Category: Religious Insanity

This is our collection of religion-related news stories about some of the dumbest, silliest, or evil acts committed in the name of religion.

You may prefer to read the light-hearted fare in our offbeat religion news section.

Hate group masquerading as a church wins lawsuit

rabbid dog Missouri’s tight restrictions on protests and picketing outside military funerals were tossed out by a federal judge Monday, over free speech concerns.

A small Kansas church had brought suit over its claimed right to loudly march outside the burials and memorial services of those killed in overseas conflicts. The state legislature had passed a law to keep members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church from demonstrating within 300 feet of such private services.

Muslim parents charged with daughter over Facebook fling

Parents of a Muslim girl have been charged with beating and imprisoning their 19-year-old daughter after they discovered she had been in an alleged secret relationship with a man she met on Facebook.

Husband and wife Abdul Aziz and Parveen Akhtar, of Bordesley Green, Birmingham, are in police custody after they were arrested by West Midlands Police.

Mr Aziz, 47, has been charged with false imprisonment, two counts of making threats to kill, and assault. Mrs Akhtar, 44, is charged with false imprisonment and two assault charges.

Muslim fanatics hack off Christian teacher’s hand for alleged blasphemy

Islamic extremism In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to Islam’s prophet Muhammad.

Two men, said to be activists of the Popular Front, a new incarnation of the hardline National Democratic Front, have been taken into custody.

Scientology says it’s just like the Salvation Army

Scientology The Church of Scientology, seen by many as a destructive cult involved in the marketing of quackery under the guise of religion has compared itself to the Salvation Army during a senate inquiry in Australia.

The inquiry also heard from ex-Scientologists who went public with their shocking experiences earlier this year, when Senator Xenophon twice failed in efforts to have an inquiry into abuse allegations.

Somalia Islamists order men to grow a beard in 30 days

Religious insanity: Men in the Somali capital Mogadishu, have been given 30 days to grow a beard. The order was issued by Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah, the Governor in the capital. It takes effect on July 20.

Moalim Hashi is a member of Hizbu Islam, led by Sheikh Dahir Aweys, one of the Islamist groups opposing the Transitional Federal Government.

Considering the way Aweys’ beard looks, the facial hair doesn’t need to be all that traditional.

Last year another Islamist group in the same town banned women from wearing bras.

Man ordered to pay court costs for hate group that protested at his son’s funeral

Westboro Baptist Church Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters say a court has ordered him to pay the protesters’ appeal costs.

The protesters in question are members of the Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group masquerading at a Christian church — known for its despicable behavior at funerals and elsewhere.