Guest Post: The New Alexandrian Library and Building Real Pagan Infrastructure

Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary with Assembly Elders at NAL's foundation.

[The following is a guest post from Michael Smith.┬áMichael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and is currently serving as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition's New … [Read more...]

Updates: Teaching Paganism, Passive Distribution, Library Filtering, and Project Conversion

Andrew Bowen as a Wiccan.

Here are some updates on stories The Wild Hunt has reported on previously.Teaching Paganism in British Schools: On Sunday I deconstructed the sensationalist Daily Mail's assertions regarding the teaching of Paganism in British religious education courses, specifically in Cornwall. I pointed out that there is no hard-and-fast mandate requiring schools to insert Pagan religions into their curriculum, and that the RE advisory council is exactly that, advisory. Still, why let facts and reason … [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...]

ACLU Tackles the “Occult” Category in Internet Filtering Software

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Yesterday the ACLU announced that it has filed a lawsuit against a library in Salem, Missouri (download the full complaint) for using Internet filtering software that blocks websites pertaining to Wicca and Native American religions. As Ars Technica notes, sites blocked by the library's software include Wikipedia's page on Wicca, but not Christian-run pages that are critical of Pagan religions. According to the ACLU filing, Salem's┬álibrary director, Glenda Wofford, said "she would only allow … [Read more...]


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