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23rd December

  Polish Bollox

From Hysterics Art

The following sentence is hereby pronounced on behalf of the Republic of Poland on  the 18th of June 2003 against Ms Dorota Alicja Nieznalska charged with offending religious sensitivities of numerous individuals by offending an object of religious worship, namely placing male genitals in the central piece of a metal cross in the period between the 14th December 2001 and 21st of January 2003 in Gdańsk at the Passion exhibition held at Wyspa Progress art gallery, i.e. with violating Article 196 of the Penal Code:

The defendant has been found guilty of the charges included on the indictment and therefore sentenced to limitation of freedom, namely unremunerated engagement in supervised social work for 20 hours per month within a period of 6 months. The Defendant has been charged with the complete cost of this court trial.

 

2nd December

  Smack Down My Bitch

From wrestling-online

There's currently some controversy in the UK over the new WWE game Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain as reported by the Birmingham Evening Mail newspaper. A Midland MP and a rape counseling charity have blasted WWE over the option of the 'Bra and Panties' match, which the object of the match is to undress your opponent.

It's very lacking in taste, said Caroline Spelman, Tory MP for Meriden. She said that the game is currently being marketed with this feature and according to her it's leaving a bad taste in the mouth.

This game is degrading to women, said Maggie Williams, project manager of the Birmingham-based Rape and Sexual Violence Project. It's giving people, particularly children and teenagers, the message that it's okay to attack women, which is very wrong. Williams also fears that kids playing the game may copy what they see in the bra and panties match and do the thing in real life! To me this screams pornography. I think it should be banned and a review carried out on computer game content.

 

27th November

  Master Nutters

From Reuters

Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

The request came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled "master" and "slave" and filed a discrimination complaint with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.

In the computer industry, "master" and "slave" are used to refer to primary and secondary hard disk drives. The terms are also used in other industries. Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label, Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services, said in a memo sent to County vendors.

We would request that each manufacturer, supplier and contractor review, identify and remove/change any identification or labeling of equipment components that could be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive in nature, Sandoval said in the memo, which was distributed last week and made available to Reuters.

Dennis Tafoya, director of the affirmative action office, said in a separate memo that an "exhaustive search" had been undertaken to find all such labels and replace them with more "appropriate" ones. A form was sent to all departments to identify equipment carrying the labels "master" and "slave" or any other offensive terms.

Faced with an avalanche of complaints from vendors and the general public, Sandoval told Reuters in an interview that his memo was intended as "nothing more than a request" and not an ultimatum or policy change.

Sandoval said that he had already rejected a suggestion that the county stop buying all equipment carrying the "master" and "slave" labels and had no intention of enforcing a ban on such terms with suppliers. But we are culturally sensitive and we have 90,000 employees," he said. "We have to take these things seriously.

In June, the Los Angeles city council unanimously passed a law requiring that any companies doing business with the city disclose profits they may have made from slavery in the 19th Century. In 2000, the council supported federal legislation seeking reparations for descendants of slaves.

 

11th November

  Censorship Commandments

From The BBC

An Egyptian poet will defy an edict by Muslim authorities calling for his latest book to be withdrawn because of its explicit sexual nature. Ahmed Shahawi said the ruling against Commandments of Love for Women had nothing to do with religion.

The book's publishers argue Al-Azhar University can only recommend what books people should read, not ban them. Egyptian literary and human rights groups have protested against the edict as a threat to freedom of expression. They say it demonstrates the increasing censorship practiced by religious institutions & nutters.

The controversy over the book started in September, when an Islamist lawmaker protested about it in parliament, saying it desecrated Islamic principles. The government-run publishers moved quickly to take the book off the shelves.

But within hours it was back on sale, after the scholars who had sanctioned its publication explained that the poet was drawing on the sacred heritage of the Koran and the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed in order to elevate the status of women within Arab culture.

The scholars praised the book for its affinity with Islamic mysticism known as Sufism, which regards the love of women as a means of loving God. Their arguments - backed up reportedly by the intervention of powerful official figures - convinced the publishers, but not Al-Azhar - the highest authority in Sunni Islam.

