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Murderous Terrorist Attack in America

posted by Gus diZerega

A few weeks ago I warned that the violent rhetoric of the culture warriors would lead to deaths, and that right wing terrorism was the chief terrorist threat to many Americans.  I am sad but hardly surprised  to report that […]

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Cheney a Liar – Sen. Carl Levine, Chmn. Senate Armed Services Committee

posted by Gus diZerega

Senator Carl Levine has called Dick Cheney a liar for claiming classified documents demonstrate torture saved American lives.  The Senator, who is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he has seen the documents Cheney is always referring to, […]

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Anniversary of a Stroke

posted by Gus diZerega

This week is an anniversary.  A year ago I got up one morning, and felt a little light headed in a way that was unfamiliar.  For some reason I wondered at the time whether it might be a stroke, and […]

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Is There ANY Depravity American Torturers did not Commit?

posted by Gus diZerega

It just gets worse and worse.  According to Retired Major Gen. Antonio Taguba, who oversaw the U.S. investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, and who ought to know, the suppressed torture photos include pictures of men raping female […]

Thoughts on Reading Derrick Jensen

posted by Gus diZerega

When I first was made to know, in no uncertain terms, that the earth and everything in it was vastly more sentient than I had ever imagined, I looked long and hard for writings that could shed more light on […]

Common Practices vs. Common Beliefs

posted by Gus diZerega

The first open thread is wonderful.  I will try and stay out of these open threads, but occasionally ‘mine’ some themes for my own purposes.  This is one of them. I want to reverse one of the arguments given by […]

Sotomayer Appointment Good for Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

Jason over at Wild Hunt has some very good insights on why every Pagan should be thrilled with Sonia Sotomayer‘s selection for the Supreme Court.  Jason’s post is up to his usual excellent standards – give it a read and […]

More on Bird Brains: Rooks are also Tool Makers/Users

posted by Gus diZerega

Recent discoveries about bird intelligence after so many many years of people knowing we were the only tool users and making it a definition for being human are great evidence for how what we “know” blinds us to what is.  […]

Gog, Magog and Memorial Day

posted by Gus diZerega

Alternet just added more insight to the mentality of those who led us into war in Iraq.  Turns out that Rumsfeld’s juicy little Biblical quotes juxtaposed with American firepower in his memos to Bush were part of a bigger pattern.  […]

This is an Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

That’s right.  You are in charge – let’s see what happens. If it works into an interesting discussion or discussions, I’ll do it once a week.  So if there is an issue relevant to Pagans that you’d like to see […]

To My Readers: My Blog, the “Other Religion,” and Related Matters

posted by Gus diZerega

Meical ab Awen and then some others as well ask a legitimate question over my recent posts dealing with Christianity – why have I recently focused on the crimes and shortcomings of some Christians?  Would I be better off and […]

Opportunities for Pagan Travel

posted by Gus diZerega

With thanks to eagle-eyed Valerie, Paula Jean West has just been named the Pagan Travel Examiner at San Francisco’s Examiner.com.  Another step forward in our increasing respectabity!  Please pay her a visit.

Witch Hunts in Gambia

posted by Gus diZerega

Gambia’s sordid dictatorship  is conducting “witch hunts” and spreading fear throughout its territory.  This time it’s not being done in the name of religion, and it isn’t targeting children, but it’s still dreadful and murderous.   It is a bizarre […]

Molesting and Raping Children for Decades, then Covering it Up

posted by Gus diZerega

Huffington Post has a report on many decades of sexual and physical abuse of thousands of Irish children by priests and nuns in Catholic run reform schools.  ( I do not want to be accused of just picking on Protestants […]

Killing Children for Jesus

posted by Gus diZerega

Evangelical pastors torturing and sometimes killing children because they accuse even 6 and 8 year olds of being witches.  Thus has been the blessing of evangelical Christianity in significant areas of Africa.  Over 2000 evangelical churches have participated.

Egoism and Spirit: Almost (But Not Quite) Like Oil and Water

posted by Gus diZerega

I think egoism and Spirit are about as antithetical as it is possible for two concepts to be.

