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Fox News and NewsBusters Attack Margot Adler

Posted by invizweb on November 28, 2008

The Wild Hunt Blog reports on an attack by sanctimonious FOX News on a friend of the site and previous guest Margot Adler (my interview with Margot is here):

It just seems like yesterday that I was discussing the smear job on NPR reporter (and fellow Pagan) Margot Adler by the “liberal media bias” watchdogs at NewsBusters.

“It seems that Graham’s biggest problem with Adler is that she isn’t a conservative Christian, that an atheist was hanging around when she recorded the report, and that she didn’t talk to some conservative Christians. Oh, and she didn’t find a (Christian or conservative) protester to talk to in a completely unrelated story.”

It seems that the folks at Fox News loved that dish so much they asked for seconds!

“A pagan priestess runs into the president of the atheists in a phone booth in New York. No, it’s not a joke — it’s the start of a controversial report from National Public Radio — and your tax dollars may have paid for it. New York City officials this fall launched an art project called “Public Prayer Booth” … To cover the story, NPR sent reporter Margot Adler, a Wiccan priestess and author of two books on paganism. Lo and behold, she happened upon the president of the New York City Atheists, Ken Bronstein, an outspoken opponent of public religious displays.”

Again, note the emphasis on Adler’s religion, as if being a Pagan was a strike against her. Luckily, it seems the NPR spokesperson has got Adler’s back.

“There’s no bias in this story and to imply that there is because of a reporter’s religious beliefs is absurd,” said Anna Christopher, an NPR spokeswoman. “[Adler] spoke with several different people with several different viewpoints on the booth.”

Christopher also debunked the notion that NPR operates “on the government dime”.

“Less than two percent [of NPR’s budget] comes from competitive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts,”

As for Adler running into the president of the New York City Atheists, it seems far more likely in New York where the “unaffiliated” outnumber the “evangelicals” by 5%. But I suppose the notion of coincidence is unthinkable for Fox News, especially when it involves a prominent Pagan running into a prominent atheist. Maybe they would have accepted it if a Catholic reporter ran into an evangelical pastor? Imagine that happening on the “government dime”!

Original post here.

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The latest from the Green Wolf Shop

Posted by invizweb on November 28, 2008

LUPA, former guest and friend of the Invisible Web, wrote:

My timing for Black Friday wasn’t intentional, but this stuff needed to be posted anyway.

First off, Immanion Press/Megalithica Books is proud to announce the release of our newest nonfiction text, Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick by Frater Barrabbas! Brought to you by the author of the well-received Disciple’s Guide to Ritual Magick, this is the first in a three-volume set of practical and clearly explained guidelines to ritual magick; the material may be used as-is, or customized to the individual magician’s needs. Click here for more details! And, as always, you can find all current titles here!

Also, as we have for the past few years, we are offering free shipping on all artwork orders $10 and over through the end of the year! Orders with books and artwork will have the books sent separately. You can check out what I have here–however, click the cut below to see the very newest creations!

This necklace is pseudo-Roman-influenced-Celtic in the same way Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series is kinda-sorta Roman in flavor–which is to say, while appreciation of the aesthetic was worked in there, it’s not authentic–but it still works. I started out with a 1 1/2″ ceramic boar pendant made by a local artisan, and strung it on a 30″ necklace of serpentine, amber, and a few unknown stones. I’m really happy with how this one turned out–here’s to it finding a good home! $22.50

I stitched together a scrap of green lambskin and some reddish-brown deerskin to make a 6″ x 3 1/2″ foldover pouch. It closes with a clasp made from a ceramic button with a crescent moon and grapevines made by a local artisan. I also added a 43″ deerskin strap for hanging or wearing. $15.00

I started with a 1″ metal (pewter?) mandala pendant, and strung it on a 21″ necklace made from variously colored small glass beads. $10.00

This is a basic brown leather drawstring necklace pouch, 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, but with a scrap of lavendar mink fur added for accent (sort of a faux foldover flap). The brown waxed linen cord drawstrings also have wood bead accents, and the pouch has 16″ long necklace cords. $6.00

I made this 4 1/2″ x 4″ necklace pouch out of brown rabbit fur from an old hat. I added 19″ green lambskin necklace strings, and the drawstrings have glass pony bead accents. $7.00

The 1 1/2″ long pendant on this necklace is made of inlaid bone, with metal accents. It’s on a 22″ necklace made of bone and metal beads, which pick up the colors of the pendant quite nicely. $22.00

I first wrapped this 14″ metal hoop in various earth toned leather lacing, then stretched a piece of creme-colored leather across it. I painted a reddish-brown wolf on a green background on the leather, and also added this quote from Henry Beston: “…the animal shall not be measured by the man…they are other nations…fellow prisoners of the splendor and travails of the earth” (and the original quote is “animal”, not “animals”). I also added three decorative dangles to one edge of the leather, with a coyote molar and some random bone and wood beads. The picture doesn’t do it nearly enough justice! $40.00

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