Pagan and the Pit(bulls)

The political musings of a Pagan and her dogs.


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Turning the wheel at Samhain

Honestly, I have no idea what to write right now because Samhain is a loaded time for me on a good year. While this is a good year: I’m successfully divorced with only a few details remaining and I’m living in a place I’ve dreamed of; it’s also a very bittersweet year. A year ago exactly today I packed all my things and left.

There are a lot of things that influenced my decision to get a divorce. One of the ones that played no small part was my ex-husbands politics and his family’s politics. They’re a special kind of libertarian that will see the world burn, as long as it never touches them. As I read the news about gender being strictly defined and the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue, I can’t help but be reminded that to my deep eternal shame I was once part of them. Even if I voted blue, and donated blue, and tried to persuade them blue, I was still part of that tribe. (Although as my mother noted, that tribe and my wedding into that family were some of the coldest we’ve experienced.)

But I pulled my way out. And that means something. So maybe as we head into the new year, we should pay tribute to the beloved dead, and then honor them by trying to pull our way out of the national mess we’re in. The first step is to vote. The wheel won’t turn unless we turn it.


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A candle for Tree of Life Synagogue

My deepest condolences and prayers goes to the victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue. May you rest in peace and return in power.

My deepest condolences and prayers go to the survivors, and to the surviving families. I see your grief and pain, and I hold space for you in your mourning.

While I hold space for them, let us not forget: this is why we need gun control; this is why Trump’s stochastic terrorism from the “campaign trail” is dangerous; and this is what America will become if we don’t turn things around.

Don’t let their deaths be a bloody footnote of insignificance. These victims are more canaries in the coal mine of Trump’s America, and we would do well to heed the warning.


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How does the Pagan vote?

Currently, I’m working overseas (puts to follow in 2 weeks and I’m dying of anticipation) and I’m writing posts for now on my phone because my laptop is being frizty. That said, I’ve been harping on social media and on here about how to vote.

So, how does a Pagan living an ocean away from the United States vote? By absentee ballot.

Before I left, I made a plan to vote by absentee ballot. And when I got it, I filled it out at my cramped messy desk, before putting it right back in the mail.

This election is too important to not vote. There are concerns raised by Melissa McEwan, and Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendezior about the elections safety. They’re right, and I believe them. That said, just because it doesn’t look safe or secure doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

With the recent attempts to erase non-cis people, as well as conflating desperate refugees with an “army”, we need to remember that we’re SUPPOSED to stand for the tired, hungry masses yearning to breathe free. And standing for them means voting blue.


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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

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There is a record number of Indigenous political candidates this year. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by researching the candidates, and then voting for Indigenous women in the midterms!

Personally, the Pagan and the Pitbulls plan to vote for Deb Haaland. But if you don’t live in Deb’s district, please also check out Peggy Flanagan, Paulette Jordan, and Sharice Davids.


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Facing the Inevitable with Rage

CW: Kavanaugh, Christofacism

The moment that Brett Kavanaugh began his angry tirade during the Blasey Ford hearing, I knew that he was going to be confirmed. I knew that our stories didn’t matter, whether we screamed them in elevators or courageously asserted them in Congress or even if a Senator read them into the record for posterity. No matter what we did to protest and no matter how concerning Kavanaugh’s record of sexual assaults, or drinking habits, or suspicious debts, or lack of qualifications, or lack of judicious temperament; he was going to be confirmed and the Christofascists would celebrate this as a win and mock and humiliate the victims.

I wanted to be wrong. That’s why I didn’t write about it, because I wanted so badly to be wrong. To see Kavanaugh step down, and some equally horrible Christofacist take his place. Because that meant having hope that things could still get better. Sitting here, braced with gin I’m prepared for it to get worse.

Honestly, I don’t know where we go from here. I do know that some of the ideas floating around about loading the Supreme Court are more reactionary than proactive. And while reactionary feels good, it isn’t always good in the end.  Loading the courts is a Christofascist game, after years of campaigning on the issue of judges, they have it down to an art form and have the infrastructure to support their goals. We don’t, so we can’t realistically expect to play by their rules and win. But we can figure out how to go around their rules, I know we’re smart enough.

More immediately, what I can recommend is this: 39 states elect judges at some level, 38 of those have elections for high court positions. While I’m still uncertain about the safety of the upcoming elections (given that no one has improved ballot security), judicial positions get low coverage and low turn out; so our efforts to elect progressive, Democrat, or liberal judges might actually make a difference for the judiciary.

Remember to make sure you’re registered in time. These sites can help: Rock the Vote, Vote Save America, and Vote with Me. Apps like Smash the Vote are helpful too.


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The Wandering Bible and Use of Resources

I had to take some time off from writing because the Kavanaugh news was getting to me and I took my Masters exam yesterday and I needed to prepare for that (I passed by the way!). So I’m back and trying to get back on my normal schedule.
Today is “Bring your Bible to School Day” to celebrate religious freedom. Christian groups on campus pray (although, in my experience as the president of a Pagan college group neither I nor any of the non-Christian religions were invited to join); and a cluster of men in cheap suits hand out New Testament/Psalms/Proverbs Bibles outside my building.  They forcefully press the Bibles into students hands, the students feel uncomfortable so they don’t put the bibles in the garbage or recycling bins next to the men. So they take them into the large lecture halls in my department and leave them there. Of course, no one else wants them. When I go to the lecture halls throughout the day they Bibles move from desk to desk, abandoned.

Normally I can ignore the Bibles. They irritate me a bit; I think the money spent on the money could go to feed the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, helping the sick, or helping the children being separated from their families. But who am I to tell a camel how to go through the eye of a needle?

But this time, I was really bothered. The men handing out Bibles were asking us to pray for Kavanaugh.

I can’t. I’m a survivor and I can’t light a candle for Kavanaugh. I can’t support him in any way. Especially when the FBI doesn’t even do their due diligence and interview Dr. Ford.

This is our daily reminder that we can’t ignore Kavanaugh, we can’t ignore the machinations of the Christofascists in America, and we can’t stop resisting.

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