Happily Heathen: Dealing with Discrimination – What’s An Inclusive Heathen Supposed To Do?

I’ve been Heathen since 1999. In that time, I’ve been to a lot of Heathen events. I’ve followed and participated in a lot of email threads and blogs. I’ve watched as the endless “Who can be Heathen?” discussion went around. I’m tired of it. You may be, too. Or you may not have strong opinions either way, because hey, it doesn’t affect you directly. Or does it? [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Who’s Responsible for Speaking Out Against the AFA

Paganism is a Eurocentric thing. Non-european indigenous religions seem to prefer not to be called Pagan, a pejorative word that has been used against them for centuries. If you were to draw a diagram of pagan traditions, organizations, people and movements on which you placed these, prioritizing them by research and scholarship so that groups who value these things fall toward the center; you’d see that those who are getting closest to the moments before Christianity rolled in are the reconstructionists. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: HB2 – There’s a Safe Pot to Piss in at the End of the Rainbow

This bill isn’t really about transgendered people, or what pots they piss in, but it does herald a new civil rights movement. These things tend to flare up over the question of where folks are allowed to sit down. Whether this be about a bus seat, a lunch-counter seat, or a toilet seat, it clearly is a much larger issue of discrimination than the seething ignorantsia (3) within the conservative majority of the South would have you believe. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: A Reconstructionist Argument For Inclusive Heathenry

Viking Lore makes a pretty clear case; not just for tolerating the existence of others, but for actively learning from them. Welcome to Multiculturalism 101. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Why We All Need Indigenous European Paganism

The Rev. Melissa Hill tackles issues of white privilege and the fear that modern European polytheism is a breeding ground for right wing ideologies. [Read more…]

Letters From Midgard: Yes, Enough

Another author recently wrote a piece here at Patheos about the future of Heathenry. Steven T. Abell has a different view of Heathenry’s greatest risks. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting and Cultural Appropriation – A Story

This is an attempt to write a story that explains how cultural appropriation happens and why it can be disrespectful. It may have gotten some of the indigenous facts wrong; this only strengthens the point of the story. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Tragedy in Mesa

Yesterday afternoon, less than two miles away from my own home, five people were wounded and a sixth was killed. The shooting occurred at the East Valley Institute of Technology (which I used to attend), and the suspect was captured just over four hours later. His name is Ryan Elliot Giroux. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why I’m Excited about BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE

We need to continue to confront the reality of racism in our Pagan subculture and our culture overall. BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE is one small contribution to that effort. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Whereof One Cannot Speak — #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a statement of fact — it should be a mantra that we all recite, loudly and often, and mean it. [Read more…]


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