Creationism in its loosest sense is the belief that God created the universe, and that humans were created fully formed. Young earth creationism (YEC) is the belief that the early chapters of the book of Genesis are a literal historical account of that creation process, while progressive creationism is the belief that humans were not created until millions or billions of years after the creation of the universe.It appears that the Everyday Champions Church is YEC, but I doubt that any form of creationism would meet with the approval of Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The Westboro Baptist Church is not your average church. Based in the city of Topeka in the state of Kansas, it boasts around seventy members, most of whom are related to its pastor, Fred Phelps. It is one of the most famous churches in the world, and almost certainly the most widely despised.
I have never had much time for the pressure group Christian Voice. It’s not that I don’t have any sympathy for them, but they do have a tendency to make themselves very hard to like.
On the plus side they disapprove of mosques and of Halal meat. They are opposed to casinos and to the abortion industry, and are critical of the gay rights movement. On the negative side they do have some strange views which cannot be reconciled with the teachings of The Bible. One instance of this is their conviction that marital rape should be legalised.
As I write, the British National Party will shortly be announcing its choice of candidate in the forthcoming Barnsley Central by-election. No date has yet been fixed for polling day, because the crooked Labour MP has not yet done the decent thing and resigned. Campaigning has nevertheless begun in earnest, at least where the BNP is concerned. If you don’t want to travel to Barnsley over the next few weeks to get involved, then you might want to stop reading now, because my intention is to encourage you to do exactly that.
To be fair to him, the Bishop of Sheffield has recommended the radio version of the song, which does not include any of the naughty words for which Miss Allen is notorious. All the same, it is a curious decision for a serious clergyman ... although perhaps the Bishop of Sheffield does not deserve that particular accolade.
The Bogus Baroness Warsi has spoken out against Islamophobia – a subject dear to her heart given that she is herself a Muslim. In particular, she seems to have something against the tendency to describe Muslims as either extremists or moderates.
I disagree with the English Defence League on several points. One of them is that they have said that they are not opposed to Islam, but rather to Islamic extremism.