Monthly Archives: March 2012

Call the angel hotline – for 80 Euro cents

The Catholic Cathedral of Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, is known for its quirky angel statues. In April 2011, it installed a statue of an angel talking on a cellphone (photo by ackbar 2). A Dutch couple living near the cathedral then opened … Continue reading

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Civil union partnerships now equal to marriages in Germany

German civil union partnerships are now de facto equal to marriages. The biggest complaint of the German LGBT movement about the civil union partnerships was that it didn’t have the same tax rules as for married couples, not allowing for a joint … Continue reading

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Anonymous declares war on religion, targets Vatican and other religious websites

The internet group Anonymous has declared a “war on religion”, according to some websites, and targeted a number of religious websites, among them the Vatican’s. Other websites include those of Bethel Outreach International Church, Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries (see here and here … Continue reading

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German Lutheran Church monies paid out to Congolese militia accused of genocide

The German Lutheran Church is up in arms about a press report by a left-leaning newspaper, citing a UN report that $5,000 ended up in the hands of the Hutu militia FDLR currently operating in Congo. The FDLR includes members … Continue reading

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Faith schools in UK found not to be inclusive

Like many European nations without a separation of state and church, the UK has so-called  faith schools, i.e. schools that teach a national curriculum but are otherwise affiliated with a particular religion and often include acts of religious worship and … Continue reading

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Financial crisis leads to erosion of religious privilege in Italy

The news from Italy that the Vatican will have to pay property taxes on real estate not directly connected to religious activities has been extraordinary. According to this excellent article on Concordat Watch, previously Italian law allowed tax exemptions for … Continue reading

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Marietta Slomka for the win!

So the German government commissioned a 764-page study on the lives of young Muslims in Germany. Somebody leaks the study to the populist Bild tabloid paper, and the main thing they seemed to take away from it was that a quarter … Continue reading

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