In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage


(RNS) — The lighting of an eternal flame, the spiritual aura of heroism and triumph, the parades at once boisterous and solemn: The Olympic rituals that stir our hearts each time the Games roll around all take their inspiration from pagan Greek religious life, as interpreted by the classics-besotted Europeans who revived the event in … Read more

Paganism, gods and goddesses aside, is the most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US


(RNS) — When the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing the Obergefell v. Hodges case that eventually made marriage equality a reality across the nation, pagans held rituals on the high court’s steps in Washington. Led by Firefly House, a local witchcraft community, these public rites called forth the “spirit of justice and revolution” and attracted … Read more

Pagan god (and Disney star) Loki wrapped up in trademark battles


(RNS) — Can the name of a deity be trademarked? The easy answer is ‘no.’ The question came up this week after Redbubble, an Australian online marketplace, removed a user’s artwork due to a potential trademark violation. The artist, known on Twitter as @YourBoswell but referred to as John, uploaded a T-shirt design that closely … Read more

‘Am I the worst thing a person can be?’: Witches fight media bias


(RNS) — In May, after Florida authorities charged an Alabama man, Shannon Ryan, with second-degree murder in the case of a missing woman, Leila Cavett, the headlines led not with the sudden development in a year-old investigation, but with a random detail about the suspect’s life. “He calls himself a ‘witch.’ Feds are calling him … Read more