On Saturday, its research academy said people should not read the book. It described the book as an open invitation to obscenity, for saying things like women should surrender themselves to passion without shame, and parade naked before their lovers.

Last month, a United Nations-sponsored report said the relatively tiny and restricted number of books being published in the Arab world was one of the reasons why Arab societies were falling far short of their potential.

 

10th November

  Almighty Nutters

From middle-east-online

The Egyptian authorities have banned the US box office comic hit Bruce Almighty for undermining Muslim and other religious values.

The director of artistic censorship, Madkour Thabet, said the American film Bruce Almighty was banned because it harms the Almighty by daring to have him incarnated by an actor. The film harms all religions and not a particular religion when an actor plays the role of God, he added. The movie's distributors can still appeal the ban to a culture ministry committee.

In the movie, a television reporter played by star Jim Carrey who is unhappy with life is given divine powers and challenged by God to do a better job of running the world after he angrily ridicules and rages against Him. One scene shows Carrey parting his tomato soup, emulating God who parted the Red Sea to allow Moses - who is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike - to flee Egypt with the Jews.

Several Jordanian MPs on Sunday urged the government to take to task those responsible for allowing movie theaters to screen the comedy, though some scenes, such as the parting of the Red Sea, were cut.

The Hollywood science fiction hit movie Matrix Reloade" was banned earlier this year in Egypt for threatening to offend traditional religious views on the creation of humankind.

Meanwhile, Thabet asked Al Azhar, the main authority for Sunni Muslims around the world, to give its green light to screen the film The Message about the life of the prophet Mohamed, banned here since 1981.

The censorship committee asks the advice of Azhar about films with religious content. The film was produced in 1981 by Syrian-American Mustapha al-Akkad, with an English version starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas as well as an Arabic version.

 

27th October

  Bush Bollox

From AVN

A letter sent to President George Bush by Morality in Media achieved it’s desired result, Bush signed a watered down version of their requests and proclaimed October 26 through November 1 of this year "Protection From Pornography Week". 

The proclamation opted to rename Pornography Awareness Week, as the week beginning on the last Sunday of October has been named for at least 15 years by anti-porn activists, likely because the White House staff noted the obvious double meaning of “Pornography Awareness Week” that had been sarcastically seized by adult entertainment businesses including Adult DVD Empire and Playboy Radio.

This is believed to be the first time that a president has recognized the week with a proclamation, though several states legislatures  and city councils, including the Los Angeles City Council, have recognized the event in the past.

While suggesting that pornography can have effects on communities, marriages, families, and children, the president concentrated solely on tying the adult industry to the obvious crime of child pornography, referring to the PROTECT Act of 2003 and the Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Predator, an initiative to fight child pornography.

The president made no mention of exactly how pornography can debilitate marriages, families, or communities.

The proclamation fell short of announcing Bush’s support for placing the prosecution of obscenity cases at the top of national priorities. We have committed significant resources to the Department of Justice to intensify investigative and prosecutorial efforts to combat obscenity, child pornography, and child sexual exploitation on the Internet, the proclamation reads in the only reference to programs seeking to combat the legitimate adult entertainment industry.  

The proclamation ended with the president call for public officials, law enforcement officers, parents, and all the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate programs and activities.

The American Family Association claims to have started Pornography Awareness Week in the early 1980s. Since 1987, it has become associated with White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP), a campaign that calls for people to wear white ribbons in an attempt to “raise awareness about pornography”, according to literature on the AFA Website.

Morality and Media picked up the WRAP campaign and spread the concept nationally. While this is the first year the president of the United States has signed a proclamation recognizing the annual event, state legislatures in

 

October 8th

  Matrix Reloaded Banned in Egypt

From a religious news page

Egyptian film censors have banned the new Matrix film, Matrix Reloaded, because it is too violent and raises religious issues. However, the 15-member censorship committee, made up of film critics, professors, writers and psychologists, thought the special effects were ‘fabulous’.

