Fresh from the shock revelation of religion friendly accomodationist Chris Stedman purloining the word "Faitheist" from the non-religious community, we, at Sneer Review, bring news of another stunning development in the world of faith based branding. Word reaches us that legal preceedings are about to be launched in the Espoo municipality court in Finland against none other than BioLogos, the organisation founded by current NIH director Francis Collins to promote acceptance of evolution amongst the Christian Evangelical community.
Sources close to the Finnish 'Biologos' institute have informed us that their organization, founded in 1983, recently learned that their title and brand name is being used, without permission, in the US.
"Quite frankly we're shocked", said one representative of the Finnish group. The original Biologos, located close to Helsinki, is widely known in Finland for the promotion of homeopathy and iridology, the use of iris scanning techniques to diagnose diverse medical problems. "We, at Biologos, point out the compatibility of homeopathy and conventional medicine is proven by the fact that some physicians believe in homeopathy and that "homeopathic products can also be prescribed alongside the so-called chemical drugs."("Homeopaattisia valmisteita voidaan käyttää myös lääkärin määräämien kemiallisten lääkkeiden rinnalla ns")
When asked to comment on the upcoming court proceedings a source close to the US based BioLogos legal department told us:
"This case has no merit, we are talking about two different organizations that deal with completely different things. It's impossible to get them mixed up. Look, Biologos promotes something with amazing claims yet zero scientific backing. In fact every competent scientific examination of its claims failed to provide one piece of evidence that could not be explained by simple wishful thinking of the participants - It's just the placebo effect!" "BioLogos", he pointed out, "is completely different.
Patty Loveless, God Will - a clever inversion of the appeal to God, standard in country music. The song uses the term 'God' as a metaphor for an idealized forgiveness that is simply not possible for humans. Top marks to Patty for getting away with calling this metaphorical God a "she"!
It has come to the notice of those of us on the writing team at the Sneer Review that there exists, at present, a variety of viewpoints within the Sneer community regarding the question of whether the story of Santa is based on a real historical individual or is simply a metaphor. While many of us are content to view the tale as a comforting fantasy, symbolising the act of giving to others, there remains a committed core of believers, specifically Vincent, aged seven, to whom the literal interpretation remains the most valid. Notwithstanding the recent advances in aerodynamic science and the greatly increased knowledge of the biology of reindeers, Vincent points out that objections to Santas ability to deliver presents to every good child in the world on Christmas eve has a simple and rational explanation: Santa is magic. Recognizing the diversity of opinions on this matter we would like to publicly declare that Sneer Review does not take a position on a historical or literal Santa Claus*
*We reserve the right to amend our statement based on future circumstances, such as Vincent spotting his parents 'helping' Santa by purchasing, wrapping or placing his present beneath the Christmas tree, or due to Vincent changing his mind in future - due to him not being seven any more.