Tennessee’s “Monkey Bill” Becomes Law and other Pagan News of Note

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Top Story: On Saturday, I wrote about the impending enaction of a bill in Tennessee that could require schools to “teach the controversy” of evolution and global warming. Opposed by the ACLU, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Tennessee Science Teachers Association, it nonetheless was allowed to become law without the governor's signature on Tuesday."Republican Gov. Bill Haslam allowed the controversial measure t … [Read more...]

Pagans and Indigenous Religions: “Nourishing the Balance of the Universe”

Prudence Priest (left), Rachel Watcher (center left), and friends.

[The following is a guest post from Rachael Watcher, Public Information Officer at Covenant of the Goddess (COG), part of the Pagan Newswire Collective's Bay Area bureau, and a trustee of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN).]On February 29th I begin a trip to Haridwar India to attend a conference produced in part by the International Center for Cultural Studies with participation from the Council of Elders of the Sacred Maya, the European Congress of Ethnic Religions and many … [Read more...]

The Pope Doesn’t Meet With Non-Institutional (ie “Pagan”) Faiths

Pope Benedict XVI at the Assisi interfaith gathering. (Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, is making a historic trip to Cuba at the end of March, the first papal visit since Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998. This high-profile trip has many people buzzing as to its significance, and what it means as Cuba's communist government looks towards a post-Castro era. What is clear, is that the Pope will not be meeting with any leaders or practitioners of Santeria / Lukumi during his three-day stint in Cuba, despite a hurtful snub from the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Patrick McCollum in India

Patrick McCollum receives the first blessing in preparation to enter the temple.

[The following story was sent to us by the Patrick McCollum Foundation. It brings us highlights of Patrick McCollum's current sojourn through India, part of his larger ongoing interfaith and World Peace work. Patrick McCollum has been working as a Pagan chaplain and activist for well over twenty years. He was one of the founding members of the Lady Liberty League, and has been involved in numerous legal struggles involving modern Pagans. You can read more about Patrick's accomplishment's, h … [Read more...]


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