continue reading
…Just keep talking till you run out of nonsense. Continue reading
Britain wasted more than £250,000 in aid on a failed wind farm project for just 55 people in the South Pacific. Continue reading
Or is it shareholders? Nobody seems to know. Continue reading
Try this quick quiz:
…Are you prevented from constantly judging complete strangers? Continue reading
Well, because they’re women! Get it? WOMEN! Continue reading
Get out your top hats and best frocks — it’s nearly time for the Papal Sweepstakes! Continue reading
Nigella’s dad takes down lying speech by President of the Royal Society. Continue reading
…still aren’t silly enough to believe in God.
Britain’s first atheist church held its inaugural meeting on Sunday, gathering at a former church in North London to sing songs and celebrate life – just with no mention of the man upstairs. Continue reading
Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh on Monday, saying he won’t attend the coming conclave of cardinals to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI… Continue reading
British peatland stores at least 3.2 billion tons of carbon, making it by far the country’s most important carbon sink and among the most important in the world.
Wind farms, and the miles of new roads and tracks needed to service them, damage or destroy the peat and cause significant loss of carbon to the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change. Continue reading
Siberian wind will strip away your layers of tawdry self-delusion, says Met Office
via The Daily Mash
Who would have thought it?
Climate change protesters who staged a seven day sit-in at a Nottinghamshire power station claim they are being sued for about £5m by the facility’s owners.
The 21 campaigners from No Dash for Gas admitted aggravated trespass at the West Burton plant at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday.
EDF Energy confirmed the action and said damages and costs were “in the region” of the figure that is claimed.
Nice to see the rent-a-crowd mob finally being held responsible for their behaviour.
Draft guidance for the website NHS Choices warning that there is no evidence that homeopathy works was suppressed by officials following lobbying by a charity set up by the Prince of Wales. Continue reading
More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing concerns that same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedoms in a way that was last seen during centuries of persecution of Catholics in England.
In the letter published in the Daily Telegraph, the priests claim that same-sex marriage could even lead to Catholics being excluded from some professions, such as teaching.
The letter, signed by 1,054 priests as well as 13 bishops, abbots and other senior Catholic figures, raises fears that the simple acts of practising or speaking about their faith will be severely limited.
Here’s what they meant to say: The more authorities who throw their weight behind rational and compassionate decision-making, the easier it will become for everyone to see that our beliefs are crap, our ideas are bigoted and our God is a non-existent bogey under the bed.
And this is the best bit:
The bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Rev Philip Egan, one of the signatories, told the Telegraph: “I am very anxious that when we are preaching in church or teaching in our Catholic schools or witnessing to the Christian faith of what marriage is that we are not going to be able to do it, that we could be arrested for being bigots or homophobes.”
Well, yes, if you preach bigotry and homophobia when preaching bigotry and homophobia is against the law, you will be breaking the law. That’s the way it is, bish. Clearly logic is not your strong point.
PS: Try telling your congregation to go out and burn witches next Sunday.
…for about the five hundredth time.
The world’s climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Sorry, guys, but that was actually a prerelease version of the plot for the next James Bond movie — The Man With The NanoParticle Gun.
“Take that, Mr Bond! And that! Andthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthatandthat….”
Find a new way of spreading terror.
At first it seemed preposterous. The hypothesis was so exotic that I laughed. The rise and fall of violent crime during the second half of the 20th century and first years of the 21st were caused, it proposed, not by changes in policing or imprisonment, single parenthood, recession, crack cocaine or the legalisation of abortion, but mainly by … lead.
I don’t mean bullets. The crime waves that afflicted many parts of the world and then, against all predictions, collapsed, were ascribed, in an article published by Mother Jones last week, to the rise and fall in the use of lead-based paint and leaded petrol.
Now, how to make money out of it…?
Update: It’s worth noting that after flying this trial balloon and failing to get the enthusiastic support for his crusade he apparently expected, Monbiot has quietly dropped the whole thing and gone back to environmental doomsaying. Or perhaps some informed person had a quiet word in his ear about standards of proof.
Men in a civil union will now be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England, but they are not allowed to have sex.
Intercourse between two men — or two women — remains a sin.
“Homosexual genital acts fall short of the Christian ideal and are to be met with a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion,” according to Anglican doctrine.
Men and women in same-sex unions were already allowed to serve as priests in the Church of England, but there was a moratorium on advancement to the episcopate — becoming a bishop — while the church considered the issue.
The church announced Friday that if men in celibate civil unions may be priests, then there is no reason for them not to be bishops, as long as they are “living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality.”
Said the Bishop of Westminster
To the Bish of Bath and Wells,
“Will you marry me tomorrow
To the sound of wedding bells?
We’ll drive off from the reception
In a limousine of white.
But I won’t fellate your willy,
Because that would not be right.”
A member of the hacking group Anonymous broke into the website of Britain’s biggest abortion provider because he “disagreed” with the decisions of two women he knew over their pregnancy terminations, a court heard.
James Jeffery, 27, stole around 10,000 database records containing the personal details of women who had registered with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s site, before boasting of his crime on Twitter….
Deputy senior district judge Daphne Wickham adjourned the case because she did not have “sufficient” powers to pass sentence.
Describing the defendant as a “zealot with an anti-abortion campaign,” she refused an application for bail, adding: “Many, many other organisations and people’s private details would be at risk. You clearly are an able hacker.” Jeffery will be sentenced at Southwark crown court at a later date.
Dr Logan has suggested Lottery funds could be used to set up an interactive intolerance museum where visitors could pay to watch someone weave an argument out of bits of Bible and some string.
He added: “They should make the arguments by candlelight. And they should speak while holding their lapels.”