Fall Fund Drive Success! (Plus Some Pagan News Links)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 20, 2012 — 7 Comments

Yesterday, and in less than a week, The Wild Hunt’s Fall Fund Drive met, and then surpassed, its $6000 dollar goal. While I was always confident that this campaign would eventually meet its goal, I had no idea it would do so with such alacrity. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of my readers, my community, in helping The Wild Hunt go independent once again. To fund a new vision for the site, and Pagan news. So thank you, whether you donated $5, $50, or $500 dollars, you all made this happen. The campaign will stay up through November, and any donation above the $600 goal number will go towards a travel and a materials stipend for our reporters, and perhaps even towards paying additional contributors. So once again, thank you, thank you, thank you. The links lists, Fall Funders list, new underwriting affiliates, and supporter graphics will be going up soon (honestly, I had no idea I would make my goal this fast).

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Now that I’ve shared that happy news, let’s have a few news links, shall we?

  • You may have seen a wire story about a pagan rock carving in Morocco being destroyed by ultra-orthodox Salafi Muslims. Turns out that the report of the sun-divinity’s image being destroyed may have been greatly exaggerated. Quote: “The Moroccan government has denied that an 8,000-year-old rock engraving depicting the Sun as a divinity has been destroyed in the south of the country in an attack residents had blamed on ultra-orthodox Salafi Muslims. Communications Minister Mustafa el-Khalfi took journalists to the site of the pagan engraving in the Toukbal National Park to demonstrate that reports of its destruction were untrue.” So, I guess the lesson here is “pics or it didn’t happen.”
A not-destroyed petroglyph inToukbal National Park.

A not-destroyed petroglyph inToukbal National Park.

That’s all for now, have a great day, and thank you for supporting The Wild Hunt!

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Delighted to hear of the swift completion of your first funding effort! Congratulations!

  • Congratulations Jason, this is a much needed service. You have made a amazing journey to reach this point.

  • Jason (et. al.), congratulations! I was delighted to donate and even more delighted to see how many other people value the service you bring to our community.

    Regarding the chaplain’s blog post – I admit I have rather mixed feelings about his sentiment. How nice that he could appreciate that a Wiccan could say something profound; however it would have been nicer if he could have reciprocated her interfaith understanding by putting himself in their shoes. He might have realized that his government provides his services free to Protestant service members, but not to Wiccans (or members of other minority faiths), and that is inherently unfair. You would hope that he might have been inspired to help that couple find an affordable justice of the peace or to advocate for some sort of funding from his superiors to help others get married. Pity the learning stopped there.

  • Pitch313

    I value an individual’s right to encounter and worship the deities that draw, guide, and move her or him. But canonizing a Native American reminds me how culture contact may bring about changes that don’t suit all world views equally well.

  • Ursyl

    I too have mixed feelings about the Chaplain’s story.

    As a military chaplain, he is there to serve ALL military personel, not just the ones of his particular faith. While I appreciate his recognizing the bride’s wisdom, I do not appreciate his lack of imagination. He could have done his job as military chaplain by performing a secular service for that couple. He could have kept his own religion to himself and done the job we citizens are paying him to do.

    He chose not to.

    What I get out of this is that our military service members need chaplains of all faiths. One Hindu chaplain in a sea of Christian and Jewish chaplains, with a smattering of Muslim? Just fails to cut it.

    • RevEllen

      I’m with you in having mixed feelings. I wonder what the chaplain would have done if he was in a combat situation and the Pagan soldier was injured or dying? Would he give Christian counselling or say he couldn’t counsel because of religious conflict or could he uphold his duty and counsel according to the soldier’s beliefs?

  • Regarding the first link, this is the third story in this vein I’ve heard about recently. The pattern is the same: “Extreme” orthodox Muslims do something outrageous and outlandish — only, oops, after being picked up in the media, it’s revealed to be a hoax. I wonder if there’s an Islamic version of the Yes Men out there somewhere.