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...]

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

Haitian Vodou Ceremony (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty).

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 pra … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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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.According to a Gallup poll, confidence in organized religion has reached an all-time low in the United States. Only 44% of those polled had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in "the church or organized religion" today. Quote: "Two major findings apparent in Gallup … [Read more...]

Return of the Revenge of the Secular Cross

The Mount Soledad Cross.

The imposing cross that stands on Mt. Soledad in California was dedicated to "Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" in 1954. For decades it was known as the "Mt. Soledad Easter Cross" and was the site of Christian services (and may even have been a reminder of Christian triumphalism to area Jews). After initial litigation was filed in the late 1980s against the cross standing on public lands, it was dubbed a veteran's memorial, and expensive "improvements" were made to stress this new role. Why was … [Read more...]


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