separation of church and state Tag - PaganSquare - Join the conversation! Tue, 23 May 2017 09:55:01 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, May 19

Once again it's that time of the week: Fiery Tuesday! For today's Pagan News Beagle we've gathered stories from across the web regarding the various political and social issues that have gotten Pagans fired up. Follow the links below to read about animal rights, Memorial Day, environmentalism, and more!

Read more]]> (Aryós Héngwis) Pagan News Beagle Tue, 19 May 2015 15:21:53 -0700
Civil unions for all I’m going to step away from my usual topics to discuss marriage and civil union.  I had a brief discussion about this on twitter. Let me start off by saying, I have no problems with male/female, female/female or male/male relationships.  The whole stickiness starts with the idea of what marriage is and who should be allowed to do it.  I think it ought to be a level playing field.  Heck, I don’t even have an issue with people jointly marrying more than one person at a time as long as they are all consenting adults.


Read more]]> (Melia/Merit Brokaw) Culture Blogs Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:10:01 -0700
PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tues Jan 13, 2015

In today's Fiery Tuesday post, the Pagan News Beagle brings you: victory for religious rights in Holt v. Hobbs (U.S. Supreme Court); first British gay Pagan marriage; Scotland leads in fossil free electricity; what are the free speech limits of mocking religion?; Heathens supporting #BlackLivesMatter.

The case of Holt v. Hobbs was decided yesterday in the Supreme Court. (See Justice Ginsburg's explanation here.) The decision was another victory for religious rights, even if the petitioner isn't a model plaintiff nor a member of a majority religion.

A luverly first: UK's first gay Pagan marriage was just celebrated in Scotland.

Scotland's doing another thing right: taking the lead in the fossil-free electric grid race.

When does mocking religious beliefs go too far? Most Americans seem to favor broad protections for free speech even if it insults their chosen faith.

San Francisco-based Heathen group Hrafnar has published a statement in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Read more]]> (Anne Newkirk Niven) Pagan News Beagle Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:42:46 -0800
PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday Oct 3

Today's Faithful Friday post includes stories on witchcraft and witchhunting, religious violence (is it inevitable?), and an examination of eco-feminism from a Pagan point-of-view.

Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries has been one of the most popular topics with historians and the reading public for almost half a century. Here's a review of a new book on the witchhunting mania in England at the time of James I.

This exhibition at the British Museum examines the face of the witch as portrayed in artwork over the centuries.

Is religion inherently violent? Two book reviews of Karen Armstrong's new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence discuss the question. The review at the Spectator suggests that religions "go violent" when they reach a critical mass of popularity, while the review at the Guardian says that the "secular state" is a historical anomaly that can't be counted on to keep religious theocracy in check.

John Halstead discusses the value (and history) of eco-feminism and its importance in the Deep Ecology movement.

Read more]]> (Anne Newkirk Niven) Pagan News Beagle Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:10:49 -0700
PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday: Activist News for July 22

It's FieryTuesday here at the PaganNewsBeagle with stories of activism and politics in today's news.

I know this isn't specifically Pagan, but it's certainly going to "fire up" the activists today: in a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, a Federal Court this morning struck down federal insurance subsidies EXCEPT to plans bought on state insurance exchanges. An appeal is virtually certain.

After many years of activism and protest, there's progress in getting words that describe Witches, Pagans, and others in our community capitalized. (Like, you know, the word "Christian" which is *always* capitalized.) The Wild Hunt reports on this ongoing campaign.

Did you know that atheists (and presumably, polytheists and others) are prohibited from holding public office in several states? The little known "religious test" is explained in this post at The Wild Hunt.

Magick users might use the term "egregore" instead of "golem" but this provocative post from a rabbi asks whether an artificially-created being (a corporation) has mystical standing. Fascinating article.

The Raw Story reports that parents in Portland Oregon are battling a fundamentalist Christian group that wants to bring its message to kids in the public schools.



Read more]]> (Anne Newkirk Niven) Pagan News Beagle Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:15:23 -0700
PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Update

Two late-breaking stories of civil rights for minority (non)religions

An atheist will be offering a "non-theist" offering to open the City Council meeting in Greece, New York -- the town featured in the recent Supreme Court ruling.

A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law.



Read more]]> (Anne Newkirk Niven) Pagan News Beagle Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:40:39 -0700
Maetreum of Cybele wins on appeal PALENVILLE, NEW YORK -- The Maetreum of Cybele got to the end of its seven-year property-tax fight with the Town of Catskill today, when a three-judge panel of Appellate Court judges ruled that they do, indeed, deserve the same tax exemptions that other churches do.  While the town still has one more chance to appeal at the state's highest court, Reverend Cathryn Platine feels that the decision's wording makes that unlikely.  A portion provided by Platine reads as follows:

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