A crocodile killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia. Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town's Merkeb Tabya district. A crocodile leapt from the water during the baptism and attacked him. Pastor Docho died after being bitten on his legs, back and hands.
"He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor," local resident Ketema Kairo said. Local police officer Eiwnetu Kanko said that despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho. They used fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the pastor's body into the lake. The crocodile escaped.
Now if a god really did exist, why would he allow a primitive reptile to kill a "man of god" in the middle of a religious ceremony devoted to that god? The obvious answer is that there is no god at all and that pastor was just an idiot who believed in a mythical Skyfairy and was conning other people to believe this crap too. The crocodile did the world a favour by disposing of this clown.
A Canadian family admitted to leaving the dead body of a man upstairs for six months, believing their prayers would resurrect him. Kaling Wald left her husband Peter to rot in an upstairs bedroom, truly expecting that their faith in God would make him rise from the dead. Mrs Wald, 50, pleaded guilty to failing to notify authorities that her husband had died due to a sickness that was not being treated by a doctor.
Assistant crown attorney Janet Booy argued that Mrs Wald had no ill-intent, but rather her belief in God had tainted and warped her better judgment. "We were trusting God - we thought, 'OK Lord, you know better'," Wald stated outside the court. Mr Wald died about 20 March 2014 after contracting a foot infection as a result of his diabetes. He refused to see a doctor because he believed God would cure him. He fell into a coma, his stomach began to bloat and his forehead started to show signs of rigor mortis.
Mrs Wald covered the body with two blankets, put a beanie on his head, padlocked the bedroom door and sealed the door and vents to mask the smell of the decomposing body. The corpse was found six months later. It was so rotten that it had attracted rodents and was unable to be identified. However, the prosecutor acknowledged that Mrs Wald had no criminal intent. "It's an extremely sad case. She truly believed her husband was going to be resurrected from the dead, even after six months," Booy said. Mrs Wald received a suspended sentence, was put on 18 months probation and was ordered to seek counselling.
"This is not about your religious beliefs. It is about your safety, the safety of your children and the safety of the community at large," Superior Court Justice Marjoh Agro told Mrs Wald. Mrs Wald lived in the house with five of their six children aged 11 to 22 and seven other adult friends. The family was known for spreading its religious beliefs throughout the area.
It is obvious that the Walds are a bunch of deranged and brainwashed religious nutters. With not a shred of evidence to show that any god exists, the Walds ran around their area spreading their bullshit about and annoying people with their proselytising. However, the real proof that there is no god came from the dead body of Kaling Wald's husband who was not resurrected, but just decomposed like any other body left lying around.
One can imagine that none of this would matter to the Walds, as their stupid and irrational beliefs would override any logic or facts before their eyes. Like most religious fruitcakes, the Walds would attribute this failed resurrection to anything but the fact that their mythical god does not exist. Like most religious nutters, the Walds would believe that one person was cured of cancer by this god, yet completely fail to comprehend that the other million people suffering from cancer would die from it, even if they were the most devout worshippers. But that's religious lunacy at work and most of the world suffers from this delusion.
Some scientists blame the surge in natural disasters on the warming climate, but findings of a new survey reveal that nearly half of Americans and most white evangelical Protestants do not share the same view. For them, these extreme weather events can be attributed to the end of times mentioned in the Bible. Results of the "Religion, Values and Climate Change Survey," a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) poll that was released on 21 November 2014, revealed that 62% of the respondents attribute recent natural disasters to global warming while 39% believe that this has something to do with the end of times predicted in the Bible. The number of Americans that associate natural disasters with the Biblical apocalypse has actually increased from 44% in 2011.
Interestingly, white evangelical Protestants were more likely to link the severity of natural disasters with the apocalypse as 77% attribute the phenomena to the end of times and only 49% believe climate change has to do with the disasters. The numbers add up to over 100%, as the respondents provide more than one cause for extreme weather events. White evangelical Protestants stand out from other religious groups in their willingness to embrace theological over scientific explanations for the severity of recent natural disasters.
The survey also revealed that more than half of Americans or 53% do not think that God would intervene if mankind destroys the earth. Only 39% said that God would do something to prevent this from happening.
