Cutting Down Every Wiccan Tree?

I have a semi-official policy of ignoring Christian media mogul Pat Robertson whenever possible. You can set a clock by how often he says something stupid, insensitive, outrageous, or inadvertently amusing about any belief system that doesn't walk lockstep with his own. He's a calculating offender who knows that causing controversy is good for his business. I frankly have no idea how the folks at Right Wing Watch or Talk to Action manage to cling to sanity in their daily trawl through the seamy underbelly of conservative Christianity.  Surely that much Pat Robertson isn't healthy for anyone? In any event, the folks at RWW reported on yet another stupid observation on Robertson's 700 Club, thi … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Hinduism in Africa, Michigan’s Bullying Law, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Just a few quick news notes for you on this Saturday.Hinduism in Africa: The Times of India reports on the rapid growth of Hinduism in Ghana and neighboring Togo, exploding from just small group in the 1970s to between 2000 and 3000 families today. How did Hinduism grow in Ghana, which is 70% Christian? Through example. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYQKkH9KM3w"We have not achieved this through the winning of souls as other religions do, but have attracted people into the practice of Hinduism simply by the lives we lead," [Kwesi Anamoah] said, adding: "Our lives shine in the community to attract people." [...] "We do not evangelise like other faiths do, but we have attracted … [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.First off, congratulations to all same-sex couples in the state of New York, who will soon have the right to get married. Huzzah! New York is the sixth, and largest, state to legalize gay marriage. I'm sure there are plenty of Pagan officiants ready and willing to perform the matrimonial honors! You can read my Washington Post piece about religious exemptions to the just-passed bill, here. For more on Paganism and gay marriage, click here. Is this the tipping point? I'm hop … [Read more...]