Return of the Revenge of the Secular Cross

The Mount Soledad Cross.

The imposing cross that stands on Mt. Soledad in California was dedicated to "Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" in 1954. For decades it was known as the "Mt. Soledad Easter Cross" and was the site of Christian services (and may even have been a reminder of Christian triumphalism to area Jews). After initial litigation was filed in the late 1980s against the cross standing on public lands, it was dubbed a veteran's memorial, and expensive "improvements" were made to stress this new role. Why was … [Read more...]

The Air Force, and the Increasing Misuse of the Term ‘Religious Freedom’

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz

"Your right to swing your arm leaves off where my right not to have my nose struck begins." - John B. Finch, 1882 If you follow religion news these days, you can't help but be inundated with the current debate over what, exactly, "religious freedom" means, and what its limits are. The most popular manifestation concerns Catholic opposition to new contraception guidelines set forth by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (a topic I've covered before), but a large number of enterprising souls ha … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

David Chaim Smith, Blood of Space 2, 2009. Graphite/ink on digital print. 18x22” NFS.

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.Through June 17th the Observatory in Brooklyn is featuring "Sigils and Signs," a group show the explores the intersection of magic and the occult with fine art. Erik Davis interviews show organizer Pam Grossman on his "Expanding Mind" radio show. If you can't make it to Bro … [Read more...]

Tokenism in Government Prayer Fails Again

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In the long-simmering battle over the inclusion of (largely Christian) prayers at the beginning of government meetings, an assumption held sway that a written policy of pluralistic inclusion would provide a fig-leaf of legal protection against lawsuits from organizations like Americans United or the ACLU. At least that was the assertion of the conservative Christian advocacy organization Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). In their "model public invocations policy," the ADF noted how important it was t … [Read more...]


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