Regular readers will know we've been gradually releasing the nominees by podcast during the past week, and we are now proud to present you with a motley crew of nine servants to the cause of unreason, who you can single out by voting in the poll at the top right of this page. We've also put together all the podcast nominations into this single edition:
- Adnan Oktar aka Harun Yahya: Infamous Islamic creationist, author of the Atlas of Creation. Hit the headlines this year by getting Richard Dawkins's website banned in Turkey and offering a trillion dollars for anyone who can prove that evolution happened. For more info, watch Richard Dawkins's very funny dissection of his "ideas".
- Ann Coulter: Barmy US conservative blonde bombshell – she must be feeling pretty low following last night's events. Obviously Coulter deserves to be nominated every year, but comedian Robin Ince put her forward this year having spent a portion of 2008 struggling his way through a paperback copy of her book Godless: The Church of Liberalism, which suffice to say has left him slightly infuriated.
- Bishop of Durham aka Tom Wright: His views on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill? "Gender-bending was so last century; we now do species-bending". Enough said.
- Cardinal Keith O'Brien: The head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, and another cleric who landed himself in the running due to ignorant comments over the Embryology Bill. Talks about Nazis, Frankenstein and Dunblane when most other people are trying to have a sensible discussion about science.
- The Governors of St Monica's High School, Prestwich: We had a major breakthrough in the UK this year when cervical cancer vaccinations were introduced for 12-13 year old girls in schools. So it's a shame the governors of St Monica's Catholic school decided to keep their pupils exposed to a fatal cancer because they think giving girls the jab would encourage promiscuity. Idiocy and bad faith of the highest order.
- Rowan Williams: Ah, the Archbeard. Why did he make those comments about Sharia Law? He's still the only man who knows the answer to that, but in addition to all the fuss they caused they've landed him a Bad Faith nomination from Johann Hari.
- Sarah Palin: Sarah, oh Sarah. So easy to look at (so some say), but not so difficult to define. You burst onto the scene with your convention speech, and we lapped up those videos of you being blessed against witchcraft and nodding your head while some nutter talked about the End Times. You were the best thing that ever happened to me (I've blogged about you 29 times since you entered my life), but now you're gone. Goodbye.
- Stephen Green: He of Christian Voice (or possibly the only guy from Christian Voice). Obviously he's committed too many offences to mention, but I think my favourite this year was when he picketed "Gay Sunday" at London Zoo. He's nominated here for saying the following about the Atheist Bus Campaign: "People don't like being preached at".
- Tony Blair: Is he old news? Perhaps, but comedian Nick Doody is none too impressed with his post-PM conversion and his round-the-world faith drive.
Adnan Oktar: 5/4 F; Rowan Williams 7/1; Sarah Palin 15/2; Cardinal Keith O'Brien 14/1; Stephen Green 18/1; Ann Coulter 25/1; Bishop of Durham 30/1; Tony Blair 40/1; Prestwich Governors 100/1
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