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God told him to invade Iraq

Bush made the claim when he met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and then foreign minister Nabil Shaath in June 2003, the ministers told the documentary series to be broadcast in Britain later this month. The US leader also told them he had been ordered by God to create a Palestinian state, the ministers said.

Shaath, . . . → Read More: God told him to invade Iraq

Helen of Troy by Bettany Hughes

By Vera Rule

Early in this history of a putative person and a pervasive idea, Bettany Hughes quotes a line by Euripides: “They called me Helen. Let me tell you all the truth of what has happened to me.” Hughes’s intention is to tell a novel truth about the woman half-deified, half-vilified in the 32 . . . → Read More: Helen of Troy by Bettany Hughes

10 year old untouchable is God

By Law Kumar Mishra

Usually few would touch Kunti in a traditional hierarchy, but come Dussehra she’s worshipped, that too by the King. That’s the way it’s been in Bastar for as long as people can remember.

On Friday, the Bastar Dusshera started with the 21-year-old King, Kamal Chandra Bhanjdeo seeking blessings of the 10-year-old . . . → Read More: 10 year old untouchable is God

What Causes a WICCAN?

Through a generously bestowed state funded grant, renowned occult expert, Pastor Mitch Walker, at the request of Pastor Deacon Fred, was able to devote countless hours (he missed dinner twice!) researching the latest anti-Christian fad to invade small-town America. The fad is called, WICCA. “When it all comes down to it,” Pastor Mitch concludes, “WICCA . . . → Read More: What Causes a WICCAN?

Fairy tales are lessons in life

By Lori Borgman

Fairy tales are under the microscope. The child we subsidize with college tuition payments in hopes of one day becoming an elementary school teacher has informed us that there is a line of thinking that now considers fairy tales and folklore potentially harmful to children.

Let’s see. On a national basis, we’ve . . . → Read More: Fairy tales are lessons in life

Book thrown at proponents of Intelligent Design

By Celeste Biever

“Devastating” early drafts of a controversial book recommended as reading at a US high school reveal how the word “creationism”? had been later swapped for “intelligent design”?, a landmark US trial scrutinising the teaching of ID heard on Wednesday. The early drafts of the book Of Pandas and People, were used as . . . → Read More: Book thrown at proponents of Intelligent Design