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 application succeeded after the Home Office dropped its objection on the grounds of bigamy, and she made two appeals. In the course of the appeals, her lawyer said the Caulfields no longer had a sexual rela … [Read more...]

Updates: Phoenix Goddess Temple, Santa Muerte, New Apostolic Reformation

I have some updates on recent stories covered here at The Wild Hunt.Phoenix Goddess Temple Arrests: Since my report on Thursday, this story has hit the national and international newswires. It is now revealed that charges include prostitution, pandering, and conspiracy. Most reports I've read seem pretty confident that this was nothing but a brothel with a veneer of spirituality painted on as a legal smokescreen. I've never seen so many scare quotes being used in a mainstream newswire report before."During a Wednesday search of the Phoenix temple and two church-related sites in nearby Sedona, police seized evidence showing that "male and female 'practitioners' working at the … [Read more...]

Illegal Immigration, Santa Muerte, and Religious Fear-Mongering

Last year I warned that intensifying polarization over the issue of illegal immigration was leading to the demonization of Santeria and related syncretic faiths practiced by immigrants. Since then things have only gotten worse, especially in Arizona where a series of draconian laws, including one tailored to eliminate public school classes that are seen as too Mexican-focused, have deepened divisions. It didn't have to be this way, many prominent conservatives, including George W. Bush, Orrin Hatch, Charles Hagel, Richard Lugar, and John McCain once supported compromise legislation like the DREAM Act, and  large swathes of Americans (including conservatives) support establishing a path to cit … [Read more...]


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