 

September 29th

  Barbaric Sentence Quashed

Probably one of the world's most reviled acts of 'justice' this year, yet Shariah proponents will be sure  to continue to preach about it's inherent tolerance.

From CNN

An appeals court has freed a Nigerian mother sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. The Shariah Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that Amina Lawal's conviction was invalid because she was already pregnant when harsh Islamic Shariah law was implemented in her home province.

After the hearing, she told CNN, I am happy. God is great and he has made this possible. All I want is to go home, get married and live a normal life. The 31-year-old, who was in court with her baby, Wassila, has been appealing the death sentence for two years.

It is the view of this court that the judgment of the Upper Shariah Court, Funtua, was very wrong and the appeal of Amina Lawal is hereby discharged and acquitted, judge Ibrahim Maiangwa said. Shariah law, based on the teachings in the Quran, Islam's holy book, is practiced in 12 of Nigeria's 36 states.

Lawal's case had become the focus of human rights groups around the world who were outraged at the sentence that Lawal should be buried up to her neck and then have stones thrown at her head until she was dead. Lawal's lawyer, Hauwa Ibrahim, said: This a great victory for justice. The law of justice has prevailed over the law of man. Amina is free to go, to do what she wants.

Had the court not overturned the verdict, Lawal would still have had two appeals left, one to a Nigerian federal court and a final appeal to Nigeria's Supreme Court. Neither of those courts is governed by Shariah law. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo had said if Lawal's case reached the Supreme Court, he would make sure it was overturned.

Lawal was convicted and sentenced in March 2002 after giving birth to a baby girl more than nine months after divorcing. Under the strict Shariah law, pregnancy outside marriage constitutes sufficient evidence for a woman to be convicted of adultery. A court stayed her execution for two years to allow her to care for her baby.

She insists she did nothing wrong and that the man who fathered her child made a promise to marry her. He did not, leaving her pregnant and with no support. The man said he was not the father, and three male witnesses testified he did not have a sexual relationship with Lawal. The witnesses constituted adequate corroboration of his story under Shariah law, and he was freed.

Lawal is the second woman to be sentenced to death after bearing a child out of marriage since 2000, when more than a dozen states in the predominantly Islamic northern Nigeria adopted strict Islamic Shariah law. In March 2002, an appeals court reversed a similar sentence on Safiya Hussaini Tungar-Tudu after worldwide pleas for clemency and a warning from Obasanjo that Nigeria faced international isolation over the case.

The adoption of Shariah, which includes amputation as a possible punishment for convicted thieves, has stoked violence between Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous state. More than 3,000 people have been killed.

 

September 7th

  The Half Full Monty

From the Guardian

Ian Duncan Smith's new political secretary, Tim Montgomerie, asks party loyalists to pray for their leader's spiritual wellbeing. Inspired by US Christian right urges supporters to win the backing of the Almighty and not just the electorate, Montgomerie has called on Tories to remember each Monday to "praise God" for IDS's work as Conservative leader.

He has posted a series of Conservative prayers for each day of the week on an official Conservative website, Pray that IDS will have sufficient time to think and rest. Pray that Iain Duncan Smith's commitment to keep the media's prying eyes from his children's lives will be successful. Pray, in particular, that Sundays will be kept as free as possible for family time.

In words that will cheer Conservatives - many of whom must have begun to fear that their chances of returning to office were without a prayer after two landslide defeats - he includes thanks for Mr Duncan Smith's change of policy direction. Praise God for the emphasis that IDS has placed on a more compassionate kind of Conservatism. Thank God for Iain Duncan Smith's churchgoing. May the teachings of Christianity be the overriding source of comfort, security and guidance in his life.

Montgomerie, who posted the prayers on the internet before taking up his powerful post at Mr Duncan Smith's side, is believed to have been behind Mr Duncan Smith's attempt to reposition the Tories as a caring party which campaigns for the vulnerable. He is known to be close to the American theologian Professor Marvin Olasky, one of the inspirations for George Bush's successful "compassionate conservatism" electoral pitch and his appointment as one of Mr Duncan Smith's key advisers is likely to alarm Conservative modernisers.

