Archives for July 2012

Pagan News of Note: Update on Vodou in Haiti, Maxine Sanders Interview, and More!

Welcome to the working week! I hope you're all having as good a Monday as possible. Let's start off with an important update on a previously reported story, and then move on to some Pagan news of note.Haitian Government Reassures Vodouisants in Wake of Constitutional Changes: Last week I reported on the newly-amended Haitian constitution, and an assertion from Euvonie Auguste, head of the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou (KNVA), that it removes legal protections for Vodou practitioners.“Voodoo would be no longer protected by the Constitution amended. The Priestess Euvonie Auguste, Head of the National Confederation of voodoo in Haiti, deplores the abrogation of Article 297 of … [Read more...]

Quote(s) of the Day: Benh Zeitlin, Zola Jesus, and Eric Gibson

Just a few selected quotes to start off your day. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF7i2n5NXLo"Mythology and folklore have become this thing that is sort of archaic, like the "old" stories. But good movies are constantly updating these classic stories and these classic scenarios. Our idea of what a hero is and what a hero does is an important barometer for where the world is and where our culture is. When you watch how Western heroes evolve over the period when Westerns were really important, you can track culture through the way that that hero changes from 1950 to 1970, when they sort of stopped being made. ET is an incredible folk hero to me, and that was a really interesting moment … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.I'd like to start by saying that my thoughts and prayers go out to those injured, and the families of those killed, in a senseless theater murder-spree that occurred in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th at a Midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. I'd like to appeal to the divine within us all, that we avoid conspiracy theories, or using this tragedy to win an argument, and instead focus, at least for now, on those who are existing in a world of pain, fear, doubt, and unc … [Read more...]

Obama, Romney, and Rick Warren’s Religious Test

Saddleback Church's evangelical mega-pastor Rick Warren has announced that he'll be holding another presidential forum, just as he famously did in 2008 with Barack Obama and John McCain. While nothing is confirmed yet, it is tentatively scheduled for the end of August and will supposedly work "to promote social civility so that people with major disagreements (can) talk without beating each other up." However, neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney should be fooled, this is an exercise in conservative Christian power, a religious litmus test in all but name.Obama should consider that Warren either lied about his plans for the 2008 forum or bowed to pressure from … [Read more...]