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The Onion on Halloween

posted by Gus diZerega

This is wonderful.

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A Samhain Script

posted by Gus diZerega

I was asked to show our script for Samhain.  I think it is appropriate as it gives a sense of what many Wiccans do tonight or tomorrow night.  So below the fold I have reproduced our script.

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Preparing for Samhain

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been busy polishing our ritual script for Samhain (pronounced “Sow-win”), which we will celebrate the 30th.  I hope every other Pagan reader of this blog will have an opportunity to observe and celebrate this time as well.  I think […]

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Agora: a movie to see and ponder

posted by Gus diZerega

I just saw the movie Agora, and I believe every Pagan would be well advised to see this account of the life and death of Hypatia.  She was the greatest of Classical women philosophers, and apparently a great philosopher by any […]

Michael Moore writes Juan Williams: “You’re right.”

posted by Gus diZerega

I hope everyone reads Michael Moore’s letter to Juan Williams.

American Taliban: Murder and Right Wing Christianity

posted by Gus diZerega

Two episodes to keep in mind whenever a ‘Christian’ right spokesperson says they oppose terrorism and murder.  To put it bluntly, they do not. They advocate it. Encouraging terrorism and murder of American citizens.  Advocating mass murder abroad using the same […]

I am not suppressing comments

posted by Gus diZerega

It’s come to my attention that at least one person has repeatedly sent in a comment and been told I must approve it.  (Beliefnet’s system has occasionally told me I had to personally approve my OWN comments.)  I never received […]

Honoring the Pomo and what doing so can teach us all

posted by Gus diZerega

(Revised and deepened) This month has been Pomo Honoring Month  in Sebastopol, and yesterday I went to see Hinthel Gaahnula (Talking Indian) a film produced by James BlueWolf giving a narrative history of the Clear Lake Pomo from shortly before contact […]

The NeoConfederate Republican/Tea Party

posted by Gus diZerega

As I was researching the modern American rightwing and how it had completely jettisoned the old conservative praise for limited government, I was struck at how it had been captured by the NeoConfederate South, the one part of our country […]

The ‘Christian’ Right and Sharia Law

posted by Gus diZerega

The Sauronic “Christian’ right is alarmed at Sharia law.  It’s often hard to understand why since their views are so often in perfect agreement.

Samhain meditations on the Rodota Trail

posted by Gus diZerega

I took a walk a few days ago out on the Rodota Trail, a lovely foot and bicycle path linking Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.  It goes mostly through a oak savannah filled with big spreading gnarly old oaks.  This time […]

Spam Blocker Über Alles

posted by Gus diZerega

Beliefnet seems to have finally developed a spam fighter that prohibits anyone from posting.  After five tries that failed, I used my “back door” and so could reply to George, but that seems to be it.  I can reply to […]

The Abstract and Concrete: Modernity, Abortion and Death

posted by Gus diZerega

People who equate a small collection of cells with a baby evidence a very modern world view, one which places an abstraction in front of concrete reality.  This elevation of abstraction is a defining feature of the modern world, one […]

Does a fetus have Original Sin?

posted by Gus diZerega

As I was reading some comments on the post immediately below, a “devilish” question came to mind… From a Christian anti-abortion point of view, if it is a human being, does a fetus have original sin?  Or is it without […]

Pro-Life = Pro-Death

posted by Gus diZerega

Lest we forget the deep hypocrisy of so many who claim to be pro-life, a timely reminder of a woman who died because doctors refused to treat her since doing so might harm a first trimester fetus. Not all pro-life […]

David Abram’s “Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology”

posted by Gus diZerega

Books can be great in several ways.  Some encapsulate the spirit of their time.  Some grow in profundity, as the reader returns to them again and again, marveling at how much the author is saying that had been missed in […]

Theurgicon and Pagan Neoplatonism IV.

posted by Gus diZerega

To my mind the presentations by Tony Mierzwicki, Brandy Williams and Don Frew constituted the meat of the Theurgicon gathering, but two other presentations added additional dimensions.  Diana Young (I was unable to find a link to her – perhaps […]

Theurgicon and Pagan Neoplatonism III.

posted by Gus diZerega

Don Frew  made the third Theurgicon presentation, on “Gardnerian Wica as Theurgic Ascent.”  Frew’s use of the single ‘c’ was deliberate, as the coven from which Gardner learned spelled the word with a single ‘c.’ It also helps remind is that […]

My Talk at the Interfaith Observance at the Presidio

posted by Gus diZerega

I was asked to give a talk this afternoon, October 3, at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio chapel in San Francisco.  This was an annual gathering celebrating its founding, and this year’s topic was “Reclaiming the First Amendment,” a […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
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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 ...

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