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Lammas Rituals

posted by Gus diZerega

Lammas, or Lughnasadh,  is one of the most important Pagan Sabbats, midway between Beltane and Samhain.  Here are some ideas for two Lammas rituals you might want to try if you have no other gathering to attend.  Even if you […]

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The Whale of Life

posted by Gus diZerega

After the God of Death, why not the Whale of Life?

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Thoughts About Lammas

posted by Gus diZerega

Lammas, or Lughnasad, has always been one of my favorite Sabbats. It is celebrated from July 31 to August 2, generally, and we are fortunate this year that all the dates are on the weekend. Lammas is the first and […]

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A God of Death

posted by Gus diZerega

The many murders by self-described ‘pro-life’ supporters are only the down payment in deaths of real people rather than zygotes if those who want to ban all kinds of abortion have their way. Lots more dead people now in the […]

Sam Harris and Frances Collins Re-Examined

posted by Gus diZerega

A number of people have suggested I was unfair to Sam Harris in criticizing his attack on Frances Collins.  Below I reprint his column from the NYT, inserting at key points comments showing I am very far from being unfair.  […]

Bigoted Atheism

posted by Gus diZerega

Sam Harris  has a column in today’ New York Times objecting to Obama’s naming Francis Collins  director of NIH.  He objects solely because Collins is a Evangelical Christian.  

Health Excellence in America

posted by Gus diZerega

Huffpost has provided an important account of the human cost to Americans of turning control over our health provision to sociopathic corporations.

Primary Elections and American Democracy

posted by Gus diZerega

After huffing and puffing that he would still frequently vote against the Democrats, new “Democrat” Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania, has fallen into line.  Understanding why gives a whiff of hope for the future.

Spirits All Around

posted by Gus diZerega

“Ex-Pagan” managed to get a lot of confusions and errors into a short snark in the ancestor thread, but by doing so raised an interesting issue. Ancestors are not Gods in any tradition to my knowledge.  But they are potentially […]

The Ancestors

posted by Gus diZerega

  Caroline Kenner has a guest blog over at Wild Hunt, and has provided a fascinating post on the ancestors .   Kenner raises an issue that I think has been under addressed in our community.

Another Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes it is.

Sauron’s Minions

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE BELOW  I have been following Jeff Sharlet’s reports about “The Family,” for some time.  His report in Harper’s  initially alerted me to this loathsome organization.  It was followed by his book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart […]

Sexuality and the Sacred

posted by Gus diZerega

Frances Kissling over at Salon has a good discussion of fallacies in the views held by kinder gentler “pro-life” proponents who loudly oppose abortion but support Obama.  They are people who have expanded their moral and spiritual compass to be […]

Remembering Apollo 11

posted by Gus diZerega

As we commemorate Apollo 11’s successful trip to the moon and Neil Armstrong’s first steps there, all done with the aid of less computing power than exists in my cell phone, I am reminded of how in one respect it […]

A Challenge to Global Warming Skeptics (If you know any, see what they will do…)

posted by Gus diZerega

After catching loud mouthed global warming skeptics lying about the weather and showing they don’t understand statistics. Nate Silver has issued them a challenge.  For every day where they live that it’s a degree cooler than average, he’ll pay them […]

Paganism and America’s Future, Part III: The Sacredness of Nature

posted by Gus diZerega

This is the last of a three part post where I am trying to suggest how we as a community can contribute the most to our wider society.  Along with the Sacred Feminine and role of women, the other religious […]

My Proposal for a New National Holiday

posted by Gus diZerega

Some European friends were over to visit last night, and our conversation ranged all over the place.  One area where we spent considerable time was discussing various countries’ violence against others.  My German friend expressed a strong sense of collective […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Y’all know what to do.

News From the Front: the War on Empathy

posted by Gus diZerega

The hearings over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are giving us wonderful opportunities to see the psychopathology of modern ‘conservatism’ in action.  I am indebted to Daily Kos for much of the information that follows. Here are some interesting factoids […]

Incredibly Good Post by Frank Rich

posted by Gus diZerega

Frank Rich has written a wonderful piece. With thanks to Balloon Juice.

Paganism and America’s Future, Part II: The Divine Feminine

posted by Gus diZerega

Beginning in the ’60s there has been a marked change in the way many people view women and the feminine, and this shift quickly influenced American religion.  After a lull, feminism began to regain its moral energy in the 1960s.  […]

‘Conservative’ Tribalism Revisited

posted by Gus diZerega

When I did a couple of blogs a while back, here and here,  on ‘conservatives’ as having, on balance, not really advanced far beyond a tribal identity, some of my readers got upset. Try these recent gems of wisdom regarding […]

On the Limits of Science

posted by Gus diZerega

I want to return to a discussion of the scientific method that arose during discussions following my post on animal morality. That will be also set the stage for part 2 of Paganism and America’s Future, as well as keeping […]

Regarding My Drug of Choice

posted by Gus diZerega

As far back as I can remember, I’ve heard people warning me about all the bad consequences that will happen because I indulge so deeply in my favorite drug. It is with great pleasure that the following has recently been […]

Paganism and America’s Future: Part I.

posted by Gus diZerega

New Age Cowboy sparked some additional thoughts through his comments in my previous post, thoughts that I think merit a post all their own.  Or rather a series of three.  This one as foundational, another will follow on the Sacred […]

Pagan Musings on the Modern World and Nature

posted by Gus diZerega

When I read these two articles about how we are emptying our oceans  and exterminating sharks not even on purpose, but as thoughtless “bycatch” while we exterminate other things,  I was led into musing about the kind of world we […]

American Patriotism

posted by Gus diZerega

Sebastopol had its annual fireworks show last night, on the 3rd.  (That way people can take in even more fireworks nearby, on July 4.)  Analy high school’s athletic field and bleachers were filled by hordes of happy spectators celebrating our […]

Abandoning Islam in Iran

posted by Gus diZerega

The rapid appearance of books by atheists in the United States is a predictable result of the rise of intolerant religion.  Nothing turns people off to religion faster than self-righteous fanatics and power junkies intent on telling you how to […]

California’s Budgetary Crisis and Its Solution

posted by Gus diZerega

California is entering into a financial abyss, an abyss of its own creation.  The budgetary disaster that is eliminating health care and summer school for thousands of children, closing state parks, and leading to state workers and small businesses being […]

Happy Canada Day!

posted by Gus diZerega

Today Canadians are celebrating Canada Day, their national equivalent to our 4th of July.  Their celebration reminds me of how fortunate I think we are to have such an independent country as our northern neighbor. 

Explicit ‘Right Wing’ Hopes for Major Terrorist Attack on US

posted by Gus diZerega

In a sane world, with sane opposition on issues of concern this would not be happening.  The video is here.  It may no longer be a question of left vs right, where genuine issues exist over which people of good […]

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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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