Story by Paul Krassner
When it comes to religion, I’m a devout unbeliever, although I identify with the neopagan movement because these pagans I’ve hung around with are ecology-oriented, feminist-positive pot-smokers. Anything but puritanical about their sexuality.
In fact, Beltane—a high holiday in the pagan calendar, marking the midpoint between spring equinox and summer solstice—is dedicated to the celebration of sexual love. The main feature of Beltane is making love outdoors in order to fertilize the fields with sacred body fluids. Yummy.
Pagan witches are quite willing to make fun of their own stereotypes, as evidenced by a placard at one of the annual Starwood Neo-Pagan Festivals that I attended, which read, "Stop by for a spell." But not everybody finds the implications of that sign to be a matter of humor. Their urge to suppress religious diversity needs to be fought.
And that’s where Phyllis Curott comes in. A powerful attorney and Wiccan high priestess for more than 20 years, she is former president of the Covenant of the Goddess, the oldest and largest international religious organization in the Wiccan tradition. She was honored by Jane magazine as one of the Ten Gutsiest Women of 1998.
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