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Watching the Religious Right

The heat, humidity, and need to get off my duff and get the house ready for a termite inspection tomorrow have my brains mushy enough that I can’t come up with any good commentary on this, so forgive my posting something without adding much of my own :-).

From my favorite “Neopagan curmudgeon,” a link to the current newsletter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State on watching and dealing with the Religious Reich.

It includes a list of the top ten Religious Reich leaders, ten steps you can take to fight the RR, and an overview of the power now held by the theocrats who want to rule America.

IMO, we here on this Street are already doing a lot of these :-).
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Satanism, “devil worship”, and banning groups

First off, let me state that I follow neither of the above paths. But, as a neo-pagan, I understand how it feels to be accused of worshipping evil when we do no such thing. So since preemptively banning “Satanists” was proposed in another thread, I had to speak up.

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Most inspiring films

Today’s news includes an item on “It’s a Wonderful Life” topping the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Most Inspiring Films Of All Time.

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Gab in the Grove

I’ll only be around for another hour at most, but I wanted to toss out another one of these. These “grove” posts are meant to be pagan-friendly, but that doesn’t mean pagan only :-). Everyone is welcome!

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Wiccan Soldier denied symbol of faith on headstone

I know I’ve posted on this issue before, but every one of us who gives their life while serving their country and is denied this simple thing because they have the “wrong” faith points up the issues we face.

For Wiccan Nev. Soldier, Death Brings Fight [1]

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Films that misrepresent religion

When a film comes out that is perceived as misrepresenting Christianity, the complaints are all over the press. When it’s Judaism, the press still covers it, but less so. There’s even less when the religion in question is Islam, but it’s still there.

So, how about the rest of us?

Use this as a place to kvetch about those films you feel haven’t been recognized as potentially misrepresenting or defaming a religion (or lack thereof). No Da Vinci Code, please, unless it’s in comparison to something else. That one’s already been done to death :-).

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JuBus? (Judaism/Buddhism blend)

There have been a few stories I’ve seen over the past few weeks that I was going to comment on here, but never got around to. Today, I’m getting around to one :-). From the LA Times: At One With Dual Devotion (if the LAT link doesn’t work, or asks you to log in, try this link [1] instead).

‘JuBus’ blend the communal rituals of Judaism with the quiet solitude of Buddhism. Most adherents are at peace with the paradox.

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Sex, love, and Beltane

(This started out as a comment to Alexandra’s “Meaning and Mystery of Beltane“, but when I realized how long it was going to be I decided to diary it instead.)

This is a bit off the cuff, since I’m in the middle of trying to get the home network working again (I have to play musical connections to get everything talking to each other again every time there’s a power interruption), but I wanted to comment — especially since I didn’t post a ritual last night like I’d planned. Maybe I’ll do it for the astronomical cross-quarter in a few days :-).

More below the fold…

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Beltane?

Not much of a diary, more a place to discuss what, if anything, we pagan heathens might do around here for one of our two big holydays :-).

Ref. links below the fold.

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The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear…Right?

Wrong.

A Homeland Security Department spokesman was held Wednesday on felony charges of sexually preying on a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl through explicit online conversations. He was quickly suspended without pay from one of the nation’s top crime-fighting agencies.

The arrest of Brian J. Doyle, 55, raised doubts about the ability of an agency responsible for safeguarding the country to ensure the security credentials of its own people.

Gee, ya think?

Of course, it can’t get much worse than this, right?

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