Top Ten Pagan Stories of 2011 (Part Two)

[You can read part one of this entry, here.]05. Dominionism! The Reponse! Christians Behaving Badly! I don't revel in writing about extremism and anti-Pagan fervor within the politically and culturally dominant Christian religion(s), much preferring to instead highlight achievements and challenges within our interconnected communities. Still, even the most temperate of commentator would have to agree that this was the year when some ugly elements within Christianity inched ever closer to the mainstream, and, for a time, received some much-needed scrutiny from the mainstream press. There were three main and intertwining narratives, the Christian religious phenomenon known as Dominionism, t … [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.As you may have already heard, Congressional newspaper The Hill picked up the story of presidential hopeful Gary Johnson's Q&A with Pagan and Hindu media on Sunday. You can read some follow-up and transcribed excerpts, here. Here's Star Foster's take. Here's PNC-Bay Area's report. I'm hoping more candidates for high office take the time to speak to their Pagan constituents, here's to "GOP presidential hopeful courts pagans" being a headline we see again. A team from PNC- … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Ritual Killing, Burning Man, and Dominionist Debates

Just a few quick notes for you on this Tuesday.Animal Sacrifice, Factory Farming, and Palo Mayombe: Religion Dispatches has an excellent essay up by Meera Subramanian, senior editor of Killing the Buddha, on the recent case of William Camacho, a practitioner of Palo Mayombe whose barber shop was shut down after sacrificial chickens were found in the basement. Subramanian compares the actions of religions that engage in animal sacrifice to the factory farming industry, and suspects that public discomfort with one and not the other is all down to issues of visibility."Last year alone, about eight billion chickens were slaughtered in the U.S., according to the USDA. So why does the i … [Read more...]

Just Because You’re Paranoid, Don’t Mean They’re Not After You

Forgive the nod to Nirvana, whose "Nevermind" is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but I've been reading an awful lot lately about accusations of paranoia regarding coverage of the Christian religious phenomenon known as Dominionism. For some reason Kurt Cobain sneering "just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you" kept entering my mind. Maybe it's a generational thing. httpv:// In any case, ever since the presidential candidacies of Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas governor Rick Perry started making news, their connections to conservative Christian groups who espouse some form of Dominionism, a religio-political movement … [Read more...]