Odinism and Immigration in the UK

So here's a brand-new legal precedent involving modern Pagans that you might not have expected. An American in a relationship with a married British man, and having born his child, was granted the right to stay in the UK on the grounds that she and her child have a "human right to family life." Here's the twist, the British man, Alan Caulfield, and his wife Anne-Marie, claim they can't get divorced due their Odinist faith, and they all now live together in the same flat. "Miss DiSanto’s … [Read more...]

Did The Village Voice’s Halloran Piece Cross the Line?

Village Voice illustration by Michael Marsicano.

Steven Thrasher at The Village Voice clearly isn't a fan of Republican New York City Councilman Dan Halloran. Thrasher first did a critical piece on Halloran and his Heathen faith for the Village Voice back in October of 2009 that I dinged him on for inappropriately (in my opinion) sensationalizing the candidate's beliefs. "All-in-all it’s a well-executed and well-researched story (he even links to my blog), but there is one troubling element, which is Thrasher’s decision to interweave … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Norse Mythology and Heathen Ritual

Modern-day Asatru in Iceland

Just a couple quick notes for the Heathen-minded today. If you aren't already reading Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried's amazing The Norse Mythology Blog, then you've been remiss. I first mentioned the blog back in June for its in-depth interview with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, chief priest of Iceland’s Ásatrúarfélagið. The blog is one of the most content-rich affairs for lovers of Norse mythology I've ever seen, and two recent features, his answers on Norse myth and religion questions posed … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: Open Hearth Foundation, Pagan Alliance Gender Conference, Merlin Stone Memorial, and More!

An interior shot of the new space.

Pagan Community Notes is a companion to my usual Pagan News of Note series, more focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. I want to reinforce 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 lets get started! Open Hearth Foundation Signs Lease on Community Center: On … [Read more...]


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