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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, August 18

Welcome back to Fiery Tuesday, our weekly take on political subjects relevant to our community. How important is it to be intersectional in your community? What groups around the world right now are being persecuted for their religious beliefs? And should prostitution be decriminalized? All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The term "intersectional" is a popular one these days in our culture, denoting social movements that bring together disparate elements of society for a common goal, each recognizing the others' unique struggles. But is modern witchcraft intersectional? If it's not, it should be argues Gods & Radicals.

We hear a lot about groups that are under threat for their religious beliefs, but where is religious persecution most virulent, either by the government or non-state actors? The Huffington Post examines some of the worst cases, including such disparate cases as communist China, militarist Burma, and fundamentalist Saudi Arabia.

Should the world's nations decriminalize sex work? That's the argument being made by Amnesty International but it's a controversial position to take and one that some notable celebrities, such as Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet have spoken out against. Feminist website The Mary Sue shares the counter-counteragument: that criminalizing sex work does more to hurt sex workers (involuntary or otherwise) than it does to prevent sex trafficking.

Kamala Khan, Marvel's female Muslim superheroine, has quickly become one of their most popular characters since she debuted just two years ago. But what about real world Muslim heroines? This list takes a look at some of the most inspirational, including activists, filmmakers, doctors, and politicians.

Seventy years ago, the United States ended the Second World War with two nuclear bombs that still affect Japan today. We realize we already shared a story about this subject yesterday, but this personal account from a survivor of the attack on Hiroshima is well-worth reading.

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