Pagan Psychotherapist Celebrates Conversion Therapy Ban in California

This past Saturday California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB1172 into law, banning controversial "conversion therapies" for homosexuality if the patient is a minor. In a statement, Brown condemned these therapies as "quackery" that create, rather than solve, mental health issues."This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine, and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.” California is the first state to ban conversion therapy (also known as "reparative therapy") for minors despite the practice being considered harmful by several mainstream mental health organizati … [Read more...]

Checking in on the Cascadian Nones Vote

Back in June I wrote about how a initiative in Washington state on the issue of same-sex marriage could see the first real test of a post-Christian majority at the ballot box. More than half of Washington's citizens don't belong to any formal religion, becoming part of the demographic known as "nones," and these "unchurched" have increasingly gotten more and more attention as their numbers swell. In addition, nones in the Pacific Northwest have their own special character according to the authors of “Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia,” they are “eclectically, informally, often deeply ‘spiritual.’” Specifically, New Age and nature-oriented spirituality loom large among “nones” here.“According … [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.Christina Oakley-Harrington, founder of Treadwell's Books in London, and Literary Editor of the journal Abraxas, made the headlines in the UK this week when she gave testimony in the murder trial of Hannah Bonser, who is accused of stabbing and killing 13-year-old Casey Kearney. The accused apparently sought refuge at Oakley-Harington's book store months before the incident took place, and she told the court that Bonser "thought she was being demonically attacked by an int … [Read more...]

Pagan Community Notes: Witch School and Reality TV, Goddess Across Borders, Modern Witch Magazine, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing 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 let’s get started!Witch School Ends the Reality Television Gravy Train: Yesterday Witch School International, the largest online learning institution for Wicca and magical studies, announced that it would no longer offer its services to reality television production companies for free, listing a number of deficits in the approach and me … [Read more...]