Minority Religions and Esoteric Practices as Courtroom Evidence

On Friday, the Contra Costa Times reported that an appeal to overturn a 2010 fraud conviction was denied. California's 2nd District Court of Appeal decided that prosecutors did not unfairly prejudice the case by bringing up a "voodoo" (though more likely Palo Mayombe, according to one expert) shrine that belonged to Ruben Hernandez, saying the evidence was "highly probative" of his "consciousness of guilt."In a 35-page ruling, the appellate court justices noted that Hernandez testified during the trial about the "benevolent purposes served by the dolls." "He characterized the dolls as an element of his Catholic faith in which the pins stuck in the dolls were a form of 'spiritual acup … [Read more...]

Unleash the (Holiday) 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. This week, I unleash the special yuletide holiday hounds (they're like the regular hounds, but with festive accessories) and bring you a collection of links that leans towards matters seasonal. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCVt_j1A68cThe Christian Post interviews Pagan scholar Chas Clifton about the pagan roots of many holiday traditions, noting that "all celebrations having to do with light and the sun have a pre-Christian origin." Over at his personal blog, Chas fur … [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 the Occupy Wall Street movement goes nationwide, bureau reporters from the Pagan Newswire Collective have been covering the protests from a Pagan perspective. PNC-Minnesota reporter Cara Schulz attends the OccupyMN protests and asks: "Who are the 99%". Meanwhile, Diana Rajchel interviews Aldous Tyler, a Pagan presidential hopeful who's aligning himself with the Occupy movement. At PNC-Washington DC they feature a guest post from local Pagan Nicole Franklin, who attended the … [Read more...]

Pagans on ABC’s Nightline

Last night the ABC news program Nightline ran a "Sign of the Times" segment featuring Sgt Simon Wood of the Hampshire Constabulary in the United Kingdom. Wood is a member of the Pagan Police Association, an organization that formed in 2009 and was officially recognized as a Diversity Staff Support Association in 2010.The report mentions the tabloid-headline generating Metropolitan Police diversity handbook, which discusses the fact that some Pagans practice skyclad, and may be bound and blindfolded during rituals, and (inaccurately) references the UK Charity Commission's approval of The Druid Network‘s application for religious charity status as Paganism "being given the status of a relig … [Read more...]


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