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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, May 13

Community is a valuable thing, but it's nothing without the people who make it up. Today in the Pagan News Beagle we talk about the important people in our community, both those who are no longer with us as well as those who continue to play an important part. Additionally, we talk about how our community is viewed by others and what we project out into the world.

First up, Cherry Hill Seminary pays tribute to James L. Bianchi, a former member of the organization who recently passed away. Follow the link to read their moving memorial to Bianchi and his contributions to the organization, which remains an important part of the Pagan community.

Should you talk about your religion on your resume? Most people would advise against it but Mary Shoup examines why that might be a problem. Is self-censorship a form of institutionalized discrimination? Read on and form your own thoughts on the subject.

Why is it so many people assume Pagans are bad actors? Jason Mankey looks into the history (and present use) of libel to frighten non-Pagans about our community and associate us with gruesome acts of violence.

That being said, it's not as if there's no bad apples out there; every community has them. Sarah Ann Lawless takes a look at the popular conception of "good witches" and "bad witches" and whether it serves any meaningful purpose.

One of the most valuable things a community can do is come together to help its members when they're in need. Rachel Pollock, beloved for her work in Tarot, is one such person. Her loved ones are running a crowdfunding initiative on GoFundMe to help her in her struggle with lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer. If you're interested in donating, please follow this link.

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