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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Jan 27

Today's Pagan News Beagle concentrates on politics, activism, and how our Pagan culture connects (or doesn't) to issues of social justice. SCOTUS case on religious attire at work; civil marriage under attack; the Covenant of the Goddess under fire (from Pagans); are the gods moral?; how do we juggle social justice and our Pagan faiths?

US Supreme Court already decided one religious rights case this year. Another case pits Abercrombie & Fitch against the EEOC on a case involving the right to wear religiously-significant attire at the workplace.

Same-sex couples can now marry in the state of Oklahoma. But if a state legislator gets his way, only Christian ministers and rabbis will be able to marry couples (of any gender.)

Wondering what the recent Covenant of the Goddess vs. #BlackLivesMatter controversy is all about? The Wild Hunt's Terence Ward lays out the history of this complex situation.

Pagan academic and writer Chas. Clifton’s recent blog post posits that 1) great magicians don't have to be "good" people; 2) the gods don't conform to our morality; and 3) that social justice campaigns like #BlackLivesMatter have no relevance to Pagan organizations. In short, he believes that Paganism is not about morals. What do you think of his position?

Activist, writer, and priestess Crystal Blanton reflects on balancing her many identities, including her recent encounter with Chas. Clifton. (Cf immediately preceding post.) What's your personal experience in reconciling social justice with your Pagan beliefs?

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  • Chas  S. Clifton
    Chas S. Clifton Tuesday, 10 February 2015

    A very late response: I argued not that Pagan-ISM has no relation to morality, but that people may be effective witches, magicians, ritualists, whatever, without being conventionally moral.

    There is a secondary argument in there: does serving the gods mean following conventional morality? Especially when the gods make their own demands that sometimes conflict with one another, as we learn from Homer.

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