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Is the Notre Dame Fire 'Karmic Payback'?

I hear that out there in social media land there are pagans rejoicing in the Notre Dame fire as karmic retribution for the Catholic church's multitudinous misdeeds.

If so, shame.

Such smallness of heart would besmirch us all, not least those of us who would claim the name of Wise.

Some years back, some kids broke into the local Hindu temple and beheaded the murtis of the gods there.
The Sunday following, the local Lutheran churches took up a special collection to help buy new "idols" for the Hindus.

Now that's classy.

The judge sentenced the boys—they were all underage at the time—to X years of community service doing janitorial work at the temple that they'd desecrated.

Last summer, their term of service was up. The temple threw a big party for them.

That's how we do things in Paganistan.

There's been some discussion on the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) line about an appropriate response to this cultural tragedy. Personally, I think that CoG should send some money to help with the rebuilding of the cathedral.

Witches Send Funds for Notre Dame Reconstruction.

How's that for a headline?




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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    According to my local paper they were doing some reconstruction work. Acid rain has damaged the limestone so that it was crumbling apart. Also according to the paper fires are common at churches and synagogues when reconstruction work is being done.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    The I-35 bridge over the Mississippi here collapsed on Lammas Eve a number of years ago, killing 13 people. The bridge had been undergoing construction at the time; it was later determined that this reconstruction led directly to the bridge's structural failure. Clearly, Reconstruction is inherently hazardous.

    But i guess we already knew that.

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