Topic / Paganism

US Pagan locks horns with authorities over ID picture

Phelan Moonsong, 56, of Millinocket, Maine, ran into a spot of bother earlier this year when he submitted a picture of himself wearing goat horns in an application for an ID card. But, according to this report, earlier this month – after convincing authorities that the horns were his “spiritual antennae”, and that he had […]

All our Easter Days

JAMES M ALEXANDER’s reflections on a ‘tarted up’ Christian Easter was  first published in the March, 1975, edition of the Freethinker.  … to misquote Shakespeare, for all humanity celebrates this annual rebirth of nature. Down the avenues of time, from the childhood of the race, has come similar rites of fertility and fecundity, worship of […]

Nordic gods are making a comeback

Norway was a bit of a Johnny-come-lately to Christianity, which only reached the nation around 1,000 years ago. But after it fell victim to one of  the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on humankind, Norwegian king Olaf I decided to impose the death cult on his Scandinavian neighbours. According to Nordic lore, a mighty warrior missionary […]

A Pagan Poet

Originally published in the August 1987 issue of the Freethinker to mark the centenary of Rupert Brooke’s birth on 3 August 1887. Since 1915, the year he died, his poems, particularly The Soldier, have been read at innumerable remembrance day services and recruiting rallies. His short life is widely regarded as the epitome of conservatism […]