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the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

Below is a cell-camera shot of my altar ready for the New Year in '09.
I cleaned off previous energy work and the altar is mostly empty, like a blank canvas.
There is a bowl of protective stones in a dish to the left. My silver blade athame to the right.
The candle is a 'problem-solving' candle charged with energy.
In the corner of the wall stands the tall wooden staff gifted to me more than 10 years ago.
The shadows cast on the wall behind are of two Goddess-like statues I have.



Happy New Year!

BadKitty [userpic]

A bit of a shameless plug for my sacred romance track at the Free Spirit Alliance's Mythical Journeys event this Columbus Day weekendCollapse )

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

The First Freedom First simulcast event is now available online right in your browser! Just log on to www.firstfreedomfirst.org and click to watch!

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Separation of Church & State... But Were Afraid To Ask!

Watch performances by Kevin Bacon & the Bacon Brothers, a comedic performance by Marc Maron, interviews with church-state separation advocates like Roberta Stewart and Matthew LaClair, and much more!

Thanks for your support.

~FFF

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

August 30, 2007

Americans United Commends President Bush For Apologizing To Wiccan War Widow

President Says Deceased Veteran’s Wife Should Have Been Included In Meeting With Families Of Fallen Service Personnel

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today commended President George W. Bush for his apology to a Wiccan war widow who was excluded from a private meeting with veterans and their deceased family members in Nevada earlier this week.

Roberta Stewart, whose husband Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in combat in Afghanistan, was not invited to meet with Bush and other family members of soldiers who have died in combat. Other members of Sgt. Stewart’s family were invited to the meeting.

Stewart told local media that she was concerned that her exclusion was an intentional snub for her leadership in an Americans United-sponsored lawsuit that forced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow the Wiccan symbol of faith on government-issued grave markers.

Today, Bush called Stewart and apologized for failing to invite her to the meeting with veterans’ families. He also said he does not believe the Wiccan faith should be discriminated against.

more behind the cutCollapse )

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

Celebrate Our Historic Victory with the Veterans’ Pentacle Quest!
Advocate a Pagan Chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces!
Keep the focus on the VA to accept Thor’s Hammer of the Asatruar and
the Druids’ Awen symbol!


Join us in front of The White House for a Pagan Religious Rights
Rally and Ritual!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007!

Lafayette Square Park
Outside the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC

Set-up between 10am and Noon
Speakers begin at Noon

Ritual begins at 2pm and transitions to Spirit Drum Circle until 5pm

Event ends at 5pm

Roster of Speakers:

Rev. Barry Lynn - Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Rev. Selena Fox - Lady Liberty League and Circle Sanctuary
Diana L. Paxson - The Troth, Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Rev. Michael Akins - Military Pagan Network
Rev. Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison - Ar nDraiocht Fein
Rev. Marcia Drewry - Sacred Well Congregation
Stephen McNallen - Asatru Folk Assembly
Caroline W. Casey - Visionary Activist Astrologer and Radio Host
Special Guest Diana L. Paxson, Pagan Elder and acclaimed author, will
lead a ritual to invoke the Founders of our nation to work with us to
protect the liberties they established and the land they loved.

Spirit Drum Circle after the ritual facilitated by Mz. imani, shaman
of the drum and founder of Conscious Collaborations. Through the
voice of the drums, our ritual intent will travel into the hearts of
the world, invoking harmony, justice and religious freedom for all.

This rally and ritual is organized and sponsored by Caroline Kenner
and Chesapeake Pagan Community. For more information, look at
www.paganreligiousrights.org or email: caroline@paganreligiousrights.org

Please forward this information to all of your lists. We are hoping
for a large crowd of people to support these important community
issues. Hope to see you on July 4th!

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

Pagan News Media Release: Thursday, June 14, 2007


Help us get the word out about this important endeavor -- forward the email below or excerpt or create your own. Thanks!

Uphold America's First Amendment Freedoms!

Support the First Freedom First campaign:

Sign the petition:

safeguarding separation of church & state

and protecting religious liberty:

http://www.firstfreedomfirst.org


First Freedom First is a project sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) and by The Interfaith Alliance (TIA).

Both AU and TIA worked to uphold Wiccan/Pagan religious freedom in the Veteran Pentacle Quest. Info about AU's federal litigation that brought about victory is at: http://www.au.org

Join members of Lady Liberty League, Circle Sanctuary, and others in supporting the First Freedom First petition and being part of the nationwide Pagan networking effort to get as many people as possible to sign on to it.

Beginning today, Thursday, June 14 -- Flag Day, and through Wednesday, July 4 -- America's Independence Day, please join in the following
ways:

(1) SIGN: Sign the petition at the First Freedom First website.

(2) NETWORK: Forward this email or one with the petition's URL that you create yourself -- to blogs, e-lists, websites, those you know.

(3) SUPPORT: Take petitions to Pagan gatherings, Solstice festivals, and other events and get signatures -- contact Bethany Moore -- email:
moore@au.org;


Bethany Moore is American United's Project Manager of the First Freedom First project. She also happens to be Pagan (her Craft name is Aradia B)!
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the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

Celebrate Our Historic Victory with the Veterans’ Pentacle Quest!

