Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup) July 13, 2012

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.

Chico Goddess Temple entrance.
  • Is the Chico Goddess Temple doomed? According to the Chico News and Review, noise complaints for an illegal festival held four years ago has led to a much larger struggle to survive and gain the permits needed to stay open. Owner Robert Seals thinks that hostility to Goddess religion might underlay the resistance he’s encountered in obtaining the permits he needs. Quote: “This is nothing new, worship of the Goddess, but it goes up against a lot of fundamental religions.” You can learn more about this struggle, and the upcoming appeal hearing, here.

That’s it for now! Happy Friday the 13th! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

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16 responses to “Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)”

  1. I’m surprised that you still haven’t reported on the unrepairable damage Al Qada sects have done to the Timbuktu temples. One of the legends is that one of the doors was not suppose to open until the end of the world. Al Qada was quoted saying Timbuktu symbolized Paganism.

  2. ‘“If we want to fix the health problems in this City, let’s start with
    gym classes and after-school programs, parks and recreation space, and
    educating people about health issues,” [Halloran] said.’  The very programs some Republicans have been blasting Michelle Obama for initiating.  Interesting.

  3.  As always, it’s a song and dance.  And around, and around we go.  Dems say one thing, Reps say to do something else, Dems come up with something else, Reps state that the first thing is what needs to be done.  Both ways.

    I commend Halloran for stating the obvious, that a clear way to better health is through increased exercise.  Except, being a Republican, I’m wondering how he’d broach the funding for these programs.  Parks and recreational space don’t net a profit on their own, especially if they’re staffed by people who need to get paid.  The same thing goes for after-school programs.  With so many budgets being cut, simply saying “We need these things” isn’t enough. 

  4. Thanks for the link to the UUA President’s blog. UUism has been trying to go after the “nones” since long before they were called that!

  5. I’m delighted at the way Halloran co-opted the logic of marijuana legalization in his defense of large-cup pop.

  6. I ordered in Cat Treadwell’s book for the library where I work (along with ‘Dwelling on the Threshold’ by Sarah Winter) – it’s in processing and soon to be shelved. 🙂

    It’s a pity the catalogers won’t let me slip it off the shelf to read before it’s processed. I’ve leafed through it and it looks lovely.

  7. The Sandman, woohoo! I don’t read a lot of comics, but I’ve always loved these series.

    Also Cat Treadwell, I’m interested in her work; too bad she doesn’t seem to go outside of the UK during her signing tour.

  8. Mojavi, while I agree the vandalism of the End of the World Door was an artistic and architecural atrocity, allow me to defend its absence from TWH reports.

    That was a Muslim-on-Muslim crime in a Muslim-majority country. No minority religions or fellow Earth religionists were involved. The involvement of a minority religion is what generally triggers a TWH report. So, for example, when bigots try to block the building of a mosque in the USA, that merits comment here because Islam is a minority religion in the USA. When American Christians incite anti-animist violence in Africa, that merits comment here because African animists are our fellow Earth-religionists.

    The implicate rationale is that American Pagans have an inherent interest in news of the abuse of another minority American religion, or of Pagans elsewhere in the world, because the same forces are in play that line up against us when American Pagans are abused. Jason’s implicit definition of Pagan news is elastic (and I approve of it) but it doesn’t cover every faith-on-faith conflict.

  9. I would not be able to answer the Gallup Poll question, since my level of confidence varies a lot depending on which organized religion or church they are talking about. Even among Christian churches, my level of confidence and respect differs enormously among them.

  10. This is a loss for humanity. Some of best examples of historical architecture in Africa, as well as a sacred site, being desecrated due to religious extremism. I get extremely depressed thinking about this. 
    I also wish this story was being more widely reported on in general.