Friday, October 16, 2009

That Theodish Political Candidate

Sarah Pike of California State University, Chico evaluates Dan Halloran's run for a New York City Council seat as an "out" Pagan and concludes, "Since for many Americans, the Republican Party is inseparable from conservative Christianity, Neopagans were surprised that the party stood by Halloran, and took it as a sign that not only is the makeup of the religious left and the religious right shifting, but that the country as a whole is becoming more receptive toward their religion."

I'll be seeing Sarah next month at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, and I shall have to ask her about this "Neopagan" usage. Following Graham Harvey, who argues that "Neo-" is outmoded now, the favored term (in academia, at least) is "contemporary Pagan."

But she has written a good opinion piece—read the whole thing. The comments display the usual Pagan hair-splitting and in-fighting.

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Anonymous Pitch313 said...

I don't think that Halloran embarked on his campaign as a "Theodish" candidate. More likely, he was a "Republican" candiate for local office.

To my squinty eyes, being a Pagan doesn't tell me much about a candidate's fitness for holding local office. Paganism isn't a politicized movement like environmentalism of civil rights or GBLT rights or some others.

But putting it up front is probably a better political tactic than denying or closeting it.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oy, there is something wrong with your second link there...

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Fixed now. Thanks.

10:00 AM  

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