This survey shows that many Americans are really stupid and gullible. Firstly, the planet has been warming and cooling for many millions of years and this happens in cycles of around 800 years and that is a proven scientific fact. The last warming period was around 1200AD, when Greenland was sub-tropical and now, 800 years later, the planet is experiencing another warming cycle. This has nothing to do with human activity, however some people have stumbled on this as a good money-maker by blaming this natural phenomenon on humans and thus claiming that a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme (ETS) would somehow stop this natural cycle.
This is the same sort of scaremongering that had the world in panic in 1999 over the computer Y2K bug, which proved to be non-existent, yet there were hordes of hysterical computer users all over the world running around like chickens with their heads cut off for no good reason. The same goes for so-called global warming that is not happening and this is why all the proponents of all those carbon taxes and ETS are annoyed to find that the planet has actually measurably cooled since 1996 and the polar ice caps are increasing, not melting as those scaremongers predicted.
But even more stupid are those idiots who believe that natural disasters and climatic phenomena are the result of the actions of an imaginary friend. Even worse, 39% of Americans think that this imaginary God would do something to prevent mankind from destroying the planet, yet in all of history, there is not one single shred of evidence to show that such a God exists. It is obvious that people are really stupid and superstitious and prefer complete and unsubstantiated fantasies to real hard scientific fact.
This sort of ignorance and stupidity is not confined to evangelical Christians. Devout Jews practise some of the most stupid rituals that have absolutely no rhyme or reason and 1.2 billion Muslims spend every day raising their backsides to the sky five times a day worshipping a genocidal serial paedophile called Mohammed and praying to a non-existent Allah who promises them an afterlife in a well-stocked brothel called Islamic heaven, complete with virgins, milk and honey and the rest of their claptrap. Natural disasters are exactly that - natural, not human caused, just like the weather and yes, the climate does change and has been doing so since this planet full of ignoramuses has existed.
December 2013 - The huge Royal Commission into child sex abuse uncovered an incredible litany of paedophilia by Catholic priests and Christian Brothers. The Catholic Church admitted paying at least $43 million in hush money to victims of its paedophile priests. It was the first time that the church had been forced to reveal the extent of compensation paid to victims, although it did not include out-of-court settlements or other payments made outside the church's Towards Healing process.
Towards Healing, set up in 1996 to act as a way for people to tell their stories, receive pastoral care, an apology and reparation but in some cases, they had to sign a deed agreeing to keep the details secret and even promise not to make disparaging remarks about the church.
Counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness SC, said that between January 1996 and September 2013, $43 million had been paid by all church authorities with the Christian Brothers the most notorious. The second largest number of complaints were made against the Marist Brothers and then the De La Salle Brothers. In that time, 2215 victims had approached the Towards Healing process and 1700 people went ahead with it, although not all were pursued or substantiated.
The most complaints, 43%, were made against religious brothers, 21% against diocesan priests and 14% against religious priests. Most of the abuse happened between 1950 to 1980 in orphanages and schools. Furness said that the highest compensation was $850,000 paid to the victim of a Sydney diocese priest.
The Royal Commission merely confirmed what most sensible people already knew, that the Catholic Church was a seething hotbed of child molesters and it could be concluded that the only reason that most people became priests and Christian Brothers was because it gave them the opportunity to be amongst and control vulnerable kids. With the revelations that have come out of this Royal Commission, every member of the Catholic clergy should be considered to be a paedophile unless proven otherwise and anybody who entrusts their kids into the hands of the Catholic Church is putting them at grave risk of being sexually molested.
September 2012 - An influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi ordered his followers to burn their iPhones, the latest move by the insular community to keep the outside world at bay. The decree by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 84, came ahead of Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur. It said that it was forbidden to own the smartphone and those who already had one must burn theirs.
The religious Yated Neeman newspaper published the ban on its front page this week, as mainstream Israeli newspapers were gushing about Apple's eagerly anticipated new smartphone, the iPhone 5. Israel's growing ultra-Orthodox minority tenaciously guards its traditional way of life against the influence of the secular majority. Many shun TVs and computers to avoid images that break their standards of modesty and values.
The iPhone prohibition comes amid a push in recent months by ultra-religious Jewish leaders around the world to steer their flock away from the temptations of the Internet. Tens of thousands of black-suited Jewish men gathered in a New York stadium in May 2012 to hear some of the community's most famed rabbis lecture on the dangers of what they deemed immoral content accessible via computers and smartphone. The rally was broadcast live to other crowds in stadiums in London and Jerusalem.
