Posts Tagged ‘military’

Links that Start in Bristol

¶ Professor Ronald Hutton talks about his career and admits — in public — that writing The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft actually harmed it for a time. “Reframing Modern Paganism” in Pagan Dawn magazine. ¶ Heat Street, a political news site, notes the growth of Paganism in the U.S. […]

Army Appoints Hindu Chaplain (Sort of)

There about 1,000 identified Hindus in the U.S. Army, and now they have a chaplain, Captain Pratima Dharm. Yes, that is probably fewer than the followers of Pagan paths in uniform. The Buddhists have been recognized too, but a qualified Wiccan officer was rejected. But there might be more to this story: Dharm speaks easily […]

DADT Repeals Raises Issues for Wiccan Chaplains–Assuming that We Had Wiccan Chaplains, That Is

Terry Mattingly at Get Religion, a blog about religion and journalism, looks at some of the fallout from the “don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal for military chaplains. His main question is whether a new military policy on homosexuals serving openly (they have always been there clandestinely) will affect the ability of some chaplains to follow […]

Nature Religion at the Air Force Academy

The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony scheduled to be held at the circle March 10. Gus diZerega notes it too. Considering some of the previous church-and-state issues at the academy, this is major news. Hmm. I might be able to work that […]

In US Air Force, Wiccans Outnumber Muslims

A friend passed on this column by political commenter Diana West, who notes in passing that there are almost as many Wiccans as Muslims in the American military–and more in the Air Force. So far, I have not heard of any Wiccan dissatisfied with their military careers expressing themselves by killing their fellow service members. […]

Yahoo Group for Pagan Veterans

Some American Pagan military veterans feel that established organizations such as the American Legion and VFW are too heavily Christianized, so they have started a Yahoo group as a first step towards forming a separate organization. It is the old dilemma — change from within, or go outside “the system”? If you are a Pagan […]

Gallimaufry with Temporal Dislocation

¶ It’s not too late to travel in time. This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture’s set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. (Via Glenn Reynolds.) ¶ Time travel of a different […]

Wicca’s Legimacy as Religion

It is often a bad idea to read the comments on political blogs. They tend to degenerate into vicious name-calling by anonymous persons all too quickly. A recent post on the pentacle grave marker case at the political blog Winds of Change bemoaned the fact that Americans litigate over religion: I abhor the kind of […]

Gallimaufry

• A federal judge won’t let the Veterans Administration wriggle out of the lawsuit over grave markers for Wiccan veterans. • The Guardian, a British newspaper, covers the Greek Pagan renaissance. For years, Orthodox clerics believed that they had defeated Greeks wishing to embrace the customs and beliefs of the ancient past. But increasingly the […]