The CCF, which is based in central office, is anti-abortion and opposed to gay rights. Writing in World, the magazine of the American Christian right, Montgomerie has attacked Tony Blair for supporting abortion, backing the abolition of section 28, which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools, and allowing stem cell research. Concern about his appointment is unlikely to deter Montgomerie, who courted controversy as a director of the Conservative Christian fellowship.

Going on to offer further suggestions for prayer, he devotes Wednesday to the CCF's finances and membership. He goes on to ask Tories to pray that Graham Clark ... will be successful in his bid to raise £500 pa from Christian charities and campaigning organisations that stand to benefit from the long-term involvement of Christian people in politics .

Most heartfelt of all, however, may be Montgomerie's prayer for Duncan Smith's staff, of which he is now part. Pray for his inner team and the long hours they are required to work, he asks.

 

August 3rd

  And on the seventh day Blair created...

I am always ill at ease with the concept of religious people in power. Their confidence in their belief somehow spurs them on to imposing their generally miserable and intolerant views on others. I guess that more secularly minded people are a little less sure that they know best and tend towards a more civilised live and let live approach.

From The Observer

Tony Blair knows it is one of the most delicate of subjects. When asked about it he squirms and tries to change to a more comfortable line of inquiry. But quietly the Prime Minister is putting religion at the centre of the New Labour project, reflecting his own deeply felt beliefs that answers to most questions can be found in the Bible.

The Observer can reveal that Blair is to allow Christian organisations and other 'faith groups' a central role in policy-making in a decisive break with British traditions that religion and government should not mix.

The Prime Minister, who this weekend becomes the longest continually serving Labour Prime Minister in history, has set up a ministerial working group in the Home Office charged with injecting religious ideas 'across Whitehall'. One expert on the relationship between politics and religion described the move as a 'blow to secularism'.

Blair's move is believed to have the strong support of the two other leading Christian members of the Cabinet, David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, and Paul Boateng, Chief Secretary of the Treasury.

The working group will be chaired by the Home Office Minister with responsibility for what is called 'civic renewal', Fiona Mactaggart. The members will include Estelle Morris, the former Education Secretary who is now the Arts Minister, and Christian organisations including the Evangelical Alliance. Known as the Faith Community Liaison Group, it will have an input into controversial policy areas such as faith schools, which are allowed to select their pupils on the basis of their beliefs, and religious discrimination.

Blair, a committed Christian who keeps the Bible by his bed, knows he is taking a risk by revealing the importance he places on religion in informing his politics. He also knows that many of his key officials feel uncomfortable about the central role that God plays in his life. There were furrowed brows of consternation when Blair, asked who he would answer to for the deaths of British soldiers, replied: 'My Maker'.

Alastair Campbell, Blair's communications director, said 'We don't do God' when the Prime Minister was questioned in a recent interview with Vanity Fair about his religious beliefs. When Blair wanted to end his televised address to the nation at the start of the war in Iraq with 'God bless you', he was advised against it.

Some No 10 officials are concerned that the Government will fall victim to unfavourable comparisons with the Republican administration in America, where President Bush makes no secret of his religious faith and right-wing religious organisations have a powerful input into policy-making, particularly on sensitive issues such as abortion.

Blair, in contrast, has always been cautious about speaking about his faith. He sidestepped questions from Sir David Frost last year and Jeremy Paxman this year when both asked if he prayed with the US President when they met at summits to discuss the Iraq war.

The new high-powered ministerial grouping will have an input across government. Although based in the Home Office, it will advise the Departments for Education, Culture, Media and Sport and Trade and Industry. Underlining its importance, William Chapman, the Appointments Secretary at No 10, will have a key role. The Prime Minister's own 'religious envoy', Labour MP John Battle, will also sit on the committee.

