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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Some Educators Not Only Have A Clue...

Author: Wren
Posted: April 24th. 2000
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When Deamon Child of Witch/Pagan Resources emailed us last week to ask if we had seen this book, we were very interested-especially since he said that Witchvox was 'all over it.' Of course, we scurried our curious pagan selves over to the bookstore and grabbed a copy. What a treat! Thanks for the tip, Deamon Child, you made our day!

The Witches' Voice has been picked as one of the top ten sites for online religions in the new book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Religions Online."

"Welcome to the World of Online Religion" is the theme and focus of this book. From Christianity and Buddhism to Native American spirituality and Neopaganism-if it's a religion and it's online, then it's covered here.

The section devoted to neopagan web sites and beliefs is interesting and a very positive portrayal of the rise of pagan sites on the Web. Chapter 26, entitled, "She Is God: Neopaganism and Wicca" states:
"It's hard to imagine a group that has become more familiar with cyberspace, and projected a more vivid image of itself on the Web, than those known as Neopagans or Wiccans. Their strong accent on feminine resources, both divine and human, is matched by a zest for artwork and ritual creativity. The Web sites that follow provide the outline of Neopagan 'metaphysics,' but they do not exhaust its potential."
Along with the listing/reviewing of TWV and Witch/Pagan Resources, other pagan sites are included, such as Church of All Worlds, COG, Witches Web, Ring of Troth, ADF, Circle Santuary and many, many more. There is a section on basic beliefs, networking, pagan news outlets and search engines.

The author, Bruce B. Lawrence, is an Episcopal priest, Professor of Asian Religions and Chair of the Department of Religion at Duke University; American Academy of Religion's distinguished lecturer in History of Religions for 1998-1999 and author of ten books including, "Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age". The entire section on Neopaganism is treated with respect, clarity and open-minded optimism.

The Wired Monk, Lawrence's helpful cartoon spokesperson is always ready with hints, tips and interesting info. My own hint of the day is that this book would make a good educational tool not only for pagan activists, but for press reporters, school librarians and anyone else who may have an interest in religions on the Web. Hint, hint!

Complete Idiot's Guide to Religions Online (Complete Idiot's Guide)- by Bruce B. Lawrence
Paperback - 380 pages 1 edition (December 17, 1999)
Alpha Books (Macmillan USA) ISBN: 0-7897-2209-7

Pagan Community on Standbye Alert for "Jag"!

Now we here at TWV don't know if the folks who produce the television show, "JAG" have a copy of the Idiot's Guide or not. According to the show synopsis for Tuesday April 25th, "The Witches of Gulfport" :

"Mac and Harm investigate charges of sexual misconduct against Chief Petty Officer Merker who is the leader of the Wiccans, a local witches coven with many Navy members." (The blurb also reveals that the petty officer is indeed convicted).

Our first thought was that this sounded pretty bad-and it may turn out to be just that bad. We'll have to wait for the show to air and go from there. But then again, we have also heard unconfirmed reports that a Wiccan acted as a consultant for the show. And an astute reader remarked that if the Wiccan's conviction was indeed the end of the entire plot, why would the show reveal that? The point of any show promotion is to get folks to watch the show to see what happens. Giving away the ending up front would seem rather strange, the reader pointed out.

We don't know which way the plot will twist. But in any case, the pagan community certainly DOES know what to do about media misrepresentation after all of our many years of activism: like the heroine in the folk tale, "Rumpelstilskin", we are pretty adept at turning someone's plain straw stupidity into educational gold.

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