Harassment in Alcester and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: The harassment of Pagans by intolerant neighbors isn't anything new, but it's rare to hear on-the-record confirmation of that hostility from prominent citizens. The Sunday Mercury reports on the plight of Albion and Raven, owners of the The Whispering Witch in Alcester, a small market town in England. Opened 15 months ago, Albion and Raven claim to have gotten threatening letters, and even had a bundle of wood stacked in front of the shop's door one morning, seemingly to imply that they should be burned. After talking to the couple, The Sunday Mercury interviews a local Baptist Reverend, and a member of the church who's a former mayor of Alcester, and they seem to corroborate the … [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.In New Mexico, Peter Dybing lets us know that immediate danger to the Ardantane learning center from wildfires has passed. More reactions to the recently released “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct” have emerged. Evangelical commentators at Christianity Today seem somewhat ambivalent. Rev. Daniel A. Madigan notes the document is "tantamount to an admission" of missionary abuses. Fellow Patheos blogger Fred Clark says the document shoul … [Read more...]

Reactions to Ray Verdict from Native Voices, Victim’s Families, and Pagan Community

"What right does Ray have to mimic, mangle, and manipulate Native ceremonies that have been carefully handed down among indigenous cultures over millennia? Ray does not own any rights to Native spirituality, because they are owned collectively by indigenous peoples and cannot be sold." - Valerie Taliman, Navajo, president of Three Sisters Media When three people died at the end 0f 2009 in a sweat lodge ceremony led by New Age guru, “Secret” booster, and two-time Oprah guest James Arthur Ray, few, including Ray himself, could have anticipated the "accident" (as he described it) would lead to three convictions of negligent homicide. That it would bring mainstream media attention to the long-fo … [Read more...]

Breaking: James Arthur Ray Found Guilty of Negligent Homicide

Local and national media are reporting that the jury in the James Arthur Ray trial has convicted the self-help guru of negligent homicide in the deaths of three participants in a sweat lodge ceremony held in 2009 at a Sedona resort. Ray was not found guilty of the more serious charge of manslaughter. He faces a possible prison sentence of up to 11 years. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXIIhWpAKWE Video footage of closing remarks."Jurors deliberated a bit less than eight hours over two days. They began deliberating Tuesday, 16 weeks to the day after the trial began March 1 in Yavapai County Superior Court. [...]  Juror questions to the two Arizona medical examiners testifying for the p … [Read more...]