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Chickens Coming Home to Roost on US War Crimes

posted by Gus diZerega

The Washington Post reported in a front page article,  that in retrospect the Bush regime’s practice of torture saved no lives, led to no critical information, foiled no plots, and like most everything else that group told the American people, […]

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Thoughts on Mythos and Logos

posted by Gus diZerega

Referring back to an earlier post, some people have suggested that Pagan ‘theology’ was through myths.  In a sense this is true, but in a sense that I think is deeper, it is not.  Perhaps this is because of how […]

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Earth Hour! 8:30 Tonight!

posted by Gus diZerega

Tonight, at 8:30 in whatever time zone they live, millions of people will be turning out their lights in a symbolic action pressing for worldwide change on energy and our relations with the More Then Human World. Sponsored by the […]

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Will the Real Pagan Theology Please Stand Up?

posted by Gus diZerega

Troy Camplin’s quip “I’ve always told people there are in fact 6 billion religions on earth” in a recent blog comment inspires this post. When I first became a Witch I was bothered by the existence of ‘traditions’ considerably younger […]

Insights on Our Economic Crisis

posted by Gus diZerega

Glen Greenwald over at Salon has an important post  for anyone interested in understanding our economic crisis, and the shortcomings even Democrats have in dealing with it.  George Bush treated this country like a banana republic.  But Argentina might be […]

Evaluating the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

I just got through reading a report on the global warming denial conference reported in the Scotsman, a major paper in Scotland.  Curious, I read the comments. or many of them anyway. As I read them I thought of doing […]

Genocide Prevention Ritual

posted by Gus diZerega

Given that even Fundamentalist Jews can endorse and presumably practice genocide, it is refreshing to see what Pagans are doing in this context.  April is Genocide Prevention Month  because it is the month when many genocidal events began.   An […]

More Fundamentalist Inspired Crime

posted by Gus diZerega

I try to give religious fundamentalists the benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven guilty, and the like.  I have members of my family who hold those beliefs, and they are good people in their personal relationships. But by the […]

Of Frogs and Love of the Earth

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I read “The Race to Save the Frogs” by Jennifer S. Holland in the April National Geographic.   Her article describes the horrendous impact the fungal disease chytrid  is having on the world’s amphibians, killing off entire species.  Holland quotes […]

Cool Book: Linda Hogan’s ‘Dwellings’

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just finished Linda Hogan’s Dwellings.  Hers is not a new book.  It appeared in 1995, and I missed it then. I have been the poorer for my oversight.  I stumbled across it in a bookstore -and picked it […]

Ostara Dawn

posted by Gus diZerega

I got up this morning, well before dawn but too late to drive down and join friends in Berkeley for their coven’s Sabbat.  So I walked out into the Laguna de Santa Rosa area,  just east of town.  It turned […]

Ayahuasca Legal Victory

posted by Gus diZerega

Mark Kleiman over at the Reality-Based Community has a hopeful story  about a recent legal victory by a Santo Daime branch in Oregon which uses ayahuasca as a sacrament.  If you, like me, believe that psychedelics have a valuable role […]

8 Ideas for Celebrating Ostara

posted by Gus diZerega

Ostara, the Spring Equinox, is always especially beautiful here in Sonoma County, California.  This year seems especially nice.  Winter’s rains have been lighter than we would like, but they have been gentle and well timed.  My farmer friends with whom […]

The Perils of Pagan Clergy, Third (and Final?) Argument

posted by Gus diZerega

I wonder whether many people’s interest in having a Pagan clergy is because we have yet to really separate church from state adequately in this country.  Other than legal issues caused by not adequately separating church and state, can any […]

Thoughts Inspired by the AIG scandal

posted by Gus diZerega

The latest scandal with AIG, the upcoming paying $165 million in bonuses to executives managing a company needing the largest taxpayer financed bailout in world history.  To make matters worse, some recipients of this money are in the very unit […]

Darwinian Ethics

posted by Gus diZerega

Pagans stand in an interesting relationship to Christians and Secularists.  Because we focus on the Sacred as it manifests in the world, we do not have the problems with science and knowledge of the world that the Christian Church has […]

The Perils of Pagan Clergy: Second Argument

posted by Gus diZerega

This is my second reason for being very skeptical about the interest on so many pagans’ part in our having a “clergy.” Words have enormous power.  We do not even need to go into a discussion of magick to see […]

Good Sex, Great Sex, Sacred Sex, and Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

A fracas is brewing  in Good Hope, Alabama over the issue of God and sex.  Seems some Christians are upset with the effort by other Christians to publicly discuss God and Great sex.   I’m glad I am a bystander […]

The Perils of Pagan Clergy: First Argument

posted by Gus diZerega

This is my first post on the issue of why I am very skeptical of having a Pagan clergy.  I will come at it on an angle. To have an official ‘clergy’ is to have some organizational structure with authority […]

Religious Right Leader Sees the Light

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy the Huffington Post, this piece by Frank Schaeffer is worth the read.

Obama Returns us to the Rule of Law

posted by Gus diZerega

Because I was very critical of President Obama’s  trying to defend some of the twisted logic and even more twisted morals of the Bush administration regarding the fate of innocent people tortured under American authority, I want to praise, praise. […]

Religious Decline and Pagan Renaissance?

posted by Gus diZerega

USA Today reports  the American Religious Identification Survey reports the number of people reporting they have no religion continues to increase in the United States. Fifteen percent of those replying said they had no religion.  In 2001 the number was […]

Of Divine Love, Monism, Monotheism, and a Reply to Ali and others

posted by Gus diZerega

I spent yesterday flying back to California.  It’s weird to take off from Paris at 10 am, and arrive in San Francisco at 1 PM.  My body also thought it was weird and is still catching up.   One of […]

Serial Monotheism

posted by Gus diZerega

From earliest recorded times many people have sought to understand as best they could the foundations for spiritual reality. Throughout the early ancient world from at least India to Greece, ‘monism’ appears to have been the most favored model.  It […]

Better Babies Get AIDS than Promiscuous Mothers get treatment – Sen. Shultheis

posted by Gus diZerega

I had earlier blogged how religious zealot Rep. Scott Renfroe of Colorado argued that according to the Bible gays should be executed.  Later, in the comments, one reader who identified himself as a ‘Reverend’ applauded Renfroe’s words.  I quickly commented […]

Pagans can feel Pride at Headwaters Forest Celebration

posted by Gus diZerega

While we are a small portion of America’s population, on occasion we can be mighty.  Ten years ago the Headwaters Forest  in northern California was saved from the rape and pillage methods of logging by Texas financiers who took over […]

New Article in Gobekli Tepe, Nature, and Conservation Today

posted by Gus diZerega

I just discovered a good account  Gobekli Tepe on Stephen Schwarz’s  often fascinating site.  Not only does it give a good account of the place and its discovery along with great pictures, it also discusses in greater detail than I […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food ...

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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made ...

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