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Vikings in Better Perspective

posted by Gus diZerega

Sorn and Low Key have led me to re-examine my comments about Vikings in my post on the loss of America’s soul. The Norsemen were not quite the villains they have been depicted as by Christian historians.  They suggested Prudence […]

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Beliefnet Survey

posted by Gus diZerega

Beliefnet has asked my to urge you to respond to a short survey regarding blogs.  Please click here and help them out.

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Teaching Energy Healing

posted by Gus diZerega

My workshops on Energy Healing at Pantheacon were simultaneously great successes and great frustrations.  I’d done it for several years, the numbers slowly growing.  Then, in 2008, the turnout more than filled a room, leaving me space about the size […]

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Whole Foods ‘Organics’ From China!

posted by Gus diZerega

Whole Foods, which touts its support for locally grown food and organic agriculture, imports a great deal of its frozen food from China. So says a report from ABC’s I-Team.    We are all aware of current Chinese honesty and quality […]

Iraq and Losing the American Soul

posted by Gus diZerega

Like people, no country is all good and no country is all bad.  Great heroism can occur in the worst of times and great evils can happen among the most enlightened of peoples.  That said, the impact of some countries has […]

Anne Hill’s Podcast Interview with Patrick McCollum

posted by Gus diZerega

Anne has a podcast interview of Patrick McCollum’s religious freedom struggle here on Blog o’ Gnosis.  It’s worth your while as McCollum gives vastly more detail and depth to this issue than is available in a published format. The two-faced […]

John Yoo: President has power to order massacre of an entire village

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below John Yoo, whose illegal actions for George Bush have been defended by Obama’s so-called ‘Justice’ Department, has argued the President could legally order an entire village of civilians massacred.  Michael Isikoff at Newsweek caught the follow depravity in […]

Christians and Pagans: a Positive Story

posted by Gus diZerega

The wonderful Pagan singer, Celia, came to Sonoma County yesterday.  While readers of this blog know I admire her work, we had never met.  However she had emailed me she would be singing at a meeting of Catholics concerned with […]

American Power Breeds Ignorance

posted by Gus diZerega

The “war” between certain kinds of religion and science is continuing unabated.  The village atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris use this kind of thing to lambast religion in general, just as Christian Fundamentalists give all kinds of […]

More on Patrick McCollum Case

posted by Gus diZerega

Wild Hunt has done wonderful work in making more information available.  See Jason Pitzi-Water’s latest report here.  And he also had a piece when McCoillum met with Obama Administration officials to discuss issues such as religious discrimination.  Pitzi-Waters quotes McCollum  […]

Patrick McCollum, California and the Constitution

posted by Gus diZerega

The spirit of the Burning Times is alive and well in California.  So I discovered this past weekend at Pantheacon. For years Patrick McCollum has worked to provide Pagan ministerial services for incarcerated Pagans, as is provided by Christian and […]

Universal Polytheism

posted by Gus diZerega

This is a small essay that tries to show how polytheism is universal in all theistic religious traditions.  I pick Christianity to make my case, but I think Islam or Judaism would also ‘work.’ In the process those who wonder […]

Sigh. More Christian Insults and Intolerance Regarding the Air Force Academy

posted by Gus diZerega

Wild Hunt has the whole sordid story. And another post that is relevant as well.

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

The last one was lightly visited, but this one may be more lively.

A Meditation On Waterboarding 4 Year Olds

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE The recent water boarding of a four year old by her father because she was not cooperative in reciting her ABCs. He is a soldier who had served in Iraq.  This event is sad commentary on a creeping American moral nihilism.  […]

And for a Lighter Touch…

posted by Gus diZerega

Fred Phelps is one of my home state of Kansas’s more noxious exports.  But he had no idea what he would encounter when he brought his traveling freak show to San Francisco…  Laughing Squid reports. I really really really hope […]

My Reply to Rombald About the Security of American Freedom

posted by Gus diZerega

In a comment on my “Spiritual Warrior” post Rombald suggested I was too concerned about the longevity of America’s religious liberty.  Here is my answer, because to do the issue credit took me beyond a simple reply. 

On Being a Spiritual Warrior

posted by Gus diZerega

As I meditated this morning I found myself wondering how to keep an open hearted attitude towards the depraved individuals who spend such efforts attacking our religion and making life miserable for other people in general.  

Avatar a Hit With Indigenous People

posted by Gus diZerega

Avatar is a hit with Amazonian indigenous peoples, who were invited by the Pachamama Alliance to a showing translated into Spanish.  They loved it and felt a close connection between themselves and the threats they face and the Na’vi.  There […]

Christians Desecrate Pagan Site at Air Force Academy

posted by Gus diZerega

I was wondering how long the new Pagan site would last without incident given the number of Sauronic folks in Colorado identifying themselves as Christians. Apparently not long. I hope those responsible are prosecuted to the full extent possible and […]

diZerega Workshops at Pantheacon

posted by Gus diZerega

Pantheacon is starting Friday, Feb 12, and going through Monday, Feb 15, the Presidents’ Day Weekend. I urge any Pagans able to attend to do so. It is a wonderful experience.  The San Jose Doubletree is filled now, but the nearest […]

James O’Keefe, Conservatism, Racism and a Religious Connection

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below New conservative folk hero James O’Keefe is turning out to have been a long time habitué of white supremacist gatherings and an associate of anti-Semites and racists according to a new report at Salon.  If so he is […]

Invocation to Brigid

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is an invocation to Brigid we will be using tonight in my Wicca 101.  It will be my students’ first Sabbat.  I modified it from the wonderful Hail Brigid which is on Youtube.

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
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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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