Paganism, Politics and the Separation of Church and State

Presented by Heather Kyle.

The question of the separation of church and sate has been a hot button issue in this country since the US Constitution was written. The Pagan community has been especially concerned with this issue for obvious reasons. However, throughout the course of my research I have uncovered a deep philosophical rift within the community when it comes to this question. There has been much debate about what role we play as a group in effecting political change and what role the clergy play in encouraging or discouraging particular political ideologies. In this workshop we will examine how we as a community have been affected by the melding of religious ideologies and political action throughout history and how we can avoid falling into the same traps today. We will also examine t he role of Pagan clergy in presenting political ideology inside and outside of our own groups and the ethical implications of it.

















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