By C. Barner-Barry
This booklet explores the criminal bias within the usa opposed to Paganism and different non-Christian religions. regardless of being some of the most religiously various international locations on this planet, the U.S. criminal procedure built while the inhabitants was once predominantly Christian. equipped into the legislations is the tacit assumption that every one religions and spiritual practices resemble Christianity. utilizing the Pagans as a case learn, Barner-Barry exhibits how their studies reveal that either the legislations affecting nondominant religions and the judiciary that translates this legislations are considerably biased in prefer of the dominant faith, Christianity. This creates criminal difficulties, in addition to difficulties of intolerance, for religions with considerably assorted practices. designated consciousness is given to a chain of very best court docket judgements analyzing the liberty of faith Clause when it comes to neutrality and reading the institution Clause loosely and its impression on nondominant religions within the US.
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In addition, most acknowledge the need to terminate life “prematurely” when circumstances warrant, but hold that every such act needs to be considered on its own merits. Thus, Pagans can be found among the ranks of those who are both “pro choice” and “pro life” with regard to the abortion issue. The point is that all life is sacred and that no life, human or nonhuman, should be terminated lightly or without adequate justification. Even parts of the natural world, which would normally be regarded as nonliving—such as mountains, rivers, or rocks—are often considered to be alive on some level.
In fact, Otter G’Zell,4 a founder of the Church of All Worlds, advanced a similar concept in 1970, before Lovelock’s first published reference to the Gaia Hypothesis (G’Zell, 1988b, 4–7, 26). The centrality of the Goddess, however, does not necessarily equal monotheism. While acknowledging the central role of the Goddess, most contemporary Pagans work with a number of sacred, spiritual beings, including a corresponding God or any one of a variety of more specific ancient pagan gods and goddesses derived from a host of traditions.
Occasionally, congregations have reason to sell a church, usually to build a new one elsewhere. The site of the former structure is not perceived as forever sacred. The land may be converted to any of a wide range of secular purposes and religious worship continues unhindered at the new location. American judges are accustomed to the portability of sites of religious worship and, thus, find it difficult to appreciate the site-specific nature of much traditional Indian religious life. Many pieces of land are inextricably intertwined with the traditional religious practices of Native Americans.
Contemporary Paganism Religions in a Majoritarian America by C. Barner-Barry