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.
- Since the incident last week where Mrs. B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom was attacked (and “prayed for”) by Christian mom-bloggers for performing too well in the “faith” category at Circle of Moms a wonderful thing has happened. First, several Christian mom-bloggers apologized for the behavior of their coreligionists, and thanks to a mobilized online Pagan community Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom is now in first place, and several other Pagan mom-blogs (The Pagan Mom Blog, Witch Mom, Hearth-n-Home, etc) are in the top 10. Congrats! Voting remains open till June 8th, so support Pagan moms!
- The “Pagan” label discussion/debate has started to slow down a bit, though my comments section is still quite active. That said, there are a couple new entries in the back-and-forth that I thought were worth mentioning. First, Phaedra Bonewits gives a somewhat historical perspective of debates within the Pagan community, and reiterates her late husband’s definitions of the term Pagan. Then, Matthew N. Hunt, admin of the Polytheism Fan Page on Facebook, argues that “different religions, different values, different world-views should be appreciated as just that.”
- The Warriors & Kin/Pagan Newswire Collective effort to “clip for the troops” is now officially underway. The chosen post/base for this effort will be US Army: Illesheim, Germany. On the subject of troop support, you may also want to check out PNC-Minnesota coverage of the Memorial Day gathering to honor fallen Pagan service members.
- For those looking for non-Pagan coverage of the Patrick McCollum Ninth Circuit ruling, here’s some links: Religion Clause, SF Weekly, Courthouse News Service, ABA Journal. More from me on this in the near-ish future.
- News of the Religious/Christian Right’s demise was apparently greatly exaggerated. Ralph Reed matters! The Faith and Freedom conference (now underway) is a who’s who of Republican presidential hopefuls. What does it say about a party where just about every serious candidate is willing to court a very distinct subset of Christian, one that largely denies religious minorities equal treatment. If we were truly a secular nation, it might just be a scandal. I guess conservative non-Christians are too small a group to get equal time. Meanwhile, the Republican wave of 2010 has brought with it a wave of social conservative anti-abortion legislation. What’s next on the social agenda once these states have hamstrung women’s right to a legal medical procedure?
- Thyrsos-Hellenes Ethnikoi in Greece invites everyone to celebrate the Summer Solstice with them. “At the dawn of the 21st of June, at the very moment when the first rays will be shown from the horizon, light up a Fire, a candle, a torch, whatever you may find possible and heading towards the Sun make a Salute to the Invictus God!” They’d also like you to send them photos of your salutation to the Sun.
- Nepal is currently working on a new law that would ban evangelism. If passed, it would prohibit conversion “by offering inducements or without inducement,” and preaching “a different religion or faith with any other intent.” Nepal’s Christian community has apparently been caught by surprise by this effort. While I’m sure there might be a knee-jerk impulse to applaud such a law, I’m troubled by its speech-prohibiting overreach. Patrick McCollum is actually in Nepal at the moment, and once the excitement over his California court case dies down a bit, I’d love to ask him his opinion on this.
- Did you know that June is the 3rd annual Pagan Values Blogging and Podcasting month? Well it is! I’m hoping to participate soon. In the meantime, do check out the many wonderful entries made so far. Facebook event listing, here.
- Did the urge to worship actually spark civilization? That seems to be the emerging theory from National Geographic, who are covering excavations at the Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.
- A bunch of dead goats are found in Tampa, Florida, but for once Santeria seems to not be blamed. “With 11 bodies, as opposed to one or two that you typically find in a Santeria type practice, it doesn’t lend itself to that type of situation, but we haven’t ruled it out,” says [Hillsborough Animal Services investigator Pam] Perry. Could law and animal enforcement agencies be acquiring some nuance in approaching dead animal remains? Lets hope so.
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.