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News of the Day: March 5, 2013

Commentator Rod Dreher on Conservatives and Asatru (The American Conservative)
"I find paganism far more attractive than atheism, because pagans, however mistaken their understanding (from a Christian point of view) nevertheless share with Christians a recognition that there is Something There beyond ourselves, and the material world. ... I think that paganism stands to gain overall from the unchristening of the West. If you look at the Asatru site, this neopagan religion speaks to longings that are deep within all of us, and cannot be suppressed forever. ... Asatru promotes itself as about “connections,” and “coming home.” I can see why it would appeal to conservatives, especially, I have to concede, crunchy conservatives."

Pagans at the Pasadena Interfaith Walk for Peace (Pagan Newswire Collective)
"Nineteen religious organizations joined together to walk for peace and collect shoes for those in need. Temple of the Goddess, a Pagan 501(c)3 was one of them. ... Children from Temple of the Goddess passed out peace bells to everyone to be used later in the program. ... The bells passed out earlier were now to be used by all as Cheryl & Patrick Cleary of Silver Phial backed by the choir sung Ring the Bells by Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad. Each time the chorus was sung we all rang our bells. It was quite a raising of energy as all the bells chimed as one."

Horsemeat Linked to Paganism (Cherwell)
"A recent paper published in Oxford Journal of Archaeology suggests that Britain’s aversion to horsemeat may have originated almost 1500 years ago from the diffusion of Christianity. ...
Dr Poole writes in his paper, "While many 'pagan' beliefs became integrated into Christian practices in England, the possible veneration and eating of horse seems to have been too much of a challenge to Christian perspectives.""

Sinton (TX) Couple Blame Son's Injuries on Witchcraft (
"A Sinton couple took plea deals Friday for 20 years in prison for the injuries to a 2-year-old boy who was hospitalized last year with broken ribs and bruises. ... Naranjo at one point blamed the injuries on witchcraft and said her mother was mad at her and she knew her mother was into witchcraft."


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Your Humble Correspondent has been involved in the magical, Heathen, and Pagan communities for more than thirty years, and has been published in various print and online magazines.


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