More on Catholics, Pagans, and Propaganda

There's been some good conversation sparked by my post yesterday on the effects of anti-Pagan propaganda (in this case from Catholic exorcists and the Catholic media outlets who shine a spotlight on them). First, for those who wanted to hear more about the incident I mentioned concerning the Indiana Pagan Pride event, and the tensions that resulted when a Catholic youth event overlapped with it, check out the inaugural post from the new Indiana PNC bureau.Torcyr Storm Gull, who has been the security coordinator for Indianapolis Pagan Pride Day for the last nine years, commented, “Everything worked out beautifully. I had no issues with the organizers of CYO. There was I feel a lot of mis … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Anti-Pagan Propaganda

That there is a thread of hostility and distortion against modern Pagan faiths within Catholicism is well documented. My own journey in exploring this murky territory started in 2006 when Catholic pilgrims attacked and threatened Pagans in Glastonbury, leading me to wonder what exactly is being taught to Catholic youth about our faiths. "Maya Pinder, the owner of the shop, said: "We've had to hear comments such as 'burn the witches', we've had salt thrown in our faces and at our shop, people were openly saying they were 'cleansing Glastonbury of paganism'." I truly thought this was just an isolated, ugly, incident. A few bad apples who took the whole "crusader" bit a tad too seriously and … [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.What's it like being a Pagan in Wyoming? Pretty hard, apparently, as locals attending a Pagan Pride Day event in Laramie discuss being closeted and how "people are not so nice here." Quote: “They’re closeted,” said Jo-Ann Aelfwine of Laramie, who has been practicing paganism for 50 years. Wyoming is a conservative state, and people aren’t always open to differences, Aelfwine said. “We have to worry about things like losing your job, having your kids taken away from you,” s … [Read more...]

Open Thread (Off to Pagan Pride)

As I mentioned yesterday I'm off to the Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride in Portland, Oregon. Once there I'm scheduled to have a public discussion with Anne Newkirk Niven, editor of Witches & Pagans, about Pagan media (3-4pm for those attending). Also, if you haven't already, check out the article The Oregonian about the Pagan Pride event, featuring an interview with your's truly. Because I'm about to hit the road, I don't have time to do a normal update today, so consider this an open thread to discuss whatever you'd like. I'll try to update this post later with pictures (and maybe some audio) from the event.If you’re in the Portland area, why not drop by?As always, keep it civil, … [Read more...]