What’s Happening at Pagan+Politics?

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If you haven’t been keeping up with the newly-launched PNC group-blog project Pagan+Politics you are missing out! For instance, Hrafnkell Haraldsson posted an interview yesterday with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) concerning the new Pagan worship circle at the Air Force Academy.

“Tensions? Yeah! You’ve got people in the world who say the academy should never even have accommodated the earth-centered Pagan, Wiccan, Druid, what have you faith groups there. We were also reached out to by Native American spiritualists because they’re saying you know we’re earth centered also and we greatly predate Christianity, Judaism, Islam and many current Pagan groups who’ve been around for a long time. And so I think it was great that this was accommodated but at the same time there shouldn’t be too many gold stars out there. I mean, People have a right to practice whatever faith they want to.”

In addition, Cara Schulz asks if debt is a religious issue, and is exploring if Pagans can have a voice within the Tea Party.

“There may be a window of opportunity in the USA to create a different power paradigm, one that could be especially appealing to Center and Right of Center Pagans. Due to voter dissatisfaction with both the Democrat and Republican Parties and the extremely low approval numbers for Congress (20% approval) the time is ripe for either a viable Third Party to emerge or for serious reform of our existing two main Parties.”

Meanwhile, Rita Moran explains why term limits aren’t the panacea some think it is.

“Frankly, what we’ve found here in Maine is that the “throw the bums out” just means that the newly-hatched legislators are forced to ask lobbyists (most of whom are former experienced legislators who served on those same committees, often as chairmen) for advice. When you have to deal with close to 3,000 pieces of legislation, some of it very complex, there is no substitute for experience. If the representative or senator doesn’t have it, you can be sure that the lobbyist does.”

Duane Clemons advocates for a “centrist Paganism”, and rallies a libertarian defense of the US Constitution.

“Our federal government is fast becoming a national government, and we have to stop the slide before it’s too late. Before we no longer even recognize where we came from. Arm yourself with The Constitution and be her defender. Ask why, where do you get the right, show me where The Constitution allows you to do what you are trying to do. Write editorials, call in to radio programs, write and call your representatives. Pay attention. Get involved. Be the gigantic pain in the ass our founders were! And don’t ever take no for an answer.”

Laura Allen analyzes a student “religious bill of rights” that almost passed in Colorado.

“Ideally, what I’d like to see is an introductory course on the world’s religions taught as mandatorily as algebra.  I’d like to see students capable of carrying on a discussion about religion and being encouraged to learn from each other.  And that’s just not possible if we refuse to allow religion into public schools.  America might not have a state religion, but that doesn’t mean we’re a secular society.  Hiding from the problems is only a temporary solution, and one that won’t last longer.  Perhaps this bill isn’t the best way to go about opening up that dialogue, but it has to open up somewhere.”

And Daniel Maine pens an open letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

“You quoted the Declaration of Independence to say that it was our creator from who our rights flow.  I think you were using this quote, incorrectly, to insinuate that the founding fathers thought that The Creator should be involved in the governance of men.  The Declaration did not speak to the governance of the colonies, only to throwing off the yoke of tyranny.”

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