PWN S4E7: A Brand New Day and more

Regular listeners of PWN have grown accustomed to the show floating around the week. RevKess’s schedule is always a mess at his bills-paying-job and Zaracon has concerns that sometimes make it difficult for him to do shows. In an attempt to remedy at least the scheduling issue for RevKess, they have elected to move the show to Thursdays at 9am Central. This will soon be reflected in the show’s graphic.

In this first edition of PWN on Thrusdays RevKess found himself going solo for the majority of the show. Zaracon was able to join in towards the of the show. Both hosts hopped up on the soap box from time to time. (That box of soap gets so much use it needs new wheels!) This week is no exception to that.

Links to Stories Covered

  • PantheaCon 2015 is in full swing when it comes to planning. You can submit your presentation ideas to them for Round 1 consideration at their website http://pantheacon.com/wordpress.
  • While you may be considering your ideas for PantheaCon it is also coming up on Pagan Pride Day season around the globe. You can go the Pagan Pride Day website to find out what might be going on in your area and make your plans now.
  • Pat Robertson has told a mother that her son might be under demonic influence, causing severe stomach pains.
  • Retired Methodist minister Charles Moore self immolates for “social justice”. Moore was an ally o the LGBTQ community as well as a staunch supporter  of the abolition of the death penalty, among other civil rights issues.
  • Conservatives in the Republican party are doing more than just murmuring about the idea of impeaching President Obama. Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin started in on the impeachment talk by saying “no mas” to what she sees as Obama’s lax border control at the Southern border of the United States. Two polls, one from the Huffington Post and the other from the Rasmussen Report, indicated that nearly one third of those polled think the President should be impeached – the Daily Mail has a summary with infographics. The list of reasons for impeach is rather …. crazy, though.
  • The conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine is heating up even more than usual. Israel and the radical Islamic group Hamas have been doing more than just posturing. For a history of the conflict you can view the Wikipedia entry. The conflict has even boiled over in the United States, in Los Angeles pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators clashed on 13 July. European broadcasters aren’t even immune to protest, the BBC sees protesters outside their broadcast house accusing the network of bias.
  • In recent months thousands of children and youths from Central and South America have been intercepted while trying to the cross the southern U.S. border. Over 52,000 children have been detained, some sent back while others have received medical treatment – most are been considered for deportation. Opinions vary about what should be done about these refugees. Immigration reform has become a hot button issue once again.
  • This week’s column on the Wild Hunt from Heather Greene discusses religious observances in public schools and new laws developed to protect the students’ rights to practice their faith.
  • Fellwater, book one in the “Hidden Houses” series by Brendan Myers, has been re-released in its professionally edited and revised version. Thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers, Myers was able to pay a professional editor to help him improve books one and two, edit book three and two novellas. Kindle edition available here, paperback  can be ordered here.

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro courtesy Aetopus
  2. Blackmore’s Night – The Click Ticks On – Shadow of the Moon
  3. Lis Addison – My  Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf
  4. Wendy Rule – Evolution – The Wolf Sky
  5. Damh the Bard – Only Human – Cauldron Born
  6. Bone Poets Orchestra – Interlude at Sunset – Belladonna Smiles
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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