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Russian Church, Parliament team up against occultism

by Vladimir Simonov

According to statistics, one in every 1,500 Russians is a professional magician. It is hard to believe that in our age of the Internet and genetic engineering, the turnover of the occult services market is comparable with that of the drug market. There are more than thirty magic schools and centers operating . . . → Read More: Russian Church, Parliament team up against occultism

Inoculated against religious radicalism

Mainstream disenchantment with fundamentalism is clear in the world’s largest Muslim nation. But democracy and moderation offer only limited protection in a land where some schools still teach holy war against infidels.

By Martin Regg Cohn

Students in white skullcaps file in for noon prayers, strolling by the signboard that sums up their common credo: . . . → Read More: Inoculated against religious radicalism

Some heart recipients report strange changes

By Carla McClain

Say they sense traits, tastes of organ donors – – For most of her life, the young woman hated sports. And though she was born and raised in Tucson, she never liked Mexican food. She craved Italian and was a pasta junkie.

But three years ago, all that changed for . . . → Read More: Some heart recipients report strange changes

Action to protect children from the effects of exorcisms.

Black church and community leaders are calling for action to protect children from the effects of exorcisms. A spokeswoman for Africans Against Child Abuse (Afruca) said church leaders who believe in possession needed education on child protection.

A BBC investigation suggests only a third of London’s local authorities are addressing the issue seriously. The . . . → Read More: Action to protect children from the effects of exorcisms.

Fall of the Titans

Cronus was now the ruler of the earth as it was, and Rhea was his Queen. Rhea would sit and watch as all of her other sisters were having children and living happily with their husbands; soon she began to desire the same for herself. She became pregnant by Cronus with their first child, and . . . → Read More: Fall of the Titans

The God and the Goddess in Wicca

By Fiona Blackwolf

Recently I was asked for my opinion/explanation of how Deity fits into Wicca. It’s a question that many people, especially those new to the path, struggle with. Often it can be hard to reconcile the beliefs that we were brought up with and the beliefs that we are developing. Like many areas . . . → Read More: The God and the Goddess in Wicca

Anglicans downplay dispute with global church

Canada’s Anglican Church is minimizing a request from leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion that it withdraw from a key council over homosexual issues. The leadership issued a statement Thursday urging the Anglican Church of Canada and the U.S. Episcopal Church to stay away from key meetings for three years.

Canada’s top Anglican cleric . . . → Read More: Anglicans downplay dispute with global church

Eostar and the Rites of Spring

By Rae Schwarz

The European goddess Eostar is a deity of spring and dawn. She is a goddess of the East and is also called Eostre. Her name is recognized more universally in modern times as the origins of the name Easter. She is officially celebrated in the pagan world on the holiday Ostara, a . . . → Read More: Eostar and the Rites of Spring

The Question of the Death Penalty

By Mark Elliott

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, I attended the Gallup Group to Repeal the Death Penalty. It was said that there are clergy in the Gallup area that are for the death penalty. I found that very difficult to believe.

There was a time in which a great-grandfather of mine, Daniel Elliot, had . . . → Read More: The Question of the Death Penalty

Amazon blames muggles for mix-up

By William Lyons

The muggles got in a muddle at the world’s largest online retailer last week as thousands of Harry Potter fans were told they would be not be receiving the sixth instalment in the foreseeable future.

The latest title in the series is published in June and Amazon says it has already . . . → Read More: Amazon blames muggles for mix-up