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 “come out, come out, wherever we are.”I’m not in the broom closet, but I’m not exactly out either. I don’t lie to people, but if a casual acquaintance asks about my religion, I te … [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 do things we find objectionable rarely think they’re doing anything wrong, so attempting to shame them into changing rarely does any good.Here’s a recent example. … [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 CUUPSPickin’ 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 two, we’ll have something nice.Magic works in odd ways. Two weeks ago, we performed a ritual to help build the Pagan community. Today, representatives of three local Pagan groups came together to w … [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 with Armstrong. She explains the difference in logos and mythos: how they are complementary and not oppositional, and how we need both to live lives that are materia … [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 civil rights leader, not as a historian or a theologian. The scholarship on which this student paper was based is now at least 60 years old – although to the best of my limited k … [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 concisely summed up what the journalist missed: the picture of Margaret Hamilton in greenface is an offensive stereotype, the prison system is wrong not to give the prisoner what he n … [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 to all religion. To be more specific, I believe that I failed to help the advertiser match their message to our readers. An ad spotlighting FFRF’s purpose of “working for the separation of st … [Read more...]