The Home Office announcement was slipped out in a parliamentary written reply four weeks ago, and published here for the first time. In it, Mactaggart outlines what the group will attempt to do: 'Its terms of reference are to consider the most effective means of achieving greater involvement of the faith communities in policy-making and delivery across Whitehall [and] to identify the specific policy areas where this input would be most valuable. The Prime Minister is aware of our plans and attaches considerable importance to this. It will lay down the foundations for the effective involvement of the faith communities' perspectives and needs in policy development across government.'

Membership of the committee will also include representatives of the Jewish, Sikh, Muslim and Hindu faiths.

Non-religious groups attacked the plans, saying they gave a special platform to religious groups denied to others. In a letter to Mactaggart, Keith Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, which includes in its membership a number of Labour MPs, said: We feel this is a further example of the Government's desire to favour and privilege religious organisations, and wonder when the opinions and needs of those who are non-religious will be similarly regarded. The non-religious feel alienated and excluded from the political processes that help shape our society. Wood said that despite repeated requests non-religious groups have been excluded from any involvement in the religious working group.

Christian organisations said that there was much that could be learnt from religious groups and the work they do in the community. This is an important development that goes way beyond a narrower set of faith community concerns like faith schools or regeneration, said Graham Dale, director of the Christian Socialist Movement, of which Blair is a member. The group will have the freedom to engage in policy issues across the board but also to address other less tangible areas like values in public life. It raises to a new level the recognition of faith as a factor in government consultation and indicates the Government's willingness to engage with people of faith in every area of public life.

 

July 29th

  God Almighty...Malaysian Nutters

If I was God for a week then surely I would replace these ministers with someone who could show a little bit more respect for the intelligence of their own people. (A replacement that would probably befall most of the home office ministers in the western world!)

From The Star

A minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin asked that the film Bruce Almighty be banned because the main character in the film, portrayed by Jim Carrey, had assumed the power of God.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said all films had to conform to the religious values of the people of the country, whether it was Islam or other religions. If it is deemed to be insensitive or can confuse the people, then we will not allow it to be screened in the cinemas.

Yesterday members of the local entertainment industry said they could not see the rationale for a ban.  I don’t see what is the problem. The film never talked about Allah, so what has it got to do with Muslim faith? said producer Ruhani Abdul Rahman. 

The Secretary of Film Censorship Board, Lukeman Said, said he was not ready to comment on the issue at the moment.

Follow Up:

The Film Censorship Board never intended or even recommended for Jim Carrey’s latest flick Bruce Almighty to be banned after viewing it for the first time, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung. 

The current generation of Malaysians should not be underestimated as not being able to tell the difference between comedy and serious issues, he said. 

Many of them were well educated and far more exposed, he said. 

He said the movie was given the nod several days ago but he stopped it from being screened just yet after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin had wanted it banned. 

I told the board I wanted to watch the movie first before it was released for public viewing. Since it was a minister who had brought it up, I thought it was only right for the movie to be reassessed to see if it was offensive, he told reporters after attending Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd’s “Give Me A Chance, Give Me A Home” campaign yesterday. 

Chor said the board had stipulated that the movie, which was expected to be shown next week, be rated as 18PL

 

July 29th

  Lapped up in Edinburgh

Based on a particularly biased article in the Edinburgh News

Nutters have branded Lothian Road, Edinburgh, a "complete no-go area" after discovering the nature of newly revamped pub, Big Daddy O’s Showbar, one of a string of establishments to offer table dancing.

The operators of the site have taken advantage of a facility in the licensing system which allows pub owners to put on table dancing without having to secure special permission from the council. The former Bull and Bush pub is being billed as Edinburgh’s "stag party headquarters" on promotional flyers.
 
It is now the seventh licensed premises to offer table dancing in the Lothian Road/ Tollcross area. Plans are also afoot for what would be an eighth, in a former nightclub in the West End near Princes Street.

A few local people have joined forces with anti-porn nutters to demand action over the transformation of the area, saying the council had allowed Edinburgh to become the sleaze capital of Scotland.

