Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

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There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren't so tall already I might be tempted.It has taken me a long time to get around to reading his Devotio Antinoo. At over 500 pages it is a tome, so I set aside hours to devote to nothing else this week, and I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ on Unnatural Sex

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P. Sufenas Virius Lupus writes the Queer I Stand column here on Patheos Pagan. If you like this please check out his column, as well as all of our other fine columnists and bloggers.For good or ill (and despite the best efforts of queer theory’s proponents), the word “queer” is something that people associate with sexual orientation. At the end of the day, “sexual orientation” is not so much about who one loves (as there are many kinds and definitions of love, and most queer people can love a … [Read more...]

I Really Want Some Chick-Fil-A Right Now (Or A Political Pagan Lent)

So damn tasty. If only their profits went to feeding starving children or helping the homeless instead of hate!

Not only because it is Sunday, but because I haven't had Chick-Fil-A in a long time. Over a year. Maybe two.I don't eat Chick-Fil-A because they throw millions of dollars at organizations trying to prevent my friends from having basic civil rights. While I can pay $30 and sign a document that grants me all the privileges and rights of marriage, my friends have to go to specialist attorneys and pay hundreds of dollars to have ironclad wills and powers of attorney drawn up to give them … [Read more...]

The Jonathan Merritt I Knew: Why He’s Not Quite Anti-Gay & Why I Feel Sorry For Him

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I am not a warm and fuzzy person by nature, but my heart is hurting for Jonathan Merritt. I haven't seen the guy in 20 years but every so often I look him up and see what he's writing about. He is an excellent writer, even though we parted ways politically and theologically long ago.We were never close, just two kids who knew each other through Mr. Chuck's children's worship service. Every Sunday there was a part of the class where you had to sit absolutely still and silent because the kid … [Read more...]

I Am A Cis-Woman

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I was born with all the biological markers of the female sex. I was not born with all of the classic traits of the female gender.I was born different. Different enough that I've spent a lot of my life pinpointing that difference. That means I've given a lot of thought to my gender identity and sexual orientation. I am female and I am attracted to men. The fact that I have female reproductive organs almost seems incidental to this.My personality makes more sense in a male gender. … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout Playlist and More Good Stuff

So I put all of the Pagan Hangout videos into a playlist, so if you want to catch up you can just hit play and watch while you're folding laundry. They are a lot of fun, so if you haven't watched you are missing out!P. Sufenas Virius Lupus discusses how Pride has become commercialized.The Wild Hunt notes a Wiccan has been denied clergy status by the state of Virginia (the same state the Jefferson was proud of including religious freedom in its consitution).Aidan Kelly has … [Read more...]

What We Mean By Rape Culture

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I debated over this post. My colleagues genuinely believe it's wrong to give things like this attention, and maybe they are right. I prefer to expose these things to the light of day. Maybe I'm wrong. I should go ahead an warn that some folks may find triggers in this post, and it does contain NSFW content.I think the PNC did a fine job of covering PSG and Melissa Murry's story. You can read the coverage here and here and here and here and here. I recommend you read through all of it. Having … [Read more...]

I’m in Love with a Preacher

Big thanks to T. Thorn Coyle for sharing this on social media. All I have to add to this sermon is a hearty AMEN! … [Read more...]

How Gays Are Saving Marriage

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I've tried to write this post several times, and simply haven't felt I could rise to the subject matter, because it's quite personal, not merely for me, but for many of my dear friends. Before I took my blog off in a new direction, I told my roommates I would write this, and they gave their blessing. When I originally told my roommates I was going to write about this, I joked that it would be in the style of a faux-exposé with bombshells like "Married gays fry chicken!!!!!" But months of living … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Gay Founding Fathers, Ivo Dominguez Jr. and Paganish Movies

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The Founder of the US Army was Gay?Cara Schulz brought this fantastic bit of trivia to my attention: Von Steuben was an able field commander and was Chief of Staff to Washington. His efforts during, and after the war, were of such value that Congress gave him a yearly pension of $2500 a year, which was a large sum of money in those days. When he died, he left everything to General Benjamin Walker and Captain William North, who had served as his aides-de-camp during the war, both of … [Read more...]


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