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August 2010 Archives

Libertarian Pagans: An Interesting History

posted by Gus diZerega

Historically there has been a significant link between Pagans and libertarians.  One of the earliest Pagan organizations, the Church of All Worlds, was inspired in significant part by libertarian science fiction author Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land.  Some […]

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David Abram’s New Book – Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

posted by Gus diZerega

I have begun reading a wonderful book, David Abram’s Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. No book I have ever encountered does as good a job of describing what it is like to be fully aware of our immersion in the […]

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The New Yorker, the Kochs, and Me (mostly not me)

posted by Gus diZerega

Weeks ago I was called by Jane Mayer, a writer for The New Yorker asking me questions about the Koch (pronounced ‘Coke’) brothers Charles and David.  She was doing an investigative piece on their political influence, had seen my Beliefnet […]

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Wonderful Column on Cordoba House issue by Eugene Robinson

posted by Gus diZerega

He sees the big picture and the details.

The Face of Savagery

posted by Gus diZerega

Anyone thinking that the organized opposition to the Islamic Cultural Center in New York is motivated by anything more noble than hatred and bigotry should take a look at the video of yesterday’s demonstration in New York by people who […]

Religious Subversion in the Army: soldiers punished for not attending Evangelical concert

posted by Gus diZerega

Someday the more rabid elements within Christianity may come to respect the constitution,  individuals, spirituality, and the American people.   But not yet. Soldiers stationed in Virginia were punished for not attending a performance by the Christian rock group BarlowGirl  as […]

Jon Stewart, Charlton Heston and the ‘mosque’

posted by Gus diZerega

Jon Stewart, as usual, talks more sense with more humor than almost anyone in the country.

Pagans, Christians, and Muslims Together – Oh My!

posted by Gus diZerega

The current uproar over mosques and American Muslims is reminding me of my first serious encounter with a religion towards which I had considerable hostility: Christianity. And how I finally overcame it while remaining 100% Pagan.

The “War is Over”

posted by Gus diZerega

Well well well – our “combat troops” have been removed from Iraq and the war is over.   50,000 “advisers’?  Give me a break.  They exist to prop up the government; essentially like a Roman garrison.   The war will  be […]

Republican Attorney for George Bush, Whose Wife Died on 9-11, FAVORS Cordoba House

posted by Gus diZerega

Hopefully this statement by Ted Olson, the chief attorney for George Bush in Bush vs. Gore and leading Republican lawyer, whose wife died when the plane she was on crashed into the Pentagon, will put the coup de grace on […]

Major US Media Owned by Supporters of Islamic Terrorists

posted by Gus diZerega

Unfortunately this is true, and through it they are also major contributors to American political campaigns.  Other key figures are closely connected to Communist China.

Hallowed Ground in NYC

posted by Gus diZerega

And in pictures. Here is another moving example of the soulful reverence that exists within two blocks of Ground Zero.

Of Power, Violence, and the American Soul at Risk

posted by Gus diZerega

In Europe before World War One Jews were better integrated into German society than almost anywhere else on the continent.  There were lots of intermarriages as well.  In Bosnia Christians and Muslims lived together peacefully under Tito’s Communist rule, far […]

Why Interfaith is a Good Idea: Muslim Imams at Dachau

posted by Gus diZerega

An important story to be followed, maybe, by Jews and Muslims visiting Auschwitz and Sebrenica, Bosnia, where thousands of Muslims were slaughtered.

Theurgy and Drawing Down the Moon: Theurgicon 2010

posted by Gus diZerega

Theurgy is the late Classical Neoplatonic practice whose closest modern equivalent is Drawing Down the Moon.  In both cases the practitioner achieves temporary unity with a deity, and is to some degree transformed in the process.  These similarities, along with […]

Obama Supports New York Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been very critical of President Obama as regular readers of this blog know.  I am therefore happy to give him credit where it is due, and his support of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” is a heartening example […]

Empathy and Political Beliefs

posted by Gus diZerega

Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who went to prison for serious corruption (he took in $2.4 million in bribes) was an ultra-right wing Republican congressman.  A few years behind bars have turned him into an advocate of prison reform.  In addition he […]

Something for Day of the Dead…

posted by Gus diZerega

A really funny video compliments of my friend John on Facebook. UPDATE Here it is on youtube.

Of Burqas and Mosques, Teachers and Firemen

posted by Gus diZerega

The  “Ground Zero” mosque debate in the US and the burqa debate in Europe both highlight a tension embedded in the middle of modern democratic thinking, one that I have been grappling with for years: How does the well-being of […]

Muslim Americans, the ADL, and the NYC Mosque controversy

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE UPDATE 2 Two more interesting pieces have appeared concerning the proposal to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque a few blocks from the 9-11 site. One is a discussion of the Anti-Defamation League’s hypocritical opposition to the project over […]

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Lammas!

posted by Gus diZerega

That says it all.  Otherwise an open thread.

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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