Social Justice from a Pagan perspective

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Last week I gave a keynote talk at the Conference of Current Pagan Studies on viewing social justice from a Pagan perspective. It went well and while the paper it was based on is much too long for a normal blog post, I have made it available. After a discussion of social justice at a [Read More...]

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The spiritual gifts of Wicca do not stop with Wiccans

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Wicca and similar NeoPagan traditions have already helped humanity far out of proportion to our small numbers. We have disproportionately strengthened two spiritual insights essential to humanity’s future: the sacredness of the feminine and the sacredness of nature. In the absence of a appreciation for both, our society faces increasingly dark times, times even darker [Read More...]

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Considering ‘Privilege,’ White, Wiccan, and otherwise. Part I: Wiccan privilege

The word “privilege” is too abstract to do the work that needs to be done when we are discussing the intricacies of equality and inequality and how to make life better. It works well with respect to legal privileges giving some people advantages over others in the eyes of the law. Expanding it as has been done for ‘Wiccan privilege’ and its equivalent in feminism opens the door to serious abuses and confusions. [Read more...]

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A Personal Note on Abortion

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Because my friend did not choose an abortion as I suggested, her decision ultimately changed my life very much for the better. Knowing what I know now, would I counsel a woman in a similar situation to have an abortion today? Yes, I would, and I would be supportive of her no matter what her decision. [Read more...]

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The “Pro-Life” Movement’s Hidden Subtext

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If anti-choice advocates were truly pro-life, they would support providing prenatal care and protecting women’s and children’s health. They do not because their real priorities have little to do with life and everything to do with domination and power. [Read more...]

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Pagan Abortion Ethics: Pre-existing Spirits Seeking Birth

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Some might argue that abortion is wrong because incarnating spirits have the right to choose their parents. But why would a disincarnate spirit’s desires be more important than those of the potential mother, who is also a spirit incarnate in flesh? [Read more...]

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On Abortion: A Pagan Ethical Response

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A pro-choice position is compatible with honoring life as sacred. Treating other beings with respect is not the same as treating them as moral equals. It is wrong to treat a fetus as if it had full human moral standing, especially when doing so objectifies a woman as less than human: a mere container and a means to an end. [Read more...]

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