Pagan Psychotherapist Celebrates Conversion Therapy Ban in California

Deborah Oak

This past Saturday California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB1172 into law, banning controversial "conversion therapies" for homosexuality if the patient is a minor. In a statement, Brown condemned these therapies as "quackery" that create, rather than solve, mental health issues."This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery … [Read more...]

The Religious Pundit Class Equivalent of Hippie Punching

WadeClarkRoofQuad

Director/producer Alan D. Miller seems like a very intelligent guy, he participates in the NY Salon after all, so I was disappointed to see him participate in the religious pundit class version of "hippie punching": criticizing all those "spiritual but not religious" people for CNN's Belief Blog. You see, these spiritual (but not religious) people are very shallow, and don't realize how darn important the Christian Bible has been to human history."A bit of Yoga here, a Zen idea there, a quo … [Read more...]

Quick Note: The Unexplainable in a Secular Context

John Muir, Washington Column. Yosemite

Boing Boing points to a fascinating essay by author Ken MacLeod in Aeon Magazine about moments of ego transcendence and "ineffable encounters" that he's experienced over the years, and how he experienced them completely outside a spiritual or religious container."I was on my own, exploring the banks of a river that ran along a broad, deep gully. I wasn’t far from human habitation but I don’t remember any sound except the river on the stones, dripping moss and humming insects. The sun was hi … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Good Hutton Pic

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.The Somerset Guardian reports on a Clutton History Society meeting, featuring a talk from historian Ronald Hutton, author of "The Triumph of the Moon:A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft." Quote: "After the summer break Clutton History Society resumed its monthly programme of … [Read more...]


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