Guest Post: Steven Abell’s “The Toad Prince & Stuff”

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Steven T Abell writes the Letters From Midgard 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.Once upon a time ceptin it warn't actually so long ago there was a handsome prince and some people hated him for it cause some folks are like that and also he was rich and a whole lotta folks hated him for that. He knew that folks hated him and he'd stand up there on the balcony of his castle saying Hey don't hate … [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...]

13 Reasons I’m Glad Bristol Palin Is At Patheos

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You may be aware that Bristol Palin is writing for Patheos. You likely have an opinion regarding it. I've gotten a few of your opinions, some rather strongly worded. I've had a range of opinions myself on the subject, but once the idea soaked in, I was fine with it. Here's why:13. She's A Troll Magnet We bloggers loathe trolls. They are the bane of our existence. The Palins are so polarizing that there's a chance that Bristol might draw the bulk of the trolls and haters on Patheos, … [Read more...]

Hijacking Paganism in the Media

Imagine people began to refer to all people who wear religious jewelry as Catholic. The wearing of a Star of David could be characterized as the "Catholic Agenda," and shops selling pentacles provided as proof of Catholicism on the rise. It's a complete misuse of the word Catholic. It's confusing. It's inappropriate. It makes it seem as if Catholicism isn't a real religion.When Gingrich referenced Paganism the other day, he was talking about secularism. He was talking around us. He was … [Read more...]

Gingrich Equates Gay Marriage to Paganism Like It’s A Bad Thing…

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Newt is awesome. He is so arrogantly oblivious to his own hypocrisy that sometimes I suspect his whole campaign is run by Stephen Colbert. He is a gift to political comedians everywhere, and for once he said something sensible about marriage (amidst his usual sea of hypocritical crazy). The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization. - Newt Gingrich I bolded the part he … [Read more...]

A New Look at the Pagan Umbrella

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Who is Pagan exactly? It's a question we've struggled with for decades. Often this questioned is answered by how people identify themselves. But Cara Schulz has taken a different approach. She looked around and tried to find which essential common factors existed in the Pagans she knew. And she came up with an intriguing theory.Maybe she's wrong. Maybe she's right. Maybe you like the theory. Maybe you hate it. But you have to admit it's fascinating to consider in all its implications. Let … [Read more...]

Let Them Eat Cake: An Observation on Occupy Wall Street

I feel like utter crud, so this won't be long or comprehensive. My apologies.Recently I told a blogger it was his job and his responsibility to research the religions he writes about, in other words, it's his job to do his job. Not his reader's job, not his critic's job, HIS job.So a lot of people seem to be commenting that Occupy Wall Street isn't offering solutions. That these unemployed, powerless people camping in the cold streets aren't fixing the issues they are angry about. And I … [Read more...]

The Devil Is A Useful Creature

Some days I envy the Christians their Devil. He's such a useful creature. All the evil deeds mankind does can be left on his doorstep. Everything we don't like can be blamed upon him. He's a one-size-fits-all scapegoat and I kinda wish I had one.If I had a Devil I'd blame him for my hair not cooperating and looking sad and limp. I could spend more time on my hair, but it sure would be easier to blame a Devil for the frizzies. And when someone cuts me off in traffic, instead of reminding … [Read more...]

Norway, Spiritual Warfare, Apotheosis and Being Smurfy

Lots going on today, so I'm going to weigh in briefly on each item of interest.Labeling Anders Breivik "Christian"Christians are up in arms over the labeling of Norway killer Breivik as a "Christian terrorist" and I admit I find the phenomenon fascinating. Pagans are continually upset when some whack job who has some tenous tie to our communities gets labeled as an occult killer and the names of our religions smeared with their crime, so I have a little sympathy here.What I do find … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]


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