Church or Jail: Area Pagans Speak Out

Yesterday I profiled a controversial new policy in Bay Minette, Alabama that would offer non-violent criminals a choice: jail time or attendance at a local (Christian) church for one year. Aside from the obvious constitutional issues this program poses is the fact that there are no options available for religious minorities. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlebAQ-uks “Some critics say the program definitely crosses the line between church and state, with some minority religious groups … [Read more...]

Church or Jail: Would a Local Coven Count?

The announcement of a new program in Bay Minette, Alabama has garnered nationwide attention due to the questions it poses regarding the separation of church and state. Bay Minette's non-violent misdemeanor offenders will now get a choice: jail time or regular attendance at a local church. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlebAQ-uks "Operation ROC resulted from meetings with church leaders," Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland said. "It was agreed by all the pastors that at the core … [Read more...]

Tori Amos and “Night of Hunters”

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Throughout the 1990s I was an unabashed Tori Amos fan. The type of fan who went to the midnight release of her 1996 album "Boys for Pele," collected singles, covers, and b-sides, and considered myself lucky to see her on the "Under the Pink" tour.  However, my passion for all things Tori cooled as the millennium turned, and a string of uneven albums convinced me that I wasn't missing out on much. I expected that status quo to remain stable, and my interest in Tori Amos' music to become … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: Open Hearth Foundation, Pagan Alliance Gender Conference, Merlin Stone Memorial, and More!

An interior shot of the new space.

Pagan Community Notes is a companion to my usual Pagan News of Note series, more focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. I want to reinforce the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started! Open Hearth Foundation Signs Lease on Community Center: On … [Read more...]


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