Pagan & Shinto News: Paganism “most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US”

Pagan & Shinto News: Paganism “most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US” July 13, 2021

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Paganism “most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US”
  • Australian newspaper refuses to run Tarot reading service ad
  • Paganism continues to be largest non-Christian religion in Iceland

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Left, Centre: Pixabay. Right: Icelandic Pagans, Lenka Kovářová, CC BY-SA 3.0

Pagan News

Paganism, gods and goddesses aside, is the most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US
The Washington Post*
In a recent political profile study, Kathleen Marchetti, an associate professor of political science at Dickinson College, reported that likely 93% of American pagans agree with policies supporting LGBTQ rights, a larger share than the 69% of non-pagans who do…

Pagans growing the most, still largest non-Christian denomination in Iceland
Reykjavik Grapevine
The Ásatrú Society (Ásatrúarfélagið) is still the largest non-Christian denomination in Iceland, and has also grown the most in terms of sheer numbers between December 2020 and July 2021…

Australian newspaper refuses to run Tarot reading service ad

The Wild Hunt
The Perth Suburban Newspapers/ Examiner Newspapers declined to run an ad submitted by Kundra Wyrd for her business, Traveling Tarot, that provides divination and spiritual services…

US: When hate comes to town, Pagans stand up to protest
The Wild Hunt
Some residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth suburban city in northwest Tarrant county came to the realization that a controversial church had moved into their town at some point during the pandemic…

UK: Meet Georgie Windsor and the Cambridge University Witch Society
The Tab
Georgie Windsor, an Archaeology student at Hughes Hall, is one of the founders of the Cambridge University Witch Society, starting up this unusual society three months ago…

Shinto News

What are Japanese teens wishing for at this year’s Tanabata Star Festival?

The list includes some traditional favorites, but the number-one wish is for something very timely…

US: Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park celebrates Tanabata Festival
There San Diego
The holiday celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi, two stars separated by the Milky Way that meet once per year..

Gion Festival floats being built, but annual parade canceled
The Asahi Shimbun
City authorities gave the green light July 10 to begin work on constructing massive, decorative floats for the annual Gion Festival–even though the climactic processions are now canceled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

Japanese sculptor’s small Buddha plaques a social media sensation
The Mainichi
The plaques are said to have come out of the syncretization of Shinto with Buddhism, and they portray the figure of Buddha reflected on a round mirror enshrined as a deity…

Other News

UK: ‘Neptune’ appears in the waves during storm in Newhaven
The sighting of the “face” of the Roman god of water was captured by BBC photographer Jeff Overs in Newhaven on Tuesday…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

India: Man brutally beaten and made to drink own urine after villagers accuse him of ‘witchcraft’
Daily Star
A man was brutally beaten up and made to drink his own urine after villagers accused him of ‘practising witchcraft’…

UK: The history and brutal demise of ‘witches’ in Tayside and Perthshire
The Courier
In 1669 Grissell Jaffray was strangled and burned at the stake, her crime? She was accused of having the ability to see into the future…

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