Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Bad Faith Awards 2009: It's time to get nominating

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It's that time of year once again folks – we need you to put forward your nominations for our annual Bad Faith Award, where we recognise the person who has made the year's most outstanding contribution to talking unadulterated (and often destructive) nonsense about matters of religion.

Last year over 5,500 of you voted, with more than 1,800 choosing the eventual winner, Sarah Palin. At this time last year most of us were blissfully ignorant of the existence of Palin, but by late September she'd emerged as the firm favourite to take the Bad Faith crown, if not the US vice-presidency.

So who will it be this year? We need you to let us know who you think deserves to be known as 2009's ultimate enemy of reason by leaving a comment on this post. We'll then whittle all suggestions down to a shortlist that we'll put to the public vote, with the victorious irrationalist announced in the January issue of New Humanist.

Let the nominating commence...

41 comments:

Menocchio said...

Bill Donohue without a doubt for this absolutely shocking response to the Catholic Church abuse scandal in Ireland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fwPcoX6UU

Should be watched with this for maximum effect:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jHqndf9Kx4

He's also made an idiot of himself for trying to get TV shows banned before he's seen them, and generally acting like a lunatic on American TV.

DavidMWW said...

Sebastian Faulks.

SamF said...

Dan Hannan.

Gordon Goblin said...

I'd second Bill Donohue but also worth a mention is Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

http://richarddawkins.net/article,3846,Atheists-not-fully-human-says-Cardinal-Cormac-Murphy-OConnor,BBC-Radio

But it is hard to think of anything worse than Bill's barefaced defense of rapists!

Hydra said...

And a second for Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor!

foolfodder said...

I probably wouldn't vote for him, given choices like Bill Donohue, but Andrew Brown springs to mind for some reason.

Side note: the "Bad Faith Awards" logo would look nicer if you sorted out the kerning. Kerning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerning

Mike Tidmus said...

I nominate Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for (Other) Marriage for her completely-bonkers embrace of the former Miss California --Carrie Prejean, her CNN screaming matches, and, above all, else her preposterous and oft-parodied Gathering Storm ad, which became a YouTube sensation.

BeadKnitter said...

I nominate Ken Ham, the president of Answers in Genesis, and director/owner of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. He's made a whole monument to denying the earths age and evolution without any science.

http://creationmuseum.org/

C Woods said...

I nominate Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho of Brazil, who excommunicated the medical staff who performed an abortion on and the mother of a 9-year-old girl who was raped by her step father. The 80 pound girl was pregnant with twins. Medical authorities determined that the girl would probably die in childbirth if the pregnancy was not terminated. Abortion is legal in Brazil in cases of rape and/or to save the life of the mother. The church took no action against the rapist step father.
Co-nominees: Archbishop Sobrinho and Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re of the Vatican who upheld the Bishop's ruling.

Read more here: http://tirelesswing.blogspot.com/2009/03/christians-behaving-badly-8.html

Entdinglichung said...

I nominate the Reverend Wiley Drake from the First Southern Baptist Church, Buena Park/California for trying to kill Barack Obama by "imprecatory prayers": http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2009/06/25/pastor-asks-god-to-smite-president-obama/

foolfodder said...

What about the Pope for trying to stop people using condoms in places where AIDS is prevalent?

George Jelliss said...

I nominate the UN

http://www.johannhari.com/archive/article.php?id=1439

"Anything which can be deemed “religious” is no longer allowed to be a subject of discussion at the UN – and almost everything is deemed religious."

PaulJ said...

Another vote for Ken Ham (in the light of the recent skeptic invasion of his "museum").

PaulJ said...

Er... is this "first past the post" or "proportional representation"? In the case of the latter I'd also like to nominate the Irish government for their inane blasphemy law.

Greta Christina said...

I dunno. These are all excellent nominations, and I'm tempted to second Bill Donohue...

But I think this year, for his wussy, accomodationist, "The problem with science education in America is all those mean atheists" nonsense, I'm going to have to go with Chris Mooney.

Richard said...

Fred Phelps surely deserves a shout - does this award have a "lifetime achievement" category?! If not, still plenty of work from the last year that deserves to be "recognised": http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4696132/US-Church-which-calls-for-homosexuals-to-be-killed-banned-from-UK.html

Anonymous said...

Ken Ham and Bill Donohue are top choices for me.

bill said...

