Archives for September 2009

The Broom Closet

Jason Pitzl-Waters of The Wild Hunt blog has this piece on two Pagan politicians who’ve been “outed” by their opponents and seen their chances of getting elected drop dramatically. Jason reminds us “In the age of the Internet there is no “broom closet” secure enough to keep your secret.” He closes with an exhortation to [Read More…]

Myths and Moral Choices

In an excellent article a couple years ago titled “The Moral Instinct,” Harvard professor Stephen Pinker (best known for his work on the evolution of language) argues that we all make moral choices instinctively, then look for some principle to justify the decisions we make. The practical point of Pinker’s hypothesis is that those who [Read More…]

Magic At Work

David Sparks of Temple Spiritualis Compassare, Little Elm; Mike Joffrion of The Sacred Fire Temple, Fort Worth; John Beckett of Denton CUUPS Pickin’ up rocks in the hot sun, I fought Nature and… well, Nature’s always going to win in the long run, but if we can tame this little corner for a generation or [Read More…]

CUUPS Mabon Circle

If you’re in the area, come by and celebrate the Fall Equinox with us, Saturday September 26 at 7:00 PM. Click the flyer for a larger image. [Read more…]

Karen Armstrong vs. Richard Dawkins

The Wall Street Journal asked religion writer Karen Armstrong and uberatheist Richard Dawkins to answer the question “where does evolution leave God?” Their responses forced me to ask some serious questions about my beliefs, but in the end I’m even more confident I’m on the right path for me. On first reading, I instinctively sided [Read More…]

Martin Luther King Jr. on Mystery Religions and Christianity

A query from Stephanie on the Ethical Witches list turned up this paper by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. titled “The Influence of the Mystery Religions on Christianity.” King wrote it around the beginning of 1950, while he was a student at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. King’s expertise was as a preacher and a [Read More…]

Wicca in Prison

I saw this article on WitchVox last week but didn’t read it until Michi sent it out on our CUUPS members list. The article was horrible. What’s encouraging are the comments. I was expecting to see the usual fundamentalist rants about how Wicca isn’t a “real” religion. Instead, three of the four commenters quickly and [Read More…]

Freedom From Religion, part 2

And now we have an official response from Scott Ullrich, Business Manager for UU World. In part, he says: I have come to the conclusion that it was a mistake to run this particular ad. While the stated mission of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is entirely consistent with UU values, this ad seems hostile [Read More…]