Posts Tagged ‘fundamentalists’

Science and faith a false dichotomy – God has given us brains

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Wesleyan Methodist minister and media chaplain Frank Ritchie says opposing mass gathering regulations is not a hill on which Christians need to die. He describes the resistance to following the Government’s COVID-19 rules by Murray Watkinson, the leader of Wainoni’s revivalist Celebration Centre and other Christian leaders as “extremely sad”. Richie says Watkinson’s posts – Read more

US lawmaker says aliens will need to find ‘Salvation Through Jesus’

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Texas State Representative Jonathan Strickland, a self-described “Christian Conservative Liberty-Loving Republican,” publicly stated last Friday–earnestly and without irony–that aliens will need to become Christians if they want to avoid hell. Read more

Owner of Noah’s Ark sues over rain damage

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover rain damage. Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly Read more

LGBT being blamed for bad weather in USA

Monday, September 11th, 2017

End-Time preachers are blaming the bad weather in the USA on God’s wrath. Radio preacher Rick Wiles said Houston is underwater because it “boasted of its LGBT devotion.” Ann Coulter suggested it might have something to do with the city’s former mayor being a lesbian. “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston Read more

Former Gloriavale member: “Good and bad things and people exist in all communities”

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Ben Canaan is disappointed there are so many sensationalised accounts of Gloriavale. He thought the documentary aire late last month A Woman’s Place, which aired in late July, “accurately portrayed” parts of the community, but did not ask the hard questions. He said good and bad things and people existed in all communities, but the Read more

Gloriavale special trumps Filthy Rich with highest TV2 ratings

Friday, July 29th, 2016

According to Nielsen statistics, a whopping 429,000 Kiwis tuned into TV2’s Gloriavale special, A Woman’s Place on Wednesday night. The doco-series follows the young residents living in an exclusive Christian community on New Zealand’s West Coast, as they prepare for marriage, parenthood and life at Gloriavale. Gloriavale aired during the 8.30pm timeslot on TV2, with Read more

Christian cites God’s law in defence of caning in Timaru court

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A born-again Christian defending his bamboo canings says his faith taught him to hit his children’s bottoms when they misbehaved. The South Canterbury man, whose name is suppressed, faces charges of assault with a weapon. He says his hyperactive son needed the punishments. Continue reading

Bishop attacked by street preachers in Lae

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Bishop Christian Blouin of Lae Diocese was attacked last month in Lae, Papua New Guinea. According to the Catholic Professionals Society of PNG (CPSPNG) president, Paul Harricknen, the bishop was attacked when he tried to stop some street preachers carrying pictures of the Pope and cardinals and abusing the Catholic Church. “When the street preachers Read more

Fundamentalists protest in US Catholic churches before Masses

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Catholic parishes in Washington have been subject to noisy protests from fundamentalist Christians, who, in two cases, charged into churches before Mass. Washington archdiocese said protestors using megaphones were shouting at ordinary Catholics going in and out of churches. Fundamentalist literature was being distributed. The protestors attacked the Catholic Church’s dogmas, teachings, practices and leaders, Read more

Richard Dawkins says niceness of churchgoers enables extremists

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Atheist Richard Dawkins has argued that the niceness of ordinary churchgoers has helped enable religious fundamentalists to become suicide bombers. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported Dawkins saying moderate Christian and Muslim believers had inadvertently paved the way for extremists. Dawkins said ordinary believers do this by being “so nice” that people do not Read more