Updates: Phoenix Goddess Temple, Santa Muerte, New Apostolic Reformation

Phoenix Goddess Temple members. Photo by Jamie Peachey.

I have some updates on recent stories covered here at The Wild Hunt. Phoenix Goddess Temple Arrests: Since my report on Thursday, this story has hit the national and international newswires. It is now revealed that charges include prostitution, pandering, and conspiracy. Most reports I've read seem pretty confident that this was nothing but a brothel with a veneer of spirituality painted on as a legal smokescreen. I've never seen so many scare quotes being used in a mainstream newswire … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Ritual Killing, Burning Man, and Dominionist Debates

William Camacho. Photo by Peter Pereira/SouthCoastToday.com

Just a few quick notes for you on this Tuesday. Animal Sacrifice, Factory Farming, and Palo Mayombe: Religion Dispatches has an excellent essay up by Meera Subramanian, senior editor of Killing the Buddha, on the recent case of William Camacho, a practitioner of Palo Mayombe whose barber shop was shut down after sacrificial chickens were found in the basement. Subramanian compares the actions of religions that engage in animal sacrifice to the factory farming industry, and suspects that … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: NAR on Fresh Air, Tribal Recognition, and an Iowa Daycare goes Christian

Just a few quick news notes for you on this Thursday. NAR on Fresh Air: I've written at some length on the Christian movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a group that's been getting increased media scrutiny lately due to their proximity to presidential candidates like Texas governor Rick Perry. However, as the recent blowback over the term "Dominionist" proves, there's quite a bit people don't know about this increasingly connected religio-political network of apostles and … [Read more...]

Just Because You’re Paranoid, Don’t Mean They’re Not After You

Forgive the nod to Nirvana, whose "Nevermind" is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but I've been reading an awful lot lately about accusations of paranoia regarding coverage of the Christian religious phenomenon known as Dominionism. For some reason Kurt Cobain sneering "just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you" kept entering my mind. Maybe it's a generational thing. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWgtTxvTUDA In any case, ever since the presidential … [Read more...]


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