The disgusting black hearted evil hate-monger Fred Phelps strikes again, arranging a picket of Heath Ledger’s funeral. I guess it was too much to hope that he might have learned his lesson.

Sometimes it sucks to be an atheist, because I don’t even have the comfort that the miserable old bastard will eventually get what he deserves.

*Sigh*

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I rage about so much about the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell that it’s easy to forget the Anglican Archbishop of that city, Peter Jensen can be equally horrible:

OUTSPOKEN Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen is galvanising opposition to homosexuality in the church, in the lead-up to an unofficial meeting of conservative bishops in Jerusalem.

As rifts in the worldwide Anglican Church threaten to become a schism, the Sydney Archbishop said American Anglicans had become missionaries for homosexuality in defiance of the Bible and Anglican teaching.

I guess it goes to show that American religiosity is not all fundamentalist biblical literalism. Good for them.

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Family

Just in case the exorcism squads weren’t embarrassing and anachronistic enough, the Pope has decided to lead in the new year by reinforcing the Catholic churches opposition to the non-traditional family on the basis of, wait for it, world peace. I kid you not.

Pope Benedict XVI ushered in the New Year by criticising policies that undermine the traditional family, saying they eroded one of the most important foundations for peace in the world.

The Catholic Church celebrates January 1 as World Day of Peace, and the pope used a midmorning Mass and a window appearance before thousands of faithful in St Peter’s Square to mark the occasion.

Traditional? Uh oh.

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More controversy over recognition of same sex relationships by the government:

THE Rudd Government is on a collision course with the ACT Government over the territory’s plan to allow civil unions between same-sex couples.

Well, I guess we saw this coming.

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From the Australian:

HIGH Court judge Michael Kirby says only some of his colleagues have accepted his homosexuality, and that he is unhappy with the way relations between them have developed.

And Justice Kirby accused the Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Sydney, Peter Jensen and George Pell, of making it hard for people to adopt a more tolerant attitude to gays.

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The Age reports that the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has launched a magazine aimed at influencing policy making on key election issues. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing – any special interest group has the right to lobby, just as any politician has the right to judge them based on the quality and content of any submission*. Let’s have a closer look:

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God Hates Phelps

November 2, 2007

From the Brisbane Times:

BALTIMORE – A US jury today ordered an anti-gay Kansas church to pay $US10.9 million ($A11.7 million) in damages to relatives of a US Marine who died in Iraq after church members cheered his death at his funeral.

I generally try to be fair, but the Reverend Fred Phelps is a disgusting black hearted evil hate-monger.

Suffer in your jocks you old bastard.