A spokeswoman for the council confirmed Big Daddy O’s was only licensed to operate as a public house. She said: Premises such as Big Daddy O’s have a public house licence, which means their main business is selling alcohol.  However, they can provide entertainment as an ancillary and, providing the entertainment is not the primary business, the public house licence covers this. The whole question of lapdancing in licensed premises is currently under review by the licensing board and a report is expected in the autumn. We’re exploring the possibility of an ‘entertainment liquor’ licence for public houses providing this type of entertainment."

Police chiefs have urged the city council to completely review its system for licensing such premises amid concerns over the lack of control over them and the fact nutters have no knowledge of the kind of business being planned. The police are in favour of such a move in the belief it would subject table dancing establishments to much more control in future.

Catherine Harper, of the Scottish Women Against Pornography Campaign, urged the council t
o get its act together Lothian Road is now a complete no-go area for women and children at night-time thanks to places like this which have made Edinburgh the sleaze capital of Scotland. It’s a lot worse than Glasgow now. The council just appears to be ignoring the issue on this by refusing to do anything. If it’s not careful, pubs all over Edinburgh could be offering this kind of thing. Doesn’t it care what tourists think when they visit these places? Enough is enough.

 

July 28th

  Dud MP

From the Express & Star

The shameful Dudley MP, Ross Cranston, has joined the fight against a controversial bid for the first table dancing club in the borough.

There is a crunch council meeting to decide the future of Millers Wine Bar, in Wolverhampton Street, on Monday evening. Owner Melanie Miller said the entertainment venue, which would create 30 jobs, would only go ahead if the licensing and safety committee renews its public entertainments licence and agree to extend opening hours at the bar.

She wants to open the club until 2am Monday to Saturday and until midnight on Sundays and is taking a lap dancer and the manager of Birmingham table dancing club Spearmint Rhino to the meeting in a bid to talk them round.

Cranston has sent a formal objection to the council after receiving several complaints from constituents. I also have a personal objection, he said. I just don't think it is appropriate for Dudley. It is not in keeping with the way we want the town to develop. We don't need this in an area that is being regenerated.

Former councillor Rod Adams, from the Foxyard's estate stated the age old bollox that he is worried that it will lead to problems such as prostitution, drugs and violence. But Melanie Miller said she was confident the committee will grant the application.

July 3rd

  Watching Mediawatch Watch the Pennies

From the Mediawatch-UK Chairman's Review in the Annual Report 2003:

A landmark decision by the Crown Prosecution Service, for which we had to wait six months, not to take any action over the transmission by the BBC of an extract of James Kirkup's blasphemous poem, The love that dares to speak its name, reflects the difficulties mediawatch-uk faces in upholding the law, let alone constructively criticising poorly fashioned legislation. Our campaigning on this issue critically failed because we simply couldn't afford to go to Court to challenge the decision.

This brings me to one of our biggest issues for concern at present: that of Financial Stability. Despite the marvellous work achieved by Committee Members Margaret Brown, David Turtle and Richard Chamberlain in chasing members who have not renewed their membership subscriptions, mediawatch-uk is at present still losing twice as many members (defaulting) as new ones it is recruiting. If this trend is not halted and reversed mediawatch-uk in its present form will cease to be viable in two years time.

Your Executive Committee and I have therefore put in place initiatives aimed at safeguarding the organisation in the short term. From January 2003 the position of Chairman was made honorary, the Chairman drawing no salary whatever. Your Executive Committee and I have also instructed Director, John Beyer, to investigate the possibility and execute, as soon as possible, the moving out of our present offices into smaller and less expensive premises. It is hoped that savings in the region of £10,000 per annum can be made implementing these initiatives.

Both these initiatives are taken as cost cutting exercises to enable survival. It is recognised that in themselves they are not the moves of a thriving, dynamic and influential organisation that is well supported. Our requirements are adequate premises and a paid manager to manage a strategy to build up regional membership. We rely solely on membership subscriptions to resource our activities, and every member who chooses not to renew their membership is hammering another nail into the coffin of our organisation. I again appeal to all our members to renew their membership subscriptions promptly and try and recruit one new member a year. If every member did this it would ease our financial position considerably and greatly strengthen the organisation.

