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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, March 22 2017

A Pagan writer discusses one (of several) reason(s) Pagans should be supportive of refugees and other immigrants. An interview with the managers of the holy site at Glastonbury. And an examination of the distinction between violent self-defense and violent activism. It's Watery Wednesday, our segment about news within the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Many believe refugees are dangerous, but in fact the vast, vast majority of them are just regular people fleeing horrible conditions. Perhaps if we knew more personally, we'd be more open to them. With that in mind, Karl E. H. Siegfried shares his family experience at The Wild Hunt.

Sometimes you just want to be frivolous and silly. Sometimes, life demands you take things seriously. But who says you can't do both at once? Depressed by the state of affairs in the United States but still determined to spread joy, The Twisted Rope shares a fun activity you can take part in to carry on the spirit of resistance while still having fun with it.

Glastonbury is one of the most celebrated and beloved places in European Paganism, in no small part due to its associations with Arthurian mythology. At Patheos, Annwyn Avalon talks with some of the curators of the White Spring at Glastonbury about the location and how they came to care for it.

Are you a fan of Vikings? The TV shows, I mean, not the historical raiders of Western Europe. Certainly few pieces of modern entertainment have done more to highlight the existence of historical Paganism in Europe than it. But not all Pagans are a fan of the show's framing of historical Vikings, including many modern Scandinavians.

When is violence justified? Some would say never. Most are more equivocal, saying it depends on the situation and the forces involved. Recently, Gods & Radicals' editor Rhyd Wildermuth argued that violent protests are a justifiable response to institutional repression. But Seth worshiper G.B. Marian is less certain.

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