August 23, 2003


Phillip Adams remembers the good old days when people were easily outraged by his vainglorious posturing:

One Sunday in the mid-’70s, the Vatican declared a fatwa on me. Priests in pulpits across Australia told their congregations that it was a sin to read any newspaper that published my columns – or to listen to any radio station that broadcast me.

Some fatwa. They didn’t even hack off a single limb.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 23, 2003 04:49 PM

The most appalling thing about Fat Boy's column was his ignorance of the intolerance of Isalm for sexual procalvities; the Catholic chuch is certainly out of step with current Western mores, but the last time they set someone on fire or used them as target practice for freelance fornication was about the fifteenth century.
Aren't there more pressing (and opressing) religions out there, or are the dishtowel and fanbelt set off Mr Creosote's very limited radar?

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 23, 2003 at 09:59 PM

Oh how times have changed. Now the church is full of pinkos who would agree with Adams 100%.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at August 23, 2003 at 11:54 PM

Someone tell Philip that the rhythm method was replaced well over thirty years ago by Natural Family Planning (developed by a couple Australian doctors, John and Evelyn Billings) - works beautifully and has the full approval of the Vatican. (And yes, I am a satisfied user - 22 years and counting.) I wonder how many of Philip's other ``facts'' are equally out of date.

Posted by: AdaKizi at August 23, 2003 at 11:58 PM

I hope Phil is feeling properly chastized.

Posted by: Wunderkind54 at August 24, 2003 at 02:26 AM

I went to church in the mid seventies and I never heard any priest who ever had anything to say about Philip Adams.
Phil's main claim to fame is that he and John Singleton, the advertising wizard, resurrected the Australian film industry with the Alvin Purple movies. This has, in Phil's eyes at least, made him an eternal matyr of the Catholic Church.
The struggle for Truth and Justice (TM) in such a cruel world is certainly a tough one.

Posted by: Tony Maloney at August 24, 2003 at 11:13 AM

Phatty is a legend in his own mind.

Posted by: Cracker Barrel Philosopher at August 24, 2003 at 11:51 AM

For an athiest, Phatty sure writes a lot about religion.

Posted by: slatts at August 24, 2003 at 01:54 PM

Good God, that should be atheist!

Posted by: slatts at August 24, 2003 at 01:55 PM