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Voting is still a holy act

When I voted today, it was a holy action. That doesn’t mean it was a perfect one, or a sacred one, but it was still holy. It can be tempting to say that politics is just too messy, too ugly, … Continue reading

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Columbia, help us rise

My dear friend Hecate is fond of calling Washington, District of Columbia her shining city on a swamp. It’s an apt metaphor for politics. Columbia, help us rise above the swamp, and shine again. Columbia’s district isn’t quite as swampy … Continue reading

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September 11th and shadows

I read Hecate’s excellent post on the dark moon and working with shadows last week, and while I had done a ritual to observe the dark/new moon, I thought to myself, “I wish I’d done that instead.” One of the … Continue reading

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Cuccinelli v All Acts of Love And Pleasure

My religion encourages oral sex. Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for governor, wants to outlaw it. Why am I not the new face of the brave fight for religious liberty? Seriously, though: Ken Cuccinelli, the current attorney general of Virginia and Republican … Continue reading

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Virginia State Senator proposes bogus “religious freedom” amendment

Virginians, contact your state legislators to ask them to oppose SJ 287, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that is yet another semi-stealthy attempt to justify government support for Christianity. Hemant Mehta over at the Friendly Atheist has the … Continue reading

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NRA advocates PTSD as the American way of life

Ta-Nehisi Coates has the experience and the courage to say something that I’d been thinking about for a while: he would rather face the risk of being killed in a mass shooting than try to live armed. Read what he … Continue reading

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The twisted history of guns and race

Hat tip to Chas Clifton for pointing out that in the last post I was remarkably unclear about the historical issues around guns and race. I neither summarized the linked pieces adequately nor presented my own thoughts with sufficient clarity. … Continue reading

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Further thoughts

Follow-ups to a couple of recent posts, plus other assorted thoughts. Guns: Salon explains why the answer is not more guns: But perhaps the biggest problem is the philosophy underpinning notions to arm more people. Goddard of the Brady campaign … Continue reading

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Sharing others’ words in response to shooting

I have been away from the blog for a while because of my own work, and then I was at the amazing Between the Worlds conference this past weekend. I’ll write more about that soon. But for now, let me … Continue reading

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Obama wins; also, Nate Silver is a witch

That second part is hyperbole which I got from this site. Apparently actually doing the math is magic. Who knew? I’m thrilled that not only did Obama win, male Republicans who revealed the truth of their fiercely anti-woman positions were … Continue reading

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