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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, August 31

Should there be Pagan school clubs? Is there a proper priority to the relationship between politics and religion? And are Pagans becoming more concerned with the concept of "sin?" These questions and more addressed in this week's edition of Watery Wednesday, our segment on news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The Satanic Temple recently pushed to establish "After School Satan" clubs as a protest against schools that feature after-school Christian ministries. But as The Wild Hunt details, the move does have some implications for Pagans and other minority religions. Should schools allow Pagan clubs?

Are witches hot again? Priya Elan writes for The Guardian about the recent uptick in "witchy" apparel in the fashion world.

Religion and politics are both highly controversial subjects. All the more so when they're brought together. But which should come first? John Halstead expresses his point of view: politics should come first. What do you think?

Can a Heathen venerate Jesus Christ? Like most questions of faith a lot depends on who you ask. But for what it's worth, Tyra Ulfdottir offers her thoughts on the subject here as part of her column "The Rational Heathen."

Over the last few years a great deal of controversy has erupted in the Pagan community about "hard" vs. "soft" polytheism as well as "god"-centered faith vs. "people"-centered faith. The friction between different groups has grown so strong as to cause some to worry the Pagan community is becoming more concerned with moral purity than anything else. Are we bringing sin into Paganism? John Beckett considers on a topic prompted by Witches&Pagans editor Anne Newkirk Niven.

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