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The Pagan Newswire Collective is starting up

Yesterday Jason Pitzl-Waters of the Wild Hunt Blog announced that he and others were starting a Pagan Newswire Collective.

Now the blog version of Technopagan Yearnings isn't a news blog, it's a place for one weird guy (me) to share his opinions and some of what he has learned over the years. And that means that I have two minds about this.

I want to see reliable Pagan news sources, and I want them to be something other than announcing this festival or that gathering.

But most of the Pagan people getting headlines are not the people I want to be associated with.

It's not true just of Pagans either.

One of the hallmarks I've come to expect from stable adults is that they don't shove their religion down your throat.

The hardcore Baptist activist is going to be very in your face, while nobody mentions the thousands of Baptists who are embarrassed by the whole thing and the ridicule it brings on their faith.

There is a difference between a Pagan and someone who just happens to be Pagan. I saw the same thing in the environmental movement. The first draws most of their identity from the groups they belong to, the second lives their lives with just a few (but fundamental) changes.

I can discuss and disagree with the people who just happen to be Pagan, but stars above, if I do that with a Pagan, it is going to start a loud argument. I could argue them under the table and through the floor into the basement, but unless it's in a REALLY good cause, I think I'm too old for that shit.

More importantly, the spill over gets everyone dirty.

You don't see Baptist news unless it's being pushed by the hardcore people. Or unless it's the services at 9am, the Christianing of the Jones baby is at 3 kind of thing. The equivalent to our festivals and events.

I want to see what happens with the newswire, I did join the Facebook group. But I am taking a wait and see.

Posted: Fri - August 28, 2009 at 12:36 PM
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