After this decree, large posters sprang up throughout Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, calling iPhones an abomination 24 hours a day. They called on community members to kick iPhone owners out of religious seminaries and warned them to keep their children away from the children of iPhone users.
At the entrance to Jerusalem's outdoor vegetable market, a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in traditional long black coats and black fedoras showed off their kosher cell phones - simple devices with Internet access and video capabilities blocked, stamped with a seal of approval by a rabbinical council. They said iPhones are dangerous.
So you've just spent $1000 on a brand-new iPhone 6 64GB with all the bells and whistles and some frocked-up old fool of a Rabbi comes along and tells you to burn it because you might find out via this device that this Rabbi and all his ilk have been preying upon people who are stupid and gullible enough to believe their pre-medieval crap. Would you burn your new smartphone? Well, only if you're an idiot.
The problem with all religions is that none of them want people to ever question their nonsense, because once their doctrines and beliefs are held up to the scrutiny of clear thinking and logic, as well as scientific fact, they completely disintegrate. This is why religions like their followers to be dumbed-down sheep who never question the most blatantly stupid religious tenets or beliefs.
June 2012 - An Indian father cut off his daughter's head and paraded it around his village after becoming enraged over her affairs. Oghad Singh, a marble mine worker, used a sword to behead his 22-year-old daughter Manju, who was married three years ago but had become estranged from her husband.
Singh walked out of his home holding his daughter's head in one hand and the bloodied sword in the other before a neighbour persuaded him to give himself up in the remote village of Doongar Ji Ka Gurha. Police stated that Singh said he had repeatedly pleaded with her to end her affairs and stay at home, and that he showed no remorse after killing her. Singh told officers that he had murdered his daughter in a fit of anger as she was causing insult to him in society.
In another case in the western Indian state of Gujarat, a father burned alive his 20-year-old daughter because she had eloped with her boyfriend. The girl died on the spot and the father later surrendered to police in Surat district, which is 285 kilometres from the state capital Gandhinagar.
India has seen an upsurge in such killings that mainly involve young couples who marry outside their caste or against their relatives' wishes and are murdered to protect what is seen as the family's reputation and pride. Many cases go unreported, with police and local politicians turning a blind eye to what some see as an acceptable form of traditional justice by families seeking to protect their honour.
The idiocy and barbarity of religion is monstrous when it leads to murder and mutilation. Muslims are the greatest perpetrators of such travesties, but the Sikhs and Hindus of India are not far behind them. In this case, Oghad Singh is a Sikh because all Sikhs have the surname Singh and he did not murder his daughter just for his honour in society, but because she transgressed his religious dictates.
In this so-called enlightened 21st century world, it is hard to fathom how people still believe in a divine Skyfairy or whatever other deities take their fancy, but they murder and maim others in the name of those moronic religions. The only good thing that the founder of communism Karl Marx said was that religion was the opium of the people and his attempts to eradicate it in the Soviet Union unfortunately were stymied by the idiocy and ignorance of Russians.
In June 2011, a Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspected was the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago. The large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, frightening judges and plaintiffs. Despite attempts to drive the dog out of the court, the hound refused to leave the premises.
One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously. Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer's spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism. Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children. However, the canine target managed to escape.
"Let the Animals Live", an animal-welfare organisation, filed a complaint with the police against the head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, who denied that the judges had called for the dog's stoning. But one of the court's managers confirmed the report of the sentence. The manager stated that it was ordered as an appropriate way to get back at the spirit which entered the dog. Certain schools of thought within Judaism believe in the transmigration of souls, or reincarnation.
This report is something that one would expect from an Islamic sharia court, because Muslim rulings are that stupid, but it just shows that orthodox Jews are just as dumb and irrational as Muslims. This is the problem with religious people such as these rabbinical judges, that instead of living in the modern world and discarding the illogical and superstitious crap that is religion, they choose to follow idiotic doctrines that have absolutely no foundation in fact.
It is a sad indictment on the human race that despite the very tiny handful of people who have brought the planet into the technological, atomic and space age, the great majority of people still subscribe to the complete nonsense that is religion. It is even sadder to contemplate that Jews, who have been at the forefront of the advancement of the human race, can have among them such imbeciles as those fools in the Jerusalem rabbinical court that believes that the spirit of a lawyer entered a dog.