21st Century Crusades

posted by Gus diZerega

Any questions anyone might have had about the religious fantasies and hallucinations behind those who launched aggressive war on Iraq can be put to rest with the publication of Donald Rumsfeld’s pretty memos to George Bush II. Our foreign policy […]

Meditation and the Brain

posted by Gus diZerega

Stephen Schwarz  uncovers interesting research on how meditation increases grey matter.

12 Magic(k) Spells

posted by Gus diZerega

Beliefnet has just published their first ‘Pagan gallery’ – 12 Magic Spells Some are more workings than spells in the narrower sense, and bring in several traditions of folk magick.  I have not used any of these particular spells or […]

Jon Stewart is on Target

posted by Gus diZerega

This is wonderful.  If you didn’t see him, see him now!

Conservative Christians and Torture Revisited

posted by Gus diZerega

My spirituality and torture post made some people angry, who claimed that the PEW polls on torture showing more church goers were supporters of torture than non-Christians were somehow unreliable or not representative.   Now some other polls have emerged.

Atheists, Christians, and Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

The recent plethora of books by militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is beginning to generate a good deal of return fire from people writing within the Christian tradition, either as sophisticated adherents or writers […]

Animal Intelligence- Much More Than Most Imagined

posted by Gus diZerega

Alex, Snowball, Betty – recently birds have been transforming the world we live in – as we discover what had been in front of us for thousands of years. The transformation is in our perceptions and understanding.  

A Day at Mt. Tamalpais

posted by Gus diZerega

Saturday was Pagan pride Day in Berkeley.  Many dear friends of mine participated, and if someone sends me an account, I’ll pass it along.  But after much dithering one way and the other, I did not go.

Worthy Book, Worthy Blog

posted by Gus diZerega

Anne Hill has a good review of a worthy new Pagan book that helps us find grounds for good living that are not rooted in someone else’s commandment:, The Other Side of Virtue, by Brendan Myers. http://gnosiscafe.com/gcblog/2009/04/30/living-la-vida-virtuosa/  Check it out, […]

May Pole Magic

posted by Gus diZerega

Last Saturday we raised a Maypole in drizzling rain on a hill top in Sonoma County.  The day was soggy, still, a  heavy mist turning often to light drizzle putting the dampers on some traditional revelry.  But our setting was […]

Is DNA Telepathic?

posted by Gus diZerega

Does DNA have telepathic qualities?  Do principles of emergent self-organization pervade reality?  A recent scientific article in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B suggests this may be so.    A popular description of this work can be found in Does DNA […]

ChristoPaganism Reviewed

posted by Gus diZerega

Joyce and River Higgenbotham have written a new book, ChristoPaganism,  that I think will interest any Pagan concerned with the broader boundaries of our community, or any Christian interested in the long-term compatibility of Pagan and Christian spirituality.

The Fifth Column in Our Military

posted by Gus diZerega

Valerie Voigt told me about the May issue of Harpers, whose cover story, “Taking of Jerusalem by crusaders,”   describes the attempt by conservative evangelical Christians to take over the American military, turning it into a vehicle of religious indoctrination at […]

Spiritual Implications of the Torture Issue

posted by Gus diZerega

I was replying in the comments section to some arguments about my last post on the PEW poll and disproportionate LDS involvement in torture, but I ended up in territory that I decided merited a post of its own. For […]

Religion and Torture: Two disturbing news reports

posted by Gus diZerega

Mormons Disproportionately Involved in Torture Regular Church goers are more likely to approve of torture than others, Evangelicals scored highest of all, at over 60%.

Pagan Charities

posted by Gus diZerega

Anne Hill, who has a wonderfully irreverent blog of her own,  just sent me a  very useful link to charities in harmony with a polytheistic worldview.  The list recommends other sites and urges people to send in their own suggestions, […]

Merry May!

posted by Gus diZerega

Up at 4:30 to celebrate the May and ‘bring in’ the sun.  I learned (on my blog!) that Sebastopol has Morris dancers as well: Apple Tree Morris.  So I got to sleep later, saved a lot of driving, supported my […]

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, in the earth without reference to any transcendental sp

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently than anything I can write that interfaith work is a good

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

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 industry that it is hard-pressed to produce meat that won’

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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 that slip so very easy.

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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