Quick Note on Missouri’s ‘Right-to-Pray’ Amendment

In elections held yesterday, Missouri overwhelmingly passed a state constitutional amendment that claims to affirm their religious rights, reinforces a student's "right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools," and forces schools to post the Bill of Rights in schools. However, critics of the amendment pointed out that the ballot language doesn't tell the whole story. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oF8Ni6MSTQ "The ballot did not mention language in the amendment allowing … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: Maetreum of Cybele Loses Case, M. Macha NightMare Leaves Reclaiming, New Alexandrian Library Raises Funds, and Spiral Scouts Step Up

M. Macha NightMare on the cover of the upcoming issue of Witches & Pagans.

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing 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 let’s get started! Judge Rules Against Maetreum of Cybele Exemptions: The Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, in an ongoing tax battle … [Read more...]

Dharmic and Pagan Reactions to Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting

Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

Yesterday a neo-Nazi by the name of Wade Michael Page walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and opened fire, killing six, and wounding at least three others, before being shot and killed by police at the scene. The shocking incident brought up past trauma for the American Sikh community, which has faced over 700 reported bias attacks since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. To the ignorant, Sikhs, with their beards and turbans, fit the stereotype of "Arab-ness" in the … [Read more...]

Question: When Do You Get to Choose Your Faith?

One of many Pagan-oriented parenting books.

When should a child be able to make their own religious decisions? At what age does individual conscience outweigh parental guidance? A UK judge has decided that a 10-year-old should be able to make that choice, despite objections from one parent. "The schoolgirl’s divorced parents were “at war” over her desire to be baptised at the church her father, himself a convert, now attends. But at the end of an unusual case a judge has ruled that she is mature enough to choose her religion, and … [Read more...]

Those Dark Satanic Mills: The Moral Panic That Won’t Die

On Thursday, Religion Dispatches featured a guest editorial from Joseph Laycock, religion scholar and author of "Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism." Laycock examined the most recent crackpot theory from crackpot conspiracy theory king David Icke, he of the "reptoid hypothesis." In short, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics were part of a brainwashing Satanic conspiracy, and in turn a rallying cry to the spiritual warriors, the "experts in evil" skilled in rooting out … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Margaret Mahy (Photo: David Hallett)

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. Noted children's and young adult author Margaret Mahy passed away last week due to complications resulting from cancer. The New Zealand author wrote several acclaimed titles, and was beloved in her home country, my personal favorite was “The Changeover,” a story … [Read more...]

A Pagan Appreciation of Gore Vidal (1925 – 2012)

Gore Vidal

Famed American author, essayist, public intellectual, and gleeful bomb-thrower Gore Vidal died on Tuesday from pneumonia at the age of 86. While Vidal's mind often turned towards the conspiratorial later in life (causing some to dismiss his contributions entirely), his output as a whole has been widely praised for its wit, insight, willingness to cross boundaries, and fearlessness.  Right now obituaries, remembrances, and tributes are pouring out to this lion of letters, but I thought it would … [Read more...]

A Blessed Lughnasadh

Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary leading a Lammas bonfire ritual.

Today is Lughnasadh (also known as Lammas) the first of three harvest festivals celebrated in many modern Pagan traditions. Lughnasadh originated as one of the four main Celtic fire festivals and was dedicated to the Celtic god Lugh/Lugus the many-skilled (or, in the case of Ireland, Lugh’s foster-mother Tailtiu). It is a time of thanksgiving, first-harvests, and the end of summer. Here are some quotes for the holiday. "The First Harvest is a time to take stock of our fields; to … [Read more...]

Pagan Voices: Star Foster, Dan Halloran, Jason Mankey, Thorn Coyle, and More!

Star Foster

Pagan voices is a new spotlight on recent quotations from figures within the Pagan community. These voices may appear in the burgeoning Pagan media, or from a mainstream outlet, but all showcase our wisdom, thought processes, and evolution  in the public eye. Is there a Pagan voice you’d like to see highlighted? Drop me a line with a link to the story, post, or audio. "When I look at the trajectory of Jonathan Merritt’s life, I often think there but for the twist of fate go I. Had I … [Read more...]

Updates: Demonic Influences, Ministerial Exception, and those Pagan Olympics

Just some quick updates on stories previously discussed here on The Wild Hunt. More Discussion on Exorcism and Demonic Influences: Last week I took issue with Patheos Catholic columnist Fr. Dwight Longenecker, who made the argument that Aurora, Colorado killer James Holmes may have been demonically possessed. Now, Religion News Service has picked up the story, bringing this controversial view to a much wider audience. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qK58CZslAs "Longenecker dismissed … [Read more...]


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