In February 2011, the Family Court refused to recognise the arranged marriage of a young Melbourne woman to a man she had never previously met, saying the union could not be valid under Australian law because the girl had not been truly free to consent. The case, known as Kreet and Sampir, involved a girl who was tricked into travelling to India to marry a man chosen for her by her father.
Judge Paul Cronin, sitting in Melbourne, said the marriage could not be legal because the girl had agreed to go through with the ceremony only because she was afraid of her parents.
The girl was born in Australia to Indian-born parents who remained closely connected to their former country's culture and were strongly against much of Australian culture. She was not allowed to cut her hair or wear skirts or dresses unless they were part of her school uniform.
In a quiet act of rebellion, the girl met a boy, known only as Mr U, on the internet in July 2007, when she was about 16. Mr U lived in Melbourne, while she was then living in Sydney. She kept the relationship secret until June 2008, when she told her parents she wanted to marry Mr U. Her parents demanded that she cease the relationship because they objected to Mr U's caste. She was kept home from school, and her telephone and internet access were cut off, but she found ways to stay in touch with Mr U.
In October 2008, the girl's father told her she would be going to India as soon as she turned 18, to find an appropriate husband. The girl fled to Melbourne, to be with Mr U. Her father threatened to "kidnap and rape" Mr U's mother and sisters; he assaulted the girl by slapping her face, and then apologised profusely. She eventually went home with him, but only after he agreed to let her marry Mr U in a ceremony in India.
The girl flew out of Australia in 2009, expecting to marry Mr U but, when she got to India, her parents took her passport and introduced her to a man who was to become her husband. The girl's father again told her he would have Mr U's mother and sisters raped.
"I accept that the girl begged her parents not to force her to go through with the marriage and her father's response was to continue to threaten harm to Mr U's family," Judge Cronin said.
The girl was not required to speak at any time during the ceremony, but simply to walk four times around the altar. After the wedding, she went to her new husband's house, where he lived with his parents and refused attempts at physical intimacy which culminated in assaults. She later agreed to sign documents for a visa application for him, and flew home to Australia, where she immediately went to Melbourne to live with Mr U. She withdrew her support for her husband's visa application.
Judge Cronin said the marriage would be void if the girl could show that she gave her consent only because some overbearing force was operating. He said that the parents adopted a position based on a cultural practice, but the law to be applied is that of Australia. "I am satisfied that the wife's physical state at the time of the ceremony was such that she was physically and mentally overborne. Her consent was not real because it was obtained by duress," he said.
The first thing that comes to mind is why the hell these Indian people came to live in Australia in the first place, if they wanted to stick to their own religious and cultural practices, which were at complete odds to Australian culture and even Australian law. Why didn't they just stay living in India, where they could continue to practise their stupid, discriminatory, racist and barbaric way of life?
This has been the whole problem with the failed experiment of multiculturalism, where immigrants want to live in Australia, but refuse to abandon those practices that made them decide to leave their home countries. Instead of being made to adopt the Australian way of life, these immigrants were allowed to continue to impose their stupidity onto their offspring, even when those practices were illegal under Australian law. These immigrants don't really care wither something is illegal under the law, because their stupid religious and cultural practices take precedence over the laws of Australia.
Australia does not need people like that living here. The idiotic multiculturalism doctrine should be immediately scrapped and a policy of assimilation and integration should be forced onto all immigrants. Obviously if they don't want to assimilate or integrate into Australian society, then they should not have come to live in Australia in the first place and the best thing to do with such people is to put a boot in their backsides and kick them all the way back to their nations of origin, where they can continue to practice their stupidity and barbarism.
In November 2010, the head of the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) was charged with two counts of sexual assault. Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim, 64, turned himself into police. After being charged, he was released on bail.
Archbishop Storheim stepped down from his post in October 2010, after authorities launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of whom public broadcaster CBC said were young boys. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said the assaults occurred while Archbishop Storheim was the rector of a Winnipeg parish from 1984 to 1987.
So what's new? Anybody who sees the news over a period of time will have observed that the Catholic clergy is rampant with paedophiles and other deviates. It has almost reached the point where any member of the Catholic clergy should be considered to be a child molester unless proven otherwise.
The Catholic Church has managed to cover up the great proportion of paedophilia by its members, but even the instances that are exposed are merely the tip of the iceberg. Any parent who entrusts their children to any Catholic priest or layman is putting them at great risk and would have to be insane to do so.