Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Price of Being Pagan

Here are links to current issues of discrimination and harassment that pagans face in this age and time in the 21st century. Most of the info is compiled on the Wild Hunt links, but Jason gives plenty of links himself in the news he publishes, so if you want some other sources, go look there. Most of this stuff I found is within the last few months, but some others are a couple years old. The oldest would be the Tempest Smith article, but I think the next oldest one was in 2009. I didnt do a good combing, nor did I add the list of instances some other pagans have sent me, but this is a good start.

Not mentioned are the cases of children being taken away, of the numerous houses and businesses that have been vandalized in past years, of jobs lost, of threats to our lives, of laws passed against us, of the permeable fear that runs in our community from being outed and losing everything we ever cared about, of our families divorcing over these issues. These things continue to happen, and will probably keep happening if the Pagan community does nothing to reach out and stop these events. Click on the odd colored words for the links.

Jamyi Witch, accused of taking hostage a prisoner and raping him. The prisoner, by the way, is a known rapist and psychopath.

Here also is a wiki about the previous discrimination of Jamyi Witch. I know wiki is not the best source, but it does a good job.

The court case Patrick McCollum lost over the rights of pagans in California prisons.

Here also is an account of discrimination to both Patrick and Starhawk herself.

Some info on a bunch of burnings in Africa of accused witches, and a video too. Warning, the video is graphic, but you have to click on a link in the article to see it.

Saved news article about Tempest Smith's death.

The West Memphis Three, accused of killing a young boy as part of a Wiccan blood ritual, finally freed after 18 years.

The murders of Peruvian Shamans.

Attack on a Ukrainan Pagan Temple and assault of a pagan priest there.

"Defining" our religious practices in Virginia.

A Pagan religion being "redefined" to stave off Christian missionaries and cultural eradication.

Accusations of Santeria/Vodun ritual in Florida after animal bodies are found.

Church or Jail? No alternative for Pagans in Alabama

The dangerous NAR and their response to pagans

The controversial Phoenix Goddess Temple and the raid for prostitution

Ritual killings and some other news.

Dogfights over military burials and/or headstones of non-Christian military personnel.

Vandalizing of military widow's property, who were at the heart of getting wiccan symbols on military gravestones.

Response to ignorant Washington Time's article and the Air Force.

Desecration of the Air Force's Pagan Chapel and the subsequent blessing of it.

A fraction of the Native American discrimination.

Hot Topic and a Pagan.

Like I said, this is a fraction of what happens, and most of the articles are within the last few months. Only a handful are from past years. If you have a story, news article, or any other document of discrimination, feel free to share it in the comments.

Blessed be.

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