PWN S4E8: Pagan Pride Day Season, news and more

Pagan Weekly News, week of 24 July 2014

The Pagan Weekly News is, as the name implies, a weekly news program from a Pagan perspective. Over the years the show has moved around a lot on the weekly calendar, but RevKess and Zaracon strive to bring the listener the news in a timely manner. At its current day of the week, PWN is trying to settle into a new routine. The time of the live broadcast may continue to fluctuate, but for now it will be on Thursdays.

Just in time for Throw-Back Thursdays, KaliSara has been posting links to past episodes of programming on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. You can follow those listings through our Facebook page of the channel or by following RevKess on Twitter. This week’s TBT episode is Herbs and Some of Their Uses from 6 February 2010. Might be time to revisit the topic.

Pagan Pride Day season is about to start. It officially runs from August 1 through October 31st. With events all around the country, some states having more than one event, and reaching across the globe, PPD is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular Pagan outreach celebrations. One of the largest PPD events in the world is held the first Sunday of August every year since 2009. the UK’s PPD is in Central Nottingham with over 1500 Pagans attending and more coming every year. With any luck maybe one or more of the PMPChannel hosts can make it to one of their local PPD events.

Links to topics covered

Links to stories not covered, but of interest

  • George Takei talks frankly, with some humor, about his experience in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII.
  • Conflicts in the Middle East are putting priceless archaeological treasures at risk, including a recently discovered mythic temple of Musasir.

MUSIC

featuring brand new music from Frenchy and the Punk

  1. PWN intro courtesy Aetopus
  2. Frenchy and the Punk – Don’t Fear the Rabbit – Bonjour Batfrog
  3. SJ Tucker – The Great Velocipede Migration – Wonders
  4. Celia – Red Alabaster & Blue – Red Alabaster & Blue
  5. Celia – Metta Prayer – For the Asking
  6. Frenchy and the Punk – La Vie de Boheme – Bonjour Batfrog
  7. Wendy Rule – Deity – Deity
  8. Cernunnos Rising – Wise Old Yew – Urban Druid
  9. Lis Addison – My Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf

Frenchy and the Punk will be in Omaha on 31 July 2014, Thursday. They will be performing at the Barley Street Tavern with Anonymous Henchman.

SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney will be in Lincoln on 19 August 2014, Tuesday. They will be performing at the historic Ferguson House, a concert sponsored by KZUM and the Wayward Concert Series through the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.

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PWN S4E6: What we’re really say is….

On the Pagan Weekly News RevKess and Zaracon do their best to bring you news, views, and information that is of interest to the Pagan community. Along the way we often discuss religious intolerance/persecution and the brighter side of our religio-spiritual umbrella: festivals, books, and music. This week’s edition is no exception to that pattern. As the title of this edition implies, Zaracon and RevKess discuss some of the popular memes that are floating around on the internet, primarily on Facebook. What is a meme, you might be asking. It used to mean “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” It has come to mean “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” Many of the memes that we see in social media are political in nature, especially during an election year. Whether they are political or not, memes are often half truths at best, out-right lies at worst. Many of the memes that people share seem humorous at first glance, if you look at them again you note that they are insulting to one group or another. Here is a prime example of such a meme. It is true that many who use politically correct speech are sugar coating things, but not because they cannot handle the truth. More often than you might think it is because they are trying not to insult someone else. This one makes no attempt to avoid insulting people. It does, however, bring to light what many think of politically correct speech. An example of how politically correct can be more insulting than sugar-coated would be many of the attempts the straight community use when talking about the gay community, in particular the trans community. See, look there. In an attempt to be general and “politically correct” I left out lesbians and bisexuals, gender queer and gender fluid. Other attempts to be more encompassing of everyone who might fit into that community is the abbreviation “LGBTQA” Even that collection of letters leaves people out.  Some like the acronym “SOGI”, sexual orientation and gender identity. This term is confusing for some, a literal look at the term would encompass the entirety of humanity. Perhaps that is the point. Maybe, just maybe, people should call it as they see it, or to use a phrase “call a spade a spade.” And then you have the opposite end of the spectrum. Memes that point out something that many might consider to be true. In this situation, many might consider it a fault to need alcohol and drugs to be entertained. Agreed. Drugs and alcohol are not necessary to have a good time. They can make for a little extra entertainment – like when your friend gets so drunk they can’t walk without falling down. In moderation, though, alcohol is fine – even some drugs are fine in moderation. RevKess would rather enjoy a glass of wine at dinner or while watching a movie than toke up, or even go out to the clubs. Combing through several pages of racist memes, none could be found that weren’t in some way disgusting or too far into the racist field (I think I need a shower now). But it is easy to understand that a racist meme is just wrong, insulting. Whether they are directed at whites, blacks, Jews, Asians, Latinos, whatever. They are all disgusting and insulting. After all this, there are some memes out there that are just down right funny, cute, or enlightening. Here is an example of one that is inspiring – at least for the bibliophiles out there. Just look around at RevKess’s home and you will see bookcases in every room (save the bathroom) and stacks of books literally to the ceiling. Never enough bookcases. And of course there are the snarky memes.

