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Civil Rights For All, Or Just For Some Religions?

Last week, I wrote an article defending free speech for everyone — and in response there have been riots, death threats, and the arrest of an editor who published the article.

Here’s how it happened. My column reported on a startling development at the United Nations. The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights has always . . . → Read More: Civil Rights For All, Or Just For Some Religions?

The Element of Earth

The Element of Earth© 2000 Lady ShyraFrom: Tryskelion

Earth is the foundation of all elements. While it’s the one we are most familiar with, it’s also the element we most tend to take for granted, since everything we do is done upon it. Therefore, it rules the most mundane aspects of our lives; working, playing, . . . → Read More: The Element of Earth

Dreaming Cyborg Dreams: Virtual Identity and Religious Experience

By Rachel Wagner

The fantasy realms of online gaming become even more surreal when religion enters the scene; imagine Batman going on pilgrimage to Mecca, or a virtual crucifixion, or massive Bibles, raining from the sky. An unfortunate player gets crucifiedIf it is true that, as theorist Sherry Turkle has claimed, that in our increasingly . . . → Read More: Dreaming Cyborg Dreams: Virtual Identity and Religious Experience

Defining A Religion: Whose Voice is Authoritative?

By Catherine Beyer

Magistra Ygraine Mitchell recently sent me an article of hers entitled There Is Only One Form of Satanism. In it, she argues the position of the Church of Satan that their practices are the only practices that should be termed “Satanic,” while other supposedly-Satanic groups are generally wannabes often seeking to shock . . . → Read More: Defining A Religion: Whose Voice is Authoritative?

Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights

This paper examines the link between witchcraft accusations and displacement. Accusations may cause displacement through forced exile or the personal decision to flee from the threat of harm.

In contexts where witchcraft beliefs were held pre-flight, allegations may surface throughout the refugee cycle—during flight, while in a camp or urban refugee setting, during repatriation . . . → Read More: Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights

Witch School and Pagan Leadership

by Ed Hubbard

Witch School when it began was a concept that was shocking to most people, and was one that was highly derided and openly criticized. It was berated and even attacked as a idea that was not workable. I even lost a good friend and ally who promised everyone that Witch . . . → Read More: Witch School and Pagan Leadership

Call for Papers: Voodoo and Witchcraft in American Culture

For an interdisciplinary essay collection, That Old Black Magic: Voodoo and Witchcraft in American Culture, Dr. Anthony Stanonis of Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, is seeking the latest scholarship on the history and culture of voodoo and witchcraft in the United States. The aim of this project is to have scholars of voodoo and witchcraft . . . → Read More: Call for Papers: Voodoo and Witchcraft in American Culture

Scientists meet to save Lascaux cave

Geologists, biologists and other scientists convened in Paris on Thursday for a conference on how to stop the spread of fungus stains – aggravated by global warming – that threaten France’s famed Lascaux cave drawings. Black stains have spread across the cave’s prehistoric murals of bulls, felines and other images, and scientists have been . . . → Read More: Scientists meet to save Lascaux cave

Politics

It occured to me this morning, during uplitni, that, politics rears its head in Heathenery when we – collectively – struggle to survive.

Heathenry is spinning its wheels trying to cast off hate and malice and the seemingly never ending attacks against each other.

Heathen against Heathen.

‘Heathens Against Hate’, should read, ‘Heathens Against . . . → Read More: Politics

The Apple iPhone: The Newest Ritual Tool?

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Before we begin, I recommend playing this song in the background to experience the full effect of this blog post. I should also mention that I don’t own an Apple iPhone, and have no intention of purchasing one in the near future. So having said all that, let’s get into the topic . . . → Read More: The Apple iPhone: The Newest Ritual Tool?