US Supreme Court Gets Pagan Organizations off the ADA Hook But That Shouldn’t Be An Excuse

US Supreme Court unanimously agrees that religious organisations don't have to comply with ADA employment regulations. (New York Times)On one hand I'm for the division of church and state. On the other the ADA is a very important piece of legislation to protect disabled citizens from discrimination. Being a diverse and inclusive community will continue to be in the hands of Pagan participant, Pagan organisations and their employees without the enforcement of US law. Of course are … [Read more...]

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Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. Not just weekly but every weekday. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter."'Untouchable' Challenging Box Office Record in France" Brent Lang of Reuters and "Yahoo! Disability News: Holiday … [Read more...]

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On Faith and Facts

Religious and cultural misunderstanding happen between people of many different backgrounds. So when I saw a minister had published that witches were dancing around pentagrams on brooms and laying on graves, I had to jump in.As many of my readers know, I live in a small rural Missouri town. It's so small, sometimes men will ride lawn mowers to the grocery store. It's actually in the city code that they, as men, can do so. Really, most of the relationships are equal these days and it's an old … [Read more...]

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Samhain Ceremony Near White House in DC

by: Caroline Kenner Silver Spring, MarylandFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDC Pagans to Hold Samhain Ceremony Countering the New Apostolic Reformation Cursing Prayer Campaign On October 30th in Lafayette Square ParkSilver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011 Priestesses and priests from the Washington, DC Pagan community will hold a Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, as a protest to the New Apostolic … [Read more...]

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Aligning Pagan Values of Community and Honor with Action

We have forgotten who we areWe have sought only our own security We have exploited simply for our own ends We have distorted our knowledge We have abused our power [...]We ask for the gift of remembering We ask for the strength to change." - John Matthews, The Quest for the Green ManThe virtue of honor gives us the strength to become capable of living and acting for the long haul, rather than immediate gain. There is nothing we cannot do, because we learn to not give up easily, to … [Read more...]

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Faith Based Employers Vs. Americans with Disabilities Act

The Atlantic Church, State, and the Americans With Disabilities Act by Wendy Kaminer "Religious organizations enjoy essential and generally uncontested immunity from anti-discrimination laws in hiring and firing clergy according to religious doctrine [...] But the scope of this exemption from employment laws, known as the "ministerial exception," is hotly contested. Does it automatically apply to employees other than clergy -- to parochial school teachers or administrators and others that … [Read more...]

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Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you.Coming up at the Staff of Asclepius: Interview with PaganFM! host and author Deirdre (Dee) Hebert about her new book The Pagan in Recovery: The Twelve Steps From a Pagan Perspective.In other news:The New Existentialists "Amy Winehouse, Addiction, and the … [Read more...]

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Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you.SpiritualitySally Kemp writes the Patheos blog Meditation for Life. Her post "The Open-Eyed Mediation of Delight" discusses practicing acceptance and awareness of delight and satisfaction."You might try this at a party or some other social gathering—giving … [Read more...]

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Cutting Social Security and Medicare is a Raw Deal

There are Pagan charities but currently they are few and far between. Beside the obvious life saving support Medicare and Social Security Disability (SSD) or Social Security Insurance (SSI) provides, we are getting assistance without having to declare our personal religious creed.As Pagans, we understand what it's like to be the target of religious prejudice. Those Pagans who are also disabled and poor get prejudice on all sides. Those of us who do not have wealthy families have to rely on … [Read more...]

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Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you.Disputes Over Pharmaceutical and Government Spendingnature.com "Harvard scientists disciplined for not declaring ties to drug companies" by Penny Sarchet "Three US psychiatrists, responsible for trailblazing the use of antipsychotic drugs in children, are … [Read more...]

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