Backfire and Backtracking: Update on Indiana’s Religious Discrimination Law

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful instance of the phenomenon known as a “backfire”. Ouch! That must hurt Indiana’s Republican supermajority. They hoped to send a message. The message was received and one was sent in return: “Take your bill and shove it!” [Read more...]

A Christo-Pagan Eucharist

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This Easter, my family and I attended a mass. While it was a Christian service, I could still see the Dying God of Neo-Paganism between the lines and found myself longing for a version of mass with explicitly Pagan language. [Read more...]

We are the Earth … aren’t we? (The power of the preposition)

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The purpose of the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is not to create some kind of Pagan Creed, but to make a statement about what being Pagan means for our relationship to the Earth and to offer our unique perspective on the causes of the environmental disaster we are facing. Which phrasing better accomplishes that purpose? “We are the Earth, the Earth is us.” OR “We are of the Earth, and the Earth is part of us.”? [Read more...]

The Draft Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is available for public comment

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UPDATE In honor of Earth Day, the statement has been published at ecopagan.com where you can add your signature. The statement represents the beginning of a conversation, not the final word. Join us in our call to all people to rise to this historic moment in order to protect all life on Earth by signing the statement. You can sign on your on behalf [Read More...]

A Pagan Lawyer’s Take on Indiana’s “Religious Right to Discriminate Law”

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There is a clear discriminatory intent behind Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While “on its face” the statute is substantially similar to the 1993 federal RFRA, the intent behind the law could not be more different. The intent of Indiana’s RFPA is to discriminate against LGBTs, and as such, Indiana’s law violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guaranty of equal protection of the laws. [Read more...]

Church is no substitute for religion, Part 3: Why we need Pagan shrines not “temples”

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It’s somewhat surprising, given the degree of theological and ritual innovation in the Pagan community, that we don’t think very far outside the box when it comes to places of worship. We Pagans might benefit from shifting from church/community center model to a shrine model of public religiosity. Here are 3 ways Pagans can offer the experience of “churchless religion” to people. [Read more...]


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