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June 2009 Archives

Why Private Auto Insurance Works for Everybody and Private Health Insurance Does Not

posted by Gus diZerega

I am amazed that I have heard so little as to why the purely private option no longer works for medical insurance and never will again.  The reason lies in the very logic of capitalism and the market.  While right […]

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Animal Morality

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve just finished Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce’s  new book, Wild Justice: the Moral Lives of Animals.  Theirs is a wonderful book that in less than 200 pages has deeply changed how I look at our other-than-human neighbors on our […]

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Barbara McGraw on Religion in America

posted by Gus diZerega

Last week I went with a Pagan friend to the Marin Interfaith Council’s meeting, to hear Barbara McGraw give a talk on church and state in America.  McGraw is author of Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground,  a very good discussion of […]

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Thoughts on Forgiveness

posted by Gus diZerega

The forgiveness thread Cheryl started is a wonderful one, and I want to give it special placement.  Forgiveness is a fascinating topic.  I have a remarkable story that offers an inspiring perspective on that issue.

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

This is open to whomever to bring up whatever.

Courage

posted by Gus diZerega

From an Iranian student on her blog.  Look for 3:09 PM. “I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I’m listening to […]

Midsummer: the Summer Solstice

posted by Gus diZerega

This weekend marks Midsummer, the Summer Solstice celebration.  Pagans of many different types will be celebrating Summer Solstice 2009 in small and large groups across our country.  Because we focus on the Sacred as immanent in our world, everything that […]

Atheists as Unusually Moral?

posted by Gus diZerega

I was intrigued with the finding in the Pew poll that those Americans who did NOT go to church were the most opposed to torture.  Over 60 percent of white evangelical Protestants supported torture, the highest percent of ll groups […]

Empathy, Understanding, and Agreement

posted by Gus diZerega

Franklin Evans in commenting on the last post suggested I host a discussion of what these words mean because he says they are often confused by people. Perhaps they are.  Let’s see,

Spirituality and Empathy

posted by Gus diZerega

We now have quite strong statistical evidence that conservative Republicans are way out of step with the rest of the country with regard to how they see empathy as a virtue.  Daily Kos commissioned two polls, with fascinating findings, here  […]

Two Strikes for Obama

posted by Gus diZerega

Politics is a free-for-all of men and women made crazy by their love of power, and  even the best of politicians often find what seemed possible before winning was impossible once in power.  America’s system favors the status quo, even […]

On the Virtues of Not Always Being Nice

posted by Gus diZerega

A few blog commentators have wondered whether I might be walking close to the line, or even stepping over it, in describing the enablers of murder as moral monsters who are committing treason against the United States.  I appreciate their […]

Dissolving America: The Treason of the Right

posted by Gus diZerega

In the past year there have been many murderous terrorist attacks in the United States, and all have been from the radical right. Jim Adkisson killed two Unitarian church members and wounded others because they were “liberals.” Kieth Luke, a […]

Spirit of Place

posted by Gus diZerega

While visiting Walla Walla, Washington, where I had taught for some years at Whitman College, I took a side trip over to northeast Oregon, one of the most beautiful and least known parts of our country.  There I visited the […]

Acupuncture, Chi and Strokes

posted by Gus diZerega

While I was in Portland visiting a Pagan friend who was studying acupuncture, I mentioned my stroke last year, and my belief that I had recovered so quickly because of my many years of energy work, aided by my friend […]

Back- and an Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

I just got back from a great trip through the Pacific Northwest.  I left Cave Junction, Oregon, this morning, oogled the scenery in Redwood National Park, saw old friends and their chickens in Arcata, and made it to Sebastopol by […]

Who Are We Pagans?

posted by Gus diZerega

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield over at Windows & Doors has a good post from a Jewish perspective on Newt Gingrich’s latest idiocies regarding Pagans. He makes the very astute observation that it seems to me that many of what we might […]

Pagans Aren’t Americans – Gingrich

posted by Gus diZerega

Newt  Gingrich, the thrice divorced defender of family values and Catholicism, warned “I am not a citizen of the world. I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator.”  […]

June: Pearls and the Moon

posted by Gus diZerega

Pagans are famous (infamous?) for taking seemingly mundane occurrences and finding something deep and meaningful in them. We can take just about any occasion and turn it into a sacred, festive celebration. Whether it’s an ancient seasonal festival, the feast […]

Impermanence and Divine Nature

posted by Gus diZerega

Hello, this is T. Thorn Coyle, stepping in for Gus today.   One of the things I do in life is act as a spiritual director. Recently, one of my clients was talking about a struggle with the fact that […]

Drew Dellinger’s Poem on Thomas Berry

posted by Gus diZerega

Given the negativity that so easily can come to seem the defining feature of this society, it’s good to be reminded of why so many of us push back against the forces of dark ignorance.  Drew Dellinger’s poem is a […]

New Bloggers Coming!

posted by Gus diZerega

This week some new bloggers will appear. Today I finished a manuscript I’ve been working on for 4 years.  It’s working title is “The 60s, the Culture Wars, and the Return of the Divine Feminine.”  I am fried. 

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is another open thread where folks can explore what they want, unconstrained by my choices.  Based on the successes of last week’s, I will offer a new one every week.

Thoughts Following Dr. Tiller’s Murder

posted by Gus diZerega

There is only one variety of committed opponent to the legality of all or most abortion who holds a position I can respect as indicating personal sincerity, a sense of responsibility,  and moral integrity.   Only one.

Passing of the Guard

posted by Gus diZerega

Thomas Berry has died today.   He had been a central figure in helping Western Christians, those willing to look and learn anyway, re-establishing connectedness with the sacred immanence we Pagans find in nature. Other giants in ecological and spiritual thought […]

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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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