I am currently appealing for additional funds from individuals, organisations, from Industry and Commerce and Grant Making Trusts. This is being hampered, however, by the fact that mediawatch-uk is NOT a Registered Charity. I commend the efforts of Committee Member Richard Chamberlain who is co-ordinating our application to the Charity Commission. This is not a formality, however, as we are deemed to be political in some of our activities.

 

May 30th

  Southwark Catherdral Nutters

Actually this story has a very positive message. Hope that sexual activity can be considered legal and acceptable by official bodies. Good on whoever has been steering this process through so far.

Based on an article in The Telegraph

In a classic struggle between tolerance and nutters, one of the country's most ancient cathedrals has clashed with a nightclub over the entertainment on offer. Southwark Cathedral in south London is objecting to plans by the nearby Club Wicked, which already runs regular fetish evenings, to expand its services to cater for all tastes.

In what could prove a test case, the members-only club has applied to Southwark council for permission to allow any legal sexual encounter or performance to take place within its walls, including sexual intercourse. The owner of the club, Brian Sheridan said he wanted to add table-dancing to the twice-monthly fetish evenings.

But nutters and clerics at the medieval cathedral, two minutes' walk away, fear that it could result in a sexual free-for-all and cause disruption in the surrounding area. (As usual the nutter lowlifes want to deprive their fellow man from an enjoyable evening of discrete and private sexual entertainment. Is there some sort of entrance qualification to religion that insists that members have to act like shits towards their fellows?)

About 100 local residents, businesses and nutters of the congregation have lodged objections in the run-up to a full hearing by the council's licensing committee at the end of July.

In a letter to the committee earlier this month, the cathedral said there is evidence that the primary purpose of the club is as a BDSM club. The club intended, it claimed, to provide premises for casual sexual activity to take place between its customers, including sexual intercourse and other sexual activities. These sex acts are conducted in full view of other customers and often involve multiple participants. (Well its better than the local cathedral that is providing premises for casual bigotry activity to take place between its congregation, including sexual intolerance and other sexuality depriving activities)

The letter said these activities would cause moral outrage to the clergy and congregation of the cathedral by reason of our Christian faith. (No doubt...but what harm are these activities causing?). The Dean of Southwark, the Very Intolerant Colin Slee, said conduct at the club had raised "considerable concerns".

Brian Sheridan and his wife Caroline took over the club at Christmas. They have already organised masked fetish balls and foot fetish events. We want to run an elegant, 21st-century club during the week. We don't offend anyone, and we don't cause any trouble, and at the end of the night we are just Mr and Mrs Suburbs heading back to Surrey,  he said.

All the members of the club, which is under the arches of London Bridge, had to be vetted before being let in, added Mr Sheridan. They are a wonderful crowd. They don't make trouble, they don't take drugs, they don't carry weapons and they drift away into the night in peace and quiet.

Southwark council said that, if the licences were granted, the club could become the first in London to have official permission for customers to watch or engage in sexual intercourse. While the activity would not contravene the council's licensing provisions, the police could still take action if the club was thought to be in breach of decency or other laws.

 

May 22nd   SEX

From ThisIsExeter

An Exeter store is ignoring the city council's pleas for it to remove a window display which is outraging nutters. Lush, the handmade cosmetics company, has been flashing a giant board with 'Sex' written across it in its High Street window.

The shop's display could not be in a more attention-grabbing location - it is only yards away from two of the city's most famous nutter landmarks, the Guildhall and Exeter Cathedral.

Store staff say the display is just an eye-catching way of advertising the shop's new Sex Bomb fizzy bath ball. They say general sales have rocketed at the store since the display was introduced a month ago.

But Exeter City Council has asked the store to take it down - although the council has no formal powers to do so. Some passing nutters have complained that the cheeky promotion is inappropriate because teenagers like to shop in the store. Other nutters claim that the display is going too far, with the Ann Summers lingerie shop already established just across the road.