LINKS

Before we start with the links, RevKess would like to apologize for a tidbit of misinformation. He failed to double check the publication date of an article about Andy Griffth. Mr. Griffth died on July 3, 2012.  The article he saw just before going live was in memorial of him.

  • In the New York Times, opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof talks about how religious freedom is in peril, focusing on how Muslims seem to be using the idea of religious freedom to persecute non-Muslims – primarily in the Middle East and “underdeveloped” countries.
  • The Pope apologizes to Buddhists for the Christian Colonial Rule of Sri Lanka. Is it enough?
  • Rev. Chuck Currie, a minister for the United Church of Christ and columnist for Huffington Post – Religion, writes about how religious freedom is in under attack, and not how you might think. His focus is on how the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious exemptions for certain birth control coverage may lead to further misuses of the law and the protection of freedom of religion. “In a nation as diverse as the United States of America, it is critical that the federal government be trusted to follow — and indeed, to role-model — equitable employment practices. We believe that our mutual commitment to the common good is best served by policies that prohibit discrimination based on factors that have no relationship whatsoever to job performance. We are better and stronger as a nation when hiring decisions are made based on professional merit rather than personal identity.” – from a letter Currie wrote to President Obama.
  • On the Wild Hunt, Cara Schulz writes about the SCOTUS decision, after breaking things down in understandable terms she quotes several Pagans who voiced their opinions. RevKess is quoted.
  • RevKess’s full opinion piece on the SCOTUS decision for Lavender Hill.
  • In the days following the SCOTUS decision many businesses and organizations have begun prep work to petition for religious exemptions from Obama’s promised executive order to ban discrimination of LGBTQ employees of federal contractors, and the current draft of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before theHouse. RevKess wrote an opinion piece for Lavender Hill after the announcement that  the Nation Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU, and other civil rights groups have withdrawn their support for the current version of ENDA.
  • In the current edition of the Pagan Community Notes on the Wild Hunt, Jason PItzl-Waters talks about the New Alexandrian Library Project and the special issue of Green Egg in honor of Morning Glory Zell.
  • Heather Greene has written a two part series on Pagans on campus for the Wild Hunt. Part 1, Part 2.
  • Cara Schulz, taking a step away from the seriousness of SCOTUS, birth control, and religious freedom, writes on the Wild Hunt about discovering Pagan ethics in modern secular life – Football.
  • Silverspring on her blog writes about why some people may choose to remain in the broom closet.
  • Writing on Witches&Pagans’ blog, author and lecturer Karen Tate talks about integrity in Pagan writing. Read an excerpt from her new book Goddess Calling on the blog Bad Witch.
  • On Patheos, T Thorn Coyle writes about public priesthood.

