Telegraph and Daily Mail jump off the deep end over Jennie Cain case

If you read the British daily newspapers or their websites you may have seen this: “Primary school receptionist ‘facing sack’ after daughter talks about Jesus to classmate” (Daily Telegraph, Thursday), “Christian school receptionist row: More bishops speak out in support of Jennie Cain” (Daily Telegraph, Friday).  The Daily Mail also picked up the story on Friday.  But according to sources closer to the story they’ve got it wrong and have been misled. Continue reading

Russell Brand tames down act for Americans at the VMAs, gets asked back

Russell Brand did well at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles last Monday.  He’s very pleased with the result, and apparently so are the sponsors.

MTV told me that they want me to do it again. Afterwards they were really thrilled. There was a 20 per cent increase in viewers from last year’s show and wow, isn’t life exciting.

Brand had to tone his act down a bit for the live show, which went out to an audience of 8.4 million people.

I had John McCain gags pulled. And they asked me to tone down the gags about Sarah Palin. I wanted to say she was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion.

But also, as a Republican she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little slut.

They weren’t keen on that one.

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“Sex in confessionals” book angers religious kooks

“101 Places To Have Sex Before You Die” is a humorous catalog of unusual places in which to have sex, with facetious comments about the prognosis, advantages, and drawbacks of each.  One of its suggestions has unsurprisingly angered some people whose chosen occupation these days is to express anger.

Yes, it’s Bill Donohue again.  How did you guess?  Bill is thundering against the thing: “The kind of people who would have sex in the confessional would also have sex in a graveyard. And I don’t mean with each other,” he told the New York Post.  A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York said “This is sick stuff and the authors and the book publishers should be ashamed of themselves…Let’s hope the reaction from people is… strong.”

Thanks to both for letting us all know about this–previously unheard-of–booklet.  Who knows what damage might have been caused had it remained in obscurity.

Apparently the times to avoid are Sundays and church feast days, when parishioners are likely to want to use the church for other purposes.  The book lists drawbacks as “splinters, ex-communication, Peeping (Father) Tom.”  Kudos goes to NEWS.com.au, who ran the story under the headline “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

In 2002, Simon & Schuster, the publisher’s sister company Viacom was fined $357,000 for an ad for a radio station that showed a couple having sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The book is due to be published in Britain in early November, just in time for Christmas.