Supporting Pagan Troops and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: Today is Veteran’s Day, and we here at The Wild Hunt would like to give our thanks to all military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifices. Today is also an excellent time to think of the modern Pagans and Heathens currently serving in the military and offer them our support. A great way to do that is to support Operation Circle Care. “For the fourth year in a row, Circle Sanctuary is honoring and supporting active duty Pagan service members through Operation Circle Care. This year, we are widening our focus and sending Yuletide care packages to active duty Pagan troops serving in any overseas theater of operation, including Germany, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, or on board Navy ships. The success of this program is due to the generous support and donations from Pagan community members from many paths and places. With your continued support, it is our goal to honor and remember each and every Pagan US military service member we can with a special personalized gift for Yule, just as we have in years past.”

On Faith: Obama’s Muslim dilemma

My latest response at the Washington Post’s On Faith site is now up. Here’s this week’s panel question:
President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.  The president chose not to visit the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar during his time in India because it required a head covering that his advisers feared would fuel speculation about his faith. A Pew study showed that nearly 20% of Americans believe falsely that the president is a Muslim. The more Obama reaches out to Muslims, the more his critics are likely to slander him,implying that he is not a Christian.

Unintended Consequences

While most coverage of last week’s election focused on the national Republican wave, there were all sorts of things being voted on in addition to the politician with an R (or D) next to their name. For example, Oklahoma voters approved a measure that would ban the application of Sharia law in their state. “This measure amends the State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It would amend Article 7, Section 1.