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro, courtesy Aetopus
  2. Damh the Bard – The Parting Glass – Tales from the Crow Man
  3. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
  4. Leigh Anne Hussey – She is Grandmother – Homebrew
  5. Mama Gina – Summer of the Fae – Goddess Kiss’d
  6. Spiral Dance – Weaving the Summer – Magick (also available on their best of CD, The Quickening)
  7. Frenchy & the Punk – The Circus Parade – Hey Hey Cabaret
  8. Celia – Carry Me Home – Carry Me Home

Musica Pagani Ep 3

Episode three of the reboot of Musica Pagani has hit the interwebs. Hear music from Brian Henke, Omnia, Acoustic Ocean and many others!

The list of artists that we can play just keeps growing. Some of the artists in this edition you will be familiar with from earlier editions of MP as well as other programming on PMPChannel. The newest on the list below is Brian Henke. RevKess got hear him perform at Heartland 2013 and came home to find his latest two CDs in the review stack from KZUM. Needless to say, permission request was sent off right away.

Upcoming editions will have more NEW music from artists like Jami Sieber, Cernunnos Rising and Michael de Salem. Keep checking in with PMPChannel on BTR and iTunes for the latest in New Age and Pagan music as well as news, views, interviews, and information from the other programming on the channel. Don’t forget to check out Pagan-Musings on Saturday the 22nd of June to hear an interview with George Nicholas and his daughter Katie from Cernunnos Rising and again on the 29th of June to hear an interview with some of the Tribe of Tuatha Dea.

Music

  1. Blackmore’s Night – Sake of the Song – Autumn Sky
  2. Al Conti – Silk and Jasmine – The Blue Rose
  3. Al Conti – Sacred Space – Poeta
  4. Al Conti – Dans For Loki (Loki’s Jig) – Northern Seas 
  5. AeTopus – Alley of Dust and Soul – Angels and Machines
  6. AeTopus – Vast – Between Empires
  7. AeTopus – Reflections in the Glass – Angels and Machines
  8. Lisa Hilton – City Streets – Getaway 
  9. Lisa Hilton – Stepping Into Paradise – Getaway
  10. Lisa Hilton – Unforgotten – Getaway
  11. Leigh Ann Hussey – Greenmantle – Homebrew
  12. Leigh Ann Hussey – Rise Up Witches – Homebrew
  13. Leigh Ann Hussey – Witches Come Again – Homebrew
  14. Gaia Consort – Every Sacred Thing – Secret Voices 
  15. Gaia Consort – No Shadows – Evolve
  16. Gaia Consort – Face in the Clouds – Vitus Dance
  17. Brian Henke – Dancing with the Child in You – A Child’s Garden
  18. Brian Henke – Dancing in the Garden, Head in the Clouds – A Child’s Garden
  19. Brian Henke – A Boy Wizard – Seven Magic Spells
  20. Acoustic Ocean – Into the Mystery Landscape – Chimes of the Spirit
  21. Acoustic Ocean – Tsunami – Chimes of the Spirit 
  22. Acoustic Ocean – Midnight Rendnevous – Chimes of the Spirit
  23. Omnia – Taranis Jupiter – Wold Love 
  24. Omnia – The Well – Pagan Folk
  25. Omnia – Wytches’ Brew – Alive!
  26. Isaac Bonewits – Quarter Farewell – Avalon is Rising

While preparing the show notes today, RevKess stumbled across this site that is devoted to Leigh Ann Hussey. Her music is available for free download at www.motogrrl.org/Bands, but this site has details on her life, music career and her unfortunately and untimely passing. For those of you who enjoy Leigh Ann’s music and want to learn more about her, please visit the sites linked and share her life and love of music with others. Leigh Ann was also an author, you can hear Colin Hussey read her novella “The Lover of Lord Eithras“, or read the story. There doesn’t seem to be any videos on YouTube or elsewhere for Leigh Ann’s music, something just might have to be done about that.

Bonus Videos