Pagans, Disabilities, and 9/11

Yosemite: Disabled veterans to summit Half Dome, El Capitan on 9/11“Thirty disabled veterans plan to mark 9/11 by climbing to the summits of some of Yosemite National Park's highest and most iconic peaks on Wednesday. The climbing groups, accompanied by climbing pros as well as park rangers, set off Tuesday for the multi-day events.”Union County honors 9/11 victim, activist for the disabledColleen Fraser died on flight 93. She helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act.The … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Community Linkage

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...]

Community Linkage

Pagan Fundraiser for Japan Disaster Relief Through Doctors Without BordersAt the time of this post, almost $16,000 of the $30,00 goal has been raised in just four days."Pagans from all over the country have donated and stepped forward to endorse the project. We received donations from individuals as well as organizations. To all those who stepped forward THANK YOU. We still have been unable to generate significant numbers of small donations. It continues to be the goal of this project to … [Read more...]


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