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What is religious hatred?

Sir, The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which returns from the Lords tomorrow, is still cause for serious concern for a number of reasons. It fails to give a satisfactory definition of religion and it is still not clear whether non-theistic life stances such as Scientology or Wicca are included.

Section 29A of the Schedule . . . → Read More: What is religious hatred?

Runic Tattoos

According to a dictionary of religious terms, Rune is a word derived from the early Anglo-Saxon word “runa”, meaning “secret” or “mystery.” A rune was also a letter in the Norse pictorial alphabet. Runes have both a sound (like a letter of our alphabet) and a concept attached to them. The mere writing or inscribing . . . → Read More: Runic Tattoos

Inquisition was a mistake but legally justified

By Jonathan Petre

The Vatican is preparing for fresh controversy over the Inquisition after allowing an official to appear in a television documentary to offer a defence of the “Holy Terror”. The Rev Joseph Di Noia, the Under-secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, admits in a television series starting tonight that . . . → Read More: Inquisition was a mistake but legally justified

Pickton pleads not guilty

Robert Pickton has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges of first-degree murder in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.Pickton’s trial began on Monday morning, four years after his arrest by police investigating the disappearance of sex-trade workers from the Downtown Eastside.There is a ban on the publication of information from Pickton’s preliminary hearing, which . . . → Read More: Pickton pleads not guilty

Paganism, Now

I just got off the plane from the first CWiPP-THINK (Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet, a think tank), and the message was clear: secularism is dead and is about to be fully possessed by an in-your-face paganism: the worship of creation. And the conference was as heterogeneous as the church gets – not just . . . → Read More: Paganism, Now

Dog is god in 2006

By David Lam

The Dog chases away the previous master of the domain, the Rooster, as today marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar Year of the Dog, 4704. Chinese astrologers predict that the upcoming year will be a complicated ebb and flow of yin and yang, a time of great healing potential but also . . . → Read More: Dog is god in 2006

The Magical Art of the Well Worn Path

By Mickie Mueller

When the phone in my little magical shop rang on that chilly day in February of 2004, I figured it was someone asking for directions or looking for a certain hard to find item or book. But the voice on the other end said, “Hi, this is Raven Grimassi.” Well, you could . . . → Read More: The Magical Art of the Well Worn Path

Blood-pumping Satanist caught in Odessa

Odessa, January 30, Interfax – A woman has been detained in Odessa, who conducting rituals over minors pumping out their blood. The vampire woman was detained on Saturday, chief of the Kievsky district police department in Odessa, Victor Balan, told Interfax.

Earlier this woman was detained for similar actions. She was incriminated under Ukrainian . . . → Read More: Blood-pumping Satanist caught in Odessa

Taboo spreads infections

Religions that ban alcohol are partly to blame for the spread of infections in hospitals around the world, say some experts. Cultural and religious factors “strongly influence” the lack of hand washing.

Bacteria are the main cause of disease transmitted by dirty hands. These types of infections have been becoming more common around the world . . . → Read More: Taboo spreads infections

Chanting polgamist arrested

(Tokyo) A self-proclaimed polygamist believed to be living with 10 women was arrested yesterday on suspicion of threatening a woman for refusing to join his family.

Hirohito Shibuya, 57, allegedly threatened to turn a woman into mince meat after she refused to live with him at his Tokyo home. Mr Shibuya was believed to already . . . → Read More: Chanting polgamist arrested