The Event: Princess Diana’s Death

Material pertaining to the infamous Princess Diana death of August
1997 was recently recovered on a ‘recovered’ laptop by Blatherskites
Greg Barrett and Dave (daev) Walsh… Read a Blather special on the
phenomenon of bisociative coincidence.


    Father Dougal: God, I’ve heard about those cults Ted. People
    dressing up in black and saying Our Lord’s going to come back and
    save us all.

    Father Ted: No, Dougal, that’s us. That’s Catholicism.

    Father Dougal: Oh right.

    (From TV Comedy Series *Father Ted*)

On March 22nd, *The Irish Times* published two articles on the antics
of Mike Garde, Ireland’s *Cult Watchdog*. In response, we issued a
letter of criticism to the paper’s letters editor, which has yet to
appear in print. If there were any other critics of the cult articles,
their incensed reactions are also absent from the letters page.

What follows is an edited version of the letter despatched:

    It was with some despair that I read the almost xenophobic
    22nd article on Mike Garde, ‘The Cult Watchdog’. My copy of the
    Concise Oxford English dictionary (not that I use it as a bible of
    ‘true’ language) describes a cult as ‘a system of religious
    worship esp. as expressed in ritual’. One of the many definitions
    of religion given is ‘a particular system of faith and worship’.
    However, in everyday vernacular, the term ‘cult’ seems to carry
    pejorative baggage, referring to any suspicious, occult, or simply
    ‘crazy’, form of belief. This has not been helped by a tradition
    of hyperbolic media coverage of Waco, Heaven’s Gate, the Order of
    the Solar Temple, and other tragedies.

    While I full accept that some of Ireland’s ‘new religions’ have
    questionable methodologies, and a fair share of disgruntled
    ex-members, I find it incredible that we, as a nation, can still
    allow our biggest umbrella cult (by dictionary definition), the
    mainstream Christian churches, to decide what does or does not
    constitute a ‘cult’ (pejorative definition). Are we to allow the
    big religious bodies to employ dog-in-the-manger tactics?

    As a cheerful agnostic, I bear no grudge to any religion in
    particular, but naturally enough, I would be concerned by any the
    behaviour of any organisation, religious or otherwise, which seems
    to be exploiting members. It’s worth bearing in mind that only
    recently, Pope John Paul II apologised for the sins of Catholicism
    in the past.

    In closing, may I suggest that if any body is to take
    responsibility for keeping an eye on suspect ‘cults’, that it
    should be a Government sponsored independent body and not only
    include theologians, but also members from *every* Irish religion,
    regardless of creed or size, as well as members that are
    unaffiliated to any particular faith.

    Is mise, etc.,
    Dave (daev) Walsh

The Cult Watchdog, *The Irish Times*, March 22nd,

‘Trust in God and everything will be alright’,
*The Irish Times*,
March 22nd, 2000

Father Ted: The Craggy Island Examiner


Giselle Ladouceur (who lives in Niagara Falls, New York, USA) is
the winner of our most recent Blather competition, and receives a copy
of Paul Devereux’s *Re-Visioning the Earth*. There is no Blather
competition running at the moment, but anyone interested in
sponsoring a prize should consider contacting us

For more on Paul Devereux (who we thank for his generosity), visit his
website at

*Re-Visioning the Earth*:

    Considered by the author to be one of his most important
    this book looks at the interaction of human psychology,
    perceptions and spiritual sense with the natural world through the
    ages, and explores the nature of place, especially sacred place.
    It ranges from the neurophysiological workings of human cognition
    to the poetic power of ancient sacred monuments – “the planet
    without, the world within”. It includes much experiential
    material. A highly original, perceptive, groundbreaking work. It
    will take years for the scope of its message to truly sink in.
    Stanley Krippner, venerable consciousness researcher and Professor
    of Psychology at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, says of this
    book: “Paul Devereux has articulated new ways in which humans can
    be at home with their earth… based on sound ecological
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    ancient and indigenous peoples. It is not an exaggeration to
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    century.” Dr Rana P.B.Singh, President of the Society of
    Pilgrimage Studies, says that this book “will be a path-maker for
    work on eco-psychology”

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William F. Pepper, *Orders
To Kill – the Truth Behind the Murder of
Martin Luther King, Jr.*

Jeanette Winterson,
*The Passion*


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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.