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.
- As you may have already heard, Congressional newspaper The Hill picked up the story of presidential hopeful Gary Johnson’s Q&A with Pagan and Hindu media on Sunday. You can read some follow-up and transcribed excerpts, here. Here’s Star Foster’s take. Here’s PNC-Bay Area’s report. I’m hoping more candidates for high office take the time to speak to their Pagan constituents, here’s to “GOP presidential hopeful courts pagans” being a headline we see again.
- A team from PNC-Bay Area recently attended the Bioneers Conference that took place last weekend in San Rafael, California. Several reports, interviews, and photos are forthcoming. Until then, you can download a short interview with Pagan author and activist Starhawk conducted at the conference.
- Chas Clifton points to a Salon.com review of Debbie Nathan’s new book “Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case”. An investigation into the famous and much-adapted still-in-print book “Sybil,” it tells how it helped fuel the Satanic abuse moral panic of the 1980s, and in turn ruined thousands of lives. Debbie Nathan is also the author of “Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt”. This is going on my must-read list!
- The Guardian looks at Glastonbury and its “use of all these sacred sites by different groups. Christians and Pagans, Buddhists and new-agers all flock to the well, the tor and to the abbey. Each of them gleans a different meaning from the same phenomenon.”
- Dominionists advise other Dominionists to tone down their rhetoric, noting that the “language of take over” is “very bad for media”. For more on this, check out a rather even-handed AP article on the political coming out of this movement. Also, a conservative evangelical warns us of the “cult of Rick Perry.”
- LAShTAL interviews Tobias Churton, author of “Aleister Crowley: The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy”. Quote: “We are in the position, for the first time in history, to see the Man, warts and all. That’s it.”
- Yeshe Rabbit, Founder and High Priestess of CAYA Coven, has decided to give her view of events at PantheaCon 2011 relating to the Rite of Lilith and the issue of trans exclusion. If you’re new to this discussion and want some context, check out this post.
- Things Pagans have invented: Museums.
- The LA Times features a lengthy expose on the now-infamous Kabbalah Centre, you know, the one that Madonna has been involved in, and is now fraught with scandal.
- A registered sex offender in Oregon was arrested in Idaho for having “sexual contact” with two teenagers. The man, James Stueckle, allegedly met one of the teens through a Wiccan website (no, they don’t say which one).
- Rookie Magazine has an interesting essay up about teenage girls, Witchcraft, the occult, and female power. Quote: “Much of the world’s paranormal history has to do with adults being terrified of teenage girls.”
- Amanda Marcotte asks: Its 2011, why God is still involved in American politics? Quote: “By not challenging the assertion that only Christians should hold office, mainstream journalists encourage bigotry against all religious minorities, including atheists.”
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.