The store has now received a letter from Richard Nash, the city council's senior enforcement and projects officer. He writes:
I have received representations regarding the display of advertising material using the word 'Sex' at the above premises. Although I do not intend any formal action in the matter, I would be grateful if you could consider removing the material at your earliest convenience.

 

19th Febuary   Obscenity in Kansas

From the same ethically challenged nutters who want to tour the world stomping on baddies of the month.

From The Wichita Eagle 

Jeffrey Klazura won't go to prison for downloading two pictures of adult women posing nude. But he will spend the next two years with Uncle Sam looking over his shoulder anytime he surfs the Internet. Another wrong click of the mouse could send him to prison.

Klazura was charged with obscenity, which the law says is whatever the people of Kansas say it is. A Section of the U.S. Sharia is titled Importation or transportation of obscene matters. It outlaws receiving through the mail or over the Internet any obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy material including books, letters, pamphlets, pictures, video, or sound recording.

If they wanted to apply that charge to a certain photo from Playboy, Penthouse or Hustler, it would be up to a jury to decide if that photo was obscene, said Dan Monnat, Klazura's lawyer.

The nation's highest court defined obscenity as whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest. "Prurient" means lustful, lecherous.

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas saw Klazura's pictures and called them obscene. But after successfully striking a plea bargain, the government never had to present its evidence in court.

Klazura kept the two pictures of nude women on his home computer. But the government wouldn't have found them had they not arrested him for pictures he said he didn't want, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Postal Service.

A Wichita postal inspector, posing as a mail carrier, delivered a package to Klazura containing pictures of young-looking females. Klazura had asked a Yahoo photo service to convert the pictures from electronic form to photo prints.

When Yahoo notified Klazura by e-mail that the pictures could be illegal, he immediately canceled his order, court records show. The postal inspector got permission to go ahead and deliver Klazura's canceled order, leading to his arrest.

Because of the young-looking females in some of the photographs, the St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School teacher suddenly found himself facing a child pornography indictment. The government later dropped those charges, after seizing and searching his home computer.

After Monnat accused the government of trapping Klazura into a criminal action, the U.S. attorney offered a plea for the lesser obscenity charges.

The U.S. attorney's office also wouldn't comment on the number of similar stitch ups it has prosecuted.

During his sentencing, Klazura's voice shook as he offered his apologies to his former students, to family and friends for the "shame and embarrassment" he caused them. Before the judge, Klazura asked for forgiveness from God. (presumably for his ethically obscene prosecutors)

For the next two years, Klazura will have to keep the government informed of his whereabouts in cyberspace. He has to provide passwords. Federal probation officers can check his computer at any time. They can attach software to let them watch his online activity. And he will always have a record as a convicted felon.

 

5th January   Like Sikhs to a Honeypot

Spotted on Usenet:

There was an article about the Slough strip joint, The Honeypot, in this weeks local  paper. A group called 'Community Concern for the Heart of Slough' has been  set up by local church & Sikh groups to 'create an atmosphere of protest' against the Honeypot as it is a 'magnet for drink, sexually provocative and  anti-social behaviour' and that Slough town centre is being degraded by such  a venue. The Owner of the Honeypot, John Sennett, disagrees and defended  the pub chain.

 

5th January   Watching Mediawatch watch TV watchers

The Beying nutter has surfaced and exploiting those terrible shootings in Birmingham for his own ends

Letter in the Times


Sir, Following the killing of two teenage girls in Birmingham (report, January 3) I believe that as a society we can no longer ignore the culture of violence promoted by film, video and television. Our methodical monitoring of films shown on the five terrestrial television channels for more than ten years shows that violence involving firearms is the most common. In 200 late-night films screened in 2001 almost 1,000 incidents involving firearms were portrayed.

Preliminary analysis of films shown in 2002 reveals a worsening trend.

Across the country violent crime is on the increase, especially among the young. Although new punitive measures are welcome these are plainly not enough. The common good surely demands a new civilising approach from film and TV producers and a much more socially responsible style of content regulation.

Yours sincerely,
JOHN C. BEYER,
Director,
mediawatch-uk,

 

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