Editorial: Tilting at Wikimills

I’ve been engaging in something that may be an exercise in futility, working to improve (read: keep from being deleted) an article on Paganistan on Wikipedia. The article has been tagged for deletion for not being note worthy enough.  Not enough sources they consider ‘reliable’ have written about Paganistan, which is short hand for saying the mainstream press hasn’t written much about us and the other sources listed aren’t reliable for one reason or another.   From the discussion on the Article For Deletion page, it’s looking like this article, as the one on Sacred Paths Center which was already deleted, is on the fast track to non-existence.

So why have I been tilting at this particular windmill?  Because too many articles on Paganism are being deleted on Wikipedia.  Because this action on Wikipedia highlights the difficulties Pagans face gaining acceptance and inclusion in mainstream society and how the rules are discriminatory in practice, if not in intention.  Because Wikipedia matters and is used as an initial stop for information gathering for the Average Joe and for media, like it or not.  Most of all, because Pagans and Paganism are noteworthy.

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Community Notes; May 23-29

Wikipedia deleted the entry for the Sacred Paths Center claiming that it is a “Non-notable organization” You can read this for yourself at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Sacred_Paths_Center Meanwhile, many less cited and arguably less significant articles go unchallenged.

Wikipedia is considering deleting the Paganistan article. If you have a Wikipedia account, or would be willing to create one, you can join the discussion and try to save Paganistan at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Paganistan Even if what you have to post on that page doesn’t seem to play by their rules, speak up for what you believe. A mass community show of support could go a long way toward changing their minds and realizing that Paganistan is not something to mess with.

Hopefully you enjoyed Celia’s performance at the Sacred Paths Center. She always puts on a great show. She will also be performing at Sacred Harvest Fest, August 6-14; http://harmonytribe.org/shf2011/

Moving on from one great concert to another, SJ Tucker will be at the Sacred Paths Center next Sunday: http://sacredpathscenter.com/?page_id=464

T.Thorn Coyle will be presenting a local workshop next weekend. This is a rare opportunity to work directly with this accomplished author, and talented musician. http://shop.eyeofhorus.biz/Your-Divine-Work-Workshop-p/cls-ttc1.htm

We’re coming up on Memorial Day Weekend. Once again this year there will be a Memorial Day observance for fallen Pagan soldiers, Monday, May 30 at 10am; http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106993312721818

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For more detailed information (addresses, descriptions, etc.) or further updates, check out the much ballyhooed Twin Cities Pagans Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TwinCitiesPagans/