Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  April 9, 2011 — 11 Comments

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    The Minnesota standoff is interesting, the Dept of Human Rights vs the Dept of Corrections. May the best dept win!

  • Jason Mankey

    The link to Blood Ceremony is really appreciated! That's awesome. Sounds like it came straight out of '71. It has a very "Black Widow" sound to it.

  • I’ve notice many individuals in the Vodou community and/or African-based spirituality/religion community are now coining the phrase “healing religion” and using historical and current issues where spirituality/religion assisted the people to come to terms and/or deal with life “sufferings”… I like it! “Healing Religion” NICE!

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    While the Arizona ruling is indeed a weakening of the Establishment Clause it is not unalloyed bad news for small religions. We could set up our own tuition organizations, establish our own schools, and apply for public funding. Some followers of the majority paradigm would scream their heads off but, in the wake of the Arizona ruling, they would have no standing to object.

    • You seem to be more familiar with the story than I am. Isn't what you stated the essence of the Establishment Clause (what the government does for a religious group they must do for any other religious group while adhering to the same standard)? Or was a different interpretation of the Establishment Clause what was being evaluated here?

      – Dave of PCP

      • Baruch Dreamstalker

        The meaning of the Establishment Clause is up for grabs. Most liberals agree with Justice Kagan, but the clause has a history in which it didn't even apply to the states before the Civil War Amendments. This voucher argument has come around before — there's a case from the Sixties mentioned in the writeups of the Arizona decision — and I just repreated an observation that a Unitarian Universalist minister made to me at that time.

        My acquaintance with the story consists of reading the first link and skimming the second.

      • Baruch Dreamstalker

        Dave: My reply above was rushed. Now I have some time.

        The Establishment Clause means nothing if it does not mean that favoritism between religions is banned. You have that right, and that is indeed what I said. The reason this case has First Amendment lovers upset is that the Clause is also taken to forbid running a church at government expense. Some people take this to mean the wall of separation is absolutely dollar-proof, but others allow for such things as land tax relief for churches (very common) and public school bus drivers giving parochial school kids a lift if it's on their route anyway.

        The Arizona decision has in effect made the money-hole much wider. It still can't be direct public support of a church but there's a huge opportunity for public support via tax breaks of ancillary stuff like religious schools, saving the sponsoring church's dollars for their core operations that could not be directly funded — an indirect subsidy where a direct one would be unconstitutional.

  • The NYT article on Vodou looks like one step forward and two steps back if you ask me. The "one step forward" is that the article at least attempts some semblance of objectivity and even allows the voices of actual Vodouisants to be heard.

    But the "two steps back" is the article's insistence on dwelling on lurid misrepresentations of Vodou in a passive aggressive way that manages to perpetuate and validate those misrepresentations while giving the NYT times plausible deniability in terms of actually endorsing them.

    • @ Apuleius: True…yet, did you expect anything different from mainstream media outlets? That is like expecting the Wall Street Journal that is known for conservative right wing views to maintain liberalism ore neutrality at all times without any hint of biases or reading the U.K's Daily Mail on any pagan branch hoping that just maybe, just maybe "today" would be the day that their journalist don't place their own opinionated bias in the reporting. Upon reading any articles I must be mindful on the source. I'm sure the individual Vodou practitioners are fully aware that there would be misrepresentations and therefore guarded their words, cautiously.

  • Thanks for the link, Jason. I was out of town all weekend and just saw this.

  • finnchuillsmast

    Thanks, Jason.