Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Spells for Democracy, Oct. 24

Two weeks and three Tuesdays to go :-).

From Views from the Cyberhenge:

Tomorrow’s (10/24) Spell for Democracy

Our original list of 13 spells for 13 Tuesdays has tomorrow’s spell being, “Set up an energy matrix on the astral around all polling places to ensure fairness.” This is a spell that all American Pagans should be willing to participate in, considering the many justified fears about voting machine errors (or hacking), renegade partisans trying to suppress voting among particular population groups, badly trained electoral volunteers, lack of translators for voters needing them, and other threats to a completely fair and honest election.

Everyone in our Spells for Democracy e-group has his or her own way of working magic, but here’s a suggestion for one way that might be effective:

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Spells for Democracy: Release the salamanders!

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but a while back I saw a post about Spells for Democracy on Isaac Bonewits’ blog. At first I didn’t put too much attention on it, then on 9/26 we did that week’s spell:

(09/26) Klutzokinesis spell on opposition candidates, political party spin- masters to make them accidentally speak truth in public

A few days later, the Foley story broke. We couldn’t help but notice the timing.

More below the fold…

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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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ACLU program on religious freedom

I know we’re not supposed to post links with no substantive commentary, but I wanted to let folks know about this one :-).

The ACLU Freedom Files: Religious Freedom
http://www.aclu.tv/religious (ed. note: link was updated to YouTube, but the video doesn’t seem to be up anymore)


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Too much religion a dangerous thing?

A poster on another list pointed out this LA Times article today, though it’s from Oct. 1: The dark side of faith [1]

Paul ranked societies based on the percentage of their population expressing absolute belief in God, the frequency of prayer reported by their citizens and their frequency of attendance at religious services. He then correlated this with data on rates of homicide, sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy, abortion and child mortality.

He found that the most religious democracies exhibited substantially higher degrees of social dysfunction than societies with larger percentages of atheists and agnostics. Of the nations studied, the U.S. — which has by far the largest percentage of people who take the Bible literally and express absolute belief in God (and the lowest percentage of atheists and agnostics) — also has by far the highest levels of homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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