Those Dark Satanic Mills: The Moral Panic That Won’t Die

On Thursday, Religion Dispatches featured a guest editorial from Joseph Laycock, religion scholar and author of "Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism." Laycock examined the most recent crackpot theory from crackpot conspiracy theory king David Icke, he of the "reptoid hypothesis." In short, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics were part of a brainwashing Satanic conspiracy, and in turn a rallying cry to the spiritual warriors, the "experts in evil" skilled in rooting out these hidden conspiracies. While Icke is largely a figure of fun, a comical nut who sees evil vortexes and reptoid hybrids under his couch, Laycock reminds us that this is no laughing mat … [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.Noted children's and young adult author Margaret Mahy passed away last week due to complications resulting from cancer. The New Zealand author wrote several acclaimed titles, and was beloved in her home country, my personal favorite was “The Changeover,” a story about Witchcraft, initiation, and growing up. That title won the annual Carnegie Medal in Literature from the Library Association, and is worth seeking out, as are many of her works. What is remembered lives! Wit … [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.Christina Oakley-Harrington, founder of Treadwell's Books in London, and Literary Editor of the journal Abraxas, made the headlines in the UK this week when she gave testimony in the murder trial of Hannah Bonser, who is accused of stabbing and killing 13-year-old Casey Kearney. The accused apparently sought refuge at Oakley-Harington's book store months before the incident took place, and she told the court that Bonser "thought she was being demonically attacked by an int … [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.The New York Times profiles Baba Heru Semahj, a New York police officer turned Kemetic priest. Quote: "He performs weddings, funeral services and Kemetic cosmological holiday services. He has bestowed his blessings and jewelry on the likes of the jazz bandleader Sun Ra, the controversial Judge Bruce Wright and celebrity clients like Wesley Snipes, Erykah Badu and Ben Vereen, he said. Mr. Semahj had five children with his first wife. His second wife, Queen Afua, is a priest … [Read more...]