Religion, Lately: The Summer Solstice, Wildfire Meditation, and Cannabis Crackdowns

By Kenny Smith 

Despite heavy rain, 18,000 Neo-Pagans and New Agers gathered at Stonehenge, England, to welcome to Summer Solstice.   

With blazing wildfires just four miles away, Buddhist meditators in Arizona continue their three-year silent retreat, seeking inner as well as outer peace.  

In Seattle, “Christian Fightclub” minister Marc Driscoll and Mars Hill Church congregants greet Westboro Baptist protestors with love, handshakes, and a verbal smack-down: “This False Prophet and His Blind Lemmings Welcome You to Our Whore House for God’s Grace and Free Donuts.” 

Progressive “Emergent Church” Christians gather in North Carolina for “old time religion” summer revival.  

Want to smell like the Pope, with subtle hints of frankincense, bergamot, and citrus? Try the new pontifically-inspired fragrance, Benedictus. 

Across the U.S., from Cannabis Ministries founder Roger Christie to congregant-entrepreneurs, law enforcement is cracking down on Cannabis Christians.

From Harold Camping, to national and state deficits, to visions of Chinese troops marching through Washington, DC, in a post-2012 Obama dictatorship, every day seems to be someone’s End of the World. 

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