Wyrd Designs – Heathens Support Fallen Soldier At Anti-Westboro Baptist Protest

The news of Westboro Baptist’s planned protest of Sgt. Balduf’s funeral soon lit up the internet and social media sites, and supporters and volunteers sprung into action. According to a local news report about two thousand people showed up to support Sgt Balduf’s family, and to act as a visible and audible screen against the Westboro Baptist members. But what you won’t find in any other news report of that day, is the fact that among the vast crowd of anti-protesters, were two Asatru associated with the local White Oak Kindred.

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When Good Pagans Do Nothing

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Leo Tolstoy My Southern Baptist upbringing taught me that I was in the world but not of it. I was not to be concerned with worldly things, or to seek to engage with the world on it’s terms. I [Read More…]

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Tragedy in AZ: Candles and Oranges Do Not An Occultist Make

I thought the worst news I would hear this morning would be that the power is out. Since Georgia is bogged down in Snowpocalypse 2011 I was prepared for that inconvenience. Power is humming away and phones/internet is on. I switched on my laptop and read the news. My mistake. It’s bad enough ordinary citizens [Read More…]

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Religion and Politics

What is it about religion and politics? Why do we feel compelled to marry the two? I see other faith traditions become mired in it and occasionally see other Pagans dig hip deep into it, not merely as people but as Pagans. I confess I have a hard time understanding this. For me, if it [Read More…]

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The Silly Season: Witches, Politics or Both?

I confess I hate Politics. I enjoy discussing politics with polite reasonable people, but I loathe Politics. As an American Pagan you can’t escape “Big P Politics” even if you want to. Not only do other religions insist on getting tangled up in the political process, every so often a candidate decides to attack us. [Read More…]

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Pagan Soup: Gleeks, Rock Gods, O’Donnell and Your Thoughts on Evil

Glee on Spirituality Glee has touched on spirituality before. Both Rachel and Puck are Jewish and Quinn’s parents are very conservative Christians. Last night Glee decided to feature songs about spirituality and while I groaned at first the episode actually turned out nicely, if a bit preachy. The issue of non-believers right to not have [Read More…]

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O’Donnell, the Media, Real Witches and the Promise of October

The Pagan community never expected this kind of media attention over Christine O’Donnell’s ignorant and silly comments. We certainly didn’t receive this much attention when Jerry Falwell said that we, along with the ACLU and others, caused 9/11. As a community we are used to people saying something negative and ridiculous about us in the [Read More…]

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Christine O’Donnell Dabbled In Witchcraft and Reagan Used Psychics

In the past, I’ve dabbled in Christianity. I was seeing this Pentecostal man and I just sort of got sucked into it briefly. I mean, I didn’t handle snakes or speak in tongues. But yeah, I dabbled. It involved a guy. Big deal. This anecdote from my life isn’t all that interesting. It certainly wouldn’t [Read More…]

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Banning the Burka: a Heathen Reponse

This past Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal announced that France had followed through with its plans to ban the wearing of the burka: full body robes and head covering worn by some Muslim women. Wearing the burka, or indeed just the traditional headscarf has been a site of tremendous conflict, not just in France but [Read More…]

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When You Threaten A Journalist…

Recently Pagan Newswire Collective journalist and Pantheon blogger Cara Shulz has been receiving threats via e-mail and has made it clear that she will be reporting these to the appropriate authorities. Paganism is a loose grouping of communities whose one clear unifying value is tolerance, not merely for religious views and practices but for political [Read More…]

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