education
Evolution Will No Longer Be Taught in Turkish Schools

Claiming that evolution is “debatable, controversial, and too complicated for students,” Turkey’s board of education has decided to stop teaching Darwinian natural selection in its schools. The move has infuriated the country’s secular opposition, but it could embolden other countries to do the same. Read More >>

wtf
Let Germany’s Robopriest Offer You Guidance and Protection 

Unlike many of today’s workers, priests probably thought their jobs were safe from automation. Well, they thought wrong. In Wittenberg, Germany, one church has taken to automating spiritual guidance, creating a new robot, called the Bless U-2, that offers robotic benedictions to its fleshy parishioners. Read More >>

tv
Emergency Exorcism Performed in Coronation Street Home

An exorcist, or at least someone pretending to be an exorcist, has been called to Old Granada Studios in Manchester, the former home of Granada TV and one-time Coronation Street set. Read More >>

wtf
Manchester Crucifixion Cancelled

A bizarre crowdfunding appeal that offered one lucky backer a "full crucifixion experience" has been cancelled, due to obvious reasons to do with a few people still believing in god and lots of other people still having a modicum of taste. Read More >>

tv
BBC One Goes Super-Religious This Christmas

BBC One has scheduled a huge 105 minutes of religious programming for us all to be sad through on this Christmas Day, with the amount of god-referencing material set to be broadcast hitting a high not seen since the mid 1970s. Read More >>

christmas
Only 22 Per Cent of us Associate “Christmas” With “Jesus”

A survey into our attitudes towards Christmas reveal it's very much a modern celebration that has binned its religious roots, with just 22 per cent of the UK population using the period to think about things to do with stables, wise men and codes to live by. It is, though, all about gathering to pat babies on the head. Read More >>

booze
Buckfast Booze Bagged its Monks £8.8m Last Year

The charitable trust that handles the production of the Buckfast "tonic wine" by the monks of Buckfast Abbey is doing quite well for itself, with financial data revealing that the miracle of wine production is still a cornerstone of religion -- and banked the abbey around £8.8m last year. Read More >>

apps
Trainee Catholic Priests May Have Internet Access Limited After Unholy Grindr Scandal

The bosses of the Catholic Church in Ireland have spoken on the really quite dark yet also perhaps mildly amusing claim that its priests are banging each other via gay dating app Grindr, saying that such allegations are anonymously made and might just all be an attempt to undermine its practises. Read More >>

history
2,000-Year-Old Scrolls Inscribed With Ancient Curses Uncovered in Serbia

Archaeologists working in Serbia have discovered tiny parchments of gold and silver inscribed with what appears to be a series of ancient curses. Read More >>

star wars
So Many Australians Are Claiming ‘Jedi’ as Their Religion That It’s Becoming a Problem

A battle over government, religion, and Star Wars is brewing in Australia. The country will hold their national census on August 9th and a group of people is begging their fellow citizens to not put “Jedi” down as their religion. Read More >>

movies
Watch Louis Theroux Try to Get Through the Scientology Gates

TV's Mr Nice has finally assembled his long awaited documentary all about the world of Scientology, with Theroux's My Scientology Movie set to bypass his usual BBC outlet in favour of launching in cinemas around the world later this year. Read More >>

internet
German Churches Offer Free Wi-Fi to Lure People Back

It’s been over a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to east Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn’t bring people back, but surely free Wi-Fi will. Read More >>

politics
Sadiq Khan Rejects Trump’s Offer to Bend “No Muslims” Rule for Him

Donald Trump has extended a limp and lukewarm hand of welcome to new London mayor Sadiq Khan, suggesting that the presidential hopeful's plan to temporarily ban muslims from entering the US might be bent to allow Khan to pop over. Seeing as he's quite the important politician nowadays, so can presumably be trusted not to machine gun a shopping mall full of Americans then blow himself and attending medical services up as soon as he steps off the plane. Read More >>

science
Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Origins of the Bible

Some 2,600 years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions — and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers are behind them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to help us learn about the origins of the Bible itself. Read More >>

film
Church of England Ad Gives Druggie Jesus a Crown of Syringes

A short film called He Is Risen! has been assembled by the Church of England, one that it hopes might have all the kids beating its old oak doors down and demanding to do some cool new praying over easter. The Church is going down the controversy route by giving a reformed drug addict a crown of syringes to wear, probably hoping it gets banned and on the news. Read More >>