I'll nominate Laurie Higgins for going after Hemant Mehta's job citing his atheist views from his blog at friendlyatheist.com. see:

http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/08/19/why-the-illinois-family-institute-is-angry-with-me/

http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/08/21/illinois-family-institute-goes-after-me-again/

http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/08/22/laurie-higgins-of-the-illinois-family-institute-issues-an-open-letter-to-me/

It's not as big a story as the others nominated so far, but going after someone's job for their views (and Hemant does excellent at keeping his views separate from his job as a teacher) goes against everything the United States should stand for.

littlejohn said...

I'm tempted to name pope Ratzo, because of his high profile and absolutely fabulous hat, but the recent business at the Creation "Museum" pushes Ken Ham to the top of my list. Ken it is!

Elisa said...

I would like to nominate Tony Blair over his Faith Foundation, and for reasons Richard Dawkins explained better than I ever could in the most gloriously sarcastic article ever written.

MikeTheInfidel said...

Michelle Bachman, for ... everything she says about religion.

Dr. Science said...

I second Laurie Higgins.

Donna said...

I would like to nominate the Governor of Texas, Rick 'The Hair' Perry for continuing to undermine the educational standards for Texas and most of the United States through the nominations of Chair of the State Board of Education.

Billyist said...

The first name I thought of was Oklahoma’s Sally Kern whose “Proclamation for Morality” was the most egregious violation of church/state separation I’ve seen in 2009.

http://goodreasonnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/sally-kern-embarrassment-to-oklahoma.html

Renacier said...

Second the nomination for Gov. Perry of Texas. The school system down there is just becoming more and more insane. Thanks largely to this guy.

Andrea said...

Pastor Steven Anderson for his homophobic sermons and imprecatory prayers for President Obama.

No Lemon Press said...

I absolutely second Steven Anderson of Tempe, AZ, for his unapologetic, apoplectic call for the execution of my people (homosexuals) and his wish that "(he) could send (his flock) out with rifles against the sodomites (sic)" an explicit inciting of violence against a minority, supplemented by paranoid, long-discredited, tired spiteful lies about the gay community, not to mention his useless prayer for the death of our President.

Tinna Gígja said...

Gov. Crist of Florida for this: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1196773.html

Anonymous said...

I second Sally Kern. Bill Donohue and Ken Ham are also top choices.

George Jelliss said...

Can I have a second nominee?

Francis Collins

http://biologos.org/

For setting up the BioLogos foundation.

valdemar said...

The government of Iran, for upholding corrupt theocracy by murder, rape, torture and wrongful imprisonment.

Much further down the scale...

Joint nomination: Terry Eagleton and Karen Armstrong, for attacking Enlightenment values from the well-padded comfort of Enlightenment institutions.

Anti-theist said...

I nominate Stephen Green from Christian Voice.
(http://www.christianvoice.org.uk/)
He's the guy the BBC go to when they want a contibution from a religious nutter!

Anonymous said...

There are so many that are totally deserving of the award that it is hard to pick one out of the whole rotten bunch: I will say Ken Ham and Bill donohue are deserving of it along withz many others

Garkbit said...

Can I anti-nominate all these assorted american fundamentalist media-hogs? I know they're all very nasty, but they're all also a) rather obvious targets and b) publicity whores.

If we can't find someone from our own shores to nominate then my vote so far goes to the Brazilian archbishop.

Anti-theist said...

ANother suggestion...Ann Coulter...what a total nut job!

Ken said...

I second the suggestion of Andrew Brown.

thezombiemessia said...

It's a shame that we can't go for random people on the internet, because the users orangeWIZARD and LivingSoul on here:

http://forums.gametrailers.com/forum/religion-and-philosophy/289

Would be perfect for this. Jehovah's Witness Creationists. Absolute IDiots.

I suggest anybody that wants a good laugh, take a look at the link and have a good look at the topic "the reason why we didn't evolve from apes."

Gordon Goblin said...

Dermot Aherne for blighting Ireland with a blasphemy law!

Lily said...

I second the nomination of Tony Blair.

Sid Peacock said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/foyle_and_west/8306222.stm


Rev Jonathan Campbell for calling Derry City's annual Halloween festival,which brings all communities together EVIL!!!!

Richard Wilson said...

I'm voting for Blair (now there's something I never thought I'd say, ever again) with Damian Thompson as a wildcard outsider for this sort of thing.