Category Archives: religion

Gloria Jean’s bragging backfires

When Peter Irvine bought Gloria Jean’s coffees he wanted to make it the ‘most loved and respected coffee company in the world’. The Hillsong elder and former Mercy Ministries head couldn’t have failed harder if he’d tried. His firm proudly has proudly funded or otherwise supported the Australian Christian Lobby, Family First, Hillsong church, Mercy [...]

No religious affiliation, Gloria Jean’s?

That’s the Jesus Racing ute. Thanks to Shaz who reminded me about it in the comments on my last post. Not much more to add, is there? From the Australian Christian Lobby, to Family First, to Hillsong to bloody Jesus Racing, wherever there’s Big Jesus, there’s seemingly Gloria Jean’s nearby with a cheque-book. The denials [...]

Gloria Jean’s is not affiliated with Hillsong

Gloria Jeans has responded to community disgust at its funding of the Australian Christian Lobby hate group. At close of business on Friday night, GJ’s quietly tried to bury the bad news. Again we would like to apologise for any hurt or offence which may have been caused by the paid advertising we undertook for [...]

Gloria Jean’s and Hillsong suffer bizarre coincidental website glitch!

UPDATE 15th June 2012 Gloria Jeans are once again ‘major partners’ according to Hillsong. At the same time GJ’s are claiming they are ‘not affiliated’ with Hillsong. I’m not sure what they think ‘affiliated’ means. Hillsong Conference is a massive fundie meeting run annually by the controversial Hillsong cult. This year, it’s at the Allphones [...]

A letter to Mik Wrotniak of Real Life Church, Kingswood

Dear Mr Wrotniak, I am writing to ask politely that you respect the very clear ‘No Junk Mail’ sign next to my mail box. The purpose of this sign is to decline unsolicited marketing material. This includes but is not limited to menus for takeaway restaurants, flyers for home-cleaning companies, and invitations to indulge in [...]

Catholic Medical Ethics: Frequently Asked Question

This, I swear, is  the entire contents of the Catholic Medical Association‘s bioethics FAQ page: FAQs Bioethics Questions Should a Physician Prescribe Viagra to Unmarried Men? Catholic physicians are increasingly encountering requests by patients, including their unmarried male patients, for Viagra and are unsure of how to respond. This FAQ discusses how to approach this [...]

What does the Catholic Church say about aborted foetuses in vaccines?

Very little, of course, because there are no aborted foetuses in vaccines. Here’s Meryl Dorey, of the Australian Vaccination Network confirming this fact in her usual way. That is, by asserting the exact opposite: Vaccines may sometimes contain aborted human foetal tissue – a fact which some people may consider a cause for concern And [...]

Catholic Online’s Santorum headline

Catholic Online has reached a level of cluelessness about the world that I thought was unachievable: There needs to be a word for that kind of ignorance. Can I propose ‘Perry’?

Labor no longer pandering to the ACL and Nile

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Australia yet, nor will it be in the immediate future. Today is an historic day, though: the Australian Labor Party has changed its platform to support same-sex marriage. Well done. It occurs to me that this is good news on another front though: a major party is no longer pandering to [...]

ACL’s Jim Wallace on gay marriage and logic

Brigadier Jim Wallace (ret.1) of the Australian Christian Lobby, presumably feeling the need to get adventurous, has tried his hand at logic: The ACT Education Minister was pictured last week opening an “anti-homophobia” art display at a Canberra school. So far so good, everyone is against homophobia, but there is a fine line between that [...]