Keeping Calm: Why I Prefer Tolerance

From what tiny scrap of info we have, it seems PSG made a poor judgement call. They have two women's only rituals this year, and one was run by a Dianic for cis-women only. Maybe if the timing of the two rituals had been switched it wouldn't have been such a big deal. I don't know. I'm not there. In all likelihood, neither are you. But this is the internet, and on the slightest rumor everyone gets their undies in a wad and goes ballistic. This seems to happen at every major Pagan event … [Read more...]

Live Pagan Hangout: Active Tolerance

We're once again broadcasting what is essentially a 30 min weekly Pagan talk show on the web. If you can’t watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience. I’ll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later. We’ll start at 11 AM EDT broadcasting every Wednesday, and here’s a timezone schedule so you don’t have to … [Read more...]

Should There Be Freedom Of Religion Within Paganism?

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I was really freaking angry yesterday. I'm still processing my feelings of betrayal and being used over this issue, and angry to see so many people putting their agenda ahead of logic, reason, facts, and other people's rights. In trying to cool down and start seriously thinking about this whole brouhaha over Z. Budapest's ritual at PantheaCon, I realized it boiled down to a single issue: freedom of religion. If you deeply believe in menses magic, in celebrating and honoring the womb, … [Read more...]

When Interfaith Gets Ugly

From "Prayers to the Gods of Hellas" Facebook page.

Patheos is a diverse place. I tend to think of it like a city with different quarters. There are good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods, which shift depending on your point of view. There is the place I live, and the places I prefer to avoid. If Patheos is anything, it's proof that, like patience, you should never pray to be more tolerant unless you wish to be tested. I believe having the tenets of your faith tested is a good thing. Makes you strong in your spiritual convictions. Writing here … [Read more...]

Paganism: What We Can Learn From Star Trek

We all know the jokes. Heathens are Klingons, Recons are Vulcans, and oh, there are a lot of choices for the Borg nowadays. Back when I first heard the joke, Llewellyn was the Borg, but Witch School might make as amusing a candidate nowadays. Jokes aside, I think there are a lot of similarities between Modern Paganism and the Star Trek canon. The United Federation of Planets, and it's exploration/peacekeeping/diplomatic arm Starfleet, aims to promote peace, justice, liberty, cooperation, and by … [Read more...]

We are Born in Original Blessing

It was ex-Dominican and current American Episcopal priest Matthew Fox who coined the term "Original Blessing" for the idea that we are are not born in sin but in blessing. He is of the opinion that there are two Christianities in the world, and he has chosen the kinder, more inclusive one. There is this strange idea that the world is bad, the material is wrong and that denying that is being escapist. If we are not lost souls seeking redemption we have no purpose, no meaning. How foolish are we … [Read more...]

Tolerance Strained: Loving My Evangelical Sister

I am a Modern Pagan. A champion of tolerance, acceptance and religious freedom. To paraphrase Voltaire: though I may disapprove of your faith I will die for your right to practice it. Sure, somewhere down in my pea-pickin' heart I'm sure I feel very smug and superior in my tolerance. Until the assumptions and context of that attitude was shattered. Like many Pagans, my extended family is multi-faith. I have a cousin who is a Southern Baptist minister going for his PhD, a gospel-recording … [Read more...]


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