KaliSara and RevKess talked politics in this edition of the Pagan Weekly News. As the show went live the Republican debate was nearing its close. Both your hosts had been watching the debate up until show time and were prepared to talk about some of the same issues that were brought up on Fox Business Network’s sponsored debate. RevKess and KaliSara had also watched the State of the Union earlier in the week.
Listed here are some of the links to articles, issues, and topics that were discussed during this edition of PWN:
This week’s edition of PWN had a few hiccups. For that we apologize. We do want to thank you for muddling through our audio issues and listening to the show, nonetheless. KaliSara was a bit under the weather and was unable to participate. RevKess managed to slog through on his own. Talking about everything from RFRA’s to Workers’ Compensation, from Pagan music news and upcoming book releases. this edition will tackle a lot of bad and some very good news.
Anthony Tirendi, president of Heartland Pride in the Omaha, Ne metro area, joined Corwin and Phil in the studio this week for a conversation about Pride, specifically about Heartland Pride. Anthony had never been on the radio before, but he did well. Pride this year in the Omaha air covers three days of official Heartland activities. Some of the local bars, churches and other organizations may also be hosting pride events around the metro area.
THURSDAY JUNE 26th: 8:00 PM Candlelight vigil and 9:00 PM viewing of the movie “MILK” at Hanafan Park in Council Bluffs, IA
FRIDAYJUNE 27th: 6:00 PM Youth Pride festival and evening dance at Hanafan Park in Council Bluffs, IA
SATURDAY JUNE 28th: 10:00 AM Heartland Pride Parade in Council Bluffs, IA followed by: 11:00 AM Festival and Entertainment to begin after the parade at Stinson Park in Omaha, NE
The Saturday festival has three main musical acts, all local to the area. Eckophonic, Voodoo Method!, and Recess Girls. The Recess Girls will also be in the Kid Corner after their stage appearance to meet with fans.
There is a small entry fee to attend the main event. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the website for $5 or at the gate for $10.
Lavender Hill being a news program, as well as a talk show, the hosts had some local, national and world news to talk about. Not nearly as much time for news as usual, but they squeezed some things in. It should be noted that many of the below links will take you to stories Corwin and Phil did not have to talk about this week.
Links to News Stories Covered During the Show
A brief opinion piece from the Lincoln Journal Star expresses the disappointment many have with the recent decision to deny the divorce of a lesbian couple in Nebraska.
Opponents to marriage equality in Pennsylvania missed the deadline to file an appeal to the decision to over turn the ban on same-sex marriage. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum remains largely silent on the matter despite his past vocal stance on the issue.
The Presbyterian Assembly affirms that same-sex marriage is Christian. A vote is pending from all 172 presbyteries over the course of the next year to make it official. Until then, effective now is an amendment to the church constitution allowing ministers to perform gay marriages in state and municipalities where it is legal with approval from local congregational leaders.
Lisa Weiszmiller‘s “other than honorable” discharge from the Army in 1978 has been changed to “honorable” after 35 years. She is now eligible for Veterans’ benefits.
A Texas judge has denied two dads parental rights regarding their biological twin sons. Both boys have the same biological mother, both dads provided sperm. The judge even refused to allow the dads to be listed on their biological children’s birth certificates.
A Change.org petition is asking U.S. Department of Education to allow a case-by-case basis be used to determine qualification on FAFSA for LGBT students who are estranged from the parents/guardians.
The Senate made history last Tuesday by confirming, unanimously, the first openly gay African American judge to a high court. Darrin Gayles now sits on the bench for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Soon your contact lenses and your condoms might have something in common. Researches are developing a new condom made from “tough hydrogels”, a bio-material similar to that used in contact lenses. This innovation could help reduce the excuse of “I can’t feel anything when I use a condom” and hopefully reduce STD and HIV transmission.
As usual, Corwin and Phil tried to cram a lot of news into one hour, almost having to skip some of the music they had planned for the day. Rest assured, they did get all five pieces of music played. You can find the list of music at the end of this posting. Unfortunately the jump drive Phil was using to record the show malfunctioned, so there is not a podcast feed of the show at this time.
The lead story on Sunday 15 June 2014 was an update on the divorce appeal case before the Nebraska State Supreme Court. A lesbian couple wed in Iowa in 2009 filed for divorce in Lancaster County Nebraska. The divorce was denied on the grounds that it would require the state to recognize the marriage in the first place. Bonnie Nichols, one of the women involved, filed appeal with the State Supreme Court. According to an Associated Press article, the appeal was denied by the State with some wiggle room for a new appeal. LGBTQNation carried the article, along with many online and print media sources.
LINKS to ARTICLES
(not all were referred to during the broadcast) in no particular order
Ryan Amador & Jo Lampert – Define Me – Ryan Amador
Candye Kane – I Didn’t Listen to MY Heart – Songs from the Stage
Sam Smith – Stay with Me – In the Lonely Hour
Doug Strahm – Slumbertown – Freedom Rings
Patricia Barber – You Don’t Me – Night Club
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Every April Pagans around the world, especially in South Africa, pay extra attention to the tragedy of modern witch hunts in what some in the United States and Europe would call “under developed” or “third world” countries.
Telergy -Scene 1 – Legend of Goody Cole Scene 1 contains dramatized “accusations” against Eunice Cole.Tune into our special edition on Memorial Weekend to hear an interview with Robert McClung, the man behind Telergy and learn more about Goody Cole and all the players and musicians inolved in the creation of this astounding CD.
Telergy – Incarceration – Legend of Goody Cole This track’s music gives the listener a feel for the emotions that Eunice Cole may have been experiencing during her imprisonment.
Celia – Beltane Song/Dance the Night Away (rough cut) Final version of the song released in time for Beltaine 2013. Visit Celia’s website to purchase/download the final cut of this beautiful and fun song.
Helen Ukpabio and mega churches in Africa, encouraging with hunts
The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) was founded in 2004 as a grass roots reaction to the outdated anti-witchcraft laws in the SA constitution. For many years native Africans have been accusing their neighbors of “witchcraft”, attacking them, beating, raping, murdering these accused witches. These attacks have nothing to do with what many modern Pagans consider to be witchcraft. They are based on tribal or ancient traditions, predating the introduction of Christianity and other monotheistic religions into these parts of the world. Many of these people who are accused of witchcraft are actually accused of what Damon Leff calls “fabricated” witchcraft. Faith healers, traditional healers, tribal and native spiritual leaders. These people do not consider themselves to be witches, even though Christians lump those works and followers of traditional African religions into the same category as “devil worshippers” and “witches”.
For more information on SAPRA and witch hunts around the globe, please visit their website. Zaracon and RevKess would like to thank Damon Leff for his continued work towards a better global community and a safer environment in South Africa for native religionists and Pagans. They would also like to thank all of their listeners for their continued support with PWN and PMPChannel.