While many Americans perceive Veterans Day as just another holiday that features special sales at countless shopping malls, that is not my view of November 11th. It has always been a solemn season of remembrance.
Last week my wife, Marcia, and my nephew Andrew Rudin visited Arlington National Cemetery, where my father and mother are buried. We were there to visit my parents’ grave and to recite the traditional kaddish, the Jewish prayer that is said in memory of a deceased loved one.
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October is a time for all sorts of fun, frivolous and frightening experiences.
Chilly autumn football games, cheaply made Halloween costumes and haunted house adventures full of terrifying ghouls aid in making the 31 days of October unlike any other month of the year. As the days get closer and closer to Halloween, the anticipation can be felt through every drugstore seasonal aisle and haunted house advertisement.
Halloween represents many different nuanced ideas for many different people. For some, it’s simply an excuse to dress up and be someone else, and for others it’s a good... Read more about Local Wicca community ramping up to celebrate Samhian
THE VOICE ON THE OPENING recording is so cheerful it could be a representative from the tourism board of some perpetually sunny Caribbean island.“Welcome to the Amish and Mennonite Conference Line! Use it for God’s glory!”The Line is a conference room-via-phone for speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of German brought to the United States by European immigrants beginning in the late 17th century and preserved today almost entirely by the Amish and Mennonites in the United States and Ontario, Canad
Last week, The Satanic Temple (TST) revealed that they have received recognition as a church from the IRS, complete with tax-exempt status. There were mixed reactions. LifeSiteNews, an anti-choice news site that has long opposed TST, responded immediately with an online petition demanding that the IRS reverse this “horrible decision” that “runs counter to everything America stands for.” Amber Saurus Rex of TST’s National Council wrote, “On days like today, when we learn we’ve been officially recognized as
A recent movement in the United States has begun championing Satan and all that he stands for. Satanic iconography and imagery have for long been associated with the dark arts. Conservative Christians and evangelical organizations use Satan as a tool to channel believers onto the path of righteousness. But a recent movement in the United […]
Anthony Graffagnino describes himself spiritually as both frustrated and curious. A Pentecostal turned Unitarian, the 28-year-old Graffagnino said he’s had his fill with “stale and dead expressions of faith that I saw really doing nothing to better the people around me or the world around me.” Discovering the Christian mystical tradition through the work of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr helped change that. “Father Richard’s work allowed an entryway into Christianity when I didn’t think there was any,” sa
The Satanic Temple is now a full-fledged religion in the eyes of the IRS. This big decision means TST can enjoy the same benefits other religious organizations do, including protection from discrimination and exemption from paying taxes. The tax-exempt status gives TST several other legal protections which other religions have, like unfettered access to all […]
A new group has organized with the hopes of creating a Pagan credit union.The project began as a conversation between Pagan leaders* at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, and has made headway since then under the direction of Lawrence Lerner. Lerner is a Wiccan priest who serves the Washington State community, and he has extensive experience in business and finance.A former executive at PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lerner has some 25 years as a digital payment pioneer and executive. H
Council meeting invocation speakers are invited by the City Council President “based on a personal relationship she has with them.” According to the members of The Satanic Temple, the City Council discriminated against them by denying them the opportunity to say the opening prayer at a recent public meeting. The City Council meetings typically begin […]