eBay’s Magical Ban: The Problem With Selling Speech

Internet auction house eBay recently released their Fall 2012 Seller Update, which, starting in September, prohibits the sale of divination services (including tarot readings), spells, tutoring services, and potions. The reason for this move, according to eBay, is to "build confidence in the marketplace for both buyers and sellers." "Transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve. To help build confidence in the … [Read more...]

The Future of Pagan Gatherings: Virtual and Local?

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This year Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG), a Midwest Pagan festival that's been running for more than 30 years, broke attendance records, drawing over 1000 people to the week-long event. The West Coast Pagan convention PantheaCon, held each February in San Jose, California, has gotten so popular that they've introduced a new reservations system to prevent individuals from gaming the system. Pagan-friendly fantasy-oriented events like Faerieworlds are anticipating record-breaking numbers this … [Read more...]

The Wild Hunt Stands in Solidarity With the SOPA/PIPA Blackout

While my hosts here at Patheos.com aren't participating in the SOPA/PIPA blackout initiative, I will refrain from posting news today until 8pm (PST), January 18th, in solidarity with this cause. Here's some information on why. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjrPuYLAIkk What is SOPA? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261) is on the surface a bill that attempts to curb online piracy. Sadly, the proposed way it goes about doing this would devastate the online economy and the overall … [Read more...]

Filtering and Free Exercise: ACLU vs. Salem Public Library

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In 2002 Nancy Willard, Executive Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, issued a report that warned of the troubling confluence between content-control software and conservative religious groups. Willard voiced concerns that the relationships between companies providing web-filtering software to public institutions may be "inappropriately preventing students from accessing certain materials based on religious or other inappropriate bias." She went on to note that terms … [Read more...]


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