Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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. T. Thorn Coyle and Solar Cross reiterate their support for Pagan chaplain Patrick McCollum in the wake of his official statement regarding the recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling. The seemingly annual article about Salem trying to branch out from its Witchy image has been posted. Unsurprisingly, tourism is the city’s largest money-maker, bringing in an estimated $99 million per year.

Guest Post: Should Pagans Care About Ethnic Studies in Arizona?

While much attention has been paid to Arizona’s controversial laws concerning immigration, portions of which are currently being challenged in federal court, other controversial pieces of legislation passed in the state have been largely overlooked. One such law essentially bans ethnic study courses in publicly-funded schools, and seems specifically designed to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies Program at the Tucson Unified School District. “…this [law] prohibits school classes, which I’m going to quote here, “promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed for particular ethnic groups or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals.” […] it’s a state law, but it’s really aimed at the Mexican-American Studies Program at the Tucson Unified School District. It’s a high school program which students can take instead of general U.S. history and government.