I know this doesn't seem like a Pagan news article that I'm sharing, but I wanted to share it to make a couple of points. I was just writing in Cameron's blog - his article about why do Pagans disparage each other? And I was thinking about it and saw this article... In Iran there is a civil unrest which now seems to have gone underground... But it is an unrest based on huge issues of rights and beliefs and political views in a tormented country.
What does it take for a group within a society to bond together and realize common objectives and therefore set upon a new vision?
I think this is a good example of how a group can join together, under extremely difficult circumstances, to fight for a cause that greatly would improve their daily life/culture/society - if they succeed. In America the Pagans are basically invisible as an entity. In America the Pagans are disparaged greatly (too put it mildly). In America the Pagans have the constitutional rights to live and practice their worship as they prefer (generally - not isolating weird laws in any local area).
So, why is it that even Pagans are not at least supportive and then even more hopefully joined politically? Are all Pagans anarchists to the US political structure? Are they separatists to the point of being a-political? I would enjoy to know if there are any active groups that are seriously focusing on grouping together under Paganism and pushing forward democratic rights for their own good. Is there such a thing as a Pagan political action committee?
Also, while you consider that question, also consider that the Christians, Jews and Muslims are quite joined and active in politics worldwide, not just in the US. Regardless of how do you think that helps or hurts them - consider this perspective - as a comparison of Pagans in the US, don't you agree that the Christians, Jews or Muslims are more cohesive and therefore more effective on the political scene and therefore have been able to put forward their group interests in the culture and society more than Pagans?
I hope to hear from you....