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Samhain and History

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most important dimensions of spiritualities rooted in Sacred Immanence is that any feature of our unfallen world has its sacred dimension.  I was reminded of this fact when looking up the history of Samhain in Ronald Hutton’s […]

Obama and the defense Budget – Credit Where Credit is Due

posted by Gus diZerega

While I think president Obama’s obsession with bipartisanship is an error and a weakness, he has pulled off a rare success against the military-industrial-congressional complex with his defense budget.  Whether it’s a false dawn, time will tell.  I hope I […]

Halloween and Samhain

posted by Gus diZerega

The commercialization of Christmas has rightly bothered many Christians, but my take on the commercialization of Halloween is more benign. The past few decades have seen an extraordinary explosion of Halloween kitsch, usually of the cheapest plastic employing the crudest […]

Must Pagans Be “Ultra Liberals”?

posted by Gus diZerega

This issue has repeatedly arisen on this blog, perhaps because people think, mistakenly, that I am an ‘ultra liberal.’  The issue arose most recently as a question for the special Beliefnet post I am developing.  I won’t use it for […]

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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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