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civil rights Tag - PaganSquare - Join the conversation! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:14:31 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb FieryTuesday January 13, 2015

In today's Fiery Tuesday post, we highlight stories of religion and activism: a *very* Christian Congress; Pagan view on Charlie Hebdoe?; rhetorical violence in Paganism; civil rights victories in 2014; understanding Roma culture.

The 2015 U.S. Congress was just sworn in -- and it's not exactly representative in gender, race, or economic status. Overlooked by many is also just how very Christian it is, in spite of growing religious diversity in the country.

Is there a Pagan angle to the story of the terrorist attach on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo? The Wild Hunt says yes -- and here's their coverage.

Naturalist Pagan blogger John Halstead has been party to more than one internet battle, in this post he attempts to analyze how we can avoid rhetorical violence when we are vehemently arguing about our beliefs.

It's never bad to celebrate progress: this story in Yes! magazine does just that with stories of activist progress in 2014.

The Roma culture (often mis-described as "gypsies") is one of the most misunderstood in the world. Pagan culture often (whether innocently or carelessly) appropriates elements of this culture. We need to stop, and this story from The Daily Beast can help us to do better.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Nov 18

In today's Fiery Tuesday, we have a set of stories that touch on minority religious beliefs in North America: a Muslim prisoner's beard sparks a Supreme Court case; Canada to ban polygamy?; when is fortune-telling fraud?; welcoming Pele's lava; a Sikh sues to join US military -- with his beard intact.

Why should Pagans give a care about the Holt vs. Hayes Supreme Court case? This post lays out the important religious rights issues in the case.

Terming the practices "barbaric" Canadian lawmakers are looking to ban polygamy and the arranged marriage of minors.

This harrowing story lays bare the fraudulent practices of many commercial fortune-tellers and psychics. What's your experience with this practice? How can potential clients tell honest readers from the flim-flam artists?

Native Hawaiians Explain Why the the fiery goddess Pele and Her lava are honored guests.

Sikh men have a religious duty to wear a beard -- which has prevented them from serving in the U.S. military. Now a suit by a young Sikh man and the ACLU seeks to overturn the ban on beards.



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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Update

Two late-breaking stories of civil rights for minority (non)religions

An atheist will be offering a "non-theist" offering to open the City Council meeting in Greece, New York -- the town featured in the recent Supreme Court ruling.

A federal court has ruled that humanist couples in Indiana can be married by their own “secular celebrants,” something that until now was illegal under state law.



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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today You can read my post about being a Southern Witch on the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act here:

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Hobby Lobby Win -- what does it mean for Pagans? The #HobbyLobby Supreme Court case today is complex, and its import for Pagans not clear. Court tried to rule narrowly, but left open many important issues for further decisions.

Clear winners: family-owned businesses (even corporations that are not publicly-traded) that have religious objections to various mandated public policies, organizations and people opposed to certain kinds of contraception and to abortion. Pro-life groups rejoice, as well as employers of all sizes and types. (Can "religious exemptions" apply outside of contraception? Unclear.)

Clear losers: female employees of said family-owned businesses who want contraceptive services covered under their employer-paid health care. (Though this will be somewhat dealt with by the Obama administration plans to cover such care itself, similar to exemption given to religious non-profits such as the Catholic church.) Opponents of "corporate personhood" gnash their teeth.

Up in the air: how far will the "religious exemption" go for family businesses?

Links to more coverage:

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Abortion Rights are a Theological Battle

As you probably know there has been a powerful and effective move on the part of the Republican party to restrict access to abortion and other reproductive health services at the state level since the 2010 elections. What drives this is a theological notion that amounts to the establishment a religion in violation of the 1st Amendment of the US constitution. Those who object to the imposition of restrictions on access to abortion should recognize that it is a theological battle. Come see why. . .

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