Late Night: Angst in My Pants

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Fans of the Iceland witch pants may be little sad to learn that their beloved trousers have be usurped in hipsterness by a pair of Chinese slacks that are 3,000 years old

 

Which Witch Is Which? Does Television Do a Disservice to Sorceresses?

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 11:30 am

It’s the season of the witch. At least on TV. Witches are hot, and producers are staking their cred on a current crop of witch shows, with new ones in the works. Right now there’s The Witches of East End [WoEE] and American Horror Story: Coven [AHS:C], with a reboot of Charmed being conjured.

Rick Perry Voodoo Dolls: This Witch Says “Banish Them!”

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

I am practicing witch, and I can laugh at my belief system; I do easily and often. It is just as goofy sounding as other people’s (Transubstantiation? Space lice from exploding volcanoes? Flying donkey?). But I do cringe at things like these Rick Perry voodoo dolls because they perpetuate dangerous, off-base stereotypes and do nothing to help either pro-choice factions or non-Christians.

Madonna and Satan vs the Exorcists, Plus a Pro-Inquisition Cruise

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 6:04 pm

Oh Madonna, first it was the critics and tabloids, and now it’s the exorcists. The pop star/actress/director/rich lady will be the subject of a discussion at a Polish exorcist convention.

68% of Registered Republicans, 49% of Registered Democrats Believe in Demonic Possession

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 8:00 pm

Why wasn’t demonic possession addressed in the Presidential debates?! Demons are obviously as important an issue as low/no taxes, denying reproductive and LGBT rights, and keeping semi-automatic rifles in the hands of God (and demon) fearing Americans, since according to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 68% of registered Republican voters believe in demonic possession. And it’s not just the GOP– 49% of Democratic voters also believe that demons can possess us.

FDL Movie Night: Bell, Book and Candle

By: Monday February 14, 2011 5:00 pm

Tonight’s movie, Bell, Book and Candle, based on the play by John Van Druten addresses aspects of love and power, as well as magic and romance. It’s really a tragedy rather than a comedy, as it reinforces stereotypical roles about men, women and witches.

In BB&C–which was directed by an old family friend Richard Quine, who I thought was soooo cool as I was growing up–Greenwich gallery owner/witch Gillian’s attention is drawn to new neighbor Shep Henderson (Jimmy Stewart) so her aunt, also a witch, does a spell to draw them together. The implication is that it’s lust, as opposed to falling in love–according to the plot, not real life–will cause a witch to loose her powers.

Late Night: Fishes, Witches, Christians, Heathens and Haters

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 8:00 pm

Just like there are Baptists that drink, Catholics who support liberation theology and a variety of other shades and hues in the Christian coloring book–as well as some who go outside the lines–there are all variety of witches. Not all witches are Satanists. Or Druids, Wiccans, Re-Weavers, Dianic, shamans, or members of the Ancient, Secret and Unacceptable Order of the Almond Bear Claw Danish Qabalistic Coffee Coven ™, any more than not all Christians are narrow-minded theocratic, anti-sex, anti-gay, fundamentalists. Heck, some witches aren’t even religious, they just have mad skillz.

Freedom of Religion? Not From Sarah Palin

By: Saturday November 1, 2008 6:05 pm

As I write, a few miles away witches and other pagans create altars they’ve imagined over the last months, witches in the choir prepare to perform the songs they’ve practiced, and witches collect the last few names of the Beloved Dead to be recited at this evening’s Spiral Dance. Last night above the towers of the Golden Gate I sat beneath the wild sky upon the Marin Headlands with witches as we honored their Beloved Dead. We heard a lot of names: the woman reading the list alone had lost six of her family this last year.

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