Advocate a Pagan Chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces!
Keep the focus on the VA to recognize Thor’s Hammer of the Asatruar and the Druids’ Awen symbol!

Meet us in front of The White House for a Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
Lafayette Square Park
Outside the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC
Set-up between 10am and Noon
Speakers begin at Noon
Ritual begins at 2pm and transitions to
Spirit Drum Circle until 5pm
Breakdown begins at 4pm
Event ends at 5pm

more details behind the cutCollapse )

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

I'd like to find some information or books for heterosexual monogomous Pagan couples.

In my initial searches for "relationships" and "pagan" as keywords, I find items about polygamy and polyamoury, but this is not what I am interested in.

Can anyone recommend any sources for heterosexual, monogomous relationship guidance for Pagan couples?

Thanks in advance.

the beatnik pagan poet [userpic]

Americans United: Bush Administration Agrees To Approve Wiccan Pentacle For Veteran Memorials.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Settlement In Americans United Lawsuit Comes After Discovery Of A Pattern Of Bias Against Minority Faith

The Bush administration has conceded that Wiccans are entitled to have the pentacle, the symbol of their faith, inscribed on government-issued memorial markers for deceased veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

The settlement agreement, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, brings to a successful conclusion a lawsuit Americans United brought against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in November.

The litigation charged that denying a pentacle to deceased Wiccan service personnel, while granting religious symbols to those of other traditions, violated the U.S. Constitution.

“This settlement has forced the Bush Administration into acknowledging that there are no second class religions in America, including among our nation’s veterans,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director. “It is a proud day for religious freedom in the United States.”

Continued Lynn, “Sadly, the refusal of the federal government to recognize the Wiccan pentacle seems to have been built on inexcusable bias, a foundation that has crumbled under the press of this litigation.”

In the lawsuit, Americans United represented Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005; Karen DePolito, whose husband, Jerome Birnbaum, is a veteran of the Korean War who died last year; Circle Sanctuary, a prominent Wiccan congregation; Jill Medicine Heart Combs, whose husband is severely ill; and the Isis Invicta Military Mission, a Wiccan and Pagan congregation serving military personnel.

The litigation was coordinated by Richard B. Katskee, AU assistant legal director with oversight by Ayesha N. Khan, AU legal director. They were assisted by other attorneys in the office, including Aram Schvey, AU litigation counsel.

Americans United’s attorneys uncovered evidence that the VA’s refusal to recognize the Pentacle was motivated by bias toward the Wiccan faith. President George W. Bush, when he was governor of Texas, had opposed the right of Wiccans to meet at a military base in that state. Bush’s opinion of Wiccans was taken into consideration when making decisions on whether to approve the Pentacle.

“Many people have asked me why the federal government was so stubborn about recognizing the Wiccan symbol,” said AU’s Lynn. “I did not want to believe that bias toward Wiccans was the reason, but that appears to have been the case. That’s discouraging, but I’m pleased we were able to put a stop to it.”

AU’s Khan welcomed the settlement.

“It is rank hypocrisy for this administration to claim publicly that it cares about religious freedom and equality but then to quietly and deliberately discriminate against a minority faith like Wicca,” she said. “Until now, this administration’s view has been that Wiccans are good enough to fight for their country, but not good enough to be acknowledged with a proper headstone.”

Under the terms of the Circle Sanctuary v. Nicholson settlement, the federal government will recognize the right of Wiccans to have the pentacle made available as an emblem of belief for inscription on headstones, grave markers and memorial plaques. The VA will add the symbol to its list of available emblems of belief.

In addition, the VA will make markers bearing the pentacle — an encircled, intertwined five-pointed star — available to the families of Stewart, Birnbaum and others who request them.

AU noted that the VA’s list of 38 approved symbols for government gravestones, markers and plaques includes emblems for Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Humanists and members of the Eckankar, Serbian Orthodox and United Moravian faiths.

A Wiccan group first petitioned the VA for approval of the pentacle years ago. Officials at the agency dragged their feet on the request but in the interim approved the symbols of six other religions and belief systems. Among them was a Sikh emblem, which the VA approved in just a few weeks.

Wicca is a nature-based religion grounded in pre-Christian beliefs. Circle Sanctuary says the Wiccan religion honors the Divine as both Mother and Father, encompasses love and respect of Nature, celebrates the cycles of Sun and Moon, and encourages adherents to live in harmony with other humans and the greater Circle of Life.

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Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Name: Jennifer

Age: 30

Coven, Solitary, or Just Starting Out: Solitary/Just Starting Out

Just for interest's sake, please tell of how you first got interested in the Craft: I’ve always picked up books here and there at the library or whatever. Always had an interest in reading pagan related fiction stories. And then my dad got me a gift card for barnes and nobles and I decided to pick a book up and I’ve been studying since. Helps that I joined a book swap sites where I got a lot of pagan books quite easily.

Any extra tidbits?: I have a 6 year old son named Joseph and I am planning my wedding to be on 4/21/07. I love to read and listen to music, and watch movies. I am also taking online university classes towards Business Administration

Current Location: work
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: cruxshadows marilyn my bitterness
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