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Washington D. C. (Reuters)

For the first time in its history, the US Supreme Court building was struck by lightning last night, less than 24 hours after, in a controversial split ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the right to reproductive freedom guaranteed by Roe. v. Wade.

While no injuries were reported, and structural damage to the building was minimal, according to building manager Letitia Robinson, “The building's entire electrical system is fried. We may not have it up and working again until late next week.”

When asked by reporters, senior justice Clarence Thomas denied any significance to the timing of the lightning-strike.

“God had nothing to do with this,” he said. “This is meteorological coincidence, pure and simple.”

Dr. Melanie Powers, high priestess emerita of Washington, D. C., had a different perspective.

In 1966, the heathens of Iceland petitioned the Althing—parliament—to have their religion formally recognized. Parliamentarians thought it was a joke, and denied the petition. Next day, the Ministry of Religion was struck by lightning,” she told reporters. “The day after that, Parliament reversed itself and granted the petition unanimously.

“It remains to be seen,” she added, “whether the partisan hacks of SCOTUS will have the wisdom, not to mention the humility, to do the same.”

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Oppressors, we defy you.

The word of the Horned, God of Witches:


When the law is unjust, break it:

for mine is the law against law.


He is Free, and the Father of Freedom: the Liberator, breaker of shackles.

Unjust law is no law.

Oppressors: we are the witches, and we defy you.

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Wanted: A Non-Monotheist on the Bench

Scalia was dead: to begin with.

There is no doubt whatever about that.

Left sitting: a Supreme Court made up of five Catholics and three Jews.

The lack of religious diversity in the nation's highest court is disgraceful.

Deists aside, there has never yet been a Supreme Court justice from a non-Abrahamic tradition.

There has never yet been a Hindu on the bench. Or a Buddhist. Much less a Pagan.

Well, maybe it's time that there was.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Sept 30

Greetings, Pagans and allies! Today's activist "Fiery Tuesday" includes stories on Pagans at the Climate Change march, the next Religious Rights case before the Supreme Court; the fate of a village already experiencing climate change, sustainable paths for cities, and a mobile farmer's market.

Many Pagans attended the recent Climate Change March in Manhattan; Terrence Ward offers this report on their experiences.

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Sorry, Greybeard, that is an inaccurate reading of Obama's actual statement.
  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    Obama told a reporter recently that the US is "A Muslim nation." Why would you not expect the court to uphold Muslim rights?

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Hobby Lobby and Religious Beliefs

The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, allowing closely held for-profit businesses to deny access to contraception based on religious belief, opens up a huge can of worms. Or two. Or perhaps more.

The implications are widespread. For one thing, the court's ruling means the religious beliefs of the business trump those of the employee. The ruling was somewhat narrow in that it only affected businesses in which five or fewer people hold at least 50 percent of the stock, but it was still significant in that it essentially granted rights previously reserved for people to business entities.

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