Tuesday 25 May 2010

Pagan Perspectives - choices

Pagans seem to have been particularly outspoken on a variety of subjects recently. Many of the posts are essentially about people's freedom of choice on various issues. Here are links to a few interesting web postings over the past week:

Feminist pagan Starhawk, author of the highly influential book The Spiral Dance,wrote an article called A Woman's Sacred Right to Choose on the Washington Post website. She asked: "Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and support abortion in some circumstances?" Read the full story at: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/starhawk/2010/05/a_womans_sacred_right_to_choose.html

The author of the blog Thoughts from Kansas wrote about a new Lousiana law defending pagans. It says the US state has passed legislation reaffirming American constitutional guarantees of freedom of religious expression. Valli Henry, president of the Louisiana Alliance of Wiccans, is quoted as saying the legislation “bolstered our hope of spreading Wicca and paganism throughout Louisiana.” To me, the concept of wanting to "spread Wicca" seems a little strange as UK Wiccans usually believe trying to convert people to any religion is opposed to the principle of allowing people to do what they will, so long as it is harmless. Read the full story at: http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2010/05/new_lousiana_law_defends_pagan.php

A witch wrote to the Boston Globe, saying that her extended family had recently started saying grace before meals and asking whether she should stay silent while they prayed, go along with them even though it was not her religious belief. To see the full story and read the response visit: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/family/articles/2010/05/24/witch_is_vexed_by_familys_grace/

On the website Modern Ghana, Melanie Miller wrote about The Witch in All of Us. She explained what she does as a modern witch and how to do some simple spells to gain love or money. She also said that witchcraft is part of our heritage and history and that we all have the power to do magic, should we choose to. Read the full story at: http://www.modernghana.com/lifestyle/1434/16/the-witch-in-all-of-us.html

The picture at the top shows Starhawk's book The Spiral Dance: A rebirth of the ancient religions of the great goddess


City Wiccan said...

Ooh, neat list of Pagans in the news. Love it :)
Have that Spiral Dance on my table next to me, ready to read.

As for the Witch who doesn't want to say grace, add Jesus to your pantheon of God and Goddesses you worship and say grace with them. Then lead prayer sometimes and throw is a pagan twist ;) I'm a rebel!

Badwitch said...

City Wiccan - I love your solution to the problem of saying grace!